Jan 24 2017

A Review of Summoning the Incubus by L.C. Davis

Summoning the Incubus by L.C. Davis

Summoning the Incubus by L.C. Davis

Setting up what drives characters together in a story is rather important. Giving a hint as to why something happens leaves a lot to wonder about. The why of a story matters as much as the how after all. Beyond that, having a character’s answer seem to be a little unclear and confused doesn’t always reflect what happened to bring them there.

Not all things are as one might expect them to be. Not all beings are necessarily how they present themselves. It is necessary sometimes to force the truth to speak for itself to make things clear. But is the truth what it seems to be or is that something pretending to be the truth?

  • Title: Summoning the Incubus
  • Author: L.C. Davis
  • Length: 17 Pages
  • ASIN: B01JWNJVTG
  • Publishing Date: August 6, 2016
  • This work at Amazon.com

The work tells the story of:

Taryn is a good witch who always plays by the rules, until the ultimate betrayal from the man she loves drives her to black magic. The sexy and demanding incubus she summons by mistake will give her what she wants at a price — but after a night spent in Asmodeus’ arms, will the return of her unfaithful lover be enough to give her what she needs?

Taryn’s heart is broken and she seeks some comfort to feel better. A book offers possibilities which call to her to explore. But not all is as it seems and the caller may be the called instead.

There’s quite a lot of time taken up with telling of Taryn’s story, her life, her feelings overall which sets up her character and what she is trying to accomplish. The introspection, the hurt, is very real and Taryn’s character has a great deal of depth to her.

Less so is Asmodeus, the incubus of the work. He’s a bit different as an incubus both in his appearance, but also his actions. He’s interesting, but as much as his character is as such, there’s far less time spent in fleshing out his character beyond his overall purpose and being. There are secrets hidden that aren’t explored and i which they had been.

One of these being a question of just how much of what Taryn does is free will and how much is Asmodeus playing with her. I think the latter is more to the point because the hints of very subtle mind control appear throughout the work. It isn’t pressed very hard or becomes obvious, but there’s a shift in Taryn’s personality and there’s really not a good reason for that overall.

The erotica is a very short pair of hot flashes which bring some heat to the story, but really does not burst into a roaring fire. Taryn’s hesitation, Asmodeus’ strangeness at times makes such things a little difficult to unfold well and that takes something away from the work. The same can be said about the ending which feels very tacked on and rushed. Considering how many pages were focused on the characters, I expected more of an ending than there is.

The story as a whole has possibilities, some of which are explored, but the length of the work means there isn’t time for things to really develop, to take the story towards the aftermath better than it does. Developing the characters more, giving time to close the story better I think would be a good thing. It’s a shame because I do like Taryn quite a lot, but her development gets stalled when Asmodeus appears. Even when the truth comes out, it doesn’t lead to much more than a quick flash of thought and then closing the story.

Three and a half out of five pitchforks.

The ending felt too abrupt in what happened and the explanation of it all. With so much time spent in fleshing out Taryn and Asmodeusu’ story, I expected something more of an ending than there is. It does work as a whole, but there’s just a lingering question unresolved as to how much of what happened was free will and how much was mind control. It’s an interesting thing to think about when reading this story and mulling things over.

 

Tera

Jan 23 2017

Tie By TeraS

Sometimes there comes a point where Tera has to actually appear as the Queen, an instant when Keith must appear as the King. This, of course, is something neither really enjoys, exactly, but, affairs of state being what they are, it is an inevitable thing. But with the formality comes a most special memory for them both, the memory of a most special …

 

Tie
By TeraS

 

The throne room of the Realm is a place with memories. It is a space in which choices have been made, rules laid down, and the future shaped to be what it came to be. While many think of this place as being central for Tera and her Eternal, Keith, it’s really not seen that way by them.

To Tera, the throne itself represents her parents. She remembers the hardships they confronted, the battles fought—both with words and, regrettably, in blood—when there was no other recourse to be found. The throne isn’t a terrible thing, not by any means, but she also recalls the point her parents made: the throne is a symbol; it need not be her. It might have to be used sometimes, it might be part of her life, but she did not have to be chained to it to be the Queen.

