Released: January 2011 300 pages
Publisher: Pocket Star Books
Part of Immortals After Dark series by Kresley Cole
A novella from the book Deep Kiss of Winter
Previously in this series, we have met all four of the Wroth brothers, Estonian warlords turned vampires 300 years ago. Two previous books follow Sebastian, the scholar, and Conrad, the youngest. We catch glimpses of Nikolai, the eldest brother and army general, throughout the series. In “Untouchable,” we finally meet the smooth talking ladies’ man, Murdoch Wroth, in action. Did I say smooth talker? More like bumbling idiot.
Murdoch becomes blooded (heart beats, libido returns, desire for only his bride, the one who blooded him) by Daniela, the Ice Maiden. His conversations with Danii verge on insulting her. He quickly tries to explain himself, but more times than not, makes it worse.
I can hardly blame him. It’s been 300 years since he’s had the urge to bed a woman. When he finds his bride, she is part Valkerie and part Ice Fey. Valkerie hate Vampires and consider it shameful to consort with them. The Ice Fey need the cold. Their powers thrive on it. Too much heat and they go into thermal shock. A touch by anyone other than their own kind creates searing pain and blistering burns.
Danii happily is the one Valkerie who welcomes a romance with a vampire. That bodes well for Murdoch since he can’t keep his foot out of his mouth or up his a$$. Otherwise, he wouldn’t have a chance. Danii actually likes razzing him about his loss of finesse. The two become very ingenious with ways to pleasure each other without touch. I particularly enjoyed the icicle. I’ll just leave it at that.
We learn early on that Danii is the rightful Queen of Icergard. Even though she does not want the throne, she’s been chased by Icere assassins for almost 2000 years. Murdoch’s blooding increases his need to protect his bride and somehow figure a way to claim her without touching her. Murdoch finds a sanctuary of sorts for Danii. But, while it is blissful for her, it may force them apart. Driving her toward her own kind whom she can touch and him toward his duty hunting and evil vampire and helping his brothers Nikolai and Sebastian look for, and capture their 'Fallen' brother, Conrad. But are his prior commitments really keeping him away from Danii, or just an excuse to stay away?