By Jennifer L. Armentrout
Publisher: Harlequin Teen
Publication Date: 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…
I was really looking forward to Stone Cold Touch. Like read it in one sitting the moment I got it excited. Especially since I was promised more Roth. Except the Roth that has returned from, spoiler alert, the pits of Hell is not entirely the Roth we left in book one. The book starts with Layla losing her ability to see souls and finding out that a Lilin may have been created despite her actions and Roth’s sacrifice in White Hot Kiss. Layla’s life gets worse from then on.
While Layla’s relationship with Roth was front and center in White Hot Kiss, Layla and Zayne are the focus of Stone Cold Touch. After Roth comes back and acts like an ass, Zayne and Layla’s relationship takes a turn for the romantic. After reading the synopsis, I was a little wary of how quickly it seemed that Layla moved on from her relationship with Roth to start something with Zayne, but I found that, given her situation, I could rationalize her feelings and find reasoning behind why she did. However, out of respect for both her and Zayne, I feel that Layla should have waited to pursue anything until she had fully gotten over Roth. I was also leery of why Zayne started to show an interest in Layla when he did, and Layla herself wonders if it is only because of Roth’s interest or the fact that she is no longer “defective,” i.e. can shift. There was also some information revealed at the end that made me question Zayne’s intelligence and how much he cared about Layla’s happiness when it didn’t involve him.
The plot was well paced and reader gets to see more of the supernatural creatures that inhabit Layla’s world. The main thing that I found frustrating in the novel, aside from Roth’s changing feelings, was how everyone, Layla included, was so quick to suspect Layla for what was happening. In addition, it was annoying that when new information was obtained, it was used to support the idea that Layla was causing all the problems instead of trying to find another answer.
The book was enjoyable, and the twist at the end was somewhat unexpected. I am definitely looking forward to the last book, especially since Stone Cold Touch did not drag like some middle books. Instead, it propelled the series forward with enough momentum to get book three off to a great and action packed start.
It should also be noted that the paperback editions have exclusive scenes in them from Roth (White Hot Kiss) and Zayne’s (Stone Cold Touch) points of view. Though I really wish they were both in Roth’s point of view.
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