For Keith, the throne represented a promise he’d made and it was one that he held for always.
Meeting Tera’s mother was the first hurdle he’d had to pass. Now, that in itself was something that didn’t unfold as he’d expected. But that was meeting her as Tera’s mother, not as the Queen of a Realm. What has more concerning was having to meet her father, the King, as the King, not as Tera’s father, and that, if he was honest with himself, was a real concern. Keith knew that he was being protective of his only daughter, something that Keith respected and understood. It wasn’t his place to second guess his soon-to-be father in law.

It was, in the end, a matter of respect, and so it was one of the rare moments when Keith had to wear a tie.

“Are you nervous?”

Keith was tying his tie—something that he detested wearing—for the twelfth time as he looked into the mirror: “What makes you think that?”

Tera was leaning against the doorway, tapping a finger against her lovely red lips as he pulled the tie loose and started again: “The hour you’ve spent looking into that mirror and fumbling with that tie of yours.”

His smile was reflected in the mirror: “I always fumble with my tie. You’re the one that isn’t helping, oh bemused one.”

Her giggle did help settle the butterflies: “You didn’t ask, oh stubborn one.”

Pulling the tie free, her blue eyed Eternal offered it up: “Oh wondrous Princess of the Realm, would you give your assistance to a mere human who is all thumbs?”

Gently pulling on the tie, which was a particular shade of red that only one particular tail in the Realm possessed, the bemused one in question winked: “It would be my delight to help the soul whom I love … thumbs and all.”

“You’re just lucky we have to be on time. Otherwise I’m sure you have all sorts of plans.”

“I lost count at sixty-eight.”

He arched an eyebrow: “Sixty-eight?”

The red-tailed temptress purred, invitingly: “I’m sure you can figure out one more.”

Human or not, he wasn’t going to let that pass: “I have an idea.”

Seeing the look in his eyes, Tera looped the tie around his collar: “I’m sure you do.”

As she worked away at his tie, he mused out loud: “I might. It depends on whether or not you want both of us to be a complete mess, or just mostly.”

It turned out that Tera preferred a complete mess and the tie found itself used in a way it didn’t expect itself to be. Another tie was found, eventually, though the “search” took more time than it really needed to, not that the two Eternals really minded. This one was as red as the first, and this time Tera was the one to be fiddling with it.

“It’s going to be fine.”

“Sure, it’s only your father and he’s only the King.”

“You weren’t this nervous meeting my Mom.”

“Your Mom … is your Mom. She wasn’t the Queen at the time.”

Tera pulled the tie, perhaps a bit too sharply: “Mom’s always the Queen.”

His hands found hers: “She’s your Mom first, Queen second.”

So-green eyes found so-blue ones: “Dad’s the King first, Dad second.”

Keith smiled, trying to calm her worries: “I’m more concerned about that pitchfork of his.”

The ebon-haired Eternal smirked: “Not worried about mine?”

One of her Eternal’s hands slipped free of hers, lightly tracing a path over her hip towards the sensitive spot just beneath where her tail appeared: “In your case, lovely Princess of the Realm, I know your weakness.”

“mmm … Do you?”

His blue eyes sparkled: “I do.”

The second tie eventually found itself wrapped around a bedpost, having witnessed the talents of a very persuasive human upon the singular weakness of a certain red-tail that loved him. The search for a third tie took a lot longer than the preceding two attempts, mostly because there was a side trip into the kitchen where a lot of RediWhip had been “consumed.” Keith did, after all, need to research the effects of RediWhip on succubi tails … extensively … and Tera was an excellent subject for that research, of course.

The third tie was the very last one that they had. It was exactly the same shade of red as a certain future Queen of the Realm’s tail was. Whether the tie was hoping, for or against, for the fate of its fellow ties to occur was anyone’s guess. The tie betting pool wasn’t taking any bets on that.

They were standing in their front hallway, Tera fussing over things as he mused: “You know … I was thinking …”

The red-tail winced as she was trying, again, to get his tie exactly right, this time for real: “I shudder to think …”

“What difference does it make if I’m wearing a tie or not?”

