Sep 27 2016

A Review of A Surprising Summons by Kaysee Renee Robichaud

A Surprising Summons by Kaysee Renee Robichaud

A Surprising Summons by Kaysee Renee Robichaud

The transformation of a character is, at its core, a very complex thing to explore. Some resist change, some explore it and some cannot quite understand why things have changed for them. Beyond that, then the question becomes if their own nature matters or if they have a semblance of mercy within them when there wasn’t one before.

Sometimes the unexpected comes. Sometimes an experience opens a thought where there wasn’t one before. But then, as well, sometimes the universe has its way regardless of what we want things to be.

The work tells the story of:

Loreline is immortal and can take whatever shape she wishes to fascinate her mortal victims. She is a succubus who has clawed her way into the mortal realms enough times to know what foolish mortals desire. When she encounters a sorcerer who is no fool, Loreline discovers that even she can still be surprised. How can an immortal demon who has never known real emotion cope with such strange desires?

Loreline is summoned to the mortal realm in what she thinks is the usual way. But the summoner isn’t what she expected and over time even an immortal and learn two lessons. One is of the heart and the other is the price of mercy in an unfeeling universe.

There are quite a number of threads that weave their way through this story. The question of time as seen from two perspectives. The concept of pleasure, from one that never has felt before. The longing of need and want tempered against one’s one self-preservation. The question of mortality, the human soul and what comes beyond. Mixed about all of this introspection there is lovely heat and passion from the main characters, reflective of each’s one understanding of what they, and the other, wishes.

Loreline herself isn’t seen in her true form, but her powers as a succubus, shape-changing, personality moulding, the ability to read minds and become what the other desires, work quite well. There’s a fair bit background about her, what she sees and experiences away from Konstantin, the one that has captured her thoughts.

Konstantin isn’t really explored as a character as much as I would have liked him to be. He’s present within the story, in Loreline’s thoughts, but the glimpses are snapshots and that’s a shame really. I’d like to have known what he was doing between, what he thought of her. Did he crave as much as she did? They are interesting things to think about, but never quite revealed save for the encounters as they come.

The ending is, all things considered, expected from the start of the work. But at the same time, there’s a moment, and it’s really telling about Loreline that shared her deeply. It’s a shame the story ended where it did, not being able to see what comes next, if there was something more than what Loreline explained, or offered.

The characters are interesting, the story is delightful in many ways. The heat is well done, Loreline isn’t quite the same by the end of the work, which I liked very much. But the ending took a lot of enjoyment out of the story for me.

Three and a half out of five pitchforks.

The ending was a bit telegraphed through the story and when it came it was both expected and at the same time so deeply sad in many ways. It’s the ending, which cannot be overcome by either character, that broke the spell of the story for me. I admit, freely, I like happy endings. Perhaps this one hurt more than most for what I’ve seen this year. Melancholy is a difficult thing to live with and it seems that Loreline knows that well.

 

Tera

Sep 27 2016

A Review of Possessed by a Demon of Desire by Claudia Skyes

Possessed by a Demon of Desire by Claudia Skyes

Possessed by a Demon of Desire by Claudia Skyes

There are some works that have succubi or incubi-like characters appear that are, as a whole, somewhat confused. By that I mean there’s a lot left open to interpretation by the reader about them. It’s a bit more confusing when the overall plot of the story seems to revolve around the female lead being taken in as many ways as possible, leaving any real story as a bare framework around the erotica.

It can work, sometimes, but when the erotica isn’t even quite a hot flash, needs something more, and just seems not to have the needed heat to drive things forward, the work can’t stand up. All things considered, the characters themselves don’t seem to be able to when the story is done.

  • Title: Possessed by a Demon of Desire
  • Author: Claudia Skyes
  • Length: 29 Pages
  • ASIN: B010MZT436
  • Publishing Date: June 29, 2015
  • This work at Amazon.com

The work tells the story of:

Alexis was a late bloomer – guys made fun of her in high school, she wasn’t much of a looker, and she never even had a boyfriend. But now that she’s in college, she’s gotten herself a ruggedly handsome guy, Jacob, with a toned and well-maintained bod from intercollegiate water polo – but not everything is smooth sailing, because they’ve yet to go beyond first base!

