Rating (out of 5): 4 stars
The Georgina Kincaid series is Richelle Mead’s lightest work, in terms of tone. Often witty with plenty of laughs, Succubus Blues will still bring you to the edge with coiled intensity.
Georgina Kincaid is a succubus. Her immortal life is sustained by taking the life force of men during sex. Her boss archdemon Jerome wishes she’d seek out good guys, corrupting their souls. Instead Georgina seeks out the lowlifes. It’s a smaller boost, but she feels less guilty about it. She keeps in touch with humanity by working at a local bookstore.
When her favorite author comes in for a signing, she’s excited, until she realizes they have a bit of a connection and he’s now going to stay in Seattle. She does her best to make it clear she doesn’t date — Seth is a good, shy guy — but the two develop a great friendship with undercurrents of wanting more. It’s easy to root for Seth. There’s something about the shy guy, who can be eloquent in an email but fumble in person, that’s just too sweet.
But other supernaturals Georgina knows are showing up killed and beaten. Jerome and his angel BFF Carter won’t give her any details, but tell her to be careful. She can’t just let the bosses handle it, because she knows they are hiding something. Taking matters into her own hands gets her answers, but also puts her directly in the sights of whoever is attacking them.
The concept of a succubus who wants real love, but avoids it because she refuses to hurt a good man is brilliant. It is one of the key things that makes a succubus as a heroine work. She doesn’t want to steal souls. She wants love. And we want that for her.
Re-reading Succubus Blues was such a treat. I forgot just how much fun one has with Georgina Kincaid. It’s not just the heroine that makes this series, Mead makes assembled fun supporting cast from Georgina’s best otherworldly friends to the bookstore staff. It was a treat to fall in love with her, Seth, Doug, Cody, Jerome, Carter and Peter again.
Sexual content: Two sex scenes.