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Deep Kiss of Winter (Immortals After Dark Book 8) [Kindle Edition]

Kresley Cole , Gena Showalter
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Book Description

Under the cover of wintry dark shadows, passion's magic ignites a fire too hot to touch -- and too wicked to die....


Two never-before-published paranormal stories to delight the senses and tantalize the imagination!



delivers a breathtaking tale of a brutal vampire soldier about to know love for the first time...and a Valkyrie aching to be touched.

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. 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?



puts a daring spin on a tale of huntress and hunted...and concocts a sensual chemistry that is positively explosive.

Aleaha Love can be anyone -- literally. With only skin-to-skin contact, she can change her appearance, assume any identity. Her newest identity switch has made her an AIR (alien investigation and removal) agent and sends her on a mission to capture a group of otherworldly warriors. Only she becomes the captured. Breean, a golden-skinned commander known for his iron will who is at once dangerous and soul-shatteringly seductive, threatens her new life. Because for the first time, Aleaha only wants to be herself....

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Kresley Cole is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of the electrifying Immortals After Dark paranormal series, the young adult Arcana Chronicles series, the erotic Gamemakers Series, and five award-winning historical romances. A master’s grad and former athlete, she has traveled over much of the world and draws from those experiences to create her memorable characters and settings. Her IAD books have been translated into eighteen foreign languages, garnered three RITA awards, and consistently appear on the bestseller lists, in the US and abroad. You can learn more about her and her work at or

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The French Quarter, New Orleans

Present day


At his brother's weak and broken words, Murdoch Wroth's eyes narrowed in anger toward the one who'd brought the proud Nikolai so low.

Myst the Coveted, a female immortal with a vicious heart.

And Nikolai's fated Bride.

"How can you tell?" Murdoch asked.

"Because I can feel her," Nikolai said.

Murdoch adjusted Nikolai's arm, which he'd slung across his shoulders to help his brother walk as they searched. The humans milling all around them merely assumed Nikolai was another drunk.

Proud Nikolai. He was exhausted from consuming too little blood, his body racked with never-ending need for a mad Valkyrie who delighted in his pain. Nikolai had lost weight, his face turning gaunt, his muscles flagging.

"Murdoch, when I find her...I want you to trace from here."

He shook his head. "I'll stay until you've secured her -- "

"No. Don't want you to...see me." Nikolai's weary gaze darted away from Murdoch's. "I will lose control."

Which would shame his stalwart older brother as little else could.

Murdoch couldn't imagine how Nikolai would react when he found Myst. Five years ago, she had blooded Nikolai, as only a Bride could, bringing to life his dead vampire's body. She'd made him breathe, made his heart beat, and stoked his newly reawakened lust with no intention of slaking it.

That same night, another Valkyrie had shot him through with arrows and still another had mocked his desires. Myst had fled with the two, dooming Nikolai.

A blooded vampire could only take release for the first time while touching his Bride in some way. If she wasn't available, then he would remain in a state of constant sexual readiness, aching indefinitely.

Which she well knew.

"Promise me you'll leave," Nikolai grated.

At length, Murdoch said, "I will." If Myst was indeed here tonight, it would make sense that there'd be more Valkyrie out on these very streets. More of their deceiving, manipulative, violent kind. "But only to find another one," he added.

He could capture one and interrogate her about the Lore, the world of not-so-mythical beings he and his brother were now a part of.

Murdoch's knowledge of the Lore was as limited as that of any of the vampires in their warrior order of Forbearers. Their army consisted mostly of turned humans, and the Lore creatures kept their secrets well guarded from them.

"Don't underestimate the Valkyrie as I did," Nikolai rasped. "Else suffer as I have."

He suffered because fate had forced this blooding on Nikolai. As if Nikolai needed another burden.

The blooding process was what Murdoch detested most about being a vampire, even more than never seeing the sun again.

Though he'd once been a rake, bedding a new woman each night, Murdoch hoped it never happened to him. To be mystically tied to a single woman sounded hellish, especially to a woman he didn't choose, and one who could spurn him, as Myst had Nikolai.

The pain had rendered his brother nearly mindless in his pursuit of her. Nikolai wanted retribution, but Murdoch suspected he also simply wanted her. Even after all that she'd done to him.

"Where will you take her this night?" Murdoch asked. "The mill?" They'd secured an old renovated sugar mill outside the city, staying there instead of the Forbearer castle while they'd scoured these streets.

