Succubus Heat

Succubus Heat

by Richelle Mead

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Georgina Kincaid has been a bad, bad succubus. . .

. . .which should be a good thing. But lately, thanks to her foul mood over breaking up with bestselling writer Seth Mortensen, she's been so wicked that Seattle's über-demon Jerome, decides to "outsource" Georgina to a rival--and have her spy for him in the process.

Being exiled to the frozen north--okay, Vancouver--and leaving Seth in the cozy clutches of his new girlfriend is unpleasant enough. Then Jerome is kidnapped, and all immortals under his control mysteriously lose their powers. One bright spot: with her life-sucking ability gone, there's nothing to keep Georgina from getting down and dirty with Seth--nothing apart from his girlfriend that is. Now, as the supernatural population starts turning on itself, a newly mortal Georgina must rescue her boss and figure out who's been playing them--or all hell will break loose. . .

Praise for Richelle Mead and her Succubus series. . .

"Richelle Mead delivers sexy action and tongue-in-cheek hellish humor--if damnation is this fun, sign me up!" --Lilith Saintcrow, author of The Devil's Right Hand

"This is one of those series I'm going to keep following." --Jim Butcher, New York Times bestselling author

"The mix of supernatural mystery, romance, and reluctant succubus is great fun." --Locus

"Mead cooks up an appetizing debut that blends romantic suspense with a fresh twist on the paranormal, accented with eroticism." --Booklist

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781420105544
Publisher: Kensington
Publication date: 08/25/2015
Series: Georgina Kincaid Series , #4
Pages: 304
Sales rank: 323,423
Product dimensions: 4.10(w) x 6.70(h) x 1.10(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Richelle Mead has an M.A. in Comparative Religion and a passion for all things wacky and humorous. She currently lives in Seattle with her family, cats, and a closet with too many dresses. Updates about her novels and tours can be found at

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Succubus Heat

By Richelle Mead


Copyright © 2009 Richelle Mead
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ISBN: 978-1-4201-4256-3


Sleeping with my therapist was a bad idea.

I knew it too, but I couldn't really help it. There were only so many times I could hear "Why don't you explain that" and "Tell me how you feel." So, I finally snapped and decided to show the guy how I felt. I've gotta say, for a decent guy who had never cheated on his wife, he wasn't that hard to take advantage of. And by "not hard," I mean "ridiculously easy." His pseudo morals gave me a strong succubus energy fix, and when you consider that what we did was probably the most productive thing that ever took place on his couch, it was almost like I did a good deed.

Still, I knew my boss was going to be pissed, seeing as he was the one who'd ordered me to seek counseling in the first place.

"Do not tell Jerome," I warned my friends, tapping my cigarette against the ashtray. "I don't want to deal with that kind of fallout."

My friends and I were sitting at a booth in Cold July, an industrial club down in Seattle's Belltown district. The place was dark and loud, with crisscrossing pipes on the walls and ceiling forming the bulk of the décor. Because it was a private club, it didn't have to adhere to the city's public smoking ban, which was a perk for me. In the last few months, I'd found nicotine was one of the essential things helping me cope. Other things on the essential list: vodka, Nine Inch Nails, a steady supply of moral men, and an all-purpose bitchy attitude.

"Look, Georgina," said my friend Hugh. He was an imp, a type of hellish legal assistant who bought souls for our masters and did assorted middle-management tasks. He had dark-cropped hair and was big without being fat. "I'm no expert in mental health, but I'm going to go out on a limb here and say that probably wasn't a helpful step on the road to healing."

I shrugged and let my eyes scan the crowded room for potential victims. There were some pretty good pickings here. "Well, he wasn't that good. At therapy, I mean. Besides, I don't think I need it anymore."

Silence met me, inasmuch as silence could meet me in a place so noisy. I turned back to my friends. Hugh was making no pretense of hiding his you're fucking crazy look. Our vampire friends, Peter and Cody, at least had the decency to avert their eyes. I narrowed mine and put out the cigarette.

"I don't suppose," said Peter at last, "that this is anybody you'd maybe, uh, like to date long term?"