Alexis can’t help but worry if he really finds her attractive, until one night, a visit from a peculiar man, claiming to be a demon, changes everything…

Her boyfriend transforms into a ferocious beast, teeming with lust, and he’s intent on making her his! What can Alexis do, when Jacob doesn’t care where they are, and is bent on satiating his carnal desires?

Alexis is in love with her boyfriend, but no matter what she does, he isn’t going where she wants him to do. A deal struck with a devil means her boyfriend isn’t the same and what happens in the library is something she’s not going to forget.

The thing about the summary of this work is that it suggests a transformation scene of some kind for Jacob, but there’s no such thing. Alexis makes a deal, in a “dream” with Marbas, who seems to be an odd kind of incubus, if that. Then the next day she goes to the library to meet Jacob and he’s only interesting in having sex with her.

Marbas isn’t much of a presence in the story, really only appearing for a few short paragraphs and then vanishing into thin air. The entire meeting is a game, a confused agreement, and really amounts to very little overall. It almost feels like Marbas was added into the work in order to give a reason for what happens between Jacob and Alexis.

What happened to Jacob in-between isn’t told, there’s a hint of what Marbas did at the end of the work, but that’s really thin and barely tells what happened. It’s more disappointing because the summary suggests there’s a major change in Jacob, but the only thing that happens is that “he” wants to push Alexis over a study table and have his way with her.

That theme runs into the erotica, which isn’t so much erotica as it is a porn movie scene with a little bit of story to tie things together. There’s little heat as a whole, the characters are just going through the motions and when the scene is over, there’s no story to pick things up.

The work comes to an abrupt end, a sort of silly and expected one, and it wasn’t all that interesting. This is a hot flash, but the heat doesn’t build up really well. Even the first short bit of erotica when Alexis plays with herself isn’t so much hot as it is a page taken from a porn movie as well. The story isn’t present, there’s no character development to speak of.

I would have liked this a lot more if there was more story. It would have been good to put in a scene of Jacob being changed. Perhaps have things from his perspective as Alexis goes to meet with him. The ending came in a rush, an afterthought. There is a story here somewhere, it could be an interesting one if, for example, Jacob had started this entire thing, calling Marbas to him and then pushing Alexis into the deal with him. But that wasn’t explored.

Erotica isn’t very good without story. This work needs more story, something more to involve the characters in telling the story rather than seeing how strong the table is that they are playing on.

One out of five pitchforks.

This isn’t so much erotica as it is a porn movie scene and one in which the heat isn’t there. If the character Marbas was removed from the work it really wouldn’t have made much of a difference overall. The characters are cardboard, really there only to get into each other’s pants and then come, in more ways than one, to the climax.

That’s disappointing and rather boring.

 

Tera

Sep 26 2016

Encounter By TeraS

A little story on the Tale today which I managed to piece together with what time I had this week. Time and space and moments can be tricky, coming together in ways that bring us to unexpected moments. In our wondrous universe, one never knows who you might …

 

Encounter
By TeraS

 

Throughout the universe, wherever there is life that calls itself intelligent by some description or another, there are certain places where events transpire which are unexpected: the sorts of things which those involved never could have seen coming or, when the moment has past, never quite understand what just happened. These are the sorts of things which a billion supercomputers, each extrapolating a billion variables in a billion ways, would never come close to predicting or ever being able to explain. In a vast and mysterious multiplicity of universes, these are the events which are sometimes called “miracles.”

In this case, the events occurred around him: a rather ordinary man, sitting alone in a mostly respectable nightclub watching life seem to pass him by; unremarkable to most, a shadow if he was to admit anything. No one paid much attention to him and the time he had spent so far, at the behest of a friend that had abandoned him some time ago, had been isolating. His eyes were focused on the half-filled glass of Diet Coke when she came into his orbit.

“Care for some company?”

There are some words which, when spoken in a certain way, capture one’s attention. That can be caused by the tone—the lovely purr; the hint, in the undertones, of seduction, power, and more—or by one particular tone of voice which offers a simple realization: this speaker actually means what is being said.

Doubting this—for, again, he was ordinary, unassuming, and, after all, even the waitress that had brought his drink had departed well over twenty minutes ago and not checked on him since—he turned his attention to the woman that had spoken. “I’m not really much …”

His reply was caught short by the vision that greeted him.

