Book Review Succubus Rising by B.R. Kingsolver

cover600Title: Succubus Rising

Author: B.R. Kingsolver

Genre: Paranormal Romance

Rating: 8/10

Amazon (Kindle), B&N

Book 3 of the Telepathic Clans Saga, Succubus Rising

The Goddess has plans for Brenna and Rebecca, and the Goddess has a wicked sense of humor.

Rebecca Healy is a true wilder, growing up with no contact or knowledge of other telepaths. Discovered by a Clan member on the streets of San Francisco, she felt like she’d hit the jackpot. Finally, she knew what she was, or at least she thought she did.

When Brenna O’Donnell, long-lost heir of the O’Donnell Clan, and the strongest telepath in history, is returned to her family, she and Rebecca form a tight bond. Brenna has it all, looks, money, power, and men falling all over her.

Rebecca isn’t jealous, but it would be nice to find someone who would really love her and stick around in the morning. She’s intrigued by a handsome South American general, but of course, he has his sights set on Brenna. Carlos de Vargas wants more than love. His Clan has its back to the wall, and they hope for an alliance with O’Donnell. An alliance that would lead to war.

The story began in The Succubus Gift and continued in Succubus Unleashed. In Succubus Rising, questions are answered and new mysteries are revealed.

Succubus Rising is a powerful book that tries to get past the prejudice we have toward women who are open about their sexuality (they’re whores, sluts, etc.) and which we don’t have toward men. If men are open about how many sexual partners they had, we call them ‘players’ or we see it as an accomplishment. Not so for women. I think one of the things the author tried to think – and that’s me thinking here, not sure if that was the author’s actual intention – was to tell women that it’s okay to be open about that as well. The main character of Succubus Rising, Brenna, is a succubus. Her sexuality is one of her powers, and she’s not afraid to use it.

I liked Brenna, but I have to admit that I liked Rebecca just a little more. I thought that Rebcca had to fight more for everything she got, whereas for Brenna it was like things went easier. I like characters who have to struggle to accomplish something, it makes them more sympathetic, at least in my opinion.

The story itself was all right as well. I had trouble getting into the book at first. Probably because I haven’t read the first two books in the series yet, and it was a lot to take in. But after a few chapters, the ball started rolling, the plot pulled together and I began to really enjoy the book.

For a strong plot, strong characters and decent writing, look no further. Succubus Rising is a great adult paranormal romance read.

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