Mar 29 2015

A Review of the Incubus Inc. series by Gloria Thicke

The Incubus On Campus: The Adventures of an Incubus by Gloria Thicke

The Incubus On Campus: The Adventures of an Incubus by Gloria Thicke

A review this time of a cute little series of four works about an Incubus named Jordan and some of his adventures. The series is called Incubus Inc., and it’s quite a neat piece of writing save for some nitpicks that I had with the stories.

The idea of a company of Incubi that goes out and about fulfilling sexual fantasies isn’t really a new one, but what is different in this series is that the story told about Jordan I thought was quite complex and interesting and tied things together well. That’s always a good place to start…

Sometimes even an Incubus needs a fresh start and a new outlook… Or a kick in the tail at least to realize it.

The work tells of:

Jordan is an Incubus. And you know what they do!

He’s with Incubus, Inc., and they’re there for ladies in need. Ladies like shy Molly, a BBW who doesn’t know she’s one, having endured a pretty awful fiasco with one boyfriend. Now she’s lonely on campus, but that’s about to change, now that the incubus is on campus!

Jordan is an incubus with a succubus for a boss. When Angela tells him that he is getting stale and forces him to change his ways, Jordan discovers that sometimes change is a good thing.

Really a fun start to the series as a whole. I liked Jordan, Angela and the other incubus that appeared, Damien, quite a lot. It’s a bit hard to figure out if they are actually “evil” or “stereotypical” at the beginning of the work because it really isn’t spoken of very much. However by the end of the work, and what gift that Jordan leaves for Molly, it seems clear that they do in their own way good and I liked that a lot.

All three, Jordan, Damien and Angela, have their true forms and then things take an interesting twist. They don’t simply shift into the person that the other wants… They sort of wrap themselves in the form on that person. I though that was a unique way to deal with shapeshifting and it’s one of the more unique methods that I have read in some time. They all have tails, horns, and red skin. I wasn’t too thrilled with sharp teeth, but that’s part of who they are and so it is here.

Being that the three of them are part of a “office” for lack of a better word, there a really amazing sense of a long term relationship between the three of them and along with that comes a lot of what seems to be office politics and that I just couldn’t help but laugh about when it happened.

There’s quite a lot of story and series set up which didn’t feel like an info dump. There’s a good deal of story between Molly and Jordan as well before the erotica appears in the work. When it does, it is a quick hot flash that works quite well, adds to the story as a whole and I liked that the story didn’t go too far over the top in the erotica. In not doing so it made the rest of the work matter and that was important for the series overall.

Given the length of the series, the first book needs to have focus, set up the main characters, and clearly explain how things are. In this work that was all laid out well in an enjoyable little tale that had a good deal of humour, fun, sass, and heat. A solid start to the series.

The one thing that I wish could have been told more was Angela’s position and what kind of past she has with Jordan and Damien. I think that would have added some depth to the characters and that would have been good.

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

The Incubus Does Cosplay: The Adventures of an Incubus by Gloria Thicke

The Incubus Does Cosplay: The Adventures of an Incubus by Gloria Thicke

A nice start to the series, good heat, interesting characters and there’s a solid story underpinning things. A good place to start and gave a lot of promise to things going forwards.

In the next book, Jordan’s travels continue as he learns that not everything, and everyone, is exactly as they seem. For an incubus, that really shouldn’t be a surprise.

Sometimes humans do the oddest things and when they do even an incubus can be surprised and learn something from that.

  • Title: The Incubus Does Cosplay: The Adventures of an Incubus
  • Author: Gloria Thicke
  • Length: 22 Pages
  • ASIN: B00PITD5M8
  • Publishing Date: November 11, 2014
  • This work at Amazon.com

The work tells of:

Jordan the Incubus has a new assignment. And this one involves cosplay, dressing up like your favorite comic book character or hero. Ashlyn’s at the comic book convention feeling pretty unsure of herself, even with her BBW warrior princess wardrobe. So imagine her surprise when a hot guy approaches and proposes playing without the costumes on!

