Rating: 5 stars
While I was waiting for the final instalment of the Lux series, I was rereading another Jennifer Armnetrout novel (well this one).
Somehow Ms Armentrout manages to create the most perfect males. Edgy, cocky, swoon worthy. Also with this one: White Hot Kiss.
What the synopsis reads: One kiss could be the last Seventeen-year-old Layla just wants to be normal. But with a kiss that kills anything with a soul, she’s anything but normal. Half demon, half gargoyle, Layla has abilities no one else possesses.
Raised among the Wardens—a race of gargoyles tasked with hunting demons and keeping humanity safe—Layla tries to fit in, but that means hiding her own dark side from those she loves the most. Especially Zayne, the swoon-worthy, incredibly gorgeous and completely off-limits Warden she’s crushed on since forever.
Then she meets Roth—a tattooed, sinfully hot demon who claims to know all her secrets. Layla knows she should stay away, but she’s not sure she wants to—especially when that whole no-kissing thing isn’t an issue, considering Roth has no soul.
But when Layla discovers she’s the reason for the violent demon uprising, trusting Roth could not only ruin her chances with Zayne…it could brand her a traitor to her family. Worse yet, it could become a one-way ticket to the end of the world.
What I read: Fortunately not the last kiss for me.
Contains minor spoilers (because I want you to read the book):
The only difference to the world as we know it is that, apart from the existence of supernatural things, the so called “Wardens” (gargoyles) made themselves known to the world in order to protect the world. What is not known to the normal human being – that would be you and me – there are demons among us and the Wardens keep us safe (well thank you). As with everything that is different not all of the humans are too happy about gargoyles running around but for the time being (well at least in the first book of this series) there are just minor critics.
Layla, a really well developed character, is a recently turned 17-year old half-Warden, half-demon. The latter half she tries to deny as demons are the boogiemen that the Wardens despise and kill on the spot. They are aware of her being a half-demon but she has a special availability that makes the Wardens not kill her but rather use her. It is kind of a working for lodging and board thing. Anyway, she lives together with the Wardens and there is one she has the hots for (Zayne). Zayne is also a well developed character torn between liking Layla but following his duties and trying to live up to his fathers expectations. Needless to say he is this super gorgeous Prince Charming.
Enter Roth, this awfully hot, smart, cocky, arggggh-I-wanna-have-babies-with-you demon with the typical Ms Armentrout humor:
“See, I was raised in Hell. You could say I’m socially awkward.”
If you read the Lux series, Roth is sometimes like Daemon – especially the smart-ass approach – but somehow Ms Armentrout manages to recreate the same plot with kind of the same characters into something new that is enjoyable to read and is full of surprises. I – obviously totally team Roth – liked the character very much because although he is the alpha male, he is not too much of a jerk. So none of those nobody but me is allowed to touch you, do not look at anyone but me etc over possessive please go back to the 19th century guys.
The story is super thrilling (including an Indiana Jones hunt) and just the perfect mixture of suspense, romance as well as a good deal of laughter. As for the latter: I just loved the reference to the Princess Bride! I will stop on this point, because seriously read the book. And let me know whether you agree with me.
Oh just a minor spoiler remark/concern on the book: Roth stated at some point that he refers to his mother as “Lucy”. Please let this not be a Mortal of Instrument hint as the name is similar to Layla’s mother.