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…
Stone Cold Touch by Jennifer L. Armentrout
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
I’m pretty sure the first question I got asked when people saw me reading Stone Cold Touch was “Are you Team Zayne or Team Roth?”
I’m not entirely sure how to answer this question even after finishing. If you’ve read any of Jennifer’s books, then you know she does swoony guys amazingly well, and well, when she’s got two in one story that just makes it even harder to decide which one you’re going to cheer for.
Stone Cold Touch picks up shortly after White Hot Kiss. Can I just say that I’m glad I waited to read these two books back vbg back because that cliffhanger would probably have had me sending Jennifer random gifs of sobbing people via twitter. Jumping back into Layla’s world, she is trying to figure out where she belongs as well as work out her feelings for the two guys who have stolen pieces of her heart. Roth who she connected with in ways she never expected and Zayne, her lifelong friend who is absolutely off-limits, but keeps hinting at things not staying that way.
Suddenly Layla’s powers aren’t exactly the same, they keep changing and she isn’t exactly sure why. And the Warden’s… the people she’s considered family all these years are keeping secrets from her and she isn’t really sure who she can trust.
Okay so yes… love triangle. Deal with it. The best thing about this one, at least for me, is that I can’t even decide who I’d like to see her with. They are both amazing guys and they both love her for the same types of reasons. It’s hard to decide who I’d like to see her with in the end.
Which leads me to the guys. Totally lovely guys. Guys who will sacrifice and betray for her. I loved every second of it.
And Layla is a wonderful character herself. The struggles she’s presented with in this book really have her making some tough decisions and her struggle to figure out who she can trust and confide in and ultimately lean on was a great part of this story.
The end… though not really a cliff-hanger in my eyes, I have to say that I kind of saw that coming. That doesn’t mean I’m less excited for what’s next, in fact, just the opposite. I can’t wait to see what Jen does to our group in book 3!
If you’re looking for something a bit different – gargoyles are nothing I’ve read before, then you’re going to want to pick this series up. In true Jennifer Armentrout fashion, she hooks you with an amazing story, wonderful characters and swoony guys who will probably have you drooling a bit.
Thank you to Harlequin Teen for the advanced copy in exchange for my honest thoughts.