Jul 10 2016

A Review of Last Call for Love by Lila Shaw

Last Call for Love by Lila Shaw

Last Call for Love by Lila Shaw

I have reviewed many of Lila Shaw’s works, and really I have reviewed all of her succubus stories. In each I have found something that I adored, admired and was thrilled by. It is always a wonderful moment to discover another of her succubi stories and fall into the world she creates.

A reissued, and rewritten work this time from this author on the Tale, one that I had not been aware of before, but I am quite pleased that it has been reissued on its own rather than the anthology that it had been hidden in before.

There are some wishes that succubi cry out for. To know love, to experience it. But as well, in doing so, they know there is a price to be paid. In having love, and knowing the price, a moment can either damn or praise. Sometimes it can do both, but not always to the same soul.

  • Title: Last Call for Love
  • Author: Lila Shaw
  • Length: 31 Pages
  • ASIN: B01HYZ3AR8
  • Publishing Date: July 4, 2016
  • This work at Amazon.com

The work tells of:

Penelope (Penn) is in love with a man she has denied herself for two years, not just because they are baseball teammates and good friends. Penn is a succubus, a demon creature sustained by sex, and the men she sleeps with must be mind-wiped after she feeds. Breaking the only law of her kind means death for the both the succubus and her man. When Penn succumbs in a weak moment, she has only hours left before she will be forever erased from Joe’s memory or destroyed.

Penelope, better known as Penn to her friends, loves two things more than anything else. One is baseball, the other is her dear friend on the baseball team. But being a succubus means she can’t touch him, as much as she loves him. But in a moment of need comes an admission of love and that love, as much as Penn wants it to be, can’t possibly be eternal.

I have to admit that I wasn’t quite sure how baseball and Penn being a succubus was going to work out. But as the story progresses, it’s less about the baseball and more about the game that Penn has been playing all of her life as a succubus.

As the story unfolds, Penn finds herself placed in a position she has been trying to avoid, needing to avoid. The meaning for that makes a lot of sense, the desire within Penn is palatable. When the moment comes, and she cannot help herself, the moment is a bit awkward, but there is love and passion within it.

From that comes a cute little scene, but it’s the resolution of the aftermath, in the telling of the truth coming out and Penn coming to terms with herself and her love. It’s that part of the story that I felt has the most joy and I adored that.

The erotica is lovely and hot, a pair of delicious hot flashes with the latter encounter being the better of the two in its romance, love and joy. It’s not silly or strange, it’s simply two souls in love and that’s the best erotica of all.

The ending is a bit unclear, I’m unsure if Penn’s outcome is as I think it is, that she remains as she was, but with an important change, two of them really. I know that’s vague, but it’s a core point in the ending and I don’t want to reveal it. I would have liked a little more clarity on that point, perhaps a bit more of what comes next for all of the characters.

A lovely story with quite a lot of joy, mirth and passion. It leaves me wanting at the end, needing to know a few little things, but overall I dearly enjoyed this work. Well worth a read and your time.

Four and a half out of five pitchforks.

A joy by far. A wonderful story with power and passion, love and need. Characters that tells their story and in doing so, offer so much. Really one of the most lovely stories Lila has written and one of my favourites.

Always hoping for something more, wishing the author the best always…

 

Tera

Jul 09 2016

A Morrigan Aensland Tribute YouTube with a slightly different beat…

Another Morrigan Aensland art tribute YouTube today with what I think is a rather upbeat music track behind it…

 

And if you cannot see the video here on the Tale, please try this link:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9hyx8hmakQk

Normally I add an image from the video of Morrigan that I liked the best, but this time I am sharing an image that I hadn’t seen before. Most of the images in this video are the popular ones that have been seen of Morrigan, really in most videos like this, but this one is a bit different…

Morrigan Screenshot

I just think this is interesting mainly for those rings of power that are flowing away from Morrigan here… It has, at least for me, a hint of a hypnotic effect and I think that’s rather interesting…

 

Tera

Jul 08 2016

A Review of Creating a Woman Can Be Tricky by Susan Hart

Creating a Woman Can Be Tricky by Susan Hart

Creating a Woman Can Be Tricky by Susan Hart

There are some story ideas that, at first look, actually have something interesting to tell. Managing to take an idea and turn it into a story that holds onto the idea, but builds upon it can be a difficult thing to accomplish.

