Georgina Kincaid has had an eternity to figure out the opposite sex, but sometimes they still surprise her. Take Seth Mortensen. The man has risked his soul to become Georgina's boyfriend. Still, with Lucifer for a boss, Georgina can't just hang up her killer heels and settle down to domestic bliss. In fact, she's being forced to transfer operations...to Las Vegas.
The City of Sin is a dream gig for a succubus, but Georgina's allies are suspicious. Why are the powers-that-be so eager to get her away from Seattle - and from Seth? Georgina is one of Hell's most valuable assets, but if there's any way out of the succubus business she plans to take it - no matter how much roadkill she leaves behind. She just hopes the casualties won't include the one man she's risking everything for....
Spend some more time with Georgina Kincaid...if you dare.
©2011 Richelle Mead (P)2011 Audible, Inc.
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I just finished this series on audio yesterday, and despite the fact that my last re-read was in November (2013), I already miss Georgie and the gang! This is possibly one of my most favorite series enders ever! Is it sad? OMG yes! Are there a lot of unanswered questions? Um, yeah. Questions I hope Richelle is planning to address in a spin-off. But, it was perfect! It was so amazing to see Seth and Georgie finally come full circle and finally have all the puzzle pieces fall into place. It even made a fucking robot like me tear up more than once. Nothing, though, affected me as much as that scene with Carter pretending to be Santa for the Mortensen girls. That was probably my favorite part of the whole damn series! Being the last book, I was surprised by how much this book covered. There were of course some things I’ve been expecting since book one, but Richelle still had plenty of ballsy curveballs thrown our way!
After the fallout with Georgie and Maddie, Georgie quits her job at the book store and gets a job as one of Santa’s elfs at the mall. Georgie doesn’t even care because finally, FINALLY, her and Seth are together! Things between them aren’t easy, they never are. They still have to deal with the whole succubus energy thing and of course Georgie’s ‘on the side’ fixes, but for them being together is all worth it. Of course, Hell isn’t one for happily ever afters, but everyone is surprised when Georgie is all of a sudden transferred to move to Vegas. Roman is the most suspicious one and is convinced that Hell is playing Georgina. It certainly seems that way when she goes to check out her new job and it’s with her favorite previous boss, her best immortal friend, and a guy who is basically Seth 2.0. Too good to be true Georgie! I hate to admit it, but this part with the new Vegas crew was the only part of the series that bored me. I hated all of these new characters! Luckily, it’s only like 2 chapters long. Georgie and Seth have been through so much to let a simple job transfer get in the way of their relationship. But when Seth’s sister-in-law, Andrea, is diagnosed with cancer and has only a few months to live, their plans are once again put on hold.
Throw in a ridiculous, but very entertaining, Hellish bowling match and Georgie has more than she can handle. When more pieces of her past start coming together and it’s clear that Hell is desperately trying to cover something up, Roman and Hugh (LOVE them!) are determined to save Georgina. I was expecting (and hoping) for Georgie to be able to find a way out of Hell’s clutches since book one, but I wasn’t expecting for it to play out the way it did. This made the stakes even higher and more nerve-wrecking! That scene with Seth and Georgie, when he finds out his role in her life, was a huge shocker to me. Not necessarily what happens, but how Seth reacts to it all. That hurt! But, never fear with Richelle Mead. She may love to emotionally torture us, but she does eventually want us to be happy.
That whole last 25%-ish part of the book was seriously epic! From the point where Carter dressed up as Santa, to the infamous bowling match to the inevitable showdown in hell to the epilogue, it was perfection! The part that broke my heart was…Roman. Why Richelle? WHY????? Each time I read this, I just wanna scream ‘no, no, no, no!’ I’ve always been such a sucker for Roman since book one, even when I tried to not like him. The bastard wormed his way into my heart though. The way he behaved with Georgie in books 5 and 6 especially only sealed the deal for me. Don’t get me wrong, I am 100% Team Seth, but Roman! I want him to find his HEA. I refuse to believe Roman is gone. Richelle has mentioned several times that she would like to write a Carter/Jerome spin-off series (sometime after Bloodlines is over). Seriously, how fucking epic would that be? I’m desperately clinging to hope that it somehow involves them finding a way to rescue Roman. Maybe with the help of Yasmin and Vincent and who knows? Maybe she can find a way to work Kayla into it if it’s set in the future. Either way, I have 100% faith that she can pull it off!
