**spoiler alert** Georgina Kincaid is a succubus with a conscience. Beginning to regret her decision centuries ago to become a soul-collector for hell**spoiler alert** Georgina Kincaid is a succubus with a conscience. Beginning to regret her decision centuries ago to become a soul-collector for hell, she attempts to lead a regular human life rather than embrace her demonic side. In her life as a sexy but standoffish book store manager, she surrounds herself with other immortals for company and attempts to only steal the life force of scumbags, rather than corrupt the soul of innocent men; much to her boss Jerome's chagrin. After a spate of attacks on immortals linked to Georgina, even her friends begin to wonder what her connection is to this new power in town. Why are immortals she is known to dislike being targeted? How will the demon Jerome and his angel best friend come to term with this new threat, let alone their strange friendship? However, Georgina is a little too focused on the human men in her life: her superstar author idol Seth Mortinsen, her slightly awful boss Warren, and the persistent and gorgeous Roman.
Much of this books reads uncomfortably like internet fan fiction, and I was glad to be reading it via an anonymous e-book in the Kindle app for my iPad: avoiding any awkward questions about why I was reading what was essentially non-threatening, supernatural porn for young girls.
Still, I enjoyed the story. It was entertaining and suspenseful, all though I did predict some of the big twists. Kincaid is not my kind of heroine, often she made decisions I thought were ridiculous and ill-thought-out, and Mead never provided compelling reasons for her to do this. At times I felt the cast of characters were utterly interchangeable and totally forgettable, just vehicles for the plot to plod along. I was left wanting much more from many of them: the relationship between the demon Jerome and the angel Carter, Kincaid's desire to change her past, her various immortal friends including vampires and imps. Not enough time was spent with these characters or exploring these ideas, and while obviously these could be topics for sequels, I don't think I'll be buying any more of this series.
The central plot point of Kincaid's relationship with her author idol Seth was dull at worst and sort of cute at best. Mead suggests that the shy and quiet man cannot express his personality unless done so via the written word, and this makes for some stilted and boring dialogue with the main character Kincaid and her host of hangers-on. The fact that this is a deliberate tactic to explain a character's quirk makes it no less tedious.
Also, the notion that Kincaid can never be with any man she really loves out of fear for his life is entertaining at first but it becomes so overused I was totally disenfranchised by the end. Carter the angel hints that Kincaid should not give up her hopes for a 'normal' relationship but despite being entertained by Succubus Blues and its twists and turns I have given up hope for ever returning to the series.
Not enough is done with the supernatural elements in Mead's universe and the main story lines are dull and repetitive. I wanted less from the protagonist and more from her supporting characters, and while Mead delivered an enjoyable read, I won't be reading Georgina's further exploits right now....more