I received Seduce by Jennifer Snyder about a month ago as part of my Goodreads book club's read and review program. As a paranormal/urban fantasy junkie, I’m ashamed to say that this was my first foray into succubi. That said, I’m glad that I picked this one first.
Life isn’t so bad for succubus, Kenna Blake. True, she seems to be the only succubus with a conscience and a specific strategy for finding her male meals, but she has a cute new apartment, a budding graphic design business, and the most unique friends she’s ever had.
Her personal love life, however, is non-existent.
Until the legendary vampire Randal Vincent sweeps into her life. Even though he isn’t someone she set out to date, at least she can kiss him without killing him. But when you’re dating someone who’s the inspiration for Dracula, there are bound to be a few hiccups along the way…
Anyone who knows me knows that I'm in love with all things Dracula/van Helsing/Bram Stoker. Originally, Hugh Jackman got me on the boat, but Stoker's work is what set me out to sea.
This book was a little slow, but I felt it had a great voice. I love Kenna Blake. She’s a ridiculously beautiful woman who knows she’s beautiful, was dealt some shitty cards in life, then turned them into something good. Her character arc fell a little flat for me, but I can see the potential for growth.
Dex is a great secondary character. I want him to be my new best friend. He’s charming in a rough, roguish way, he’s kind and sweet, and he’s damn funny. I really did burst out laughing a few times at the things he said.
I was a little confused about Sage’s supernatural identity at first. Was she another succubus? Turns out, she’s a vampire, though I’d have liked to know that sooner than halfway through.
The way Jennifer handled the girls’ make up after their argument was great. It felt very mature, grown up, and exactly what I expect from New Adult reads.
I would also like to write a big, fat, huge, enormous, gigantic THANK YOU to Jennifer for not going down the abusive-masked-as-love alpha male trope that seems so prevalent these days. With Randal, it could have happened easily, even believably, but I’m so grateful she didn’t because A) I hate those guys, and B) it made me love Randal that much more. He’s every bit the confident, debonair, old-world gentleman I’d expected from “the inspiration for Dracula” without any of the assishness I’m used to seeing.
No lie, the typos were distracting. At one point I had to go back and check that “chia” was supposed to be “chai.”
The worst part of this book is that the pace finally picked up, and then…… the end. Like, what? I sat there for a few minutes thinking “That can’t really be it, can it?”
My rating: 3/5
Overall, Seduce was a comfy read, a little bit feel-good which is really refreshing considering the genre and category, and fits well into the paranormal/urban fantasy expectations. When I can afford to buy books again, I'll be buying the next ones, no doubt about it.