She’d just about got the knot perfect: “It matters because Dad’s a stickler for formality.”

“You aren’t?”

Tera finished up the knot and stepped back: “I can be, if I really have to.”

He looked over his love’s black dress, trimmed in red, one that in the future would become the thing of legend which marked the appearance of the bemused Queen of the Realm: “I really do like that dress.”

That got him a peck on the cheek.

“But you know …”

She pressed two fingers against his lips: “I know, and I’d love nothing more than to walk in on Dad completely casual, but he’d flip his lid.”

A slightly gruff voice broke into their repartee: “That depends, dearest daughter, on why, exactly, you are both so late in making your appointment?”

Tera froze, not daring to turn about and look her father in the eye. She could see the clock on the other side of the hall and realized that they were almost four hours late: “Dad?”

Keith found himself looking over his love’s shoulder to see an older gentleman regarding him: “Sir, I’ll take responsibly for being delayed and causing any issues for you.”

“Care to explain what delayed you?”

Keith’s answer came with the lacing of his fingers with Tera’s, her tail wrapping around his waist and she resting her head against his shoulder: “I was having trouble with my tie.”

His red tail was moving slowly behind him: “Really?”

“It seems that a tie cannot be perfect without the help of an Eternal’s hand.”

He felt Tera’s tail tense, squeeze him a little tighter.

Tera never saw her father smile as he tapped two fingers to his horns: “Looks perfect to me.”

She did feel Keith’s nod: “She is.”

The King turned and made his way out of his daughter’s home: “Better get more ties young man. Useful things, you know … so I’m told.”

Keith smiled as he felt Tera trying to stifle a giggle: “Will do, sir.”

The promise was an unspoken one, passed from a father to his son-in-law, seeing his daughter and her Eternal.

Ties are, indeed, useful things . . . sometimes even as apparel.

The one tie that matters, however, is the one that binds two Eternals together.

Jan 22 2017

A Review of The Demon’s Daughter Makes the Grade by Nessa Triskelion

The Demon's Daughter Makes the Grade by Nessa Triskelion

The Demon’s Daughter Makes the Grade by Nessa Triskelion

A review of the third work in the Demon’s Daughter series this time on the Tale. I’ve reviewed the prior works in the series before and you can find the first review here on the Tale, and the second can be found here. Overall Elodie’s story has been interesting, but missing something and a lot of that has to come from the lack of real character development for her. There’s more focus on the sex than story at times and it’s a shame really. Being that really all of the works this author has released are in the same universe, the succubi being of the same extended family, there could be a lot of story to be told.

Turning the story to look inwards, to see Elodie be more than she’s really been explored to be, is something I’ve been waiting for. The third work in the series, and I really hope it isn’t the last, finally moves things along deliciously. Still, there’s a little question about that to wonder over.

As the author has also released this series, so far, as a collection, I will add an overall review of the series after the review of the third work. I’ll also share some thoughts and hopes for the future as well.

Being a succubus, sometimes you can’t get what you want, till you know what you want. Then the problem because the one you need might be more difficult to have. The having can be more delicious than the wanting and when it is, for a succubus, that’s delight indescribable.

The third work in Elodie’s story is:

The work tells the story of:

Elodie has been lusting over her professor for an entire semester. While most college girls have passing crushes, Elodie is a succubus, and her needs cannot go unmet for long. So, when she finally gets some alone time with the Ph.D, can she make the grade? Or is her hot werewolf roommate the only one who’s going to get a taste of the horny succubus?

Elodie has a problem and it’s more than her succubus nature. Having a crush for a human is a problem, but a succubus having a crush means that nothing will stop her from that crush, and for the one being crushed on, there’s no escape. Elodie’s needs merge with her nature and the succubus comes out to play, and then the fun really begins that Elodie’s been needing for so long.

The work is a bit odd in the beginning because there’s a major shift in Elodie’s personality that happens between the last work in the series and this one. Here, Elodie is in the prime of her power. She’s sure, no longer shy or uncertain about herself. She’s embraced her succubus self, allowing her horns and tail to be seen, her seductive nature glowing to be seen. It’s a telling change and it made me wonder where that’s been hidden for so long.

