"Succubus (n) - An alluring, shape-shifting demon who seduces and pleasures mortal men."
"Pathetic (adj.) - A succubus with great shoes and no social life. See: Georgina Kincaid."
In the early 5th century in Cyprus, Georgina was a mortal woman who was too tall, not the prettiest girl and she had a filthy mouth. On top of that, she always said what was on her mind and for a woman in her time it was just unheard of. She was lucky that she met a man who loved all of those things about her. One night while her husband was away, she makes one of the dumbest decisions of her life and betrays her husband. Not being able to live with the guilt of what she has done and the grief she has caused the man she loves, Georgina calls on something evil to try to make things right.
In an act of recompense, Georgina agrees to sell her soul and become a Succubus, an immortal being employed by hell itself. To sustain her immortality in Seattle's demon underground, Georgina transforms herself into any figure she fancies and sucks away the souls of men (and the occasional woman), during sex. The more wholesome the soul, the higher and longer-lasting the fix. As deplorable as it sounds, Georgina hates this job. Her daytime job working as a cashier at a bookstore is much more rewarding, but if she slows down in the submission of souls, her demon superior and John-Cusack lookalike, Jerome, won't hesitate to heap on the threats and remind her who's in charge.
Life isn't easy when you are a succubus who just wants to be in love. Night after night she must "feed" in order to stay alive and to make Jerome, and more importantly hell, happy. The more souls she takes, the bigger the hole in her heart grows, knowing that she will never have what she had with her husband again. Who wants to live forever, when you are so pathetic and lonely?
In this precious "downtime" at the bookstore, Georgina is able to behave as any stable working woman, at least from 9-5, surrounded by her love of books and an unending access to all the white chocolate mocha's her nerves can stomach. In an inadvertent, swoon-worthy encounter with a customer, we are introduced to Seth Mortensen, author extraordinaire and Georgina's fan-girl obsession. To say Seth changes Georgina's life is putting it mildly. He is her personal impetus from that moment on. Little does he know that to love Georgina is to immerse yourself in supernatural entanglements.
Falling in love with Seth is just about the worst complication any Succubus can undertake. Georgina knows this, her faithful circle of immortal friends (2 vampires, an imp, her demon-boss and the most contradictory of them all, a Heaven-sent, honest to goodness angel named Carter) know this, but their immediate attraction, the blossoming of their feelings into something so much more profound...well...it will not be denied.
Not without its complications, this relationship will suffer unparallelled highs and lows. As desirable as they find each other, Georgina will not make love with Seth for fear of taking even an increment off his life. In the meantime, please recall, Georgina has to sustain her immortality and those sworn commitments to hell....you see the dilemma??
Georgina's heart breaks every time she has to feed herself. The need to be monogamous with Seth nearly overrides the need to survive. Georgina is always at war with herself. A succubus in a relationship is unheard of. Seth, the amazing man that he is, insists that it is not cheating. She is simply doing what she must do in order to live. The guilt, however, never goes away.
During the wonderful time that we get to know the many "incarnations" of Georgina, she falls in love, gets her heart broken, falls in love again gets a taste of what it used to be like to be mortal, and oh yeah, saves the day, A LOT! Georgina always does what she feels is right. Even if it hurts her in the process. For a creature of hell, she really is an angel. The things that Georgina has had to endure would have made most people or creatures, seek an ending.
The Succubus series by Richelle Mead is an intense love story. Georgina and Seth make impossible sacrifices while exploring creative options to thrive in their relationship. Just when you think their desire is all-consuming and they're bound to rid themselves of boundaries, unmitigated restraint sets in and cooler heads prevail. Torturous, yes, but you revel in their unconventional love story and applaud their faith in one other. This series is simply sublime.
To say that Georgina is "complex" is just not a big enough word. She wears so many hats that it is sometimes impossible to keep up. But in a wonderful way. She is a co-worker, detective, groupie, fan , seductress, lover and most importantly, a friend. Although Georgina sold her soul to hell, she believes that doesn't mean she has to be evil. This is what makes Georgina so wonderfully complex and such a great character. You fall in love with her because she is undeniably real. She could easily be your neighbor or sit next to you at work. She is just a woman who made a mistake and has paid for it over many lifetimes.
When you decide to take the leap and fall in love with a succubus you can find all there is to know about Georgina, here. Your heart will be forever changed.
We look forward to future discussions about Georgina and her crazy life!
Carmen & Lisa