"Yeah," agreed Cody, eyes wide and hopeful. "I bet a therapist would be a great listener. And you wouldn't even have to pay for it."

"My insurance pays for it," I snapped. "And I don't really appreciate your passive-aggressive attitude about my boyfriend."

"It's not that passive," said Hugh. "You could do better, sweetie."

"The guy's corrupt and going to Hell. How is this a problem for you? And you didn't like my last boyfriend either. Maybe you should stop worrying about my love life and go back to figuring out how to get your latest secretary into bed."

In what had to be a weird twist of the universe, none of my friends liked my current boyfriend, a dark magician named Dante. Dante's morals were pretty nonexistent, and he owned stock in bitterness and cynicism. That would make you think he'd fit in perfectly with this group of damned souls, but for whatever reason, he didn't.

"You aren't meant to be with someone bad," said Cody. We were all immortal now but were considered "lesser immortals." That meant we had once been human before selling our souls into Hell's service. Cody was young compared to the rest of us in our little circle. Hugh claimed almost a century. Peter and I had millennia. As such, there was almost a naïveté about Cody, a charming idealism that rivaled the kind I used to have.

It had been shattered when my previous boyfriend, a human named Seth, had left me for a friend of mine. Seth was a good soul, quiet and infinitely kind. He'd made me believe in better things, like that maybe there was hope for a succubus like me. I'd thought I was in love — no, I had been in love. Even I could admit that. But as a succubus, I brought a dangerous element to any relationship. When I had sex with a guy (or a girl — it worked either way), I stole their life energy, which was the power that fueled every human soul. It kept me alive and sustained my immortal existence. The purer the guy, the more energy I took. The more energy I took, the more I shortened his life. With Dante, I had almost no effect. He had little energy to give, so our sex life was relatively "safe," and I therefore sought my fixes from meaningless guys on the side.

With Seth ... well, that had been a different story. Sleeping with him would have had very detrimental effects — so I'd refused to do it. For a while, we'd lived on love alone, our relationship being about a lot more than a physical act. Over time, however, that had taken its toll, as had a number of simple relationship complications. Things had finally blown up when Seth had slept with my friend Maddie. I think he'd done it to encourage me to break up, hoping to spare me future pain. Whatever the initial intent, he and Maddie had actually gone on to establish a fairly serious relationship in the following months.

I hadn't taken that very well.

"There's no pleasing you guys," I growled, beckoning the waiter for another drink. He ignored me, irritating me further. "You don't like good ones. You don't like bad ones. What the fuck does it take?"

A new voice suddenly cut into our circle. "Please tell me we're discussing your romantic hijinks, Georgie. There's nothing I enjoy more."

There he was, standing beside our table: my boss Jerome, archdemon of Seattle and its greater metropolitan area. I glared. I didn't appreciate the mocking tone — or him calling me Georgie. He sat down beside Hugh, and the waiter I'd been trying to summon dashed over immediately. We ordered a new round of drinks.

Jerome was clearly in a good mood today, which always made our lives easier. He had on a black designer suit, and his hair was styled exactly the same as John Cusack's had been in a recent TV interview I watched. That probably bears mentioning: Jerome's human body of choice was a clone of John Cusack. Succubi can change shape because that's part of what helps us with seduction. Demons can change shape simply because — like angels — they're insanely powerful beings who have been around since the beginning of time. They're "greater immortals." Because of a weird fan obsession that he adamantly denied, Jerome chose to interact in the mortal world looking like the actor. The strange thing was that when we were out like this, humans never seemed to notice the resemblance.

"You haven't been out with us in a while," I pointed out, hoping to change the subject. "I thought you've been busy with demon stuff." Rumor had it that Jerome was sparring with another demon, though none of us knew the details.

He took one of my cigarettes out of the pack without asking. A moment later, the end of the cigarette lit on its own. Show-off.

"Things have actually taken a pleasant turn," he said. He inhaled deeply and then let the smoke swirl around him. "One less thing to deal with. I'd hoped the incessant babbling about your romantic woes was also going away, but I suppose that's too much to hope for. Are you still with that charlatan?"

