So I was fortunate to receive an ARC of the upcoming SUCCUBUS BLUES by the extremely talented Richelle Mead.
I just love that cover!
Here’s the blurb about the book:
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…
Immortals are being offed by some unknown, and Georgie turns into otherworldly, amateur sleuth while trying to dodge the affections of a couple human males she really likes—so of course she doesn’t want to completely suck out their life force. The girl is busy, let me tell you. Georgie has angst and emotion that will tug at your heartstrings, there’s action and suspense (and sex…did I mention fun sex?) and a mystery unfolding, a cast of characters that I absolutely adored, both good guys and bad guys. Richelle did a fabulous job drawing shades of gray even in her bad guys, which I just love, because I hate absolutes in characterization.
I loved Georgie. I mean in a big way. This book isn’t your typical dark urban fantasy. Though a succubus and charged with ‘doing her duty’, Georgie isn’t really happy in her role, though she does what she has to do to keep her powers charged up and to toe the line, hellishly speaking. I loved her journey, the slow unveiling of her past and how she became a succubus. It was a beautiful presentation of a character and Richelle did a fantastic job with this book.
I can’t wait for the next one and I highly recommend it!