Novella Review: Untouchable by Kresley Cole

Why I put off reading “Untouchable” for so long, I can’t say. Well, I do. I got preoccupied with writing and set reading aside for awhile. What a pity I let this slide by. Good thing I got back on track. Reading this piece of work reminded of why I love reading SO SO much. The hook from Kresley Cole’s website:

A brutal vampire soldier about to know love for the first time…

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.

A Valkyrie aching to be touched…

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?

This novella was like playing catch up. “Untouchable” spanned the length of her entire Immortals after Dark series. Ms. Cole did a wonderful job of touching on the past without being overly repetitive. Little hints here and there with cameo appearance from past characters helped set the time and place. For someone who’s read the series and needs a reminder this is excellent. For novice readers to Immortals after Dark, this book would give you a quick idea of what’s happening and perhaps give you enough information to know who’s who in the next book (though I’ve yet to read “Pleasures of a Dark Prince). Well done, Ms. Cole!

As for the characters—I’ll start by saying I liked Danii. She wasn’t nearly as harsh as the other Valkyrie and with good reason. As a woman, I related to her wanting to be loved, wanting to be normal, and wanting to fit in. Well, I guess that’s just a human emotion. Even so, she still had the quirky humor. I loved the balance. To top that off, Danii—the wicked little Valkyrie—used her sexuality to exploit situations. Can we say wrapped around her little finger? Watch out world, because my new goal is to become like her!

I would love to read a man’s review on Murdoch, because I wonder if men really feel this way. Why? Because from a woman’s perspective, I found Murdoch’s inner voice completely realistic. One minute he was sure and secure, the next whimpering and pleading. He could go from Mr. Smooth to Mr. Foot-in-mouth in a heartbeat. He seemed so authentic and reminded me of my husband. Oh how I love him.

Though this was a romance with a happily ever after (HEA), “Untouchable” was also a love story, particularly toward the beginning. Two people come together, find desire, then love, but are kept apart by circumstances. It wasn’t the typical I love you versus I hate you because you’re bullheaded and stubborn. Danii and Murdoch had real issues, although supernatural, but still real issues which got in the way of their happiness. It provided the uncertainty many couples have in a relationship. The misunderstandings were mild in a way which was natural and expected between two strangers. Their hesitation was normal. As a human being (I’m one of the mortals in the world), who’s dealt with romantic interference, I emphasized with their situation. Though the HEA was a given, because that’s a criteria for a romance, the entire time I wondered…how are they going to get around the antagonist? HOW!?!??!

My two favorite lines from the novella:

  • “It will freeze,” he said, facing her.
  • “Lukyan muttered, “Fuck this.” Then he traced away.

When you get there, you’ll know what I mean. 🙂

Ms. Cole touched on my pet peeve—the dreaded secondary character’s POV. I’m glad she only spent about a page in the other character’s POV. Even so, it served the purpose of closing a gap in the plot. I wonder if she did it as a quick introductory for an upcoming book.

Reading this novella has increased my desire to read the next in the series. This was a good read!

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