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 best-selling, 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.
©2007 Richelle Mead; (P)2009 Audible, Inc.
"At the start of a planned series, Mead cooks up an appetizing debut that blends romantic suspense with a fresh twist on the paranormal, accented with eroticism." (Booklist)
"Elisabeth Rodgers’s understated narration displays subtle skill. Her low, even voice traces Georgina’s snarky musings and wistful regrets without melodrama. Rodgers’s vocal choices also support Mead’s secondary characters. Angels mesmerize as they try to convince Georgina to repent. Demonic pals and mortal co-workers emerge with unique voices and endearing concern for the likable Georgina. Mead’s quirky story—the forces of good and evil even gather for Friday night happy hour—is well matched by Rodgers’s intuitive depiction of Georgina’s complexities." (AudioFile)
To be honest, I expected sex as the main plot-point in a book titled “Succubus Blues,” but this just goes to show you should NEVER judge a book by its cover! This fast-paced, supernatural thriller – chock full of witty dialogue and a bevy of intriguing paranormal beings – is mesmerizing reading indeed! Richelle Mead, well-known author of the Vampire Academy, really knows how to create a strong, sexy heroine with a heart of gold. Fans of Laurell Hamilton’s Anita Blake looking for a less intense version of the supernatural seductress should definitely check out this series!
I just recently happened upon this series and now I am addicted! (I've even managed to get my Mom addicted) My tastes usually include thrillers and murder mysteries such as King, Koontz, Hoag, Rice, Grafton, and even a little Evanovich thrown in for fun. The "Succubus" series is similar but also different. It's a little "steamier" than what I am used to, given the name, that's hardly a surprise, and they are well written and narrated. I have officially added Richelle Mead to my list of favorite authors and I would recommend this book to everyone!
I think this is one of the best books from Rechelle Mead. I had read all of her books but the succubus series is my favorite, Georgina is a very compelling heroine and her internal battle with what she is makes the story endearing . The narrator does a great job too
Paranormal-urban fantasy book lover!
I saw the title and thought "great, another para/rom same theme and same plots" I was wrong. Thanks to my good friend (thank you JULES for gifting this to me!) I found out how wrong I was. Yes this is a para/rom but it is structured differently than others I have read. It's a bit more mature than others out there and the theme is overall good vs evil literally. It also has a allot of action and suspense and it's funny which I love as well.
I would most definitely recommend this series to anyone who likes paranormal even if your not big on romance because this offers so much more.
Elisabeth Rodgers does an AMAZING job with her narration.
I like to add to my reviews some of my fav authors and series for the readers of my reviews to see and check out. I also like to hear from you on what series or authors you would suggest so here is my email if anyone wants to give me suggestions
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Jeaniene Frost - everything
Charlaine Harris - sookie
J.R. Rain - Samantha moon
Suzanne Collins - hunger games
Molly Harper - everything
Kim Harrison - the hollows
Darren Shan - zom b
ANYTHING read by emma galvin and Amanda ronconi
Dan wells - john cleaver series
Beautiful creatures series
Kresley cole - arcana chronicles
J.D. Robb - in death series
Hugh Howey- silo saga
Richelle Mead - Georgia Kincaid
Sherrilyn kenyon - chronicles of nick
As I say in ALL my reviews, if anyone has read her dark hunter series and can recommend or not recommend it I would love feedback. I'm hesitant to start a series with so many books when the reviews are so split!
And lastly this book is going to be on audio very soon, I read this book and fell in love with it
Dew Pellucid - the sound and the echoes
Author. Audiobook lover. UberGeek.
The "misfit" cast of characters. Despite the fact they are working for the dark side, the supporting characters are really very likable.
I really enjoyed Rodgers's reading. She was very easy to listen to and had great timing.
I really enjoyed the book, but buyer beware the characters have no "moral" hang-ups about sex, "all in a days work" attitude about casual sexual encounters (and I do mean casual). Might not be everyone's cup of tea.
