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 . . .
"Mead cooks up an appetizing debut that blends romantic suspense with a fresh twist on the paranormal."—Booklist
"The mix of supernatural mystery, romance and reluctant succubus is great fun."—Locus
"An engaging read."—Jim Butcher, New York Times bestselling author
About the Author
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.
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By RICHELLE MEAD
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Chapter OneStatistics show that most mortals sell their souls for five reasons: sex, money, power, revenge, and love. In that order.
I suppose I should have been reassured, then, that I was out here assisting with numero uno, but the whole situation just made me feel ... well, sleazy. And coming from me, that was something.
Maybe I just can't empathize anymore, I mused. It's been too long. When I was a virgin, people still believed swans could impregnate girls.
Nearby, Hugh waited patiently for me to overcome my reticence. He stuffed his hands into well-pressed khakis, leaning his large frame against his Lexus. "I don't see what the big deal is. You do this all the time."
That wasn't exactly true, but we both knew what he meant. Ignoring him, I instead made a great show of studying my surroundings, not that that improved my mood. The suburbs always dragged me down. Identical houses. Perfect lawns. Far too many SUVs. Somewhere in the night, a dog refused to stop yapping.
"I don't do this," I said finally. "Even I have standards."
Hugh snorted, expressing his opinion of my standards. "Okay, if it makes you feel better, don't think of this in terms of damnation. Think of it as a charity case."
"A charity case?"
He pulled out his Pocket PC, looking briskly businesslike, despite the unorthodox setting. Not that I should have been surprised. Hugh was a professional imp, a master at getting mortals to sell their souls, an expert in contracts and legal loopholes that would have made any lawyer wince in envy.
He was also my friend. It sort of gave new meaning to the With friends like these ... adage.
"Listen to these stats," he continued. "Martin Miller. Male, of course. Caucasian. Nonpracticing Lutheran. Works over at a game store in the mall. Lives in the basement here-his parents' house."
"Charity or no, it still seems so ... extreme. How old is he again?"
"Exactly. If you were that old and hadn't gotten any, you might seek desperate measures too." He glanced down at his watch. "So are you going to do this or not?"
No doubt I was keeping Hugh from a date with some hot woman half his age-by which I meant, of course, the age Hugh looked. In reality, he was pushing a century.
I set my purse on the ground and gave him a warning glance. "You owe me."
"I do," he conceded. This wasn't my usual gig, thank goodness. The imp normally "outsourced" this kind of thing but had run into some kind of scheduling problem tonight. I couldn't imagine who he normally got to do this.
I started toward the house, but he stopped me. "Georgina?"
"There's ... one other thing ..."
I turned back around, not liking the tone in his voice. "Yes?"
"He, um, sort of had a special request."
I raised an eyebrow and waited.
"You see, uh, he's really into the whole, like, evil thing. You know, figures if he sold his soul to the devil-so to speak-then he should lose his virginity to a, I don't know, demoness or something."
I swear, even the dog stopped barking at that. "You're joking."
Hugh didn't respond.
"I'm not a-no. No way am I going to-"
"Come on, Georgina. It's nothing. A flourish. Smoke and mirrors. Please? Just do this for me?" He turned wistful, cajoling. Hard to resist. Like I said, he was good at his job. "I'm really in a tight spot ... if you could help me out here ... it would mean so much ..."
I groaned, unable to refuse the pathetic look on his broad face. "If anyone finds out about this-"
"My lips are sealed." He actually had the audacity to make a sealing motion.
Bending down, resigned, I unfastened the straps on my shoes.
"What are you doing?" he asked.
"These are my favorite Bruno Maglis. I don't want them absorbed when I change."
"Yeah, but ... you can just shape-shift them back."
"They won't be the same."
"They will. You can make them anything you want. This is just silly."
"Look," I demanded, "do you want to stand out here arguing shoes, or do you want me to go make a man of your virgin?"
Hugh clamped his mouth shut and gestured toward the house.
I padded away in the grass, the blades tickling my bare feet. The back patio leading to the basement was open, just as Hugh had promised. I let myself into the sleeping house, hoping they didn't have a dog, blearily wondering how I'd reached this low point in my existence. Adjusting to the darkness, my eyes soon discerned the features of a comfortable, middle-class family room: sofa, television, bookshelves. A stairwell rose to the left, and a hallway veered to the right.