There are some women who have what is called a presence. Some describe it as how, when these women are in a room, all else kind of fades out into the background. They make, as the cliché says, a very good first impression. Whoever she was, she was very sure that she would do so.

The room didn’t fade out around her, it simply didn’t exist anymore. The glow from her red dress was brighter than all else around him. The light shimmering off her curves made it clear that it wasn’t just painted on, it was almost making love to her. That thought made his breath catch and, strangely, made him feel a little jealous. His eyes traced over her hips, along her legs. Her body was wonderfully perfect, and seeing her cleavage being cupped by the red fabric made it very difficult to continue to look upwards.

“A gentleman shouldn’t be left alone.”

The words seemed odd, catching him by surprise, and thus he found himself looking into a pair of deeply green eyes. All thought of refusing her request was dashed from his thoughts moments later. Being a gentleman, he stood and offered her a place where she could be comfortable. The touch of her hand on his arm brought him up short; the smile upon her soft red lips left a very positive impression. It felt right to bow to her, the offer being made deferentially.

“Please?”

She wasn’t what he expected, considering where he had encountered her. A place like this was filled with those looking for something, expecting something. Rather than taking her leave and ignoring him, she did something different: “Thank you kindly.”

A light peck on his cheek drew him to the booth with her, and he suddenly found himself nestled next to her. There was a scent of cherries in the air now which overcame the typical nightclub aromas. A delightful coincidence, really. Coming to his senses, he reached out for his drink and found it no longer on the table where it had been resting. She held it in one red-fingernailed hand, looking at it with seeming approval. Somehow that approval was important to him.

“Allow me.” She raised the glass towards him, bringing it close to his lips and then guiding him to sip from it. She seemed to know when he had enough, drawing it away and then, as he watched, she took a dainty sip as well before placing the drink back upon the table once more.

He wanted to ask her name, but that wouldn’t be gentlemanly. Instead he tried to come up with a suitable opening for conversation: “Lovely weather we’re having.” As soon as the words had escaped, he wished there was a way to pull them back. It was an idiotic thing to say, especially to a lady of obvious means and intelligence. The little bit of ego that had begun to form within him faded out, leaving him feeling small and foolish.

Her answer was, as seemed to be the one consistent thing about her, unexpected. “I rather adore a cool fall evening. It’s delightful to walk under the moon and share the stars with the right soul.”

What followed was, as he would try to explain in the future, a conversation in which he was the focus. The thoughts she shared were complex, delightfully so. He found himself challenged to think, consider, and express himself like he’d never done before.

Though the night that followed, she didn’t speak much about herself, however. There was an occasional oblique thought that seemed to bemuse her, an occasional flash of red in her ebony hair when the light passed over in just the right way, but nothing more. She was an enigma, and he found that captivating. She was a mystery, and yet, at the same time, he felt as if he had known her forever.

How much time passed didn’t really matter, but, over time, he felt the sensation of the moment coming to a close, the encounter soon to be passed. He found that troubling, and asked a question of her: “Do you come here often?”

“I come where I’m needed.” Again, a mysterious answer, but the words made sense for her, felt right for her. His thoughts were interrupted by her outstretched hand cupping his cheek and turning his eyes towards her.

A question came: “Will I see you again?”

“Close your eyes.”

He didn’t want to, but what resistance he had ebbed away, and the last vision of her was a bright smile and her so-green eyes. He felt her lips brush against his own, pressing lightly, rubbing passionately, taking his breath away.

When the kiss broke, her hand melted away, the scent of the club came back once more. The sounds of the club rushed back, having been missing while she was with him. His eyes opened in surprise, expecting to see her in the booth beside him—she couldn’t leave, after all; he was in the way. But the space was empty, her red a memory, the green of her eyes haunting. His eyes fell upon the table, seeing his glass was empty. But there was something more. Left behind on the table was a small silver card. Upon picking it up, he discovered a name written there. The name she’d never given him, but then he’d never given his name, either.

Tera

As he fingered the edge of the card, he wondered if he’d ever see her again. Turning the card over, he read the message written there.

You will … soon.

