White Hot Kiss by Jennifer L. ArmentroutWhite Hot Kiss by Jennifer L. Armentrout

White Hot Kiss

byJennifer L. Armentrout

Paperback | February 25, 2014

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#1 New York Times bestselling author Jennifer L. Armentrout draws readers into the extraordinary, irresistible world of Wardens and demons in the New York Times bestselling first book of The Dark Elements series.
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 Zayneit could brand her a traitor to her family. Worse yet, it could become a one-way ticket to the end of the world.
Jennifer L. Armentrout is an American novelist. She was born in West Virginia on June 11, 1980. She has been a #1 best-selling author for both the New York Times and USA Today. Her young adult novel Obsidian was optioned for a major motion picture by Sierra Pictures, and her young adult Covenant Series has been considered for a televis...
Title:White Hot KissFormat:PaperbackDimensions:400 pages, 8.25 × 5.44 × 1.03 inPublished:February 25, 2014Publisher:HarlequinLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0373211104

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing first book sets up a great series Amazing concept, gargoyles! SO unique! Lovely characters! Feelings everywhere. read this book
Date published: 2017-12-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Couldn't stop reading I zipped through this trilogy so fast and loved every minute of it
Date published: 2017-11-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from My Favourite Series of All Time !! Holy Crap. This book was FANTASTIC! Layla is a great female lead character.. she is strong, but shy.. she has flaws, but still is relateable even though she isn't human! And Roth... like good lord... wow.. sexy, sarcastic, funny... perfect haha. Crown Prince of Hell.. oh yah.. who wouldn't want that!! Yumtastic. I even found myself falling in love with Bambi the snake... I don't even like snakes they creep me out..but that's what Jennifer's writing does. It opens you up to this world she writes about and makes you care so much and makes you feel things you didn't think you could. She has such a remarkable gift of being able to write these characters.. to make others care about what is happening to them, and what lies ahead in their future. I cried at the end of this book.. ugly cry.. her writing is beautiful, and cuts deep within your soul.
Date published: 2017-07-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved it! I really enjoyed this book. The characters are fresh and comical. Would definitely recommend!
Date published: 2017-06-19
Rated 4 out of 5 by from really original! its really unique and the characters are well built, especially Roth <3
Date published: 2017-02-03
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Meh I enjoyed reading it. It's a fun, quick, easy read that kept me fairly entertained throughout. But it had problems. Many problems. Plot holes and badly planned details were scattered throughout. The characters were not remarkable in any way, neither was the setting. The attempts at humor failed and the romance in it was... lame. The whole story lacked in originality. I swear I've read this exact same plot and visited this exact same setting and hung out with the exact same characters. Jennifer L. Armentrout does not have a spectacular writing style (it's fairly average), but I enjoyed it in the Lux series. In White Hot Kiss though it just... didn't read as well. Overall, this book is enjoyable, fun, not meant to be taken seriously and recommended for reading slumps.
Date published: 2017-02-02
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A great read, don't let the cover fool you! I was actually quite surprised by how much I enjoyed this book by Jennifer L. Armentrout. Earlier this year I read her lux series and, I dunno it just didn't really do it for me. I was sceptical reading this based on my experience with her previous series but was pleasantly surprised. This book was a page turner for me I got through it in a few days. Being a full time college student this surprised me. Now on to the book itself. Do not let the cover fool you. Synopsis: 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 I really enjoyed the gargoyle demon thing that was happening in this book. I mean at times I wanted to strangle Layla for the whole pity party she would have every now and then, but towards the end there was really great character development . This story was funny, steamy, frustrating and had me wanting to keep reading not wanting to put the book down. In the end I am very pleased and excited to pick up the next book.
Date published: 2016-11-14
Rated 4 out of 5 by from I loved this! I found this book in the library and was hooked! I loved this trilogy so much!! It was hilarious and I could not stop reading it.
Date published: 2016-02-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Gargoyles, Demons and Angels. Oh my! This was one of my favorites. Possibly better than her Lux series. I liked that this time around the female mc didn't have brown hair. Roth us my new favorite makr characters of J.L.M.
Date published: 2015-02-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wow When I read this I was blown away. This has the good bad happy and sad and in the end you know what it was for. Loved it will keep up with this series.
