03 Jun '13
A Nix Review – Soul Stripper by Katana Collins (3 Stars)
By day, Monica is a barista in a local Las Vegas cafe. It doesn’t pay a lot, but it puts her up close and personal with her sexy boss, Drew. Unfortunately, that’s as far as a succubus can go unless she wants to take his soul.
Monica needs mind blowing sex to sustain her, and she finds her victims every night at a local strip club where she’s an exotic dancer. But when her powers begin to diminish and her fellow succubi start turning up dead, all bets are off. Monica realizes she’s the one immortal who has a chance in hell of making things right…
This book is one of those that has caused me a little bit of conflict because, although I really enjoyed it, it reminded me a lot of another succubus series that I have recently read. This is always dangerous as one is bound to come up short by comparison and, unfortunately, it was this one.
Monica is a succubus who is ashamed of what she is. A fallen Angel, she was seduced by a vampire and became a minion for the devil, rather than the light, but she remains good at heart. She chooses to get her life energy from men that are morally corrupt therefore not adding to the quota of corrupted good souls for her demon boss. She meets these men at the strip club she works at night which is ran by her demon boss who is oddly protective of her. She is a little bit in love with the human she works for during the day (at a coffee shop) but can’t allow herself to touch him for fear of taking his soul therefore destines herself to months of angst and lusting looks. Some of you will be able to see where my problems arose from with this book. That being said, I have marked the next in the series as to read because I enjoyed the suspense plot a lot.
The succubus/love-square plot thread actually didn’t thrill me all that much. It was all very angsty but overall I just thought she was just playing them all, making me feel a little icky. She either couldn’t have them or didn’t want them exclusively, but she still played up her succubus charms and tortured them a little. It all felt a little shallow and I didn’t think it did much for her character by the end; I wanted to like her for her morals and beliefs but she didn’t really stick to any of them. In the end, I actually found myself caring little for who she ended up which I’m sure wasn’t the point. The only relationship in the whole bunch that even peaked my interest was the relationship between Julian and Monica and that was only because I really wanted to see if he gave into temptation or not.
The part that I really did enjoy was the suspense plot surrounding the murders of the Succubus and the missing powers. I’ll admit I guessed some of that conclusion but I was pretty shocked with the overall resolution. This is the part of the book that will keep me reading the next in the series as it was pretty darn innovative and fun. I want to like this series so much because I rarely find a UF series that can surprise me nowadays and I just want to grab onto them with both hands. I was also very pleasantly surprised by just how sexy it was. The sex was very hot and frequent; I know it sounds shocking that a lot of the succubus books I’ve read don’t have a lot of sex in them but this felt like an erotica novel at its core. I liked that.
Overall, this is a series that I will continue with but that is really only on the strength of the suspense plot. I liked that there was enough of an erotica theme to keep me occupied and will admit I found myself getting rather hot under the collar.