Jordan gets his next assignment from Angela and it’s not at all what he expected. Dressing up to impress in a new way he finds out that there are all kinds of fantasies out there to explore.

The same structure used in the first book reappears in the second, Jordan gets his assignment, looks for her, gives her a wonderfully hot night and then vanishes once more. It is actually well thought out as in doing so the story gets into a rhythm and all of the storytelling happens in a way that leads towards the erotica well.

In this work Angela appears at the comic book convention, almost but not quite looking like a succubus and having quite a lot of fun with it too. This does cause a small complication for Jordan, which I liked a lot as it added a bit more story to things. Damien also appears at the beginning and end of the work and in doing so it’s clear that there is something else going on with him that is hinted at, but not quite explained. It’s reasonably clear what the problem is and it’s a lovely thought.

The scenes in the convention are well told and looking at things from Ashlyn, the one that Jordan has been assigned to’s perspective is fun too. It’s nice to see her emotions when she sees him with Angela, how that hurts, but also how things turn around for her when Jordan approached her.

Another quick hot flash of erotica, but one with a warm fuzzy felling to it that I liked. The one thing that seems to be a bit sad however is that every time that Jordan has been with someone, they’ve fallen asleep right afterwards. I wish that wouldn’t be the constant means to get from the erotica to the next part of the book, but that’s how things are.

The end of the work sets up things for the next work in the story much in the same way that it did in the first work. It’s a bit more complex and revealing about both Jordan and Damien however and it read better than in the first work.

Well written again, one or two small word errors, but they didn’t wreck the story. There’s still a lot left unsaid and to be seen and I like that as it kept my interest in the series going forwards. There was some good character development as well and that also interested me.

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

A lovely look into fantasies, desires and what happens when some of them become real.

The Incubus Is A Billionaire: The Adventures of an Incubus by Gloria Thicke

The Incubus Is A Billionaire: The Adventures of an Incubus by Gloria Thicke

In the next work, things take a turn towards one of the more popular themes of late in erotica. Overall that could be a really bad thing in a lot of ways because that’s becoming a very strong trope. Still, there’s a chance for things to be different, there are both succubi and incubi involved after all.

Sometimes having all of the money in the world isn’t enough. It might make you the envy of others, it might give you a sense of power, but otherwise it doesn’t mean much if you aren’t up to what someone’s fantasies are.

  • Title: The Incubus Is A Billionaire: The Adventures of an Incubus
  • Author: Gloria Thicke
  • Length: 22 Pages
  • ASIN: B00QH1KLK0
  • Publishing Date: December 1, 2014
  • This work in Kindle Format at Amazon.com

The work tells of:

Jordan the Incubus is at it again! This time, he’s an eccentric billionaire who gets helicoptered into Kat’s life. She doesn’t know whether to believe him or not when he tells her she looks just like Marilyn Monroe. But maybe she’ll be a bit more convinced once she and Jordan take it to the corner office!

Jordan’s next assignment is to sweep Kat off her feet. Feeling a bit like a fish out of water, he manages to draw Kat to him and give her something wonderful. But with all of his successes there are problems brewing ahead for he and his world.

What’s most interesting in this work is that it is finally, clearly, said that the succubi and incubi of Incubus Inc. are not, at all, stereotypical. They are between heaven and hell, they believe in the joys they can bring to others and, more importantly, by doing so they make the lives of those they touch better. While this was suggested through the series, it was good to see this finally stated, clearly, as it explains a lot and sets up the fourth work in the series to come.

I wish that this had been more clearly said sooner in the series, if only fleetingly, as the detail that the work goes into about why Angela is in charge, the choices she made and more, they all set up a really dynamic concept and it’s one that I really do like a lot.

Again, as in the previous works, the work is divided into similar chapters which lead towards the erotica of the work and then the story continues afterwards. In doing so, again, there’s a lot of character development that happens with Jordan, Angela and Damien. There’s an interesting relationship triangle there and seeing that develop over the series kept me interested in the series.

