Jul 12 2015

A Review of Fatal Seduction and Fatal Seduction 2 by Sierra Lee

Fatal Seduction and Fatal Seduction 2 by Sierra Lee

Fatal Seduction and Fatal Seduction 2 by Sierra Lee

A review of two works which have quite a few twists in them, not the least of which is how the stories unfold. Overall each work can be read on its own, there isn’t all that much of a connection between the two stories, save for two characters that appear in both works.

One of these is a Succubus and, sadly for me, she’s a little too obvious and a little too stereotypical for my own tastes. It isn’t that she has hooves, which she doesn’t, or a tail, which she doesn’t, but rather it is the sadly expected ends that each story rushes head long towards.

Even if, along the way, there is a twist or two to make one pause and think about what happened before…

The works tell the story of:

Fatal Seduction

Brian is used to supernatural events in Twilit Falls, but he’s not prepared for his life to take a fatal twist. A madman has captured a succubus and plans to have sex with her safely – by feeding Brian to her first. Now Brian faces an ordeal more pleasurable and more dangerous than anything he’s ever known.

Fatal Seduction 2

When a foolish college student summons a succubus, Sarah knows she has to take out the threat. But there’s nothing wrong with having a little fun first… right?

Two stories set in a town where supernatural beings live, humanity knows they are there, and what happens when the two meet in some strange circumstances. Who are the monsters and who are not isn’t the question for, in some way, everyone is.

This review combines both works in that, as a whole, the themes and characters are really the same and the two works read as two chapters in a longer story. That in itself isn’t a bad thing, but as such there is a bit of an expected outcome when reading the second and knowing what happened in the first work. It also is very clear that the main characters in both works really don’t change from one story to the next as well.

Lina, the succubus of the series, really only has her eyes as the telltale sign that she is a succubus as a whole. She is sex incarnate, obviously, appears as such, and there is no question that she is a succubus, even though that point is driven home by other characters in both works. In some ways she is interesting, and there are a lot of questions not answered as to how she came to be where she is, why she is connected with another character, and how that relationship works in the first place.

But her personality borders on being stereotypical through both works and even when the twist in each story comes through that isn’t enough to move her character from being focused on a singular purpose which is quite obvious from the first moment she appears considering that, again, other characters keep talking about it. It is the unspoken and unexplained parts of her character that attract me, but that is never played off well enough to manage something from it. There are hints, the occasional flash of a story that would be really interesting to know, but none of that comes out in the works because it isn’t the point.

The work focuses on the erotica, which revolves around Lina for obvious reasons. There is some good heat in a little bit of succubus mind control, a few flashes of her being very succubus-like and taking her sexual partners to the edge and beyond. There is even a moment where she seems to have a heart and even a soul for a moment as well. But then her real character comes out, the twist in the story appears and the foreshadowed ending comes rapidly. It becomes very hard to actually like Lina, or the other main character in the series, because they are too aloof, too scheming and too self-focused on themselves that all else is a game, a scenario to be played out, and the collateral damage is seen as just being part of the game.

The thing about that is, for me, it takes the heat out of the story very quickly and replaces it with a lot of questions that are not delved into at all. The story isn’t quite what it seemed to be from the beginning and it’s really quite well done overall when the twist comes in and the truth comes out. But when the truth appears… it isn’t all that it needs to be. I’m not really sure what the story is when the ending arrives.

The works tend to be more focused on the erotica, what Lina does, what happens to those around her, over the why of the story. It is explained, only in passing why each of these encounters happened, but it’s a bit thin for me overall. Being that these are short, hot flashes, I’m not expecting to know everything, far from that, but I was expecting a point to the story that held me more than it did.

I also was hoping for some character growth along the way, even between the two works themselves, but that didn’t happen as well. Lina is the same in both works and her “partner” is as well. To know why things happen, why they are, and how this all started would have been nice. But it is all about the erotica, the twist in the end and the rest is vague whispers of thought that left me wanting.

I’ll give both works three out of five pitchforks.

More story, more about Lina and her “partner” would have been a good place to start. Along with that, making Lina more than a stereotypical succubus with a singular purpose might have been nice as well.

