White Hot Kiss (The Dark Elements, #1) by Jennifer L. Armentrout | Book Review


Title: White Hot Kiss
Series: The Dark Elements, #1
Author: Jennifer L. Armentrout
Published: Feb. 25, 2014
Edition: ebook
Pages: 388
My Rating: 4/5
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ATTENTION: This is a spoiler-free review.



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.

(This synopsis is from Goodreads.)



Layla’s life sucks. She’s like the whole situation in the 1900s in Australia with the Aborigines and the Europeans. The Europeans came to Australia with the notion that they are superior to the Aborigines, the indigenous group of Australia. When they “intermingled”, the half-Aboriginal half-European children were shunned. It was worse to be a half breed (for lack of a better word) than a full-blooded Aboriginal/European. They didn’t belong to either group, and were treated like… You get the idea.

Layla’s life was like that. She was half-demon half-gargoyle. She didn’t completely belong to the gargoyles, nor the demons. Gargoyles believe that they are far better than the demons because they have a pure soul while demons have no soul at all. Although the Wardens, a group of protecting gargoyles, took care of Layla, they still didn’t accept her into the family. She was always the outsider.

After her 16th birthday, an unusual amount of demons start to attack her because… Spoilers. Yeah. All you need to know is that all demons trying to kidnap her. Well, all except for one demon.

Roth is sent from Hell to protect Layla to ensure that the motive behind the kidnapping won’t happen. Because if it does, the end of the world will come sooner than later. And that would be bad. Obviously.




She has to shoulder a lot of crap because of being a half breed (half demon, half gargoyle). She doesn’t belong anywhere. Why she’s torn between helping Roth or staying “loyal” to the Wardens is over my head. She should’ve said screw you to everyone and adventured out on her own. Minus the fact that everyone’s trying to kidnap her… Never mind, then.


I can’t tell if he wants to be Layla’s older brother or boyfriend. I know Layla sees their relationship as more as a romantic one, but througout the book, I couldn’t decide.


He’s just downright mean. He believes that Layla owes him something. He might have taken Layla in when she was left on his doorstep, but 16 years hasn’t dulled his suspicion and hate for the demon-half of Layla.


Throughout the whole story, Roth is trying to convince Layle to embrace her demon side instead of suppressing it.



It wasn’t as good as her Lux series, but I still really enjoyed this book. I give it 4 /5 BBC Sherlock heads.



Until next time….



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