Nikolai shook his head.

"Then back to the castle?"

When Nikolai didn't answer, Murdoch said, "You wouldn't take her to Blachmount?" The ancient Wroth estate -- where most of their family had died in a single night of sickness and murder. "Why?"

"Because that's where my Bride belongs."

Before Murdoch could question his meaning, Nikolai went still, his eyes briefly sliding shut. Then his head swung up toward a rooftop. "It's her."

Above them, a redhead stood frozen, her lips parting in shock.

Murdoch had only briefly seen her all those years before, and now he studied the details of her Valkyrie appearance. She had delicate fey features -- pointed ears and high cheekbones -- but he also spied the tell-tale claws and small fangs.

At the sight of her, Nikolai stood fully, no longer needing Murdoch's aid. "My Myst."

Her face paled, no doubt at the sight of Nikolai, who now looked like the monster she'd sought to make him. His irises had turned completely black, his fangs descending in his mouth, dripping from thirst.

Her horrified expression almost made Murdoch pity her, but she deserved no mercy. Which was good, because Nikolai would show her none this night.

Their pursuit of half a decade was...over. At last.

Just as Nikolai tensed to trace to her, Murdoch slapped him on the back, then teleported away as he'd promised, disappearing so quickly he went unnoticed in the morass of drunken tourists. Even if they had seen him vanish, the humans would think they'd imagined it.

Murdoch materialized in a back alley several blocks away, then walked to the Quarter's main thoroughfare, Bourbon Street. As he moved among the crowds, a warm breeze tripped down the street, dissipating the swampy haze and the fumes from food vendor stands.

Warm. In February. Good hunting weather.

Yes, Nikolai would be merciless tonight, as would Murdoch. Now all he needed was to find his prey.

The hunt is on.

I'm being followed.

Daniela the Ice Maiden furtively glanced over her shoulder once more. Again she spied nothing out of the ordinary -- tourists milling, witches catcalling to human males -- but Danii couldn't shake the feeling that she was being stalked.

Which begged the question: what creature would be stupid enough to court a Valkyrie's wrath?

Maybe she was just spooked by Nïx's cryptic remarks tonight. Nucking Futs Nïx, her half sister and the Valkyrie soothsayer, often made off-the-wall predictions. But this one continued to replay in Danii's mind.

"Sad, sad Daniela, the broken doll who wants to be fixed. Tonight she might."

Because of Danii's pale, freezing skin -- she was part Icere -- she was often likened to a porcelain doll. Well, because of her icy skin and because of what would happen to her if she grew overheated....

But a broken doll? What did that mean? And fixed -- for good, for bad? What precisely would be fixed?

She'd told Nïx, "I can't imagine what you're talking about. I'm not broken" -- my lonely existence makes me want to tear my hair out -- "and I don't know how I could be 'fixed.'"

Perhaps by being able to finally touch another? To feel a man's skin against her own without being burned, instead of constantly fantasizing about it?

I would give anything.

Yet the only males on earth who could touch her were the Icere. Regrettably, they also happened to want her dead.

Which meant the closest she'd ever get to having sex would be reading about it in the many tomes of erotica she kept hidden in her room or by indulging in her rich fantasy life. Which also meant she was probably the world's oldest virgin. Merely awaiting confirmation from Guinness.

And people wonder why I prefer fantasy to reality.

Her ears twitched with awareness. No, she wasn't simply spooked; something was happening. Her senses were alert.

Hastening her pace, she carefully wound around the people on the street, negotiating the ninety-eight-point-six degree gauntlet. Even the briefest contact with another's skin would burn her. A conundrum, because she kept cool by baring lots of hers.

When her frosty breath fogged in the warm night air, she just stifled the urge to scream, and peeked over her shoulder once more.

This time she spotted a towering male, far behind her. He was striking, looked to be mid-thirties. But there was something unusual about him.

Was he even human? New Orleans was chock-full of Lore beings. He could be an immortal, maybe even the one trailing her.

At that moment, he wasn't looking in her direction, so she took the opportunity to duck into an alley beside a hotel. Leaping up four stories to the hotel's flat roof, she crossed to a low ledge wall overlooking the street, then crouched between two flags -- one had a fleur-de-lis covered in beads, and the other said Pardi Gras!

