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“One kiss could be the last.”
White Hot Kiss starts out 3 years after Bitter Sweet Love ends. There had to be some sort of time lapsed between the two in order for the heroine of this story to be old enough to really be featured. At the time when we first met Layla she was only thirteen, so not appropriate for her to be having any kind of romantic relationship with the gargoyle warden she has a crush a crush on. Zayne, the son of the warden who had taken Layla in as a child, is essentially an adult and of mating age.
What also kept them apart, aside from the age difference, was the fact that Layla is half gargoyle and half demon. I mean, I’m all for forbidden love and the like, but demons are what the gargoyles are sworn to destroy. Also, I forgot to mention, Layla being half demon means that she’s unable to kiss Zayne – even if his feelings were anything but brotherly towards her – because she’d ultimately steal his soul in doing so…
Sounds like they could never be, right?
Then in walks Roth. He’s a demon that’s had Layla on his radar for the last couple years. He enrolls in her school and befriends her in order to keep her safe. At first Layla doesn’t want to believe but strange things have been happening. There are a lot more demons on the top side these days and they’ve been wreaking havoc on the human population. And this is all to do with her, Roth tells her, and who her mother truly is. But he’s a demon – albeit a very hot demon – but one who seems to be giving her answers that no one else in her life seems to be willing to do. Roth has also got this really cool familiar that he calls Fluffy, which just happens to be this huge snake that lives on his body as a tattoo. Yeah.
Definitely original and that’s not all he’s got up them sleeves, too.
(yeah, this is Roth in my mind))
Again, as with the prequel, I had a hard time keeping up with all the names of the demons. I think that was due more to the distraction that is Roth and his witty dialogue scenes than with the writing itself. If you felt differently let me know! I like how Armentrout wrote him, and I can’t believe that I’m saying this… but I may actually be on his side and rooting for him and Layla. I feel like it has more to do with the fact that she’s actually able to be physical with him and not have to worry about sucking his soul out of his body when they kiss. Soul-sucking can ruin any good relationship. But with Roth… it just seems to work. They seem to fit. And the kissing and everything that goes with it isn’t so bad either, know what I’m saying? He’s really taken the forefront in this book and has a good lead on his gaining Layla’s heart than Zayne does, in my opinion. He just comes across as more… more everything. He’s larger than life and
But don’t get me wrong, I do have a thing for Zayne, but he comes across as more brotherly toward Layla in this book than anything remotely romantic. There were moments when he had the chance to say or do something that should have pushed his and Layla’s relationship past that “friend/brother zone” but it never really came for me. Although there was point where he got all overprotective and I was hoping that he would say or even look at her differently and didn’t. I don’t know if it has to do with the slight age difference or the fact that he’s made peace with the fact that they cannot be together like a real couple can. I have these theories as to where Armentrout may be going with this story and I’m looking forward to going along on this ride of hers. She really does write romance and action scenes really well and the chemistry between the main characters are pretty insane.
I have to say that this was one incredibly exciting read that had me captivated from start to finish. You’ve got hot gargoyles, hot demons, gross but super cool zombies, and a human population that is oblivious to the bad guys but is divided on where they stand when it comes to the wardens. I enjoyed it immensely and am trying to be patient – but really I’m not – for the next book in this great series!