Thursday, 17 April 2014

Golden Stair (Blood Prince #3) by Jennifer Blackstream


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.

Despite all the excitement finishing book 2, One Bite, I was wondering what fairy tale the author would choose for book 3. I mean, she’d already hit the two biggest – Cinderella and Snow White – so what would come next?

The Golden Stair does not disappoint, it’s Rapunzel as you’ve never seen it before. The Prince is more smokin’ hot than charming – not to mention skilled – and the heroine is still innocent but without being stupid.

Adonis is an incubus who lives on the sexual energy released by his frequent carnal encounters. He seems to really enjoy playing the bad boy, but readers of the previous two books have suspected there’s a heart buried inside… This story takes him from player to devoted, and the reader is lucky enough to be along for the ride.

Ivy, like children everywhere, wants to believe the best of her Mum. Even when not everything seems to add up. Even when Mum keeps her locked in a tower ‘for her own good.’ Even when Ivy had to destroy her…

I love the snarky banter in this book. (Hey, it’s Adonis, snark is his signature.) The scene where Kirill (vampire prince from book 2) finds Adonis and Ivy in his bed:
“What are you doing here, Kirill?” Adonis asked warily.
Kirill sighed and pinched the bridge of his nose. “This is my bedroom, Adonis. Wouldn’t the more pertinent question be, what are you doing here?”
or when he goes up against the Necromancer:
“Zombies? Isn’t that a bit cliché?” he chastised.
“I prefer to think of them as classics,” the necromancer sneered.

Of course we get a further look at the series story arc in the prologue and epilogue chapters. With such a strongly defined story arc, as well as the interweaving of all the characters, make sure you read this series in order.

I can’t wait for the next of them!

Blood Prince series:
#1 - Before Midnight
#2 - One Bite
#3 - Golden Stair

I received a free copy from the author in exchange for an honest review.

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