 

Tera

Jul 12 2015

A Review of the Transformed series by Sylvia Parker

The Succubus Meets Her Match by Sylvia Parker

The Succubus Meets Her Match by Sylvia Parker

A review today on the Tale of a series that seems to have a Succubus as one of the characters, but in the end I was wondering where she vanished to. Assuming that having the word Succubus in the title of a work would mean that a Succubus might be a major character in it is, I think, a fair assumption to make.

The problem becomes when the Succubus really doesn’t appear much, isn’t much of a character, and the stories really have no real reason for her to be part of them. Other than to have a reason for some erotica that seems more from a comic book than anything else. That’s a rather large thing to deal with…

  • Title: The Transformed Series
  • The Succubus Meets Her Match
  • Revenge Of The Succubus
  • The Succubus Reborn
  • Return Of The Succubus
  • Author: Sylvia Parker
  • Length: 20 Pages (Average Length)
  • ASIN: Multiple
  • Publishing Dates: September – October 2014
  • The Succubus Meets Her Match at Amazon.com

 

The following summary lays out the series as a whole, it is from the first work in the series:

An assassin by trade, Clive Hastings waits with his back pressed against the door – a high profile mark on the other side. Being paid a generous sum for the job, he is set to do what he does best. But things take a turn for the unexpected as the target has a guest – and a dangerous one at that.

The infamous succubus Ubana, a demon from another realm, witnesses the assassination of Clive’s target. She doesn’t seem to mind, preferring instead on attempting to seduce the hired killer. But Clive knows better than to sleep with a succubus. He pushes her away, choosing instead to loot the man’s belongings.

But when he finds a strange amulet tucked away inside his mark’s bag, Clive is transformed into something more than human. He becomes a monster, and in his new form Ubana tempts him with her body once again. But even someone of her reputation is unprepared for the special powers the amulet has bestowed upon Clive, as he experiments with his new powers on such a willing victim.

As a whole the series strikes me as being very “superhero comic book” in theme, plots and characters. The events of the series are very over the top and at a certain point instead of reading, I began to skim and that is never a good sign.

The events of the series tend towards themes that one might find in a B-movie in a lot of ways. Stereotypical evil, plots, almost heroes, victims and so forth. It became hard to read when the storyline just created monster erotica for the sake of doing so. By the same token, the erotica itself was so much over the top, violent, and, as a whole, not at all interesting to me. I think that the main problem was a few good ideas tied together with a series of vignettes and they didn’t have the connectivity needed to make that work well.

As for the succubus of the series, Ubana, she is stereotypically evil and demonic with a need for sex that bordered on the silly. The few scenes she appeared in were means towards an end for several characters, quite literally. To try and understand her drive, what she wants, can be best said to be a need for violent sex with anyone and everyone. Latex not being optional for her at least.

The writing was a bit difficult to follow and I think major editing would be needed to bring this series to something approaching readability. Less cartoonish characterizations and events and more of a focus to the series would be a good thing. If I think about the story of the series and ignore the erotic aspects of it, it actually reads better in that the series turns into a mystery to be solved. Focus on the core story, give the characters a chance to be more than cardboard, and I think there is something good in this series. But as it is right now, I just didn’t enjoy it at all.

I give the series as a whole one and a half pitchforks out of five.

Difficult to read at times, the plot seemed lost from the beginning and with it much of any character development there might have been. While there was a hint of something interesting at the beginning, the series lost its way and me with it. I don’t think that needed to be, but it did and more the shame for that.

 

Tera

Jul 11 2015

Two rather unique Succubus drinking glasses

A pair of oddly interesting tableware that I found recently. One is a shot glass, the other is a wine glass and between the two, I’m not sure which I like the better of them…

I found both of these at a site called Hip Flask, so obviously there is a particular focus there. You can find the Shot Glass here, it sells for $12 US and the Wine Glass can be found here, and it sells for $15 US.

I know that the images don’t really show what these two glasses look like, they almost seem like a stock image of the glass with the artwork pasted over and that’s a bit of a shame as you really haven’t a good idea of what they will look like, for one, the other is that you aren’t sure of the size of them either really.

