Falling For The Succubus by Siren Allen
Recently I reviewed the first work in the Succubus Nights series by Siren Allen and you can find that review here on the Tale. In that review I noted that the story was rushed, the main character didn’t develop, or have her story told as much as I would have liked. Today, a review of the second work in the series which, while about another succubus, I think is a far better read.
I would have liked more of a connection with the prior work, though there is one. I’d have liked some of the questions that impact the main characters been explored more than they were. But overall, the one thing I really wanted, that being more time spent on the characters themselves rather than the erotica, worked well and that was a delight.
The work tells the story of:
Her name is Anika Kaleen. She’s a galactic bounty hunter. My enemies call me Death. I’m her target.
Falling for her should be the last thing on my mind. Yet, she’s all I think about. It’s ironic that the only female I want, wants me dead. She’s no match for me. Her pride drives her to continue searching for me. My feelings for her keep me from ending her life and putting a stop to this madness.
I’ve tried warning her away. I’ve tried scaring her away. Nothing is working. The only thing her determination is doing is making me want her more. I told her to stop hunting me. I told her if our paths crossed again, I would take her. She didn’t listen. She never listens. But I always keep my promises.
She wants me dead. I want her… period. Let’s see which one of us completes our mission.
It seems that somethings never change. Succubi can’t drive spaceships, for one, and while Anika wasn’t driving when she and her best friend were coming to Earth, it’s still a problem to be reckoned with. But while her friend is back to have fun, in spite of braking their ship, Anika is there on more serious business. She’s hunting for someone, but then they are looking for her as well.
The work, while having a sci-fi theme, really doesn’t dwell on that aspect of things very long. There’s more time spent on seeking out the truth, confronting one’s past, and coming to terms with the reality of the lives each character has led. As well, there’s a good deal of a supernatural theme beyond the appearance of succubi, and it’s very important to explain so much of what happens to both Anika and her prey, Dylix. It’s that exploration of both characters, who try, and fail many times, to figure out what is going on, that held me in the story.
The story allows for the characters to develop, to reflect on their pasts, and to overcome the conflict that presses between them. There’s one real scene of erotica which while having heat, actually is heartbreaking in a lot of ways when many of Dylix’s hidden secrets come out. The telling of his truth, which takes the entire work to be placed out in the open, is done very well and I think it held the story together.
For Anika, sifting through her persona, her fears, needs and most of all, the hidden past that entwines her, was amazing as well. Again, there’s enough time for her to change into a character that the reader feels empathy over. But the revelation about her past, and it’s a huge one, I think didn’t have the chance to be told as much as I wanted. Such a massive, life changing event, and what it means to Anika and her family, really has to be taken to its conclusion, but that just got glossed over a bit too much for my liking.
The climax of the work gave Anika the moment to be herself, to know herself and figure out what her truth really is. In the same way, Dylix is pushed into a corner, needs to make a choice that’s heartbreaking when it happens. The conflict is terribly sad, but it needed to be for it had to matter and I think it did. It isn’t rushed, though some moments could have been fleshed out a bit more if for no other reason than to expand on some surprising truths raised.
The ending didn’t quite work for me, mostly in that there’s a time skip and I didn’t feel that worked well. Time spent in making Dylix and Anika’s relationship, with all its challenges, would have been good to see. The ending, overall, ties up a few loose ends before pointing the series towards the next work. It works, but again, much like the first work, it’s a bit rushed in the ending and I really wish it wasn’t considering all of the time spent in telling the rest of the story.
A very good read, I liked both Anika and Dylix very much as characters. There’s a lot of plot points and universe fleshing out that teases, but doesn’t really deliver as much as I’d like. The dialogue sounds right, though occasionally there are some oddities that tripped me up a bit. A bit longer overall, a little more world building than what happened would have been wonderful. Perhaps next time there will be.
Four out of five pitchforks.
A much better read than the opening work in this series by far. There’s still a lot of background not delved into, a lot of plot not taken, but overall a far more captivating read. Allowing the main characters to tell their story made a real difference and I’m glad the author took a slightly different approach to telling this story than the first.
As much as this work was so very good, the truths about Anika’s past, now revealed, leave a massive plot behind and I’m hoping that the questions about her past are told. They really need to be, all things considered.
The third work in the series, Claimed by the Succubus, will be released shortly, and like the prior two works in the series it will be focusing upon another succubus character. I hope it will connect the two prior works together, perhaps point the series towards telling of why Anika’s past, and present, turned out as they did. Settling some of the open plots would be good, and I hope they are.
I have hopes, and we’ll see if they happen.