This book delivers on what I was looking for. I like paranormal / romance / mysteries, but I always cringe a bit before buying because sometimes they are really bad. I give this a 4 star for it's genre. It was entertaining, had a few surprises and the narration was good. Not high art, but a nice diversion that doesn't leave you cringing. In fact, I'm intrigued and I'm going to download the next in the series.
I absolutely love all of Richelle Mead's books! I have been waiting for the Succubus Series to come to Audible. This book is a fantastic start to a wonderful series. It has everything you could want in a book, suspense, mystery, romance, and humor. I highly recommend this book to anyone who loves a good Paranormal read! Make sure you don't stop here get all the series and all of her books!
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At first glance, a succubus seems like an unlikely heroine however, Georgina is far from being a typical demon. I expected to encounter a fair amount of carnal action and I did but the stellar plot line and life like characters caught me completely by surprise. I’m not a stranger to reading books with swearing it them but the language in this book is colorful to say the least. I was surprised by how much it actually added to the story and fit Georgina’s personality so perfectly. Richelle Mead pushes all of the right buttons in Succubus Blues and I can’t wait to repeat the experience with Succubus on Top!
Team Seth or team Roman? What a tough call! They’re at completely opposite ends of the spectrum but both are incredibly sexy. Mortensen is amazing on paper but rather inept when it comes to social situations. He’s a sweetheart no doubt about it but my crush on him wasn’t immediate. You don’t really learn what he’s thinking until the end but when you finally do your heart will melt. Guaranteed. I want him as my own personal teddy bear! Roman’s the ultimate bad boy with the animal magnetism to match. Georgina couldn’t stop swooning over him and neither could I! There’s just something about him that can’t be ignored and I so wanted the succubus to get her happy ending. Unfortunately for her, this is just the first book of the series so I doubt that that’s going to happen anytime soon!
After only one book, Georgina Kincaid is already a contender to be one of my all-time favorite protagonists. I simply couldn’t get enough of her! She’s a succubus who wants to be human and be done with her demon ways. From where I’m sitting that’s never going to happen but it sure does make for a great story! The combination of her blunt honesty and crass personality make Georgina out to be a wildly entertaining character to read. She’s no hero and that just made her even more lovable in my eyes.
The story was slow to start off. In fact, I wasn’t even sure what the point of the book was until the halfway mark. Surprisingly, that didn’t bother me one bit. As I said, when I first started reading Succubus Blues I expected a plot involving a sex crazed succubus; anything beyond that I took as a bonus. When the bigger picture slowly begins to reveal itself; I was thrilled with the prospect of a kick ass storyline to go along with an already fab read. Mead skillfully weaves intriguing back stories and immortal hierarchy into Kincaid’s tale.
Succubus blues is the whole package; no doubt about that and they couldn’t have picked a better narrator than Elisabeth Rodgers. She felt like Georgina incarnate. I loved her reading as much as the story itself. I picked up this book looking for a hot read but what I got went miles beyond that. Richelle Mead, consider yourself officially among the authors that I stalk!
I agree with all those reviews. I'm so glad I found this series, it's turning out to be one of my favorites. Great characters, cool plot, and very good writing with some poignant moments instead of everything turning out fine and happy.
I look forward to the continuing series. Oh, and the narrator, Elisabeth Rodgers, is excellent.
I like Jack Reacher style characters regardless of setting. Put them in outer space, in modern America, in a military setting, on an alien planet... no worries. Book has non moralistic vigilante-justice? Sign me up! (oh, I read urban fantasy, soft and hard sci-fi, trashy vampire and zombie novels too)
What a pleasant surprise. The story is nicely paced, the characters are distinct and there is a nice hint of humor and tongue-in-cheekness that I quite enjoyed. There is a bit of sex, but only at the very end of the story, which is a suprise when one considers the role of succubi.
Anyway, Georgina is a great character, has a great attitude, and a great sense of humor - even though she's stuck in a lifestyle that she might not have chosen given a full set of facts at the outstart (i.e. she's not evil even though that's her "official" position in the scheme of good vs evil.)
Overall it's an interesting paranormal world and I will certainly read the next in the series. The narrator is reasonably good - took a bit to get used to her but by the end of the first chapter, Elisabeth *was* Georgina's voice.
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