I really enjoyed this book, a great one to get me back into paranormal genre! Well worth a read, spooky, funny, romance, double dealing, don't want to give it away, ooh hot guy? Gorgeous girl?
All Madison ever wanted was to fall in love. For a Succubus coming from a long line of gold diggers, this makes her the black sheep of this strictly matriarchal family line. But with the mystery surrounding her mother’s unfortunate death after vaginal reconstructive surgery and Madison’s discovery that she’s been cut from the will, she decides to take up the family trade in order to hire a detective.
Regrettably, after being shot by the pregnant wife of her present sugar daddy, during her mother’s funeral, Madison’s is unable to use her powers of persuasion on men. This means she’s going to have to become a gold digger the old fashioned way. Lucky for her, long time con-artist, Luca takes pity on Madison and he’s willing to help. The fact that he has an Irish accent and looks like a Greek underwear model, is just icing on the cake.
My name is Madison Knowles, not of the Beyoncé clan, and I live what many would call a charmed life.
First off, I am a Succubus. For those of you who are unsure what exactly a Succubus is, the short description is a sex demon. Succubae need to feed off the lust of men to survive. In exchange for this unfortunate situation, I also have the power of persuasion. When I work my magic, I can convince men to do small requests that work to my benefit. The more intimate a Succubus’s relationship, the stronger their mojo works on that man.
It doesn’t always have to be, though. I once convinced a health teacher to do a strip tease while lecturing on the importance of safe sex. I was only thirteen at the time and didn’t really take into account the consequences of my actions, but said teacher retired well on what my mother paid him to keep his mouth shut.
I live in a Manhattan townhouse that someone else pays for, and I haven’t opened a door for myself in almost six years. It’s a little game I play to keep my persuasion skills in top form, though I’m hardly eating Ramen and shopping for shoes at the Goodwill.
My mother is the gold digger. We aren’t prostitutes or black widows. Prostitutes don’t like the commitment involved in the whole con game. And the black widows… well, they aren’t in it for the money—they just have a habit of killing their husbands for the fun of it.
The definition of gold diggers has changed slightly over the years since the increasing popularity of prenuptial agreements, but that was nothing a good old-fashioned funeral couldn’t solve.
My mother’s made quite a good living from marrying rich old men. The men constantly changed, but it’s always been Mother and I. And despite the fact that I refuse to take up the family business, she pays most of my bills and allows me to flitter through life on dreams of romance while I work at getting my long-term boyfriend to propose without using magic.
Mother had recently buried Larry number two—also known as her fifth “husband”—and she liked to use her time of mourning as an excuse to get a little work done so she could snag her next spouse. She promised me she’d eventually retire, but the truth was, my mother truly enjoyed her chosen vocation. She relished the thrill of the chase and walking down the aisle more than anyone else I knew. She loved it almost as much as she loved funerals and a lawyer reading wills.
I was a fifth-generation gold digger, coming from a long line of Succubae, but since the first time I saw The Notebook at nineteen, I proclaimed I would never marry for money. I would only marry for love.
Mother didn’t do love. She went as far as to claim that Succubae were never intended to fall in love. She’d always accepted that fact rather than dwell on it, and she’d followed in her mother’s footsteps and became a professional gold digger. A very, very successful one at that. Her mother was a gold digger, and hers before that. Over the generations of practice and training, they’d managed to perfect the art of marrying men who were doomed to kick the bucket of natural causes. Said doomed bucket-kicking usually happened during some creative foreplay.
I’d always been very different from the other women in my family, and my mother—our current, unofficial matriarch—had always taken this with a surprising level of grace and acceptance. Growing up, I retained just enough of my mother’s relentless Succubus training to get by. Any additional information, like the fine art of bagging someone off the Fortune 500 list, I quickly learned to tune out and shrug off. I couldn’t change the fact that I was a Succubus, but I could refuse to be a gold digger.
Things were absolutely perfect in my life until last week, when my entire existence started to crumble and I lost every preconceived notion of who I was and where my life was headed.
*** provided by the author for an honest review *** So for the first few pages of the book I was wondering if I'd be able to get into it. The main character starts off as a spoiled brat, who has no desire to follow in the family footsteps. As such, she's been riding through life on her mother's charity, and has absolutely no skills to take care of herself. I did not empathize at all. I'm glad I stuck with it though, it turned out to be really good. But then the crap hits the fan and her life gets turned upside down. She adapts fairly quickly with some help from a stranger. Watching her grow up is both hilarious and poignant. The situations she got into had me laughing out loud at times. I especially liked her diary entries. She kept putting her goals down to keep herself on track and then fails miserably in a hilarious fashion. By the end of the book she becomes a totally different person and I was rooting for her 100%.
