Stone Cold Touch (The Dark Elements, #2) by Jennifer L Armentrout
Every touch has its price
Layla Shaw is trying to pick up the pieces of her shattered life—no easy task for a seventeen-year-old who’s pretty sure things can’t get worse. Her impossibly gorgeous best friend, Zayne, is forever off-limits thanks to the mysterious powers of her soul-stealing kiss. The Warden clan that has always protected her is suddenly keeping dangerous secrets. And she can barely think about Roth, the wickedly hot demon prince who understood her in ways no one else could.
But sometimes rock bottom is only the beginning. Because suddenly Layla’s powers begin to evolve, and she’s offered a tantalizing taste of what has always been forbidden. Then, when she least expects it, Roth returns, bringing news that could change her world forever. She’s finally getting what she always wanted, but with hell literally breaking loose and the body count adding up, the price may be higher than Layla is willing to pay…
Available October 21, 2014 from Harlequin Teen
Review...From the moment I met Zayne in Bitter Sweet Love, I loved him. So when I read White Hot Kiss, I struggled. I wanted to love Zayne the best. The problem was that I loved Roth too. So infrequently does this happen to me. I can usually pick THE guy out of a love triangle that will own my heart and the heroine's heart from pretty early on. But JLA has skills and I loved both of these guys.
In Stone Cold Touch, Layla spends more time with Zayne. We find out just how much he loves to snuggle. We learn how protective and sweet he is. We learn how he'll do anything for Layla. He is truly the good boy to Roth's bad.
And when Roth shows back up, things get very interesting. I am sure that both of these guys love Layla. But that's about it for the sure thing. I thought I had an idea of what was happening...maybe not.
Here's the thing, the love triangle is so wonderfully developed that I could easily see her with either guy. I love all three of these characters. I doubt the guys would be up for sharing, but I want them all happy. My heart will break for whoever loses the girl. And I will beg for their happily ever after.
There is so much more than a love triangle going on, though. The mystery of all the unexplained death and destruction had me flipping those pages trying to figure it out. But that strong emotion surrounding the love triangle wrapped it's way through all the pages and had me overlooking some pretty intriguing clues. As I looked back, I was so impressed with how this story was stunningly crafted to hide things in plain sight.
I have loved them all, but this one is my favorite of the series.
I cannot wait for book three.
Good luck picking between them...
Her dreams of becoming an author started in algebra class, where she spent most of her time writing short stories….which explains her dismal grades in math. Jennifer writes young adult paranormal, science fiction, fantasy, and contemporary romance. She is published with Spencer Hill Press, Entangled Teen and Brazen, Disney/Hyperion and Harlequin Teen.
She also writes adult and New Adult romance under the name J. Lynn. She is published by Entangled Brazen and HarperCollins.
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