I think, for myself, the wine glass would be what I would like, though I really do need to see what the actual glass is like regardless. I wouldn’t want something that looks cheap and I fear that they could be that way…

I do hope not. I’ll have to do a bit of investigating on that I think…

 

Tera

Jul 10 2015

A Review of The Incubus and The Others by Trent St. Germain

The Incubus and The Others by Trent St. Germain

The Incubus and The Others by Trent St. Germain

The singular truth about humanity, and for that matter, all sort of beings, is that there are aspects of our personalities that lord over us. Some of them can be good, others not so much so. Perhaps some of the most terrifying are the ones we think are completely above us but are our worst. What we think, because it has always been that way, is acceptable.

There is such a thing as losing control, of being greedy, thinking that one can make the world do their bidding for a prize thought unobtainable. The question that hardly ever is asked comes to: What does it cost and who pays for your greed? Beyond that then, who offers the answer and what do they collect from you in return?

  • Title: The Incubus and The Others
  • Author: Trent St. Germain
  • Length: 367 Pages
  • ASIN: B00ZY4IN7E
  • Publishing Date: June 17, 2015
  • This work at Amazon.com

The work tells the story of:

The Incubus and the Others, is a supernatural thriller and family tale that examines social mores and hypocrisy in ultraconservative north Louisiana.

Marcus Lanehart has lived a lonely life in San Diego. He is haunted by recent loss in his personal life, as well as being disowned by his family five years ago. Most of the aristocratic, wealthy, and right-wing Lanehart family still lives under one roof at Ten Points, a former Louisiana cotton plantation in the family for nearly 200 years.

Marcus drops everything and returns home after the death of his father, but a dysfunctional family of varied characters is the least of what awaits him. Marcus’ older brother Geoffrey has fallen under the influence of Conrad, a demon whose sadistic and sometimes sexual manipulation of the household—and uninvited invasion of Marcus’ dreams—sets the stage for the affluent family’s ultimate destruction.

Marcus has suffered a loss, one of many in his life, and the troubles are not finished. Summoned home to a family that does not want him, to a funeral for a father that disowned him, he finds that things are not as they seem. There is a presence, one that has plans for him and his estranged family and nothing will be the same again.

I do enjoy works that have detail, a story, fully realized characters and, most importantly, that there is growth in the characters as the story unfolds. All of these points are in this work and the author does service to each character, making them stand out in their own way. Along with this comes their personalities, what they believe in, their bias, troubles and more. None of the characters are simply “there” in the story, each one matters, the story drives that home, and it makes for a gripping read at times.

There are moments however where a character expresses something about themselves which is, at least for me, quite distasteful and the thing is, this happens a lot. Now, a lot of that simply is who the characters are and what their beliefs are. But in this happening, it is hard to find characters to like as the story goes onwards. Really the only character to like is Marcus. That isn’t a matter of picking one character that is likeable out of the others but something more than that.

It comes to just how the other characters are so self-absorbed, plotting and scheming and so on. There is so much friction within the family as a whole, so many secrets, both known and unknown, that there is a scene of waiting for the other shoe to drop so to speak and to see what happens to them all. It is very much like watching a train wreck and not being able to look away. But that isn’t a bad thing, in fact it adds to the author’s craft, adds levels of conflict, and points the story in its ultimate direction.

While the family drama unfolds, the author manages to allow the supernatural aspects of the story to slowly seep in over time and when the work makes the turn, becoming more supernaturally focused, that fit into the puzzle quite well. One does have to pay attention to the story, remembering the past moments as the reveals come quickly, things change, and the conflicts come to a head.

There is really, as a whole, very little erotica in the work, and I think that is how things needed to be. There are hints of things happening “off the page” and what does appear does not take away from the focus on the work. The handful of erotica that appears is simply a bit of colour to the greys which the rest of the story uses to make the plot advance onwards.

Conrad, the incubus of the work, is a mystery throughout most of the story, the reveal at the end about why all of this happened is a bit of a shock, but in retrospect makes sense, at least from his perspective. He is, to be clear, more “demon” than “incubus” but again there needs to be a centre of the evil that unfolds in the story and he fills that need. Like so many of the other characters, there is little to like about him, but then that is the point.

