You all know I love JLA’s books. I was a little apprehensive before reading Bitter Sweet Love a few months ago, knowing it’s a fantasy series about Gargoyles. I mean… Gargoyles? The only ones I know are the stone ones in NYC. And they don’t look so inviting. But I gave it a shot, since It’s JLA.
And ever since I finished, I’ve been waiting 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.
You remember the half breed charge in the DC Warden house, right? Layla.
Layla is torn. She considers herself Warden, even though she’s only half that. Her other half is Demon. The Wardens’ enemy. How’d that happen? Read the book. I’m not revealing that itty bitty detail in this review.
You probably remember Zayne, too. Her pseudo-brother? He’s fiercely protective of her, her best friend. He’s also in love with Layla, every bit as she’s in love with him. But they can’t ever be together for fear of her sucking out his pure soul. Promising, right?
Layla is allowed to attend school, and one of her extracurricular activities is tagging demons for Wardens to easily spot and rid of when they’re out to hunt late at night.
Layla so deeply wants to belong, she does her best to suppress her demon side all the time. But Layla comes of, at first, as a little whiny. And then one day she meets Roth and her whiny self turns less whiny and a little rule breaking.
Roth is a drop dead gorgeous 17 year old. He’s also a demon (a special one) and he seems to know all there is to know about Layla. Even things she doesn’t know about herself, or ever tried finding out. Layla is attracted to Roth, who seems to always be there, when she wants him to, and mostly when she doesn’t.
Layla and Roth go on an adventure behind the Wardens’ back. And they get into a lot of trouble. But then, most of this trouble affects Layla, not so much Roth. For the time being.
I loved the love triangle type in this story. There’s a distinct battle between good and bad, and right and wrong. But not the way you’d think. The battle between good and bad is within each of the characters – and that makes things fascinating, and also makes the reactions they have all the more unpredictable.
As with all of JLA’s books this one is fantastically written. I consider Bitter Sweet Love to be an introduction to this world. But I definitely consider White Hot Kiss a fantastic preparation for some great romance, fabulous action and a lot of plot twists and turns in this series. I just hope we get more from… well, I can’t tell you. That would be a spoiler and I don’t do spoilers.
The story ends with a bit of a cliffy, one that I wouldn’t consider as such but more of a get-me-the-next-book-pronto type need-to-read-further end.
It also left me with a bit of a hangover and a confused heart over Zayne versus Roth. I kept thinking a threesome would be fine by me. And then I remember it’s a YA. Sigh.