Tilting her head, she studied the male below. He had longish dark brown hair, cut negligently, with a lock falling over his forehead. His face was fantasy-worthy, with a strong, masculine jaw and chin.

He wore tasteful clothes, a black button-down and jeans with a jacket that made her feel warm just looking at it. She herself was wearing the thinnest backless dress she could find.

He strode with an air of confidence. The male was gorgeous -- and he knew it. How could he not, with the women gaping at him? Then she frowned. He seemed oblivious to the prancing coeds in low-cut tops angling for his attention.

His body was big, muscular in a way that hinted at immortal, but what he was exactly eluded her. Considering his size, he was probably a demon, or even a Lykae -- those animals had begun prowling the Valkyries' turf as bold as they pleased.

Or could he be...a vampire?

She trained her gaze on his chest, watching for the rise and fall of breaths. Seconds passed. Historically, the vampires had shunned Louisiana. Yet on this night her Valkyrie coven had heard that members of both warring vampire armies, the Horde and the Forbearers, could be out in the Quarter.

What they didn't know was why.

His chest is still. Bingo. Vamp.

Since his eyes were a normal gray and clear -- not crazed and red with bloodlust -- that meant he was a Forbearer, one of an army who didn't drink blood straight from the flesh.

Vampires who didn't kill. At least, that was their mission statement.

The Lore was still waiting to see how that worked out for them.

Though Danii knew she needed to report back on this si...

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30 of 30 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good Reading But Here Is the correct Reading Order December 14, 2010
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
4 Stars for the Immortals After Dark novel but the Gena Showalter story sounded more like Tarzan meets Jane with inconsistent dialog on his part, it was like she took a novel and cut out big chucks of story, it was just ridiculous and I could not even finish it. Since the Kresley Cole story is almost novel length and takes up 75% of the book it is still worth the money. If this is an example of Ms. Showwalter's work then I am glad I have not purchased any of her other works.

Since I like the Immortals After Dark books and there seems to be much confusion as to the reading order here is the reading order off of the Immortals After Dark website:

1. "The Warlord Wants Forever" a novella in PLAYING EASY TO GET Feb 2006
2. A HUNGER LIKE NO OTHER April 2006 (Book 1)
3. NO REST FOR THE WICKED Halloween 2006 (Book 2)
4. WICKED DEEDS ON A WINTER'S NIGHT Halloween 2007 (Book 3)
5. DARK NEEDS AT NIGHT'S EDGE May 2008 (Book 4)
6. DARK DESIRES AFTER DUSK June 2008 (Book 5)
7. KISS OF A DEMON KING February 2009 (book 6)
8. "Untouchable" a novel in DEEP KISS OF WINTER (a duology with Gena Showalter) (Murdoch and Daniela's Story) October 2009
9. PLEASURE OF A DARK PRINCE (Lucia and Garreth's book) February 2010 (Book 7)
10.Demon from the Dark (Book 8)
11.Dreams of a Dark Warrior (Book 9) Feb 2011
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24 of 26 people found the following review helpful
Kresley Cole's story of Murdoch and Daniella was great. It was really nice to see how the 4 Wroth brother's finally ended up, and Cole did a nice job with the time line/overlap of how the 4 brothers found their 4 brides.

Showalter's story. . . . I have 2 words. . . "Stockholm Syndrome". . .

Kresley Cole needs to either remain a solo writer or find a different author to pair with. 4 stars for Cole's story and 1 star for Showalter's story.
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27 of 32 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars The second story was heinous. January 17, 2011
Format:Mass Market Paperback
The first story in this book, by Cole, was entertaining, and although it wasn't anything special (and I guessed from the skipping around and references that it was a side story to a larger series) but it was entertaining. I might have given it 3 stars by itself.

The second book, however, made me want to throw up. The HERO of the story basically behaves like a rapist, but it's okay because his pheromones take away her will to resist so on some level she actually wants it, right? Disgusting. I didn't get to actual intercourse because him writhing around on top of her fully clothed, rubbing his erection against her while she begged him to let her go and begged for the life of her friends... well, let's just say it left a BAD taste in my mouth. I asked Amazon for a refund, as I refuse to support authors who write eroticized rape stories.
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28 of 34 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not Kresley's most impressive - but not bad either December 16, 2009
Kresley Cole has done such a wonderful job with this series so far that she was bound to write at least one so-so book. Well, this one is it. Murdoch and Daniela's story is just ok. It's not as intriguing, or exciting as the others nor are Daniella and Murdoch's characters as compelling as others in this series. You can't even really place the blame on the fact that it's a shorter story because Myst and Nikolai's story "The Warlord Wants Forever" was also written in an anthology but it was excellent. That being said, it's still a good read - it's just that KC's books are usually outstanding reads - so I'm a bit disappointed.

