Aug 16 2015

A Review of Just This Once by Sylvia Parker

Just This Once by Sylvia Parker

Just This Once by Sylvia Parker

One of the things that bothers me is the summaries that some books have. They do tell something of what is going on, but there is a problem that crops up from time to time. Sometimes they tell a very small part of the overall work and leave out everything else.

I do realize that, much of the time, the point is to drive sales of a work, but I don’t see why there needs to be one expectation from a reader going in and then finding out that the actual story is something that’s much different than one expects.

  • Title: Just This Once
  • Author: Sylvia Parker
  • Length: 24 Pages
  • ASIN: B00L5LT8RE
  • Publishing Date: June 19, 2014
  • This work at Amazon.com

The work is described as:

Anna is a disciplined elven thief, and a damn good one at that. Having fenced some stolen goods to a personal adviser of the Governor, she leads him to a safe-house in the Poor Quarter, run by Tartan, a close friend. She finds him catering to the carnal needs of the citizens of the city, holding a massive erotic party where clothing is optional.

As she discreetly tries to get in and get out, Anna is stopped in her tracks by Ubana: a powerful succubus. The elven thief is put under a spell of intense desire, and she gets in touch with her dark side as she begins to rub elbows – among other things – with some of the peculiar and powerful guests of Tartan’s party.

As a whole the summery doesn’t leave much out of the work, everything that is mentioned does, in fact, happen in the work. The problem is that the way it is written it seems like the succubus is a core character to the plot, which she isn’t, and in that I came away from the work disappointed.

It reads very much like a very over the top sexual fantasy Dungeons and Dragons adventure in many ways with just about every trope being seen at some point in the story. The majority of the story is taken up by Anna’s adventure to get where she needs to be and then things take a turn when a centaur wants to have some fun with her and the succubus decides to help out.

Ubana appears in this work in total for about one page, possibly a page and a half. She is quite stereotypical in a lot of ways, is intent on one thing only and beyond that really nothing much is told about her as she’s simply an easy means to get Anna all hot and bothered which then leads to the centaur having his way with her.

The name Ubana should be familiar to those that had read other works by this author as she has appeared in several other works, again only fleetingly. Really the only difference between this appearance and her other ones is that here she isn’t having her way with someone, or trying to kill them, or worse. Between the two versions, the one in this work is somewhat more palatable in that she isn’t exactly as evil as her other incarnation.

There really wasn’t all that much that held my attention plot wise, and honestly there could have been a lot more lead up to the main story and a better ending than there was. A few mistakes that another editing pass might have caught as well. The erotica was, for me, rather lukewarm. There is the single scene with the centaur but that’s really mostly Anna losing control and doing things she has never done before. It’s really mindless in a lot of ways and that just didn’t have a lot of heat in it for me.

I think the problem that I’ve noticed in other works by this author comes out here as well. There is a plot, it tries to go somewhere, but it gets abandoned for a single sex scene which then, when it comes to its climax, ends the story and leaves a lot to be desired.

I’ll give this work one and a half pitchforks out of five.

Like the other works by this author, any succubus in the story is there but fleetingly and in all honesty does nothing for the story as a whole. They could be removed at the stroke of a pen and it wouldn’t change a thing.




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    At least the author is consistent, including in her use of the succubus Ubana as a prop. This may mean that the only review we need of these works is two words: “Sylvia Parker.”

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    I’m holding on to the hope that this is all set up for a big Avengers style crossover between the various works of Sylvia Parker, hopefully with Ubana at the center. She shows up too often and catalyzes too many plots for her to remain a background character. Though given the intense, painful focus on random sex that these stories have I highly doubt that will happen. Still, Superman once said that our dreams turned us into something better, so I’m going to keep dreaming of a world where Ubana is more than a surly sex prop.

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    Or, as I have discovered I believe, their other pseudonym… in which case there isn’t much hope…


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