Tuesday, 21 October 2014

Blog Tour: Golden Stair by Jennifer Blackstream

I received a copy of Golden Stair in exchange for my review.

For her whole life Ivy has been stuck in a tower, while her mother refuses to let her outside in order to keep her safe. Convinced that there is a war going on, and that the 5 Kingdoms are ripping each other apart outside her protected home, when the demon Prince, Adonis, falls into her tower, Ivy gets a little bit defensive. But despite being an Incubus, Ivy warms to Adonis and they strike up a slight friendship, tinged with the fact that they are extremely attracted to each other. As time goes on Ivy finds herself looking forward to his visits, and Adonis finds himself feeling guilty about being with women other than Ivy, despite the fact he constantly restrains himself around her. But then the inevitable happens, Ivy's mother discovers the pair and sets out to punish them both.

This series just keeps on getting better! I loved books one and two and they took on two of the fairy tales that I'm not so bothered about, so I was a little wary of Golden Stair because it took on my favourite fairy tale of all. But I shouldn't have worried, Golden Stair was just as enjoyable, if not more so, than the first two books, meaning that this is definitely one of those series that I'm going to end up raving about.

I mentioned it in my review of One Bite (not that its been published yet) that I really liked how more traditional aspects of the fairy tale had been left it, this was exactly the same with Golden Stair. (Don't get me wrong, I have no problem with Disney and Tangled is one of my favourite ever films). I loved the fact that Dame Gothel reacted like she did, that the thorns, blind Prince and the twins were all included, though some of them (like the twins) weren't quite in a way that you would expect.

I really liked the way that the author included incubus culture in Golden Stair as well. There were several ways she could have done it, but rather than having the slightly cliched character fighting what he is, a part of the incubus culture was that once they fell in love that was it. I thought it worked well with the story and definitely gave Adonis a different side to his personality than playboy (which is what we got through the other Princes).

There was a 'check up' on Kirill and Irina as well, showing how they were getting on, and the more rounded personality that Kirill showed in One Bite has stayed, meaning that he was a far more helpful character than he could have been. It was good to see that Irina had made him a bit less...well Kirill.

Ivy herself was another female character that didn't really need saving. Well at first she did, but that was only because she'd been trapped in the tower, but by the end she'd grown from a shy girl into a powerful woman, and most importantly in my eyes, she basically created her own happily ever after through her actions and through her determination. Definitely a worthy Rapunzel.

The chemistry between Ivy and Adonis was definitely there as well. That isn't something that the book lacked in the slightest. Even though the two of them didn't actually have sex until much later in the book than they could have, there was still a sense of their desire, and chemistry, for each other before that. Which I thought was good and helped build up their relationship.

Definitely worth a read, and definitely start with Before Midnight, then you get the whole amazing fairy tale package!

Blood Prince Series
Sensual Fantasy Romance
Date Published: February 2014

"What demon doesn't dream of climbing the Golden Stair?" 

Ivy has lived in a tower, locked away from the rest of the world, for her entire life. Her mother, a witch who leads the resistance against the bloodthirsty kings of the five kingdoms, is her only company. Ivy knows that her battle-weary mother relies on the golden power flowing through her veins for the energy to continue the good fight, but she can’t completely smother the selfish yearning to see the world beyond the safety of their hidden valley. When the demon prince of her mother’s horror stories literally crashes into Ivy's life, she finds herself facing her wildest dream…and her mother’s worst nightmare.

Adonis is a demon determined to bury his desire for love in the pleasures of the flesh. Bound by a vow to maintain his physical form, Adonis requires a great deal of energy just to live, energy he can only absorb through the carnal arts…more energy than any one woman could ever provide. Adonis knows he could never offer a woman the fidelity she would deserve as his wife, and so carries on with his wild ways, his cryptic smile hidden behind a puff of smoke. No woman can reach beyond the heat of his embrace to touch his heart. Not even the golden haired maid whose lonely eyes keep wooing him back to her side.

An incubus can only deny his nature for so long. Long golden hair. A tower with no stairs. A witch with serious possession issues. Debilitating blindness. None of these are enough to keep a demon from climbing…the Golden Stair.

Jennifer Blackstream

Jennifer Blackstream is a psychology enthusiast with both a B.A. and M.A. in Psychology. Her fascination with the human mind is most appeased through the study of mythology and folklore as well as all of Terry Pratchett’s novels.
Jennifer enjoys listening to Alice Cooper, trying new recipes (to which she will add garlic whether it calls for it or not), watching television with her family, and playing with her woefully intelligent three year old son.  
Jennifer spends most of her time drinking coffee from her X-Men mug and desperately trying to get all her ideas written down before her beloved five year old can find that all magical button on her laptop to make her work vanish.