It’s quite funny to watch as Jordan attempts to deal with his new reality, the trials and problems that it brings, but as well the impatience that he shows at times was hilarious. It adds a neat flavour to his character and through him the others as well.

When the erotica comes into play, it’s a nice little office sex scene with a little bit of a twist in it that I thought worked well. While it does read a bit like many of the other billionaire erotica works, it isn’t quite the same and I was glad to see that. If it had been that would be disappointing for how well this author wrote the other works in the series.

Written well, there wasn’t anything that took me out of the story, and as such it had a good voice to it. I was somewhat put off by the billionaire theme however and my dislike of that trope did colour my enjoyment of it. But that couldn’t overcome my love of the background of the succubi and incubi that I adored here.

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

So much story revealed, so much setting up for the stories to come. Really a solid work that opened the story up and offered much.

The Incubus Plays Doctor: The Adventures of an Incubus by Gloria Thicke

The Incubus Plays Doctor: The Adventures of an Incubus by Gloria Thicke

The last work in the series, at least to this point when this review was published, is a bit of a let down. That’s mainly because at the end of the story there are several cliffhangers, a promise by the author to continue… and it didn’t.

There is a saying that tells doctors to heal themselves. Sometimes that’s true of incubi and succubi as well. The question is, however, to be able to figure out how to heal when it’s love that is causing you pain.

It’s a hard cliffhanger to leave a reader in suspense over.

  • Title: The Incubus Plays Doctor: The Adventures of an Incubus
  • Author: Gloria Thicke
  • Length: 24 Pages
  • ASIN: B00RWP3RJC
  • Publishing Date: January 6, 2015
  • This work at Amazon.com

The work tells of:

Jordan has managed to end up in the hospital due to some not-so-divine intervention. And he’s convinced he knows the cure for what ails him. What Jordan has in mind for his health care provider and her sexy BBW nurse side-kick could be just what the doctor ordered.

Things went a bit wrong for Jordan after his last assignment. Winding up in the hospital he gets into a situation where things aren’t going his way. But that will change, given time. As for his two friends, time is running out for one, and the other can’t do anything about it.

There is a lot more erotica as a whole in this work compared to the previous ones, but that’s not really a criticism. In fact, things are compressed in the story so far as the erotica is concerned to make room for more story. The erotica is, like the other works, a quick hot flash, well told and enjoyable, but compared to the rest of the story, it pales.

There’s an amazing amount of story being told in this work. While a lot of the story centres on two people that Jordan meets in the hospital, and that focus is at times cute, funny, and delicious, it can’t hold a candle to another story that has been building up since the very first book. In this work something very important is revealed about Damien, about Angela, and more important still, what the effect is when they fall into love.

There’s more emotional connections, development, and story in a few short pages about Damien and Angela that I really wish that more time had been spent on that part of the series story. As it is, we only get a taste of the issue, what could happen and then the work, and series, come to a close. The author then promises that the series will continue, but as of this review it hasn’t and that’s a real shame.

What the author suggested was coming, what it would tell of, really would have been great as it would have placed Damien in the forefront of one work and Angela in another. There’s so much mystery and story behind these two characters that hasn’t been touched on and it really needs to be. There’s every chance that the author will at some point continue and I hope that they do because ending the series like this is a disservice to their writing, their characters and what they have created. While this is a shame, it isn’t enough to lower my enjoyment of the work like such things have in the past.

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

Not the best way to end a series, or pause one really. So many questions left behind that need to be answered somehow. I feel like there is a truth that will come into play that changes all of the main characters in the series and I hope to see that sometime. Story matters and this author showed that they knew that. The story should continue to its conclusion.

