Mar 19 2017

A Review of Milked by the Incubus by Ruby Thurston

Milked by the Incubus by Ruby Thurston

Milked by the Incubus by Ruby Thurston

A few months ago I reviewed the prequel work in a new series called Demon Slave and you can find that review here on the Tale. There was, at least to me, a lot of depressive aspects to the story of the main character Zoe and that tended to make that work a difficult read for me. Today’s review, of the first work in the series, has its darker moments, there’s no question, but at the same time there’s a slight difference in tone that made the work a better read as a whole.

The D/s themes are as strong as before, there’s still a degree of some parts of the work being a little bit over the top, but in spite of this there’s an important difference. The world building, the creation of each character, including Zoe, does a lot to take things beyond the erotica towards something more.

The work tells the story of:

In a world where demons have taken over earth, Zoe Miller sees one way to ensure her safety and future: volunteer to become a sex slave to a demon master. She chooses an incubus to lead her into the dawning age of demon dominance, expecting him to transform her into the perfect busty pet, bursting with cream for him to drink.

But Gadriel is no typical incubus. One mistake—seducing another, more powerful prince’s lover—cost him his crown and most of his powers. Reluctant to accept his new life as a mere lust demon and governor of Northern California, Gadriel takes on a human. He plans to use her only for nourishment purposes and as a reward for his loyal hellhound—a slave for his slave.

With her lofty demonic dreams smashed, Zoe resolves to give her new masters only what they ask for, nothing more. But despite a frustrating start, immersion in her new life might just be a slice of heaven in a world overrun by hell.

Zoe has made her choice and with that comes the end of her old life and the beginning of something new. But there are challenges to face, dreams to hold onto or have shattered. The world changed before, now Zoe will as well. Whether that is her dream or nightmare isn’t up to her, it’s the choice of the being that holds her leash, life and all.

The work follows on immediately from the prequel and wastes no time in drawing Zoe into the world of the demons that have taken over the Earth. There’s quite a bit of story told, setting up what’s on Zoe’s horizon and in that comes quite a bit of information about this universe. At the same time, once Zoe’s choice is made, the work moves directly into a D/s theme with some heat brought from Zoe’s submissive needs and desires.

The most time, overall, is spent in the erotica and being so there’s a certain tone to it that didn’t quite work for me in the same way that the prequel didn’t as well. It’s not abusive as such, though at some points it’s really over the top and that brought me out of the story at times. Being that there is a supernatural tone to the work, that makes sense, but the scenes go a little too far, are a little too over the top. Much of that comes from the incubus of this work Gadriel.

Gadriel is, for the most part, a mystery that is only hinted at, not really delved into deeply. He is an incubus, horns and tail and all, but there’s a wall between who he is and what he shows to Zoe as they meet and their plot develops. As a dominant, he’s pushing the limits at many points, bordering on abuse many times and that too much of the heat out of the erotica for me. Despite that, many of the D/s moments that weren’t totally enwrapped with sex did sound and read well. Gadriel is a harsh and firm dominant, but there’s an aspect within him that appears fleetingly and I really wanted to see more of that rather than the colder front he displays.

In the last few pages of the work, a succubus, Ashtara, appears and she’s just about the most stereotypically written succubus I could imagine. What’s interesting at least is that she’s supposed to be a Duchess of Lust, but she isn’t. That is a story to be told, of course, as she seems to be important to where the series goes, but if she’s simply there as a means to an end with regards to Gadriel and Zoe, that need not be.

Zoe as a character is well developed overall, but the same can’t be said about Gadriel, even less so for Ashtara. The erotica overwhelms the plot many times which makes some of moments when plot and story need to develop seem to be rushed. The D/s theme, at least for me, is a bit too dark and impersonal. While I understand why that is, from my perspective and experience there needs to be more development of that story. The darker tones are still there, holding sway over everything, and while that works, it takes a lot of the moments of joy from Zoe. Perhaps the one thing that’s missing, the joy of being submissive to the right dominant.

Three and a half out of five pitchforks.

Overall this is a much better read than the prequel, but there’s still too much focus on the erotic scenes and not enough on building up this universe, fleshing out the characters more and setting up the overall story arc more than it is. Zoe still is finding her way, Gadriel is a cypher beyond his being an incubus and as for Ashtara, she’s far too stereotypical for my tastes as a succubus.

