IT SUCKS TO BE HER.
Living as a succubus has a bit of a learning curve, but with sexy fallen angel Noah to scratch her sensual Itch, Jackie Brighton is finally starting to feel ahead of the game. She almost doesn’t miss her gorgeous vampire master Zane—or his sinful, teasing mouth. She’s trying to convince herself of that, anyway.
But Jackie’s past mistakes catch up with her, spinning her life out of control once more. Just as her friend Remy’s inner demon comes out to play, Noah and Jackie are arrested by the angelic Serim Council. When Jackie seizes the chance to escape, she falls right into Zane’s waiting arms. As she’s pulled into a game of cat and mouse between vampires and angels, she finds she must also choose between the two men in her life. Can she decide between Noah and Zane, or will she lose everything she’s ever wanted? Because there’s more at stake than just her heart. . . .
I started this series last year as part of a Pocket Books Blog tour. Then I read book two when I borrowed it from my sister-in-law. Book three came to me when I found it at our local Borders Store at their going of business sale. It has been sitting at the top of a stack since then. I knew I wanted to read it but simply hadn't picked it up yet. Thursday night I picked it up and yesterday I managed to finish it. It was a fun, fast read!
I like Jackie. She has been thrown into her new life without having all of the rules and procedures mapped out for her. It almost like they forgot to give her a guide book and she is walking around in uncharted territory! Because she doesn't have all the facts, she makes mistakes that can have repercussions that are bigger than she ever could have imagined.
Jackie became a succubus when Zane, a vampire who was once a fallen angel and made a deal to get his wings back in exchange for being a vampire, drank her blood and then dropped her off at a bar where she would meet Noah, a fallen angel who is under a curse where he needs to be intimate once a month to survive. The combination of being with the two men in one night begins her transformation from a mousy, frumpy archaeologist to a succubus who is desirable to all men and needs to be intimate every other day to survive. She no longer sleeps and can eat whatever she wants.
Now Jackie has not seen Zane, her vampire master, in six-months in order to keep the queen of the vampires happy, and has been in Mexico with Noah on an archaeological dig that he is sponsoring so that she can continue her career. When Jackie and Noah are arrested by the Serim Council (the other fallen angels) Jackie ends up on a quest with an Enforcer to find her best friend Remy and find a way to remove the demon that has taken her over via a halo she accidentally swallowed in the first book. Zane comes back into her life to help with this task and Jackie finds out even more about the history between Zane and Noah and why they hate each other so much.
It is easy to think that all our problems would be solved with unlimited time at our disposal. Also, think how much so many of us yearn to be able to eat whatever we want and still look great, but the consequences of having those things might not make them so great to have. I like how even though Jackie is now immortal, she has retained who she always was. Her true self is still there inside her new body and life. Each of the things she does are guided by trying to do the right thing, it is simply that she is in a situation where the right things can be hard to figure out. How do you pick between two men that you love? How can she figure out if she just loves them both or if she is more in love with one of them than the other? How can she tell who is really looking out for her best interest?
I have to admit that, while I am not adverse to intimacy in a novel, this one had a bit more than my usual reading material. Because it fits with her new life (being a succubus and needing to be intimate every other day) it didn't bother me, but there were times where I skipped part of passages. I applaud the author in being able to write those passages. Since I had trouble just reading them I can't imagine how difficult they might have been to actually write! It will be interesting to see how the choices Jackie made in this novel play out in the next book. Each book has had added consequences based on what happened in the prior installments.
Pub. Date: December 2010
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Adult Publishing Group
Format: Mass Market Paperback , 368pp
Series: Succubus Diaries Series , #3