Love Triangle Overload :( Stone Cold Touch #Review

April 8, 2016 Reviews 6

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Love Triangle Overload :( Stone Cold Touch #ReviewStone 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
Format: Audiobook
Source: Publisher

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....

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.

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!

3.5 stars pretty good

Despite not liking the love triangle, Berls gives Stone Cold Touch 3.5/5 stars! Click To Tweet Follow on Bloglovin


About Jennifer L. Armentrout

# 1 New York Times and USA Today Bestselling Author Jennifer L. Armentrout Lives in West Virginia.

All the rumors you heard about her state aren’t true.

Well, mostly. When she’s not hard at work writing, she spends her time, reading, working out, watching zombie movies, and pretending to write.

She is the author of the Covenant Series (Spencer Hill Press), the Lux Series (Entangled Teen), Don’t Look Back (Disney/Hyperion) and a yet untitled novel (Disney/Hyperion), and new YA paranormal series with Harlequin Teen.

Jennifer also writes New Adult and Adult romance under the pen name J. Lynn. The Gamble Brothers Series (Tempting the Best Man/Tempting the Player) and Wait for You. Under her pen name, she is published with Entangled Brazen and HarperCollins.


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6 Responses to “Love Triangle Overload :( Stone Cold Touch #Review”

  1. Nazish

    I do agree with you that I’ve read a few love triangles that have worked, but for me at least, most don’t. I’m glad you still enjoyed this one. I hope you like the third (and possibly final) book even more.
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  2. Bookworm Brandee

    Gah! I still can’t believe you can listen to a book at 2X! Impossible for me! *haha* I’m sorry there were elements – the love triangle in particular – that didn’t work for you in this installment. I completely understand why the love triangle felt ‘off’ – I’m thinking it’s going to bother me as well. But I’m happy there was enough goodness to balance out the bad so you could still enjoy the story overall. I’m excited to read this series…just have to find the time! 😉 Oh, I guess I could do it in audio. *hahaha* {{{hugs}}}
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  3. Lexxie

    Sometimes, love triangles are added simply for an added effect of drama, and in those cases – which seems to be what happened here – it really pisses me off! If a story is good, there is no need to put a love triangle in there just to make things difficult for the main character.
    I’m not sure I’d enjoy this one at all, Berls. Thanks for the great review.
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  4. Melanie Simmons

    Every time I see love triangle in a YA series, I feel like the author is just trying to follow the formula, which is frustrating. I do agree with you that I’ve read a few love triangles that have worked, but for me at least, most don’t. I’m glad you still enjoyed this one. I hope you like the third (and possibly final) book even more. I have still yet to try the book that I have from this author. I will. 🙂
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