Date published: 2014-11-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from White Hot Kiss It was a different kind of book for me but I didn't want to put it down.Not what I expected at all.looking forward to the next one.
Date published: 2014-10-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from White Hot Kiss OMG! This book was amazing. Just another fantastic, addictive novel from Armentrout. The characters were funny and I couldn't help but swoon over them myself!! Can I please have Roth? A must read for sure!
Date published: 2014-09-01
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Must for JLA fans Layla is seventeen and never been kissed. She’s half-gargoyle, half-demon so her kiss will kill anyone with a soul. She lives among a group called The Wardens, gargoyles who protect the world from demons, and she does her best not to call attention to her dark half. But then Roth comes into her life, a hot demon who knows her in ways no one else will, and who claims to want to help her. Trusting Roth means turning her back on her family, including her best friend Zayne, but not working with Roth could mean a violent demon uprising. I really love the world that was created in this book. Gargoyles vs demons, different Gargoyle clans, demon hierarchy. All of it was interesting to read as it developed. I enjoyed how much I could relate to Layla. For the most part she was pretty quiet, loved to read, and really just wanted to do whatever she could to help her family in their battle against the demons. She worried about them when they were out and she couldn’t be. We got to see her become more confident in who she is as a person throughout the book. I was a little nervous about the obvious love triangle that the description mentions but I didn’t hate it. It didn’t overtake the book and it’ll be interesting to see how it develops. The two guys both have qualities that make them a good match for Layla. Zayne is so protective and caring and sweet to her. Roth gets her in ways no one else can and opens her mind to new views. The plot had a lot of action and mythology about demons, which was nice. As hot as the kissing scenes were, some of them felt a little out of place, or at least hard for me to get into, since they were about to do something dangerous and I was focused on the potential drama instead of the kissing. It was fast paced, which made for a quick read because I kept saying ‘one more chapter’ until the end. There did seem to be more focus on the demon side of things with Layla and Roth so hopefully in the next book we get to see more gargoyles. *I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
Date published: 2014-04-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Rocked! This book rocked! Started out pretty awesome too! A must read series!
Date published: 2014-04-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Awesome! Omg, this book was awesome! I wish I'd have waited to buy it though cuz I need to know....well I can't say.
Date published: 2014-03-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from What an Amazing Read!!! Only Jennifer L. Armentrout could make gargoyles and demons look sexy! Since the first page I was instantly hooked and fell in love with all the characters. Being a fan of Jen's I knew instantly that I would love this book! There is action, swoon-worthy romances, and White Hot Kiss will leave you wanting more. Like many books of Jen's there is a love triangle that will make you choose who will win Layla's heart. This is one book everyone must add to their list because it is an amazing read! Layla was a great character! I love Jennifer's main characters and they are always kicking butt. She is always trying to help. Layla is having a hard time trying to fit in with her Warden family since she is half gargoyle and have demon. Most of the family doesn't trust her because of her abilities. She goes to school and craves for a normal life and become more than friends with Zayne. Then enters Roth, things get really complicated. Layla has to choose between everything she thought was good or bad. She is learning more about herself and her demon part. I absolutely loved White Hot Kiss and its a little different than reading Jen's other series. This book is a favorite of mine because of the two love interests, a war starts and you do not know which boy to choose between. I am a Team Roth fan because well Roth is hot and gorgeous. I thought I would be a Zayne fan but Roth just stole my heart. Zayne is a normal book boyfriend that everyone falls for (which there was moments) I love both of them but after you read White Hot Kiss you will know why I love Roth.  Zayne is Layla's best friend and will protect Layla. It is really difficult to choose which one!! White Hot Kiss was a book that I finished in a day! I did not put it down and its a good thing to because that story line was addicting and will leave you hanging on your seat. Jennifer L. Armentrout makes romance steamy and heart-wrenching since her characters are so likable. I am excited to see what is going to happen with the next book where the story will go and the romance.  I want to re-read any of Jennifer's book over and over because she know how to write amazing stories. She is the queen of writing and I will read any of her books! White Hot Kiss was addictive story!  This is  a must read for everyone!! It will blow you away and leave you craving for more!! The wait starts for Stone Cold Touch!!! A Big thank you to Harlequin Teen for the advance copy and making my day when I got the email!! So excited for any of Jen's books!!   
