Stone Cold Touch
Author: Jennifer L. Armentrout
Published: October 21st, 2014
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.
When I first started this series, I was completely enthralled with these characters. After reading, “Stone Cold Touch”, I’m even more in love with Roth than I was in the first place. Layla seriously needs to make sweet Demon love with this guy. I couldn’t have been happier with this book. Jennifer did it again keeping me up all night long because I wanted to see what happened next. Now I have to wait for “Every Last Breath” and I need it like yesterday!
When we left Layla in “White Hot Kiss” she was devastated at losing Roth. When we return to her, she is mourning him even more. She has grown ever closer to Zayne and honestly I was not happy. She doesn’t belong with Zayne. I get the whole warden concept and how they want to protect everything, but it comes to a point where Back the heck off! Layla slowly starts seeing a change in her powers. Things are even more wonky than they were before and then Roth returns.
ROTH FREAKING COMES BACK! I literally squealed when I read the very page that he returned. Jennifer has a way of making her characters more than they seem and that is exactly how she makes Roth. I loved him in the first book and I loved him even more in the second. Roth comes back on another mission for the Boss. Everything changes quickly. Things are revealed and you have that “Oh crap…” moment and you’re left holding your breath.
Layla is torn now between the boy that she has loved since forever and the one that she can be herself with. She really comes into her own in this book. She starts exploring more of her demon side. She gives that side of her more of a chance. This really shows her growth. This growth doesn’t feel rushed either. Her personality is gradual and grows as the book goes on, it’s not sudden. I loved the introduction to witches in this book. I thought it gave a great new element to the supernatural in the story. Honestly, Zayne for me is a great guy. I really do like him, but I feel that he’s got more of that best friend/brother feel to him.
This love triangle is believable and one of the best ones that I have seen. Each has the potential to be hot and steamy and some scenes really leave you panting for more. I can't wait to see what Jennifer does in "Every Last Breath". Will Layla fall completely for Roth (which I'm really hoping for) or will she go with the safe route (in my opinion)? This series has definitely grown fantastically. It's an enticing story that is a bit outside the normal boundaries. The length is just right and it doesn't feel long and overbearing. It's just the right about of crazy!