Oct 02 2016

A Review of Spells of Binding by Natalie Severine and Eric Severine

Spells of Binding by Natalie Severine and Eric Severine

Spells of Binding by Natalie Severine and Eric Severine

The twelfth review of the ongoing series called Lily Quinn written by Natalie and Eric Severine today on the Tale. You can find my first review here, the second herethe third herethe fourth here, and the fifth review here. The sixth review be found here and the review of the seventh work can be found here. The review of the eighth work in the series can be found here and my review of the ninth work is here with the tenth review here. My review of the prior work to this one can be found here on the Tale as well.

One of the core points of the series has been Lily’s thoughts about being partly succubus. Trying to put into words the conflict between her human side and her succubus side. There are differences, there’s no question, but there is also one singular thing that they both need. Perhaps in that comes a realization for both sides, an understanding that, for a succubus, some souls are worth far more than they can imagine.

Nothing can, regardless of bravado, dominance or need, overcome that point. The understanding of this, in all its forms, whether of lust or love, matters.

It tells the story of:

Two months ago, everything went to hell. What should have been a routine monster hunt ended with a demon in my living room. He killed one of my best friends that night and I still don’t understand why.

Now I’ve got a lead on the wizard who summoned up my demonic trouble from the Nether and nothing in this world or any other will keep me from hunting him down. But the College has put the rest of the bounty hunters on the job and barred me from joining in!

This won’t be easy, but I like hard just fine. Even the little information I’ve been able to uncover is suspicious as hell. To find my answers and some measure of justice, I’ll have to face my own demons – and considering I’m half succubus, that’s saying something.

There comes a time when answers cannot be avoided or evaded. For Lily, the questions she has been carrying from the moment she was born have their answers. Whether the question of family, self or love, the answers are what they will be. Some answers come with a cost, some with pain and some, when the universe gives the gift, the ability for Lily to see within herself and face the one thing she’s never been able to. Herself.

I think, as a whole, this part of Lily’s story is, for me, the most captivating in many ways. That is mainly for one important reason: Lily gets some answers. Throughout the series Lily has been asked questions about herself, but never finding, or being allowed to see, the answers she wanted. While some are answered, one that I find the most telling for me wasn’t. The question of who, exactly, Lily’s mother is. We have the answer about her father, a resolution of which in this work that I felt was very true to the characters involved in how they reacted. It was a bit fleeting for me, I was hoping for a little more than what is, but, again, the character themselves simply makes that, as a whole, impossible.

Beyond the main plot, the events of the story both erotic and otherwise, there’s an interesting discussion about dominance and submission. It is a very rare thing for writers to understand the dynamics of such well. Speaking from my own past, my experiences, there are so many works that forget the single most important thing about such relationships. The encounter which Lily has, the lessons taught, was for me, one of the most erotic moments in the series. Not from any sort of sexual moments, but rather the teaching to Lily of what it means to be a Domme. What the rules are, but more so, what the most important thing is. That theme runs through all of the story that comes afterwards and is very telling to define the events that unfold. Some characters understand, but so many just do not.

Lily is drawn into an encounter with the “evil” of this series, who has been lurking in the shadows. Some characters are “evil” with no purpose, not having the tone, the presence to carry things well and make the plot stand on its own. Lily is forced to battle against her own sexuality as a result, and being made to, just how strong her will and character is shown to be I found delightful and, more to the point, made sense from all else that has come before in the series.

Having Lily deal with her own truths, the dark within her, was telling. It’s the core of this work, for me the strongest part of the series to date. To see both sides of Lily, to know what could be, what was, and what is, captures so much of the preceding works in the series. As an aside, to be able to put into words Lily’s soul, to then reveal the truth of the series, that was difficult at times to read. As bright as Lily is, her mirrored self is as dark. The one the suffers through this isn’t unexpected, but the truth given needed to be told.

The cost however, that’s the question. There is a cost to be paid. Lily’s been through so much, but not been able to deal with it. She’s carrying a lot within her, it would be nice to see her open her eyes and really see what’s always been there for her. Knowing what she does now, seeing the threat for what it is, things aren’t seemingly going to be better very soon in a lot of ways. Sometimes the resolution isn’t so much resisting as bending to the winds.