Date published: 2014-02-25

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There was a demon in McDonald's.And it had a powerful hunger for Big Macs.Most days, I loved my after-school job. Tagging the soulless and the damned usually gave me a mad case of the warm fuzzies. I'd even given myself a quota out of boredom, but tonight was different.I had a paper to outline for AP English."Are you gonna eat those fries?" Sam asked as he grabbed a handful off my tray. His curly brown hair fell over his wireframe glasses. "Thanks.""Just don't take her sweet tea." Stacey slapped Sam's arm and several fries fell to the floor. "You'll lose your entire arm."I stopped tapping my foot, but kept my eye on the interloper. I don't know what it was with demons and the Golden Arches, but man, they loved the place. "Ha-ha.""Who do you keep staring at, Layla?" Stacey twisted in the booth, looking around the crowded fast-food joint. "Is it a hot guy? If so, you better- Oh. Wow. Who goes out in public dressed like that?""What?" Sam turned, too. "Aw, come on, Stacey. Who cares? Not everyone wears knockoff Prada like you."To them, the demon looked like a harmless middle-aged woman with really bad fashion sense. Her dull brown hair was pinned up with one of those old-school purple butterfly clips. She wore velvet green track pants paired with pink sneakers, but it was her sweater that was epic. Someone had knitted a basset hound on the front, its big, sappy eyes made of brown yarn.But despite her drab appearance, the lady wasn't human.Not that I had a lot of room to talk.She was a Poser demon. Her astronomical appetite was what gave away the breed. Posers could eat a small nation's worth of food in one sitting.Posers might look and act human, but I knew this one could snap the head off the person in the booth next to her with little effort. Her inhuman strength wasn't the threat, though. It was the Poser's teeth and infectious saliva that were the real danger.They were biters.One little nip and the demonic version of rabies was passed to the human. Totally incurable, and within three days, the Poser's chew toy would resemble something straight out of a George Romero flick, cannibalistic tendencies included.Obviously, Posers were a real problem unless you considered a zombie apocalypse fun times. Only good thing was that Posers were rare, and every time one bit somebody, its lifespan was shortened. They usually had about seven good bites in them before they went poof. Sort of like a bee and its stinger but dumber.Posers could look like anything they wanted. Why this one was rocking an outfit like that was beyond me.Stacey made a face as the Poser moved on to her third burger. She wasn't aware of us watching her. Posers weren't known for their keen powers of observation, especially when preoccupied with secret-sauce awesomeness."That's disgusting." Stacey turned back around."I think the sweater is hot." Sam grinned around another mouthful of my fries. "Hey, Layla, do you think Zayne would let me interview him for the school paper?"My brows rose. "Why do you want to interview him?"He gave me a knowing look. "To ask what's it like to be a Warden in D.C., hunting down the bad guys and bringing them to justice and all that jazz."Stacey giggled. "You make the Wardens sound like superheroes."Sam shrugged bony shoulders. "Well, they kind of are. I mean, come on, you've seen them.""They're not superheroes," I said, falling into the standard speech I'd been giving ever since the Wardens went public ten years ago. After the skyrocketing increase in crime that had nothing to do with the economic downturn the world faced, but was more like a signal from Hell saying they no longer wanted to play by the rules, the Alphas had ordered the Wardens to come out of the shadows. To humans, Wardens had come out of their stone shells. After all, the gargoyles adorning many churches and buildings had been carved to resemble a Warden in his true skin. Sort of.There were too many demons topside for the Wardens to continue to operate without exposure. "They're people. Just like you, but-""I know." Sam held up his hands. "Look, you know I'm not like those fanatics who think they're evil or something stupid like that. I just think it's cool and it would be a great piece in the paper. So what do you think? Would Zayne go for it?"I shifted uncomfortably. Living with the Wardens often made me one of two things: a back door to gain access to them, or a freak. Because everyone, including my two closest friends, believed I was just like them. Human. "I don't know, Sam. I don't think any form of press makes them comfortable."He looked crestfallen. "Will you ask him at least?""Sure." I fiddled with my straw. "But don't hold your breath."Sam leaned