Jun 30 2016

Succubi Image of the Week 441

Some of the most wonderful Succubi art are those images that focus not so much on raw sexuality, but the character of the Succubus herself. They tell stories of… what if. What if there is something more to them? What if the being behind the smile is more than they seem. To have a hint of that, to suggest that, for all Succubi, there is more than what is on the surface, for me, that’s something amazing…

Lingerie Linai -Dakimakura - by uchihakagura1

Lingerie Linai -Dakimakura – by uchihakagura1

This work is titled Lingerie Linai -Dakimakura and is by the artist uchihakagura1 on DeviantArt. You can find the original page on DeviantArt with this work here and this artist’s page can be found here.

The most striking thing about this art for me is that it isn’t over-the-top, does not make her, as a Succubus, look evil either. There’s a bit of a “girl next door” vibe here, which I think adds a lot to this character overall. She looks simply… right. She has the most lovely look in her eyes and her expression is wonderful. Her lingerie isn’t “too much” by any means and that I feel takes nothing away from her. If anything, it strengthens how attractive she is.

Wonderful textures in her hair, a neat sparkle in her eyes. I like that while her wings aren’t too detailed, they serve as background to frame her in the work. I do wish she had a tail, I think that would have been a perfect little addition to top things off, but nonetheless, I just adore this work…

 

Tera

Jun 29 2016

No burning, little desire in this costume really

Burning Desire Devil CostumeI have mentioned, many times, that I have a thing for shiny costumes, boots, latex… But I digress a little. I think that, as a whole, it isn’t too hard to make a costume that is attention getting without going to the point of it being tacky. That doesn’t take a lot to accomplish really, if you think about it. A nice design, the right accessories, and, of course, the right horns. So why is it that so often the horns never work?

This is called the Burning Desire Devil Costume, which to be honest about nine other costumes of variously tacky design have used as their name. It comes with… Well, that’s actually hard to say really as the description of this costume only says that it sells for $90 US.

I’ll make the assumption that the entire costume is the horns and the costume, the boots not being included. It’s rare that the boots would be included, for one thing, and for the other, trying to mix and match the multiple combinations would be stretching the limits of what might be. So, based on what I know similar boots sell for, to look like this model, it would likely cost about $175.

I really do not like the horns, nor the costume itself. I do have to admit I like the boots in a way. However, they are far too loose for my taste and for that they lose a bit of their luster for me.

I think the entire look is a bit too plain, a little too tacky, and as such I wouldn’t really consider this. The horns alone just… don’t really work for me.

I’ll give this one pitchfork out of five.

It’s shiny, which is something, but little else…

 

Tera

 

Jun 28 2016

A Review of Spicy Dinner for Three by Lusty Soul

Spicy Dinner for Three by Lusty Soul

Spicy Dinner for Three by Lusty Soul

There are certain things that a story should have to tell, the main one of these being that the main character should be able to tell their story. It is a balance, to be clear, between the need for story and, in the case of a succubus character, the need for the erotica that comes hand in hand with that.

But a succubus is not her sexuality alone, no matter how powerful that may well be. There’s history, meaning, a past that means every bit as much as the present that she experiences. Telling the other side of the story matters too.

The work tells the story of:

Lucy accepts an invitation to her friend Sabine and her boyfriend’s house to celebrate the turn of the year with them. As January 1st is Lucy’s birthday, she has a special treat planned for her friends. Sabine and Lucy have cooked up the recipe together, and Sabine’s boyfriend Marc will be the lucky guinea pig that will get the first taste…

Lucy is Sabine’s first lesbian lover. But she’s in a very satisfying relationship with Marc, whom she loves to death. The only option she has to pursue her romance with Lucy while staying faithful to Marc is to bring the two together. Lucy, a succubus and master seductress, whose wanderings have brought her into the lives of many couples, knows just how to make that happen…

Lucy is a succubus who finds she has more than one lover and she loves them both dearly. Her powers ensnare them all, take them to the heights of passion and offer Lucy what she needs, and what her lovers crave. Passions unleashed by a succubus are powerful, but more so when they are reflected in the needs of the ones they are with.

The work is a series of three hot flashes that are lightly tied together with a bit of story to connect why things are turning in the direction they do. There’s lovely heat, the characters fit together so very well. There’s a telling of how they see each other, what Lucy, the succubus of the work, needs from them and how she goes about both gaining what she needs, but more so, how she returns that need to her lovers.

