Sunday, June 24, 2012

The Succubus Gift (Telepathic Clans #1) by B.R. Kingsolver


The history of the Clans, called the Sidhe by the Irish, stretches back to antiquity. The Goddess blesses Her people with 25 Telepathic Gifts. In addition to Telepathy, the Gifts include command over Air and Fire, Telekinesis and Teleportation. In over 2,500 years, She has never bestowed more than 15 Gifts on a single person.

Brenna Morgan was orphaned at eight when her parents were killed in a plane crash. Through one foster home after another, she carried the ornate, carved wooden box her mother had left with her, keeping it always a secret. Then one night she stumbles over a man who claims her as family.

Brenna’s life isn’t the same after she discovers her unusual and mysterious heritage. In addition to being a telepath, Brenna learns she has the Succubus Gift.

That’s just the beginning of her problems. Someone is stalking her. Then there’s the tall, dangerous woman who shadows her and hints a Goddess has linked them. And what is she going to do with a handsome, charismatic, womanizing man she knows she should avoid?

Some days a girl just wants to pull the covers over her head and stay in bed -- with a willing young man of course.

Urban Fantasy with a dash of romance. The Succubus Gift is a completely different take on the succubus myth. Beautiful women and hot men in a world with a hidden telepathic subculture.

Reviewer: Dolce Amore

When Brenna Morgan sees a man with no thoughts, no mental activity, but whom she could read his emotions, she follows him. After saving him from his pursuers by shielding him, she finally has the chance of finding more about herself and discovers that she has grandparents, an aunt and that her cousin is the same guy she helped that night; she has a lot of money from her late parents and will probably live two hundred years.

Brenna learns that she is not only telepath, but she has the maximum of Gifts from the twenty five that are identified. Until her, nobody was known for having more than fifteen of these.

While learning more about the Gifts from her aunt, she meets Collin Doyle.  Although she knows he is a womanizer, Brenna hasn’t dated in over a year and a half so she accepts a date to go out with him

Just in case I’m not the only date you’ve made for Saturday night, perhaps you should consult your schedule to make sure you’re not double or triple booked. I’ll check back with you before I leave this morning, okay?” 

His eyes seemed locked on her breasts. 
“Mr. Doyle?” Brenna said. 
She pointed to her face. “I’m up here.”
 He’s got me confused, too. He’s so damned good looking, and just when I think he’s an arrogant jerk, he turns around and does something so sweet and thoughtful, and gives me a smile that says, ‘you didn’t really think I was like that, did you?’

New to the world of the telepaths, she didn’t know that there could be people wanting to hurt her until two men break in to her house and she is forced to fight back, killing one of them. Devastated by what she’s done, Brenna accepts her aunt’s offer to learn about her Gifts, especially because she’ll be close to her newest and best friend Rebecca Healy.

When she finally gets a grip on some of her gifts, Cindy, the woman who has been teaching her about her succubus Gift, is kidnapped, tortured, raped and left for death. After she helps healing Cindy, she swears revenge against the ones who savaged her. 

It’s an interesting book. I liked the characters and the humor Ms. BR Kingsolver adds to the story. 

No wonder Jared is so sweet. You sucked all the sour out of him and kept it for yourself, didn’t you?

You’re a hard woman, Rebecca Healy. 
<smile> But soft in all the right places.
 I don’t think the human body was meant to hold that kind of power. Note to self, leave the fucking lightning bolts alone. 

Well written and full of imagination, I enjoyed reading it. However, I would like it to have more feelings, passion, and intensity. And for a book about women having the succubus Gift, the sexual scenes were rather light. 4 stars



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