Where the series goes from here could turn really dark, considering how things closed and I hope it doesn’t because that would be the expected thing to do. I expect that Zoe will be in danger, but where that takes her and Gadriel is what interests me. I hope that’s more surprising than just being a D/s fantasy wrapped in the guise of a story about incubi and their pets.

There’s a solid story here and I think that’s where the focus needs to be. The erotica will be there of course, and it should support the story. But erotica for the sake of itself leaves a lot of story languishing in its wake.

 

Tera

Mar 19 2017

A Review of The Demon Made Her Do It series by Charlene Hunt

The Demon Made Her Do It: Her Mother's Boyfriend by Charlene Hunt

The Demon Made Her Do It: Her Mother’s Boyfriend by Charlene Hunt

A series today for review on the Tale which consists of five very short works of erotica that have an incubus at the centre of events that unfold. Being that each work in the series is, once the cover, the end matter and only the story remains, is about ten pages in length that’s a bit disappointing. More so that in each case there’s not a lot of story developed for the sake of the story driving directly into the erotica.

Sex and lust aren’t quite the same thing. There’s a vital thing that comes with neither of them. Being made to find relief without need, or want, isn’t relief. It becomes something more like an endless trap.

The series is:

The series tells the story of:

Lacey Stevens is frustrated by her mom’s over-protectiveness. Even though Lacey’s in college now, her mom is determined to stop her daughter from dating. Which is totally hypocritical of her, given that Lacey’s about to combust from her own thwarted desires.

Luckily for her, the sex demon Stygos is about to make all her darkest dreams come true. Seven feet tall and black as night, Stygos’ muscular four arms and prehensile tail – and other remarkable attributes – provide a gateway to a great ecstasy than most mortals will experience in a lifetime. All of Lacey’s pleasure is now under his control, and by obeying his commands she can finally experience the release she so desperately needs.

Rather than reviewing each work individually, the following review takes the series as a whole:

The series is actually two separate situations with two different women having encounters with two different incubi. This seems to have led to some confusion for the author as their book summaries mix up the main characters’ names from the beginning of the series. Beyond that, there’s really no thread that runs through all of these stories, they are a group of hot flashes in which each main character is, for lack of a better word, made to do things via mind control and sexual need.

That isn’t a poor idea for a plot outline, there’s some heat in that, a story to be told, but in this series once the main character is introduced, the slippery slide into the clutches of the evil incubi is relentless. Better than three quarters of the work is centred on what amounts to a porn movie scene as a whole. There’s no story, there’s no development of the characters. The incubi gloat, the women in the series are used in all kinds of different ways in an attempt to quell their need for sex.

And that is, to be honest, very boring. There needs to be story with erotica to make things interesting, but here that doesn’t really come, even if all of the characters do. There are little snippets of ideas which are interesting and really needed to be explored. For example, the terms of service snippet that appears in the later work is really interesting, but it’s never used in the story themselves. The story about Omat and Stygos isn’t told, they are mostly stereotypical incubi that want to toy with their prey and be amused in their reactions.

As well, the sudden shift from one story to another at the third book left me confused as to why that happened. The story of Meredith and Omat never really goes anywhere, which is a shame because that’s the more interesting of the two threads. The erotica is stereotypical in a lot of ways, the heat is barely present. More story could have helped make me care more about the characters and be more involved in the stories themselves.

The characters are cardboard, the story is thin, the erotica has little heat. As a quick piece of erotica, for some that will work, for me it does not. As well, making this a series rather than a single work doesn’t make things better, honestly I think it causes the series to suffer a lot.

Two and a half out of five pitchforks.

The series is mostly porn movie scenes with a little bit of plot trying to hold it all together. I didn’t really find my way into the series, I didn’t find Lacey interesting or for that matter Stygos either. Meredith isn’t as well, nor is Omat. Hot flashes these works might be, but as things are for story, for plot, for developing the characters, I just didn’t find much of that here.