I turned down the hall, letting my appearance shape-shift as I walked. The sensation was so familiar, so second nature to me, that I didn't even need to see my exterior to know what was happening. My petite frame grew taller, the slim build still staying slim but taking on a leaner, harder edge. My skin paled to death white, leaving no memory of its faint tan. The hair, already to my midback, stayed the same length but darkened to jet black, the fine waviness turning straight and coarse. My breasts-impressive by most standards-became larger still, rivaling those of the comic book heroines this guy had undoubtedly grown up with.
As for my outfit ... well, away went the cute Banana Republic slacks and blouse. Thigh-high black leather boots appeared on my legs, paired with a matching halter top and a skirt I never could have bent over in. Spiky wings, horns, and a whip completed the package.
"Oh Lord," I muttered, accidentally taking in the whole effect in a small decorative mirror. I hoped none of the local demonesses ever found about this. They were really quite classy.
Turning from the taunting mirror, I stared down the hall at my destination: a closed door with a yellow MEN AT WORK sign attached to it. I thought I could hear the faint sounds of a video game bleeping from beyond, though such noises silenced immediately when I knocked.
A moment later, the door opened, and I stood facing a five-foot-eight guy with shoulder-length, dirty blond hair rapidly receding on top. A large, hairy belly peeped out from underneath his Homer Simpson T-shirt, and he held a bag of potato chips in one hand.
The bag dropped to the floor when he saw me.
"Y-yes," he gasped out.
I cracked the whip. "You ready to play with me?"
Exactly six minutes later, I left the Miller residence. Apparently thirty-four years doesn't do much for one's stamina.
"Whoa, that was fast," Hugh noted, seeing me walk across the front yard. He was leaning against the car again, smoking a cigarette.
"No shit. Got another one of those?"
He grinned and handed over his own cigarette, giving me a once-over. "Would you be offended if I said the wings kind of get me hot?"
I took the cigarette, narrowing my eyes at him as I inhaled. A quick check ascertained no one else was around, and I shape-shifted back to my usual form.
"You owe me big," I reminded him, putting the shoes back on.
"I know. Of course, some might argue you owe me. You got a nice fix from it. Better than you're used to."
I couldn't deny that, but I didn't have to feel good about it either. Poor Martin. Geek or no, committing his soul to eternal damnation was a helluva price to pay for six minutes.
"You wanna get a drink?" Hugh offered.
"No, it's too late. I'm going home. Got a book to read."
"Ah, of course. When's the big day?"
"Tomorrow," I proclaimed.
The imp chuckled at my hero worship. "He just writes mainstream fiction, you know. He's hardly Nietzsche or Thoreau."
"Hey, one doesn't have to be surreal or transcendental to be a great writer. I should know; I've seen a few over the years."
Hugh grunted at my imperious air, giving me a mock bow. "Far be it from me to argue with a lady about her age."
I gave him a quick kiss on the cheek, then walked two blocks to where I had parked. I was unlocking the car door when I felt it: the warm, tingling feeling indicative of another immortal nearby. Vampire, I registered, only a millisecond before he appeared beside me. Damn, they moved fast.
"Georgina, my belle, my sweet succubus, my goddess of delight," he intoned, placing his hands over his heart dramatically.
Great. Just what I needed. Duane was quite possibly the most obnoxious immortal I'd ever met. He kept his blond hair shaved to a close buzz, and as usual, he demonstrated terrible taste in both fashion and deodorant.
"Go away, Duane. I have nothing to say to you."
"Oh come on," he crooned, his hand snaking out to hold the door as I tried to open it. "Even you can't play coy this time. Look at you. You're positively glowing. Good hunting, eh?"
I scowled at the reference to Martin's life energy, knowing it must be wreathing me. Obstinately, I tried to pry my door open against Duane's hold. No luck.
"He'll be out for days, from the looks of it," the vampire added, peering at me closely. "Still, I imagine whoever he was enjoyed the ride-both on you and to hell." He gave me a lazy smile, just barely revealing his pointed teeth. "He must have been someone pretty good for you to look as hot as you do now. What happened? I thought you only fucked the scum of the earth. The real assholes."
"Change of policy. I didn't want to give you false hope."
He shook his head appreciatively. "Oh Georgina, you never disappoint-you and your witticisms. But then, I've always found whores know how to make good use of their mouths, on or off the job."
