Release Date: March 1, 2014
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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.
White Hot Kiss is a young adult novel. Yes, a young adult; not a new adult as some may be coming to the coming to the conclusion of from seeing the cover. Like all of Armentrout's novels, this is worth every penny that you could pay as it is simply enthralling and absolutely captivating from beginning to end.
First off, can I just say that this book is the most perfect blend of gargoyles, demons, romance and humor. Layla is our protagonist who is a half demon and half Warden (a race of gargoyles who rid of demons to keep humans safe); and she is brought up by the Wardens to hate and ignore her demon side. The only person she can have a normal relationship with is Zayne, a Warden who she has had a crush on since as far as she can remember. But when Roth walks into her life with his edgy tattoos and promises of not only secret piercings (wink, wink), but also promises of revealing who she really is; Layla can't resist.. Even if he's a demon.
I don't know how to sum up my feelings because right now my heart is just "ASDFGHJKL:"ing all over the place from the absolutely charming characters and to die for plot. Where do I even start? Layla was great. She has a strong and confident voice. At times she may seem weak, but when someone she loves is in danger, get ready to feel the impact of her feisty and protective personality.
You know what my big issue is? DO YOU KNOW THE CAUSE OF MY PROBLEM? IT'S BECAUSE ARMENTROUT MAKES HER MALE CHARACTERS SO DAMN PERFECT I'M ALWAYS TORN BETWEEN THEM. Please, stop tearing my heart in two like this. Please. Zayne, he is sweet and has known Layla since forever. He is protective and I love how he tries to ignore his feelings.
On the other hand, Roth is just a sexy beast. Yes, I said that. He was charming and funny and amazing and lovely. Could you just become mine please, you fine piece of male specimen? From the moment he walked into the book I was hooked on his badass charm, and when he opens up and shows a sweet and soft heart, that you are definitely not expecting from a demon, I couldn't help but fall even harder for him. Roth has many secrets that are revealed throughout the book and this just added to me not being able to put the book down. The whole time I was thinking, "NO. I'M NOT PUTTING THIS DOWN UNTIL I GET MORE ROTH. I DON'T CARE THAT IT'S TWO IN THE MORNING."
A review copy was provided by the publisher