While the erotica is well written, telling a series of moments that are deliciously hot, there’s a feeling of something missing and that comes from some of the thoughts that Lucy shares along the way. There’s nothing much told about Lucy, her past, how she came to know she was a succubus and what she has made of being so. Anything that connects to those sorts of questions is touched by a vague comment, or reflection, before the story moves onto the next erotic scene, leaving the questions behind unanswered.

I like a balance between erotica and story and in this work I felt that a lot of emphasis was placed upon the erotica to the expense of the story. I would have liked to know more about Lucy’s past, who she is and so on. That didn’t come out in the work and I really wish it had because Lucy herself is a fascinating succubus character to me.

While Lucy herself is a bit of an enigma, the relationship she has with her lovers isn’t, and while that makes up for a lot of what’s missing to be told about who Lucy is and how she thinks of others, it doesn’t give as much story as I think there should have been. I’ll note that the author does comment upon their intention to write a following work which seems to point to an explanation of, if not how Lucy became a succubus, then at least her history. I hope that answers a lot of the questions I was left with when I finished this work.

The erotica is wonderful, I wish the story that came with it was as well told. Defining the story of Lucy needs to be something told, really it makes up who she is. As it is right now, all we know is that she is likely a succubus, people can’t resist her, and she lives for sexual encounters. There’s something more, hidden and it needs to be seen.

Three out of five pitchforks.

This feels like the second work in a series and not so much the opening of one. Once familiar with a character, then the focus can, and should, be more on their actions than their past. But there still needs to be something to ground one in the story through that character other than the erotica is amazing…

 

Tera

Jun 28 2016

A Review of The Naughty Succubus Part 6: Revelations by Becca Lusk

The Naughty Succubus Part 6: Revelations by Becca Lusk

The Naughty Succubus Part 6: Revelations by Becca Lusk

A review of the sixth work in The Naughty Succubus series by Becca Lusk today on the Tale. The first work was reviewed here, the second I reviewed here, and my third review can be found here. The fourth is here and the prior review of the fifth work in the series can be found here on the Tale.

The thing about the past is that perception means, sometimes, more than the truth itself. There is such a thing as being forced to believe something if one hasn’t all of the information one needs to make a choice. Among all of the voices, sometimes, there is one that can only tell what is the truth and see what happens in doing so.

  • Title: The Naughty Succubus Part 6: Revelations
  • Author: Becca Lusk
  • Length: 49 Pages
  • ASIN: B01H2EKGUK
  • Publishing Date: June 13, 2016
  • This work at Amazon.com

The story tells of:

Meet Trip Taylor. Until one week ago, he had been a pretty average New Yorker. He worked on Wall Street. He lived in a condo. All the things that one associates with normalcy. Until he met a woman on a train who ended up changing his entire world. All of a sudden he started having memories that he can’t place. Demonic visitors start dropping in on him at all time, seducing him and calling him Gabriel. Normal human beings start treating him like a supernatural being without realizing why.

Yup, Trip finds out that he’s actually an angel. Not just any angel mind you. Oh no. Not Trip. He’s actually a reincarnated angel that’s in the middle of an epic battle between Good, Evil, and Chaos that could end up destroying the entire multiverse we live in. Oh, and toss in the fact that his girlfriend is a demonic succubus and you’ll see why Trip will tell himself to never, ever take a train again in his life.

Come join celebrated author, Becca Lusk, as we dive into a world where we redefine the world ‘sinful’. Where debauchery to us is just a regular Monday morning to others. A world of angels, of demons, and everyone else in between. A world of naughty succubi…

Krys has a real problem. She’s seen her love in the hands of another. She cannot help but feel that all is lost. But the past echoes the present and the truth will be heard, whether it is acceptable or not. Sometimes a simple truth is the real answer, but that can only be when one is willing to listen.

In this work, there is a hint about why everything came to be as it was, and will be. A certain Queen of the Succubi makes herself known, and along the way she does as she is want to do. Teaching a lesson to those that seemingly have forgotten some basic truths.

Tera makes herself fully known and I have to say that I liked how much the author managed to instil many of her character quirks and traits as a whole. There are a few little bits that are a little off, but overall it’s quite lovely to see how another author sees the Succubi Queen, her beliefs and her power.