 

Tera

Mar 18 2017

A YouTube of Morrigan Aensland Line Art that’s quite neat

Most of the YouTubes I find of succubus art are ones in which line art is being coloured and it’s quite nice to find the occasional one in which the art itself comes to form…

If you cannot see this video here on the Tale, please try this link.

In case the video vanishes, here is the completed artwork as well…

Morrigan Aensland by Melissa Ortiz

Morrigan Aensland by Melissa Ortiz

I just love Morrigan’s expression in this art. It’s cute, having a neat little smirk that I do rather enjoy here. The hair is interesting, though I would have liked to see it being a bit more “full” in how it looks, seeming a bit unfinished here.

It’s always nice to see Morrigan being shown a bit outside of her usual look and being so, this is quite interesting to me…

 

Tera

Mar 17 2017

A Review of My Best Friend is a Succubus: Book Three: Embrace of Evil by Amanda Clover

My Best Friend is a Succubus: Book Three: Embrace of Evil by Amanda Clover

My Best Friend is a Succubus: Book Three: Embrace of Evil by Amanda Clover

It’s been some time since a work has appeared in the My Best Friend is a Succubus series by Amanda Clover. I reviewed the first two works in the series in 2016, and you can find them here and here on the Tale and while the series had promise, there were a lot of little things that bothered me, and they really shouldn’t have.

The third work in the series recently was published and so I’ll be reviewing that work today on the Tale. My hope for the third work came to, for the most part, hoping that there would be a lot more story told about Morgana, her world and what exactly is going on overall plot wise. Beyond that, seeing some needed character development would be a good thing as well. But most of all, I hoped that the relationship between Faith and Morgana would grow.

The work tells the story of:

Faith’s boring life has been turned upside down!

Faith Granger’s best friend is a soul-sucking demoness named Morgana. Unfortunately, Morgana has been captured by a group of religious creeps called the Holy Inquisition intent on destroying all demons and recovering the magic codex Faith used to summon the succubus.

When in doubt, double down! Faith recruits her friends and decides to summon another demon so she can rescue Morgana. It’s worth the risk, reasons the budding sorceress, because her feelings for the succubus may run a little deeper than friendship.

Will Faith rescue her ravishing bestie from the Inquisition? Will love blossom between unwitting sorceress and sexy demoness?

Faith’s problems just seem to be getting worse all the time. Morgana’s life is in danger and there’s very few places for her to turn. Seeing no other choice, Faith tells all to her friends and together they are going to try to save Morgana. But there are others watching and in making a fateful choice, Faith might well doom the world.

This work follows on immediately after the events in the prior story, and that takes Faith towards making a series of choices that, like most of them she’s made so far, have unintended consequences. There’s a bit more character development, the plot is a little more involved as well. Overall, that did add  something to both Faith and Morgana’s characters, but it also left behind some points which didn’t seem to make a lot of sense with the prior works in the series.

Like the other works, there is a scattered mix of erotica which really didn’t have a lot of heat overall. The climatic scene between Morgana and Faith felt rushed, uninteresting and left a lot of needed development of their relationship abandoned for the sake of introducing a new character to the series.

While Morgana is the main succubus of the series, a new succubus, called Ashara appears and with her comes yet another threat upon the many that are surrounding Faith. It really feels like there’s too many things going on which means there’s not enough time spent in drawing some of the plots towards their climax in this story. Ashara is a bit stereotypical as a Succubus, and while there is some of her history told, it’s murky, confused and rushed.

Perhaps that is the single problem in this part of the series. Everything seems to be rushed and it didn’t need to be. The story moves from place to place, moment to moment, and there’s not a lot of time allowed outside of the scattered moments of erotica for the characters to develop. Along with this comes a vast number of spelling, grammar, point-of-view and tense errors that tripped me up over and over again throughout the story. At one point the story went from being told from Faith’s perspective to suddenly reading as if it was a choose-your-own adventure book and that didn’t make any sense at all.

This work reads very much as being the weakest of the series so fat and I really wish it wasn’t. Slowing down the story would have helped, certainly another editing pass would have been a good idea. Finding heat in the erotica would be good as well. Most of all, the strangeness of some of the dialogue and the way Faith’s friends deal with her revelations, just confused things a lot more than needed to be. All that said, I like where the story is going, but there’s a lack of care and that disappointed me.

