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Mar 17 2017

A Review of the Ouija Lover series by Roberta Stuart

An Encounter by Roberta Stuart

An Encounter by Roberta Stuart

A review of a short two work series called Ouija Lover today on the Tale.  There’s quite a lot to like about this series, the characters and the heat within, but at the same time I do wish that the story had continued further than what it did here. The thing about telling a story about the need for passion is that need shouldn’t just comes to a close, it should be allowed to be.

A doorway opened can bring anything into being. At the same time, the past can be attracted to the present. When one’s own needs are known, there’s very little else that needs to be asked, or given.

The first work is:

The work tells of:

A rose…a candle…and a strange encounter between a man and a woman. Or is he a man?

Stephanie rediscovers an piece of her past, a ouija board she’d played with as a child. No longer a child, Stephanie and her friend discover that the board connects to a sprit and that sprit is calling to Stephanie. Answering the call, Stephanie finds herself falling into the arms of her desires, wants and needs.

The work sets up a lot of events and possibilities for the series which mainly focus on Stephanie, her needs and how the sprit summoned by the Ouija board, Li Lu, fills those needs in all sorts of deliciously wanton ways. Stephanie’s character is very interesting, has a past, and in that comes a lot of hints about who she is in the here and now which I liked. She isn’t at a loss, or weak, she has a need and the board opens a doorway that she half-heartedly takes against the warnings of other characters in the work.

The lead up to the encounter between Stephanie and Li Lu, who might or might not be an incubus, though it is highly likely he is one, is a good mix of the everyday and a little bit of supernatural tease, or if one thinks about it, perhaps a little bit of mind control as well. Stephanie doesn’t, but does, believe in the board, but it’s a sort of wishy=washy thing until her incubus appears to her.

Li Lu most likely is an incubus, but he’s mostly a mystery, not really answering questions all that much. His purpose is to take Stephanie in every way possible and throughout he’s very sure that Stephanie is loving every moment and everything that happens is what she wants things to be. I liked that, mainly because having the story fall into something dark as a twist would have really disappointed me. The fact it didn’t and what comes from the story is a very hot work of erotica, is a wonderful thing.

The story’s erotica takes up about half of the work. It isn’t silly or impossible either. What Stephanie and Li Lu experience comes to some really hot, very passionate couple sex with some lovely romance and fun mixed in. There’s a bit of wanting at the end, which makes sense for how thing story is developed, but it doesn’t ruin the heat that came before.

The one thing that was missing for me comes to a lack of detail about Li Lu himself. I feel like that was a lost opportunity, something of a gap in the story. Filling that would be nice if for no other reason than to answer some of the questions about him.

Four out of five pitchforks.

The erotica has lovely heat, the story is interesting. Stephanie’s character is well developed and while Li Lu’s character isn’t explored as much as I would have liked, he’s still a compelling character. Is he an incubus? That’s entirely likely, but then the second work in the series might have something more to tell about that.

The Taming of Bonnie by Roberta Stuart

The Taming of Bonnie by Roberta Stuart

The second work in the series builds on the heat of the first, brings into the story Stephanie’s friend Bonnie who was with her when Li Lu connected with Stephanie’s needs.

Friends share sometimes, and sometimes what they share isn’t just recipes. Having need and desire makes anything possible. The question becomes how resistant one is to something unexpected and if they are willing to take advantage of the situation presented to them.

The second work is:

The work tells the story of:

Stephanie & Bonnie are visited by an incubus, called to one of the women through a Ouija board. Sparks fly when he tries to make love to both of them.

There are secrets that even the closest of friends don’t share. It can be a crippling thing, a moment in which something happened that changes their life. Sometimes an old soul can help a young one find the way to being whole again.

If the first work was mainly centred on erotica, the second work in the series is far more concerned about developing Bonnie’s self. The book summary doesn’t really express just how involved and soul searching this part of the series for Bonnie. While there is some erotica at the beginning, that quickly is pushed aside for the sake of Bonnie herself and telling her story.

That story is a difficult one to see, it hurts a lot, and it demands that the story not be erotic or romantic. It does however demand understanding, care and the chance for redemption. Li Lu is the source for this and it comes in a way that’s gentle, caring and there’s a clear need in him to try to help Bonnie. The answer isn’t simple, she still hurts, but there’s a little bit of life, hope and even wonder in her soul when the moments pass.

Bonnie matters. She isn’t a side story here, she is the story. Stephanie is there, she’s part of the story, but as a whole, Stephanie doesn’t hold things together. She is there, she wants and desires, but that it tempered by Li Lu for Bonnie’s sake. That tells quite a lot about him, who he is. He’s not evil, far from it. That was very attractive to me and as that leads on nicely from the first work in the series, it’s good to see happen.

I felt that this work is the stronger of the two stories in many ways. From the building of the characters, to the events as they unfold. There are erotic moments, but like in the first work, they are not silly, over the top things. They make sense, they are caring, needful things and I enjoyed how the purpose of the erotica was to bring joy to all of the characters.

More focused in story, more depth given to the characters. There’s more story than erotica, which is as things should be. Telling a story, giving meaning to the characters involved, matters. Here the author did so and more.

Four and a half out of five pitchforks.

I still really want more about Li Lu, his past, where he is when he’s not with the women that called him to them. I liked this work mainly because there’s so much character development for Bonnie and every single word is filled with emotion for her. It’s not a simple path for Bonnie, it’s not a simple thing to overcome. That’s how real people are and between Bonnie and Stephanie, Bonnie becomes the far more complete character here.

A very good series, two stories that tell a complete tale. I would have liked a third part, if for no other purpose than to bring the mystery to a close somehow. It would be nice to give all of these characters a ‘happy ever-after’ somehow.

Tera

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