The thing that I dearly liked was that Krys has the same opinion as Tera when it comes to taking souls and lives. Why would you do it? What’s the point? This was something that seemed fairly obvious about Krys at the beginning of the series and that is she isn’t what she is expected to be. It’s something that the angels and devils around her can’t quite deal with, and it made me smile.

There is a lot of internal conflict, but as well, there are touches of humour and laughter in the words, many of which come from Krys herself. If I didn’t know better, I would think that she was Tera’s child in many ways, all things considered. Along with Krys, another succubus character, Mitria, appears. She’s her own personality and she isn’t quite like the other succubi that have appeared in the series so far. She’s interesting, if a bit brash and “young” overall. But she is a talented succubus. Considering she is one of Tera’s that made every bit of sense.

The erotica fades out a bit in this work, only really being in one scene. That’s perfectly fine as there is so much else going on storywise that needs to be explored. While not all of the questions are answered, there’s enough told that much of the preceding series makes a lot more sense. Along the way, Trick comes fully into the work, knowing who he is, and that revelation is rather well done as a whole.

I liked the plot, the story and the characters. But with all of the good, the editing still needs some effort. I feel like at times the dialogue is a little “off”, the narrative needs some focus. A bit more time spent in telling more of the story, making it more involved, more clear, I think would push things to where I feel like they want to be, but can’t quite get there.

Three and a half of out five pitchforks.

Really the one thing that I wish for is that the author edits her work more than she has been. The story is very good, I love how things are playing out, but sometimes the writing needs that little polish and flare to make it all that I know this can be.

Postscript: My thanks to the author for her dedication of this work to me, and for having my Succubi self appear from time to time. It’s interesting to see how others see “me” and the smile I have is a lovely one for which I thank her for.

 

Tera

Jun 27 2016

Tired By TeraS

Another of these short stories that I have been writing of late. Sometimes the words that come feel like all that can be managed, but, sometimes, even Queen Tera can learn new things when she is …

 

Tired
By TeraS

 

There comes a time when one’s soul is worn. That can be due to any number of reasons, expectations, needs, wants or, more often than not, simply a point at which one’s soul, no matter how well intentioned, cannot give anything more.

It is, to be blunt, when one is tired.

However, Tera wasn’t a soul willing to say she was ‘tired’ as an excuse. Being who she was, it was perfectly acceptable for her to put her head down, gather her strength and keep pushing onwards.

Of late, the Realm had faced a moment which had cut deeply into Tera, her Eternal, and all of their family. A loss had been suffered, one that Tera knew, fully well, was going to be with her and those she loved for the rest of time. She didn’t want to say she was tired—not exactly—so, when she was asked how she was, her answer was to smile, wave the question off, and then focus herself upon the soul that had asked the question.

She might be tired, but she would manage.

This was how she explained things to everyone that asked the question of her. The slight dip in her tail, the wan smile on occasion when she thought no one was looking, however, couldn’t hide the truth from those that knew her well.

She was tired.

The offers of help, of taking some of the load from her shoulders, were, of course, kindly refused. She couldn’t possibly ask of others to do the things she needed to do. After all, the Queen of the Realm couldn’t possibly allow herself to be tired, to falter … to be … less than perfect, after all.

But she was tired.

She’d push herself to the limit and then some, for that was how her mind worked, of course. It didn’t matter that some mornings she didn’t want to get out of bed. Or that, one afternoon, she found herself curled up on the leather couch in her office.

She was tired, so the Receptionist didn’t wake her.

When Tera awoke, somewhat miffed at herself for resting for a time, the Receptionist replied: “You were tired. I took care of things.” Being pushed out the door and sent home was a surprise. But she was tired and Tera couldn’t quite manage to be that upset with her.

She was tired, and that took a bit out of her.

She was surprised to find her Heart waiting outside for her. When she asked why he was there, his answer—“You’re tired. I’ll drive”—was one with which she couldn’t argue. She curled up beside him, sleeping as he drove her home.

She was tired, too tired to drive herself.

She stirred when he gently touched her hand—they had arrived home—but she didn’t wake. She didn’t notice the door being opened, her Eternal thanking her Heart for looking after them both. She wasn’t really aware of being carried inside, either. When one is very tired, one simply is.

