Blurry, I know. Ell carrying a crash pad out to the rock wall.
I feel like I really have sold Kresley Cole short. People ask what I’m reading now and I’m always like, “Oh, just that Kresley Cole stuff.” But really, I think she deserves so much more credit. Her Immortals After Dark series is actually quite well written and riveting. Her heroes are strong and her heroines stronger. Something she tends to do is be subversive with her characters. Some of her males are inexperienced and tentative, having to grow into the role of Alpha. And her heroines are strong and outspoken, can fend for themselves; never demure.
But back to the men; this week I chose Murdock, one of the Wroth brothers in this series. He got his own semi-book in Cole’s Holiday team-up with Gena Showalter, Deep Kiss of Winter.
Here’s his description, as seen by his mate, a Valkyrie who is also part Ice Fey, which leads to their issues:
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 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 immortal but what he was exactly eluded her.
What he is is a vampire and though I just featured Derek Theler yesterday, I think he’s perfect.
Here’s a swoon-worthy scene:
(Daniela speaking) “What do you want from me?”
“I don’t know. A chance? To see where this leads.”
She felt a spark of excitement at the idea, but mentally snuffed it. Murdock equals misery. When would she finally accept that?
“Stay here, Daniela. With me.”
She narrowed her eyes. “With you? Like living together?” Had his nod been the tiniest bit hesitant? “What’s changed?”
“You said that I was afraid, and I think you were not…wrong.”
She didn’t reply, just raised her brows.
“I didn’t see it before, didn’t understand my reluctance. But when I was ambushed and I believed I was going to die” – he stopped, meeting her gaze – “all I could think of was you.”
Sigh. I love me some honest men. Though Murdock was a ladies’ man before frozen into his immortality unwillingly, he pursues and does everything in his power to win Daniela and make it work between them. I hearted him so much.