Succubus on Top
Richelle Mead
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Succubus on Top (Georgina Kincaid, Book 2)
Richelle Mead
304 pages
January 2008
rated 5 of 5 possible stars

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This book, apparently entitled either Succubus on Top or Succubus Nights, is the follow-up to Succubus Blues but a very enjoyable book in its own right, even if you haven't read the first in the series (as I haven't). Georgina Kincaid works in a bookstore, hangs out with her friends and enjoys spending time with her boyfriend, famous author Seth Mortensen. But Georgina's not exactly what she seems. She's actually a succubus: her job is to seduce men and steal the life force from them so that she can continue to live. Seth knows exactly what she is, but her job has an unfortunate side effect - she and Seth can barely touch safely, so their relationship is platonic rather than physical. At the same time, she has to continue her normal job, trying not to feel too bad for Seth and trying to shield him from some of her activities.

Georgina's a really fun character despite her job. She clearly cares for Seth and for her other friends. In this story, her colleague at the bookstore, Doug, starts to act oddly. When Georgina sees his band in action and discovers they are all hugely talented musically, she comes across an unknown immortal and begins to wonder if there's something supernatural going on with regard to the success of Doug's band. Her life gets more complicated as she finds herself helping Bastien, an incubus, in his attempt to seduce a moral campaigner and finds herself succumbing to the temptations of Seth. When her colleagues start falling ill and she has to run the bookshop as well as investigate a strange new drug and help Bastien with his seduction, it seems like she might have bitten off more than she can chew. And can she and Seth keep things going with all the disadvantages of their relationship?

I really enjoyed this book. Despite Georgina's succubus job - which I find horrendously icky - she's a very appealing character. She's caring and helpful, and her relationship with Seth, despite its disadvantages, is touching. The other characters are very well portrayed, including Jerome the demon and Carter the angel, and the overall situation of the blurred lines between good and evil makes for interesting reading. My only slight reservation is that the relationship between Georgina and Seth isn't resolved by the end of the book. In fact, these characters appear in a short story in the anthology Eternal Lover and are still unresolved at the end of that. But the author's writing style and interesting plot lines make this a worthwhile read in a crowded genre.

Originally published on Curled Up With A Good Book at Helen Hancox, 2008

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