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Jan 08 2016

A Review of Lexi and the Devil by Michaela Daphne Taylor

Lexi and the Devil by Michaela Daphne Taylor

Lexi and the Devil by Michaela Daphne Taylor

I’ve found, on occasion, that some of the works that appear on a search for succubus books have, barely, a connection to the subject. Many times the actual appearance of the succubus is for less than a page, means really nothing, and as a whole, reflects how little story there is for all of the attempt at writing a hot flash.

Then comes the other problem which is that when the main character is dislikable from the first moment, it doesn’t matter if the erotica is there or not, if the story is good or not. Driving a wedge between the reader and the story usually results in disappointment for everyone.

The work tells the story of:

Lexi wants to be rich. So much so that she sells her soul, offering Satan eternal sexual pleasure in return for worldly wealth. Little does she know that the contract comes with a catch. Furious with the deceit, Lexi vows to take revenge and finds the perfect moment in Satan’s personal BDSM dungeon. The torturer becomes the tortured, but could this be what the devil secretly desires?

Lexi makes a deal with the devil, but that deal turns out to be very one sided. Having lost, in more than one way, Lexi confronts him, looking to have her revenge. The thing is, the devil is holding all of the cards, and Lexi is playing his tune.

The only appearance of a succubus in this work comes at the very end when the devil makes Lexi an offer, she accepts, and its transformed. Otherwise the work just revolves around Lexi’s attempts at being “evil” getting what she desires and then being sent off to pay at the hands of the devil.

There’s a good deal of BDSM in the story, but it’s almost cartoonish, really doesn’t have any heat in it, and overall just served as a means to draw the two main characters into the same place at the same time. There’s a bit of character development, though it is very thin, but that does nothing to overcome the main problem I had with the work.

It simply wasn’t interesting.

There was no heat, no passion. There wan’t one character that I cared about in the work, nor was there really anything that hooked me in the story. If it wasn’t for the possibility of there being a succubus in this work, really I wouldn’t have read this. Seeing that Lexi isn’t really a succubus, save for the very last page of the work, it mainly focuses upon some BDSM fantasies that just read and felt wrong in a lot of ways.

It’s a bit more confusing in that while Lexi is a paper thin character with only one thing on her mind, the devil is actually interesting to a point. There’s more to him than Lexi and that again hurt things because the main character should be central to the story as a whole. The devil, and hell for that matter, are larger, more interesting characters than Lexi.

Lexi being a gold-digger, if one who knows a little bit about supernatural things, just wasn’t a hook for me. She has her big scene at the beginning which clearly tells of her one-track mind and desires, but little else. Even when she’s confronted by the devil, she doesn’t change her attitude or anything else about her.

Little heat, really not much story, the focus is on the BDSM erotica and that just doesn’t ring true. The story is, as a whole, average and that’s being kind. I think there could have been more time spent in story to balance out all of the erotica and, perhaps in doing so, there would be something more of a hook as well.

One out of five pitchforks.

Really nothing of interest here, though the idea isn’t a bad one. The work needs to be developed more and with that there could be something more to this as well.

 

Tera

2 comments

  1. avatar
    James

    So this is a poorly written story. Had the main characters been more likeable, it would still be a poorly written story. Had the succubus been more present, it would still be a poorly written story. Had there been no succubus presence at all . . . well, then the author wouldn’t have sold a copy to Your Majesty . . .

  2. avatar
    TeraS

    To be honest… I think this one was up for free at some point in the past… At least I hope it was…

    Tera

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