Monday, October 3, 2011

Succubus on Top by Richelle Mead

Title: Succubus on Top
Author: Richelle Mead
My Rating: B+

Genre: Urban Fantasy
Series: Georgina Kincaid #2
Main Characters: Georgina & Seth

Release Date: August 2011 (re-issue)
ISBN: 978-
Publisher: Zebra
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Sexual Intensity: spicy

Story Overview:
Love hurts, and no one knows it better than Georgina Kincaid. If she so much as kisses Seth Mortensen, the shy, sexy writer she's been dating, she'll drain his life force. Admittedly, the shapeshifting and immortality perks of a succubus are terrific, but it's completely unfair that a she-demon whose purpose is seduction can't get down with the one mortal who accepts her for who she is. . .
It's not just her personal life that's in chaos. Doug, Georgina's co-worker at a local bookstore, has been exhibiting bizarre behavior, and Georgina suspects something far more demonic than double espressos. She could use an assist from Bastien, an irresistibly charming incubus and her best immortal friend, but he's giving Georgina some highly distracting come-hither vibes. Georgina is going to have to work solo on this one—and fast, because soon, Doug's life won't be the only one on the line. . .

My Review:
This book is all about the forbidden and temptations. As a result, I gave it a little bit lower rating than the first, because I wasn't thrilled with a lot of Georgina's actions in this story. BUT that is one of the brilliant things about Richelle's writing...Georgina is a FLAWED character, but you still like her and still feel for her and the challenges that she is going through every day...even when she makes the wrong choices. My heart aches for her on so many levels and this book increased that ache ten-fold.

There are two main stories going on within this book. The first is the drug story line that Georgina's co-worker Doug is dealing with which creates challenges for her at the bookstore and in her immortal life. The second is that Georgina's old friend and incubus, Bastien, is in town trying to save his career. He has recruited her help in that as they try to take down a highly well-known and extremely controversial political figure in the Seattle area. In the background of all of this is the new relationship between Seth & Georgina, which is difficult in that if they kiss passionately or anything above that, then she will suck parts of his soul away. She is dealing with quite a bit of stress in her life. 

There is not a whole lot more that I can say without giving away spoilers. There were moments throughout this book that I literally felt sick about the choices that Georgina was making, but she is not a bad person. Richelle is simply a brilliant writer to maintain that fine line so that you continue to like and root for Georgina. And, OMG, don't even get me going about what a wonderful character Seth is. I love all the aspects of his character and that he is NOT what most would consider as a perfect hero for a romance. He's shy and introverted, but he's also loyal and so in love with Georgina...AND accepting of her faults. Their whole dynamic is just so well-written. I don't think that there are many authors out there that could pull off writing what Richelle is writing and keep you rooting for all the characters, but she manages that balance.

It really is a brilliant book and dynamic...and so addicting. I honestly am having a REALLY hard time stepping away from these books. So good!!!


Felicia the Geeky Blogger said...

I have read her Storm Born (LOVE THEM) and Vampire Diaries (LOVE THEM TOO) series but haven't read this one yet :) I need to check it out :)

Christi Snow said...

I am really debating one of her other series. This is the first I have read from her, but her writing is fabulous! Which do you like best??? smiles....