Deep Kiss of Winter contains two stories, “Untouchable” from Kresley Cole’s Immortals After Dark series and “Tempt Me Eternally” from Gena Showalter’s Alien Huntress Series.
The AH story focuses on Aleaha Love, a shapeshifter posing as Alien Investigation and Removal agent Macy. She doesn’t know if she is alien or human. She grew up on the streets and is trying to make a life for herself. She took over Macy’s identity after discovering her dead body. Anyway, she is working with AIR, when a group of super-hot warrior Aliens show up. A fight ensues but she instantly has a connection with the leader, Breean. The Rakans are good aliens… they’re just trying to make a life for themselves on Earth. Their planet has been taken over by the Schon sex-cannibal folks we met in Savor Me Slowly. But they hope to use Aleaha/Macy and a handful of other AIR agents to secure their safe passage on our planet. As Breean and his men hold them captive, his relationship with Aleaha blossoms.
It’s not a long story, but it’s a good one. And Aleaha’s stories about her childhood and old friend Bride help set up Seduce the Darkness. A nice love story, with some wonderfully steamy scenes.
“Untouchable” finally shows us who Murdoch Wroth’s mysterious bride is: Daniela the Ice Maiden. We learned way back that Murdoch had been blooded but he said his bride did not want to be revealed. The story takes us back to the events of “The Warlord Wants Forever,” where Nickolai was searching for his beloved Myst. It seems that back on that fated night in the French Quarter, when he finally caught up to her, Murdoch met up with Daniela and his heart began beating again.
The big obstacle between the two is the fact that Daniela is an Ice Maiden and can not touch another person without it burning her skin. I’ll tell you, they find some very creative ways to deal with this problem.
It felt like there was a lot of rehash in this story, but I wouldn’t have missed it. I love the Wroth brothers. I just wish Murdoch would have had a fleshed out version of a story that was all his own.