The erotica has a lovely scene between Max and Lily, which I laughed over. There’s a smattering of D/s moments which Lily isn’t part of, but tells a story of their own. I’ll admit that some of the more violent moments, BDSM-wise, didn’t do a lot for me, but they were core to the story, to set things up. There’s a fine line which the authors didn’t cross I felt, but when the story moved to another “level” it didn’t feel out of place what happened.

Lily’s character developed in this work more than any other by far. Max was central, needed, wasn’t left to the side when it mattered. His presence was telling, important. The two combined, the moments they had, both intimate and otherwise, were wonderfully hot and delicious. Their relationship, the truths of it, are there, Lily seems to know them, it’s a question of where that takes them both. I’m hoping for that to be all I have been waiting for.

The work tied up a lot of loose ends, made connections with past works in the series as well. Many of the questions that have I have been mulled over were answered, not all, but quite a few nonetheless. The heat was everything I expected, but more importantly, the lesson taught about dominance to Lily, that one thing along made this part of the series special for me.

Four and a half out of five pitchforks.

Telling a story about dominance and submission which does not neglect the singular most important point of all matters. Opening the door, telling what lurks within Lily matters. Revealing what Max has always known, but Lily has missed matters. Taking Lily’s past, explaining it, telling of why things are as they are matters. The main plot is revealed, the climax of the series comes soon.

One single work left, to appear on Halloween 2016. I have my hopes, some thoughts, but I’ll hold them close for the moment. Finding one’s self and coming to terms with them is hard. Sometimes that takes more than yourself to do.

 

Tera

Oct 02 2016

A Review of The Devil Lives Inside My Husband! by Rose Black

The Devil Lives Inside My Husband! by Rose Black

The Devil Lives Inside My Husband! by Rose Black

When writing a story, there are some things that do need, at some point, to be explained. Problems with relationships can be told, desires brought out and explored. But along the way when something happens to a character, and it isn’t explained, that leaves questions that take away from the story overall.

Putting a twist into a story isn’t unexpected, nor is it something that is rare. But a twist with no reason behind it, nothing to tell why it happens leaves a lot to be desired. More so when the ending leaves a singular question behind that cannot be answered and needs to be for the sake of the story most of all.

  • Title: The Devil Lives Inside My Husband!
  • Author: Rose Black
  • Length: 30 Pages
  • ASIN: B00GU723WK
  • Publishing Date: November 21, 2013
  • This work at Amazon.com

The work tells the story of:

Ava’s unhappy. She married her bible study boyfriend right out of high school, and now she’s a bored housewife with nothing to do all day and a husband who can’t satisfy her needs at all. That all changes when her husband, Richard, returns from work one evening quite literally a changed man. Darkly sexy and wickedly horny… This devilish new Richard is ready to make all of her lusty dreams come true!

Will Ava return to a life of boredom, or give herself over to the devil who’s taken up residence inside her husband?

Ava has some issues, not the least of which is that her relationship with her husband is a rocky one. The sex isn’t what she needs and the frustration is growing. She needs a change, but when Richard comes home one night, he’s not the same husband she knew. Temptation calls and Ava is willing to heed the call.

Overall this work is a series of short hot flashes that tell that story of a marriage that has a sex life  in which Ava just gets nothing from it, straining her relationship, and putting things on the rocks. The first we see of the couple there’s strife in the midst of what should be passion, but isn’t. Even when Ava tries to find her own needs, there’s a moment when her husband dampens them. It’s one disappointment after the next, over and over again.

At least until he comes home and isn’t the same husband he was. Then follows an almost classic porn movie scene before the work ends on what is a major question that’s never delved into, and seems to be an afterthought more than anything else.

One would expect that this would might have a possession theme, perhaps something of an incubus character, something that would explain why Richard’s personality changes and what the signs that appear mean. The problem is that none of that is explored. There’s no time spent in what happened to him, what exactly is going on in the final scenes, and what it means.

