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A Deep Kiss of Winter: Untouchable / Tempt Me Eternally
A Deep Kiss of Winter Untouchable / Tempt Me Eternally
Author: Gena Showalter, Kresley Cole
Under the cover of wintry dark shadows, passion's magic ignites a fire too hot to touch -- and too wicked to die...DEEP KISS OF WINTER: Two never before published paranormal stories to delight the senses and tantalize the imagination!UNTOUCHABLE by Kresley Cole (Immortals After Dark, Bk 8) — Murd...  more »
PBS Market Price: $8.09 or $4.19+1 credit
ISBN-13: 9781451600056
ISBN-10: 1451600054
Publication Date: 12/28/2010
Pages: 520
Rating:
  • Currently 4.1/5 Stars.
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4.1 stars, based on 167 ratings
Publisher: Pocket Star
Book Type: Mass Market Paperback
Other Versions: Hardcover
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reviewed A Deep Kiss of Winter: Untouchable / Tempt Me Eternally on + 114 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 3
First off, I'm not a big fan of anthologies. They usually mean I end up spending money on a book I will only read 150 pages of because I only care about one of the authors or because that story fits into a series somewhere and I'm a consummate completest. This one was even more annoying because it came out in hardcover. I sucked it up and bought it any way because Kresley Cole is one of my favorite authors, and the Immortals After Dark series is addictive. So I'm reviewing specifically her story, Untouchable. I may eventually go back and read Gena Showalters (I am a fan of some of her work) but for now I just focused on Daniela and Murdoch.

Second point: I realize full well that this was intended as a winter holiday/Christmas book, but I read it in July. Oops. Actually, while the theme is ice and Christmas is briefly mentioned, it's not very Christmasy. I found the cold theme oddly refreshing.

Now, to the story: Basically, Daniella is a valkyrie but she was born to and Icere mother. The Icere are people of the cold, their bodies are cold, and warmth of any kind is deadly to them. For Danii that means contact with and non-Icere beings burns painfully, and getting overheated is a constant concern. When it's discovered that she is Murdoch's Bride (his fated mate), their inability to touch physically presents a huge problem.

The characters were surprisingly well rounded, considering that their developement had to take place in only 250 pages. Without the usual action/adventure sequences typical of the series, Cole focuses almost entirely on their core problem as a couple. I liked that. Danii's desperation to be loved and feel physical affection is heartbreaking. Murdoch, meanwhile, was somewhat of a rake when human--commiting to one woman, let alone one he cannot touch, is frustrating and life altering for him. I liked them as a couple. They certainly aren't my favorite of the series, but I wouldn't expect them to be.

I would like to say that Kresley Cole is one of the most endlessly creative authors I've encountered. The settings--like the cabin in Siberia that's magically iced over--take you to another world. The sex scenes are inventive. The characters are unique and interesting. Even the secondary characters are well rounded and likeable (Nix being my standing favorite).

Now the negatives: The overlapping timelines drive me crazy. If you've read the series up to this point, you know what I'm talking about. I usually don't file them under "negative" because while they are confusing, they're also a lot of fun. But in this case, in such a short novel, trying to shove in those context clues so that we as readers will know what part of the story arch we're in...I think it was a miss calculation on Cole's part. It felt like she had to work to make the story fit, and so I had to work to make it ok in my own head. Just a bit of a stretch.

I also kind of thought that the final solution to Danii and Murdoch's problem was SO OBVIOUS. No, I won't spoil it because maybe it isn't that immediately obvious to all readers. I just thought it was a bit lazy, and when it came to that point I said "Umm, duh?" and was left feeling a bit disapointed.

Overall, it's a good story. Worth the purchase of a full priced hardcover? Not really. But worth a read if you can get it otherwise.
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Helpful Score: 3
I have to start off by saying that I only read the Kresley Cole novella. I love Showalter but hadn't read any of her alien huntress series and decided not to spoil any of it for myself, in case I do decide to read that series.

Regarding the Cole novel. It reads like a typical novella: lots of jumping around and not much story BUT! Take heed, it IS typical, excellent writing by Ms. Cole. It actually takes you thru the storyline of several of her books, as the central charcters are the 4 Wroth brothers. It also answers the questions to where Dani disappeared to in one of the books, I think Conrads book. (I read too many books to keep them all straight off the top of my head.)

It is definitely worth reading and will certainly entertain. It isn't her strongest work, but that is a given with this type of novel, but I think it is important to have the storylines in this book for the series. I would read the entire series up to this book before attempting to read this story. There are many characters interacting that you will need to have a knowledge base for. I actually enjoyed having some of the questions from other stories answered by this book. Very fun.

Enjoy!
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Helpful Score: 2
I enjoyed the story by Kresley Cole. It meshed will with the other Immortals after Dark stories. As a shorter story, it was a little less compelling--I think there just aren't enough pages for as much character development and story line twists. It also provided some fun glimpses of past characters & what is going on in their lives.

I did not care for the story by Gena Showalter. I thought it was very superficial and the "tie it all up at the end" ending did nothing for me. A little more character development and a little less time spent on their intimate relationship would have been welcome. This story would get two stars.
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Helpful Score: 1
I originally gave this book a lower rating because I felt really overwhelmed with Cole's story (At that time, I haven't read Cole before). Now that I've read a few of the books of the series I found it quite enjoyable. It's a little slower than the other books because they aren't exactly any baddies to defeat. Definitely do not read this without reading at least a few of the books before hand or you will be utterly lost. That or the story will fell choppy and disconnected to you. It was a fun story and I like that Murdoch the manwhore was such a raving idiot when it comes to Danii.

As for Showalter's story, it was a little rushed but I've been waiting to read about these characters. I think the series novels are much better than this short story, so don't let this story keep you from trying the other ones. I did like the story though but I thought I would have liked more.

I just want to comment about the risque cover though. How did they get away with the clever (eh...) lighting?
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Helpful Score: 1
Good combination of stories. I liked both authors before reading this book and wasn't disappointed with the content. Neither story had the depth to stand up as full novels so I feel that the short story anthology was a good choice for the publisher. If you are new to either series, it might be best to read previous full novels before these stories just to simply understand some of the elements better.
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Untouchable
Daniela the Ice Maiden is part Icere, and part Valkyrie. Since she is part ice fae, she cannot touch another (unless they're an ice fae as well), without excruciating pain. Murdoch Wroth is an Estonian Warlord who was once a massive rake. After saving Daniela from assassins, Murdoch learns that Danii is his Bride. But since they can never touch, will their frustration be enough to drive them apart?

Untouchable is a story of utter frustration and sexual desire. It actually takes place a lot earlier than the last few IAD books, and once again with a Wroth brother. It's a novella in the book Deep Kiss of Winter. Even though it's a novella, it's still 300 pages, and well worth the read.

The sexual tension between Danii and Murdoch all but lights the pages on fire, and the sex scenes between the two are scorching. Kresley Cole has, as always, delivered a steamy, passionate couple who make your hearts melt from their pasts, and their possible futures. If you're an IAD fan, be sure to pick this one up, and if you've never read any of the books in the series, be sure to do so, since you're missing out!
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Loved it!
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Perfect. Wonderful. Romantic. Murdoch Wroth and Daniela is a small story told in a large way. To not be able to touch and being immortal would be horrible. I loved the beginning of their story and how they made "it" work. And the four brothers finally together with their fated brides made it even more perfect as a holiday story. Good job Ms. Cole.. as always a devoted fan.

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