Mar 28 2015

A bit of a different Succubus art WIP YouTube

A slightly different style of Succubus art today on the Tale that I found on YouTube. I think she’s lovely and in her own way makes a neat Succubus…

And if you can’t see the video here, try this link:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2DQarQ8CBAU

And here’s an image of the Succubus in question:

Succubus by Kyle's Deam Space

Sort of a mix of myths and legends here I think overall… Certainly she’s nothing like any other Succubus art that I have seen. I get a slight daily webcomic vibe from her as well and I wonder about that…

Love her hair, that little hint of a smile and her eye is rather captivating too… I wonder what her name might be…

Tera

Mar 27 2015

A Review of Succubus in Scarlet by Xan Asher

Succubus in Scarlet by Xan Asher

Succubus in Scarlet by Xan Asher

I think that the one, certain thing, that happens to a lot of Succubi in stories is that there seems to be always one specific being that traps them, turns them in Succubi and then hides the truth from them. Then comes that moment when the Succubus in question meets the “one” for her and, of course, they try to drive her away from happiness.

The thing is, love, in all its forms, never can be denied. Even if the the two in love have the hardest of times figuring out what that love is.

The work tells of:

Julia St Germaine traded her immortal soul for life as a succubus.
 She has everything a woman could want … fast cars, diamonds, eternal beauty and a killer body … literally.

All that and Azhael, her demon conduit to the next world. Azhael is determined to keep her on the unholy straight and narrow, dragging in sexual energy and souls to the world of Other.

But the vampire overlord Rafe Tomas is determined to avenge the death of his friends. Friends whom Julia has killed in the course of her succubus duties. 
Rafe wants vengeance. He wants Julia dead. He also wants Julia herself. The sexual heat between them is incendiary. But Julia knows the only thing denied her is true lust, let alone love.

Can she find a life with Rafe? And even if she can, will Azhael destroy them both first?

Julia is a Succubus, she’s been one for a very long time. The thing is that while she is Succubus and takes the life from others… she focuses on vampires only. There’s a reason for that, one that reflects on her past. And one can never manage to escape their past… no matter how long ago that was.

Julia herself is a stunningly beautiful Succubus, very dominant in nature, sure of herself and what she is capable of. There isn’t any sign of horns or tail in the story, but her voice, her seduction of Rafe, the heat within her at their being together speaks volumes about her character. But it isn’t just that which made me adore her. It’s the connection she has with her long past family, their ancestors and how that connects into the story as a whole that brings her to a unexpected level for me. There’s so much I like about her character that I can excuse, for the most part, her bull headedness and one track mind when it comes to Rafe.

Rafe himself is, in a lot of ways, a mirror image to Julia. He’s every bit as dominant, every bit as sexual and powerful. Being a vampire of course he feeds in a different way and that did bother me through most of the story. At least until the conclusion when many surprises occurred, some of the reasons for why things are were explained, though not fully, and many of the questions about him were explained.

It is the climax of the story, when a surprising reveal comes about a minor character that tied up a lot of loose ends, made things right, in many ways, and brought the story to a very satisfying conclusion.

But before the story comes to a close there are some very hot, erotic scenes which showed, quite well I thought, the pitfalls of being a Succubus when you finally find someone that you care about and want to be with. Save all of the blood letting that occurs between Rafe and Julia, it was amazingly written and I loved every moment of it. It wasn’t overdone by any means thankfully and it strengthened the story overall as well.

Really a wonderfully written story, the characters are gripping in their pasts, their present, and what they go through in the story. It’s really an excellent page turner with some very hot erotica mixed into a story of discovery, the meaning of family, and finding one’s soulmate when you didn’t think you had a soul.

As a stand alone story, this would have been lovely and everything I could ask for. But the way it is framed, it is presented as the beginning to a series and… that never happened. There is every opportunity for that to be/ But it didn’t. More’s the shame really as all of the world building, situations, and events easily lead towards that. It left me wanting and saddened when I couldn’t find more to this than there was.

