White Hot Kiss (The Dark Elements #1) by Jennifer L. Armentrout

whitehotkissGoodReads: 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.


Thank goodness for writers like Jennifer L. Armentrout.  She’s like your go-to-author, one that’ll never disappoint because she’ll deliver on every level.  Action, check.  Romance-Chemistry, check. Witty banter, check.  ​Who  knew that demons and gargoyles could be so attractive ​and that sounds odd but if you read the book, you’ll know what I mean. ​ I think one of the many things that I love about JLA​’s stories​  is that they never fail to keep me engaged and highly entertained. 

​”I was raised in Hell. You could say I’m socially awkward” ​

​With that being said, there  are some definite similarities ​between this series and the ​Lux Series, such as being in true form, Layla not having the same abilities as Roth or Zayne, ​blurred lines of good vs. evil, ​etc.  I wouldn’t say I had an issue with ​any of that​  but it’s more an observation than anything else.  

​Two things that really worked for me was ​the reference to ​the imminent apocalypse and Layla’s ability to literally suck the pure soul out of anyone.  Soul sucking really should be considered a super power, just sayin’.

If you like a good love triangle, there is one of sorts but not really.   I’m not sure how to explain it and something is definitely there, you can feel it but it wasn’t explored.  And who knows, maybe it won’t be until the second book or not at all.​ I know I’m being totally vague but it’s all for the best because I hate giving away spoilers. As far as love triangles go, I’ve seen better, so let’s leave it at that. 

Layla is on a journey to understanding who she is since she’s part demon, part gargoyle and she has a lot to learn about self acceptance.  Layla is feisty and can kick some serious tukhus and the back and forth between her and Roth, fantastic.

If you are looking for an ending that will leave you satisfied, you won’t get that with White Hot Kiss but maybe hold out for the second book in the series so you aren’t left completely hanging.  The ending isn’t a massive cliffhanger but I was definitely frustrated.  I think an ending can be conclusive and left wide open for the story to continue on because having to wait a year for the next book, simply put, blows.

“I lost myself the moment I found you.”

What you can expect is solid writing, great characters and an entertaining story. Definitely enjoyable!! ;) 4stars addtogoodreads buy from amazon


  1. says

    It’s so frustrating when you reach the end of a book and it doesn’t end properly! That’s just leaving things wide open for a spoiler. I like the sound of Layla and the unique cross between gargoyles and demons. Lovely review!

    • Cristina says

      JLA has a habit of doing that and frankly, I should have known better. Oh well, let the waiting begin! ;)

  2. says

    I skimmed your review because I just got this and will read it pretty soon but your rating got me really excited to start this one. I just read Obsidian and Onyx a few days ago actually and like it as well.

    • Cristina says

      Hi Amir! I love the Lux Series and if you enjoyed those books, you’ll enjoy this one. Lots of similarities but still entertaining. :)

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