"Let go," I snapped, tugging harder at the door.
"Why the hurry? I have a right to know what you and the imp were doing over here. The Eastside is my turf."
"We don't have to abide by your 'turf' rules, and you know it."
"Still, common courtesy dictates when you're in the neighborhood-literally, in this case-you at least say hello. Besides, how come we never hang out? You owe me some quality time. You spend enough time with those other losers."
The losers he referred to were my friends and the only decent vampires I'd ever met. Most vampires-like Duane-were arrogant, devoid of social skills, and obsessed with territoriality. Not unlike a lot of mortal men I'd met.
"If you don't let me go, you're going to learn a whole new definition of 'common courtesy.'"
Okay, it was a stupid, faux action-movie line, but it was the best I could come up with on the spot. I made my voice sound as menacing as possible, but it was pure bravado, and he knew it. Succubi were gifted with charisma and shape-shifting; vampires had super strength and speed. What this meant was that one of us mingled better at parties, and the other could break a man's wrist with a handshake.
"Are you actually threatening me?" He ran a playful hand along my cheek, making the hairs on my neck stand on end-in a bad way. I squirmed. "That's adorable. And kind of arousing. I actually think I'd like to see you on the offensive. Maybe if you'd just behave like a good girl-ow! You little bitch!"
With both of his hands occupied, I had seized my window of opportunity. A quick burst of shape-shifting, and sharp, three-inch claws appeared on my right hand. I swiped them across his cheek. His superior reflexes didn't let me get very far with the gesture, but I did draw blood before he gripped my wrist and slammed it against the car.
"What's the matter? Not offensive enough for you?" I managed through my pain. More bad movie lines.
"Cute, Georgina. Very cute. We'll see how cute you are by the time I-"
Headlights glimmered in the night as a car turned the corner on the next block and headed toward us. In that split second, I could see the indecision on Duane's face. Our tête-à-tête would undoubtedly be noticed by the driver. While Duane could easily kill an intervening mortal-hell, it was what he did for a living-having the kill linked to his harassment of me would not look good to our superiors. Even an asshole like Duane would think twice before stirring up that kind of paperwork.
"We aren't finished," he hissed, releasing my wrist.
"Oh, I think we are." I could feel braver now that salvation was on the way. "The next time you come near me's going to be the last."
"I'm quaking in terror," he simpered. His eyes gleamed once in the darkness, and then he was gone, moving off into the night just as the car drove past. Thank God for whatever liaison or ice cream run had pulled that driver out tonight.
Not wasting any more time, I got into my car and drove off, anxious to be back in the city. I tried to ignore the shaking of my hands on the wheel, but the truth of the matter was, Duane terrified me. I had told him off plenty of times in the presence of my immortal friends, but taking him on alone on a dark street was an entirely different matter, especially since all my threats had been empty ones.
I actually abhorred violence in all its forms. I suppose this came from living through periods of history fraught with levels of cruelty and brutality no one in the modern world could even comprehend. People like to say we live in violent times now, but they have no idea. Sure, there had been a certain satisfaction centuries ago in seeing a rapist castrated swiftly and promptly for his crimes, without endless courtroom drama or an early release for "good behavior." Unfortunately, those who deal in revenge and vigilantism rarely know where to draw the line, so I'd take the bureaucracy of the modern judicial system any day.
Thinking back to how I'd presumed the fortuitous driver was on an ice cream run, I decided a little dessert would do me some good too. Once I was safely back in Seattle, I stopped in a 24-hour grocery store, discovering some marketing mastermind had created tiramisu-flavored ice cream. Tiramisu and ice cream. The ingenuity of mortals never failed to amaze me.
As I was about to pay, I passed a display of flowers. They were cheap and a little tattered, but I watched as a young man came in and nervously scanned them over. At last he selected some autumn-colored mums and carried them off. My eyes followed him wistfully, half-jealous of whatever girl would be getting those.
As Duane had noted, I usually fed off losers, guys I didn't have to feel guilty about hurting or rendering unconscious for a few days. Those kind did not send flowers and usually avoided most romantic gestures altogether. As for the guys who did send flowers, well, I avoided them. For their own good. That was out of character for a succubus, but I was too jaded to care about propriety anymore.
Feeling sad and lonely, I picked up a bouquet of red carnations for myself and paid for it and the ice cream.
When I arrived home, my phone was ringing. Setting down my goods, I glanced at the Caller-ID. Caller unknown.