The focus is on the sex, it isn’t really erotica, and there’s no time spent to tell the story that needs to be told. The why of the story doesn’t appear. The when isn’t explained. Most of all, there’s no presence given to this “new” husband in Ava’s life and what he wants. Question after question and the only answer given at the end of the work is what appears in his eyes. A single sentence in which Ava has to make a choice.

It’s that choice, how odd it is considering all else that happened in the story, who Ava is, that bothers me the most. There’s no thought about what’s happening and why, she just falling into this new situation and leaving the really hard questions to the reader to think about.

I couldn’t find my way into the story, the characters weren’t that interesting, and most of all, that question about Richard and what’s going on not being answered is the largest flaw of all. There should have been more story about that, perhaps some time spent in which Ava had to make a choice.

It is her husband possessed? An incubus in his form or something else? It makes a difference to how this story can be seen and understood. It’s a shame that the author didn’t take the time to explore that thread and draw out more story from this work than there is.

One out of five pitchforks.

The main problem here is that the story does’t get past the erotica and tell the story itself. Why things happened as they did is never explained, and the ending leaves such an open question that really matters, but never answers it. That question, what happened to Richard, why it is, and if he’s even there anymore, or if this Richard is another one and the original will return, really matters. The author missed out on a more interesting story in the rush to get to the sex scenes and it’s the larger shame here.

 

Tera

Oct 01 2016

An interesting speedpainting Succubus YouTube

I came across another of those YouTubes where an artist is painting an image they have been working on. I thought that this character was cute, has an interesting smile, and while the entire video isn’t about her creation, the end result is rather unique…

And if you cannot see this video here on the Tale, please try this link:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VLMJs93Mc0s

Here’s the finished artwork, as always, in case YouTube makes the video vanish for whatever reason there may be…

Succubus by Jaciopara

Succubus by Jaciopara

She’s really quite fun as a whole, that smile of hers seems exactly right for her style, outfit and what seems to be her cute personality. It’s nice that her entire outfit matches her horns, tail and hair. Considering all of the other options the artist considered, I have to say that I like this the best of them all by far.

Sexy cute is one of the best kinds of Succubi I think, and she’s really quite that and more…

 

Tera

Sep 30 2016

A Review of That’s The Spirit by Belinda Burke

That's The Spirit by Belinda Burke

That’s The Spirit by Belinda Burke

There are some stories that are, in a way, eternal. Such as the story of Dr. Frankenstein, for one. Putting a new twist on things makes that story renew itself and the tales that can come from that have their own appeal.

A review then today of the second work in the series Dr. Frankenstein’s School for Monsters. A series with an interesting premise, lovely characters and a unique way to tell a story. However, even with the basis of a story, or series, there are some things that need to be done.

Such as telling a bit more about a character within the story rather than in the book summary for one. Another thing that’s good to do is to allow the characters to tell their story and in doing so make the erotica so much better still. The former is a shame, the latter is a must.

It is the story of:

The succubus Lin is both student and teacher at Dr. Frankenstein’s school for monsters. A Vietnamese demon with an interest in anatomy, she is also responsible for the school’s weekly atmospheric cleanup – getting rid of ghosts that haunt their asteroid’s orbit.

Maeve, lately of Ireland, is one of those ghosts…and one of Dr. Frankenstein’s experiments. Daughter of a line that once produced banshees, Maeve is looking to become more than merely mortal. Phase two of her experiment required her to become a spirit just as she caught sight of Lin. Now, she’s going to take advantage of her ghostliness by taking advantage of the succubus.

Like any demon, Lin is a lusty being, but even she might not be prepared for the spectral encounter waiting for her in the stratosphere.

The good Doctor Frankenstein has made a home for himself and the monsters of the world on an asteroid deep in space. In the future, monsters can hide easily among the stars and the humans that are travelling there. A place for monsters to learn sounds good, but the Doctor needs to experiment of course. A succubus and a ghost sounds interesting, and the Doctor is, if nothing else, quite curious to see what comes next… and who.

The series is set in a universe where Doctor Frankenstein has built, on an asteroid, what he has claimed to be a school to keep human eyes uninterested. In truth, it’s a home for various supernatural beings, one of which is a succubus named Lin. This particular story tells what happens when the Doctor tries an experiment and what happens when the result of the experiment “happens” to encounter Lin.

