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Summary

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.

©2014 Jennifer L. Armentrout (P)2014 Tantor

Critic reviews

"Intense, well plotted, and very readable, this title should fly into the hands of every paranormal reader out there." ( Booklist)

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Another gem from Armentrout

After reading both the Lux and Covenant series, I was curious what else Jennifer has up her sleeve and the first book of the Dark Elements didn't disappoint. More moderate than the above two, slower to unfold but also more complicated and smarter in some sense. The characters are great as always, the loveable villain can be another addition to the Best Book Boyfriends list, and the narrator is fantastic. J.L.A. Just knows how to write paranormal YA romance - looking forward to the next book in this series!

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  • KarenM of My Bookbag
  • 06-07-16

Very good story with inconsistant vocals

Where does White Hot Kiss rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

Somewhere in the middle of the pack

What was one of the most memorable moments of White Hot Kiss?

Roth's sacrifice out of love

Did the narration match the pace of the story?

mostly

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

Most of the time, the lines are blurred.

Any additional comments?

In the case of The Dark Elements, narrator Saskia Maarleveld has a bit of trouble keeping the character voices defined.

For example, Roth has a mostly normal voice, but the essence of the voice changes unexpectedly. Whether growling, or whispering, the voice should be recognizable as his. The same problem exists with the voice of Zane. While I realize that an individual's voice sometimes changes in modulation, the tone of the voice used should still sound like the same character.

This is a problem throughout the book, and it effects all the male voices. For the most part, she does an excellent job with the female voices, and I have to say that all of the male voices do sound decidedly male. If she works a bit more, focusing on consistency for each characters voice, she has the potential to become very good.

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  • erush
  • 24-07-15

Exciting

Read it and listened to the audio book. It keeps you wanting to flip the pages.

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  • Monica Monkemeier
  • 07-05-15

Awesome narrator! Love love Armentrout!

Armentrout never disappoints! Can't wait to start Stone Cold Touch! The narrator gave each voice a distinction. Love her too!

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  • Kim
  • 18-02-15

MUCH better than expected

The narrator was excellent in keeping my attention and speaking for several characters. The story line was VERY interesting about Demons & Wardons(Gargoyles). I loved this story because the main characters grew throughout the story and evolved with the growth of the story line. I have to say though I did cry my eyes out with something that happened in the story - but at least I know it may not be hopeless for what and who I am sad about///this was a great escape and 5 stars for Jennifer the author and the Narrator who read the story!






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  • Jessica
  • 08-01-15

Jennifer Armentrout never ceases to amaze me!

Would you listen to White Hot Kiss again? Why?

No, only because I don't prefer to relisten to anything. Once is always enough for me.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Roth was my favorite b/c he was this strong bad boy who really did have a good heart underneath all the demon.

What does Saskia Maarleveld bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

She really brings the characters to life with a great sense of who they are just through her voice. Excellent narrator.

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  • Love2reaD
  • 26-01-18

5 White Hot stars!

Wow! This book was amazing. It completely sucked me in from the beginning and I couldn't wait until I finished it. It's book 1 so be ready to continue on the journey.
Narration was a solid 4 stars.

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  • Talita
  • 19-01-18

my second time listening to this trilogy!

Love the narrator, the story and the characters! wish there were more than three books!

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  • DAG
  • 13-02-17

Captivating!!

Great read!! This book kept my curiosity as to what was going to happen next. I can't wait to see what happens in the next book. Refreshing!

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  • Meagan Rodriguez
  • 01-02-17

heart beats

the characters were great and made you want to believe that evil can love. I literally cried when the ending happened.

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  • B.A. Wilson
  • 22-01-17

Fun Series; Good Narration

Part demon, part warden, seventeen-year-old Layla doesn't quite belong with the light or the dark, and both sides wish her ill will.

This was another solid story by J-Ar. It has a strong female lead, swoon-worthy guys, good world building, and some fascinating concepts.