Feb 15 2015

A Review of Dangerous Desire Episode 1 and 2 by Jennifer Hampton

Dangerous Desire Episode 1: The Secret written by Jennifer Hampton

Dangerous Desire Episode 1: The Secret written by Jennifer Hampton

It always bothers me when I find a series of books that have Succubi appearing in them and just before things become really interesting… the series comes to a halt. It is especially bothersome when there are so many interesting threads to explore and they aren’t quite so. More so when the entire theme of the series seems to reflect… in a small way… a certain television series.

Setting that thought aside, the tease, and really it is a tease because this series hasn’t gone any further is very interesting and has a lot of promise…

It is a shame that promise has never unfolded. There are two works in the series, and I will be reviewing them together…

The first:

  • Title: Dangerous Desire Episode 1: The Secret
  • Author: Jennifer Hampton
  • Publishing Date: November 1, 2012
  • Length: 22 Pages
  • ASIN: B00A0VFNCO
  • This work at Amazon.com

The work tells about:

Sandra is blessed with a beauty that you can only imagine. However, her beauty is also her curse. Her beauty draws men to her with a mere wink, but it’s not for love; it’s lust. The lust is what Sandra feeds on-literally. Sandra isn’t human; it’s something she inherited from her late mother.

Forced to discover her true nature on her own has had it’s consequences. Sandra has taken the life of man, something that’s not tolerated in the human world. With the help of her father, Sandra flees the country in hopes that she will be able to start over. She lands in Paris, attending school abroad. Little does Sandra know, that’s exactly where her father wants her. Quickly, Sandra learns that Paris is a safe haven for those like her, and it is with the help of her eccentric human roommate Katrina, that she will be able to enjoy the wonders of her true self.

However, dangers also lie in Paris. The others can sense Sandra’s powers and there’s only on other Succubus in the world like her; Sandra’s mother. Now that Sandra knows that her mother is actually alive, Sandra will do anything to find her; however, the others see personal gain in her unique abilities.

Dangerous Desire Episode 2: The First Night written by Jennifer Hampton

Dangerous Desire Episode 2: The First Night written by Jennifer Hampton

The second work in the series follows immediately in time from the second work. While the first introduces the main characters, the second is more focused on the society of Succubi, and likely Incubi, that exist in Paris.

The thing is that the work sets up something, but ends before the story can follow through on it. There is a certain amount of danger for Sandra… But where that takes her isn’t revealed save for a little teaser at the end of this work.

That more than anything else is what frustrates me the most…

The second:

  • Title: Dangerous Desire Episode 2: The First Night
  • Author: Jennifer Hampton
  • Publishing Date: November 1, 2012
  • Length: 20 Pages
  • ASIN: B00A0KHS0U
  • This work at Amazon.com

The work tells about:

Sandra’s first night in Paris serves more productive than she thought it would be. While in a Vampire Club, she runs into a beautiful bartender named Milly who’s also a fairy. It’s at that very moment that she discovers her true origin… Sandra’s a Succubus.

However, Sandra quickly learns that Vampires don’t get along with Succubi and she’s not welcome there. Caught in Sandra’s crossfire, Katrina is banished from the one place she’s worked years to gain acceptance too.

Katrina shouldn’t fret though; there’s more in this for her if she helps Sandra. There’s a problem though… Sandra’s getting hungry and discretion is rule number one for her kind in this town but; Sandra doesn’t know how to properly feed. Can Katrina get Sandra in the right company before Sandra’s cravings get the best of her?

Overall the situation that Sandra finds herself in I found to be interesting. There are hints of things about her past that are troubling. They also remind me of a certain Canadian television series with a Succubus in it. Setting that aside, I rather liked the contrast between the vampire society and that of the Succubi and, if only guessed at, Incubi.

It is the contrast between the brutal and the seductive. More interestingly is that the two sides, apparently, do not interact, if at all. I would have liked to know more about that divide, why it was and what it meant. Then comes the question of Sandra, her abilities and what that means for her. The question of Sandra’s mother, why she did what she did, why her father did the things he did and so on There are so many plot threads in this work set out in these two short works, but really none of them are settled or placed on a path.

The writing is very good, the actions, thoughts and dialogue all match the individual characters. But the clearest voice is Katrina’s I think, her reactions to what happens around her and so on. Sandra seems to be quite lost from the first moment she appears, and that takes a little bit away from her. As she gains her bearings in this world, and it is tenuous here, she does settle more and her own voice is much stronger for that.

