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March 2, 2017

Liked It: Souljacker by Yasmine Galenorn

Series: Lily Bound 1 
Format: eGalley
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.











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25 comments:

  1. Yes ma'am, a new succubus heroine in the block

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  2. I like the sound of a solid story and a flawed heroine. I haven't really gotten around to her books yet just a few novellas from anthos, but I want to.
    Thanks, Braine!

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  3. Sorry this didn't end up being a strong book for you but glad you still had some fun with it.

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  4. Always fun to start a new series and meet new characters to follow.
    sherry @ fundinmental

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  5. I'm looking forward to reading this. It be my first book by her. I love that the main character is a succubus.

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  6. I've tried a few of her other books but never quite clicked. maybe a new series is in order to give her another try.

    Karen @For What It's Worth

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  7. Hopefully it will get better, UF often starts out slow and builds and builds.

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  8. I've read a few of her books and I just didn't care for them.

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  9. I requested this one for review in audio and I'm excited to start it. Can you believe I've never read Galenorn?!? Since this was the start of a new series - and a succubus was the MC - I decided to dive in. I can understand your frustration with the romantic element because, I agree with you, a succubus should have some sexy times. But I'm glad that overall this was a great introduction to a new series. :)

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  10. Most of the story here sound wonderful especially with the whole succuubus angle, but sounds disappointing that the romance wasn't very good.

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  11. Totally missed this, I am enjoying one of her other series.

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  12. New to me author but one of my genre faves, thanks for the fab review!

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  13. I don't think I've read any books with a succubus before; pretty sure I've read one with an incubus though, lol. I definitely prefer the romantic tension to simmer for a while otherwise it feels insta-love-y.

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  14. her books are always a bit tricky for me. THey're ok but I'm not a real big fan so in the end I stopped

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  15. Sounds interesting but I'm sad to hear the romance portion is a weak link in this story line. I mean, she's a succubus, the romance should be off the charts.

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  16. This is an author that I've been wanting to try. I'm going to add this to my TBR. I watched Lost Girl and enjoyed it (mostly, the ending started to bother me some). Great review. :-)

    Melanie @ Hot Listens & Rabid Reads

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  17. I didn't see this book out there! And it sounds like the couple didn't "dance" enough. I actually like more sexual tension and easing into the romance in my UF, especially if it's a series!! Perfect rating!!! :)

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  18. This author is on my list to try. I would think though that with a succubus as a main character there would be A LOT more sexual tension. I don't know if you've read Larissa Ione's Demonica series but that's the level of heat I expect when the word "Succubus" is used to describe one of the characters.

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  19. A new succubus in town? it's been a while since I read a good succubus series, Braine, so thanks for putting this one on my radar xoxo

    Lexxie @ (un)Conventional Bookviews

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  20. This sounds like a good start to a new series, even if the romance lacks. Great review!

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  21. Love the shades of black and red on that cover. And I really like that you got the feel of Lost Girl from the book. I really loved that series. Thank you!

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