Untouchable by Kresley Cole
(Deep Kiss of Winter)
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Reading level: Adult
Mass Market Paperback: 300 pages (Kresley’s story only)
Publisher: Pocket Star
Release date: December 28, 2010
Series: Immortals After Dark #8
Source: Personal Shelf
Reviewed by: Tynga
#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLING AUTHOR KRESLEY COLE delivers a breathtaking tale of a brutal vampire soldier about to know love for the first time . . . and a Valkyrie aching for his touch.
Murdoch Wroth will stop at nothing to claim Daniela—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. Can they conquer an agony of frustration and slake the overwhelming desire burning between them?
Murdoch used to be a womanizer, seducing woman after woman his whole life – until he was turned into a vampire that is. Vampires are impotent until they meet their Bride and are Blooded – brought back to life, their heart beating anew, and so it’s been a long time since a woman warmed up Murdoch’s bed. All hopes of getting hot and sweaty are crushed though when he meets his Ice Queen of a Bride. A beautiful and delicate half ice fey who can’t be touched. How can you fully Love someone when physical intimacy is impossible?
Untouchable is Kresley Cole’s story from Deep Kiss of Winter and I decided to review it separately because it’s 300 pages long, so almost novel length, and I’m not up to date with Gena Showalter’s alien series so it’ll be a while before I read her story.
Cole’s story really hit home with me, not only because the love story is great – as usual – but because it completes previous novels. See, Untouchable happens over the course of books 3, 4 and 5, and intertwine with them. I always like to have the other side of a story, so Untouchable filled my need to always know more! At the beginning of the story, Murdoch and Nikolai are searching for their long lost brothers, and has the romance develops, Murdoch also find his brothers. I truly enjoyed the double intrigue, even though I already knew the outcome of the second one, it was nice to discover tidbits not revealed in the previous novels.
A new race, the Icere, also make an apparition in this novel. They are being of ice, living in a mythical place and need cold – extreme cold- to survive or they die from thermal shock. Every touch burn them, and poor Danii is their long cast-away Queen. The no-touching policy wrapped the romance between the main characters in originality but also irony since Murdoch had been such a lover in the past.
I enjoyed the rollercoaster ride Kresley Cole offered us and the whole time I wondered how the lovers would make it work. I also relished the presence of Nix, my little favourite. I really can’t wait for her to have her own book and finally get to understand what happens in that head of hers! She’s simply amazing!
I can’t tell if it’s necessary to read this story to follow the series because I haven’t read the following book yet, but if you’re like me, you will enjoy how this story entwined with the previous books and you’ll want to read it. Of course Murdoch & Danii’s story is enough of a reason to read the book, everything else is just side benefits!
Immortals After Dark is one of my favorite series and I savour it slowly, reading a book once in a while, dreading the day I’ll catch up and have to wait for release days lol. If you haven’t given Kresley Cole a shot yet, I strongly suggest you do!