Succubus Dreams by Richelle Mead
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
This is the third book in Richelle Mead's Georgina Kincaid series, about a succubus in modern-day Seattle. The first thing I did when I finished was request the next book from the library. Not only do the books each pull the reader through, flipping pages to see what's next, but the series is addictive.
Georgina is still dating Seth Mortensen, the handsome, shy writer she first loved for writing some of her favorite books. This book throws several complications in the way, as she balances her life as a succubus against dating a man she doesn't want to suck the life out of. He doesn't make it easier when he blows her off in favor of writing. And, of course, there's the matter of the fact she'll lose him someday, when she's still young and vibrant as he withers away of old age.
Meanwhile, she's having vivid dreams about an ordinary human life that leave her drained of the energy she just stole from an unsuspecting mortal. There's a new succubus in town who needs to be shown the ropes, and she seems totally helpless. There are angels, plural, working on a secret mission, and Georgina puts their human helper up in her apartment. The slimy imp who bought her soul is visiting. And Christmas is on its way.
There's a reason I listed the relationship troubles first, even though it's not the main plot. That was what had me a lot more worried. The obstacles in Georgina and Seth's way are very real, and not solved through a romantic gesture or an airing-out talk. She's a succubus, and there's nothing she can do about that. He's a human, and a pure soul, at that. He could sell his soul to be with Georgina, an avenue he does consider, but that would create a lot more problems than it solves. The sexual tension between Georgina and Seth is just as hot as the sex scenes. Their torment is palpable.
That's not to say the other conflict is boring or low stakes. If Georgina runs out of energy, she loses the ability to shapeshift, which would leave her unrecognizable to any humans in her current life, and make it that much harder to seduce people. She keeps us apprised of about where she is in the energy department, though she seems to lowball it sometimes. She'll say she's very low, then she'll shapeshift her way into a slinky outfit.
I enjoyed this installment. It pulled me right on through. I really care what happens to these characters, even if they frustrate the hell out of me. This puts the other three books at the top of my to-read queue. I have to know they'll be okay.
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