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REVIEW: My Fair Succubi by Jill Myles

REVIEW: My Fair Succubi by Jill Myles

Dear Ms. Myles,

You are another author whose books have caught my eye, but I haven’t managed to pick up. I’ve realized I need a lot more free time for loafing on the couch and reading. Does anyone want to give me that as a belated Hannukah or surprise Christmas gift please? Anyways, I’ve seen the (HOT) covers of the previous books in your Succubus Diaries series and thought My Fair Succubi would appeal. If that isn’t the epitome of judging a book by it’s cover, I don’t know what is.

My Fair Succubi by Jill MylesBeing a n00b didn’t deter me from jumping into the third book in the series, and I am absolutely sure that I’m lacking understanding of the nuances of what’s going on in the world of Jackie Brighton. This is both good and bad. The good: I didn’t have to deal with page after page of info dump boredom. The bad: I’m still a bit confused as to some of the aspects of worldbuilding, but it didn’t detract from my overall enjoyment of the book. My understanding is that Jackie Brighton is a super-hot succubus with two masters, Zane, a gorgeous 4,000 year old vampire (fallen angel) and Noah Gideon a gorgeous 4,000 year old Serim (also fallen angel). Jackie loves them both, but the devil (har-de-har) is in the details.

Jackie and Noah are in the jungles of Mexico on the verge of a big find at an archaeological dig. It’s clear that Noah is in love with Jackie, and she’s…not quite there. Jackie isn’t able to sort out her feelings for both Noah and Zane and can’t figure out where she stands on being attached to a four thousand year old angel after living for 20-something years. Before she’s able to ruminate on it for any amount of time the two of them are unceremoniously dragged off to face the Serim council (a group of Earth-bound angels) for crimes they have apparently committed. Luc, an Incubus that must’ve had a starring villainous role in a prior book, manages to convince the Serim that a buncha shit that went down is all Jackie’s fault and he’s been wronged by her. Jackie is held in solitary, her watchman a Nephilim council enforcer named Ethan (his description makes me think of Dwayne Johnson with long hair…I do love me some of The Rock). Ethan, along with the Archangel Gabriel, are to bear witness to her punishment, which I’m not going to describe here because it’s horrible and hilarious at the same time. Jackie manages to get the drop on a Serim and wrangles a deal with Gabriel to retrieve the halo of the former archangel Joachim. Conveniently, Joachim is busy possessing the body of Jackie’s SuccuBFF Remy. The halo of an archangel holds an unimaginable amount of power, and Jackie wants to free Remy from Joachim’s possession, free Noah from the Serim and have the charges against her dropped, so she’s willing to go up against the odds to make it happen.

Jackie goes from one seemingly impossible situation to another, and while her actions in the face of danger may seem Marysuetastic, it wasn’t hard to remember that she’s Immortal (yes, she CANNOT be killed…she’s actually immortal) unless she’s deprived of sex for more than a certain amount of time. She’s navigating the supernatural world without a map, no one has bothered to take the time to give her the stereo instructions on being a Succubus. While this could be seen as a trope used to spring things on her, I felt this easily put the reader squarely into Jackie’s perspective without feeling like something was missing. The book is written in first person from Jackies POV, and Ms. Myles has done something that I consider amazing: Jackie’s thoughts and feelings are clear as a bell, but the first person doesn’t dampen the heat during the sex scenes or fail to convey the feelings of the other characters. And trust me, the sex scenes? I was surprised that the book and my eyeballs didn’t spontaneously combust while reading them.

I mentioned in a recent review that I don’t look for stories with love triangles, but hot damn, I think I may have a thing for them. It’s weird, because I really thought I didn’t like them. The ‘good lover/bad lover why is this woman so damn confused when the choice should be obvious’ can make a wall look like a pretty appealing target at times. However, the relationship between Jackie, Noah and Zane is totally plausible and not book-toss inducing. Jackie’s confused feelings read as completely genuine, as do Noah and Zane’s actions and reactions. I guess when a love triangle is done well, it just may be my cuppa. I hate describing books as quick, fun reads because it makes them seem disposable. This book happened to be an extremely quick (a day and a half for me, and I have three kids, a job, general insanity and I’m not the world’s fastest reader), super fun (I laughed, I got turned on, I was dying to read what happened next) read. But definitely not disposable. I’m going to pick up the Succubus Diaries backlist and get myself totally up to speed in the sexy, supernatural, mixed-up world of Jackie Brighton. B+

~Shuzluva

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Dear Author

GUEST REVIEW: Gentlemen Prefer Succubi by Jill Myles

FTC disclaimer: I won this ARC in the competition to write a review of Jane’s nonexistent weregerbil novel.