I liked the story as a whole, the telling is quite unique, I loved Lin and Maeve very much as they were interesting, had personality and when the two came together in the erotica, it was wonderfully hot and passionate. The setting has a lot of promise, and, honestly, the mental image I have of a succubus in a skin-tight spacesuit makes me smile.

But there are some things missing and one of the largest is telling about Lin herself. Really there’s not a lot of time spent in setting up her past, how she came to be where she is, how succubi exist in this universe. There’s a lot of handwaving to get past the questions and directly into the erotica as fast as possible. Lin is described as being Vietnamese in the book summary, but there’s no real focus on her appearance within the story. It’s hinted at, suggested barely, but her form is very shadowy and the missing clarity bothered me.

That said, once the story turned from an adventure to an erotic encounter, Lin’s physical form as Maeve teases and plays is wonderful and I adored the erotica for being something more than just a short moment as many such encounters are. There’s a point to things, meaning and desire for what comes. it’s not an encounter without a point, which is amazing really. There’s a feeling of there being more story to tell, that Lin’s life will change, and what that means to her. Even the Doctor himself cannot ignore this, regardless of his personality.

I found it hard to really like the Doctor himself, there’s an air of aloofness to him. Perhaps that’s because he cares more about his experiments, as a whole, than those around him. It would be something interesting to explore as well in the series. While this is the second work, I didn’t read the first and, as a whole, really this work can stand on its own. There’s enough underpinning that things made sense, but there are still a lot of questions to be wondered about.

A unique story idea, a universe that has a lot of promise. A succubus who is anything but stereotypical, erotica that feels rather than rushes. There’s a lot to like here, and I do very much. But honestly I dearly with there had been more told about Lin herself.

Three and a half out of five pitchforks.

I really wish some time had been spent in telling Lin’s story, describing her more than she was. It’s hard to grasp a character when she’s really only described as a succubus and what gives her form is the book summary. I wish the Doctor hadn’t been so eminently dislikable as well. The erotica was wonderful, the story captivating. It’s just the little things that were missing that got in the way for me.

Perhaps Lin will appear in a later work in the series, perhaps there will be more story told about her and Maeve. I really hope so, there’s so much story left untold here that needs to be.

 

Tera

Sep 30 2016

A Review of The Cult of E by Ivona Dikson

The Cult of E by Ivona Dikson

The Cult of E by Ivona Dikson

There are some works which just are missing something. Sometimes that is plot, sometimes that is heat. Many times the problem is a lack of direction, of purpose, of making the story speak. There can be a focus on odd erotica, of actions or words spoken that give me pause and wonder… why?

Character names do matter. They invoke mystery, passion or a need to know more. Leaving the mystery to one of what happened rather than why, doesn’t make for a good read. It makes for the start of confusion. Mixing a story that seems to have little purpose other than the sex makes things odder. Leaving the reader wondering what and why things happened is more disappointing still.

  • Title: The Cult of E
  • Author: Ivona Dikson
  • Length: 49 Pages
  • ASIN: B00Q5OFUGY
  • IBSN: 1505863066
  • Publishing Date: November 25, 2014
  • This work at Amazon.com

It is the story of:

E is a one of a kind Demon, part incubus, part succubus and part vampire. He has his own group that live with him in his home along with his acolyte Christopher. Within the group E can satisfy any and every desire a sex demon could have, until Emily arrives. Emily is different changing Emily has unforeseen consequences. Amber, the member of E’s group who found Emily has wanted E to make her an immortal acolyte for over a year, but E has refused. With the sudden changing of Emily, anything could happen as Amber’s jealousy starts to show the night of the ritual.

E needs Emily. S/he needs her in every possible way and more. Drawing her close the need grows and those around him/her fall to their desires. But nothing is perfect, least of all E.

The work needs quite a lot of editing overall. It reads oddly at times, there are points at which there’s very little comprehension of what is going on exactly. The characters are very thinly written, and almost seem to be within the story for the sake of having a series of sex scenes unfold that don’t really have a lot of heat within them.

