Succubi Like It Hot by Jill Myles (2010) - quickie (rant) eview
Nobody said Sucking was easy.
With a flirtatious 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 her need for sex spirals out of control, and she accidentally knocks the pizza guy unconscious with her touch. Great, she’s cursed. Unfortunately, neither of her jealous lovers is exactly talking to her right now.
So after Jackie strikes a deal with a crafty demon, she and her best friend Remy take a cross-country road trip to deliver a cryptic message to the nation’s oldest succubus (who doesn’t look a day over eighteen.) Their journey gets weirder with every mile—demonic possession, a charming stalker, a deadly hotel room warning—but when they get to New Orleans, Jackie discovers a dangerous catch to her supernatural bargain. Someone wants her dead (again), but has she been sleeping with the enemy?
Or do the forces of evil think they’re some kind of match for a vixen in a miniskirt?
Once again our fearless (idiot) heroine is knee-keep in trouble before you can say Succubus. She'd been minding her own business, enjoying the pleasures of spending time with each of her hot lovers, when someonhow she discovers she's cursed. (This is not unusual in Jackie's world). Turning to her best friend Remy for help, they end up making a deal with a demon in order to get rid of Jackie's curse, however Remy has her own demon to deal with, quite literally, as she's possessed.
Along the way they stop to attend an event as part of Remy's porn tour. Yes, the lovely Remy is a famous porn star, and she thought it would be loads of fun to meet (and do) her fans. While there, Jackie meets a gorgeous yet mysterious man who appears to be rather captivated with her.
However Jackie has a mission to accomplish, so she's going to have to put off having any sort of fun for just a bit...if she can last that long. The Itch is becoming unbearable. And since neither Noah or Zane were around to provide relief, this stranger is looking mighty tempting...
Come on you know this is gonna be a rant, but not as big of one as before. I believe I had voiced my frustration quite clearly for the TSTL qualities of the heroine Jackie in "Gentleman Prefer Succubi", and I was concerned about the continuing trend in this second book, despite many reassurances she wasn't quite as bad this time around. Well, my friends were right. Jackie's stupidity was toned down quite a bit in this story, much to my relief. However that didn't mean she still didn't get on my nerves. Repeatedly.
Okay I'm realizing this isn't going to be as much as a review as I'd thought, because another thing that frustrated me is I don't really feel the story went anywhere. I mean yeah Jackie was cursed and she had to deal with all that, but we really didn't learn much else about being a Succubus, or a vampire in Zane's world, or a fallen angel in Noah's. I kept wondering when we were going to get more, and we never do. At least not much beyond dribs and drabs. Not enough for me.
Now back to Jackie. I know the girl is a Succubus, and I'm fine with her spending time with either or both of her men, getting some seriously hot action when she needs it most. I just question her wishy-washy tendencies and her loyalty to Zane. No doubt, the vamp is one hot motha, but he betrays her time and again, all in the name of protecting her. "Oh yes, I am going to abandon you and run and go do my thing but don't worry Jackie baby, it's all for you." I think she's more in love with him than Noah, and I just want to smack her upside the head and ask why. Why??? Noah is not chopped liver here, in fact he is always there for Jackie when she needs him most, and he takes care of her most pressing need in quite a most satisfactory way. So whenever I see Jackie falling for Zane, I think of those stupid girls who always go for the guy that treats them like crap, yet she'll drop everything when he comes calling because yeah, that's true love.
The thing is, I do like Zane, quite a bit in fact, and I think he cares deeply for Jackie, but his track record ain't so great. I don't know, maybe Jesse James has ruined the bad boy for me, but I just don't get how easily Jackie is willing to believe him. Maybe since she's a succubus she's not meant to fall for either of them, so she's just enjoying herself the only way she can. I'm cool with that. But actions speak louder than words, and the way she constantly runs to Zane and lets him get away with treating her so poorly is getting on my nerves.
That being said, I've resigned myself to read the next one in the series, especially if they continue to get better. I admit dammit, I'm curious to see where this goes, and can't help but be a glutton for punishment here. But it could be make or break time. We shall see....
Rating: ***1/2 out of *****
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