Gentlemen Prefer Succubi ~ The Succubus Diaries
Author: Jill Myles
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Source: From the publisher with intent to review and participate in the book tour. It is mine to keep.
Jumping right in today...this book makes me smile. It is good, slightly campy, paranormal romance. Before you are even into the story you can tell how good and silly it is going to be. Exhibit A: The title - the play on Marilyn Monroe movie titles that both this book and its sequel have are highly entertaining. Exhibit B: The cover image - I'll discuss this more later....but it deserves a second or third look. Exhibit C: The back matter - seriously who could not enjoy a summary like this:
Jackie Brighton woke up in a dumpster this morning, and her day has only gotten weirder. her familiar B-cups have somehow become double Ds, her sex drive is insatiable, and apparently she had her first one-night stand ever...with a fallen angel. All she remembers is gorgeous Noah's oddly hypnotic blue eyes....and then a dark stranger whose bite transformed her into an immortal siren with a sexy itch. With help from Noah, Jackie begins to adapt to her new lifestyle-until she accidentally sends Noah into the deadly clutches of the vampire queen and lands herself in a fierce battle for an ancient halo with the queen's wickedly hot right-hand man. Who just happens to be the vampire who originally bit her. how's a girl supposed to save the world when the enemy's so hard to resist?
Honestly, the back cover just had me rolling in laughter! Taken in bits it is just too much fun to resist...magically growing breasts, angels and vampires, glowing eyes. Awesome! And then the fun just continues inside.
What I liked:
1. This novel took itself too seriously. Author Jill Myles, knows she's written a campy book and never lets the readers...nor the characters forget it.
2. Seeing as the main character is a succubus this novel could quickly go right into that pile of books that is less plot and more gratutious sex scenes, but it doesn't. Jackie is very conscious of the succubus / slut connection and does her best to avoid that....even when she has two supernaturally hot guys lusting after her.
3. Things are never quite what they seem in this novel. The traditional paradigm of angels=good and vampires=bad is mixed up, switched up, and you (and Jackie) never know who's actually good and who's actually bad.
4. The cover. I mean really. Hot guy with great abs....and then that hair. I'm not sure what's up with it. The strange toussling like he just lost a fight with the wind. Also, after having read it I'm not entirely sure which of the guys this is supposed to be. Alternatively, all these strange little things come together to add to the over all campiness of the book.
Things I didn't like:
1. I had trouble identifying with Jackie's character. Not because she was a shy, nerdy, geek girl who suddenly turned into a sex fiend...oh no. But rather because the first several pages (and then off and on throughout the book) she makes several comments about her size and being fat 'n plain. Beauty is always equated to being small in her world. I can't buy this....especially not when the characters states she is only a size 14. I'm sorry that's not big. I understand it's not the supermodel Barbie size 6 with DDs she becomes later, but it isn't huge. Gaaaa!
2. There are at least three characters who are set with the task of caring for, watching over, and filling Jackie in on the details while she gets the hang of this succubus thing. None of them actually do this with any consistancy. It's bothersome. The only thing they do on a regular basis is yell at her for doing the things they didn't tell her not to do.
Overall: This novel was exactly what I expected. It was fun but has a few flaws. They are easily ignored when faced with the variety of other things present in this book.