Richelle Mead, Succubus Blues

Posted May 2, 2011 by Kathy Davie in

Succubus Blues (Georgina Kincaid, #1)Succubus Blues by Richelle Mead
Series: Georgina Kincaid, 1
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

The Story
She may be weary of meaningless sex, but Georgina Kincaid, a succubus who works as an assistant manager at a bookstore in Seattle, is excited beyond belief that Seth Mortenson is going to speak this evening at Emerald City Books & Café. She just adores his series, Cady & O’Neill, and can’t wait to meet him.

That is, she can’t wait until she spews off and discovers later that Seth was the anonymous guy to whom she was mouthing off.

Then there’s this little problem she’s having at her other night “job”. Supernaturals are being killed and no one knows who is doing, or is capable of, it. Signs initially point to Georgina as being behind the weapons and Jerome, her demon boss, is so not happy with her. He is especially not happy that she keeps insisting on trying to investigate on her own.

The Characters
Doug is an assistant manager at the bookstore by day; a member of a band by night. He’s been trying to get Georgina to go out with him forever.

Jerome is the demon-in-charge in the Seattle area with a soft spot for Georgina.

Carter is Jerome’s good-guy opposite; the angel-in-charge. And they just happen to be drinking buddies

Georgina’s particular night-side pals include Hugh, an imp, and Cody and Peter who are vampires. Erik Lancaster is a human who runs a small but real esoteric bookstore with an amazing breadth of knowledge in the more arcane areas of mythology and supernatural lore.

Helena runs the commercial version of an esoteric bookstore filled with anything that might make a buck as Helen pushes the patter and her stock down anyone’s throat. And she hates Georgina.

Warren is the middle-aged owner of the bookstore and insists on regular sex with Georgina…which is not as satisfying for her since he doesn’t have any problem cheating on his wife.

Roman is a 6-foot-four-inch hunk whom Georgina talked into rescuing her from Warren’s attentions one night. He then talked her into a number of almost dates.

My Take
I’m enjoying the camaraderie of the characters and it takes place in a bookstore. Hullo, bookstore. How can I not adore it for the setting alone??!! I will say that I’m not overly impressed with the writing although it could be the lack of any real tension in the story. I will definitely be reading the next in the series, Succubus on Top, and withhold judgment.

The Cover
Seems appropriate enough. Slightly menacing, mysterious woman with red lips, a very low-cut dress wearing a lovely necklace with a nighttime city skyline in the background all with a blue cast to it.

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