Amber’s succubus desires are driving her, as well as every man within a five mile radius, crazy – and, Irix, the sexy incubus sent to tutor her, isn’t helping one bit. Determined to find some balance in her life as well as get away from his tempting presence, she escapes to visit a college friend in New Orleans.
But the Big Easy is anything but peaceful. Two powerful witch covens are battling for control of the mighty river and the potent ley lines that run through the city. Amber discovers her half-elven heritage may just resolve their differences, but the covens have other, more lethal, ideas. She knows she can restore the elemental energy to balance, but it’s not easy to play peacemaker when her succubus side wants to drown the whole city in a tide of lust.
The tensions between the covens aren’t her only trouble. There’s nowhere Amber can run to escape the siren-call of her demon nature, and nowhere she can run to escape the seductive incubus who won’t seem to take “no” for an answer.
I’m surprised to find that I like this book exactly as much as I liked it the first time I read it. It is exactly as I remember it. Too bad I didn’t like it and it wasn’t good the first time I read it. I have no idea how such a great main series has this as a spinoff. What did Sam do to deserve Amber as a spinoff sister?
First off, I feel like Dunbar expected everyone reading this to have read Imp before they read this. A spinoff should be able to stand on its own merits. The first book should set up everything the reader needs to know for this particular series. Unfortunately, I don’t feel like this book accomplished either of those goals well. This book feels more like the side novels in the Imp World series than the start to a 4 book long series. This book also feels like it relies on you to understand certain aspects of the world already established for you to understand everything that is going on. There is a lot of things that seem to be left out. This really doesn’t feel like a standalone series.
I may be biased against liking this because before this book, I didn’t really like Amber as a character. She is selfish, she is boring, she is annoying to be around. She is incredibly self-centered. She didn’t improve any as her own character. In fact, we can include “stubborn to the point of death” into her character repertoire. She is incredibly frustrating to follow. And annoying. And irritating. I really do not like Amber.
The story was incredibly irritating. Half of the story was Amber being a little bitch about being a succubus. Constantly trying to get out of being a succubus. Hating herself. Needing to feed, but absolutely refusing to, finding any little excuse not to. This is the worst type of storyline ever. The story of the main character hating what they are to the point of ruin. It can be done well, I’ve seen it done well. This isn’t being done well, Amber is just being a little brat about it all.
Then there is the storyline about her being an elf. This is so clearly post-hurricane Katrina it hurts. No one cared about the things that are brought up in this story, like levees, prior to Katrina. Also, Amber is an elf, so she must care about the environment right?! Painfully obvious, there. The ending of this plotline was more interesting than all the buildup could make it, but by the time we got to that point I was so checked out I didn’t, and couldn’t manage to make myself, care. It is about 10 minutes of setup for the rest of the series, and some of what we’ll probably see in the Imp series as well.
Her love interest is ridiculous. Irix has no business being interested in her. Somehow Dunbar managed to reduce a demon into being a human, which is ridiculous because she never managed to actually accomplish that with Sam no matter how much she tries. I can understand why Amber wants to fuck him, it is what she is afterall, and the whole pheromone thing. But, it feels no deeper than that, just lust hormones. They needed to just fuck and go their own ways, instead of trying to set up some die-hard love thing. Ridiculous.
The only reason I’m going to continue reading this series at all is because it is connected to the Imp series. If it weren’t I wouldn’t have bothered even starting it, and I might not have even bothered finishing, despite how much I am loathe to ever DNF a book. I found nothing of real interest in this book, and nothing was interesting was really set up.