Monday, 27 October 2014

Blog Tour: One Bite by Jennifer Blackstream

I received a copy of One Bite in exchange for my review.

Irina has lived in her stepmother's castle and has watched the sorceress come to hate her more and more, though she has very little idea why. When the Huntsman takes her out of the castle and tells her that he was ordered to kill her, Irina's life turns upside down. Prince Kirill finds Irina in the woods, and instead of risking her life by drinking her blood, he takes her to the home of 7 dwarves who work in his family's diamond mine. Always trying to think one step ahead in order to defeat his father and become King, Kirill sees the advantage to having the well liked Irina on his side. But what he doesn't bargain on is the feelings that occur when she is injured. And when a corset, a comb and an apple become involved, Kirill has to go to great lengths to save the woman.

Well I loved Before Midnight and so had high hopes for One Bite, and I was not disappointed! One Bite was just as good as the first book and worked in the overall story arc well, making it feel like its own story as well as part of the whole. Just in case the hints in the synopsis didn't give it away (or the cover for that matter) One Bite is a retelling of Snow White, again not one of my favourite fairy tales (and actually one that I think is a tad over done) and yet One Bite had me turning pages and definitely not wanting to put the book down.

I loved the fact that One Bite went back to some of the more traditional parts of the Snow White story. In a lot of retellings, and even in a lot of representations (looking at Disney here) the corset and the comb are completely left out of the story. The fact that One Bite left them in was definitely a bonus to a great story!

The other thing I really liked was how independent Irina was. This is no Princess in need of saving, rather this is a woman who knows exactly what she wants and will try to get it, though not always successfully. She was constantly standing up to Kirill and questioning what he was doing, which he certainly needed, and that helped their relationship grow.

The relationship between Kirill and Irina had a lot of different levels, there was an intense passion between them without a doubt, but there was also the intellectual connection. They were clearly both very clever characters and they played off each other nicely, not just with banter but with actual decisions. I definitely thought that they worked well together. I could believe them as a couple on more than just a physical level.

Kirill really needed some humanising after the first book (I do realise the irony of saying that about a vampire) where he wasn't all that nice, particularly to poor Etienne (who we did get an update of in this book which I liked!) and seeing him become a better man was definitely a good thing to read.

I have a feeling that this is one of those series that I'm going to annoy people by talking about too much (may have already started...) but it definitely is one to read!

Blood Prince Series

Paranormal Erotica
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.