Super fast thoughts before full review
Why was Holly so selfish? She really seemed like a selfish diva. She had no problem with her and Grace being in the closet, but makes a federal case out of it when Elise wants the same thing? Hypocrite much?
So it loses a full star for annoying diva/selfish heroine, but not bad as lesbian romance goes. It's not like the lesbian romantica genre has piles of titles to choose from.
A romance about a shifter and a succubus, in this world succubi have no powers at all, need a savior, and need regular sex.
I love succubi, but um, this ain't them, more like useless plot device slut girl. Not impressed with this take on them,band Willow was totally useless.
Lets start with the rating for this book. I agonized over 4 stars, and its all Goodreads fault. It doesn't QUITE get to 5 stars for me, but if only we had half stars, I'd go 4.5 stars easily. Since I round down, sadly, Being Amber suffers thru no fault of its own.
This is a dystopian future, after a virus has decimated the world's population. No zombies, for once, but we do get a new society, with lots of interesting foibles. I loved the classification system, like, really loved it. I'm not generally a fan of post-apocalyptic literature, but this was just so good.
So, the citizen classifications, in order of importance: Diamond, Emerald, Sapphire, Amber. Diamonds are genetic royalty, talented and without any genetic flaws. Emeralds are similar, but without the extreme talent. Sapphires are smart and without genetic illnesses. Ambers are the rest. A genetic flaw, or lack of intelligence, something. A genetic predisposition to illness, as a female, and you are sterilized by the state, so you cannot drag it down with your lines chronic illness.
Our heroine, Jaci, was born a sapphire, but she fails the genetic lottery and is sent away to Amber Zone. This is her story. I am not going to spoil any other part of the plot, but suffice to say, I enjoyed it.
Actually, I thought she handled the change astonishingly well, and I really liked her. Xander, the Hero was also pretty good.
So I liked the characters, I liked the plot, how was the sex? It was pretty good. Pretty gateway, though, so not the sort of material that sets me off into my happy zone. I suspect people into lighter stuff will love it.
***provided by the Author through BDSM group TPE BAR Read2Review***