The shift is so strong, but it isn’t explored save to say that Elodie’s desires for Professor Bell seems to be the catalyst for it. That missing piece bothered me throughout and it need not have. Elodie as the apex seductress she appears to be here is a delight, erotic in its own way and more importantly, it shifts the focus of the series fully onto her.

That’s been missing for the most part and now having that, there’s more heat, the erotica is more fully realized as well. The seduction of Professor Bell is wonderful, Elodie’s playing of his attraction, her needs and how she reels him into her embrace is just about perfect. This work is, by far, the one where Elodie is a succubus, becoming all she is and delighting in who she is. It’s such a massive shift in the storytelling, but it just works for giving Elodie’s self the room just to be.

The buildup to Elodie’s encounter with her professor was really well done, the struggle he has feels right, seems right which makes the erotica, when it comes to call, ever so much more wonderful and I really liked how that all played out. If it was just the seduction alone, that wouldn’t be enough, but there’s a good bit of storytelling that offers a glimpse into Elodie’s thinking which was as hot in all honesty.

Still, there’s a lot of plots not explored, there’s a lot of plots of the past books not gathered up as well. Elodie’s mom is still a mystery, her job with her aunt is never touched on, her life outside of her sexuality isn’t used to expand upon her changes. It’s a series of lost moments and ideas that, while the tease is there, aren’t used.

But this is the best of the three works, and it made getting to the end reveal all the fun Elodie has become and is. I just wish there had been time spent to explain how she’s changed from the prior work to this one, if that was only a paragraph or two at the beginning of her recalling how she’s changed and delighting in that.

Four out of five pitchforks.

Of the three works in the series so far, this is my favourite of all. It’s Elodie as a succubus, being the temptress, being seductive and sure of herself. It’s something that I’ve been wanting to see from the beginning and it’s lovely to see, even if how she got there is a bit murky and hidden from  view.

There’s a lot of story not told still, the mystery of Elodie’s mom still awaits for one. There’s so many stories left dangling, so much heat not told. Her universe is offered, but not explored for the sake of the erotica. Should the series continue, that really needs to happen.

Thus, in the end, my thoughts remain as they have been overall. There needs to be some focus on building Elodie’s character, telling about her mother, who still is a mystery, and take Elodie from being just a succubus, which she isn’t, and into who she is meant to be. I hope so, because there’s a lot about Elodie I like and would like to see more of. I hope that will be.

We’ll see what the author decides upon, but my hopes will be for Elodie’s mom to appear most of all. That moment, to see where Elodie came from, I need to make things sing.

The Demon's Daughter Awakens by Nessa Triskelion

The Demon’s Daughter Awakens by Nessa Triskelion

Following the release of the third work in the series, a collection of the three stories was released by the author. Reading them together in a single collection brings into sharper focus some of the issues that the series has, but it also keeps the heat simmering along the way. That said, having the entire story of Elodie laid out leaves me wanting so much more from this character in so many ways.

Being a succubus, especially for Elodie, isn’t about the sex, it isn’t about the teasing and temptations. It’s about who she is, where she comes from, and why. Leaving things aside for the sake of the heat is a bit of a shame.

The collection is:

The collection summary is:

Elodie is a blossoming succubus! She’s tried to repress her abilities, but living in a world where magic is commonplace, why bother? After some convincing from her encouraging mom, El is off on a series of sexy adventures that are so hot that they’ll melt your kindle. She has her eyes on cute college boys, her werewolf bestie, and even her favorite professor!

I adore Elodie in so many ways for her personality, her needs and her wants. By the end of the three works, she’s become a delightfully seductive creature, sure of her power, her wants and how she’s going to go about having what she needs.

But there are so many gaps in the overall story and that’s the real shame here. There are teasing thoughts rarely explored that shape who she is, but aren’t told in detail. Her family is a mist of characters, her personality changing from being timid to suddenly the perfect succubus between the second and third works is a total surprise, if wonderfully so.

There are so many plot threads offered in the series, the most telling for me being Elodie’s mom most of all. She’s mentioned, but doesn’t appear, she’s important, but not part of the story. How Elodie thinks of herself changes, but it’s sudden, happening between books and, again, that leaves so much story not told.