E, the main character, is never explored fully in this work. S/he is a mix of a succubus, an incubus, and a vampire. That in itself needs a little explanation and that is what comes in the story. Very little explanation. They have the ability to shift forms, be male or female, but that isn’t told in detail either. The entire meaning behind the character is told in literally a paragraph or two and nothing more.

There’s a little bit of mind control, but that too is skimmed over in the rush to get to a series of sex scenes that read oddly, occasionally make no sense, and at times push the boundaries. Personally I didn’t care for the violent aspects that happened in every scene, and as such there was next to no heat in the work. There’s blood, there’s some anger and quite a lot of pain at times. That might be appealing to some, but I couldn’t see it myself.

Some of the events in the story, especially the beginning of the work, read like something of a mix of an action movie and a porn film with a little bit of the supernatural mixed in. There’s a certain lack of emotion from the characters overall, really only Emilie has some shown, but that’s smothered by E’s effect on her. The fire isn’t there, save for peeking out on occasion and not nearly enough.

That leads me to my single overall problem with this work. I couldn’t find my way into the story, mainly because when there was one, it wasn’t used as it could have been. There were moments when E could have told about their past more, that didn’t happen. There should have been more time spent about the relationships within the group, that didn’t happen. There should have been some time spent on what drove the characters to do what they did, it didn’t.

Just a lot of opportunities for story to be revealed and it wasn’t. What remains is the threads of what should have been something interesting but is left to stand on sex alone. It simply cannot. Erotica without a good story to support it and vice versa leads to disappointment.

One pitchfork out of five.

There’s no substitute for plot and story. No amount of sex, no matter what kind or how it is written, can overcome not having one of some kind. There is a story somewhere in this work, but it never really comes out as it should, nor did the ending really feel like it mattered when it came to a close. There’s a good idea here in who E is, but that is only toyed with. Much like my interest overall in this work.

 

Tera

Sep 29 2016

Succubi Image of the Week 454

One of the things that I like to see, and really don’t very often, is when the wings of Succubi are angelic in nature. I know the usual thing is bat-like wings, but, to me, I think that the combination of feathers, horns and tail has something about it that works quite well… as in the case of this week’s Succubi…

Succubi Angel by ks-claw

Succubi Angel by ks-claw

This work is called Succubi Angel and is by an artist on DevianrArt called ks-claw and you can find the original page on DeviantArt where I found this work here and this artist’s page can be found here.

I think she is adorably cute in a lot of ways. The contrast between her wings, hair, horns and clothing is quite nice. It’s also good to see a different skin tone as well. She has this sort of assured appearance, lounging as she is, and I think that makes her a stronger personality too.

Perhaps she was an angel once or a succubi once? Perhaps she’s been seen by the light and shown what she really is, what she can be… Which is more than anything she might have imagined?

It’s a nice thing to think about…

 

Tera

Sep 28 2016

Another so-called Red Hot Devil Costume

Red Hot Devil CostumeSometimes there are costumes that have the barest possibility of being sexy, but then, of course, there has to be something that takes all of that away…

This is called the Red Hot Devil Costume and it comes with the red lace-up mini dress with a tutu skirt, the neck tie and devil horns headband. The pitchfork, gloves, petticoat, shoes and pantyhose are not included. The costume alone sells for $83 US, but adding the accessories pushes this to about $160 US.

The one thing that just makes me cringe are the horns. They are simply atrocious. I don’t understand why such a lousy pair would be attached to what otherwise is a cute little costume. I will also add that I don’t care for the bow tie, the attached tail looks lousy. But, and this means nothing… I like the shoes.

Thinking about this, I would change the horns, remove the tail, I have better ones, and otherwise the look really isn’t all that bad.

It takes some effort to make things look better. It need not if the designers would, at the start, try to keep the idea of sexy and seductive in mind.

It’s not hard to see tacky in most costumes. It’s also not that hard to see something good, if is would only be brought to the fore…

Three out of five pitchforks.

Im being generous I know. But there’s something here that I like, even if only a little so…

 

Tera

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