against the hard seat back, satisfied. "So guess what?""What?" Stacey sighed, exchanging a woeful look with me. "What random piece of knowledge are you going to wow us with?""Did you know you can freeze a banana until it's so hard you can actually nail something with it?"I lowered my sweet tea. "How do you know these things?"Sam finished off my fries. "I just do.""He spends his entire life on the computer." Stacey pushed thick black bangs off her face. I don't know why she didn't cut them. She was always messing with them. "Probably searches for random crap for the fun of it.""That's exactly what I do when I'm at home." Sam rolled up his napkin. "I search for little-known facts. That's how cool I am." He threw the napkin at Stacey's face."I stand corrected," Stacey said unabashedly. "It's porn you spend all night searching."The hollows of Sam's cheeks turned bright red as he straightened his glasses. "Whatever. Are you guys ready? We've got some outlining to do for English."Stacey groaned. "I can't believe Mr. Leto wouldn't let us do our classics report on Twilight. It is a classic."I laughed, momentarily forgetting about the job I had to do. "Twilight is not a classic, Stacey.""Edward is definitely a classic in my book." She pulled a hair tie out of her pocket, tugging her shoulder-length hair up. "And Twilight is way more interesting than All Quiet on the Western Front."Sam shook his head. "I can't believe you just used Twilight and All Quiet on the Western Front in the same sentence."Ignoring him, her gaze bounced from my face to my food. "Layla, you haven't even touched your burger."Maybe somehow I'd instinctively known I was going to need a reason to stick around. I sucked in a sigh. "You guys go ahead. I'll meet up with you in a few minutes.""For real?" Sam stood."Yep." I picked up my burger. "I'll be down in a few."Stacey eyed me suspiciously. "You're not going to bail on us like you always do?"I flushed with guilt. I'd lost count of how many times I'd had to ditch them. "No. I swear. I'm just going to eat my food and I'll be right there.""Come on." Sam wrapped an arm around Stacey's shoulders, steering her toward the trash can. "Layla would've been done eating by now if you hadn't talked to her the entire time.""Oh, blame it on me." Stacey dumped her trash, sending me a wave as they headed out.I set the burger back down, watching Lady Poser impatiently. Pieces of bun and meat fell out of her mouth, splattering on the brown tray. My appetite was effectively slaughtered within seconds. Not that it really mattered. Food only eased the ache gnawing at my insides, never stopping it.Lady Poser finally completed her feast of fatness, and I grabbed my bag as she ambled out the door. She plowed straight into an elderly man, knocking him right over as he tried to come in. Wow. This one was a real gem.Her cackle could be heard inside the noisy restaurant, sounding as thin as paper. Luckily, some dude helped the man up as he shook his fist at the retreating demon.Sighing, I dumped my food and followed her out into the late-September breeze.Different shades of souls were everywhere, humming around bodies like an electrical field. Traces of pale pink and robin's-egg blue trailed behind a couple walking hand in hand. They had innocent souls-but not pure.All humans had a soul-an essence-good or bad, but demons weren't rocking any such thing. Since most demons topside looked human at first glance, the lack of soul around them made my job of finding and tagging them easy. Besides the soulless factor, the only difference between them and humans was the odd way their eyes reflected light like a cat's.Lady Poser shuffled down the street, limping slightly. Out in the natural light, she didn't look well. She'd probably already bit a few humans, which meant she needed to be tagged and dealt with ASAP.A flyer on a green lamppost caught my attention. A fierce scowl and sense of protectiveness filled me as I read the thing. Warning. Wardens Aren't God's Children. Repent Now. TheEnd Is Nigh.Underneath the words was a crudely drawn picture of what I assumed was a rabid coyote mixed with a chupacabra."Sponsored by the Church of God's Children," I muttered, rolling my eyes.Nice. I hated fanatics.A diner down the block had the flyers plastered across its windows and a sign proclaiming they refused to serve Wardens.Anger spread through me like an out-of-control wildfire. These idiots had no idea of all that the Wardens sacrificed for them. I drew in a deep breath, letting it out slowly. I needed to focus on my Poser instead of silently stomping my mental feet on my pretend soapbox.Lady Poser turned a corner and glanced over her shoulder, her glassy eyes drifting over me, dismissing me outright. The demon in her didn't