Two and a half out of five pitchforks.

The work needs a serious editing for the number of errors that appear at least. Beyond that, the story needs to slow down some, find the heat in the erotica and make Faith’s relationships matter more than they do. I hope the next work will focus more on Faith discovering more about her past, Morgana figuring herself out as well. The threats they both face aren’t going to be simple things to solve, I hope, but in that also needs to be the story to support things. Too many plots left dangling, too many characters left lost. Some focus needs to come and hopefully it will.

 

Tera

Mar 17 2017

A Review of the Ouija Lover series by Roberta Stuart

An Encounter by Roberta Stuart

An Encounter by Roberta Stuart

A review of a short two work series called Ouija Lover today on the Tale.  There’s quite a lot to like about this series, the characters and the heat within, but at the same time I do wish that the story had continued further than what it did here. The thing about telling a story about the need for passion is that need shouldn’t just comes to a close, it should be allowed to be.

A doorway opened can bring anything into being. At the same time, the past can be attracted to the present. When one’s own needs are known, there’s very little else that needs to be asked, or given.

The first work is:

The work tells of:

A rose…a candle…and a strange encounter between a man and a woman. Or is he a man?

Stephanie rediscovers an piece of her past, a ouija board she’d played with as a child. No longer a child, Stephanie and her friend discover that the board connects to a sprit and that sprit is calling to Stephanie. Answering the call, Stephanie finds herself falling into the arms of her desires, wants and needs.

The work sets up a lot of events and possibilities for the series which mainly focus on Stephanie, her needs and how the sprit summoned by the Ouija board, Li Lu, fills those needs in all sorts of deliciously wanton ways. Stephanie’s character is very interesting, has a past, and in that comes a lot of hints about who she is in the here and now which I liked. She isn’t at a loss, or weak, she has a need and the board opens a doorway that she half-heartedly takes against the warnings of other characters in the work.

The lead up to the encounter between Stephanie and Li Lu, who might or might not be an incubus, though it is highly likely he is one, is a good mix of the everyday and a little bit of supernatural tease, or if one thinks about it, perhaps a little bit of mind control as well. Stephanie doesn’t, but does, believe in the board, but it’s a sort of wishy=washy thing until her incubus appears to her.

Li Lu most likely is an incubus, but he’s mostly a mystery, not really answering questions all that much. His purpose is to take Stephanie in every way possible and throughout he’s very sure that Stephanie is loving every moment and everything that happens is what she wants things to be. I liked that, mainly because having the story fall into something dark as a twist would have really disappointed me. The fact it didn’t and what comes from the story is a very hot work of erotica, is a wonderful thing.

The story’s erotica takes up about half of the work. It isn’t silly or impossible either. What Stephanie and Li Lu experience comes to some really hot, very passionate couple sex with some lovely romance and fun mixed in. There’s a bit of wanting at the end, which makes sense for how thing story is developed, but it doesn’t ruin the heat that came before.

The one thing that was missing for me comes to a lack of detail about Li Lu himself. I feel like that was a lost opportunity, something of a gap in the story. Filling that would be nice if for no other reason than to answer some of the questions about him.

Four out of five pitchforks.

The erotica has lovely heat, the story is interesting. Stephanie’s character is well developed and while Li Lu’s character isn’t explored as much as I would have liked, he’s still a compelling character. Is he an incubus? That’s entirely likely, but then the second work in the series might have something more to tell about that.

The Taming of Bonnie by Roberta Stuart

The Taming of Bonnie by Roberta Stuart

The second work in the series builds on the heat of the first, brings into the story Stephanie’s friend Bonnie who was with her when Li Lu connected with Stephanie’s needs.

Friends share sometimes, and sometimes what they share isn’t just recipes. Having need and desire makes anything possible. The question becomes how resistant one is to something unexpected and if they are willing to take advantage of the situation presented to them.

The second work is:

The work tells the story of:

Stephanie & Bonnie are visited by an incubus, called to one of the women through a Ouija board. Sparks fly when he tries to make love to both of them.

There are secrets that even the closest of friends don’t share. It can be a crippling thing, a moment in which something happened that changes their life. Sometimes an old soul can help a young one find the way to being whole again.

