Succubus Heat by Richelle Mead
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
After the events of Succubus Dreams, I found myself unable to concentrate on reading anything else before I got my hands on the rest of the series. This book did nothing to slow my momentum. If you've made it this far into the series, there's a good chance you're just as addicted as I am.
The Georgina Kincaid series follows the trials of a 1500-year-old succubus in Seattle, Washington. This book has her so angsty, her boss, a demon named Jerome, has sent her to therapy. When that doesn't work, he sends her on assignment to Vancouver to investigate a satanic cult that's hurting the cause of evil more than helping it. Before Georgina can get to the bottom of it, Jerome is summoned and locked away, which also locks away the powers of all of his underlings. Including Georgina. Suddenly, she can have sex with Seth Mortensen, the love of her life, without draining his life away. Just a few problems with that, for reasons obvious to anyone who's read book 3 already.
I wasn't exactly counting the sex-scene-to-pages ratio, but this book certainly earns "heat" in the title. It leaves more of her anonymous encounters to the imagination, in contrast with previous books, which highlights the emotionally invested ones all the more.
I'm being very careful writing up the events of this book, because the description for book 5 spoiled a major plot point for me. Not that I think many are reading primarily for the plot, but I like to be surprised.
The quality of this book is consistent with the previous three. If you like the interplay of characters, it's just as snarky and entertaining as ever. There are hints to a greater plot in this book, but it's a slow build. There's very little depth, beyond the complexity of a succubus who likes helping people and her good-hearted demonic friends. I was annoyed with how easily Georgina shrugs off a choice Seth made in book 3, but I suppose she's more forgiving than I am.
This book hooked me so thoroughly, I ran out to buy a copy of book 5 before I'd finished this one. It's been a long time since I was so addicted to a series. I like it.
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