Genre: Adult, Paranormal, Romance
Series: Immortals After Dark #8 (can be read as a standalone)
If you’re confused why the name in the post title and the one on the cover don’t match, it’s because the book Untouchable usually comes in a package with a novella Tempt Me Eternally by Gena Showalter. The set is called Deep Kiss of Winter and it has 444 pages.
Male: Murdoch Wroth (Vampire)
Female: Daniela the Ice Maiden (half Valkyrie, half Icere)
Plot: Murdoch and Daniela find out that they’re soul mates. But he can’t touch her because skin on skin contact by anyone who isn’t an Icere burns her. So they have to find a way to be together.
This is, hands down, my favourite book in the series so far. It’s so great and different and I loved it. Me = Very Happy.
And while some people may argue that the plot is very similar to that of Dark Needs at Night’s Edge (the one with the ghost), I don’t think that’s the case. The only thing the two books have in common is the no-touching part. And in this case, it’s not that he can’t touch her. Just that it would be very painful to her if he did. I really liked the plot of the book and how, despite the ‘burning touch’ thing being literal, normal it was.
Their problems weren’t that one had kidnapped the other or that one wanted to kill the other. It wasn’t even that they didn’t wanted to be together. Though Murdoch was iffy in the beginning, which I loved.
I mean, Murdoch has to be the first guy in the series to have a normal reaction to being told that he’s bound to a person for the rest of his life, a person he didn’t even choose. Everyone else accepts it immediately. I loved that he felt differently. Seriously, if some random guy got thrown at me as a ‘soul-mate’, I would tell the guy to take a hike just to spite fate. Then the whole commitment-phobe problem would come up and shit would really hit the fan…
But that’s beside the point. All I’m saying is that Murdoch was refreshing. And so was Daniela! She’s didn’t immediate try to run away or kill the guy, she wanted to give things a shot as well. Shocking, I know!
And their relationship was done so well. They took the time to get to know each other. They shared their problems with each other. There were good days and bad days and they had problems, sure, but it was all so non-dysfunctional… This novel is a breath of fresh air. Almost can’t believe Kresley Cole wrote it.
One last thing: with most of the other books in the series, they felt as if they were just a little longer than they needed to be. Stretched just a bit, at least. This one did not feel that way, which was also great.
Overall, I’m extremely happy with the novel, even as I’m sad that it wraps up the Wroth family, which is my favourite family. But maybe some other member will pop up. Who knows?