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

It is a shame that, as of this review, the series never materialized, the story was left untold, and that’s unfortunate. It really shouldn’t have turned out this way. It’s far too good of a story to end where it does with so many things left unsaid and a mystery…

 

Tera

Mar 27 2015

A Review of the Dark MMF series by Sol Serano

My Incubus Wants to Share by Sol Serano

My Incubus Wants to Share by Sol Serano

A review this time of a rather oddly named book series in which an Incubus in one of the characters. While I do see why the series is named as it is, because of the erotica, I think it’s a poor title and there needs to be a better series title than M/M/F. That seems more than a little unimaginative sadly.

Sometimes the secrets you keep can hurt you. They can hurt others as well. When that secret involves an Incubus that is, overall, more of a brute than anything else, that’s a real problem in a lot of ways…

  • Title: My Incubus Wants to Share
  • Author: Sol Serano
  • Length: 30 Pages
  • ASIN: B00Q7W0172
  • Publishing Date: November 26, 2014
  • This work at Amazon.com

The work is about:

Marly a spicy, red-haired, art gallery manager has discovered the area’s next great painter, and the love of her life, Kevin Laciter. He, the starving artist, leaves his lover Stephan behind to be only with Marly. She is his love, his muse, and with her he finds success only imagined. But Marly has a dark secret, a dark friend, an incubus with whom she shares everything, including her body. When she insists he go so she can pursue her relationship in peace, her incubus lays out the terms. She must share the love of her life with him, just one time, and he will go.

Marly has a secret and it’s been with her for all of her life. An incubus, named Viktor, lives in her home and has been her protector, lover, and more over the years. Falling in love, she asks Viktor to leave and he agrees, but first he wants both Marly and her love.

The first work sets up a lot of Marly’s history, her relationships, and that of her lover Kevin and his as well. There’s a good deal of time spent in the story telling about Marley’s thoughts, what she fears and worries over, and what her goals are. When Kevin appears, it’s clear that Marley is in love with him, professionally and personally, and that connection between the characters comes through quite clearly.

Things are complicated however by Viktor, an Incubus that Marley has had in her life for many years. In the same way that Marly needs Kevin, she needs Viktor as much, considering that Viktor has been the only one who has been able to satisfy her needs. It’s a rather complex relationship which is told and when Marly asks Viktor to leave her, things begin to go wrong. Viktor turns towards being stereotypical and that’s a shame really as before Marly’s request he seems to be in love with her. Hurt, and quite badly so, Viktor makes a demand of Marly, to share her with Kevin, and Kevin with Viktor. promising that afterwards Marly would be free.

There is a short bit of erotica, a hot flash, which does work, but seems less well done than the proceeding story that was told. It is a bit brutal in some ways, but in the story works well to bring the story towards its climax. When that arrives and the last line of this work appears, it’s clear that Viktor has other ideas and the series continues from that point onwards.

The writing, in a lot of ways, makes the erotica almost unnecessary for the point of the story isn’t so much in what Viktor does as it is what Marly does. As the focus is on Marly and what happens around her, that makes a good deal of sense. It’s a good start to the series and offers the promise of a story that’s more than just erotica.

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

My Demanding Incubus by Sol Serano

My Demanding Incubus by Sol Serano

A good start to the series with strong characters and a mystery that needs to unfold. In telling that story things become more complicated and in that happening, the work offers more.

The second work reveals some of Viktor’s needs, Marly’s as well, and Kevin’s own truths that cause all kinds of problems for everyone. Sometimes the choices made are bad ones. The problem is that at the time you don’t see that and when you do it can be far too late to do anything about it save submit.

  • Title: My Demanding Incubus
  • Author: Sol Serano
  • Length: 28 Pages
  • ASIN: B00QHRBFW2
  • Publishing Date: December 2, 2014
  • This work at Amazon.com

The work is about:

Kevin is out of sorts unable to deal with Marly’s beast. He issues her an ultimatum as old as time – me or him. Though her love for Kevin is real, she knows it will only take a little more time to whip her demon in shape. She will get things back to normal, and then win Kevin back. She chooses her incubus.