Three words that made him smile. As mysterious as ever, it seemed. As he slipped the card into his jacket pocket, he believed her promise and looked forward to the next time he encountered her. He liked being with her, listening to her attentively. Idly, a thought tickled his imagination and he chuckled to himself: what where the chances that she’d be interested in him for more than conversation, anyway?

As he left the club, his walk surer, a smile playing upon his lips, someone was watching him. In the shadows nearby, at the edge of a cone of light being poured from a streetlamp, Tera watched him, a thoughtful, yet bemused smile adorning her lips. He’d find out soon enough why he interested her and why it was, exactly, she had encountered him.

Encounters were but a step on the way to enlightenment, after all.

Sep 25 2016

A Review of Kissing Darkness by Fionn Jameson

Kissing Darkness by Fionn Jameson

Kissing Darkness by Fionn Jameson

Short stories offer, when the characters have depth, the story has some meaning and, occasionally, when the erotica isn’t overwhelming all else, something interesting. Avoiding the stereotypical and focusing on why the characters have become who they are can give the meaning, but also, the heat as well.

History matters in telling a story. It provides context first, personality second but most of all it gives reason for why a character has the views they do of the world. Sometimes evil can, occasionally, lead towards something far more important. The realization that not everyone is the same. There are always shades of grey. it is choice that tells which one a soul becomes.

The work tells the story of:

W‎illa hunts demons. Gabriel is one. What should’ve been easy turns out to be…less so as the hunter meets the hunted in a dangerous game of seduction and redemption.

Willa’s past has driven her to hunt incubi. Gabriel’s live has driven him to be something other than what he is expected to be. When they collide each must ask themselves a question. For one the question is if they can change, for the other the question is did they change enough?

The story is mainly focused on Willa, her life, the choices she has made since a very troubling and life changing moment in her life. There’s a deep sadness around her and as the story tells the reason why, it’s even more so, defining why she’s made the choice she has to hunt incubi and remove them. The thing about that, and it is something that adds to her sadness, is there’s seemingly no finality to her actions.

Willa has this air of need, to overcome her own demons, but that causes her to be less than what she needs to be. By that I mean she’s so wrapped up in her revenge that it’s surprising that she’s smart enough, or lucky enough, to have lived as long as she has.

That brings Gabriel, the incubus of the work, into play. In this universe there are many supernatural beings, many of which are “evil” to some extent. For Gabriel, he sees his kind as being very “evil” in what they do to others. There came a point where he decided that there was a better way to live and he took that path.

All of this means the main characters have a lot of story to tell, to explain where they are, but most of all, that story needs to give meaning to why the two of them are attracted to each other so strongly. That’s what’s missing here. The heat is lovely, the characters are interesting and involve the reader in the story. But there’s no real explanation of why Willa feels as she does. There’s no reflective aspect told in Gabriel. There are hints, an idea, but it doesn’t play out much.

Overall, that is the problem with this work. Willa talks about her past, but it’s not really dealt with. Gabriel talks about choice, but it’s not seen. The two characters dance around each other until they fall together and the erotica comes. The scene is lovely, Willa is very demanding and Gabriel is more than willing to give Willa what she desires. The moment is shattering for them both and it causes Willa to have to think about her life, her choice and what that means to Gabriel.

The aftermath and the resolution doesn’t quite go far enough to settle a lot of the questions left. Choices are made, the scene is delightful and it reveals more about both characters than the entire work did prior to that moment. But things are unresolved, there is hope, for both, but there’s still the question as to what’s pulled the two of them together.

Well written, the characters have emotion and life. The problem comes in the disconnect between the why of their choices and the resolution of the story. There’s too much left open, not told or vaguely hinted at to give a reason for one important question. Why these two?

While this work originally appeared as part of a short story collection, it has been issued as a stand alone work now. I’d like to see what comes next for both characters. Willa can be more than her sadness and uncertainty. Gabriel can be more than a means for soothing her. Together, there might be something for them both. That’s what I’d like to see, whatever that may be.

Three out of five pitchforks.

