One of the themes that I have found to be interesting is when Succubi are placed into points in time that are… different. By that I mean, just how do they fit into a world where they aren’t expected? How do they survive? What is their culture like?
For some, though questions matter less than the erotic moments that can be created by Succubi. But then, sometimes, you have an author that actually creates a story where the story matters and brings about curiosity in their work… That, really, is very enjoyable when it happens.
- Title: Badlands: Temptress
- Author: Robert Hatch
- Publishing Date: August 27, 2013
- Length: 24 Pages
- Format: eBook
- ASIN: B00EUFO5IE
- This work at Amazon.com
The work tells of:
Finnegan’s Crossing, 1860, South Nebraska Territory. Soft, sensual, alluring, and completely deadly, four temptresses invade the Frontier looking for a mate. Hunter finds himself pulled into a dangerous game as he seeks out a killer that can drain a man of his very essence. Accompanied by a grieving widow, Belle Lancaster, they set out to stop sensuous stalkers from taking what they want and increasing their numbers. Will Hunter fall into a trap and become the temptress’s next target? A story of lust, love, death and choice set in the old west.
It is rare to find a story with Succubi that doesn’t make them out to be “simple” creatures. By that I mean to make them interesting to me they need a history, a reason for what they do. They have to have personality, desires, and be more than cardboard. In this work, the Succubi are most certainly not made of cardboard. Oh, and they have horns and tail which rather pleased me…
They each have their own personalities, styles, wills and pasts. They want, in their own way something, but as well there is one thing that links them together. They are slowly dying out on the Earth and they need to bear Succubi. That drives them, and in an interesting way as described in the work. It isn’t something pulled out of thin air either. There is reason, means, and in the end, plans that pass through the work.
While they are, to a point, somewhat stereotypical in nature, there is every opportunity for the author to make them more than they otherwise could be. Thankfully, those steps are taken, much is learned about them an in doing so some paths are left open at the end of the work to be returned to. I certainly hope they are because the questions left unanswered are captivating.
There is a slight touch of erotica in the work, but it isn’t overwhelming by any means. More importantly the moments are used to drive the story forwards and hold an important place in the work. They are not there for the sake of having the Succubi “do something.” It makes for a read that flows from moment to moment, reveal to reveal seamlessly.
Beyond the Succubi, the other characters in the work, especially Belle and Hunter, lay out a history, a setting that fleshes out the series to come in well versed detail. They are the core of the story, the Succubi swirling around the pair, but when the climax comes, and things revealed about Hunter and Belle, that was something very special.
It was also quite unexpected to see that the author left some commentary at the end of the work to discuss why they made the choices they did, why certain things happened, and what could have been the ending of the story… but wasn’t. To be truthful, the author noted a point about Belle that I honestly felt was entirely possible from the moment she came into contact with Hunter. But, really, i can see why the author didn’t end her story as I was expecting and i am quite glad they didn’t.
Well written, the entire work paints an image in your thoughts. One or two little words errors in the work, but nothing that really took me out of my enjoyment of the book at all.
I’m giving this work four and a half out of five pitchforks.
There is so much to be told about the Succubi in this universe that I would love to know. The mark of a good series is, truly, the opening chapter. This is a series I will be looking for and reading not just for the Succubi, but for all of the delicious questions that come. I think it will be an interesting ride…