Richelle sent me a copy of Succubus Blues at the beginning of the year so I was able to read it back in January. Of course, I was planning on reviewing it back in January, but life happened (sorry, Richelle!).
Succubus (n) An alluring, shape-shifting demon who seduces and pleasures mortal men.
Pathetic (adj.) A succubus with great shoes and no social life. See: Georgina Kincaid.
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. Her boss is a middle-management demon with a thing for John Cusack movies. Her immortal best friends haven’t stopped teasing her about the time she shape-shifted into the Demon Goddess get-up complete with whip and wings. And she can’t have a decent date without sucking away part of the guy’s life. 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…
What didn’t work for me: I like to start with this so I can end on the positive note. There’s not a huge amount to say bad about this book. First, the usual disclaimer: It’s not a romance though it certainly has romantic elements. As it says in the blurb, Georgina is a succubus, and that’s probably where my greatest complaint about this book. In Richelle’s world of Georgina Kincaid, I come out of Succubus Blues never having a great sense of what it means to be a succubus. What Georgina’s role is supposed to be, how the “other” world works, with the demons and angels and vampires. It’s there that the world-building falls a little sketchy for me, because I feel like it was never quite fully drawn.
What worked for me: Richelle has an easy to read, draw-you-in author voice. Georgina isn’t perfect but she’s very likeable, and the story itself flows so you never want to take a break and stop reading. With two possible love interests, there’s conflict there, as well as the mystery of who is killing off supernatural beings. I love how we’re introduced to Georgina, that she works in a bookstore and is totally in love with her job. I love that she’s a total fangirl of an author and how she doles out her reading pleasure–it’s one of those quirks I could totally relate to except my self-control isn’t even close to that good. I do occasionally want to bash Georgina in the head for seeming to make rather bad decisions, but that’s not something that doesn’t work–it’s just something that makes her the imperfect heroine. It would be boring if she were perfect!
Overall: The book just works. Even though I’d like to know more about the world Georgina inhabits, and what it means to be a succubus, the story moves along at a quick pace, introducing a likeable cast of characters. While there is a resolution to some of the conflict at the end, you’re left hanging and wanting more (give me more!) in the form of the next book. Thanks for the sneak peak, Richelle, I enjoyed every moment of reading this book!
I thought this book originally had a March 6th release date, but Amazon is saying tomorrow now, so you can buy this book here or here. And you can visit Richelle at her website, her blog or at Georgina’s blog 🙂
One commenter on this review will win a free copy of Richelle’s book, which I’ll order and ship directly from Amazon tomorrow!