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Book Review: Succubus Blues by Richelle Mead (Series, #1) (Bottom of TBR Pile Challenge)

Red-headed woman in front of Seattle skylineSummary:
Georgina Kincaid is a succubus.  Has been for hundreds of years.  She’s currently assigned to the demon district of Seattle, but she’s not really feeling being a succubus anymore.  Oh, sure, she still needs to eat sexual energy from men, but she tries to keep it to the low-lifes, like cheaters, and avoid the good guys.  Thankfully her demon boss lets her lack of stealing souls for the bad side slide.  All in all, life is pretty good for Georgina.  Her favorite author is even coming to do a reading at the bookstore she works at!  But one night a vampire is killed and threats start coming in against all the baddies in Seattle–including Georgina.

Review:
Sometimes the books I’ve read for the Bottom of TBR Pile Challenge make me wonder what the hell past Amanda was thinking, and other times they make me realize that past Amanda was still me…..and I really do love to love the bad guys.  And hoo boy is this book ever about the bad guys!  Also, sex. Lots of sex.  I mean, a succubus has gotta eat.

Getting an urban fantasy that isn’t all about a demon slayer but instead is about the demons is just awesome.  It is really fun to be rooting for the succubus, demons, and vampires, but not in a Sookie Stackhouse sort of way.  These guys are the other side of the war, and are they ever fun.  It’s obvious that Mead is aware that she’s flipping the typical story on its head from a delicious tongue-in-cheek scene in which an angel’s helper shows up completely covered up and mocking Georgina’s sexy succubus outfit and blushing at all the swear words the bad crowd tosses around.  And it’s so true!  The good guys wouldn’t be *fun*.  The good guys would be boring, and they sure as hell wouldn’t say fuck.

Also, it’s nice that for once we pop into the middle of the main character’s life instead of meeting her right when she gets her powers.  It lends more depth to the character, adds mystery, and lets us just get on with the supernatural.  This makes for a much faster moving plot as well, which is definitely appreciate.  Plus, there’s the historical aspect to Georgina’s flashbacks, and that’s always fun.

The sex scenes are well-written.  Um, really well-written.  *coughs*  The love interest is realistically attractive and intelligent, which is pure win.  For once we aren’t stuck with a gorgeous, perfect man.  We have an imperfect one who is still totally loveable.

So what’s keeping it from five stars for me?  I’m not a fan that Georgina has somehow turned into a reluctant succubus.  I want my succubus to steal men’s life energy and LIKE IT.  But I get it that this makes Georgina more lovable to probably just about everyone else.  I am still hoping that this reluctance will change in the next book.  Haha.

Overall, this is a delicious urban fantasy that I highly recommend to fans of the genre who enjoy steamy sex and rooting for the bad guys.

4 out of 5 stars

Source: PaperBackSwap

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