I am a huge Jennifer L. Armentrout fan. Her writing is smooth, easy to read, and she is uber-skilled at making a reader turn pages.
But Stone Cold Touch, book two in the Dark Elements series, unfortunately fell flat for me. I think the reason is the love triangle.
The three characters involved are awesome on their own. I really like both of the male leads… but because of this, I found myself angry with the female lead because she was constantly warbling between them.
Also, the triangle became the focus of the book. For me, romance needs to be a sideline plot. The world of Dark Elements is fantastic, with rich characters and a life of its own, but this incredible world is shoved aside and takes a backseat to the romance. It disappointed me a little, and despite ending mid chapter — with doom staring all the characters in the face, I did not immediately reach for the next book.
Will I read eventually read the third book? Well, yes. I loved the first book so much I got the entire series. I just think maybe I need a break for a bit.
JLA’s writing is still phenomenal. Such an easy read.