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.
I have attempted other books by this author before and one series I read 1 book and did not finish the series due to it being so close to another series by a different author. Then I attempted the first 2 books of another of this author’s series and couldn’t finish because the 2nd book was all about “I-love-you-but-I-can’t-have-you-but-I-want-you-oh-baby-oh-baby” and I just lost interest in it and it was 85% eye rolling. So, I kept hearing about this book and people telling me “Bekah, you need to read this! you need to read this! give this one a chance” well I did and regardless of the cover of the book it was better than I anticipated.
The overall plot was interesting and new. I hadn’t ever come across a story about gargoyles and so this was awesome in that aspect. Plus a “good vs. evil” the overall idea was new and I loved it.
Now the main character Layla is half demon, yet half gargoyle which makes her enemy to both sides and yet NOT enemy either which creates a nice conflict and the fact that she is raised in a house of gargoyles who taught her all her life that demons were bad-which they are-but not entirely which was super fun to read about it and see what was really “bad” and what wasn’t. However Layla isn’t what she seems there is a lot of questions about her and her past in regards to her paternity and what not then she comes across a sexy hot demon named Roth who is and isn’t what he appears to be. As they as characters progress you end up really liking Roth as a character and a person.
There is a love triangle…sort of but not really there is always this undertone of forbidden love on all 3 sides and it’s crazy so if you like steamy scenes (NO SEX) and love triangles this is it.
I really enjoyed the overall story and what new things Jennifer L. Armentrout brings in this new series. I look forward to book 2 and hope its not an eye rolling disappointment.
Sexual Content: moderate (PG-13 with lots of sensual scenes and steamy close encounters with making out)