"My lord and master," I answered. "What a perfect ending to a perfect night."
"Save your quips, Georgie. Why were you fucking with Duane?"
"He just called. Said you were unduly hassling him."
"Hassling? Him?" Outrage surged inside me. "He started it! He came up to me and-"
"Did you hit him?"
I sighed. Jerome was the archdemon of the greater Seattle hierarchy of evil, as well as my supervisor. It was his job to manage all of us, make sure we did our duties, and keep us in line. Like any lazy demon, however, he preferred we create as little work for him as possible. His annoyance was almost palpable through the phone line.
"I did sort of hit him. Actually, it was more of a swipe."
"I see. A swipe. And did you threaten him too?"
"Well, yes, I guess, if you want to argue semantics, but Jerome, come on! He's a vampire. I can't touch him. You know that."
The archdemon hesitated, apparently considering the outcome of me going head-to-head with Duane. I must have lost in the hypothetical battle because I heard Jerome exhale a moment later.
"Yes. I suppose. But don't provoke him anymore. I've got enough to work on right now without you children having catfights."
"Since when do you work?" Children indeed.
"Good night, Georgie. Don't tangle with Duane again."
The phone disconnected. Demons weren't big on small talk.
I hung up, feeling highly offended. I couldn't believe Duane had tattled on me and then made me out to be the bad guy. Worse, Jerome seemed to have believed it. At least at first. That probably hurt me most of all because, my slacker-succubus habits aside, I'd always enjoyed a kind of indulgent, teacher's pet role with the archdemon.
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This series hooked me from the first chapter! I just finished the Twilight series and was looking for something else. Succubus Blues was recommended on one of the websites and I am so grateful to have found it! I feel cheated when a writer ends a series because you are left wondering what will happen next, especially since immortals live forever. This series does not disappoint, it has action, romance, comedy and even some well written love scenes! I cannot wait to read more books, Richelle Mead, you have made a fan out of me! I hope soon someone realizes just how good these books would translate into GREAT movies! Twilight is great for YA but for a little more mature audience... read this series!
I started off reading Richelle Mead's "The Vampire Academy" series and when i finished all 4 books i went looking for more of her work. I came across this series and decided to give it a try. I instantly became absorbed in the first book and went out and bought the rest of the succubus books. The first book "Succubus Blues" was fun and thrilling, i loved the characters and the twist, i definitely didn't see it coming. I think if you enjoyed the writings of her other books you'll love this series, and if you haven't read her other series but love paranormal stories you'll still love this!
the story line was never boring, funny and exciting read
Georgina, Georgina. Shape-shifting, short skirts and serial killers? What's a girl to do? Richelle Mead has created an entertaining tale, full of characters that stay sympathetic even when they're at their snarkiest. This was a fun read, with good pacing and plenty of twists and turns. I also like the idea of an anti-social love interest: it's refreshing. Highly recommended!
I started reading YA paranormal books, and I loved them, but they were a little..well, "YA". So I looked for authors I loved in YA and went looking to see if they had any paranormal books for adults. I have to say this book met every expectation I had. I was hooked on the first book, I thought it was FANTASTIC! Now, I'm a very intense reader, and I get slightly obsessed, this is mind I bought this entire series in one day, and read the entire series over two days. And I re-read them constantly. I absolutely love Georgina. I loved all the characters. I loved the twists and turns and mystery. It is a bit sexually explict, but we're all adults here, age wise that is. The main characters attitude and spark keep you entertained and wanting more, naturally. Richelle Mead is a fantastic writer. I connected amazingly with this entire series. If you like paranormal romance than I recommend this series, highly. Definitely an adult book though. If you've read this series and want more books like it, I've found that I love Kelley Armstrong (Women of the Otherworld series), Patrica Briggs (Mercy Thompson series), Keri Arthur (Riley Jenson Guardian series), and if you like historical paranormal romance with a twist read the Colleen Gleason (Gardella Vampire Chronicles series). All of these books are a *must* have for PR readers.
I enjoyed this book and the sequel Succubus Dreams, but I was very dissapointed in the sexual content. I felt that there could have been far less desciption of the sex scenes and you could still enjoy the book just as much. I have read the teen fiction written by this author, and I loved it. I know this is not listed under teen fiction, but I did not relaize just how much more adult content would be in this book. However, this is a very interesting story line. Very campy and off beat. The characters are well developed. If you are fan of vampires, and other mystical beings and are not worried about gratuitous sex scenes, this is the book for you.
