Golden Stair by Jennifer Blackstream

Golden Stair
Author: Jennifer Blackstream
Publisher: Skeleton Key Publishing
Series: Blood Prince #3
Genre(s): Paranormal Romance, Fantasy
Source: Author
Purchase: Amazon
Rating: fourstar

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.

Disclaimer: I received this book from the author as part of a R2R in the Lovers of Paranormal Goodreads group. This doesn’t affect my review and the following is my honest opinion.

I all but dove into Golden Stair after devouring One Bite. I’ve become quite enamored with Ms. Blackstream’s writing and was eager to begin another Blood Prince tale. This one started a tad slower than I’d have liked but it wasn’t bad, just a little slow. I enjoyed the prologue as usual and was excited to see more of some of the other princes. But the first parts with Ivy and her mother weren’t as interesting to me. But when your heroine is alone in a tower with only her wicked “mother” for the occasional bit of company it’s an understandable slow start. Also, there were a few parallels to Tangled at the start that caught me off guard. However Ms. Blackstream has put her own interesting spin on things once more and made them her own.

I wasn’t expecting  Ivy’s powers to be what they were much less Adonis’ back story having so many twists and turns. The drama to it all was well done and I appreciated Ms. Blackstream’s unique take on a classic tale. Adonis has stood out in the previous Blood Prince prologues and epilogues as a rakish, snarky man and getting to see more than a glimpse of him was wonderful! While he might be a demon, he isn’t the stereotypical pointy horns and forked tail and full of fire and brimstone demon. There’s a lot of depth to the hero of this tale and I found myself surprised at the man the demon showed us he truly was. It was shocking in the best of ways!

And then there was Ivy. Dear, sweet Ivy who has a serious case of Stockholm Syndrome. Ms. Blackstream handled her heroine’s trials and background artfully. She never tried to brush away a lifetime of emotional abuse for Ivy with the “power of true love”. I appreciate a splash of realism in my romance and while a magical world is a far cry from that, the characters that inhabit it have issues and problems shared by real people. All too often you see a damaged character in a romance novel heal their emotional and mental wounds with a single declaration of love or one passionate tryst. Ms. Blackstream stays far away from that and instead her characters cope with their issues in understandable ways. Human ways. I find it much more endearing than the idea true love will vanquish all and I love that she took that route.

Golden Stair is another interesting take on an old tale and for lovers of paranormal romance with unexpected heroes, I highly recommend it.



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