The heat is very good overall, but it’s that last scene in the last book that just pushed the rest of the erotica into the background. Elodie as the succubus seeking her prey was some of the most perfectly written succubus erotica that I’ve read. But why that couldn’t have been given more time to develop, to bring her from a wallflower to a seductress in an overall more smooth and clearly told way I’m not sure.

It’s the singular problem with this series, and overall with all of the other works by this author. There’s so much story waiting and wanting to be told, but there’s a rush to get to the heat, tell that, then end things. It need not be, there’s a real story here, a really good one and the author needs to tell it.

I’m hoping that if this series continues that Elodie’s embrace of herself is explored more. That the story tells of her family, her mother in particular. Then comes the seeming relationship that Elodie falls into in the last book in the series. It’s all really good character development that can really add so much, if it’s used and I really hope it is.

I hope that there’s less jumping around from one encounter to another. Time taken to tell Elodie’s story, to explore her, really needs to happen. The jump between books two and three was jarring and it need not have been. Story, I’ve said many times, makes a lot of heat for me in erotica. The author gets right to the edge for the most part, but hesitates. Of the three works in the series, the last one is, almost, perfect. It’s a shame that it wasn’t.

For the series as a whole I’ll give it three and a half pitchforks out of five.

Elodie is an amazing character with a story to tell. Telling that story needs to happen, to widen this story universe further and tie up the loose ends that are all over the place. Doing so would be a delight, a thrill honestly. That hope remains well after the last page.

 

Tera

Jan 22 2017

A Review of All That She Needs by Anya W. Vossand

All That She Needs by Anya W. Vossand

All That She Needs by Anya W. Vossand

There are some that believe that succubi need to be heartless. That it’s best to have no connections, to live for the moment and nothing more. Stories of that nature are, for me at least, nothing special. However, a story that dares to tell of change, of understanding, of becoming something more than simply a succubus is a story that means something.

Sometimes the answer we need has been there waiting. We try to ignore it, work around it, but regardless of what we do, they remain and wait. The most powerful beings are not the ones that have physical strength. They are the ones who’s own souls burn brightest for they have found the truth… and the answer.

  • Title: All That She Needs
  • Author: Anya W. Vossand
  • Length: 83 Pages
  • ASIN: B0169DPQ1Y
  • Publishing Date: October 5, 2015
  • This work at Amazon.com

The work tells the story of:

My name is Rachel, and I’m going into my junior year at a prestigious east-coast university designed to cater to the needs of demons. I’ve got my major sorted out, I’m a straight-A student, and I’ve even got a pretty delicious FWB situation going on. I thought this sort of success would make me happy. I thought being inaccessible and unattached was the goal I should strive for as a succubus, but it’s not. Turns out that what I’ve been looking for has been in my life all along, and I never realized it until this semester…

Rachel is on the fast track as an exceptional succubus. She has the looks, the attitude and the power to match. Her teachers say she’s exceptional, but there’a a truth within her that she hasn’t realized. A succubus is more than sex, seduction and power. They have needs and Rachel’s needs have met up with the one that needs her and always has.

The work is told from Rachel’s perspective and it isn’t a cold and matter of fact thing. From the beginning her internal thoughts are rich, having depth and meaning. Rachel has an image to show the world, there’s no question, but she’s deeper than her outer layers express. From the first page it is clear that Rachel isn’t quite what she appears to be on the outside much of the time. She’s strong, there’s no question, but at the same time there’s a softness which takes her character to places which are wonderful to read.

Much of that passage to discovery comes from Ellena, who isn’t quite what she appears to be at the beginning of the story as well. As her story comes to be told through Rachel’s eyes, the change they both see, within and without, gives way to something that isn’t so much erotica as it is romance. There are moments of tears, joy, aching fear, but most of all, the growth of both characters is clear and with purpose.