Marly realizes quickly, her beast is gaining strength, and has more than a few demands. She is having a hard time getting him under her thumb. In a last ditch attempt, she seeks a new man for her beast to enjoy, sure he will be placated. What happens next is a flurry of heated activity as Marly and her new found friend, Bryan, betray themselves to do the beast’s bidding.

Things are getting worse for Marly by the moment as her relationship with Viktor turns from her being the one in control to her being submissive to his needs. Marly is forced into bringing another man to Viktor when Kevin turns away from her, believing that doing so will make things right. But the truth tells a different story.

Again in the second work the focus is on Marly’s continuing story, what she is suffering through, and the losses she is encountering. She’s less and less in control of things and her world, and own existence, is coming apart slowly but surely. There’s a clear aspect of denial in her mind over what is happening and when she attempts to take back some control she finds that Viktor doesn’t like that thought.

The confusion within Marly is very strong and gets worse as the story goes on. Viktor uses quite a bit of emotional, and otherwise, mind control in this work to get his way, succeeding for the most part. Marly finds a man for Viktor, brings them together and then falls under Viktor’s spell. There’s another hot flash of erotica which drives the story forwards and doesn’t feel out of place.

There is a lot of character development in this work which I enjoyed. Marly had to change in this story and it’s clear that she does, going from one extreme to another and back again. Kevin is a lesser presence in this work, though he does have an effect as the story goes onwards. Viktor himself really only becomes more dominant, more controlling and more needing of Marly in this work and that’s a shame.

Viktor was a more interesting character in the first work because there was some mystery around him. There was something changing, a secret to be figured out and in this work that really isn’t explored very much. He is a force in the story, controlling much of what happens from the shadows, but otherwise there isn’t much development for him save that he is the dominant one in the relationship.

As the bridge work, it is a good story and it provides the path for the plot to follow in the third work well. There’s hints of what comes next, but not so much so that it telegraphs the third work thankfully. As well written as the first work, there’s a bit more time spent in the erotica than the story and, for me, I found that a bit disappointing. There could have been more told about Viktor, who and what he really is, but that’s not told here and I think it might have been.

Three and a half out of five pitchforks.

A story of control, who has it, and what that control can do to another. A bit lost at times, but by the end it did manage to find the way forwards once more to the third and final work in the series.

Seducing My Incubus by Sol Serano

Seducing My Incubus by Sol Serano

The third work is, over all, the strongest of the series because it is mainly story, The hardest thing in a story to reveal is the why things are. Next to that is dealing with the way and drawing the story to a conclusion that makes sense and isn’t a cop out.

When dealing with an Incubus, the thing to keep in mind is that they need something. If you can figure out that need and how to control it, then you can control the Incubus as well. If you can, somehow, manage to control yourself of course.

  • Title: Seducing My Incubus
  • Author: Sol Serano
  • Length: 27 Pages
  • ASIN: B00S93LKQS
  • Publishing Date: January 14, 2015
  • This work at Amazon.com

The work is about:

In this, the third in the Dark MMF Series, finds Marly crushed, spent and defeated. Her incubus, Viktor, has become too strong for her to control. The more she gives, the more he takes. After collecting herself after the disastrous encounter with Bryan, Marly makes the discovery that she in fact has the power to seduce her incubus. In this super hot tale, Kevin joins Marly and together they reach an understanding with Viktor that will fix everything forever.

Marly comes to the end of her rope as Viktor’s powers over her seem to be almost complete. He is no longer the caring creature he was, now demanding and dominating over her. Breaking free and running to Kevin, she realizes what she needs to do and with Kevin’s help she might just have Viktor returned to his place once more if they can us Viktor’s needs against him.

In this last part of the series, Marly goes from the depths of despair towards being back in control of her life and in doing so she comes to realize several important things. One is that she loves Kevin dearly of course, but the other is that to have power over someone isn’t simple and to gain that power back takes understanding of why that power exists and how to use it.

