Review Detail4.8 6
White Hot Kiss was AMAZING! I love all of Jennifer L Armentrout's stuff and have been anxiously awaiting this book since it was announced. There are almost no books out there, especially in YA, that have gargoyles in them, but this book mastered them! It was fast-paced, action-packed, and full of swoony moments. I read this book in twenty four hours flat! This book was one of my favorites to date. It's always hard to take on new species, but Jennifer L Armentrout did it well. The other species is demon. Generally, when there are demons, there are also angels. And while they do exist in this world, the main species are the gargoyles and demons!
The main character is Layla. She's half demon, half gargoyle. She has a fairly poor image of herself at the beginning of the book. She believes that demons are evil, and that she doesn't have enough gargoyle in her. She can't use gargoyle powers like others can, but she can steal souls with a kiss, which is highly looked down upon. Over the course of the book, Layla really comes into herself and her abilities, making her confident along with a force to be reckoned with. Layla is witty from page one and a joy to read about!
There are also two male characters, Roth and Zayne. Roth is a demon, and an upper-level demon on at that. According to the author, he's the character that Daemon from her previous novel Obsidian is based off of! Roth is one heck of a bad boy, but I actually like his character a million times more than Daemon. He has an ego the size of Mars, but he doesn't treat Layla horribly, like Daemon sometimes did to Katy. Basically, Roth is made of swoon, kick butt, awesome sauce, and humor, but mostly swoon! The other guy is Zayne. I honestly don't know how readers liked him, because I wanted to strangle him most of the time! I felt he was much better for the best friend role than the love interest one. Maybe that could change in book two, but Roth was the one who was always there for Layla, not Zayne. Sure, he's hot, and he stands up for Layla when it comes down to it, but he doesn't have much else going for him. My favorite character by far is Bambi. She is a snake tattoo that Roth has that happens to come to life and eat people. If the rest of the review hasn't interested you, that should draw you in!
The romance in this book felt a little forced at times, but I still really liked it, and think that it evened out as the book went on. True to its title, there are A LOT of swoony scenes in here. This is definitely not for younger readers. I loved this book from chapter one till the end. The romance blows other stuff out the water, and I was swooning the entire time! If you have not read anything by Jennifer L Armentrout, start with this series! This book was amazing and I see many rereads in my future! A full five stars for sure!