Format: ARC (NetGalley)
Release Date: May 24, 2012
Purchase Links: Amazon | Barnes & Noble
Someone is kidnapping and incinerating otherworlders beyond recognition, and detective Marisol Whitman, a succubus, races to find the murderer before he claims another victim. But her pursuit is derailed when her responsible younger sister vanishes. Marisol suspects foul play and enlists support from an unlikely source: an agent from the Otherworlder Enforcement Agency, Valerio Costa.
When the trail pointing to everyone from vampires to witches dries up, Agent Costa admits to knowing more than he’s shared. Marisol’s sister’s kidnapper harnesses more magic than she can imagine—and they’re running out of time. To find her sister before her powers are drained and twisted beyond recognition, Marisol must connect the dots between cases and put her trust in Costa, a salamander who may burn her before she can solve either case.
If you're following the series you might recall Marisol from Banshee Charmer when Mac and Aidan were investigating a series of murders perpetrated by a rogue incubus. My first impression of Marisol was she can't be a succubus, she's guarded and an introvert! Very uncanny for a succubus considering these creatures are infamous for their beauty and mastery of seduction.
SUCCUBUS LOST, though not exactly Marisol's history, gives us insight on who she is and where that defensive shield is coming from. As I've mentioned to Tiffany Allee, I find SUCCUBUS LOST a more emotional novella compared to its predecessor Banshee Charmer. Obviously Elaine being Marisol's sister, made the case is too close for her to stay levelheaded. And even if she's a trained detective for OWEA it's difficult to keep panic at bay and stay rational, overriding her protective instinct for her sister.
Beauty is sort of a given. Allure, inspiring lust in the opposite sex. It all comes with the package. I didn't earn any of it. It's just what I am.
My heart twitched when Marisol told Costa this which explains how dead-on my first impression of her is. Here is a girl who is pretty and have the power to make any man fall to their feet and yet her intrinsic view of herself is both depressing and cognizant. You have to admit that this is very ironic coming from a succubus and that can only come from some deep rooted insecurity or a negative experience from her past. I can't blame Marisol, I too would question if the attention and affection showered on me is genuine or a primal response to my succubus powers.
But what truly amazed me is the exotic, sexy and literally scorching hot Valerio Costa. I mean have any of you read a story about a salamander?! Well I sure haven't and Tiffany Allee, this is a stroke of genius on your part! We've all had our fill of shifters, vamps, fae and other creatures but I can say that a salamander is beyond original! Costa's not only is a breath of fresh air but his character is magnetic and it's inevitable for Marisol's defenses to fall apart as she succumb to Costa's charm. I think I'd be ripping my knickers if I were in her place!
SUCCUBUS LOST is full of mystery, action and lust, this, for me, was an emotional story as Marisol's fears and inner thoughts are laid bare. It's not like Banshee Charmer where things are hot, heavy and exciting, in SUCCUBUS LOST Marisol and Costa took their time in falling in love and breaking down the barriers that stood in their way.
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