The story is a bit of a roller-coaster as Marly finally figures out what she must do in order to bring Viktor to heel and to put him in his place once more. There are some nicely hot scenes of Marly discovering that control and using it to gain the upper hand in the relationship. The same can be said, in some ways, in how finding her power once more also effects her relationship with Kevin. Marly changes, changing into someone that’s slightly different from the beginning of the story.

I didn’t care all that much for Marly at the beginning of the series but in this work she becomes a lot more attractive personality-wise. In doing so she also changes her own being and that’s an interesting transformation to see unfold.

Kevin is a stronger presence in this work and that helps a lot because not being in the story leaves a hole in Marly that is quite apparent. When Marly figures that out, then their relationship is stronger, the story is better and I felt that the tone changed too.

Viktor is both the aggressor and the victim in this last part of the series, but it’s hard to feel anything for him considering how drunk on power he was in the second work and how that continues in the third until Marly figures things out. Past that point, and more so towards the ending, Viktor is a sad, lost creature who has echoes of what Marly had been through. While somewhat justified, the ending was a bit sad as a whole and made me wonder why things went the way they did.

If felt as if Viktor didn’t really think when he became stronger, losing himself in the power he had and in doing so only served to make things worse for everyone, especially himself. It was a shame as while Marly and Kevin’s characters developed, Viktor wound up at the beginning. I expected something more, but didn’t see that.

Again the work is written well, tells a strong story and has a very good erotic hot flash in it. But again there’s a lot of Viktor’s background left untold, the implications of what happens in this work are not carried onwards after the erotica is past and the short aftermath is told. It ends on a point where there could be another work in the series to take things a little further. I’m not sure if that would help or hinder things, but leaving things where they ended. for me. was a bit disappointing.

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

The series as a whole does tell a very good and strong story which I liked overall. There are a lot of questions about Viktor that are never answered, some of which I think would have made for some interesting reveals about Marly herself. In spite of that missing fragment of the series, it’s a strong piece of writing with a bit of erotica to make it better.

For the series as a whole, I’ll give it three and a half out of five pitchforks.

The series starts well and has a good promise but it stumbles through the second work and in the third the series ends too abruptly. More character development, a shade more background to all of the characters and a bit more focus on story would, I think, made this work stronger as a whole.

 

Tera

Mar 26 2015

Succubi Image of the Week 375

One of the more unique creations of a Succubus that I have found for this week’s Succubi on the Tale. I wonder if she is more of a warrioress than a Queen… Perhaps one that seeks to defend those that are hers against others…

Considering her expression, that must be a long, hard, battle indeed…

Succubus Queen by Michael.R

Succubus Queen by Michael.R

This art is titled Succubus Queen and it is by and artist on Pixiv called Michael.R. You can find the original page with this work here on Pixiv.

This is really one of the most unique pieces of art that I have seen that shows a Succubus going into battle. So many times those kinds of images don’t have a lot of emotion in them or a setting which gives perspective on what the Succubus has been through or is facing. I think in this art there’s a lot of emotions that encompass her.

There’s a shadow in her eyes, her poise, that seems to say that she’s been through much, but remains unbound and true to her kind.

As any Succubus Queen should be.

 

Tera

Mar 25 2015

I really do like Betty Page inspired costumes…

She-Devil Betty Page CostumeI must admit that I really do love the image of Betty Page that appears so very of her dressed up like a devil… There are some costumes that almost, but not quite manage to recreate that look. I’ve found one recently that I think does justice to the look and style and I think it’s wonderful…

This is called the She-Devil Betty Page Costume and it comes with the corset, the gloves, the skirt, the horn, tail, and, apparently, a pair of red bat wings which are not shown in the image. The stockings and shoes are not included and it sells for $75 US.

