by Richelle Mead
Published By: Kensington
Release Date: 01/01/08
Genres: Adult, Paranormal
Love hurts, and no one knows it better than Georgina Kincaid. If she so much as kisses Seth Mortensen, the shy, sexy writer she's been dating, she'll drain his life force. Admittedly, the shape shifting and immortality perks of a succubus are terrific, but it's completely unfair that a she-demon whose purpose is seduction can't get down with the one mortal who accepts her for who she is. . .
It's not just her personal life that's in chaos. Doug, Georgina's co-worker at a local bookstore, has been exhibiting bizarre behavior, and Georgina suspects something far more demonic than double espressos. She could use an assist from Bastien, an irresistibly charming incubus and her best immortal friend, but he's giving Georgina some highly distracting come-hither vibes. Georgina is going to have to work solo on this one--and fast, because soon, Doug's life won't be the only one on the line. . .
It sucks to know that unfortunately not a lot of people have read your favorite books. I know Richelle Mead is insanely popular, but her adult Georgina Kincaid series doesn’t get the love it deserves. Yeah, I know the covers are not that appealing, buy like everyone always says, it’s what’s inside that counts. Besides, if these books had awesome covers to go along with the amazing story, it really wouldn’t be fair to other books. I originally read these books years ago, but after doing a reread of the series last month, it has brought back all the feels!
Georgina Kincaid is a succubus. As a minion of hell, she is immortal and has shapeshifting abilities (powers?) meaning she can take on whatever body she wants. Unfortunately, being a succubus means that Georgina has to have sex with people in order to survive. One of the terms in her contract when she sold her soul hundreds of years ago. The better a person is, the more life energy she steals from them during the act, taking more years from her life. For years, Georgie hated going after the ‘good guys’ so she went after the scum guys therefore stealing only enough energy she needs to survive. But after last books events (Succubus Blues), in which she made a deal with Jerome (her archdemon boss) in order to save Seth’s life, Georgie now has to go after the really good guys.
Despite ridicule from her immortal friends, Georgie and Seth are now in a relationship. But this isn’t a normal relationship. Because Georgina is a succubus, they can’t do much more than quick kisses before her succubus abilities start to suck away Seth’s life energy. Seth is one of the really, really good guys so doing anything with him would take years off his life, and Georgie refuses to let that happen. But Seth and Georgie insist that what they have between them is more than just sex. Just because they’re right, doesn’t make it any easier. Not only can Georgie not have sex with Seth, but she has to have sex with other guys in order to survive. Seth knows this and understands this, but it’s just another hurdle in their romance. As if that weren’t enough to deal with, Georgina has to deal with her best friend Bastien (an incubus) coming back to town and trying to save her mortal friend Doug from immortal affairs. No biggie…
Here comes the gushing: I LOVE this series! This is the third or fourth time I’ve read this book and it gets better each time! The relationship between Georgie and Seth is so unconventional and unique and fucking EPIC! They are complete opposites and yet, despite having all the odds against them, they just work. Georgie is one of those characters that is impossibly to not love. A succubus who desperately wants to be loved but is stuck in a lifetime of endless and meaningless hookups. She’s sarcastic and witty and loyal to her friends. She has no reason to work, yet she works at a bookstore because she loves books. Really, there’s nothing about Georgie that I don’t love. Seth isn’t your typical guy. He’s shy and quiet and honestly, I have no idea how he and Georgie work. I just know they do. He’s an author, an introvert, he wears funny vintage t-shirts and there’s something something about him that is so intense. What makes this book stand out even more, is the amazing secondary cast and Georgie’s immortal friends. We have Jerome, Seattle’s archdemon who can look like whoever he wants but for some reason he chooses to look like John Cusack. Despite the fact that he could smite Georgie for talking back to him, he has a soft spot for her. There’s Hugh, am imp who sells souls for a living and is also a plastic surgeon by day. Peter and Cody, the vampires who are always hosting parties. And Carter, the archangel who despite the fact that he should be against any creature that works for hell, is best buds with Jerome and hangs out all the time with Georgie and her crew. He also can look like whoever he wants but chooses to look like he just mugged a homeless guy. He is my favorite character of the series, which is saying a lot!
I’m pretty sure this will forever be my favorite series ever! I’ve read all of Richelle’s series (except Gameboard of the Gods) and for me this is better than all her other series combined. My mission for 2014, get more people to read this awesomeness!
Read my review of Succubus Blues!
Some of my favorite quotes from Succubus On Top:
A small part of this was because I didn’t have a good track record with serious relationships. The larger part was that doing much more than hand-holding with a human inevitably lead to me sucking away some of his life. But hey, all couples have their stumbling blocks, right?
“I don’t believe this.”
“That you’re zixic?”
“That you’re trying to cheat at Scrabble.” He leaned back against my couch, shaking his head. “I mean, I was ready to accept the whole evil thing, but this is kind of extreme.”
“Hey, hypothetically-and I’m not offering this, so don’t get any ideas-would you, like, give up part of your life to sleep with me? Er, but I mean…not actually sleep…”
He laughed out loud, the laughter underscored with a wry edge. ”Thetis, I’d give up part of my life to do any number of things with you.”
“We’ve been sleeping together, you know. Literally. It hasn’t been a problem so far, but sometimes I lie awake watching him, thinking this can’t last. The longer it does…I feel like…like I’m standing on a high wire, with Seth at one end and me at the other. We’re trying to reach each other, but one misstep, one breeze, one side-glance, and I’ll fall over the edge. And keep falling and falling.”
Carter leaned toward me and brushed the hair away from the side of my face. “Don’t look down then,” he whispered.
Seth moved behind me, his presence steady and reassuring. Waiting to catch me, even though I refused to fall just yet.