When it comes to jobs in hell, being a succubus seems pretty glamorous. A girl can be anything she wants, the wardrobe is killer, and mortal men will do anything just for a touch. Granted, they often pay with their souls, but why get technical?
But Seattle succubus Georgina Kincaid’s life is far less exotic. At least there’s her day job at a local bookstore–free books; all the white chocolate mochas she can drink; and easy access to bestselling, sexy writer, Seth Mortensen, aka He Whom She Would Give Anything to Touch but Can’t.
But dreaming about Seth will have to wait. Something wicked is at work in Seattle’s demon underground. And for once, all of her hot charms and drop-dead one-liners won’t help because Georgina’s about to discover there are some creatures out there that both heaven and hell want to deny. . .
by Richelle Mead
Georgia Kincaid #1
April 29, 2010
I know I am way behind in reading this series, or anything by Richelle Mead for that matter. This was the first one by her that I have read, and I have already bought the second one in the series.
First I need to admit that I am a “Lost Girl” fan and that’s really the only way I ever knew anything about what a succubus is or does. While that show is heavy on the seduction and not so much about souls going to hell, this series shows just what happens to the victims of a succubus and I found that fascinating. Georgina is really old, as in centuries and centuries old. She’s beautiful and is able to shape shift. But her biggest gift or problem, depending on how you look at it, is her ability to sustain her own energy by using sex to drain her victims of their energy. She works with an imp, Hugh, at times, and it’s his job to set up the victim for losing his soul, by having sex with Georgina. Does she enjoy her job? Not really, and only chose immortality and the job because she was trying to make something bad she did in her human life, right. At the time, it seemed like the thing to do, now not so much. In addition to that job, she is an assistant manager at a large bookstore. She maintains a semblance of a human life, her job, teaching dance classes, having a pet cat, but in the end she is not human and is ruled by Jerome, a powerful demon, and indirectly by Lillith, the queen of all the Succubus.
Someone is killing lesser immortals, and Georgina knew all of them. Her boss, Jerome won’t give her details, and the angel, Carter, is just as enigmatic about it as well. Georgina is not one to back down from a mystery, especially when people she knows are dying. In the middle of all this, her favorite writer has come to her store for a signing and has moved to town. Seth is cute and kind of an introvert, and she ends up really liking him. She also meets Roman, a man that wants her, and doesn’t make any bones about it. She knows that she doesn’t want to hurt either man so it causes all kinds of problems in her personal life. You know, because it goes against any succubus’s character to turn down sex.
At times, mainly in the first part, I thought it was a bit slow and wished for more things to happen, but in the end I really enjoyed the read. The characters were well realized by the author, and there really is quite a cast of characters. I thought the writing was good, I enjoyed all the bantering between Georgina and just about any of the characters, and if I figured out what was going on pretty early on in the book, it didn’t take away from the story for me. To be truthful, there was a pretty big twist that I didn’t see coming, at all.
I am eager to read the next book and as I mentioned, I have already purchased it. I would recommend this read to adult urban fantasy and paranormal romance fans. Adult due to sexual situations and violence. Highly recommended!
About Richelle Mead
Richelle Mead is an international bestselling author of fantasy books for both adults and teens. Her Georgina Kincaid series follows a reluctant succubus, while her Dark Swan series features a shamanic mercenary caught up in fairy affairs. Over on the young adult side, Richelle writes the much-acclaimed Vampire Academy series and its spin-off, Bloodlines, about a secret society keeping the vampire world hidden from humans.
Richelle’s books have been on the New York Times and USA Today bestseller lists and received honors from the American Library Association. Her books have been translated into over two dozen languages, as well as transformed into graphic novels. A lifelong reader, Richelle loves mythology and wacky humor. When not writing, she can be found spending time with her family, buying dresses, and watching bad reality TV. More at: www.richellemead.com