By the end of these works, there is a cliffhanger that appears, which would be interesting to see as it would be the first time we see Sandra feed, not that she has much of a choice really for everything that has happened to her.

As well, there is a very mysterious fairy that can tell if someone is telling the truth and she reminds me of another being that was a dear friend of a certain magic user and her Succubus…

I’m giving these works three and a half out of five pitchforks.

There is a lot to like about the setting, the world of the Succubi and Katrina and Sandra themselves. I just wish that the lead up would have resolved into a payoff. There is so much promise here and… it just stops before that happens…

 

Tera

Feb 14 2015

A YouTube of the Lost Saga Succubus

Interestingly, at least to me, is that Succubi seem to be appearing in a lot more video games of late. I came across a YouTube that shows a game called Lost Saga and what is described as a Succubus in it. Now the video isn’t all that good to tell what she looks like, but there are wikis about this game and I found a nice image of her… I rather like her a lot…

And if the video doesn’t play on the Tale, try this link:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZR7hcOqbjdo

As I mentioned, the video itself really doesn’t show what the Succubus in this game looks like, but I found this artwork of her that I like in a lot of ways…

Lost Saga Succubus

Lost Saga Succubus

Sexy cute is always a good thing for a Succubus and she does have that by far… Of course it is a fighting game so she doesn’t act very much like a Succubus… Still that would be something interesting to write in that her character interests me…

We’ll see where that goes…

 

Tera

Feb 13 2015

A Review of the Carnality Series by D.L. Jackson

Carnal Desires by D.L. Jackson

Carnal Desires by D.L. Jackson

A very interesting and well thought out series this time on the Tale for review. It is the three works in the Carnality series by D.L. Jackson: Carnal Desires, Carnal Attraction and Carnal Denial.

Being separated from who you are can change you. If who you are is forgotten to the point that all is lost, your passions, your needs, your soul. What are you then?

And what happens if someone finds you at last and leads you back?

The first book is:

The work tells the story of:

When Mercedes, the town librarian, enters a place no good girl would dare to tread, she meets a man who says he’s an incubus, who has an offer too tempting to pass up. After the encounter with the stranger, sanity returns and Mercedes begins to wonder if she’s lost her mind along with her memory, or if the man in the back of the adult toy store really was who he claimed to be.

The opening book to this series is a lovely mix of mystery, erotica, passion and discovery, but it also comes with a touch of sadness in it as well. It lays out the series to come really well in that the main character, Mercedes, who is a woman with a past that she doesn’t know, and Azael, the Incubus that is drawn to her… and more, are not quite as they seem to be.

There is something odd about Mercedes from the first moment and it’s hard to say what that really is until the end of this book when the truth drops like a rock onto her and she finds out that all that she thought she knew… she does not.

Azael is a deliciously erotic, passionate, seductive Incubus who has all of the right tastes, smells, touches and more to share with Mercedes. But he also wants something from her, opens her eyes to a truth she didn’t know, and reveals a secret that has been forgotten.

The two have, from the moment they meet, almost a star-crossed lovers vive to them which quickly turns into a hot flash that doesn’t take away from the story, but instead adds to it. Two strong personalities with secrets to be told is a very good way to start a series and it hooked me immediately. But it is short, barely a chapter and although it read well and was a hot read… I needed more to be told before the secret about Mercedes was out.

She is a Succubus, and Mercedes isn’t her name.

Four out of five pitchforks.

Carnal Attraction by D.L. Jackson

Carnal Attraction by D.L. Jackson

But now knowing that she is different, that she isn’t human, the questions that Mercedes has are many. Still they come to a very few that really matter.

Who am I? What am I? And what is Azael to her? All are good questions to ask, but can she have the answers to them in a meaningful way or will Azael’s body be all that matters to her?

The second work in the series is:

The work tells the story of:

Thousands of years have passed. Azael has returned to Jezebel, and he’s brought her memories with him. Now that Jezebel has them back, she doesn’t intend to lose them again by starving herself of life energies. So, when she encounters a broken heart in the seedy strip club where she works, she knows dinner will be special that night. This time, the feeding will be on her terms, and the man who’s wandered into her snare, shouldn’t miss the small bite of soul she takes. Much.

Mercedes has, from the last book to this one, somehow and in someway, remembered who she is and what she is. Her name is Jezebel, she is a Succubus, but she isn’t quite like any other one that has existed. And that, more than anything else, drew Azael to her and she to him. Now together, she a stripper, he watching out for her, they feed on those around them… But it isn’t what you might think it to be.