sense anything abnormal about me.The demon inside of me was in a hurry to get this over with.Especially after my cell went off, vibrating against my thigh. Probably Stacey wondering where in the Hell I was. I just wanted to be done with this and go back to being normal for the rest of the evening. Without thinking, I reached up and pulled on the chain around my neck. The old ring dangling off the silver rope felt hot and heavy in my hand.As I passed a group of kids around my age, their gazes moved over me, stopped and then swung right back. Of course they stared. Everyone did.My hair was long. Big deal there, but it was such a pale blond that it looked nearly white. I hated when people stared. It made me feel like an albino. But it was my eyes that really caught people's attention. They were a light gray, almost leached of color.Zayne said I looked like the long-lost sister of the elf in Lord of the Rings. That was a huge confidence booster. Sigh.Dusk had begun to settle in the nation's capital as I rounded Rhode Island Avenue and came to a complete stop. Everything and everyone around me disappeared in an instant. There, in the soft flicker of the street lamps, I saw the soul.It looked as if someone had dipped a brush into red paint and then flicked it over a soft black canvas. This guy had a bad soul. He wasn't under the influence of a demon, but was just plain old evil all on his own. The dull ache in my gut flared to life. People pushed past me, casting annoyed looks in my direction. A few even muttered. I didn't care. I didn't even care about their soft pink souls, a color I usually found so pretty.I finally focused on the figure behind the soul-an older man dressed in a generic business suit and tie, briefcase handle clutched in a meaty hand. Nothing to run from, nothing to be frightened of, but I knew different. He'd sinned big-time.My legs moved forward even as my brain screamed at me to stop, to turn around, even to call Zayne. Just hearing his voice would make me stop. Would stop me from doing what every cell in my body demanded I do-doing what was almost natural to me.The man turned slightly, his eyes drifting over my face, down my body. His soul swirled crazy fast, becoming more red than black. He was old enough to be my father and that was gross, really gross.He smiled at me, smiled in a way that should've sent me running in the other direction. I needed to go in that direction, too, because no matter how rotten this man was-no matter how many girls out there would hand me a gold medal for taking him out-Abbot had raised me to deny the demon inside. He'd raised me to be a Warden, to act like a Warden.But Abbot wasn't here.I met the man's stare, held it and felt my lips curve into a smile. My heart raced, my skin tingled and flushed. I wanted his soul-so bad my skin wanted to peel itself off my bones. It felt like waiting for a kiss, when your lips were moments away from joining, those breathless seconds of anticipation. But I'd never been kissed before.All I had was this.This man's soul called to me like a siren's song. It sickened me to be so tempted by the evil in his spirit, but a dark soul was as good as a pure one.He smiled as he eyed me, his knuckles blanching around the handle of the briefcase. And that smile made me think of all the horrible things he could have done to earn the swirling void around him.An elbow dug into my lower back. The tiny speck of pain was nothing compared to the exquisite anticipation. Just a few more steps and his soul would be so close-right there. I knew the first taste would spark the sweetest fire imaginable-a high for which there was no equivalent. It wouldn't last very long, but the brief moments of pure ecstasy lingered as a potent allure.His lips wouldn't even need to touch mine. Just an inch or so, and I'd taste his soul-never take it all. Taking his soul would kill him and that was evil, and I wasn't-This was evil.I jerked back, breaking eye contact. Pain exploded in my stomach, shooting through my limbs. Turning away from the man was like denying my lungs of oxygen. My skin burned and my throat felt raw as I forced one leg in front of the other. It was a struggle to keep walking, to not think about the man and to find the Poser again, but when I finally spotted her, I let out the breath I was holding. Focusing on the demon at least served as a distraction.I followed her into a narrow alley between a dollar store and a check-cashing place. All I needed to do was touch her, which I should've done back in McDonald's. I stopped halfway, looked around and then cursed.The alley was empty.

Editorial Reviews

"Armentrout works her magic with swoon worthy guys and a twist you never see coming." - #1 New York Times bestselling author Abbi Glines