He does show some of the aspects of an incubus, including being in dreams, some mind control and other aspects, which do work. I have to say that the mind control/hypnosis parts of the work felt “right” and were not over the top which I applaud the author for not falling into that trap.

The horror aspects are quite brutal at times, some of which I didn’t care for, and at the climax of the work, there is a moment which simply made me extremely uncomfortable. In that moment, just how dysfunctional this family is comes to the surface and, in all honesty, it was just about the most difficult thing to read in the entire work. It had to be, make no mistake, considering all that happened otherwise in the work, but it was very hard to get past for me at least.

The work comes to a close that points directly towards a sequel, and in that comes both promise, on the one hand, and a lot of questions needing answers for. Considering how the entire story unfolded, the final pages of the work didn’t actually surprise me at all. Interestingly, how this work ends again points out that there isn’t a character in the story that doesn’t have a purpose or meaning. I think that’s excellent work by this author.

I look forward to seeing where this series goes from here. I admit that some of the characters I don’t care for. Some of the moments are hard to read at times. But that simply reflects the author’s writing ability and how they can make the story work in the midst of such a group of people. The only real criticism I have mainly is that there might be a little too much detail in the work over the places and settings than needed to be. I can understand needing to set the stage for the drama to play out upon it, but at some point the background has to fade into the background and the story needs to move onwards.

I’ll give this work four out of five pitchforks.

Simply the most amazing writing that tells what is, as a whole, the most difficult of things to read. There are moments where I had pause, and yes, some points where I was uncomfortable with the events that occurred, but at its core, the story is far more than those moments. There is a lot of promise here, the story of this family, the things that pull upon it, are far from finished and I do wonder where things will go from here.

But in all things, sometimes one soul can, and does, make the difference.

 

Tera

Jul 10 2015

A Review of The Succubus and her Girl by Jamie White

The Succubus and her Girl by Jamie White

The Succubus and her Girl by Jamie White

Some stories about Succubi, and Lilith in particular, are told in such a way that the main character of the story is taught a lesson. Sometimes that lesson is one about themselves, sometimes it’s about what they have done. Many times it is about seeking revenge or transforming them into a tool for Lilith or her Succubi to use.

The hardest thing about telling a story like that is to avoid falling into a stereotypical story about domination and control that focuses on the erotica and leaves the story to fend for itself. That becomes a larger issue when the character at the centre of the story isn’t someone that you can find an emotional connection with.

  • Title: The Succubus and her Girl
  • Author: Jamie White
  • Length: 24 Pages
  • ASIN: B00NTQ6ZBA
  • Publishing Date: September 22, 2014
  • This work at Amazon.com

 

The work tells the story of:

Mason loves causing trouble wherever he goes as the quintessential bad boy. So when he goes into the Succubus Special, he figures he’ll do more of the same. The bartender, Lilith, invites him to the back room.

But as it turns out, it’s a trap of Lilith, who is a juicy, hot succubus! Once Mason becomes Michelle, it’s time for Lilith to work her magic–and the way she does it is unlike any woman before!

Mason is a real pain in the ass for any and all women he meets, gets involved with, or has anything to do with. After being thrown out of a club he finds himself in another where the women want all of him and after a time they get all of him. He discovers that he is at the mercy of Lilith who gets what she wants from him and then changes him into something that she can use.

The beginning of the story, when Mason is introduced, just about made me stop reading the story because he is completely unlikeable and then some. He is that kind of character because one expects to have something happen to him that will make him change or make that change for him. Call it a sort of universal means to giving someone a lesson they will never forget.

When the story turns to the appearance of Lilith and her Succubi, there are some really very well written scenes that come from that. Of course Mason’s attitude gets in the way of things, and he doesn’t see the obvious clues in front of him, but, again, that’s how the story is meant to unfold. There is a bit of erotic moments in this part of the work, but then the “horror” aspect appears and Mason is taken to be at the mercy of Lilith.