The main thing about Jezebel is, and for me this is a very important point, is that she wants to be more than she is, only take what she needs to, and, most oddly at least in this universe, she refuses to take a human soul. That, more than anything else, really makes me adore her. She has a truth inside of her, one that wants those around her to be better, happier, and more than they are. She is, in my eyes, what Succubi are meant to be. The bringers of fantasy, pleasure and dreams. And sometimes, just sometimes, they can make those dreams true.

The transformation that Jezebel has taken from the last work to this one is really a chrysalis and she is a wonderfully erotic creature that knows herself, what she is capable of, and uses all she is for the pleasure of herself and those around her.

But in all of that comes a little bit of humanity, of seeking out another that needs her, and she gives them what they desire for a price agreed to, at least in her eyes freely. But she also opens the way for them, and others, to have something that she herself has… a place to be, a heart to love, and to be able to be comfortable with oneself.

All of this is, for me, perfectly told. The heat of Jezebel’s needs and how she gives that need to another, making it more that it would otherwise be, is a joyous thing to read and it made me smile when the story came to a close… At least in this part of the story.

I think the summary however is not quite true to the story as it is so much more seductive and powerful in being so that it suggests. One should not let it give you the wrong idea about this work. It is a Succubus at her best and more.

Four and a half out of five pitchforks.

Carnal Denial by D.L. Jackson

Carnal Denial by D.L. Jackson

One of the problems that Jezebel and Azael have is one of demon hunters. Now this isn’t a new idea, not by any means, but how one particular demon hunter becomes involved with them, around them, and what happens to her is really the icing on the cake of this series and brings it to a wonderfully satisfying conclusion.

The third, and regrettably, last work in the series:

The work tells the story of:

Another lamb for the feast. Not likely. Jezebel knows that taking a bite out of the virgin bait the demon slayers have tossed into the club is a bad idea. But there’s also more than one way to skin a proverbial cat, or in this instance, pop a slayer’s cherry before she causes any problems. There’s nothing in the succubus rule book that says Jezebel has to play fair.

Jezebel finds herself having to deal with a demon hunter named Cassidy, but not in the way Cassidy expects or would have ever imagined. Cassidy learns that Jezebel and Azael are nothing like she has encountered, or experienced. And there’s a guy in the club that has his eye on her… And she on him.

I really liked that the events of the second book became central to this, the last part of the series. In truth the beginning of that work and as well this one seem to happen at the same moments in time. There are connections to characters, events, and thoughts that entwine together nicely.

Jezebel, in this work, is more…. whole. By that I mean she’s more fleshed out as a character in her words, actions, and more. It was amazing to see her be more than “a simple lust demon” as Cassidy expected. She was thoughtful, posed questions, and more remembered her past and made amends for it in a way. And isn’t having a character redeem themselves one of the best kind of story to read? I think so.

The work doesn’t focus on Jezebel and Azael for the most part, it is really about Cassidy’s time there, what she experiences, and, finally, how she comes to find something that she had been wanting for a long time before. In a way, this story is also about Cassidy finding her dream to be real. And it was a beautiful moment to see.

The ending, the very last time we see Jezebel is priceless and I smiled when I read what she said and did. It felt right on so many levels and made the series end in exactly the right way.

Four and a half pitchforks out of five.

It isn’t so much about Jezebel and Azael, not by any means, but they are there at the right moments to push Cassidy towards something that is so perfectly right for her. In doing so she comes to see what I knew from the moment the series began. That some Succubi and Incubi are, if you look really hard, angels too.

As a whole, this entire series rates four and a half pitchforks out of five.

I really do wish there was more, Jezebel’s past, what was the turning point in her life, that would be something that I would have liked to have seen. Who she was before that moment matters and i think it would have made for a contrast between the then and the here and now.

It would be nice to have that, more of the story of how they came to have the club, and perhaps some stories about those that work there as well. But it is likely never to be and I’ll have to be happy with a Succubus that is one that I respect for who she has turned out to be.

 

Tera

Feb 13 2015

A Review of The Vampire Strikes Back by Dou7g

The Vampire Strikes Back by Dou7g

The Vampire Strikes Back by Dou7g

The fifth in my continuing reviews of the works of the author Dou7g in the series called Succubus Temptations. You can find my review of the first work in the series here on the Tale, the review of the second work here, the third can be found here and the fifth work was reviewed here on the Tale. This review is of the sixth work in the series The Vampire Strikes Back.