I really do like this a lot. I would have to buy the shoes and stockings which would add another $40 to the cost and bring the total to $115 US however…

As I cannot see the tail, or the wings, I cannot speak to their look, but, thinking about it… I don’t think it’s really necessary to wear them at all. I don’t say that, I believe this is the first time that I considered not having a tail with the costume… But… I think as a whole the look is right and for a 1940s themed Halloween party this would be a bit of a head turner I believe…

The horns are a bit borderline, but otherwise I rather like this and would seriously consider it…

Three and a half pitchforks out of five.

It’s… Interesting… And that counts for something…

 

Tera

Mar 24 2015

A Review of Hard-Boiled Immortal by Gene Doucette

Hard-Boiled Immortal by Gene Doucette

Hard-Boiled Immortal by Gene Doucette

I have been reading of late quite a few works about Succubi that are set in a sort of “film noir” setting. Sometimes that setting doesn’t work well because the author can’t get the personalities right, or the setting is wrong. Sometimes it’s a problem with having today’s language seep into the story and that breaks the spell of the work.

However. When an author can write well in this genre, writes amazing characters and tells a gripping story in which you aren’t quite sure what’s coming next… That I really enjoy reading. Add in a Succubus that I think is wonderfully alluring and intelligent and that’s something I adore beyond words…

The work is about:

The year was 1942, there was a war on, and Adam was having a lot of trouble avoiding the attention of some important people. The kind of people with guns, and ways to make a fella disappear. He was caught somewhere between the mob and the government, and the only way out involved a red-haired dame he was pretty sure he couldn’t trust.

Adam is an immortal, having seen the world for longer than he’d care to remember. It’s World War II and he’s tending bar in Chicago and meeting some interesting people. The problem with that is those people are interesting to other people and Adam is getting their interest as well. A Succubus walks into the bar, and it isn’t the start of a joke… It’s deadly serious.

One in a series called The Immortal Chronicles, this work is a perfectly written story that enters a dark and smokey bar where some good and not so good characters gather to drink, tell stories, and muse over their drinks. Adam, the main character, has a stellar personality, one that takes hold of the story from the first moment and doesn’t let go of it till the very last page. He’s intelligent, witty, tactful, but most of all, there’s a magnetism around him that draws the story and surrounding characters to him and that allows for some amazing plot and story to be told.

The work reads like a mix of mystery, detective, and supernatural with a bit of humour tossed in at the right moments to break the tension when it needs to be. Really one of the very best in this style of writing that I have read in quite some times and I couldn’t stop turning the pages to see what came next.

When Lucy, the Succubus of the work, appears, she has that certain look, character and drive that tells that she is a Succubus, but not in a simply sexual way. She’s a lot more complex than that, having her own story to tell, but also slipping herself into Adam’s world for her own reasons. As the story unfolds it’s never quite clear who’s side she is on, what she intends to do, or if Adam can trust her until the climax of the work arrives. She doesn’t appear in the work as a sex object, she’s so much more than that in all she is and discovering that along with Adam is amazing when it occurs.

The story is very much one where the reader needs to pay attention to what’s going on, to follow the stories being told, red herrings and otherwise, and when the payoff comes for paying attention to the story, that’s very satisfying. The work is solidly written and while it is just one part of a series, it can be read as a stand alone work and the effect is the same. Everything you need to know about the characters comes in the story, doesn’t feel like an info dump and holds together extremely well.

The work ends, naturally, in a way that tells of something to come, and considering this work is part of a series that’s expected. In spite of this, most of the loose ends are tied up, save for Lucy and one other character. while Adam mulls over the events of the story.

The only thing that I would have liked it to know more about Lucy than was told. There are some good hints about her, some thought towards her background, but that remains mostly shrouded away in the mists of the story as it wasn’t critical. But leaving so many questions about her and not answering them, or at least spending a bit more time in the aftermath to find out about her was a little bit disappointing.

I’m giving this work four and a half out of five pitchforks.

An amazing work, a telling story, strong characters and more. One of the best reads in this genre that I have seen and well enjoyed…

 

Tera

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