A fun read. Simple and straight forward, Mead's debut will entice you from beginning to end. A must read for fantasy fans everywhere.
Richelle Mead's Succubus series is great. Plenty of unexpected twists in the plot to keep you sucked in and not wanting to go to sleep without finishing the book as well as some extremely steamy sceens. Not to mention a good dose of humor thrown in just for good measure.
I just read the entire series in 3 days. Yeah, I'm a fast reader, but it was mostly because I couldn't put the books down. If you like books like Twilight and The Fever Series by Karen Marie Moning, this series is worth the time to read
I absolutley love RM! Has great imagination, i'm a fan of all her series (i also read Vampire Academy & Bloodline.....a fan of them all) enjoying the Succubus series
I love this series. It was laugh out loud funny, witty, romantic, thrilling, and heart warming. Georgina and Seth are wonderfully multidimensional as characters and Richelle does a fantastic job fleshing them out. The side characters are equally loveable and I am so sad to see the series end. Thank you for creating a love interest out of a nerdy, yet amazingly sexy writer andI can't wait to read the rest of your books.
This is an absolutely fantastic series and I was stuck in my Nook for 6 straight books. From page 1 of Succubus Blues all the way through Succubus Revealed, I felt the passion and empathized with everything Georgina Kincaid felt. After finishing the series, I was so disappointed that it ended! :)
Well written, fast paced, fun read. I wasn't bored with it in the least. I loved the intermix of Greek Mythology along with the paranormal community making this a very unique series. I recommened this for all of the Kim Harrison "Hallows" fans who are going through withdraw inbetween book.
I first read the "Vampire Academy" series and loved it so much that I decided to check out the "Georgina Kincaid" series as well. I was not dissapointed! Richelle Mead does a great job with the characters, I really felt like I knew them and felt their emotions, all of the angst, joy, love, lust, etc. I really enjoyed the whole series and cannot wait until the next book comes out. Just like "Vampire Academy" I count down the days until the next release!
A friend of mine actually was the one who reccomended the book to me. I gladly read it. On Facebook me and my friend Role Play. We take some original ideas and put our own twists on them. After reading this book, we made a character each. Mine a Succbus and Hers a Incubus. Anyways, I can say, sadly that, I liked Roman, he was a smooth, suave individual and I liked him. Carter is pretty awesome, a little bad and mysterious but, what angel isn't? Cody was the cute, adorable one and I love that whole innocent vampire persona. Georgina is just amazing. Her whole story is vivid and it draws you in with every page. I hope, even though I'm sure Georgina doesn't, that Roman will make a future appearance. He was my favorite.
Succubus Blues is the first in the Georgina Kincaid series. Georgina is a succubus, an alluring, shape- shifting demon who seduces and pleasures mortal men. And she's good at her job - really good. But after having sold her soul nearly a millennia ago, she's tired. Tired of not being able to go on a decent date without having to worry as to whether or not she'll end up sucking the guy's soul out in one kiss - literally. Talk about putting a damper on a first date. But there is an upside in Georgina's life. Her job. She's an assistant manager at a local bookstore and has access to all the free books she can get her hands on - what more could a girl want? Aside from the aforementioned decent date, and well, getting her hands on her oh-so-favorite author, Seth Mortensen. However, those are things that will have to wait because someone or something is taking out Seattle's immortal residents and Georgina and her immortal friends don't know who'll be next. And when all eyes start turning to her, she decides to do a bit of snooping of her own. I whole-heartedly enjoyed reading this book. It was hot, sexy and a very entertaining read. I thoroughly enjoyed the worlds that Richelle Mead created around Georgina -- both the mortal and immortal. Georgina still has enough of her humanity to make the reader feel connected to her. She wants what most people want in life -- to be able to love and be loved in return. Succubus Blues also has a great supporting cast: Hugh, her friend and professional imp Jerome, her demon boss who looks to have a John Cusak fetish and Carter, the grungy angel who lives to torment Georgina, as well as a host of other equally engaging and likable characters. If you're looking for a hot new author and an equally hilarious and steamy mystery, I'd definitely check out Succubus Blues.
