18 February 2010

Review: Kresley Cole - Deep Kiss Of Winter/ Untouchable


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Hardcover: 436 pages
Publisher: Pocket; First Edition edition (October 13, 2009)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1439159661
ISBN-13: 978-1439159668

Genre: Paranormal Romance
Series: Book 8 in Immortal After Dark Series
Main Characters: Murdoch Wroth & Daniela the Ice Maiden
Book Origin: Personal Library

Cover Summary:
Murdoch Wroth will stop at nothing to claim Daniela the Ice Maiden -- the delicate Valkyrie who makes his heart beat for the first time in three hundred years. Yet the exquisite Danii is part ice fey, and her freezing skin can't be touched by anyone but her own kind without inflicting pain beyond measure. Soon desperate for closeness, in an agony of frustration, Murdoch and Danii will do anything to have each other. Together, can they find the key that will finally allow them to slake the overwhelming desire burning between them?

My Review: With the release of PLEASURE OF A DARK PRINCE just around the corner I was suddenly in the mood for Valkyrie humor and a slow-burn sensual romance, so I cracked the spine of DEEP KISS IN WINTER where I found the novella UNTOUCHABLE. Vampire, Murdoch Wroth and Valkyrie/Ice fey, Daniela the Ice Maiden, cross paths and a romance combo of a Wroth Vampire with a Valkyrie is a sound promise of sizzling magnetism. Kresley Cole didn’t disappoint me in that department and she included problems for Murdoch and Danii to work through that seemed unsolvable in the beginning. I love it when an author makes the couple work for it and in doing so drives the reader insane how things are going to solve themselves.

With a chase, an attack on Danii and the blooding of Murdoch it was easy for me to get absorbed again in the Immortals After Dark world and by the characters. What kind of threw me off in UNTOUCHABLE was the timeline and the back story regarding Danii’s attack, it somehow felt very disjointed at first and it was very hard for me to get a grip on it. I was on third on the way when I realized that the referred to events spanned the happenings from the entire IAD story arch and from that moment it all came in to focus for me. It gave the romance of Murdoch and Danii a realistic time span and I flipped the pages in great anticipation what would happen next.

While the sequence of events all were interconnected and related to Murdoch and Danii, for me it was the romance that protruded in UNTOUCHABLE. Murdoch is a Wroth brother to the core, all vampire, vigorous, tough and a take-charge kind of guy. It is such a pleasure to see Danni opposed to him, sassy, quick-witted, not someone to mess around with yet beneath that veneer of ice hides a very emotional woman. With the problem of Danni not being able to bear touch I found out that Murdoch and Danii take the sex talk to a whole other level. Their dialogues are laden with innuendo and flirtation, alternating with the clashes of opinions and will power.

What I found so amazingly developed is the fact that Danii is half Ice fey, which means she and her magic thrives in sub zero temperatures, her body is ice cold and still the lovemaking is fiery. The conflicts are believable and as Murdoch and Danii worked their way to a solution the emotions deepened. Murdoch on his part really had to work for his bride and simultaneously he had Wroth sibling issues demanding his attention. As UNTOUCHABLE starts, Nicolai finds Myst after five years and from there Sebastien and Conrad pass the revenue with their romance issues, giving Murdoch other issues to worry about too.

The romance in UNTOUCHABLE is up to par with the quality of her full length novels, the great Valkyrie humor is present and I’m really interested in how Kresley Cole is going to give more shape to The Ascension. The back story felt more like a rehash from previous novels to set a time frame and while it all came together in the end it didn’t make sense for a few chapters. All in all a very enjoyable addition to the Immortals After Dark series where the last Wroth brother found his happiness.