I threw up my hands. "Why does everyone hate Dante? You guys should be embracing him as a brother."

Jerome considered, dark eyes thoughtful. "He annoys me. You can do better."

"Jesus Christ," I said.

"Maybe she'd see that if she'd stop doing stupid shit like sleeping with her therapist," noted Hugh, in what was apparently supposed to be a helpful tone.

I turned on him, eyes wide. "Did you listen to anything I just said?"

"Plenty," he said.

Meanwhile, Jerome's lazy, pleased expression disappeared. He fixed his gaze on me, eyes burning like flame yet inexplicably making me feel cold all over. He smashed the cigarette out and shot up from his seat. Grabbing my arm, he jerked me up from my own spot and started dragging me from the table.

"Come with me," he hissed.

I stumbled with him out to the hall that led to the restrooms. Once out of the sight of others, he pushed me against a wall and leaned toward me, face filled with fury. It was a sign of his agitation that he was behaving like a human. He could have simply transported both of us to some isolated place.

"You fucked your therapist?" he exclaimed.

I gulped. "I wasn't making much progress."


"Why is this a problem? He was a good soul. I thought that was what you wanted me to do!"

"I wanted you to get this fucking chip off your shoulder that you've had ever since that boring mortal dumped you."

I flinched. It was kind of a weird thing. I'd been so depressed after the Seth breakup that Jerome had finally flipped out and told me to go seek help because he was tired of listening to me "bitch and moan." The strangeness of a demon encouraging counseling for one of his employees wasn't lost on me. But honestly, how could he understand? How could he understand what it was like to have your heart smashed? To be ripped from the person you loved most in the world? My whole existence had lost meaning, and eternity had seemed impossible to bear. For weeks, I wouldn't go out or talk much to anybody. I'd isolated myself, lost in my own grief. That was when Jerome had thrown up his hands and demanded I snap out of it.

And I had, kind of. I'd swung the other way. I'd suddenly become angry — so, so angry at the way life had treated me. Some of my misfortunes were my own fault. But Seth? I didn't know. I didn't know what had happened there, and I felt wronged by the world and the lifetimes of hurt it kept giving me. So, I'd started getting back at it. I'd stopped caring. I'd thrown myself into full succubus mode: seeking out the most moral men I could, stealing their life, and breaking their hearts with little remorse. It helped with the pain. Sometimes.

"I'm doing what I'm supposed to!" I yelled. "I'm scoring soul after soul. You have nothing to complain about."

"You have a bitchy attitude and keep picking fights with everyone — and you aren't getting better. I'm tired of it. And I'm tired of you."

I froze, my antagonism turning to pure fear. When a demon said he was tired of you, it often resulted in being recalled to Hell. Or being smote.

"Jerome ..." I tried to assess my best strategy here. Charm? Contrition?

He stepped away and took a deep, calming breath. It didn't help much. His anger came through loud and clear.

"I'm sending you away. I'm going to outsource you to someone."

"What?" My anger returned, pushing my fear away momentarily. Outsourcing was a huge insult to a succubus. "You can't do that."

"I can do whatever I fucking want. You answer to me." A lanky guy turned down the hall, heading toward the restroom. Jerome fixed him with a piercing, terrifying look. The guy yelped and hastily headed back the other way. "There's an archdemon in Vancouver who wants someone to keep an eye on a cult he has an interest in up there."

"Up there ..." My mouth dropped open. "You mean Vancouver, BC? You're sending me to Canada?" Fuck. I really had gone too far. There was also a Vancouver in Washington. That wouldn't have been so bad. At least I would have stayed domestic.

"He'd wanted a succubus since he only has one and couldn't spare her. They've got their work cut out for them up there, you know. I almost considered sending them Tawny." He made a face at the mention of his recently acquired and very, very inept succubus. "But, well, she's not ... optimal. I hadn't wanted to give up you either, but now I think it'll be worth missing my useful succubus for a while to get you out of my hair. I need some peace and quiet."