A Succubus in Love?? What on Earth is Hell Up To Now? <blockquote>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. </blockquote> A creative take on the various denizens of Heaven and Hell as they walk the earth, this book entertains without fail. An Imp, a demon, vampires, a variety of angels, nephilim, and a succubus all living out their eternal lives in the mortal realm of Seattle - and none of them seem to fit the pattern we've been trained to expect by modern media. The loose knit group of beings from Hell are oddly close for their kind. Even more bizarre is the apparent friendship between their local archdemon and the local angel. In fact, you rarely see one without the other. Georgina Kincaid, a powerful succubus who hates what she is, longs only to be allowed a real relationship with someone that she loves and who loves her. A relationship where she is free to express her love without risking harm to the one she loves. One mistake made ages ago has had her punishing herself ever since, trapping her in the endless cycle of punishment until the end of days. This story is sweet, entertaining, and sad all at once. The one thing Georgie wants finally becomes possible, yet she is unable to accept it given the cost. So she rejects it only to find that what she has set in motion was no longer necessary as the threat was removed as a gift to her. So she destroys her chance for happiness by once again trying to do the right thing. Will her choice come back to haunt her, since all she did was remain true to who she was? Her behavior here was the same thing that drew attention to her in the first place. Georgina is one complicated, yet oddly endearing, character, and very difficult to dislike. A succubus with a heart of gold - it should be trite but Ms. Mead pulls it off with panache. It should be very interesting to see how her life progresses throughout this series, and to see if the promise that Carter alludes to ever comes to pass for Georgina.
This book was not even on my radar until recently thanks to Nereyda at Mostly YA Book Obsessed. OH MY GOSH!! I am HOOKED!! I am a HUGE Richelle Mead fangirl. I devoured her Vampire Academy and Bloodlines series like they were book candy. I can't get enough. I love her writing style and the worlds she creates. So when Nereyda raved and gushed about this series, I knew I had to get on the Georgina Kincaid train. One of Richelle Mead's strong points are her characters. In every book of hers that I have read, there is ALWAYS at least one character that I really enjoyed. In the Vampire Academy series, I loved Rose. I am obsessed with Adrian from the Bloodlines series. Most recently, Mae in Gameboard of the Gods was rather intriguing. In Succubus Blues, I fell in SERIOUS LOVE with Georgina "Georgie" Kincaid. Georgie is a succubus. I'm not up on my Greek or Roman mythology, so I had no idea what a succubus is until I read this book. A succubus is an immortal temptress and seductress who must sleep with mortals to steal their life force. Without this life force, they feel weak and drained. Georgie is not like the other succubi. She has a conscience and doesn't do what normal succubi do. Instead of using her alluring looks and shapeshifting powers to seduce the most attractive men and steal their life force - the ones with the most life, she goes after men who are scum. As a general rule, she doesn't date because dating will lead to to kisses, which leads to sex which can awaken her succubus powers. Despite having supernatural powers and abilities, she tries to be human as possible. She uses the occasional shapeshifting powers, for the most part she does most things on her own. Unnecessarily using her shapeshifting powers felt like cheating. She wants to blend in with the rest of the world. Georgie has a lot of interesting quirks that made me adore her. She has a sharp wits. The arguments and mini-fights she has with her best friends are hilarious. Her friends dish out the insults and she spits it right back at them. She is also a voracious reader. She loves reading so much that she works in a bookstore and lives right around the corner. Georgie is a major fangirl of author Seth Mortensen. When she meets him for the first time, it is so endearing. It was this scene that made me fall in love with her. She loves Seth's books so much that she only allows her to read 5 pages a night of his book. Georgie had a couple of male suitors in Succubus Blues. Roman is the epitome of tall, dark and handsome - just the kind of guy that she tries to stay away from. From the beginning he comes on strong and is very persistent. Georgie is well-versed in saying no and setting up boundaries, but Roman is different. Roman is extremely sexy and I thought they were a hot couple, but from from the beginning I was all the way on Team Seth. If you follow my Goodreads updates, you would have seen that I wanted Roman out of the way from the first "Hello, my name is Roman." "My instincts drove me to seek sex out, and looking at him, I realized that urge might be strong independence of any sort of succubus need to feed." Seth Mortensen is a bestselling author of Georgie's favorite book series. Seth was a different male love interest. In fact, he wasn't much of a love interest, as there wasn't any "loving" going on between these two in this book. But the connection between Georgie and Seth grabbed my