Thursday, April 14, 2011

Review: Untouchable from Deep Kiss of Winter Anthology

Untouchable (Deep Kiss of Winter Anthology)
by Kresley Cole

Genre: Paranormal Romance

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(Win! 3.5 out of 5) Entertaining and sweet!

“And if you don’t think I can hold my own against all those eighteenth-century mortals you were out tagging, then you’re a fool, Casanova.” ... “Oh, yes, I know all about you.”

He went still. “What are you talking about?”

“I was alive back then. And all the Lore heard about the ruthless warlord brothers from Estonia. The general, the scholar, the enigma, and . . . the manwhore.”

Untouchable is about Daniela the Ice Maiden, a half Valkyrie, half Ice fey warrior and rightful heir to the Icere throne and Murdoch Wroth, Eighteenth-Century Warlord, Modern Vampire Soldier and brother to Nikolai, Sabastian and Conrad Wroth. The two face a multitude of conflicts trying to make their relationship work. Daniela and Murdoch can never touch without inflicting excruciating pain and damage to Daniela's body.  Which has to stay cold or above a certain temperature or she could die.  On top of the temperature issues, Murdoch is a total rake. He's completely inept when it comes to relationships, as he's never actually been in one.  After being blooded by Daniela he manages to say and do all the wrong things.  And he does this to the only woman in the Lore who actually wants him and would accept him regardless of the fact that he's a vampire.

Kresley Cole is one of my favorite authors and I'm totally in love with her IAD series.  They're uniquely entertaining with their creative plots and quirky dialogue.  The beginning of this story got off to a really good start.  The main characters were well rounded and there was instant chemistry between them.  The dialogue, as usual with all Kresley Cole novels, was superb!  I admit I found much of the story entertaining. But I think she may have gotten in over her head with the whole "untouchable" thing.

But the biggest problem? I don't think anyone can identify with Daniela's unique problems. Who here has ever felt rejuvinated and relaxed in a freezing tub of ice water?  Um ... not me. I just can't relate. Honestly, as I sit and think about how to even make that connection possible for the reader, I realize just how difficult it would actually be for KC.  So I must admit that this was no easy task to accomplish. Unfortunately, the lack of connection also made the story an uncomfortable read for me in places.

Love scenes? The first one was actually kind of hot.  After that ... mmm, not so much. Imagine being miserably freezing cold and trying to make love. Or using an icicle for foreplay? Um, no. Sorry. Makes me want to put on fleece undies and top that off with a chastity belt. On top of that little bit of torture, the two were miserable constantly because they could never touch!  Thankfully Cole managed to make their coupling work out in the end.  But the journey getting there was a little torturous and uncomfortable at times.

I usually really love Coles' novels, but I think the storytelling suffered a bit with all the torture the characters endured for the sake of love... or just sex alone.  I still enjoyed this story, but had a harder time connecting with it than I usually do with most of Coles' novels. It did have a really good ending and I guess that makes up for some of the uncomfortable parts in the story.  Plus, I still, and always will, recommend Kresley Coles' IAD series. They're just that good.

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Sweet Pea said...

I also Adore KC! You are right when you say it's hard to relate in sitting in a tub of ice. I can't stand being cold! I moved to Phoenix for that very reason! When I read, this one, I was frustrated for the characters! Great review and great insight! I would also recommend the IAD series to anyone. I love them mucho!

Amanda P AKA Sweet Pea
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Fiction Fool said...

Thank you! Ditto!

Jen said...

I am also a huge IAD fan, but the whole icicle thing wasn't great for me either. I also felt like there was too much re-tread at the beginning, overlapping with Murdoch's brothers' stories... especially Nikolai's. It was still worth reading, though... and I didn't ever know the title of the short-story until now!

Lisa @ Read.Breathe.Relax. said...

HI! I found you over at parajunkee, and wanted to say hi! I've never read anything by Kresley Cole, but this book sounds pretty good!

I'm a new follower, and am looking forward to reading more of your posts! :)

Fiction Fool said...

@ Jen - I love the IAD series, but this was one of the very few that I had a few issues with. I just couldn't handle that icicle thing! Glad to know I wasn't the only one. LOL!

@ Lisa - thanks for the follow. I'll make my way over to your blog and return the favor. I really tried to do the Follow Friday today. But I was a conference and it became impossible. I'll catch everyone next Friday though. You should definitely give Kresley Cole a try. The series is different with lots of quirky humor. They're a fun read.