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Hardcover: 436 pages
Publisher: Pocket; First Edition edition (October 13, 2009)
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Series: Book 8 in Immortal After Dark Series
Main Characters: Murdoch Wroth & Daniela the Ice Maiden
Book Origin: Personal Library
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.
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 :)
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.