You don't live to be almost 30 and not build up a little resentment.
OK, so 30 waved adieu a while ago, but I can remember being put out even then by the smug, sanctimonious folks whom most everyone agrees are some of the most annoying specimens of humanity in existence: people who have their holiday shopping done before Halloween.
Perhaps I overstate things, but you know who you are, and those of us who barely can get Christmas together by New Year's have just one question: Can it possibly be the case that you're wrapped in holiday spirit while buying Hanukkah gifts in August? Because the same question crosses my mind about reading holiday romances before, say, December. Do they really get you in the mood?
Well, I know at least one that certainly'll get you in the sort of mood that makes any time the most wonderful time of the year, if you know wh'am sayin'. It's the sizzling n' sassy new holiday "duology" from Kresley Cole and Gena Showalter, "Deep Kiss of Winter ."
If the title and cover aren't enough to make a girl want to cuddle up w/ a frothy mug of hot, this big 'ol handful of even hotter'll turn any romance fan not already a believer in the preternatural powers of Cole's and Showalter's paranormal romances into zealots for the homegirls' home team.
In Cole's "Untouchable," we meet Daniella the Ice Maiden, a gorgeous little Valkyrie warrior whose skin is so cold she experiences excruciating pain when touched by someone other than her own "icy" kind. That makes it kind of tricky for vampire Murdoch Wroth to claim Danii as his Bride, and especially stinks for a guy known back in his medieval day as a rake who "touched" just about everything in skirts.
Murdoch doesn't want to hurt Danii, but he's also running a little scared of the whole mated-for-afterlife thing. And Danii may have spent centuries dreaming of getting next to someone, but she's too modern a woman to be played by a confused "leech," even one who may share with her some of the most uniquely sensuous lovemaking seen on the pages of a romance novel.
Yet there's more exceptionally creative sensuality and entertainment to be had in Showalter's "Tempt Me Eternally." TME's Aleah Love can "shift" into any individual's image simply by touching his or her skin. In her latest bod, she's become an agent for an organization that investigates and removes aliens (AIR). Sent to capture deadly warriors, Aleah instead is taken prisoner by their leader, Breean Nu.
Breean's race of peace-loving people was decimated by a terrible virus, and he's brought the only men who survived to Earth to rebuild their lives. He may be able to help Aleah's team thwart the evil aliens for whom they've mistaken Breean's peeps. But first, Breean's got to get Aleah to trust him enough to help them parley with AIR. He's pretty sure he can use the innate erotic appeal he and his men are known for to capture her attention, but is driven to have her willing and eager affection. And Aleah's thinking it might not be so bad to let a guy touch her who seems unafraid to see her as she really is.
Just writing about "Deep Kiss of Winter" gets me in the holiday mood, 'cause both of these stories have lovely Christmas-y imagery, and are great fun, to boot. It almost makes a girl wanna' do some gift shopping. Not for anyone else, but, you know, anytime's a good time to add to one's To Be Read pile.
What do you love about Kresley Cole's and Gena Showalter's novels? When do you start your holiday shopping? How likely are you to buy yourself books when you head to purchase reads for someone else?
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