attention. Seth was quiet and didn't have much to say in person, but boy could this guy write an email! All of the things he could say - and didn't want to say - to Georgie he wrote in these verbose and eloquently written emails. It made my heart sing. I couldn't wait for them to talk and "not have coffee" together. Seth was too good of a person that Georgie new he had a lot of life force. She had to stay away. Selfishly, Georgie was concerned with what would happen if she stole too much of his life force. "Sleep with Seth Mortensen? Good grief. It was the most preposterous thing I'd ever heard. It was appealing. If I absorbed his life force, there was no telling how long it'd be until his next book came out." Part of what made this book so great was the smooth storyline. Richelle Mead includes many different paranormal creatures in this book as well as elements of mythology. I also loved hearing about Georgina's life before she became a succubus. It provided this great character depth and gave an explanation as to why she is so guilt-ridden and cautious. The secondary characters were phenomenal. I enjoyed bickering between Jerome, the archdemon of the Seattle hierarchy, and his unlikely friend, Carter, an angel and loved seeing Georgie interact with them. I can't say enough good things about this book. I am looking forward to continuing the series as soon as I read some of my other books. I've heard they only get more addicting and crazy. Guys, I am on board the Georgie Kincaid train! Hop on board with me and join me as I root for Seth and Georgie because ROMAN SUCKS (He actually does suck that bad, I just like Seth more.)!!
The title of this book got the best of me with this book. I’ve seen TV shows of Succubi and I’ve read books about Incubi, but I never really knew what they were. I knew they lived off of the lifeforce of humans and that sex was described as being over the top with one. However, this book gave me a whole different perspective. I really thought this book would have had more erotic-ness to it, just by the nature of a succubus. However, it hardly touched on sex at all…It alluded to her needing sex, but there wasn’t any graphic sex in this book. With that said, the book really was pretty good. Georgina Kincaid is a Succubus, but she doesn’t like living off of good wholesome people. So, instead she hunts low-lifes or those deserving of bad things. She really can’t complain too much though. There are worse jobs in hell and the perks of being a succubus are kind of cool. We are introduced to all different types of immortals in this story. We have vampires, demons, imps, a succubus, angels, and more. Many are Georgina’s close friends. I love the fact that she can shape shift into anything or into anyone that she wants to and she can get men to do anything she wants. Although Georgina works for a demon, she’s really not evil. She is a caring person who sold her soul to the devil and was made a succubus. So she still has much of her humanity. She falls in love but can’t have the relationship she wants because she literally sucks the life out of the guys she’s dated. Throughout the story, we begin to see immortals dying. Yep, some immortals can die. Actually, they are killed by a mysterious person. Georgina just can’t keep from digging in and looking for whomever or whatever it is that is killing these immortals. Of course, at a certain point the story becomes predictable and you can blatantly see who the killer is, but it was still worth the read. I give it 3.5 stars and hope the next book, “Succubus on Top” (“Succubus Nights” in UK). I did enjoy the plot enough to keep reading and by the end of the book, I wanted to see what the next book brought to the series.
I had trouble relating to the main character, which meant that much of the book was me giving her a major side-eye. However, I enjoyed the interplay between the side characters and the bickering. I did like the writer, and I'd be interested in seeing more of him, but I didn't really "get" the draw between them. Maybe if I was fonder of Georgia? Hard to say. As a representative of the paranormal romance genre, it's fine.
I liked the diversity of each character, the storytelling was good and the love story was cute without being overly explicit or corny. I was just disappointed by the way the story wrapped up- the 'villain' felt like it had a gimicky reveal and almost 80's movie stereotypical I'm a bad guy so I'm gonna terrorize your friends without doing any lasting damage. I found myself going back and saying wait did you expect me to be surprised by this because it was really the only option for a bad guy you had without losing a really fun character. Overall a fun read (especially before the bad guy reveal) but I'm not racing to read the next book.
loved all the characters Great author will continue to follow her writings
Really great, fun book to read. So many twists and turns. Great book with well-developed characters!
Richelle mead is one if my favorite authors and she proved why she is with this series....I didn't put this book down and before finishing it I order the rest ASAP I just finish the last one succubus revealed and I was blown away by the things that start clicking in this book...I'm going to miss Georgina sarcasm and witty mouth and of course Seth :)
Love this series and anything written by Richelle. The characters are great and funny