I received this book for free from Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Stone Cold Touch by Jennifer L. Armentrout
Narrator: Saskia Maarleveld
Series: The Dark Elements #2
Published by Tantor Audio, Harlequin Teen on October 21, 2014
Genres: Young Adult, Paranormal Romance
Pages: 464 pages
Length: 15 hours 1 minute
As much as I continue to enjoy these characters and the plot, Stone Cold Touch wasn’t quite as good for me as White Hot Kiss, book 1.
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....
My main complaint is the love triangle. I’m not someone who is against love triangles; I’ve enjoyed plenty of them. But this one is annoying for me. In White Hot Kiss, Zayne doesn’t really show any interest in Layla – as a Warden anything between them should be impossible. So even though he was always a potential interest, Layla didn’t really see him as anything beyond a fantasy and he seemed to see her as a brother or really close friend. But in Stone Cold Touch he is coming on strong and it not only created a really strong, ugly love triangle but it felt ucky to me. After the relationship they had in book 1 it was just wrong.
My other complaint was that I totally knew a few of the big reveals from the get-go. They felt obvious to me and I wanted to shake Layla for being dumb. But, to be fair, I could see how all the things that were happening in her life made her miss what was obvious to me. And there were some really stellar moments that managed to shock me and make you want to cry a bit. So it balanced out those obvious reveals.
Complaints aside, I still really enjoy this story and characters. It’s something a bit different – Wardens (aka Gargoyles) are something I have never read much of in paranormal – and Layla is a fun character, being both Warden and demon. Grey area is always fun to play with, and Layla most certainly is that. And I really like Roth, Prince of hell. Suppose that could be the other reason I’m not a huge fan of the love triangle lol – I want her to pick him!
The narration really works for me too – Saskia Maarleveld is new to me narrator that I will keep my eyes open for in the future. Her male and female voices are quite good and I enjoyed her reading, even at the pace of 2.0 that I like to listen.
Looking forward to reading book 3 very soon (and I believe this is a trilogy so that would be the last book too!). Definitely recommend it!
Despite not liking the love triangle, Berls gives Stone Cold Touch 3.5/5 stars! Click To Tweet