Book Review: Stone Cold Touch (The Dark Elements #2)

stone cold touchTitle: Stone Cold Touch (The Dark Elements #2)

Author: Jennifer L. Armentrout

Pub. Date: April 11, 2014 (republished March 26, 2019

Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️



Layla Shaw is trying to pick up the pieces of her shattered life. Her best friend, Zayne, is forever off-limits thanks to her mysterious power of a soul-stealing kiss. Suddenly, the Warden clan that has always protected her is keeping dangerous secrets. And she can barely think about Roth, the forbidden demon prince who understood her in ways no one else ever could.

Rock bottom is only the beginning once Layla’s powers finally start to evolve. She’s offered a tantalizing taste of what has always been forbidden, finally getting what she has always wanted, but with hell literally breaking loose and the body count piling up, the price may be higher than Layla is willing or able to pay. 

This will be a spoiler free review.

Ugh. I forgot how much I love this series. You can check out my review for White Hot Kiss if you haven’t already. Being back in this world is so much fun and I forgot how addicting it is. Though, I do think that just about every JLA book/series. They’re so easily bingeable and addicting it’s hard to put them down.

It’s definitely interesting reading these books post Storm & Fury – which I also have a review for – because other aspects of this world have been introduced. Knowing what I know it’s kind of hard being a Zayne + Layla fan, and I feel like I’m totally on Team Roth. I wish I remembered who I was betting on the first time I ever read the books, but sadly I don’t.

This book kind of slows down in the middle, and I think it suffers a little bit from middle book syndrome, but ultimately it picks up and leaves you dying for the next one.

Which is my current problem. I wasn’t planning on picking up book 3 this month for my reread of JLA’s backlist, but now I’m thinking that I could just whip through it really quickly this week and be done with it.

So much happens in this book and Layla goes through so much and a lot of it very traumatizing and unfortunate for her. It’s totally unfair that she has to go through all of that and suffer through high school. There are also very hate-able characters in this one, and a lot of lines are crossed, and trust shattered. A certain head of a clan is quite the asshole…as are a few other members of the clan.

If you haven’t already, make sure you check out the Dark Elements Series – you need Roth in your life. And if you haven’t yet dived into JLA’s books and the worlds she’s created, you’re seriously missing out!

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