"Look, Jerome," I said, hoping I sounded penitent. "What do you want me to do? Get another therapist? I can do that. I'll get a woman. An ugly one. And I'll try to lay off the attitude and —"

"That's my decision, Georgie. You need something to occupy you, and this'll make Cedric happy. He figures a succubus is the best choice to infiltrate his little devil-worshipping cult."

"Devil wor — what, you mean like, Satanists?"

"Something like that."

I stared. "Canadian Satanists? You're sending me to a group of Canadian Satanists?"

His only answer was a shrug.

"If this were happening to anyone else, it would be hilarious," I said. "But why are you doing it? Since when do you help anyone — let alone another demon?" Demons tended to be insanely competitive with each other.

Again, Jerome didn't answer. He took out a cigarette — honestly, if he had his own, why'd he steal mine earlier? — and did the lighting trick again. He seemed a little less tense after taking a deep drag on it.

"Something else is going on," I said warily. "You're using me to use him. What's this really about?"

"Altruism," he said, rolling his eyes.

"Jerome ..."

"Georgina," he returned, eyes hard. "You have no right to question this, not as much as you've pissed me off lately. Now go pack your things and brush up on the metric system."


I don't really have anything against Canadians. They're nice. Really nice. But that didn't mean I wanted to go curling with them, and there was always a danger that if Jerome was in the right mood, he might decide to make this temporary assignment a permanent one.

I didn't think he would, though. Underneath all the gruffness, Jerome liked me — inasmuch as a demon could truly like anyone. Admittedly, he'd liked me a little less since Seth had turned my life upside down last fall, but when I wasn't sporting massive attitude, I think I amused Jerome. Amusing things are few in the face of eternity, so hopefully that would be enough to ensure my job security.

I left Belltown and headed over to Queen Anne, another Seattle neighborhood. I both lived and worked in Queen Anne, and if I was about to disappear for a while, my mortal employer should probably know. Unfortunately, going into work meant facing some unpleasant things that I wasn't really in the mood for tonight.

"Georgina! What are you doing here?"

Maddie Sato, the Brutus to my Caesar, came scurrying up to me as I entered Emerald City Books and Café. In Maddie's defense, she hadn't known Seth and I were dating when they'd slept together. So, it wasn't like she'd knowingly stolen him from me. That didn't really change my feelings toward either of them, though.

"I need to see Warren," I said, suspecting I probably reeked of vodka and smoke. "Is he here?"

She shook her head, making her glossy black hair sway. It was worn in a long, sleek style I'd taught her how to do. "He left about an hour ago. Didn't want to stick around for closing."

I glanced at a clock. I'd barely made it in before they locked the doors. I tapped my foot impatiently, wondering if I should call Warren at home. Finally, I asked, "You got a sec to go over some schedule stuff? I'm going to be out for a few days ... or maybe more."

"Sure," she said, smiling and showing dimples. "You want me to grab Doug too?"

"He's here?"

Both assistant managers closing in one night. It was a stroke of luck. I headed off to my office while she went to fetch her brother Doug. My desk was organized for a change, and I found the clipboard bearing the schedule for the next couple of weeks. I skimmed it, relieved to see we had a full complement of staff for a change. My immortal friends didn't understand why I cared so much about this job. There had been days recently — days when I didn't want to get out of bed because I was so depressed — that I'd wondered the same thing. But the truth was, eternity was an extremely long time, and I'd spent most of my time always occupied with some activity. It was part of my nature; I couldn't be idle. And sometimes — sometimes — I could get so caught up in the day-to-day affairs of the human world that I could almost pretend for a heartbeat that I was one of them again.

"I don't think we'll need anyone to cover me," I said when I heard the office door open a few minutes later. "Someone'll just need to take over my —" I looked up.

Maddie had returned, along with Doug, but they weren't alone. Seth was with them.