One of the pitfalls can in the characters, another can be in the telling of the story. It really never works to ignore substance. It also isn’t a good sign when the characters are rather stereotypical. Especially the one that is a succubus.

  • Title: Creating a Woman Can Be Tricky
  • Author: Susan Hart
  • Length: 13 Pages
  • ASIN: B019P7NM0S
  • Publishing Date: December 9, 2015
  • This work at Amazon.com

The work tells of:

When a man cleans out some trash from underneath his house he finds an old book of spells. Then, he tries it out…

Ben is forced to clean up the mess around his home and finds amongst all of the trash a book of spells that offers a way to summon a lover. But the thing about such books is there is always fine print and not paying attention can cost you.

The work begins with actually quite a lot of detail about Ben, his life, and what he wants, in a way. The events leading to the finding of the book start out relatively normal, but then become increasingly odd as things go. Upon finding the book, the story becomes a series of short scenes between Ben and a female being he has summoned through the book.

One of these, Kyra, is a succubus and overall she remains the longest in the work, but she is, as a whole, a rather stereotypical succubus in her words, actions, and what happens between her and Ben. There’s really not a lot of time spent in the telling of who Kyra is for getting to her entwining herself around Ben.

What follows after that is a series of encounters, rather short ones, before the final being appears and at least some of the underlying story is revealed. But in doing so the story really seems to lose its way. There is a lesson in the story, which is fine, but the telling of it, the person that does so, and how that is done doesn’t really get told well.

The work is short and to the point, the ending is quite sudden and leaves very little to the imagination. There’s really no redemption for any of the characters, nor is there in the ending something other than a twist followed by a taunt.

The work really could have been expanded on in a lot of ways. Each of the individual encounters could have been turned into ten or twenty page on its own, for one. As well, the climax of the work, the reveal, might have been drawn out as well. Perhaps in doing so the feeling of things being rushed at the end wouldn’t have been so much in the forefront of the work.

The erotica, which mainly focused on Kyra, has its moments, some heat, but it is rushed and in being so the heat becomes muted. There was the barest hint of some succubus mind control and other powers, and in some ways I liked that for the transformational aspects of it. But Kyra’s single minded focus I think took something away.

The writing needs some editing, if to just make the story be less rushed in the telling. The beginning of the work took quite some time to set everything up, but then when the story moved to the point of the work, that’s when things rushed by. Taking as much time in the latter two-thirds of the work would have made for a better read.

Two out of five pitchforks.

The concept is good, there’s a lot that could have been done with it. Instead the story cannot decide where it is going and by the time the ending arrives the opportunity is lost.

 

Tera

Jul 08 2016

A Review of The Naughty Succubus Part 7: Recollections by Becca Lusk

The Naughty Succubus Part 7: Recollections by Becca Lusk

The Naughty Succubus Part 7: Recollections by Becca Lusk

A review of the seventh work in The Naughty Succubus series by Becca Lusk today on the Tale, which brings to a close the first book in the Succubus In Love trilogy. You can find my firstsecond, and third reviews here. The fourth, fifth, and sixth reviews can be found here on the Tale as well.

There are forces in the universe which can be described as being primal. There are others than might be seen as being needful. But with all they represent and all they are capable of, they cannot resist one simple truth.

The issue is, however, what that truth is to each of them, and which truth is the one that really is…

  • Title: The Naughty Succubus Part 7: Recollections
  • Author: Becca Lusk
  • Length: 61 Pages
  • ASIN: B01HHCZZNU
  • Publishing Date: June 22, 2016
  • This work at Amazon.com

The story tells of:

For countless millennia, angel has fought demon, knowing no other alternative. The world has been divided into Good and Evil. Now, a third force awakens. Barely defeated in the past, it arises again. And the only thing in its path is a sexy little succubus with a long name. But thankfully, she has friends. An angelic lover with a case of amnesia. A mischievous friend from the nether regions. A stern Archangel. And an ancient power – Tera, the Queen of the Succubi. Together, it’s up to them to protect the multiverse so people can keep doing the lewd and lascivious things that bring them pleasure.

What do you get when you start asking the wrong sorts of questions? When the status quo goes from being uncomfortable to just plain wrong? When you realize that life isn’t made out of black and white, but shades of grey?

Krys has found a miracle, one she never really expected to happen. Her Eternal has returned, and for a moment, a cherished one, they are together once more. But the story of the past, of how things came to be as they are, lurks close by and when that story is told, one thing is very clear. The joys of the moment come with a cost which will have to be paid. The question to be answered is, by whom?

