|This book was more than a nice surprise; I'd definitely call
it a pure pleasure. Meet Georgina Kincaid, succubus, local
bookstore manager, fan of mystery author Seth Mortensen, and
soon-to-be amateur investigator. Georgina hates the first,
enjoys the second, will be embarrassed publicly more than once as a
result of the third, and gets herself into a lot of trouble
courtesy of the last.
Georgina's been a succubus for a long time. Since ancient
Greece, actually. Benefits include shapeshifting, the
ability to become invisible, some pretty nifty friends
(including vampires, imps, and even her archdemon boss,
Jerome), and immortality. On the downside, every one of
Georgie's ... shall we say less-than-Platonic ...
relationships (even kissing!) drains her partner. Of
course, as her supervisor likes to point out, that's what
she signed up for. But Georgina likes mortals, for the most
part, and is sincerely distressed by sucking the life out of
those she considers "innocent" - who are, naturally, the ones
from which she gets the most power.
From the beginning, you can see where this is probably going
to be an issue from a romantic perspective. Sure, you could
expect a lot of sex, but no good relationship at the center.
That turns out not to be true. For one thing, there isn't
much sex, given Georgie's dislike of her succubus duties and
her understandable aversion to sapping potential dates or
boyfriends. For another, right off the bat Georgina
acquires two pretty intriguing potential interests (which
the reader may or may not choose to believe is courtesy of
her succubus powers). One is her favorite author himself,
Seth Mortensen. Georgina mortifies herself on several
occasions before realizing Seth isn't quite the social
butterfly she expected from his writing ... but she likes
him nonetheless. And because she likes him, she attempts to
avoid him for the reasons mentioned above. Add to her list
of people she refuses to date (but would like to) is Roman,
a dark, suave, and persistent linguist who is pretty much
the direct opposite of socially-inept Seth.
Although she handles people in general really well courtesy
of her supernatural powers, Georgie really blunders around
with the romance portion of her life, which adds not only
comedy but a touch of reality, something the reader can
sympathize with, which is often difficult in paranormal
books. She turns out to be a decent investigator as she is
looking into the murders of several other paranormal
creatures and finding out secrets about her world that
individuals as low on the totem pole as she are not supposed
to know. When Georgina herself becomes a target, however,
things get even more out of hand …
This book was impossible to put down. Whether it was her
mundane life or the supernatural one, Georgie’s antics and
issues were fun, intriguing, and even poignant at times.
The author shows a depth of character that is missing a lot
of the time in a genre that has become over-populated. I
can’t wait for the next one!