by Kresley Cole
Release Date: October 13, 2009
Publisher: Pocket Books
Book #7 in the Immortals After Dark series
Number of Pages: 256
Source: Warren Public Library
Paranormal Romance M/F
Read 3/17/21 to 3/19/21
#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLING AUTHOR KRESLEY COLE delivers a breathtaking tale of a brutal vampire soldier about to know love for the first time… and a Valkyrie aching for his touch.
Murdoch Wroth will stop at nothing to claim Daniela – 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. Can they conquer an agony of frustration and slake the overwhelming desire burning between them?
I had a hard time finding this as a solo book as it was first published in a book called Deep Kiss of Winter, touted as A Holiday Collection with Bite. That book has this story and a story by Gena Showalter from her Alien Huntress series, which I haven’t read yet. As much as I love Gena Showalter, I knew I wasn’t going to be reading her contribution at this time. Alas, I couldn’t find just the Kresley Cole contribution as a standalone. (It can be found in The Brothers Wroth, a compilation of all of the Wroth brother’s books.) No biggie. Just really an observation for those interested in reading this story.
Let me start off saying that you REALLY should read A Warlord Wants Forever just before reading this story. (See my review on that book for notes on the series numerical order vs the series read order.) The two stories tie together. That being said, do NOT read this book if you haven’t read books 1-6 in this series unless you don’t mind spoilers.
Man, I wanted to dislike Murdoch. So misogynistic and egotistical! But I just couldn’t. There is a vulnerability about Murdoch that I didn’t expect and that really endeared him to me. Sure, I got ticked off at him a time or five. Yet I still couldn’t outright dislike the beast.
Danii is amazing. While I wish she would have shared more with Murdoch so he could understand where she was coming from, I also couldn’t blame her for her reticence to do so. She truly broke my heart with all she has carried with her through thousands of years. Imagine not being touched or able to touch another. As much as I love the Valkyries, I hate that there personalities lent them to not noticing how much Danii needed that she wasn’t getting. Be it sympathy, the correct living environment, or to be told she is enough.
This is another couple with amazing chemistry, which was just amped up by their inability to touch one another. They found their ways, as the story progressed, by thinking outside of the box. This just jacked the heat level up to inferno while they were trying to keep things on ice.
I am a sucker for a snowed in story, but this book definitely didn’t follow the typical rules of that trope. It was like the anti-snowed in story. I wanted them to get out of the situation because I knew they wouldn’t fully reach their potential while hiding away in that place.
It’s a beautiful thing to see all of the Wroth brothers find their HEA. All with such strong-minded women, too. I have loved to read about the connection these brothers have. They’ve been through the ringer, and it sounds like they could potentially see more strife in the future. But now that they’re together with each other and their mates, I have no doubt they’ll prevail.