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BluHawk More than 1 year ago
Richelle Mead certainly knows how to capture my attention... and keep it! I rarely read series consecutively, but haven't been able to put these books down since I started! This urban fantasy combines enough great storyline, great characters, and wit to have you coming back for more! If you liked this series, you will probably also like the authors Keri Arthur, Kim Harrison, Patricia Briggs, Laurell K. Hamilton, and Charlaine Harris.
vampirefantaiccc More than 1 year ago
*SOME SPOILERS* I have to wait almost 10 months for the next installment in this series. And another 2 months for the next installment in Vampire Academy (another great series by Mead that's worth looking into). This series, I really didn't expect to fall in love with it so easily (and so quickly!). When I read the first book (Succubus Blues), something felt off for me. I got the next book after finishing the first one in a matter of hours (Succubus on Top), unsure whether I was buying it because I didn't have anything else to do, or because subconsciously I was addicted. Well, it turned out to be a little bit of the first and a lot of the latter. I'm in love with the character Seth. He's actually a lot like me, while Georgina is a lot like who'd I'd like to be. Outgoing, talkative, charming and everything. While Seth is quiet, thoughtful and smart. I also love how each character is so important, even the ones you just meet and see mentioned here and there (Georgina's friends for example), they aren't as flat as you'd think they should be. They're all interesting, they all have personalities that stand out. Peter is a vampire and he loves to cook and decorate, and chastises Georgina for not having a Christmas tree. Cody is a vampire, but lesser to Peter, and he's cute, caring, and shy. Hugh, it's so hard to describe him, but he's an imp, and he's added so much to this book. Carter, he's mysterious, vague in descriptions and answering questions like all of the angles, yet there's something different about him. Lastly, Jerome--I really want to know more about him. The guys Mead introduces into Georgina's dynamic love life; Roman and Dante, and also all those flings, even I found them interesting. Roman and Dante significantly more than the flings, of course. It was nice how Dante doted on Georgina, but I prefer Roman. Dante was dark, which I found alluring, but he was too power hungry. Roman is just wanting a place to call home where he doesn't always have to live in fear. In the end, he finds it with Georgina, even after the many threats he made to end her life. Mead has so many different characters in this novel. There are so many levels of thought going on here. There are so many different perspectives, although it talks in the first person narrative, Georgina is so much more dynamic than a lot of main characters I've read about in other books. I actually hate Maddie. Well, hate's a strong word, but I really just want her to get out of the way for Seth and Georgina. I'm glad that the proposal Seth made wasn't as genuine as the proposal he could have made to Georgina. He gave her a diamond engagement ring, while he mentioned to Georgina that wedding's are extraordinary, and that he'd most likely go with rubies (if I'm remembering correctly). I also love how the stray cat appeared at the end. The cat that was in her dreams that Nyx used to distract her from the energy drain. The way Mead uses things that happened from her last book to help guide and influence what happens in her next book is extraordinary. She seems predictable at first, but she really isn't. She puts so much effort into it, that it never really turns out exactly like you would expect. I mean, from reading the back covers, I easily found out that Georgina and Seth were going to break up, or that Jerome was going to disappear, or that Georgina and Seth were going to have an affair against someone's back. But there was so much more to it.
kitkat3ny More than 1 year ago
**WARNING CONTAINS SPOILERS** Who would have enough gull to kidnap/summon Seattle's most powerful demon? Jerome has outsourced Georgie's services to his rival archdemon, Cedric, in Vancouver, Canada, with hopes that she will do some snooping for him. It seems that a local group of Satanist, called the Army of Darkness, is making Cedric's Afterlife hell. While Georgie's investigating, Jerome gets summoned and trapped. With Jerome out of the way hell's finest opportunists have lined up to replace him; demons in his sector lose their abilities and go into stasis, making them as vulnerable as humans. The vampires actually get to prance in the sun without turning into crispy tarts and Georgie and Seth make love with no soul sucking repercussions. However, Seth is still with Maddie through all of this; this indulgence with Georgie can potentially affect the purity of his soul. Meanwhile, Georgie and Dante are still an item. Dante seems to bring out the worst in Georgie and he's a sleazy and despicable distraction. To be honest, I have never liked Maddie; there is no way someone can be that jovial. Women's intuition is a powerful mechanism. There is no way that Maddie is as blind as she appears to be. I think that with her putting all her efforts into helping Georgie find a new place, is her way of securing her territory. This book was an emotional rollercoaster and I can't wait for the next book in the series Succubus Shadows in 2010. I highly recommend this book and the rest of the series.
Reading_Seductress More than 1 year ago
