Georgina Kincaid has formidable powers. Immortality, seduction, shape-shifting into any human form she desires, walking in heels that would cripple mere mortals—all child’s play to a succubus like her…
Helping to plan her ex-boyfriend’s wedding is a different story. Georgina isn’t sure which is worse—that Seth is marrying another woman, or that Georgina has to run all over Seattle trying on bridesmaid dresses. Still, there are distractions. Georgina’s roommate, Roman, is cluttering her apartment with sexual tension. Then there’s Simone, the new succubus in town, who’s intent on corrupting Seth.
But the real danger lies in the mysterious force that’s visiting her thoughts, trying to draw her into a dark, otherworldly realm. Sooner or later, Georgina knows she’ll be too weak to resist. And when that happens, she’ll discover who she can trust, who she can’t—and that Hell is far from the worst place to spend eternity…
“Love in the real world doesn’t usually work out the way stories make us think it should. We don’t always get fairy-tale endings. People split up and move on.”
With Succubus Shadows, we return to the Oneiroi, and damn is it interesting. I really like the mythology surrounding this, and I like how this is a follow up to Succubus Dreams. I also love Roman. Best character in the book. Second best character in the entire series, second only to Carter. The angel who lit Georgina’s Christmas tree on fire.
The Oneiroi are back, and they’re out for revenge! They’re drawing her into their world, bit by bit. They’re using her dark emotions to do it. And there are so many to be used. A large focus on the early book was everyone talking about just how depressed Georgina has been lately, which was plenty obvious before now. I didn’t need to be told this fact a hundred times, thanks.
However, Georgina is kidnapped pretty early on in the book, and after that we’re treated to a confusing mixture of Georgina’s past, present and even future. Even worse, it is a combination of truth and lie that we’re being told. I don’t actually really like the way this is unfolds, truth be told. I just don’t like the way it is put together, I don’t like how, because of length of book, and how the author needs to tell the story, it mostly has to be truth. There aren’t really any lies, except one. All because Georgina’s “truths hurt her more than the lies”. It is boring
However, if you’re wondering about the short stories City of Demons and Brushstrokes, they are contained almost in their entirety in Succubus Shadows.
I loved Roman in this book. I loved him in the first book, Succubus Blues, as well. He is such a fun side character. He compliments Georgina in only the best ways. I really wish that Georgina could love him the way he needs to be loved. I wish he and Seth could switch places. Roman is just so much better for her in every way. I hate that Georgina hurts Roman so much, how she keeps hurting him all through her own selfishness. He was able to get past what she did to him, why can’t she just love him the way he needs??
That above plea may be related to the fact that I am so tired of the relationship Georgina has with Seth. It was cute in the beginning, but that time is seriously long past. I really don’t believe that whole “true love trumps all” trope. It isn’t realistic in this series, nor is it even fun to read about. This entire relationship raises my hackles and puts me on edge. For a series so wrapped up in the relationships of the main character, it doesn’t really do much to endear me to this series much.
This series would just be so much better without Georgina and St. Seth who ain’t so saint-like anymore, now is he?! However, I still like everything that doesn’t have to do with either one of them. One book to go.
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