Feb 26 2016

A Review of Demon Menage by Jacqueline D Cirque

Demon Menage by Jacqueline D Cirque

Demon Menage by Jacqueline D Cirque

There are some stories that start out with some conflict, some sort of danger or, at the most, an event that changes lives. This usually leads to another event that leads to the point of the story and things develop from there. But what happens when the explanation for why things happen doesn’t right true with the events of the story? Is that a mistake, omission, or meant to be?

When that happens, I find it hard to continue onwards and get immersed in the story to be. More so when the story doesn’t really continue for getting out of the way of the oncoming rush of rather lukewarm heat.

The work tells of:

The Dark One demands a debt be paid.

Village girl Elsa is not a stranger to sin. For months she has happily spread her legs for countless men, but now her sins have caught up with her. Stabbed, killed and cast down into the dark depths of hell, Elsa almost falls foul of the wraith’s poison before she is rescued by a trio of exiled demons.

The demons know the only way to bring her back is through the Ceremony—a brutal coupling that few humans have survived before. Every hole must be filled—hard, fast and without mercy. Can Elsa survive, or will she be forced to live out a darker life, forever stuck in a perpetual cycle of unfathomable horror?

Elsa is hunted by another who has learned what she has been up to. A fight comes, Elsa then finds herself in hell, at the mercy of a creature she does not understand. Then she is “saved” from a cruel fate by three incubi that have their way with her. But then, what happens next is more the question.

The story is a bit confused, but a lot of that is from Elsa’s perspective I think. While the beginning is quite clear about what happens to her, what she does, and what transpires, it only tells a bit of the story before that ends and the story shifts to another place altogether. There is a story there, but it isn’t really dwelled on long, save to point out what Elsa has been up to and little more.

Once the core of the story starts, again, there is a bit of story in the start, but then that gets taken aside when Elsa is attacked, used, and then “rescued” by what seems to be a trio of incubi. It isn’t clear if they are incubi, though it seems the most likely explanation, and as they “help” Elsa she might be transformed, or beginning to be, into a succubus, but again that’s not really clear either.

What is clear is that the story vanishes and a hot flash begins to start, tries to find its way, but I don’t think it does. The erotica isn’t… interesting. Elsa really does nothing, or next to that, while the incubi do all they want with her. Elsa is more sex doll than anything else through most of this and when she finally comes out of the spell she is under… The scenes are stereotypically over the top in tone which didn’t do anything for me as well.

The erotica doesn’t have all that much heat, the characters are paper-thin, the story isn’t present and all of that just made me lose my interest far too quickly. There’s no character development, there’s nothing in the way of a plot, other that the sex scenes, and it just didn’t work overall. The work is supposed to be “horror” but really is isn’t. It is brutal in the beginning, make no mistake, but otherwise it isn’t so much horror as it is slasher themed in the beginning followed by some erotica that tries to be “evil” but really only turns out to be “sleepy” or “frozen” as Elsa has to suffer through those perils before the work climaxes and Elsa’s personality changes somewhat.

There is a point at which I was brought up short by a comment made about Elsa in which she is said to be a murder, which has to do with how she passed away and came to be where she is. I don’t see how defending oneself in the midst of being murdered by another makes her a murderer as well. That didn’t sit right with me and, as such, the balance of the story just went out of focus for me. I found myself trying to understand that comment around all else that was happening and I just couldn’t make it fit.

Two out of five pitchforks.

A sad beginning which leads to some strange erotic encounters and a story which seemed to be only there for Elsa being used by the three incubi. It’s a hot flash, barely, with not a lot of story that makes sense to take it further. There is a story, but it doesn’t get taken far and should have for all of the hints in the work that appeared.

 

Tera

Feb 26 2016

A Review of Remember Me by Nanea Knott

Remember Me by Nanea Knott (Original Issue Book Cover)

Remember Me by Nanea Knott (Original Issue Book Cover)

The next review of the Sex Demon series by Nanea Knott here on the Tale. I started with the prequel work, which I enjoyed very much and you can find that review here earlier this week. The prequel was released after the series had started, but still makes it’s presence and connection to the series known in this, the first actual novel of the series in some interesting ways.

The hardest thing about trying to find one’s soulmate is that you never expect to find them. Actually that’s not true when one’s soulmate is a succubus and the proof of the connection between you both is a simple question. What do you remember in the morning?

If you are the succubus, the larger question is whether you can believe it yourself when you are confronted by it, or if the stories of never finding the right soul are the real truth. Self doubt can be the most terrible of things when you so desperately want to believe and things aren’t the fairy tale they should be.

  • Title: Remember Me
  • Author: Nanea Knott
  • Length: 207 Pages
  • ASIN: B00TU6762U
  • Publishing Date: February 19, 2015
  • This work at Amazon.com

It tells the story of:

Willow Harris is a succubus who has to have sex with humans to survive. She’s been sleeping with a co-worker, Chase for weeks, but he doesn’t remember any of it. No one ever does. There’s only one true love for a succubus, and Willow hasn’t found hers yet.