And she was tired … very tired.

She didn’t wake when her Eternal laid her in bed, but she knew when he curled up with her. Her breathing calmed when their souls touched, their heartbeats matched, and they both managed to fall asleep.

They were both tired, even if they didn’t want to admit it.

It is a strength to give of oneself selflessly, but it is not selfish to admit to the ones you love that you are tired. They are there to help, to love, to support, and to be there. Being tired isn’t an excuse not to ask. Accepting the help of those that love you is not being poor in one’s soul.

Even Tera can accept that … eventually.

Though she will try to repay that kindness twice over, though she will work herself to the edge and beyond in order to make up all that she feels that she needed to do. Being tired is only for this moment and not in the thing that matters the most.

Even so, she and her Eternal will awaken to some nice salads, a carafe of iced tea, and some cookies, all in a basket on their porch, along with huggles from her heart.

Her love will never be tired … neither will the love of all those around her.

Jun 26 2016

A Review of Sacred Sins by Alana Church

Sacred Sins by Alana Church

Sacred Sins by Alana Church

Continuing my reviews of The Succubus series by Alana Church today on the Tale with the fifth work in the series so far. My first review is here, the second is here and my third review cab be found here. The prior review to this one, of the fourth work in the series, can be found here on the Tale.

There are two sides to every story. The most basic of these comes to light and dark. The light can be so very bright, but the dark will be as deep in the shadows. Sometimes they come into conflict. Sometimes the outcome depends on a simple thing. Faith. One does not have to be all powerful, one just has to know the difference between right and wrong.

The work tells the story of:

Althea has been found. The missing body of the succubus has been located in a hospital. Now Rachel and her family are in a race against both time and terrifying evil, because one of the Demon-spawn also knows where her body lies. Time is of the essence, and nothing is certain. Because even if they are successful, to restore Althea to her body they will have to commit…Sacred Sins.

The time has come for Rachel to reveal the truth to her family. To explain what’s been going on, how she’s changed and why. Telling of Althea opens the door, but Rachel’s tail pokes through it soon after. Althea needs to be rescued, a plan is formed. But at the same time the evil seeking them out comes closer, threatening them all. The battle is joined, but at what cost and who will be paying?

The focus of this part of the series revolves around the discovery of the entity that, should it find Althea, intends to kill her, Rachel and her family. This revelation sets up a series of thoughtful encounters within Rachel’s family and a choice being made. That choice has ramifications, some of them quite severe, but also there comes understanding. Watching as Rachel’s family comes to terms with Rachel’s changes, Althea’s existence, and most of all, the understanding that there is something very evil and very dangerous looking for them tells a lot about each of them.

In this work, all of the characters are forced to grow, to make difficult choices. But also it tells of the light each of them carries, what they are willing to do for Althea, and, as well, the truth that Althea herself has to face in that. The ties among them all become so very tightly woven. That fabric of the family, of their love for each other in the face of what are terrible things, I really enjoyed.

Much of the work otherwise has very much an “Ocean’s Eleven” feel in that the rescue Rachel and her family undertake doesn’t quite go as well as they had hoped. The action was fast enough to keep me turning the pages, but not to miss the details. Again, it’s written like an action adventure movie scene, it has a hot start, some moments of fear, almost away and clear, threat comes back, and then, finally, the ending when the threat is overcome, if for the moment only. The entire passage just really brings into sharper focus the talent this author has in their storytelling.

The erotica is as wonderful as ever, the scenes are not silly or odd, there is focus, passion, need fulfilled. While much of this comes between the couples that have been formed throughout the series, there is one other important passage where the erotica was deliciously told. The returning of Althea to her body was interesting and I have to admit it wasn’t anything like I had expected. I’m glad it wasn’t a simple thing, that it meant something to everyone, as it needed to. There’s a good deal of “succubus tail action” throughout, and some of the moments did make me smile, for they are written so very well.

I loved so much about this work, but there is one part that gave me pause. We finally meet the real Althea… and she rubbed me the wrong way a little bit. I feel like she was a little cold at times. Not that she was evil or something, I just felt she was slightly disconnected from everyone in her tone and some of her actions. Her “voice” seemed warmer within Rachel than without. I feel like she’s a little out of sorts, which makes sense. That she needs to gain her powers, centre herself, gain her footing to face the threat that is coming for her and all those that she has touched.

