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Richelle Mead – ‘Succubus Nights’

27 June, 2008

(Which, I should point out, seems to be called Succubus on Top in the US, but is Succubus Nights in the UK.)

Georgina Kincaid lives a complicated life. She is, as you might have guessed, a succubus. When she sleeps with someone, she takes some of their life energy, which she needs to survive. That has perks, of course – an active sex life being one and immortality being even better. However, that also means she can do little more than kiss her mortal boyfriend, Seth. Then there’s her incubus friend Bastien, who has just arrived in town with the intent of seducing a radio celebrity and leader of a group that stands for ‘family values’. To top it all off, one of her co-workers, Doug, is starting to act strangely, making Georgina’s work life difficult too.

That all sounds rather overwhelming. There is, after all, a lot going on in this book. In less capable hands, that could make the book a chore or just downright confusing, but Mead constantly keeps the pace up and the action entertaining, helped along by narrator Georgina’s strong voice throughout the novel. There’s not a great deal in the way of fight scenes or action in that sense, but there is a fair amount of sex and, most importantly, some great characters.

Those characters, most particularly Georgina, are what really drive this book along. With the exception of a few of Georgina’s immortal friends (who I suspect may have played more of a role in the first book in the series, which I haven’t read), the main characters are well fleshed out and genuinely interesting. Georgina herself is fascinating, as she struggles to reconcile her growing love for Seth with her need to constantly cheat on him to keep herself alive. Not only that, but she seems determined to keep an eye on everyone around her, helping Bastien with his plan of seduction and watching out for Doug as his behaviour becomes increasingly erratic.

This is, as I’ve just mentioned, the second book in the Georgina Kincaid series and on the strength of Succubus Nights, I’ll definitely be getting a copy of the previous book. Succubus Nights is fabulous fun: fast-paced, sexy, witty and yet constantly managing to explore its heroine’s deeper emotions. If you like urban fantasy or paranormal romance, this is definitely worth picking up.

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