My Rating: 3 hearts
Thoughts on the Novel: Although the Covenant series ended on a disappointing note and I stopped the Lux series after the second book, I still wanted to give Jennifer L. Armentrout’s latest series a try. The first book in The Dark Elements series, White Hot Kiss, is much like Armentrout’s other novels: full of tropes but an entertaining read nevertheless if you don’t think about the book too hard. Once you get past the surface of White Hot Kiss though, it’s hard not to see its flaws.
First, I didn’t like that White Hot Kiss romanticizes stalking. I’m not sure why authors think stalking is okay if it’s done by a hot paranormal creature, but it’s something I absolutely hate. In White Hot Kiss, Roth clearly tells Layla that he has been following her for months, yet Layla overlooks that fact pretty fast.
Therein lies my problem with Layla: she attempts to stand up for herself but eventually gives in. Her decisions also made little sense to me, and seemed to revolve only around anger at Zayne for paying attention to another girl - who actually seemed to be quite nice - and discovering that she could finally kiss somebody. Who decides to trust a demon with unknown motives over the family that has raised them?! It didn’t help that Layla’s best friend’s sole purpose appeared to be to urge Layla to get laid, which I found super annoying.
Thankfully, there’s no love triangle in White Hot Kiss because Roth really is the only option for Layla. Not only does he have no soul and therefore can get physically close to her, but he also accepts her for who she is, unlike Zayne.
A quick read that’s heavy on romance and not much else, White Hot Kiss was released by Harlequin Teen in February 2014.
Comments About the Cover: It’s hot, but that’s not a book I’d want to be seen reading in public ;)
In exchange for an honest review, this book was received from the publisher (Harlequin Teen) for free via NetGalley.