Book Review: White Hot Kiss (The Dark Elements #1)

White Hot KissTitle: White Hot Kiss (The Dark Elements #1)

Author: Jennifer L. Armentrout

Pub. Date: February 25, 2014 (March 25, 2019)

Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️


Layla just wants to be normal—fit in at school, go out on real dates and do other typical teenager things. Trouble is, Layla is anything but normal and her longtime crush, Zayne, treats her like a little sister. Half demon, half gargoyle, Layla has abilities that no one else possesses. And even though Zayne is a Warden, part of the race of gargoyles tasked with hunting demons and keeping humanity safe, Layla’s kiss will kill anything with a soul—including him.

 Enter Roth—a smart-mouthed demon who claims to know her deepest, most dangerous secrets. Though Layla knows she should stay away, it’s tough when that whole soul thing isn’t an issue. Trusting Roth could brand her a traitor to the Warden family that raised her and destroy her relationship with Zayne. But with a violent demon uprising looming in the distance, kissing the enemy suddenly pales in comparison to the end of the world.

This will be a short spoiler free review.

Ugh, I forgot how much I loved this book. I chose to reread White Hot Kiss after finishing Storm & Fury mainly because it had been so long, and I’ve been slowly working my way back through Jen’s backlist. I haven’t read most of her books since their releases and I just love her books and how captivating and easy to get lost in they are.

Jen definitely knows how to write swoon worthy guys – and there are two of them in this book – Roth and Zayne. To be honest, I’m Team Roth – if you were to ask me to pick sides. If you want to be Team Zayne, go read Storm & Fury. White Hot Kiss follows Layla, who doesn’t feel like she fit’s in anywhere, at least, not completely. She’s in this constant state of wanting to prove herself, to show that she’s not weak and that she’s capable of standing up for herself, but when facts about her past and who she is start to bubble to the surface, she realizes that maybe getting help isn’t such a bad thing. Enter Roth – demon, who is too damn likable and makes Layla question everything and everyone.

This book is a pretty quick read, and the start of a great trilogy. If you want to get lost in a fun, fiery read, with hot guys, swoon worthy moments, and a giant demon eating snake, then you definitely want to check out The Dark Elements series…think of it as pre for reading Storm & Fury, but I will say that you in no way have to read this trilogy before the spin off. I think it stands very well on its own, and if you’re wondering what my thoughts were on it, you can check them out here!

5 thoughts on “Book Review: White Hot Kiss (The Dark Elements #1)

    1. I loved the series when I read it years ago, so I’m excited to get reacquainted with it! I forgot how much I loved book 1, and it took all my will power to not just binge the series…in retrospect, I should’ve. lol
      And definitely check out the last one, and then Storm and Fury if you haven’t already!


  1. I couldn’t agree more on how Jenn’s book are super captivating and easy to get lost in. I loved this series when I first read it. (Which I need to reread soon!) I read Storm and Fury and now I’m team Zayne and Roth because they are too swoon worthy to choose between the two! I am glad you enjoyed this one again!

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    1. Omgosh yes! It was hard to choose between the two of them in the original trilogy, and now with Storm and Fury, it’s even harder. But, yes, I love them both!
      Have fun re-reading them! I’m slowly working my way through a reread of her backlist and it’s so wonderful.


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