There was a lot of story missing, in both Gabriel and Willa. The connection between them, while there, was missing aspects to explain it better. The past wasn’t told nearly as much as I would have liked. I feel like there needed to be a story after this, to follow their relationship further. Mind you, burgers and fries after sex isn’t a bad place to start…

 

Tera

Sep 25 2016

A Review of Izzy’s Fight by Nicole Clark

Izzy's Fight by Nicole Clark

Izzy’s Fight by Nicole Clark

One of the more interesting concepts that appears from time to time is that of a succubus who is Lilith’s daughter. Sometimes that leads to a character who is made to be “evil” in every way possible, be over the top in being so. The more interesting type of character to me is one that isn’t like her mother, has her own needs, loves, and makes a choice.

That can lead to a conflict of course, the question is what that conflict leads to, what the result is, and what it could mean. Sometimes being evil for the sake of being so does not mean you are infallible. The needs of the heart, occasionally, can do anything.

It tells the story of:

Izzy’s always had her fair share of men. When you’re part succubus it means not only having fun but survival. When her latest fling turns from a quick fix to lingering problem intent on stalking her and fulfilling his mission of killing her the only thing she can do is fight. Fight for her life. Will she continue to breathe or will the one sent to kill her be victorious?

Izzy’s life isn’t all that bad really. She has a friend that she loves, a life that isn’t hard to deal with, and even though she is a succubus, she’s not at all like her mother. But things change, a stalker comes and with him the knowledge that her life is forfeit. Unless, of course, she decides that life is worth living, even if that means taking another’s life to do so.

The story is a mixture of mystery, learning about oneself, and trying to understand why things are as they are. It’s a unique story about a unique succubus that I really enjoyed. Izzy is thoughtful, concerned about others, and while her needs as a succubus do come and she cannot resist them, she’s quite sure about one thing. She’s better than her mother. It’s that underlying story, what the difference is between Izzy and Lilith that I thought was the core of this work and it connects to why things happen as they do in the story, and what Izzy has in her life.

There’s only a little touch of erotica in this work, only a quick ensnarement and one loving scene later in the work. But that’s not the point of the story. Really the point is the idea of family, what that means, and the choices that Izzy has to make, or rather is forced into making.

There is a moment that comes towards the end of the work that is shattering, and really could turn Izzy’s story in a number of directions. While that isn’t explored fully, it does lead towards a following work, but that never came. The question of the “stalker”, who he is, what he might need or want from Izzy now aren’t explored as he vanishes from the story at a critical point. Then comes the relationship that Izzy has with her best friend, which is sort of told, really needs to be more considering how close they are. But that doesn’t come as Izzy makes a choice which then leads to the conclusion.

It’s a bit disappointing overall in how the story ends, it’s not exactly a cliffhanger ending, but more of the story petering out and grinding to a halt. The work really should have ended before, the epilogue just didn’t work for me at all. It was missing… Izzy. It wasn’t her so much as a throwaway scene that didn’t seem to matter all that much.

The writing is quite good, I liked the characterizations overall. Lilith might have been a little too stereotypical, but considering the plot and how things unfolded, that shouldn’t be a surprise. More time spent on Izzy’s relationships would have been nice, more about Izzy herself, her past, which is only hinted at, would have been better too. The work is just a little too short for all of the hints and questions that are brought up but not explored.

Three and a half out of five pitchforks.

Though this work was billed as being the first in a series, to the date of this review, no further works in the series have appeared. It’s a shame really because there are quite a number of unanswered questions that really need to be explored. What happened to Lilith, what that means to Izzy. Does that “stalker” return or not? What about Izzy’s closest friend? Did the events that Izzy had to overcome change her? Most of all, what does come of Izzy after the conclusion of this work?

So many questions never seemingly to be answered. It’s a pity because the promise in this work will never be brought to the fore.

 

Tera

Sep 24 2016

A cute Succubus 3D character model

I was looking through Vimeo again and came across a sort of highlight reel of characters created by one 3D artist. One of these happens to be a succubus, and quite a cute one at that…

 

If you can’t see the video here on the Tale, please try this link:

https://vimeo.com/122288352

As always, in case the video vanished, here is an image of the succubus herself…

Succubus Rosie by Daniel Oberhansley

Succubus Rosie by Daniel Oberhansley

She has quite the unique look, something that’s sensible, cute, and still has that little bit of succubiness that I like to see in such characters. I think the simplest thing to say is that she just looks  “right”. There’s personality in her style, expression, pose and overall look and it all just makes for a character that has a lot going for her.

