December 12, 2009

Review: Deep Kiss of Winter by Kresley Cole & Gena Showalter


Under the cover of wintry dark shadows, passion's magic ignites a fire too hot to touch -- and too wicked to die....
Two never-before-published paranormal stories to delight the senses and tantalize the imagination!

KRESLEY COLE delivers a breathtaking tale of a brutal vampire soldier about to know love for the first time...and a Valkyrie aching to be touched.
Murdoch Wroth will stop at nothing to claim Daniela the Ice Maiden -- 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. Soon desperate for closeness, in an agony of frustration, Murdoch and Danii will do anything to have each other. Together, can they find the key that will finally allow them to slake the overwhelming desire burning between them?

GENA SHOWALTER puts a daring spin on a tale of huntress and hunted...and concocts a sensual chemistry that is positively explosive.
Aleaha Love can be anyone -- literally. With only skin-to-skin contact, she can change her appearance, assume any identity. Her newest identity switch has made her an AIR (alien investigation and removal) agent and sends her on a mission to capture a group of otherworldly warriors. Only she becomes the captured. Breean, a golden-skinned commander known for his iron will who is at once dangerous and soul-shatteringly seductive, threatens her new life. Because for the first time, Aleaha only wants to be herself.... (by



Thanks to Mandi from smexybooks I had the opportunity to read this one and I'm so happy I did. As you might have noticed this book contains to independent stories so I will talk about them separately too.

Untouchable by Kresley Cole

This is the Story about Daniela(lovely name, made me think of my sister the whole time *grins*) half ice-maiden, half Valkyrie and Murdoch one of the famous Wroth brothers known for being vampires.
Danii had a really long(2000+ years) and very lonely life so far. She's an ice-maiden which means she will get burns when a normal person touches her. She can only be touched by her own people but these don't really like her and try to kill her every chance they get. Yep, that sounds like a real frustrating life.
Murdoch doesn't mind not being blooded cuz having a woman always is trouble in his opinion! When exactly that happens with Danii he think that is his punishment for being a lady-killer in his human days. Not being able to be with a woman for so long and now the only woman to get him on is the one he can't touch! Life can be really cruel!
These two have seriously chemistry going on. This book has the most erotic scene without touching. Really blew me away.

The side characters are hilarious as ever. I so love these Valkyrie and I have such a soft spot for the Wroth brothers.
The plot was good. I wanted to know how this whole mess would work out in the end and why she got bowling shoes from the goddess of impossibility. But the end was not what I expected and didn't really cure my curiosity. It was one of these too easy solutions and left me a bit unsatisfied.

Tempt Me Eternally by Gena Showalter
This is the story of Breean and Aleaha. We already met these two as a couple in Devyn's book. I was so curious about these two since the last installment. Aleaha was a bit different than I expected her to be. All my expectations where formed by the things Bride thought about her and Aleaha is not the small vulnerable girl I pictured.

Same is true for Breean. I expected a more nicer man. Don't get me wrong. I'm not complaining at all but he was a bit too animalistic. Not too animalistic for being enjoyable, that he was all right but for being a Rakan.Not sure if you get what I mean. I never thought the Rakan would be that way.
I loved to see the relationship between this two build up and loved that they're both stubborn as hell. I have to admit the book was not as hot as Devyn's but she really spoiled us with that one. I thought this resolution of this story was a bit easy too.

Considering everything I really enjoyed this book and would recommend it to all fans of both series! 

To learn more about Gena Showalter please visit her website here and you visit Kresley Cole's site here.

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Blodeuedd December 12, 2009 at 2:44 PM  

Great review Susi, or reviews :D
Sounds real good, and I do wonder how they get that HEA

Mandi December 12, 2009 at 3:47 PM  

Kresely Cole did write a hot book...I agree with the ending. Felt like it was a set up for the king guy...

Didn't like Breean in Showalter's story but I did like everyone else :)

SusiSunshine December 12, 2009 at 3:55 PM  

@Blodeuedd Yep, I wondered too. But I won't tell.LOL

@Mandi Exactly and Breean was kind of strange in my opinion too.