Beyond this the setting brings quite a number of secondary characters, some succubi or incubi in nature whether fully or partly so. Each has a strong voice, a story to tell, meaning. There are moments of story about them as well which adds to the tapestry of the plot as a whole. In particular a certain succubus professor brought a smile to me whenever she appeared. Given the depth of these characters and the overall setting, there are actually several books with of story that could be written from their lives as well, but sadly aren’t. Still, regardless, their stories aren’t tossed to the side, there is a fullness to those stories and even if that is only in passing, they are complete as well.

There is one single passage of erotica, nee romance, which isn’t out of place nor feels odd or wrong. Much of the build up to that moment is the creation of a Mistress/Pet relationship, one with a light BSDM tone. It’s one of the very few works that I have read which manages to get the tone well, doesn’t stray into being outrageous or simply wrong. The moments are right, there is adoration, passion, and trust. Wonderfully passionate at times, but also emotionally striking when that comes into play.

The writing is wonderful, the story is captivating. I loved Rachel, Ellena and all of the characters. The way they interacted, the reality of their emotions, how real the story was, irregardless of the setting itself. Beyond that, how the BDSM aspects of the story and some of the characters, was handled in a way that was correct and well done. It is a story with heart and soul that does being some tears along the way.

Five out of five pitchforks.

Just an amazing story about succubi as a whole, but beyond that, the story of discovery, acceptance is what sets this apart. Rachel’s story from beginning to end is rich and powerful, the emotional ties are amazing. Tearfully loved, I’d dearly love the author to revisit Rachel and her love at some point, to say what came in the after. But for what is here, the joy within this work was captivating and adored.

 

Tera

Jan 21 2017

A Vindictus Succubus Queen Speedpaint YouTube

There is a video game called Vindictus, which I have never played, nor really know all that much about. I found an interesting speedpainting YouTube that an artist made and I rather like the finished artwork as well…

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

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7Jj44j9AidY

The artist was good to share a link to the completed artwork as well, which you can find here on DeviantArt, and here is the completed work as well…

 

Succubus Queen by Korevo

Succubus Queen
by Korevo

The striking thing about this art to me are the eyes, which I think are really amazing. The overall look is lovely, the character’s expression is both pointed and at the same time there’s a hint of seduction in her expression that I do think works really well.

The detail is amazing, I particularly like her hair and horns, and I wish that her entire outfit was visible as it does have a certain flair to it too…

 

Tera

Jan 20 2017

A Review of Succubus Sundries 3 by Zayna Noble

Succubus Sundries 3 by Zayna Noble

Succubus Sundries 3 by Zayna Noble

Last month I reviewed the first two works in the Succubus Sundries series and you can find those reviews here, and here on the Tale. My ongoing issue with the series was, and still remains that Lala, the succubus of the series, isn’t so much part of the story as she is drifting along side of it.

While Lala is the plot device pushing the series onwards, the problem I have is there’s a lot of transformations, a lot of erotica, there’s even quite a bit of character development, but there’s something missing. The problem is that Lala herself isn’t all that much part of things and I think that’s a shame. A review then of the third work in the series and there’s a short review of the series overall following as the author has released the three works in a single volume as well.

The work tells the story of:

Abby is back! And this time, she’s brought her boyfriend, Felix. She’s excited to take him to Lala’s potion shop and share in a series of exciting transformations.

Felix is a little reserved. The scrawny nerd has enjoyed the fruits of dating Abby in her new plant girl body and when he meets the succubus shop owner personally, he has a few requests. Both would turn him into a creature twice his size; a buff, beefy minotaur, or a strong, scaled dragon.

Lala is more than happy to help the couple explore their new kinks but this time, there’s a different price. She’ll be extracting a few materials from Felix and using Abby as a guinea pig to test some new potions and artifacts. The first will turn her into a slime girl, transparent, morphable, and blueberry-flavored. The next will change her body into a dullahan, her head separate from her body!

The nerdy couple are being offered a unique opportunity. Would they dare refuse a succubus’ deal?

Abby returns to Lala’s shop with her boyfriend in the hopes of sharing with him the delights she’s found in her own transformation. Things do come with a price and Lala is open to some ideas, but the couple in love will have to allow Lala to get a little something in return. That isn’t decision isn’t a hard one, but for Felix, something else is going to be very hard when all is said and done.

