Friday, October 30, 2009

Review of Kresley Cole's Untouchable In Deep Kiss Of Winter

Untouchable by Kresley Cole

First of all, I have not read Gena Showalter's story yet. This review is only for Kresley Cole's novella, Untouchable. Second, I am an idiot. I did not realize as I was clicking that fun little button for primetime customers at Amazon that this was a freakin' hardcover. So, I am doubly irked that I did not like this story, and I paid out the wazoo for it. 

Okay, I am seriously disappointed. Lots of folks loved this story, and I was all jazzed up. I did not love KC's last book Kiss of a Demon King.  I was hoping that this author would re-capture the magic soon, since A Hunger Like No Other is one of my favorite paranormals of all time. Here is what I liked about the story....

Good Stuff:
  • Cover: scrum-diddly-icious
  • Title: Untouchable is such a great title for Daniela the Ice Queen
  • Premise for story: Half-fey, half-ice princess who cannot touch or be touched...incredibly great premise for a romance novel
  • the build-up and anticipation for hot sex....Murdoch and Daniela staring at each other's lips, bodies, not being able to consummate their diggity damn, Cole knows how to build up the anticipation
  • the Wroth brothers (as you know, I LOVE cool brotherhood stories, and the Wroth brothers rock it)
  • the whole ice thing....gorgeous imagery, absolutely spectacular. I especially loved the description of Murdoch's home after Daniela transformed it into her own ice cool!
Bad Stuff:
  • After all that good build-up for the hot sex, I found their kiss unremarkable, and the sex was hotter when they couldn't touch each other. What the????????
  • Pacing was off. Too much time walking around New Orleans, too much time with Daniela hanging out BY HERSELF in Siberia (Jesus H. Canola!), not enough action. In a short novella, gotta keep the action going. And I know damned well KC can do this...she is a master of it. But not here.
  • No emotional connection. All the deep POV was about how pissed Murdoch was to be bonded to Daniela. When/how/where does he fall in love with her? Not feeling it.
  • Re-hashing the other stories already visited in other books. Not a good idea, slowed down this story and was confusing if you haven't read the other books in the series.
  • Re-cycling conflict. Same sentiment from Lachlain in AHLNO...why I am bonded to this girl? I'm so pissed off. Enough already, get over yourself. Here is the plot in a nutshell.....
I don't like you (but I lust for you).
Well, I don't like you either (but you are a hottie).
Still don't like you. Pissed we are bonded.
Well, I still don't like you either.
(This continues until the last 5?10? pages....)
Oh, I figured out I am in love with you. Let's get it on.

(I apologize for the sarcasm, but sheesh! This whole thing got tiresome.)
So, I am a bit torn. There were some cool things about this book, but the bottom line is I didn't feel the love connection, and the lust connection started out with great potential, but in my opinion failed to deliver. Bummer. Still love this author and pray for the next installment.
Grade:? C+/B- (not really sure how to grade it)

Planning to carve a pumpkin,

P.S. Here is a link to the Youtube book trailer....hee hee hee!


Mandi said...

First let me say Kiss of Demon King was a big disappoint to me..but I really enjoyed this story. I didn't see Murdoch pissed at being bonded to Danii, more pissed at not being able to touch her. I like how he was thrown off his normal behavior and didn't know how to act. I don't know - maybe I was just in the mood for a cranky alpha ;)

Didn't love Danii in Siberia..thought she acted a little spoiled..but I think it goes back to that Valkyrie heritage..they all act that way a bit. And agree - sex was hotter when the couldn't touch..omg- icicle sex! ;)

I just read Gena Showalter's story last night - could not stand the hero! Ugh. posting review tomorrow.

Penny Watson said...

Thanks for the heads up about the Showalter story. I will skip that one. I agree the icicle thing was "hot"--all of the details about her life in the freezing cold temperatures were fantastic. Another thing I missed in this story is KC's fabulous sense of humor...wasn't too apparent in this story. I am wondering if Nix is going to have her own book. What do you think? That will be a hard sell!

Smokinhotbooks said...

I had problems with Murdoch...I would have liked to see Dani maybe with one of her own kind (Icre), but that's probably b/c Cole described her race "like Vikings". I'm a sucker for Vikings FYI. I actually liked Gena Showalter's short story, not her usual A game, but enjoyable in my eyes. I liked your take on the book :)

I feel you on the hardback pricing, why an anthology is hardback?!

Penny Watson said...

Hey Smokinhotbooks! One (of my many!) pet peeves is when the hero gets it on with other women. So, even though Murdoch was just kissing the other ding-alings, I still got pissed at him. OK, so maybe I will check out the Showalter story. I just finished Annette Blair's Naked Dragon, so I'm ready for some more weekend reading! :)
p.s. I hear you about the Vikings. Now that would make a hot IAD book!