The truth comes out eventually. Whether that truth is the one known, but never spoken, seen but never accepted, or refused though it never fades away. To find that truth and know that the choice you made, in that moment, will mark you forever can either break you or heal you. It all depends on how much you are willing to risk in the end…

  • Title: The Vampire Strikes Back
  • Author: Dou7g
  • Length: 44 Pages
  • ASIN: B00TBG9NGG
  • Publishing Date: February 6, 2015
  • This work at Amazon.com

The work tells of:

Kiki is deeply jealous of the bond between the beautiful Mage Megan and Kendra the Succubus. Hell hath no fury like a vampire scorned. Megan is gravely injured and Kendra and Edmund must put aside their differences and work together to try and save the life of the girl they both love.

Things take a turn for the worst as Kiki gravely injures Megan and Kendra tries to save her. Having nowhere else to go, Kendra asks Edmund for help, Megan’s life slowly bleeding away as they try to come up with a way to save her… and secrets come out as a result.

There is actually quite a lot revealed about Kiki and Kendra’s past and I thought that worked really well to build up both of them. It isn’t spoken of in a lot of detail, but what is, the emotions behind it, as short at that moment is, tells a lot about both of them and makes them more than they were. When Kiki reveals something about Megan and Kendra, it’s very much like a bomb being dropped in the room and Kendra is forced to accept something that she felt, but never put into words about Megan.

When that confrontation passes and Kendra has to deal with the possibility that Kiki’s actions might mean that she loses Megan, a part of Kendra finally clicks into place and she admits, fully, what Megan means to her and what she is willing to do. It also, more importantly I think, also marked a change in her personality, what she sees as being important, and what her view of the world is. For a Succubus, to have someone that she loves in return is rare and unheard of. It is this change that moves this work into a new interesting direction that holds a lot of promise I think.

Alongside of this, Edmund’s story continues and we also learn the name of the Ogre that has been training him. I will admit that the name amazed me and I laughed, but it fits really well. A moment in the story between him and Kendra is also well played because it again talks about the past, what is important to each of them, and the possibility that each can think about themselves and others in a new light. Again, it is character development in a really good way.

I like that the group as a whole are finally coming together as well. There’s a really nice friendship developing that seemed to solidify in this work. There also were some really nice “fun” moments as well that took some of the more serious moments and turned them better. A small bit of erotic fun, just enough that it’s clear that Kendra isn’t losing her touch while she’s falling in love. There are also a few hints towards the future of the series where the story is going and what all of the characters will, or are, planning to do. Megan is starting to come into her own as well, and the question comes what that means as her powers, and being “part” of Kendra’s life means as well.

It is a bit short, I would have liked a bit more in the moments between Kendra and Kiki, though I do not believe this is the last we’ve see of her. The humour, compassion and characters make up for a lot of that however. I felt like the speed of the first part of the work might have been too fast, but, again, that is made up for in the latter half of the story where the characters are able to think and process what has happened and what comes next.

I thought that it was slightly better than the previous work in that the characters seemed to find their footing in this story, have come together as a whole and this sets up what seems to be an neat adventure for them all to embark on. It will be a challenge for Megan, there’s no doubt, but as well I think there is going to be a challenge for Kendra to accept as well.

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

A neat turn in the series, some really nice character development, and a few important questions answered that I think matter to the series going forwards. But the question of what Megan faces next isn’t… but it will be…

 

Tera

Feb 12 2015

Succubi Image of the Week 369

An image of a Succubus this week on the Tale that is a little bit Morrigan Aensland… in a few obvious ways. But she makes me smile and that’s always a good thing…

Succu-bust by MagicTowers

Succu-bust by MagicTowers

This is called Succu-bust and is by an artist called MagicTowers on Hentai Foundry. You can see the original page with this art here.

I love her expression here so very much… it’s kind of a “are you going to look there all day?” sort of expression as if she’s been through this far too many times and someone is going to get pitchforked as a result.

I like the skin tone, I think that really works well with the highlights and shadow. The necklace is interesting and it sets off her hair and top nicely too. I also like that her hair and top match, together they frame her face nicely. She seems very Morriganish in nature, those head wings are a real give away to that.

I wonder about a story about a Succubus that has to deal with being over endowed and having everyone staring at her chest and ignoring everything else… There is a story isn’t there?

I think so.

 

Tera

Feb 11 2015

This costume actually gives me thoughts to ponder…

Black Sleeveless Devil CostumeOne of the things that I believe is that the right accessories can make or break a costume. The most wonderful one can be ruined by a lousy pitchfork or horns. A wrong pair of heels or boots for that matter can make things look completely wrong… But sometimes, just something works and the result is… interesting.