Georgina is always finding herself in the worst of spots... She's a great character that never seems to disappoint. I loved everything about this book. I was unable to but it down until I was on the last page and even then I flipped back through the pages. I think Succubus Heat is my favorite of the Georgina Kincade series and I hate that I have to wait until March'2010 to read Succubus Shadows. (That is if the release month is accurate)
BeguileThySorrow on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
NOOOOOO!!!!Seth can't marry Maddie! ARE u kidding me?! Noooo!!!! god I love how this series has drawn me in! lol
crazybatcow on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I know, I said this about the last book in this series, but now I mean it - this is the best book in the series so far!Was the conclusion much of a surprise, no, not really... were the guilty parties a surprise? No, not really...Though, what happened with the relationship between her and Seth was a bit of a surprise, and very well-handled.I can't wait to start the next in the series to find out: what happens with Seth, the new cat, Maddie, Roman, Georgina's "reward" from Jerome, her contract, Dante... and so on. Really, the story within this book was wrapped up, but the story of Georgina's life was not.
ReginaR on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
What is it about the way Richelle Mead writes, that she is able to perfectly capture the pain of a romantic break-up? She somehow is able to make me relive the pain of feeling cut-off from a loved one, abandoned and dejected ¿ it ain¿t good! Thank goodness there is an interesting story woven in through this pain. Fans of Mead and Georgina, if you have stuck through this series for the first three books, you will want to read Succubus Heat. There is a payoff to the series and it is done quite well ¿ readers have to pay for the little reward dishes out, but it is worth it. Readers are also additionally rewarded -- without spoiling too much, I will say that characters from previous books return.I don¿t remember Vampire Academy being this funny, maybe I didn¿t get the humor in that series but the Georgina Kincaid series is damn funny. I started marking quotes, but there were just too many of them. I think one of the appeals of this series is that because of Georgina¿s role as a succubus, readers are able to suspend their judgment of her sexual activity ¿ after all, Georgina has to fulfill certain requirements or she will suffer in Hell. Rarely in mainstream urban fantasy books are female characters having so much sex with so many different men in such an unabashed way ¿this suspension of judgment is appealing. But of course it only exists within the confines of this series. And I guess there is judgment in the end, Georgina judges herself. Questions continue to be not answered. Who is the guy in the dream? Will the dream come true? Does Georgina deserve better? Why the heck does Carter care so much? How can someone who is working for demons and hell be so good? How can she be good if in the end she is shortening thousands of mens lives? Why is Georgina reliving the same romance over and over again throughout the ages? Why is she attracted to the good ones? And what I am dying to know ¿ when will she reveal her true form to Seth and what will he think? At the close of Heat, Georgina makes several changes in her life. This book is a worthwhile read. The narration continues to be fabulous, I highly recommend listening to this series.
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MMWH2014 More than 1 year ago
Great book, definitely start with the Kincaid Series #1 or it will not make sense. My only issue is that BN does now sell all of the series so I had to skip two books thus far. And it really isn't good when you are into a series and have to try and play catch up. The book itself is good it is hard not to have to have a feeling of love and sadness about Georgina, you know she is good at heart I hope she finds a way out somehow think she would take it if she could. BUT PEASE CAN ANYONE LET ME KNOW WHY SOME OF THE BOOKS AE UNAVAILABLE??? If you like twists and turns and SCI-FI/Supernatural then you will like this series it contains it all. Not gory nor a love story just a story about a girl who is trying to do what's best in a world that makes it nearly impossible
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Another good read to this series. It moves along fast, is exciting, and keeps you hooked onto wanting to read the next book.....
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Very good book. Just keeps getting better and better
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Prettybird More than 1 year ago
There is so much emotion in this book. I got so wrap up with the character I was laughing at the jokes and felt bad when things didn't go a certain way for Georgina . Read it, and be wanting more!
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