Release Date: March 7, 2017
Publisher: Diversion Publishing
Source: Publisher via NetGalley
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Lily O'Connell, a succubus, has put her unique talents to work. She owns Lily Bound, an elite sex salon in the Blood Night District of Seattle. When a client turns up dead in her club, and she hears the news that the Souljacker--an old tattoo-artist friend-turned-vampire, who was institutionalized years before--has escaped to reclaim his "artwork," Lily knows she's next on his list. With one of his tattoos on her thigh and nowhere else to turn, Lily hires Archer Desmond, a chaos demon and PI, to track the vampire down before he tracks her. But she didn't expect to fall for Archer-and they say a succubus who falls in love will destroy the heart of the one she seeks to claim.
And Yasmine Galenorn has given us yet another promising urban fantasy series featuring a persistent female protagonist, succubus, Lily Bound. SOULJACKER is the introductory installment and I think fans of the genre will be pleased with Lily O'Connell & Co., including Galenorn's fan base, won't be disappointed.
If you're a Netflix binger like myself, you're probably familiar with Lost Girl (before the Greeks). I mentioned this because the overall tone and feel of Lily Bound is reminiscent of the now finished Canadian TV series with slight differences in plot specifics, of course. Also I'm hoping that the loose comparison will encourage you to pick up SOULJACKER and indulge in some sexy urban fantasy.
SOULJACKER, in essence, did all the necessary "hand shaking" and it's done perfectly. I wasn't bogged down with a string of who's who and overwhelmed with world building plus the overarching plot is subtle but clear in showing us where the series is headed in the next couple of books at least. As for Lily Bound, she's delightfully flawed and the way her character's development is written, this chick is on her way to being one memorable heroine. I foresee some angsty moments in the horizon, heartache, and hot romances to boot.
Speaking of romances, this is SOULJACKER's weak link IMO. With a succubus for a lead, I do expect sizzling sexy times, and a start of some romance. But the way it all came together felt rushed or even forced. Lily's love interest, Archer, is one hot demon so I get the attraction, but there's not enough romantic tension between the two to justify a convincing love connection. I would've preferred that the love part simmered for a couple more books before these two start dating.
SOULJACKER as a whole is a good start to a fresh series. The case pertaining to a maniacal vampire predator is the perfect setting for us to get to know Lily & Co. It's a decent mystery with an exciting chase. There's a lot going on in SOULJACKER and YGalenorn expertly mastered the pace to be as fluid as possible. It's engaging, sexy, filled with cool characters living in a world filled with all sorts of preternatural beings from werewolves, fae, demons, vampires, witches, and humans, to name a few. With a few long standing urban fantasy series that wrapped up, I highly recommend that you check out SOULJACKER, Lily Bound just might be the next heroine you'll get addicted to.