Lilith isn’t quite stereotypical, there are some interesting character traits that I liked. What was more interesting was that the other Succubi were quite different and more interesting than Lilith herself was at times. Overall, the Succubi in this story, Lilith included, had some familiar aspects in their character, but the place they were in, how they acted there, and what they did to draw Mason to them was just different enough that I thought it was really well done.

Lilith transforms him, gives him a choice, and with a bit of persuasion, Mason is Michelle and then Lilith uses her as she sees fit in as many ways as possible, giving him what can only be described as a taste of his own attitude and actions. Those scenes were not what I would call erotic, more brutal and monster erotica, which didn’t do a lot for me. While the story leading up to those moments had some interest, and the ending offered a path for the story to take going forwards, the problem was Mason once again.

The beginning of the story never really leaves his character, there seems not to be any real development in him at all, and when the story ends, he is basically right back where he started, but not quite the same person. I think that was the most disappointing part of the story, that nothing really changed in the end and all that has changed is that he has Lilith to answer to which as a whole seems to be somewhat stereotypically so.

The work runs hot and cold as a result, leaving me wanting for more in the way of story that overcomes the character of Mason and gives more about Lilith herself. What little is told about Lilith is just enough to say there’s more about her and her world than we see, but then the story turns back to the erotica and that story gets buried in that.

I’m giving this work three out of five pitchforks.

There is promise in this work, but when the main character is instantly disliked from the first page that is a hard thing to overcome. More about Lilith and her Succubi would have been nice to balance out the harshness of Mason overall and that would have helped my enjoyment of this work by far…

 

Tera

Jul 09 2015

Succubi Image of the Week 390

If I can find an image of one of the Succubi where her tail is being expressive, that just gives me a lovely smile. I found such a work of art for this week’s Succubi. Her tail makes me smile, but the entire image is just wonderfully fun too…

Devil by Evulchibi

Devil by Evulchibi

This art, called Devil, but in my mind I call it Hot Stuff, is by Evulchibi. I found this work here on DeviantArt and you can find this artist’s page here.

I love this work in so many ways really… Her tail is simply adorable, seeming to have just the right comment to make over what’s happening here. I like that she looks human, save for her horns, which aren’t too large, and her tail, which gives her more presence than if she was not quite so human in appearance. A simple bikini just is the right look, and her expression framed by her hair just seems to say “I’m completely hot… come over here and I’ll show you!”

I will also admit, because it is very obvious, that the one thing that I adore most of all is that she does, in a lot of ways, remind me of the Succubi me…

And she’s always hot stuff you know…

 

Tera

Jul 08 2015

Not sure about Evil Twin, more like Trashy Twin

My Evil Twin Devil CostumeOnce again the costume designers have amazed me. Well, perhaps amazed is the wrong thing to say. Let’s say shocked, irritated, and just a little bit, made me roll my eyes. Trashy it appears is equal to evil. From a seduction point of view that does make some sense.

I wonder why it is so hard to make a costume look sexy instead of trashy?

This is called the My Evil Twin Devil Costume, which is possibly one of the worst costume names I have seen in some time.

The costume comes with the red sequin dress, which has the tail in the image as well. And this is where the costume goes wrong in my eyes. The hemline is removable. When you do, it becomes a cape, and the real appearance of the dress, being short, is revealed. The costume also comes with the sequin devil horns, but not the shoes, or the pitchfork.

It sells for about $50 US at most sites on the internet.

One of the things that bothers me about this dress is that the sequins are only on the front of the dress. They seem to be like a panel of sequins that are stitched onto the actual dress, which looks lousy. Either sequin the entire dress or none of it, don’t try to skimp please? Make up your mind and create a nice looking dress. If the entire dress was sequinned, I actually think it would look okay as a minidress. But like this is just falls apart.

The “cape” is a waste of fabric, this isn’t a vampire after all. The tail needs some work, it looks much too cheap and that is a problem. The horns aren’t bad and, again, a full sequinned dress and those horns would look really nice, sequinned shoes as well obviously, but like this it just doesn’t quite work.

I’ll give this two out of five pitchforks.

You would be better off buying a sequinned dress, heels, and the horns alone. Then at least you would look more seductively evil and not evilly trashy…

 

Tera

 

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