Little Secrets by Catherine LaCroix
A review today of the second work in the Little Treasures and series by Catherine LaCroix, a series that I have loved since it first appeared in a prior edition, now reissued by the author. You can find my first review of the series here on the Tale, in which I expressed how much the work appealed to me. I’m delighted that the author has returned to the series, has done some lovely touches to this, the second work, and I am eagerly anticipating the third work in the series to come.
Love shared can mean many things. It can be a revelation, a surprise. But as well, it can give the truth that needs to be seen. Most of all, that truth, when shared, offers something far more to more than the one that loves, it is the one that is loved in return.
The second work is:
It tells the story of:
After two hot and steamy weeks spent in the care of his mysterious new lover Lilith, Tristan wonders about her motives and his future. Being offered every comfort and luxury he could ever imagine in her abode only serves to raise more questions. His curiosity starts innocently enough, but the secrets he uncovers will change their relationship forever.
Time moves onwards for Tristan and while Lilith gives him anything he wishes, all that he desires and more, the questions about where he is, who Lilith is, and what everything means whisper at the back of his mind. As their relationship moves onwards and games are played, Lilith reveals the truth that she has kept hidden from him when he least expects it… but the answers… those are harder to find.
In this work my love for Lilith really came to the fore. There are so many things about her personality and her actions in this work that seemed very familiar to me. Lilith loves reading and has a vast library of books, she teases Tristan with a can of RediWhip, and in many other ways as well. But in all of that the love, the need for him that she has remains strong and true throughout the work.
But in all of the love, the passions, the exploration of what Tristan desires, the little hints of things being not quite right are stronger in this work than the last. There are no windows, there is always heat around Tristan. Things magically appear from one waking moment to the next. It’s so much more clear, long before the reveal, that Lilith is a Succubus. But the way the hints are interspersed in the story makes things more seductive and passionate. It isn’t simply a hot flash when the erotic moments come in the story, there’s something more.
At one point they are described as sugar, being Tristan, and spice, being Lilith. It is very apt comparison and I dearly loved that moment because it defined their relationship in the best possible way. When things turn towards a slightly more dominant scene, it doesn’t feel out of place, though for Tristan it is strange and revealing.
The climax of the work, and I do not refer to the moment when, for the first time, Lilith and Tristan are truly intimate together, for that is a beautiful moment on its own, comes at the very end of the work, in the very last line when Lilith finally reveals her truth. She loves Tristan, which has been true from the first word of the series, but also that she is a Succubus, which has been hinted at as well from the beginning.
It is a moment that reveals an important truth about Lilith, about her being a succubus and that truth was a delight to see expressed by her. The word ends on a bit of a cliffhanger as a result, but it also gives the hope towards what I think can be something amazing to come.
The small changes that the author made from the original work I think added little bits of character development, a stronger connection between Lilith and Tristan, and suggested something of what Lilith seeks herself. Delightfully hot, passionate and loving, all things that I dearly enjoy reading.
Four and a half out of five pitchforks.
Every bit as wonderful as story as the first work in the series and though I wished for so much more, what was told about Lilith and Tristan was wonderful in both heat and substance.
In the prior edition of this work, what came next was never revealed. This time however, the author has promised to tell the conclusion of this story, something that I have been aching to see happen for years.
That, most of all for me, is the anticipation of promise that Lilith and Tristan have, and a story that is one of my most dearly loved romances about succubi.