Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Stone Cold Touch

Stone Cold Touch is the second book in The Dark Elements series by Jennifer Armentrout. Available at Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and BooksAMillion.

See my review of the first book here: White Hot Kiss.

The Blurb

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…




My Review
Stone Cold Touch by Jennifer L. Armentrout
My rating: 3 of 5 stars 
I'm most definitely Team Roth, which is why I read this book - Roth was the only thing from the first book that hooked me.

But... 
What I imagine happening with a crowned Prince of Hell definitely doesn't happen here. This book is PG compared to my XXX imagination.

What I get is a half-demon/half-warden pretending to be a normal girl leading on two male descendants of angelic beings - an issue that's not resolved at the end of the book so I expect more of the same to come in the third. Maybe Layla will just figure out she needs both blokes and go with a polyamorous relationship - doubtful, but I can dream (what else would I do with all of Roth's references to Stoney *eye brow wiggle*). 
And, on top of that, there's some major slut-shaming, especially at the start of the book. I don't like the Wardens or their attitudes toward sex. Talk about buzz-kill for my adult-imagination but it is an issue that teenage girls have to come to terms with because there are people with mind-sets like the Wardens who will judge those girls when they become sexually active. Take that as you will - as for me, the attitude makes me hope the Wardens get their butts handed to them by the demons at some point in this series, which encourages me to read the next book.

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