Much like the other works in this series, this isn’t so much a story about a succubus than it is about a series of transformations being tried out. Lala, the succubus of the story, remains a mystery as before. There’s nothing told about her past, what drives her and her character. There are hints and vague ideas, but nothing really concrete to base one’s thoughts upon. I will note that Lala makes one comment about succubi in general which puts things in a way that made me smile however. It also gave, for the first time, an explanation about how the transformations are chosen and how they work.

Abby isn’t all that different from her first appearance and Felix is delightfully nerdy and shy at the beginning. As things unfold the heat between the pair builds, the erotica that comes after the transformations has some good heat, but it felt somewhat rushed in this work, being a bit set aside for the transformations themselves, which there are a lot. The transformation scenes are well written, there are some really funny moments in the telling as well and they are the core of the story overall. That tends to push some needed character development aside sadly.

The ending of the work is rather abrupt and, at least for me, again it was disappointing. There isn’t so much the story moving onwards as it was the story going back to tease two characters about things before coming to a halt. There are some threads to explore going forwards, assuming there will be more stories to be told, and I really hope there are for Lala just feels like she’s a character that’s underused.

Written well, the characters have voice and I did adore them. But like the rest of the series, the story lacks direction for quite a long time and when it finds its way, it has taken too long. The ending left me wanting and I wish it didn’t. Abby and Felix had fun, but at the end of things, nothing really changed all that much from where they started. Lala remains an enigma to be explored and that she wasn’t is another shame for me at least.

Three out of five pitchforks.

The formula is about the same, Lala’s past isn’t explored, the series of transformations seem like they were meant to be their own stories, but didn’t get anywhere and rather than lose them, they were added to this story. There’s a bit more heat, a little smidge of character development, but when the story closes, it didn’t feel like Abby, Felix or Lala were much further ahead than they were..

Sometimes it isn’t enough to have a taste, sometimes the better story is to have it all and see what happens. Perhaps that might be a story to tell about Lala some other time. Hopefully the author will return to Lala, her world, and tell a story about her. Because that mystery is interesting and needs to be told.

Succubus Sundries: Tonics and Artefacts by Zayna Noble

Succubus Sundries: Tonics and Artefacts by Zayna Noble

The author released the series so far as a collection called Succubus Sundries: Tonics and Artefacts which I’m going to share a very short review as well.

The work contains the first three works in the series, which tells of those that encounter Lala in her shop, the transformations they experience and the payments which Lala collects from them all.

The series is really cute and fun overall, there’s some nice heat in the erotica, the characters are interesting and aren’t two dimensional either. However, this isn’t so much a story about succubi, overall, than it is about transformations into various supernatural beings.

Lala, the succubus of the series, has a lot to offer as a character, but she isn’t really allowed to develop much more than her personalty seems to suggest. She is a tool for the transformations, a catalyst for the erotica that appears, but what her story is, overall, doesn’t get a lot of time in each story.

While that is because Lala isn’t really a main character, and the stories focus more upon those being transformed, it just left me asking, repeatedly, what’s her story and why isn’t it being explored at least somehow. I did like that at least some of Lala’s beliefs, and that of succubi in general are mentioned. I enjoyed that she wasn’t evil, more fun and mischievous overall, which made the overall story have a lighter tone that transferred to the main characters as well.

I just really want more succubi in a series that has succubus in the title.

Three out of five pitchforks.

It would be nice to see the series continue, the way things ended suggests it might and considering that other succubi series by this author have some connections to this one, it would be nice to see some more real crossovers happen. There’s promise here, but a little less transformation and a bit more succubus would be a delight.

 

Tera

Jan 20 2017

A Review of Hell and Damnation by Carolyn Gregg

Hell and Damnation by Carolyn Gregg

Hell and Damnation by Carolyn Gregg

One of the possible stories that appears about succubi or incubi is when something happens to make them human. The story then turns towards what happens next, but generally with one common thing. They know what it’s like to be human. The more interesting story is however, what if they don’t?

Making a mistake can mean punishment. Sometimes that punishment is just trying to live another day. Occasionally in stumbling through, someone decides you are worth saving. Sometimes you see that in them as well.

