White Hot Kiss was amazing. And before you ask, no, it's not a romance, despite the name and the cover- the main aspect isn't even romance, it's another one of Jennifer's amazing Young Adult Action/Adventure books. Jennifer has yet to let me down with one of her books, meaning I have not yet read one of her books that I didn't like. She always creates the perfect world, characters and relationships. I would give White Hot Kiss a 9.5/10 stars, it's not as good as Obsidian, but I do like it better than Half Blood. Roth is literally a mix between Daemon Black and Seth. Golden eyes and Black hair, and his characteristics really are a mix of the two, which is awesome because I loved both Daemon and Seth in their books. Roth is very swoon worthy and I'm definitely team Roth. There's nothing wrong with Zayne, I just like him better as Layla's friend than her boyfriend. So these books are about Wardens and Demons. Warden's are gargoyles, which kind of threw me off the series for a while, but, well, it's a Jennifer Armentrout book, so yeah, I had to read it eventually and boy, did I not regret it. So, don't not read this series because of the gargoyles. They're not like the stone gargoyles on a church, though, those are based off them. The Warden's have a human and stone form, and they stay in their human form for the most part. Layla, the protagonist of this book is half demon half Warden, which means she's caught between these two very different races. All while reading this book I was comparing it to the Shadowhunters, but the difference with the demons in Cassandra's books and the demons in this series is that the demons in this series can actually be good. Demon's in the Shadowhunter world are just plain out evil. (But seriously Layla is half demon half Warden remind you of anyone from the Infernal Devices???) So Layla has been raised to hate her demon side, and that it's evil and wrong. She's grown up alongside Wardens, namely Zayne, her best friend and kind of crush. But after her seventeenth birthday she meets Roth, a demon (a smoking hot demon) and he shows her that her demotic side isn't something to hate. Roth helps Layla embrace her other side, kind of. So when the synopsis of this book sounds like a humungous love triangle, it really isn't, it's more of a chance for Layla to find herself, but at the same time it really isn't about finding herself. The action scenes are awesome and well written as are all of Jennifer's action scenes and there are some pretty cute romance scenes to top it off. Here's the official synopsis for White Hot Kiss:
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.
See what I mean? It makes it sound like Zayne and Roth kind of go toe-to-toe for Layla's affection, but really, they hardly talk. The book is a hundred times better than the synopsis, I promise and I swear you'll enjoy this if you liked Jennifer's other books. Anyway, here's the synopsis for Bittersweet Love, the short 105 paged novella to The Dark Elements books:
In a sizzling prequel novella to her new series THE DARK ELEMENTS, #1 New York Times bestselling author Jennifer L. Armentrout draws readers into the extraordinary, irresistible world of Wardens and demons.Dez wasn't just Jasmine's crush. A gargoyle Warden like Jas, he helped her come to terms with her destiny—fending off demons and maintaining balance between good and evil. He was her everything...right until the moment he disappeared without a trace. It didn't help that Jas's father had just announced that she and Dez would one day be mated. Hard not to take that personally.
And now he's back, three years older, ten times hotter, ready to pick up exactly where they left off. But Jas isn't taking that risk again. Dez has seven days to meet all her conditions and earn back her trust. Seven days filled with terrifying danger and sweet temptation. Seven days to win her heart—or shatter it all over again...
Honestly, this prequel novella didn't interest me nearly as much as White Hot Kiss did. I didn't particularly care for Jasmine in White Hot Kiss and I was still reeling from the end of White Hot Kiss. Jen and her endings *shakes head* I really cannot wait until Stone Cold Touch comes out in October. I would give Bittersweet Love a 7.5/10 stars. It wasn't horrible, but not particularly interesting. So anyway go read these books before coming back to read my review on it :)
SPOILERS FOR BITTERSWEET LOVE BELOW
So, like I said before, I didn't have any particular interest in Jasmine while reading White Hot Kiss so when I started reading this and found out it was about Jasmine I was pretty disappointed. Dez is a really cute character and just like all of Jen's books, they're funny. I especially loved Herbert, the book definitely got better after Herbert.
Especially since we see Zayne and Layla. I loved how Zayne got really mad at Jasmine for hurting Layla's feelings since she's half demon, it was cute seeing Zayne and Layla's relationship from someone else's eyes. I got really excited seeing Roth watching Zayne and Layla through the window and then just walking away from Dez. Haha, comparing it to The Mortal Instruments, I guess Roth would be a greater demon, maybe even a Prince of Hell, and if that were the case then the Shadowhunters would be duty bound to go after him, but in these books the Wardens allow some demons to walk the earth and are not trying to completely get rid of them and kill everyone they see.
SPOILERS FOR WHITE HOT KISS BELOW
Mhmm, I liked Roth as soon as I first read about him- Black hair and gold eyes, how could I not? I have a soft spot for the dark haired ones, (as well as Jace). I also really liked hearing that all the Wardens had blue eyes, as you might know from reading my other reviews, I love black hair and blue eyes...
"Do you know anything about personal space?"
Ah Roth (talking in a dreamy voice)
'Evil Powers of Darkness'
Jen's books are so funny, like you'll be laughing al the time reading her books, I don't know why, but I found it funny reading that Roth was a 'demon baby'.
So I was Team Roth pretty quickly, and when Roth and Layla first kissed I had a strong case of the feels. Then we find out that Layla's mom is Lilith and I just couldn't help but flash back to The Mortal Instruments there, so Layla has an adoptive bro, Sebby, I'm sure she'd be ecstatic to meet him.
It was sad when Zayne forgot about Layla since he'd been out with Danika, like I really get why Layla was pissed off there. And then Roth saved her from Petr, who turned out to be her brother. What an arse, huh, maybe she and Clary have something in common, Tessa too. "That bastard deserved to die." I got so so many feels there, it was just so cute! <3
Then he has those three kittens and they're meaner than Bambi (Bambi and Thumper😂)
By the Angel when Roth said "I think I'd be president" of like the Layla fan club THAT WAS SO FREAKING ADORABLE.
Did Tony remind any of you of Luc from the Lux series?
I think we all knew they'd get caught going to get the Lesser Key I just thought it'd be by demons, not Wardens.
Aw when Roth thought she'd betrayed her I was like crying out to him on he inside, because Roth was hurting! :( then when she told him she didn't betray him he was like, 'I should've expected it, you're half Warden.' AWWWWW
We all guessed that Roth was watching her invisibly, because, she's his responsibility and well, she smelled him.
Oooo when Zayne and Roth finally meet there's so much tension, I loved it. But when Roth came along to help Zayne fight akvfnrgufbehi and then so many more feels when Paimon had both of them dragged in, oh my gods that was intense.
I know Roth is coming back. I read the Stone Cold Touch synopsis. He has to come back. I love Roth!
(This is not how I imagined either of them)