Succubus on Top (Georgina Kincaid Series #2)

Succubus on Top - Richelle Mead After reading Richelle Mead's Vampire Academy series, I did not believe that she would ever write anything that I would read, let alone absolutely embrace. I read the first book in the series because a book club that I am involved in selected as the choice for the month and now I am absolutely HOOKED. Who knew that she was capable of creating such a wonderful world. This really makes me wonder what the hell went wrong with Vampire Academy. Okay, maybe it's not fair to compare the two because the Vampire Academy series is YA and her Georgina Kincaid series is definitely ADULT. (yes lots of sex but at least it doesn't pretend to be anything other than vanilla)Having promised to corrupt humans using sex to save Seth's memory of his love for her, Kincaid must balance her commitment to the Archdemon Jerome and her desire to nurture her budding relationship with Seth. Throughout the book there is a lot of discussion as to whether or not it is possible to maintain a romantic relationship with a man and not actually engage in sex. This is an absolute necessity for Kincaid and Seth because every time she is sexually intimate her succubus drive takes over and she drains energy and life force from her partner. Honestly, I see quite a lot of gender essentialism in this because of the constant real men need lots and lots of sexay times to be happy. This approach also ignores that asexual people have romantic relationships all of the time. Once again there are not GLBT characters in this book. In a town like Seattle this is absolutely ridiculous. I would understand if the book was set in a half a horse town in Iowa but this is not even remotely reasonable for a large urban center. The book does have a saving grace however. An incubus named Bastien comes to town with the idea to seduce Dana, the leader of a local fundi Christian group. We are told repeatedly that Dana is not only racist, she is rabidly homophobic. I think that it is great that homophobia was addressed in this book. At point Kincaid says, "I wanted to argue right there that I didn't think homosexuality was a "choice" for all people, nor did I believe there should be laws about who people loved. " (pg 165) Even as Dana tries to push Kincaid in to saying that she believes that gay marriage should be banned, Kincaid cannot bring herself to support her though she knows doing so may very well risk their opportunity to catch Dana in a compromising position. I think this really makes a strong social justice stance and is the only time I have seen homophobia so directly confronted in the genre.Unfortunately as happy as I was to see all of the support that the GLBT community received in this book I would remiss if I did not point out a failure. In the end, Dana is indeed seduced but not by the incubus, but Kincaid herself. It seems that Dana is a closture. Of course, there are people who are gay and lesbian who have enough self hate to support organizations like the fictional one Dana ran; however, the source of homophobia is not closeted gay and lesbian people, but heterosexuals intent to uphold their privilege. I think the point would have been better made had Dana rather been straight, rather than making her a self hating lesbian. In the end though, I believe it really was a good effort to confront a marginalization in the urban fantasy genre that far too often gets erased.Read more