Nov 01 2015

A Review of the Little Love series by Catherine LaCroix

Little Love by Catherine LaCroix

Little Love by Catherine LaCroix

One of the things that bothers me is when a series begins, starts to tell a story, really gets my interest and I want to see what happens next. All of that is good and really what I like to see really. The problem becomes when the work finally makes it to the reveal about one of the main characters and then…. the next part never arrives.

It’s one of the reasons why, in a lot of cases, I tend to delay reviewing some series because I hope for a conclusion, or the next work in the series and it doesn’t appear. In truth that’s the larger shame when the story and characters leave you… wondering.

The first work in the series is:

It tells the story of:

As a young student living on his own, Tristan finds juggling work, school and his personal life difficult to manage. That is until he meets Lilith- a sultry, confident, bombshell who finds herself immediately taken with him.

Lilith is twice his age.

Now Tristan must choose whether her doting affections will be enough to gain his trust, or if he should escape her grasp before his body makes the decision for him…

Tristan awakes to find himself in the presence of a seductive woman named Lilith who offers all that he desires, both spoken and unspoken in so many ways. But with the love, caring, and passions that she offers comes questions that he does not have the answers for. How did he get where he is, and why doesn’t he want to leave? Lilith’s smile and hold over his heart leaves nothing to be desired save for him to give into what she asks of him. To be with her… always.

For me the thing about this work is that from the moment Lilith appears, it’s obvious to me that she is a Succubus. Her hold over Tristan, the way she knows all of his wants, needs and desires and how she makes them come true point at her being a Succubus. What I particularly like about Lilith is that she isn’t stereotypical in her actions, she seems to love and cherish Tristan deeply, and more importantly, doesn’t seem to want to hurt him, but give all that he wishes for.

The little descriptions of Lilith, her home, her surroundings, seem to suggest that Tristan has been taken from his world to hers, or perhaps a sort of limbo. The little remarks about the balance of red and black drew a smile from me and in a way reflect upon Lilith’s character. She has red hot passions for Tristan and as well she has the touch of firm Domme control reflected in the black. But she isn’t “evil” nor is she wanting to cause him to suffer or feel pain. Lilith is dominant, calling Tristan at various times, pet, and more deliciously, little love, that I feel shows the need she has for him.

The work is a lovely mix of discovery and erotica that works very well together and sets up quite a number of questions for the series going forwards. While it is never said explicitly that Lilith is a Succubus, there is a well constructed mystery around her that works to tie the moments of passion together very well. It’s wonderful to see the pair simply being together, Tristan falling for Lilith as the story unfolds. He’s quite firmly under her spell, but there is an undercurrent of confusion at times that leads towards the erotica in a wonderful way. When the erotic moments come, they are well told, speaking of a loving, positive D/s relationship that I adored.

I would have liked for there to be a few more concrete hints towards who Lilith really is, her purpose, and why it was that she chose Tristan in the first place. But the way things unfold that part of the story isn’t told and really it need not be as the mystery in the moment for Tristan is well enough to carry the story on its own.

Well written, lovely heat and really fascinating characters. There wasn’t anything that took me out of the story from beginning to end and I enjoyed Lilith not being stereotypical. Tristan was a lovely submissive, but also had a certain amount of strength within him that was slowly drawn out over time. I would have loved the work to be longer, at least a dozen or so pages, and tell more about the why’s of the moment. Perhaps a little hint of what surrounds Lilith and Tristan or, more interestingly, when Tristan falls from exhaustion into sleep, what does Lilith do? Does the world change? Does she?

Many, many questions, but then the better stories always leave you wondering…

Four and a half out of five pitchforks.

A very strong opening to the series in which many questions come to mind, but the answers are not given. There is an obvious answer, who or rather what Lilith is, but that answer is left for the second work to tell…

Little Secrets by Catherine LaCroix

Little Secrets by Catherine LaCroix

The second work in the series continues the theme of mystery that was begun in the first. The story weaves its way through more of the dynamics of the relationship between Lilith and Tristan on the one hand, but also the edges of their world begin to fray a bit, showing to Tristan that something else is going on that has been hidden from him.

The question of what you would be willing to do if you found the perfect lover, the perfect Mistress is one that dips deeply into one’s soul. The same can be said about the Mistress in the relationship as well. What would they be willing to do is one question, but the more important one is… why?

It tells the story of:

After two weeks of hot days and steamy nights spent with Lilith, his mysterious new love, Tristan begins to wonder what really makes her tick. His curiosities begin innocent enough, but the secrets she keeps locked away may change the dynamic of their relationship forever.

Time moves onwards for Tristan and while Lilith gives him anything he wishes, all that he desires and more, the questions about where he is, who Lilith is, and what everything means whisper at the back of his mind. As their relationship moves onwards and games are played, Lilith reveals the truth that she has kept hidden from him when he least expects it… but the answers… those are harder to find.

In this work my love for Lilith really came to the fore. There are so many things about her personality and her actions in this work that seemed very familiar to me. Lilith loves reading and has a vast library of books, she teases Tristan with a can of RediWhip, and in many other ways as well. But in all of that the love, the need for him that she has remains strong and true throughout the work.

But in all of the love, the passions, the exploration of what Tristan desires, the little hints of things being not quite right are stronger in this work than the last. There are no windows, there is always heat around Tristan. Things magically appear from one waking moment to the next. It’s so much more clear, long before the reveal, that Lilith is a Succubus. But the way the hints are interspersed in the story makes things more seductive and passionate. It isn’t simply a hot flash when the erotic moments come in the story, there’s something more.

At one point they are described as sugar, being Tristan, and spice, being Lilith. It is very apt comparison and I dearly loved that moment because it defined their relationship in the best possible way. When things turn towards a slightly more dominant scene, it doesn’t feel out of place, though for Tristan it is strange and revealing.

The climax of the work, and I do not refer to the moment when, for the first time, Lilith and Tristan are truly intimate together, for that is a beautiful moment on its own, comes at the very end of the work, in the very last line when Lilith finally reveals her truth. She loves Tristan, which has been true from the first word of the series, but also that she is a Succubus, which has been hinted at as well from the beginning… but then the story… ends.

I would have liked to have seen what Tristan replied with, how he felt about that and if it mattered to not. I would have liked Lilith to explain the why of everything, but that didn’t happen. As such the work ends on a cliffhanger.

Four and a half out of five pitchforks.

Every bit as wonderful as story as the first work in the series and though I wished for so much more, what was told about Lilith and Tristan was wonderful in both heat and substance.

The sad thing is, at the time of this review, the next work in the series, if there was one that was meant to be… never appeared. I wish it had, there is so much story still to be told. It’s awful when a series like this with such perfect characters never comes to a satisfying conclusion.

I truly wish it had.




  1. avatar

    I am really wondering how many people in the world are so clueless that they don’t think “succubus” when they hear the name “Lilith.” One would almost think a wise succubus would choose another name, at least until she had her new friend completely won over. Other wise, why not just wear “I am a succubus” pasties?

    It sounds like we got the first two chapters of what would have been a really great story . . .

  2. avatar

    I think it was… Shame that it didn’t go the rest of the way…


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