** Honest Review** I really loved this story! The main character Madison had my attention from the start. She is a Succubus but not one I have ever had the pleasure to read about. She is not just a demon, she has a conscience and morals. She never messes with a married man, (at least not intentionally) and she is funny. When she finds world upside down and in trouble, she turns to the Gypsies for help. Luca, a male gypsy with a gift of his own, makes her a deal in exchange for his help. Little did she know, having him around would lead to even more trouble, though I don't think she would have had it any other way. I had a hard time putting this book down for a moment. I loved the way Luca and Madison danced around their feelings for one another and how she always managed to knock him out with just a kiss. I found myself laughing out loud and hating certain other characters, which is what happens when the book you are reading is good. I was routing for Maddie and Luca to get together and solve their little mystery. I must say The End did not disappoint. If you like paranormal romances, full of fun and spice, this is a book for you. I Rate this Book a 5 Star - Lena Artsy Book Lovin' Sisters
I adored this story; it was a light-hearted sort of romp that had me laughing out loud at times. Right from the start I was sucked in. I mean, her mother dies after “vaginal reconstruction surgery” how could that not grab your attention? Madison was not a typical succubus, she actually believed in love, even after it turned out that to fall in love could be dangerous. I loved Luca, besides being uber sexy and hiding ulterior motives behind his choice of mark, he was sweet and thoughtful toward Madison. There was no confusion as to what was going on and while it had humor it did not hit that mark where some books go too far; it had just the right amount. This was a cute, quick story that had a bit of everything, likeable characters, humor, some mystery, a smoldering attraction, with a dash of suspense.
Cute. This story is fun and zany. Madison is not the average succubus on a normal day but now that she's lost everything, including her mojo, she is rather clumsy, awkward and a little pathetic. Luca is a gypsy, therefore he can't be trusted, obviously. Except that he is a pretty great guy. He and Madison work together well and compliment each others positives and negatives. Hijinks and a haunted mansion. Gypsies, succubi and erotic encounters and chuckle-worthy scenes make this a good read. Madison had a perfect life. Her boyfriend of two years loved her, her mother gave a large monthly allowance and could shop for all the most trendy things she wanted. Then everything fell apart. She found out that her boyfriend is married with a family (in a very dramatic way) and her mother dies, leaving her nothing. Now she is homeless, penniless and powerless. She is as low as a person can get and must rely on a gypsy to help her save herself and hopefully, get her magic back.
A really entertaining storyline. I would love to see this as a lifetime movie!
To say that this is not my normal kind of read is putting it mildly .. I actively avoid any read even loosely connected to the genre .... BUT as Addison Lockwood kindly agreed to be a guest author on my book group I really had to be seen to make the effort - and I am so happy I did! In my naivety, I had no ideas what a succubus was .. but I know now. What a fabulous read!! Great storyline, lots going on, very very entertaining!! This woman has talent - by the bucketload. I absolutely loved this book from beginning to end and feel quite thrilled that finally I can understand what the paranormal lovers are boasting about. Not a fang or a bit of blood in sight (not sure I'll ever be ready for them) but I am converted into a big fan of this author. A terrific read and I can hardly wait for more from Addison. Highly recommended. I received a complimentary copy of this book from the author. This did not affect my views in any way whatsoever.
I love the cover, love the title, hated the blurb. I was actually thinking about passing on the story because the blurb. Thankfully, I started reading anyway and loved this book! Madison is a succubus but she refused to follow her mother’s way and use men for money. She wants true love. But in one week her life crumbles around her. Her mother dies and her fiancé is actually married with 2.3 kids. Madison finds this out when the said wife comes to her mother’s funeral with a gun. She gets shot, the wife goes into labor and after that ordeal, the will doesn't go her way. So, out of cash, emotional distraught and living in a stolen car Madison has to take up the family trend of gold digging. Then we meet Luca, the sexy gypsy that make women swoon and Madison roll her eyes. I loved them both. It was so much fun watching them grow to like each other. Their banter was entertaining and I giggled a few times aloud. Madison absolutely stole my heart. Her awkwardness with babies, doggy loving, succubus ways made me fall head over heels. I wanted her so badly to find her happy ending. Luca took a little longer to grow on me but it was more like a slow sizzle. Plus, his sleepwalking was a great twist. And the ghost. Oh my God, at one point I was laughing so hard I was almost crying. I could not get enough of these two. A Succubus' Guide to Gold Digging has to be on my top five favorite books. Ever. Yeah, I loved it that much!
I loved them both. It was so much fun watching them grow to like each other. Their banter was entertaining and I giggled a few times aloud. Madison absolutely stole my heart. Her awkwardness with babies, doggy loving, succubus ways made me fall head over heels. I wanted her so badly to find her happy ending. Luca took a little longer to grow on me but it was more like a slow sizzle. Plus, his sleepwalking was a great twist. And the ghost. Oh my God, at one point I was laughing so hard I was almost crying. I could not get enough of these two. A Succubus' Guide to Gold Digging has to be on my top five favorite books. Ever. Yeah, I loved it that much!