Review: Stone Cold Touch (The Dark Elements #2) by Jennifer L. Armentrout

Stone Cold TouchTitle: Stone Cold Touch
Author: Jennifer L. Armentrout
Series: The Dark Elements #2
Rating: 5 stars
Genres: Paranormal Romance

Every touch has its price

Layla Shaw is trying to pick up the pieces of her shattered lifeโ€”no easy task for a seventeen-year-old whoโ€™s pretty sure things canโ€™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 Laylaโ€™s powers begin to evolve, and sheโ€™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. Sheโ€™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 payโ€ฆ

My Review:
I started reading Stone Cold Touch as soon as I turned the last page on White Hot Kiss. I was sold on Roth. Completely. Unflinchingly. He’s the man. But goddammit JLA had to go and mess all that up for me!I’m now referring to White Hot Kiss as Book Roth and Stone Cold Touch as Book Zayne.

You can’t help but fall in love with Zayne in this book, even though there are moments where you want to shake some sense into him. He loves Layla with such intensity that he overlooks the fact that she’s running off on little adventures with Roth left, right and center.

Layla’s mind and body are in a bit of a mess, as she feels torn between the two guys. I don’t blame her, it’s a real dilemma as both guys are incredibly hot, very protective of her and offer distinct possibilities. However, Zayne always errs on the side of caution while Roth is more your typical bad-boy (rocking some Seth/Daemon qualities in my opinion, not that there’s anything wrong with that!)

I felt there was a lot more focus on the romance in this book than usual, but there’s still plenty of action to propel the story along.

I hated Abbott in this book and really couldn’t understand how he could throw Layla under the bus so easily. She was supposed to be like a daughter to him, but he never treated her this way and was always quick to think the worst of her. Zayne in comparison was resolute in his defence of Layla, and his belief in her inherent goodness.

I hate snakes, they give me a serious case of the heebie-jeebies, but I love Bambi! Go Figure.

I worked out the identity of the Lilin pretty early on, the subtle clues were there, but that ending was still incredible.

I only read this after the whole voting on Roth vs. Zayne had ended so I couldn’t contribute to who Layla ends up with. I’m guessing it’s going to be Roth. It’s a tough call as both guys are great. However, ultimately I think she’s better suited to Roth as it’s easier to be with him. If she ends up with Zayne she’ll constantly have the whole no-kissing-or-I’ll-take-his-soul type dilemma. No one could live like that. It seems more natural for her to belong with Roth.

Another epic read from JLA, and I can’t wait for Every Last Breath.

2 thoughts on “Review: Stone Cold Touch (The Dark Elements #2) by Jennifer L. Armentrout”

  1. I still have to start this series. I do own the novella and the first book, but I really have to be in the mood for one of JLA her books as I can either enjoy them or they can be annoying. I got halfway through the novella and then put it down as I wasn’t in the mood for it.
    The third book in this series is released by now, if I am correct. Did you the guy who you thought would win, actually win? I am curious if your prediction was right.
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  2. I wasn’t mad about the novella and it’s not really essential to the story. The three main books are brilliant though. In the first book I was totally Team Roth, but I fell in love with Zayne in the second one, and I really couldn’t pick between them. I had a feeling who would win out and I was right. I’m not unhappy about it as it felt believable but my heart was in bits for the other poor guy – he still wasn’t over it by the of the book and it really tugged my heartstrings. This is one of her better series and I would highly recommend it. Then again, I love most of her books so I may be a little biased ๐Ÿ™‚
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