Review disclaimer: I don’t read a lot of paranormals, so take my judgments of the worldbuilding, mythology, etc. with a grain of salt.

Husband’s comment on the ARC cover: “‘Maybe bad girls do have more fun’? So, the guy on the cover is actually a bad girl??”

General summary for those who want to avoid spoilers: Jackie Brighton was living a perfectly normal life until the day she woke up in an alley and learned that, due to a series of bizarre events, she’d become a succubus. Now she’s adjusting to her new body and its needs, learning about an entire world of supernatural beings, and being pulled into intrigues that she really doesn’t understand.

This is definitely the first book of a duology if not series; don’t expect all the threads to be wrapped up at the end, and don’t expect a definitive HEA at this time. I enjoyed Jackie’s voice, found the worldbuilding interesting, and generally liked the writing. However, one of the male leads didn’t work well for me.

Possible spoilers below.

The worldbuilding generally works well for me, as far as the paranormal entities go. As I said above, I’m not a big paranormal reader, so I don’t know whether Myles’s mythology is fresh or derivative, but I found it interesting. The method of creating succubi — a combination of being drained by a vampire and sleeping with a fallen angel — was interesting (and explained why they weren’t all over the place). The side effect of being controllable by the angel and the vampire who create the succubus also added interest and tension.

Plot — the early part of the book is mostly Jackie learning about succubosity and meeting people. I put down the book about a third of the way through and forgot about it for a month and a half. But once I picked it back up and got a little further, the plot became more active and sucked (heh) me along. The Vampire Queen is definitely a scary adversary, as is Uriel. Jackie’s career turns out to be relevant to the plot, giving her some insights into the Vampire Queen and what’s going on. (I’d have been more satisfied at the end, though, if the climactic scene had been resolved by a definite action on Jackie’s part rather than an accident, and if there hadn’t been that blatant problem-for-next-book of Remy getting possessed.)

As for characters: Jackie reacts to being turned into a succubus in ways that I find eminently logical — initial disbelief, and various mistakes as she figures out how to use her new abilities. I like her general attitude; she doesn’t spend a lot of time moping or wondering “why me?” She tries things; she learns from her mistakes (and doesn’t excessively blame others for them, though I think she’s entitled to a few rounds of “Look, did you give me a copy of The Complete Guide to Succubus Life? No? Then stop being so shocked when I screw something up!”).

What especially strikes me about Jackie is how alone she is. Sure, there’s Remy, a fellow succubus, but learning succubushood from Remy is like learning algebra from a math professor who doesn’t realize that you’re deficient in basic arithmetic. (Speaking of Remy, I was very thrown on her introduction; I’ve only seen it as a male name in real life. Myles does give an explanation for the name later, but until then I was thinking she’d made a research gaffe.) Noah and Zane both have agendas of their own; other characters even more so. There’s no one who I really felt was firmly on Jackie’s side, looking out for her interests rather than primarily their own.
That’s especially true of Zane. Maybe I’m just not feeling the bad boy appeal, but Zane, while witty, didn’t charm me at all, and I didn’t buy Jackie’s decision to trust him. Noah may be less flashy, but I’m willing to believe that he won’t actively harm Jackie, even though he has the ability to do so; I’m unconvinced about Zane yet. (This might also be why the sex scenes, though hot, didn’t grab my emotions).

Still, Jackie’s short-term solution to Noah vs. Zane made absolute sense, and in this universe is especially workable. I’m curious to know whether Jackie will keep that up in the long run or whether she’ll end up relatively monogamous with one or the other. I’m also curious as to what Jackie’s going to do now that she’s been fired from the museum. I can’t yet see her following in Remy’s career footsteps (a very sensible career choice for a succubus, to be sure, but not one I see Jackie being comfortable with any time soon).

Overall, C+. It’s not quite my cuppa, but the writing style is enjoyable, and I like Jackie enough that I’ll check out the sequel if my library gets it.

~Castiron

Editorial note: I consider Jill Myles a good friend and thus I won’t be reviewing the book here on Dear Author. I am thankful that Castiron agreed to let me post this.

This book can be purchased at Amazon or in ebook format from Sony or other etailers.