She would be a neat character in an animated series I think really…

 

Tera

Sep 23 2016

A Review of Seducing the Succubus by Sabryna Nyx

Seducing the Succubus by Sabryna Nyx

Seducing the Succubus by Sabryna Nyx

At times there are certain things which are good to know in a story. Knowing the main character’s name, for one, I find to be quite helpful in being emotionally involved in the story. A story that is driven by the characters is something I rather like as well. But sometimes it’s difficult to give the suspension of belief needed when events take a turn.

Submission is a very personal thing. It is not a question of taking that from someone than it is the giving to one that is worthy of being submitted to. Along the way, sometimes, the two meld into something that cannot help but be very messy.

The story is about:

A female witch decides to summon the Succubus Lilith for her ultimate sexual fantasies. There is just one problem; the Succubus is only interested in mortal men. The Succubus eventually succumbs to the witch’s summoning spell, but can a mortal witch handle Lilith’s power?

A witch takes the risk in summoning the Queen herself, Lilith. She seeks Lilith’s power, her touch, her seductive nature. To fall into the clutches of a succubus and be enthralled by her. But there is a price to be paid, a pound of flesh, and the soul that cries out in need.

The main character of this work is never named, simply calling herself a witch and being referred to as such by Lilith when she appears. There’s a story behind the main character that’s skimmed over in the rush to the summoning, which was disappointing as so many of her thoughts offer hints of things that are never paid off in the story.

While much of the work revolves around the witch being taken, controlled, dominated by Lilith, there’s a little bit of a false start at the beginning of the work that felt a bit like filler in a way. Once past that, and into Lilith actually making herself known, the story moves directly into the erotica which has a very clear fantasy BDSM story at the core. Along with that comes the question of submission and domination, a little bit of Lilith using her powers, and body as a succubus in various ways, to draw the witch into her orbit and spirit her deeper into her clutches.

The erotica which is told in the seduction I enjoyed, Lilith was quite delicious in being seductive. However, when the more violent aspects came, such as biting, blood, some whipping and other punishments, i found the heat in the story faded rapidly away. There didn’t seem to be the same focus on telling than there was in titillation. The heat fell away as the biting, scratching and various means of pain being inflected by Lilith on her prey were told.

It’s a shame because outside of those odd moments where things were told in a rush, not expanded on, there was something interesting there that didn’t come out. Some of the events made some sense, but there were far more that gave me pause and wondered just how what happened would actually work.

One of the larger issues of this work is the flat dialogue. There’s no passion in the words, they read like someone was reading from a script and not putting emotion into it. Really that’s what’s missing the most from the story, the passion of the characters. The witch toying with herself has heat, but her words and thoughts dampen them. Lilith has power, but her words don’t seem to reflect that power fully.

There’s a disconnect between the moment of dominance and the words spoken. They are too calm, too rote, too matter of fact. The replies of submission read oddly, needing passion and to evoke the need within the character to submit fully.

The description of events is quite good, the author paints a vivid picture, but the dialogue, again, is lacking and the narration at times sounds almost bored. Once past the encounter, the story takes a turn into something far more interesting, more alive than the encounter with Lilith in many ways. There’s a certain threatening nature to events, a hint there is more to come and it’s very promising from adding suspense and power to the story.

The work ends on a kind of cliffhanger which offers a very obvious hint that another work should follow to continue the encounter between Lilith and the witch. There’s a need to suspend one’s belief about some parts of the work, especially towards quite a lot of lactation with regards to the sexual encounters.

There’s a good story at the core however, if one gets past the blood, the odd BDSM aspects and the occasional moments of the story getting lost within itself. But the dialogue doesn’t help and the lack of a name for the main character is troublesome.

Three out of five pitchforks.

It would be nice to know the main character’s name, it would be nice for the dialogue to sound more natural than it is. There’s a bit too much over the top BDSM for my tastes, though some will enjoy the scenes I’m quite sure. Lilith is a bit two-dimensional, needing more purpose that the little taste given. There is an interesting story here, the witch herself and Lilith also. Perhaps, if there will be a second part, that will be explored more.

 

Tera

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