If the first work was mainly centred on erotica, the second work in the series is far more concerned about developing Bonnie’s self. The book summary doesn’t really express just how involved and soul searching this part of the series for Bonnie. While there is some erotica at the beginning, that quickly is pushed aside for the sake of Bonnie herself and telling her story.

That story is a difficult one to see, it hurts a lot, and it demands that the story not be erotic or romantic. It does however demand understanding, care and the chance for redemption. Li Lu is the source for this and it comes in a way that’s gentle, caring and there’s a clear need in him to try to help Bonnie. The answer isn’t simple, she still hurts, but there’s a little bit of life, hope and even wonder in her soul when the moments pass.

Bonnie matters. She isn’t a side story here, she is the story. Stephanie is there, she’s part of the story, but as a whole, Stephanie doesn’t hold things together. She is there, she wants and desires, but that it tempered by Li Lu for Bonnie’s sake. That tells quite a lot about him, who he is. He’s not evil, far from it. That was very attractive to me and as that leads on nicely from the first work in the series, it’s good to see happen.

I felt that this work is the stronger of the two stories in many ways. From the building of the characters, to the events as they unfold. There are erotic moments, but like in the first work, they are not silly, over the top things. They make sense, they are caring, needful things and I enjoyed how the purpose of the erotica was to bring joy to all of the characters.

More focused in story, more depth given to the characters. There’s more story than erotica, which is as things should be. Telling a story, giving meaning to the characters involved, matters. Here the author did so and more.

Four and a half out of five pitchforks.

I still really want more about Li Lu, his past, where he is when he’s not with the women that called him to them. I liked this work mainly because there’s so much character development for Bonnie and every single word is filled with emotion for her. It’s not a simple path for Bonnie, it’s not a simple thing to overcome. That’s how real people are and between Bonnie and Stephanie, Bonnie becomes the far more complete character here.

A very good series, two stories that tell a complete tale. I would have liked a third part, if for no other purpose than to bring the mystery to a close somehow. It would be nice to give all of these characters a ‘happy ever-after’ somehow.

Tera

Mar 16 2017

Succubi Image of the Week 478

A bit of a double feature for the Succubi of the week this time. I found a lovely work of art and then discovered there was another piece of art that showed what I particularly liked about the art. The expression of the succubus and the telling expression she has.

Succubus by sosoa

Succubus by sosoa

Succubus by sosoa

Succubus by sosoa

This art is by an artist on Pixiv called Sosoa and you can find the original page on Pixiv where I found this art here.

I adore her expression, the little smile, her finger upon her lips and that twinkle in her eyes. While she is holding a rather large weapon, I think there’s a bit more “power” in how she stands, her almost there outfit, that mischievous tail that lurks behind her.

She just has a look that I think really is perfect in so many ways. There’s just something about a succubus that is being a little bit of a tease, even if she’s being a dangerous one at that.

I have to admit that when I saw this art I found myself wondering about just what the… let’s call them… seductionesses of the Realm would look like and act like.

I think this is the perfect place to start telling that story…

 

Tera

Mar 15 2017

There’s no way the velvet helps this costume look good…

Ladies Devil CostumePersonally, I like latex. I like it for the sheen, the smoothness and how it adds that little swisch to my tail… among other things. There are other materials, of course, such as velvet that have their own appeal. But material alone isn’t what makes a costume seductive, or sexy… or even barely that…

This is simply described as the Ladies Devil Costume and it comes with the long red panne velvet gown with an attached sheer cape. The horns are not included, which is odd, and it sells for $40 US. Adding the horns, which are poor ones, would mean this would cost about $50 US.

There’s really nothing sexy about this as I see things. The cape is laughable, the dress itself is uninspiring by far. Considering that the costume does not come with horns, which are, after all, somewhat important, that brings me to ask why this would be sold as a devil costume… when there’s not a thing about it that would make it so when it is taken to the cash register.

But then that’s the point isn’t it? Once you have the costume, you need to buy the accessories, and that means you spend more on this mess or you put it back and pick something a little more expensive that has the horns you needed in the first place.

Don’t really care for this, really don’t like it.

Zero pitchforks out of five.

There are better. I just need to find them again…

 

Tera

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