The creation of sexual tension in a story is not the simplest of things to do. There’s every chance to go a little too far, to complicate things more than they need to be. Managing to have that tension and mix humour into the moment is a bit of a art form. To be able to do so, even when the story might be slightly tropeish in nature is quite an accomplishment.
If the characters have that connection, and it isn’t beaten over the readers head constantly, then the story itself will take care of the rest. Getting to a point where the characters themselves see, are able to realize that there’s something that’s been in front of them for ages and accept it matters.
- Title: Loving and Loathing Vegas
- Author: Lex Chase
- Length: 40 Pages
- ASIN: B018RSHA1S
- IBSN: 9781634769440
- Publishing Date: November 30, 2015
The work is about:
Jackson has loved Vegas since God created Man—literally. As demonic incubi hailing from the Seventh Circle of Hell, Jackson and Vegas have never been anything more than roommates. Now living among humans, they run Eaven, a TripAdvisor-recommended detour-worthy diner famous for its devilishly decadent pies. Business is dead on the holidays, and Jackson will gleefully stab himself with a spatula if he has to clean spotless pots and pans one more time.
For fun—or torture—Vegas makes him a bet that should Jackson win, they take a much-needed vacation. Should he lose, he’s doomed to clean out grease traps for all eternity. When the challenge is to fall in love with other people by Christmas, it proves Vegas isn’t the least bit interested. But when they find an abandoned baby in the trash, she could be the Christmas miracle to warm Jackson’s cynical heart.
Being an incubus brings along quite a few problems for Jackson, not the least of which is Vegas, whom he has been connected with forever. Together on Earth, running a little out of the way diner, the two find themselves with a small problem. A baby abandoned, but also relationships strained. The truth will come out, but will it be in time?
Jackson and Vegas are two quite interesting Incubi, with a story that I thought was well told, set up a lot of their background in a short time at the beginning and built on that throughout the story as it unfolded. While they are Incubi, they aren’t stereotypically so and it was good to see that. Both have their personalities, their own wants and secrets and watching all of that unfold I think made for a more interesting story.
There are quite a number of minor characters as well, not the least of these being a baby girl left with the two Incubi. She’s quite the scene stealer as things go on and when her story is revealed at the end of the work, it made a good deal of sense, even if that felt very rushed in comparison to the rest of the work.
While there is a short hot flash towards the end of the story, it doesn’t interfere with all that came before, or after. It doesn’t feel out of place, it makes sense to both Jackson and Vegas and it brings a lot of the threads in the work to closure. Overall, the work has a lot of humour in it, reminiscent of a “two men and a baby” theme in a lot of ways and it works well at times. I’m not so sure that the adding of two minor characters made all that much of a difference however. Being that the baby herself was driving a lot of the story, the two minor characters that keep popping up don’t add much to the story.
The single thing that gave me the largest pause wasn’t the story itself, but the cover. The cover bothers, I’m not sure that the black hands and long black nails really work considering the characters themselves and who they are. There could have been a better choice which doesn’t give the impression that the incubi are stereotypical, which they are certainly not.
Well written, though at times the story is a bit confused, a little scattered in focus. Much of that is the situation that Jackson and Vegas find themselves in, but when that goes a little too far over the top then it takes away from what otherwise is a well told and fun story.
Four out of five pitchforks.
A cute, fun story about two souls figuring themselves out when it really matters to them. A bit scattered at times, but otherwise a solid story, well told.