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Deep Kiss of Winter (Immortals After Dark) Mass Market Paperback – 20 Jan 2011
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About the Author
KRESLEY COLE is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of the vastly popular Immortals After Dark paranormal series. Two IAD novels—A Hunger Like No Other and Kiss of a Demon King —won the RITA Award for Best Paranormal Romance, and Kiss of a Demon King topped the New York Times and Publishers Weekly bestseller lists. Kresley Cole has also written five award-winning historical romances.
A master’s grad in English and former competitive athlete, Kresley lives in Florida with her husband and far too many pets.
Visit her website at www.kresleycole.com.^GENA SHOWALTER is the New York Times and national bestselling author of more than twenty novels in a wide range of genres, including her acclaimed Alien Huntress series for Pocket Books: Awaken Me Darkly, Enslave Me Sweetly, Savor Me Slowly, Seduce the Darkness, and Ecstasy in Darkness. Her fiction has appeared in Cosmopolitan and Seventeen and has been nominated for a prestigious RITA, as well as the National Reader’s Choice Award. She is universally acknowledged to be “made of awesome.” Visit her website at www.genashowalter.com.
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Now onto Showalter- this was my first taste of Alien Huntress series and it did seem to work well as a stand alone. I did find this read very entertaining, however I just could not buy into the plotline- it felt a little "oh come off it". For anyone new to Showalter try the Lords of the Underworld series- and yes I know "you can believe in demons but not aliens?" is a little hypocritical.
This could well be because I have already given my heart to Sebastian (as soon as he dumps Kaderin natch), but I just found Murdoch annoying and seriously lacking in charm. The heroines story was interesting, as she is not able to stand the touch of anyone outside her own species.
Overall though, I found this story less exciting than others in that, for the most part, there were certain events I was already expecting to happen. I know, I know, different point of view rah rah rah. Like I said, it depends on what you like. It just felt like Murdoch was slotted into the lives of his three more interesting and engaging brothers to me (where as the other brothers did not suffer this fate. Completeness I suppose). I don't think it would detract from my collection to not keep this one, though I am still waiting to see what happens to Lucia and Garreth regardless.
As far as the Alien Huntress novel goes, I am not an alien romance fan. It just doesn't sit well in my fantasy world. As such, I had no idea who was who when I read this story. I did read Dervyn and Brides story to try and make sense of this one with it, but am still not involved in what was going on. Regardless, I enjoyed the humour and interaction between the characters, on balance enjoyed the development of this romance far more.
I think I should have waited for the paperback.
Kresley Cole's Untouchable proved to be entertaining, sensual and able to move me. Not to mention raise the room temperature. It is a great addition to the IAD series finally giving us an opportunity to find out more about the last of the Wroth brothers - Murdoch and his destined Bride Daniela, the Ice Queen.
And what a pair they make. A rake, who used to seduce and leave women and a beauty, his heart starts to beat once again for, but cannot be touched. The irony of life. Fate has certainly played a trick on Murdoch and enriched the story with interesting twists.
As for the characters themselves - simply adored them. It was entertaining to watch as a true Casanova with apparent issues of commitment was turned into a babbling oaf at the mere sight of her. Or how Danii's uniqueness set her apart from other Valkyrie.I loved the vulnerability in this strong female. The part where she secretly wishes for him to be an arrogant, possessive Neanderthal and state his claim over her, touched my heart, even though it is something I could rarely bare earlier. At the first sign of a hero trying his domineering tripe, I'd immediately want the heroine to bring him to his knees.
Untouchable, however, made it work beautifully. Showing us both, strengths and vulnerabilities of the characters, letting us feel the passion boiling just beneath the surface.
Now the other part of Deep Kiss of Winter, Tempt Me Eternally, is actually another story. Meaning, I never thought I would say this about Gena Showalter, but she disappointed me.
The storyline, even romance was overshadowed by constant physical needs and the mindless dialogs between Aleaha and Breean. The first capture scene seemed to be going on for ages with it's annoying banter repeating the same "let me go" and "no" words. Irritating me to the point where I had actually closed the book and resumed reading only the next day (something that had never happened to me with G. Showalter's books before).
Another thing to turn me off was Aleaha's and Breean's sex scenes. Strange, since I like erotic, steamy encounters. Tempt Me Eternally, however, was bordering the line of porn. Leaving nothing for imagination and describing every raw detail there was to describe. I didn't feel any anticipation, or sexual tension. Found myself even skipping pages, looking for something interesting. Unfortunately, nothing grabbed my attention. At least not in a way it should have. It only managed to irritate me further.
Couldn't even find anything heroic about Breean. He was simply a powerful, stubborn male. And the heroine - a weak female to melt at every right word. It was ridiculous how her opinions changed, how from arguing with him one moment she ended up sympathizing the next only because he revealed an awful fact about his family. Suddenly the fact that he kidnapped her and kept her friend locked away - irrelevant.
But reading lines like, "I really am a monster (...) He'd only given her joy, and this is how she repaid him." was the last straw. In what alternate reality kidnapping a woman and her friends, even killing a few of those, locking them in a cell and making her a sex slave (cause I wouldn't call it any other name), no matter how gorgeous the man is, or how much pleasure he gives her in bed, is considered normal? Just because it is not technically a rape (the potent scent he generates to arouse her I could compare with drugging, thus the victim is influenced and not thinking straight), doesn't mean it is something admirable.
If this is not a Stockholm syndrome, then I have no idea what that is.
And for the end I would only wish to say, that Tempt Me Eternally was resolved so quickly and simply, it didn't seem the story had a real climax. But even though it failed to charm me, Deep Kiss of Winter is worth the time simply because of Kresley Cole's exhilarating Untouchable.
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Had already read the gena showalter book, but still enjoyed.