Wednesday, December 15, 2010
Review: Seducing the Succubus by Cassie Ryan
Cassie Ryan delivers another hot, fascinating story with Seducing the Succubus. You don't want to miss this one! For those who aren't sure, a succubus is a female creature that must have sex to survive, but it’s much more complicated than that.
This story gives the reader three strong female characters to root for. There is Jezebeth, the Succubus of the title who is trying to get home before a rather vengeful ex-angel kills her. Then there is Lilith, Jezebeth’s boss and Queen of the Succubi, who is in love with an Archangel who is sworn to fulfill her every need except the one she wants most. And finally there is Gabriel, the female Archangel whose past love is a lost love, as in lost soul.
Of course, the male characters are just as complex and definite eye candy. Noah, a human, is Jezebeth’s protector, and he doesn’t have much respect for succubi . . . at first, but he goes through hell and back to protect her, literally. Uriel, the Archangel who helps Jezebeth and Noah until he is told he can’t, is a suffering but steadfast character. And then there is Rafael, the healing Archangel who always has a smile and a barb to go with it.
This romance is rich with Christian mythology which Ryan has maneuvered well. The world is easy to understand despite its complexity. The reader meets a Pestilence Demon right from the start, plus other demons, a Djinn, a few Archangels, and even Lucifer himself makes a brief appearance. There are rules to be followed and broken, and memories are tampered with. And just when it looks like Jezebeth and Noah have made it safely . . . well, can’t get into that. But it all comes together to give a completely satisfying ending along with anticipation for the next book in the series.
This is truly a wonderful masterpiece of myth, humor, action, tension and sex. A definite keeper. I can’t wait to read the next one in the series!