  • Title: Hell and Damnation
  • Author: Carolyn Gregg
  • Length: 69 Pages
  • ASIN: B00NWULFO0
  • Publishing Date: August 21, 2012 (Original)
  • September 24, 2014 (Reissue)
  • This work at Amazon.com

The work tells the story of:

What’s an incubus to do when he’s kicked out of Hell?

Danelius is an incubus. His job is to engage in sex with mortal women as they sleep, drawing them into his snare and condemning their souls. He’s damn good at what he does, and it doesn’t matter that he’s quite proud of the fact that his record is practically spotless. After all, isn’t pride one of the better deadly sins?

But when his last job goes awry, and he subsequently pisses off the Devil, Danelius finds himself in serious straits. For one, he’s kicked out of Hell and ordered to find a pure soul to replace the sinner he lost. For another, he has no place to go and no place to stay.

Stripped of his powers, naked, and freezing his delectable buns off, Danelius suddenly discovers that being mortal hurts. It’s even worse when he’s rescued by Gemma, and soon thereafter realizes he’s falling in love with her.

It’s when he discovers the true purpose of his exile that Danelius realizes he no longer wants anything to do with Hell or the Old Man. He wants to remain a mortal with Gemma for whatever time they have left of their lives.

Wonder how well Satan will take the news when he finds out?

Danelius has been fired. To be more clear, the Devil wasn’t happy with him and he’s been mad human. Told what he needs to do, but not how, Danelius, now Dan, learns of the pleasures, fears, and troubles of being human. Including finding that there is something called love.

This is a very quirky and fun story which begins in a way that makes Dan not quite what incubi are known to be. It’s a different twist on the legend, one that’s quite unique and I rather liked. Dan is a bit unlikeable at the beginning of the work, not so much for being an incubus, but rather his attitude which is a bit grating.

A run-in with the Devil changes everything for him and Dan becomes entwined in Gemma’s life. Much of the story is taken up with Gemma trying to figure Dan out, to see a way to believe that he’s telling the truth about himself. Once past that awkwardness, Gemma’s lessons on human life are cute, funny and silly all at the same time.

Eventually Dan and Gemma come together and then the real story behind the story comes out. On the way to that, there is a short hot flash of erotica that works well and I did enjoy. The characters fit together, their needs match and it’s a passionate moment before things take a turn.

The twist in the story makes for a nice path to the ending which is then followed with a few more surprises that leave things in a situation that wasn’t quite expected. I wish the story had continued further than where it ends however. I thought it was a bit abrupt and a bit more of the after would have been nice to see. Despite that, the story is well told, the characters are full of depth and they grow, especially Dan, which I really liked as the Dan at the conclusion is a much better character than at the beginning. I just wanted a little bit more than what the ending gave.

Four out of five pitchforks.

One of the more unique incubus stories I have read and the story it tells is a wonderful mix of humour, discovery, need and, in the end, discovering what love means. Quirky beyond words at times, but that’s what makes this really special.

 

 

 

Postscript: For some reason, last month, I received a notice that this work’s appearance in the SuccuWiki was an issue and was required to remove it. I have done so, and was considering not releasing this review. But after some consideration, I’ve decided to offer this review publicly of the work. The work is very good and it’s a shame that I cannot have this work listed on the SuccuWiki.

It bothers me that either the author,  or their publisher, has a problem with the listing of their work, or for that matter, I expect, not wanting a review. Sending a DMCA notice for the sake of listing a book and reviewing it, seems like someone doesn’t quite understand how such a thing works. At no time did I offer a copy of the work, I did not quote from it, save for the book summary which is publicly available on every eBook seller this work appears on.

After removing their work from the SuccuWiki, and sending both the publisher and the author an email explaining how their work was shown and what the purpose was, as well as noting that I had removed the work, I have not, to the date of this review, received any sort of communication from either.

I’d love an explanation as to what, exactly the problem was. I don’t expect I will see such a thing however, all things considered, as nothing has happened so far. But it would be nice to know what the problem was rather than the vague explanation that I received was.

 

Tera

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