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Succubus Blues by Richelle Mead
Narrator: Elisabeth Rodgers
Series: Georgina Kincaid #1
Published by Tantor Audio on October 26, 2021
Genres: Urban Fantasy
Length: 11 hours, 28 minutes
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When it comes to jobs in hell, being a succubus seems pretty glamorous. A girl can be anything she wants, the wardrobe is killer, and mortal men will do anything just for a touch. Granted, they often pay with their souls, but why get technical?
But Seattle succubus Georgina Kincaid's life is far less exotic. At least there's her day job at a local bookstore--free books; all the white chocolate mochas she can drink; and easy access to bestselling, sexy writer, Seth Mortensen, aka He Whom She Would Give Anything to Touch but Can't.
But dreaming about Seth will have to wait. Something wicked is at work in Seattle's demon underground. And for once, all of her hot charms and drop-dead one-liners won't help because Georgina's about to discover there are some creatures out there that both heaven and hell want to deny. .
I have wanted to read this Georgina Kincaid series for a long time. A large number of friends read this when it was originally released and rated it highly. I didn’t know much about the story or characters, just that it was urban fantasy which is a favorite.
Georgina is a succubus living in Seattle. Her “day” job is as an assistant manager at a book store. Her supernatural work is to take a bit of life force for the demons (through sex). She has a conscience and only fills up with bad guys, and doesn’t kill them. Men of better moral character provide higher quality life force but she’s unwilling to shorten or reduce their lives.
Succubus Blues is a first book in a series and has that feel and the usual issues I have with them. I didn’t feel weighed down by the world building; I just didn’t feel like we got very much. I don’t understand how Georgina knows so little about her own world, so there is much yet to learn in future books.
Georgina has some men interested in her but she doesn’t date because she can’t stay with one man and take too much from them. Her favorite author moves to town and she really likes him and wants to get to know him. Then there’s another guy she’s just met and somehow is struggling not to date. She lets him talk her into too many things.
There is also someone hurting or killing supernaturals in town. For the little she knows about the facts of supernaturals, she tracks down a lot of information. Georgina doesn’t like seeing her friends hurt. She also becomes better acquainted with some she didn’t know as well previously.
There are some flashbacks to when Georgina was human. Over the course of the story, we gradually learn how she became a succubus. She is more honorable than most demons, and wishes for a more normal human life with her own man to love. So it was interesting to learn why she traded her soul and life to work as a demon, and be immortal.
I don’t believe I have listened to this narrator previously. I liked her voices for both males and females and they sounded appropriate. Her performance added to my enjoyment of the story. I was able to listen at my usual 1.5x speed.
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