Succubi Like it Hot by Jill Myles

Succubus Diaries, #2



With a hot new figure, her dream job as an archaeologist, and two gorgeous boyfriends to scratch her seductive Itch — an angel and a vampire — Jackie Brighton is totally getting the hang of life as a succubus. Then she accidentally knocks the pizza guy unconscious with her touch. Great — she's cursed. After striking a deal to get the curse lifted by a crafty demon, Jackie and her best friend Remy take a road trip to deliver a cryptic message to the nation's oldest succubus. Unfortunately, neither of her jealous lovers is talking to Jackie right now, and due to the curse, she's desperate to get her Itch scratched very soon. Their journey gets weirder with every mile — demonic possession, a charming stalker, a cryptic warning — and when they get to New Orleans, Jackie discovers a dangerous catch to her supernatural bargain. Someone wants her dead — again. Can a brainy vixen in a miniskirt outsmart the forces of evil?

I usually shy away from these sorts of books because they come across too light, fluffy and cutesy - but I had it on the bookshelf forever and it ended up fitting a reading challenge I was doing. I'm happy I took the dive because I ended up enjoying it more than I figured I would, although I likely won't continue with the series unless they come to me cheaply and conveniently. I also rarely start with the second book of a series, but again it fit a challenge and I don't own the first one.

Jackie is a relatively new succubus who falls in hot water when she agrees to accompany another succubus, who is her friend, on a road trip. Along the way they run into trouble and find out dead bodies pop up as fast as hormones sizzle when Jackie finds herself mysteriously cursed from the onset. Besides fleeing and solving the dangerous situation, there's also the uneven love triangle with a vanishing vampire (Zane) and half-angel being (Noah.) In the world-building, only a succubus can be created and controlled with this sort of pairing. Odd I know, but it works for this storyline.

Jackie isn't a horrible main character, although she's not the brightest or loyalist. She has a lot to solve in her personal life but she doesn't put in on the priority burner. Her friend is a delight since she brings most of the genuine comedy to the story, and without this side character the book would have sank into dangerous rating territory. Zane is just kind of there sometimes, and I'm not sure if it's because I didn't read the first book, but I'm not getting the appeal. He's hardly around, disappears on his whim, and doesn't seem convincingly devoted. Noah is more likable because he at least cares more, but again Jackie and him don't have any trust in their pairing.

A book called "Succubus Hot" of course has sex scenes, but they didn't interest me as much as the humor that carried the story. Myles writes fluffy stuff well and clearly has fun with these characters. The story wasn't enough to hold my attention more than a three star rating, but it was still cute and a fun way to spend a few carefree hours. Just don't expect to bond with the characters all that much if you're coming in to the story on the second book - expect to laugh and grin instead.