There are quite a ew questions answered in this part of the series, some of them being given by Tera through her memories, but also through Krys as well. The telling of the conflict of the past, the events that came to pass through the action, and guided inaction of many characters makes quite a good deal of sense. The comparison between the battles of the past, and the “discussion” of the present shows that the characters have developed over time, but not really how that happened.

Thera are gaps, mainly in the relationship between Krys and Gabriel, which I really do want to know more about and not just in how the two of them are wonderful together when they are intimate. There is the start of a connection in the past, borne out in the events of the present. Telling that part of the story will, I assume, come in a later part of the series and I do look forward to seeing that.

The hint of the coming conflict in the past offers some insights to both sides involved, but what Chaos is, represents, or will do, is a bit shaded. Again, something to explore later. Tera can’t tell everything here, nor really should she, but the hints are there. At the same time, Krys’ character, once she is reunited with Gabriel, really shines and I adored that.

The joy she has in the here and now is bright and clear. The moment of the two of them being together, being intimate, and, for what has been so very long for Krys, feels right. There’s the lovely aspect of Krys being a tease, Gabriel being a little out of his depths. But there is love between them both. The best story of all to tell and explore.

As much as I adore the characters and story, there needs to be another editing pass overall. There’s some disconnects in the dialogue, some mistakes in word choices and so forth. Some of the things that one specific character says, a certain ebon haired Queen, are a little odd, but a needed editing will clear that up I’m quite sure.

The promise in this series are the characters, specifically Krys and Gabriel. The love between them is very clear and I do so long to see them be happy, for with all they have been through, it is something they both deserve most of all. Where things go from here I have a few ideas, one of which seems to make more sense than anything else does. We’ll see what happens next and that’s the singular thing about this series. The anticipation of what dear Krys will see, and what will come from that.

Three and a half out of five pitchforks.

The singular thing that I really wish to see is the author editing her works a little more. There’s a really interesting story here, and I really want that to come out in the best way possible. Where the story goes from here is something I am really looking forward to seeing.

I mentioned at the beginning that this work marked the end of the first work in the Succubus In Love series, and so it is. But that also means there is a collected edition of this series which was released on July 7, 2016 as Fallen Angel: Book One of the Succubus Trilogy.

I will be reviewing that work shortly, as much of my wishes with regards to editing, storytelling, and more, come into force with this release.

Postscript: My thanks to Rebecca for her dedication to me at the beginning of her work, but more, my love and hugs to someone I think of as a dear friend and sister…

 

Tera

Jul 07 2016

Succubi Image of the Week 442

A lovely Morrigan Aensland piece of art this time for the Succubi of the Week… It isn’t always important that Morrigan be showing off all of her “assets” to the world. It is, however. important that her strengths are…

Morrigan by sakimichan

Morrigan by Sakimichan

This work of Morrigan is by the artist Sakimichan on DeviantArt. You can find the original page on DeviantArt with this art here and this artist’s page can be found here.

Just a wonderful image of Morrigan, I especially like her expression as the focus here, but the detail in this art is simply amazing. I do so like the little hearts fluttering about her, I think that’s a neat touch here. The shine on her clothing works really well, her pose seems right too. The background is interesting, there’s a sense of mystery and that adds to the setting and how Morrigan is expressed here.

Really one of the best images of Morrigan for the year I do believe…

 

Tera

Jul 06 2016

This costume has the Shine, not sure about the Sizzle

Sizzle N Shine Devil CostumeAnother shiny devil, not quite a Succubus, costume today. It’s closer, actually all things considered, it has a bit more going for it than most. But it’s missing that last little thing to push this costume into the realm… or Realm for that matter…

This is called, and it’s so cute when they name things this way isn’t it, the Sizzle N Shine Devil Costume.

It comes with the top, which has an attached tail that you can just barely see, the armlets and the horns. The boots and whip are not included and it sells for $90 US.

Adding the boots and the whip to complete the look raises the cost to $190 US.

I sort of like the overall look, though in order to I have to overlook the horns, which are so so, the little fringe on the bottom of the costume, and around the top, which I don’t like. The tail is very short, and looks to be sparkly, which I don’t care for much either.

Looking at the whip, I would be tempted to remove the attached tail, cut the handle off the whip and somehow stitch the two them together. Long tails are sexier by far to me at least.

The model is, I have to admit, trying very much to make this costume appealing, and it does look nice on her. But there’s an air of tacky about this that turns me off and that’s a shame.