Quote Danii:
This god of a male was linked to her by fate. I lived through the night, and a gorgeous, virile immortal needs me. Sad, sad Daniela just got happy, happy. (<- That would make me happy, happy too LOL)

This is just a short quote describing the Wroth brothers:
The warlord brothers from Estonia. The general, the scholar, the enigma and…the manwhore. (Guess who was the manwhore :)

Quote Danii:
The only males on earth who could touch her were the Icere. Regrettably, they also happened to want her dead. Which meant the closest she’d ever get to having sex would be reading about it in the many tomes of erotca she kept hidden in her room by indulging in her rich fantasy life. Which also meant she was probably the world’s oldest virgin. Merely waiting confirmation from Guinness.

3,5 stars

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17 comments:

  1. I've been meaning to read this book since it's release! Great review-I can't wait to read it now. :)

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  2. I really liked this one and loved their romance, even when they couldn't touch :)

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  3. I have this one in TBR pile! I love the cover so much that I take it out every once in a while to just stare at it. Okay... time to move it up my list of reads then! Great review honey!!!! Hope all is well with you!!!

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  4. Estonia? Oh cool :D Almost Finland.

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  5. I really enjoyed this novel also. It brought a different dynamic to the situation because they couldn't touch. The steamy scenes were excellent also.

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  6. Great review this one is in my TBR pile as well. I can't wait to get to it. I hope you are having a great one girl! :)

    HUGS

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  7. I really liked this one too. Love those valykrie and their sarcasm!

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  8. Hmmm...I'm not sure if I'm liking all the time jumping that Kresley is doing. Having read each book once, it's gotten hard for me to remember why things are happening here and there and I kinda wish she just kept going towards the future instead of bouncing around. Maybe it's just me though.

    Great review. I've been wondering what happened with Murdoch and Danii so I'm happy to see that you liked the short and that I have it my TBR.

    Hugs, VFG

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  9. There's quite some buzz going around about Kresley Cole's latest release. And to think I had never heard of her series before ;) and now book #9 is already released!
    Nice review, hon :)

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  10. Great review, Leontine! :) I've heard great things about Kresley Cole, and she's on my list of authors to read. I especially like the last quote above. Love the humor.

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  11. Geez! Why haven't I read this one yet? The book has only been sitting on my bookshelf since it released. Nice review, thanks for reminding I had this read. Cole is one of my favorite authors.

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  12. Here I am again :)

    I have an award for you over at my place :) -> http://erotromreader.blogspot.com/2010/02/happy-gay-friday-what-im-reading-and.html

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  13. @Buckeye Girl Reads - It sat on my shelf for ages too and I just needed a quick KC fix, UNTOUCHABLE definitely satisfied the need ;)

    @Mandi - I liked that too, cause when they didn't touch, they talked *sizzling*

    @cecile - Hon I need to e-mail you ASAP, I've been a bad bad friend *hangs head in shame*


    @JennJ - I getting better and better each day. I hope you enjoy this one too jenn :)

    @Tricia - valykrie and their sarcasm! Exactly!! I was so in the mood for some and got it in spades!

    @VFG - It isn't exactly time jumping but it starts with present day and then suddenly Emmaline was still single...I needed a bit of time to "get" the backstory time frame. When I picked it up, the story flowed again :)

    @Janna - If i could ever pimp you out to a NR series, this would be one of the very few I would really want you to read :)

    Thank you hon...I've been visiting your blog tonight ;)

    @Silver - Oh you really need to have this series, you need some Valkyrie humor, some Nïxsisms and hot loving!

    @Donna - it sat on my shelf too for a while, I hope the release of PoaDP will get you going too and read this book :D

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  14. I have bought the first book in the series :) Just so you know your influence stretches that far *giggle*

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  15. I really liked that one. I so love the Valkyrie. So much fun!!

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  16. I have this one in TBR pile! I'm such a fan. :)

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  17. @Janna - Oh, you make me feel like such a bad girl...do I mind?? Uhm, no I don't think so LOL

    @Susi Sunshine - What would an IAD novel be without some Valkyrie humor?? I love them to pieces

    @Fiction Vixen - Yeah me too, Untouchable was good but I also read PoaDP and wow, did that one rock my world again, I think my review will be reading like one gushing fan-girl LOL

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