Lily Child December 12, 2009 at 11:20 PM  

I have read some interesting reviews on this book. Thanks for your input! :)

pattepoilue December 12, 2009 at 11:23 PM  

this is killing me...i can't look too closely at this book because then i'll realize that i need to read Gena Showalter's series and then also Kresley Coles'...Why Susi Why do you make then all look so great?! lol
Well seriously i really like your review! i guessi could just read this one separately but that would just spoil the fun ;) it's going on my TBR list!

SusiSunshine December 13, 2009 at 12:15 AM  

@Lily Child anytime

@pattepoilue ahem...sorry! LOL But why haven't you read this one already. I always preach to read Gena's books. And you need to know NIX, believe me in that!

Larissa December 13, 2009 at 12:14 PM  

I havent read the series of either author.... but Im thinking I should LOL

Love the post hun =)))

SusiSunshine December 13, 2009 at 2:48 PM  

@Larissa You really should. Great books!

Lea December 13, 2009 at 9:03 PM  

Wonderful review Susi!

I not a huge fan of these authors but your review does make the novellas sound good. Thanks so much for taking time to share!!

Best to you. :D


Alexia561 December 14, 2009 at 2:27 AM  

Great review Susi! I've read other Kresley Cole books about the Valkyries, but haven't picked up this one yet. Love those vikings! Don't think I've ever read Gena's books before, but this might be a good one to try. Thanks!

Smokinhotbooks December 14, 2009 at 6:57 AM  

Susi I wanted Dani to tend up with the King, I think it would have been much more interesting to have Cole deeper into the that world.

As for Gena's short story...not her best but I didn't have a problem with the guy, probably because I like my heros Alpha style.

Great Review

SusiSunshine December 14, 2009 at 10:09 AM  

@Lea Don't like the books or never read them?

@ALexia It sure is and I so love the Valkyrie too!

@Smokinhotbooks and what to do with the poor Murdoch? OMG the poor guy!
Yep think the same about Gena's story.Thanks!

Pearl December 14, 2009 at 1:43 PM  

Yay, this book finally arrived for me last week.
Now I have some obligatory reading so can't dive straight into it but am going to read the Gena story in between as I am up to date with that series.

As for Kresley Cole...have yet to start the IAD series, first novella has been on the reading list like FOREVAH!! So Untouchable will have to wait for a while to be read. But I promise in 2010 I WILL start the IAD series.

Very nice review Susi!

SusiSunshine December 14, 2009 at 4:28 PM  

@Pearl You really should read IAD and I can't wait to hear what you think about Tempt Me Eternally.

Cecile December 15, 2009 at 5:48 PM  

Okay, question ~ I have this one, do I have to read any other books to understand the stories in this book?? I wanted to make sure I did not have to buy other books to get to this one... Even though I will buy the other books, because you know... you have to HAVE those books first... lol!! Yea, you see the addiction here!
I do love your review! Great job hon!!!
I hope you are having a great day!

Cecile December 15, 2009 at 5:49 PM  

Thought blogger ate my comment... Sorry... Have a great day again..

SusiSunshine December 16, 2009 at 12:01 AM  

@Cecile Hey hon, it's hard to say for me cuz I read all the other ones. But I think it should work. You will miss a few innuendos but it should be okay. They both explained the background! Thanks hon.
Hope you have a great week too!

Cecile December 16, 2009 at 2:43 AM  

Thanks for letting me know though. I am hoping I will find reading these two without reading all the other ones. I might miss a few things... but not the story as a whole. Thanks!

Marissa December 20, 2009 at 9:22 PM  

I got this book last week, but when it will be read, I still have to start with Cole's IAD, so it will be a while. But it sounds good!

SusiSunshine December 21, 2009 at 12:32 PM  

@Cecile Anytime hon!

@Marissa You will love IAD. So funny and sexy at the same time!

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