Ms Showalter's offering in this anthology was just a waste of good trees. Really.
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20 of 24 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars pretty good November 4, 2009
Deep Kiss of Winter contains two stories from great authors Gena Showalter and Kresley Cole. Each story rates 4 stars from me.

Kresley Cole gives us the story of Dani the ice maiden and Murdoch one of the Wroth brothers. I loved the storyline behind Dani as well as her ice gifts. I loved everything about this except Murdoch. It would have been perfect if his character had made more of an effort for forgiveness in the end. I dont mind a hero being cruel to a heroine as long as he grovels sufficiently. Dani was so wonderful and despite the fact that she would be labeled a vamp ho, she is willing if she can have the chance at a hea with Murdoch. Unfortunately Murdoch spends most of the story avoiding her even though she's his fated bride. The writing and everything else was great though.

Gena Showalter adds an alien huntress story for this anthology. This story seemed shorter than Cole's but in my opinion I liked it better. Aleaha aka Macey is on a mission for a possible Schon appearance. Instead a group of golden warriors arrive. The Rakans who's own planet was invaded by the Schon. Breean the leader is one fine specimen. He keeps Aleaha and her partners prisoners while they plan to negotiate and make earth their new home. Despite its short length this is a great story and Showalter does an excellent job on the story plot and characters with this short novella
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Ice Maiden, Rake Vampire July 13, 2010
First off, I'm not a big fan of anthologies. They usually mean I end up spending money on a book I will only read 150 pages of because I only care about one of the authors or because that story fits into a series somewhere and I'm a consummate completest. This one was even more annoying because it came out in hardcover. I sucked it up and bought it any way because Kresley Cole is one of my favorite authors, and the Immortals After Dark series is addictive. So I'm reviewing specifically her story, Untouchable. I may eventually go back and read Gena Showalters (I am a fan of some of her work) but for now I just focused on Daniela and Murdoch.

Second point: I realize full well that this was intended as a winter holiday/Christmas book, but I read it in July. Oops. Actually, while the theme is ice and Christmas is briefly mentioned, it's not very Christmasy. I found the cold theme oddly refreshing.

Now, to the story: Basically, Daniella is a valkyrie but she was born to and Icere mother. The Icere are people of the cold, their bodies are cold, and warmth of any kind is deadly to them. For Danii that means contact with and non-Icere beings burns painfully, and getting overheated is a constant concern. When it's discovered that she is Murdoch's Bride (his fated mate), their inability to touch physically presents a huge problem.

The characters were surprisingly well rounded, considering that their developement had to take place in only 250 pages. Without the usual action/adventure sequences typical of the series, Cole focuses almost entirely on their core problem as a couple. I liked that. Danii's desperation to be loved and feel physical affection is heartbreaking.
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Very good series. I enjoyed each book. This is a must read for all paranormal readers.
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this is Lucia and Garreth story, and the short story by Gena will be from her Alien Huntress series, not the Lords of the Underworld series where we are going to see Nix. But Nix will be in one of the LotU books soon! go check out Gena's LotU Message has some info on it.
Mar 31, 2009 by Lindsay Meyers |  See all 11 posts
OMG I have been looking for this all over the Internet and I cannot find a date for this to come out in paperback, I went in to Borders and the rep there said it was was released in Hardcover on 10/09 and it takes about a YEAR for it to come out on Paperback, all I said was REALLY!! SO I guess... Read More
Apr 21, 2010 by Queen of Illusions |  See all 3 posts
Is this one okay for those to to Showalter's series?
Its good. For it to be shorter than her other work I found the story very complete and it didnt feel rushed at all. there are some secondary characters that you wont know who make an appearance but I dont think that will effect your enjoyment of this. I loved this addition to the alien huntress... Read More
Oct 15, 2009 by C. Stone |  See all 3 posts
kindle version?
Most likely. All of Kresley Coles books are available in Kindle format. I know because I have them all!
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