Stone Cold Touch by Jennifer L. Armentrout
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
“What you are doesn’t change who you are.”
The following ratings are out of 5:
World building: 🌎🌍🌏🌎🌍
Character development: 😳🤬😏🤓🥰
The heroine: Layla – she is half gargoyle, half demon and lives with the gargoyle Wardens who protect humanity from demons. She learned that her mother was the demon Lilith whom escaped from Hell nearly 18 years ago and got pregnant by a gargoyle.
The Hero(s): Zayne – a gargoyle shifter and son of the head warden. He is four years older than Layla and her best friend. Layla has had a crush on Zayne for years. Zayne is very good to Layla.
Roth – an upper level demon, he is tall, inked and cocky. He was back in Hell at the beginning of the book and returns with awful news.
The Story: Layla had always loved Zayne but also she had always known that they could never be together because her kiss can kill. Like a succubus, she sucks in the soul through a kiss. Since she grew up with the wardens, she has always fought against her demon nature and spending time with Roth in the first book, she was finally able to be with someone she could kiss.
So much happened in this book and it was so good. It was so different than I expected. Every time I though something would happen, it got turned all around. I love when a book can surprise you so much. Also at the end of the first book, I was seeing shades of the Edward, Bella, Jacob triangle, and I was totally team Roth. However, nothing went as expected. I am still totally team Roth, but I did switch back and forth a bit.
I don’t want to give anything away, but I loved the action, the drama and the angst. The romance had some great moment and there were definitely a lot of longing looks between these guys and Layla. It was a young adult romance so there were no overly steamy scenes. But I liked the fact that it’s about the kiss. Sometimes a good kissing scene can be every bit as intimate and steamy as doing it all.
The narration was good, but I won’t give 5 out of 5 headphones unless it is dual narration with at least one man and one woman. I think that even a book told by the heroine’s POV can have dual narration. Though I have to admit that Saskia Maarleveld does a fine job at using different voices.
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