Stone Cold Touch by Jennifer L. Armentrout (The Dark Elements #2)

“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…”

stone cold touch cover

Rating: 4 stars

In this book, we get to know the characters even more as well as the world we’re set in, therefore it was a little more enjoyable. (Even though i adored the first book). Let’s get started!!

Roth is back and I couldn’t be happier. I couldn’t imagine reading the book without him, his arrogant attitude and his sarcastic comments in it. In this book, he was really portrayed as a total asshole especially toward Layla. It was obvious (to me I think) that he didn’t mean what he was saying. Layla meant the world to him since he met her even if he didn’t show like a normal human being.

Maddox hissed. “You think you’re cute?”

“Nah, I think I’m sexy.” The smirk spread, but it didn’t reach his cool ocher eyes. “And I also think I’m hilarious”.

Layla was more confident in this book and in her capacities. Even when she doubt it herself, she overcome it easily than before especially with the help of Roth. Loved her character development.

Being kind of rejected by Roth, started a sort of relationship with Zayne. He really was in love with her and didn’t want to have this “brotherly” relationship with her. Even if I’m team Roth since the start, the relationship with Zayne wasn’t going to happen. Zayne always protected her and didn’t let her be herself like Roth. The latter was protective but he did have her back in everything she’s doing. Roth has been there for here all the time, accepting both of her sides and telling her that it’s ok to have little of bad in you. Zayne was really this nice guy and he didn’t deserve to be with Layla. I mean she didn’t do him justice since she was really into Roth the whole time even she was denying it.  But he was kicking some serious sexiness in this book and he kind of stand out more.

Abbot was this huge asshole in the book. He was totally blinded by his judgements and «hatred» toward Layla. We got that he doesn’t trust her completely after her lies but he didn’t have to shut her off like this and act like she was a complete stranger as well as a threat.

Loved the ending and how Roth’s behavior toward Layla was explained. But the mind blowing thing? It’s that cliffhanger that I didn’t expect at all. JLA knows how to end her books.

Overall it was a nice sequel to White Hot Kiss and didn’t fall in the category of the «middle book syndrome».

 

 

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