This is called the Black Sleeveless Devil Costume and it comes with what I think is a very interesting dress. It also comes with the pitchfork the model is wearing and the horns. The thigh-high boots she is wearing are not included… More the pity really…

It sells for $35 US.

I have to say that, as a whole, I really like the look. I like the costume more than I really expected to and matching it with those boots really makes it look so very right.

But then that absolutely lousy pitchfork and those lousy sparkly horns just take so much away from the look.

I like the, I think, dominant look that the costume has and I think I can really do things with this. The costume itself I would leave as it is, I have a pair of boots very much like the one in the photo, so that’s not a problem. And obviously any of my better horns, especially black ones and a red wig, and of course a far better pitchfork that I have, would I think… be very interesting.

Something to ponder… and I think I will be.

I’ll give this four out of five pitchforks.

Sell it with better horns, get rid of the pitchfork and sell the boots and I might rate it higher… I know that if or when I get my hands on this…

It will be.

 

Tera

Feb 10 2015

A Review of Soul Seduction by Joy Daniels

Soul Seduction by Joy Daniels

Soul Seduction by Joy Daniels

A review this time on the Tale of the first work in a new series that begins with the appearance of a Succubus, a very special one, and a man who is every bit as special.

I’ve spoken about soulmates, how nothing can keep them apart. It was wonderful to find a work that tells that story, giving it not just life, but joy. Sometimes what you think is impossible isn’t when the right person believes in you…

  • Title: Soul Seduction
  • Author: Joy Daniels
  • Length: 67 Pages
  • ASIN: B00M74XBXA
  • Publishing Date: July 27, 2014
  • This work at Amazon.com

The story tells of:

An eternal Succubus
For centuries she has visited men in their beds, arousing their bodies to harvest nefesh, the life energy that the demon world depends upon. Any man will do, and she has never visited a man twice. Until now.
A mortal man
For weeks Sean Moran has dreamt of a beautiful woman who pleasures his body and ravishes his soul. Afraid that he is losing his mind, he follows a trail of mysteries and magic to an extraordinary conclusion.
One night
In the space between the worlds, Sean and the Succubus come together to experience passion in each other’s arms. But in their union a powerful secret is revealed—one that could endanger their very souls.
Forever.

Sean has dreams every night about a woman who has captured his soul. He searches for the reasons behind his dreams and is told that a succubus is coming to him. Making a choice to be with her for real he draws her to a world where they are together for one night. And that one night changes them both.

I love story. I love a story where the ending isn’t really obvious from the start, is one where the characters aren’t given everything on a gold plate. I like to see them grow, become more, discover that in the grand scheme of things they are so much more than they could believe. This work touches on all of those points and more.

Sean is a wonderfully told character who over time finds his way from believing in what he knows to what he discovers. There are moments of confusion, disbelief, and more, but in spite of them all when his singular need comes to the fore he’s willing to take a chance to find out the truth.

It is that decision, the steps taken, the moments before he finally has what he needs beyond all else in his soul that are touching and so very well told. Sean is a very special individual… but then so is the Succubus of this work.

In the beginning we do not know her name, why she is drawn to Sean, why he haunts her and draws her to him so much. The confusion she shows, the risks she takes for reasons unclear are hints of who she really is. When that reveal comes, when she learns the truth, who Sean is, who she really is, it’s a heartbreaking moment in the story. When Sean asks her name and she cannot say, when he ponders her name and that connection comes which opens the door to the rest of her story, it is an amazing moment.

With all of that also comes what she believes to be true, what she has known being a succubus. When she remembers her past, the pain that is told within her is devastating. What she does when she knows the truth is a moment of desperation, an attempt to survive knowing what she truly wants is impossible.

The climax of the story is wonderfully told. It is the moment when her own truth comes and all that the evil around her wishes presses against that. The moment speaks to what happens when soulmates are found. And I adore that in a story.

The erotica is sweetly hot, it isn’t just she pleasuring him, or he pleasuring her. It’s the experience, the tastes, sounds, smells, the feelings within and without that are so joyfully told that wrapped me up in this world and kept me turning the pages looking for the next wonderful moment to appear.

The work ends on a lovely note, one that points a perfect close, but also leaves the future open and promising. It appears that this work is part of a series, and I would like to see more of Sean and Ella. Perhaps that time will come.

Five out of five pitchforks.

Beautifully written, a joy to read, characters that one cannot help but care about and hope for. And hope is everything.

 

Tera

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