The final installment of this series does not disappoint. The large plot that has been gradually revealed over the last several books comes to a head and most of the questions are finally answered. For the most part, the outcomes are what you would expect if you've been paying attention to all the little clues that were dropped along the way, though there are a few surprises here as well. By the end, to say that nothing will be the same again is a huge understatement.
The substantial character growth we saw from Georgina in the last book continues to develop and solidify in this one. After a lifetime -- several lifetimes actually -- of dodging consequences and shying away from confrontation, she's finally ready to truly own up to her mistakes and at least attempt to deal with the mess she's created. Though she learns some staggering truths about just how much her actions over the centuries have impacted at least one other person in particular, instead of burying her head in the sand and dissolving into a ball of self-pity as she's always done in the past, she sucks it up and faces it head on, determined to try to finally do the right thing and at least try to make amends. Once all it said and done, it appears that she's been successful and will finally get the happily ever after that she's long been denied.
Overall, the answers found in this book are largely what I had expected they would be, for we'd been given enough clues up to this point that it wasn't hard to guess what had been going on in the background unbeknownst to Georgina for all the centuries of her long life. Still, enough of the details had still been uncertain that it wasn't all just an "I knew that" situation here. A few surprises await us as well that keep the story fresh and from being too entirely predictable. The final outcome is largely a happy one, but it's not without a few bittersweet notes. It was inevitable that at least a few sacrifices would have to be made here, and while the biggest one is a bit surprising, it makes sense once you think about it.
A satisfying ending to a very intriguing and entertaining series. While I'm a bit sad to see the last of Georgina, for I've enjoyed her personality as well as those of all her friends, it was good to finally see her get some resolutions and closure to issues that have plagues and haunted her for centuries. I'll definitely be checking out more of Ms. Mead's works for I've really enjoyed her style of writing.
I'm a 30-something paranormal, mystery, and humor enthusiast. For me, the main character is the most important part of a book.
I liked this whole series a lot. Georgina was a flawed, but likable character and her ups and downs felt real.
That being said, I think the series went one book too long. I'm glad that G got her happily ever after. But am curious what happens to her crew.
An avid audible book listener!
A fascinating series, this installment had it all. There's intrigue, suspense, intense emotion and satisfying surprises. The characters are all entertaining.
There's a point where Seth and Georgina recognize that they were centuries old lovers and keep running across each other in time. At this point, there's a sequence of events that makes the rest of the story so intense that you can't stop listening!
The emotions of the characters draw the listening into the story, unable to hit pause as the complex plot is professionally unwound and painstakingly detailed.
This was the perfect ending to a wonderful series. Georgina Kincaid is not given a happy ending, she earns it. I love the series and it will always be one of my favorites.
I love everything this author writes and I loved this series, however Seth was starting to get on my nerves. I was glad in Book 5 that Seth and Georgina had broken up only to be disappointed in Book 6 that they were back together.
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I loved this series and am sad that this was the final book, but it was also nice to have an ending that brought all of the threads of the story together in a satisfying way. I think it would have been hard to keep the story fresh if it had continued on for a long time, and it's sad when a series starts to feel like it's dragging on. I'll miss these characters, but I'd rather have that than get tired of them.
For background, my favorite authors are George R. R. Martin, Robin Hobb, Jacqueline Carey, Ken Follett, Bernard Cornwell, Kevin Hearne, Jim Butcher and Margaret George. My favorite illustrators are Johanna Basford, Millie Marotta, Richard Merritt, and Claire Scully (just to name a few).
I was not at all disappointed in this installment. It was a great ending to the series that was satisfying. There aren't really any threads left hanging and that is a good thing. I would love to see stories about some of the other Seattle characters at some point but there is no real need unless Richelle Mead wants to take a dip back into that world.
If you have been following the series, do not skip this book! If you haven't read any of the series yet? Go start from the beginning because it is totally worth it!
Look out for laughter, tears and just all around characters you want to invest time in.
Thanks Ms. Mead, I really enjoyed Georgina's story. And Ms. Rodgers, thanks for giving a consistent and believable voice to a character I really like.
The series although kind of slow and anticlimactic actually grows on you the last book was almost unbearable this one was better and tied up everything nicely.
It hooked me in the first book and I had to keep reading. An epic love story that has it all, tragedy, humor, steamy romance, and a .happy ending. Narrator did an excellent job. Well rounded story. Glad I picked up the series.
Watching the story come full circle.
Richelle Mead is fast becoming one of my favorite authors. I loved this series..
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