Perhaps what’s missing, and it’s only my own preference, is something like an optional long gown, slit on the sides to make this more appealing…

Something to ponder I suppose…

I’ll give this, if only just, two and a half out of five pitchforks.

The good thing about this is that I have an idea to mull over now. That might go somewhere…

 

Tera

Jul 05 2016

A Review of Ravished Before Sunrise by Lia Davis

Ravished Before Sunrise by Lia Davis

Ravished Before Sunrise by Lia Davis

There was a series, quite some time ago, called 1Night Stand and in that series various kinds of supernatural beings found themselves on unexpected dates. Some of these happen to have a succubus as one of the characters, but they knew they were a succubus. This work however doesn’t have that aspect, in that the main lead character has no idea she is a succubus and I found that interesting.

It is said that sometimes two souls are attracted to each other because the universe wants things to be that way. The larger challenge is when one soul has no idea why things are and the other cannot believe that they are.

The work tells about:

Born with the unusual ability to see what truly lies in the shadows, Emalee Black is stuck between two worlds, the paranormal and the human. Neither one accepts or understands her and she’s forced to live a quiet, boring life in hiding. When her best friend mentions 1Night Stand dating service, Ema chooses a role-playing adventure straight out of her romantic fantasies. She’s to hunt her very own vampire and have her wicked way him.

Vampire Darian Wyman is surprised when his daughter signs him up for a one-night stand with an exclusive matchmaking agency. At first he’s appalled by the idea, but as he reads the details of the date, he becomes intrigued. For one night he will get away from the life he has long grown tired of to be hunted and captured by a would-be huntress. But he has plans of his own for his little vixen.

However, when Darian discovers the truth about Ema’s inhuman abilities, the date could end before it gets started.

Emalee finds herself roped into going on a date, but one in which she believes her fantasy of being seduced by a vampire might come true. Darian on the other hand, is a vampire who’s daughter has pushed him into one as well, even though he has little desire to. When the date begins, neither expects the events that unfold, or the secrets that are brought into the light.

Both of the characters in this work are fully realized, having their own histories, faults and strengths. In their thoughts and voices comes a clarity that both of them have needs to be fulfilled, but coming to terms with those needs is where they both struggle and, at the same time, can help each other.

Emalee’s path through this work is interesting for the fact that she is a half-Succubus, is unaware of this, and doesn’t realize why she is able to see what she can. As Darian is a vampire, he knows what Emalee is, but not who at first and that brings a lot of tension to them both. Telling of their past, why they are both on this date, was a mix of bemusement and sadness in a lot of ways, but it did help to set out who they both were and why they took this chance.

The roleplaying scene is cute, having some neat scenes playing out in it and if the story moved from that point to them starting a relationship, I would have been quite happy with that. However, there is a bit of conflict tossed in that I didn’t feel made a lot of sense, really wasn’t explained, and almost immediately vanished into thin air once its purpose was done with. It was a bit formulaic in how that was told and I just feel like the two characters would have been moving in the same direction without it being there.

Eventually Emalee learns what she is through Darian and it is a rather quick rush to get that explained, some fear and doubt to creep in, and then it is past. I would have loved to have more time spent in the explanation, the moment of coming to realize why things are by Emalee. Still, what was given worked to move the story onto some lovely erotica.

While Emalee it told that she is a succubus, and the explanation makes sense from her perspective, there’s really not all that much time spent in showing her powers as a succubus. I wish that had come out more, especially considering her physical appearance, which I couldn’t help but smile about at a few points.

The erotica comes in a nicely told burn between them both, a choice made, and the connection that forms between them. The erotica isn’t out of place, isn’t odd or strange, but rather brings two souls together in a way that is more story driven than simply having them both together.

The ending completes the story, though it is a bit rushed for what happens in that moment. But the emotions, the needs, and the acceptance are right for both characters and I was pleased to see that the ending didn’t wash over the balance of the story.

Lovely characters, the heat in the erotica is well done. Emalee’s succubus doesn’t quite come out as much as I would have liked to see, but the hints were delicious.

Four out of five pitchforks.

A cute and fun story with two characters that really do mesh together well. Lovely heat in the erotica is matched with a story in a good balance which I enjoyed. While the story had love and more, the handling of Emalee being told of her true nature felt rushed and thin in a part of the story when some more time spent in that discovery would have added much to the work as a whole.

 

Tera

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