There’s a sense of preoccupation, that Althea is worried that something will happen to those around her. That’s all good and it needs to be a worry for her. It’s important. Althea isn’t human, and being so there is the barrier between an immortal and a mortal. How do you relate? How can you “speak” and not be speaking down to someone? It’s a fine line, and it seems like Althea is going to have to deal with something she hasn’t for a long time now. Caring about someone again.

The ending is both funny and worrisome. It’s a good place to leave things to the next work. The question about what comes next is a hard one, when it will be and how it will be. I think it works well being so. The family is threatened, but at the same time they are together. I think that’s the point where the story turns next.

The series continues to build on its strengths, the characters remain true. The editing is very good, the prose is tight and paints a vivid picture. All good things and I am quite certain there is still more good to come.

Four and a half out of five pitchforks.

The chase scene is one of the best I have read in quite some time, but while the action is at the fore here there is something more. The question of faith, belief and family. The core of the story remains true, the characters continue to grow and the story deepens. All are good things, but more the question comes as to what will happen next and who will feel the wrath of their enemy. Regardless of that, there is hope, it lives, and that matters most.

 

Tera

Jun 26 2016

A Review of Neither Love Nor Money by Giselle Renarde

Neither Love Nor Money by Giselle Renarde

Neither Love Nor Money by Giselle Renarde

There are some that believe that Succubi cannot love. That they could not, for why should such creatures be able to do so. But the thing is, all beings are capable of love, it is just the means to find the one to love that is the difficult part.

But this is a two way street of course, but the other also can love as deeply, even more so. They can see beyond the obvious and accept, even if the one they love cannot, that they are worth loving and living for. If that is true, then why shouldn’t such things be possible?

The work tells of:

Detta’s employees like to spread vicious rumors about their boss sleeping her way to the top. They don’t know how right they are, and neither does the Detta’s new pet, Max, until she seduces him while they’re working late. She ties him up to show him just how much power a succubus can wield over a man, but there’s a hitch: Detta falls for Max, so hard she can’t conceive of stealing his essence. Without the energy she needs, Detta fades fast. Will Max do what’s necessary to make her well again?

Max knows a secret and it is one that he holds tightly. Detta, who everyone thinks of as simply a woman, is a succubus. She claimed Max, entwined herself with him, but then, at the moment when she was to feed Detta found that she loved him dearly. Discovering love has made her choose a simple choice. She will not feed again, for his sake. But then Max also has made a choice and neither of them can avoid what it means.

This work is, as a whole, the story of a Mistress and her submissive in which both are willing to do something that, in either case, can spell the end of their lives. In both cases, they try to explain why they are making the choices they are, why they must do so. Really it is a story about what you are willing to do for the one you love.

The work is told from Max’s perspective, and it is clear that he needs Detta, wants her do so whatever she must to live, because that is what you do when you love someone unconditionally. At the same time, the story from Detta’s perspective offers a succubus who has found something she never thought existed, that could never be her’s. In finding that, she makes the choice that it is better to have loved and lost all than to lose the love she’s found.

There is a very bittersweet tone in the story which starts from the first word written to the very last. But along with that comes a few moments of bliss and love for both characters and that I felt told things the best of all. Their first real encounter is heavily BDSM in nature, but it feels right for the two of them and sets out a tone which draws them both together.

The climax of the story offers a simple truth, one that they both have to accept and deal with. Detta has to choose for Max and he must choose for her. It is that understanding, at last, when they are forced to make the choice that I found the most captivating of the work.

The ending however I felt was much less than it otherwise should have been. It comes to a point, to a moment, and then the work just ends, the resolution of their choice not made clear, the consequences of doing so left unknown. I felt a bit cheated at the ending as a result because with all of the gravity of the choice Max has to decide on, the aftermath isn’t dealt with.

I can guess at what comes after this story, what happens to Max and Detta, and I dearly hope that I am correct in believing the best did occur. But that can’t be said for certain, there are questions and with how much I was touched by these characters and their lives, I wish there weren’t so many.

Four of out five pitchforks.

The ending is ambiguous and after all that came before in the work, that is the one singular problem I have with it. I think I know where things will go, at least I hope they would, but there’s no clear answer. Sometimes a story needs that to be complete and the characters to be whole.

 

Tera

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