Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Maybe I'd Rather Starve...

Published:  September 17th, 2012
Starved for Love
By: Annie Nicholas
Carina Press
ISBN-13:  9781426894381

After almost dying of starvation to remain faithful to a mortal lover, succubus Pia Blyton now shields her heart by feeding solely on men she won't fall for. The only trick is, to create energy to survive, she must achieve orgasm. At least that rules out bad sex with her three lovers. Too bad she's a sucker for falling in love.

When her demon lover doesn't arrive for their arranged rendezvous, Pia is forced to ask her vampire lover to step in before her energy becomes dangerously low. In return he demands a favor and Pia finds herself in the hotel suite of the mysterious Valerio Hunan, who seduces her with a devastating kiss. Too late Pia learns he's an incubus who wants to lure her into marriage—a marriage without love.

As an incubus used to bedding a variety of succubi, Val doesn't understand Pia's yearning for love. He needs a succubus wife to provide him with a steady source of energy. But he wants Pia for the passion and renewed interest in life she makes him feel. Can Pia convince Val that sex isn't just for survival and love is for more than the weak?


     Pia Blyton has a feeding system that allows her to not fall in love and get hurt, but when one of her three partners vanishes her schedule goes to Hell.  And to a succubus who has a former 'eating disorder' by trying to stay faithful to one man and has had her heart broken, this is a complete disaster.  Enter incubus Valerio Hunan, a shrewd businessman looking for a sixth wife to expand his power base.  Pia's overprotective Father offered her sisters and Valerio wasn't interested - but something about Pia intrigues him against his better judgement.  When sparks begin to fly and the relationship gets more complicated than either ever expected, both of them are left hanging on for dear life.  But with the mystery behind her third lover's disappearance possibly having a more sinister reason behind it, Pia may need Valerio more than she thinks.  Is true love too much to ask for a succubus?  This was different from my usual reads by far.  It was also the first book I've ever read involving a succubus.  I can't say that I was overly impressed.  I never really got invested in the romance or the characters, my main problem being it wasn't a monogamous love story, in that only two people were married to each other.  The multiple wives just disconnected me from the start.  Plus, Pia was whiny and acted helpless all the time - it seriously got on my nerves as a reader who has little patience with the "helpless" female in literature.  I like my heroines with a spine thankyouverymuch!!!  Overall, a disappointing love story, sex scenes that felt gratuitous & fell pretty flat and a story that didn't capture my heart.  Not the one for me at all.

VERDICT:  2.5/5  Stars

*received an Advanced Reading E-book Copy from the publisher, via NetGalley. No money or favors were exchanged for this review. This book was published September 17th, 2012.*

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