Detective Greg Stewart arrives at an accident scene and everything seems routine. While investigating her friend’s suspicious car crash, he meets the young, breathtaking Willow, and now he can’t get her out of his mind. He takes a special interest in the case and the woman he is inexplicably drawn to.

Willow finds out her friend isn’t the only one being targeted and things get more complicated when she discovers there’s an entire organization devoted to destroying all sex demons. To make matters worse, Chase begins stalking her. Falling in love with Greg should be the last thing on her mind, but the magnetism is undeniable.

Greg has received unbelievable information about his investigation and goes straight to Willow for answers. She confides in him, though it’s useless because he’ll just forget in the morning. She didn’t expect him to pull an all-nighter, and he hasn’t forgotten a word she’s said.

Willow is kidnapped, lives are threatened, and Greg willingly puts his life on the line. Has Greg taken on a force too big? Can Willow escape with not only her life, but her heart, intact?

Willow is a succubus with a dream. A single wish that one day she will find someone that remembers her in the morning. Greg is a man that has only found the wrong woman and decides to give up on finding Miss Right. The events of an accident draw them together, and Greg finds himself attracted to Willow, and she to him. A night together brings answers for Greg, but for Willow she holds no hope that he is the one. Against the odds, Greg remembers, but is it because he is her mate or is it because he doesn’t want to forget her? Along the way, Willow learns that some accidents are not accidents, and her kind are being threatened as a whole and Willow in particular.

The first novel in the series sets up quite a number of plots with most, if not all of them being connected to a mysterious group of which very little is revealed. But through that connection the work brings together a collection of characters with one thing in common. They are the succubi and incubi of this universe, and the story of what their lives and search for the one love, are like.

This particular theme I enjoyed the most, for various reasons of my own. The single point in that theme, the proof, I thought was inspired, and that reflects in the series titles. While the method is unique, there comes, in a way, a certain level of disbelief from the main character of the work when she is confronted by the possibility of having her dream be true. There’s a point at while, and it is a very human response, when she thinks she might have her wish, finds out what the other is willing to do to remember her, and then brushes him off for doing so. It’s a heartbreaking moment, and through it there comes further moments of confusion, strife and, towards the conclusion, an amazingly hilarious telling of “what really happened” that was perfect and I couldn’t stop laughing over.

Willow, the main character of this work, is one of many succubi who’s story are told, While Willow’s, being the main character. it delved into the most, as each of the succubi appear throughout the work, there’s a good deal of personality, history, and plot that curls around them really nicely. For the incubi however, there’s only one character who receives the same treatment, and in truth I want to know how that story turns out because the little pieces of his life, and his problem, were very strongly felt against Willow’s own.

Willow’s character is complex, having her own issues, fears, needs and wants, and being so ties the various plot threads together really well. There are a few points where she’s a bit whiny, lost, unsure, and makes a few judgement calls that are questionable, but there’s a reason for them. His name is Greg.

While most of the work is told from Willow’s perspective, when Greg’s comes into play there were a lot of moments, much like I felt with Willow, where I wanted to hug him tightly. There are good souls in this series and Greg’s is really one of the most wonderful. While his past is a mess, encountering Willow, how she effects him, and his internal monolog tells a lot about him. It’s interesting to listen to his thoughts as he tries to piece everything together, but there comes the moment when he is with Willow for the first time and even as he and Willow fall into each other’s orbits, Greg still manages to ask questions of her which really nicely tells a lot of things about the succubi and incubi without making it feel like an information dump.

The succubi and incubi in this work are, for the most part human save for a single difference that I think works really well. While there are no horns or tails involved, their abilities to seduce are wonderfully told, I liked that they survive by being pleasured by and pleasuring humans, but how it works, exactly that no one remembers them is a bit of a mystery. As is how things work that they cannot be “seen” on video, or otherwise, in the midst of their feeding. It brings up an interning question that I have been pondering, and I wonder if it would appear in this work. It did, in a way, but fleetingly, leaving another mystery to be told.

There is a lovely undercurrent of humour which works really well, a bit of snark here and there which wasn’t over done. The plots are complex and mesh with the scattering of erotica quite well. The erotica is best when Greg or Willow is thinking about each other in a fantasy world before they actually meet and when they come to touch for the first time, that scene is delicious in that the heat, the passion and the need are every bit as strong and powerful as their fantasy.

Overall the writing is very good, the dialogue is real and there’s a certain pleasure in listening to each character tell there part of the story in their own way. The only point that brought me up short for a moment was when something like: “Marissa is a succubus” then described her in the past tense, then continued with the story in the same tense that had been used. It sounded very odd in that moment, but this is a minor quibble really.

The heat is perfect, the telling of Willow’s succubus powers is delicious and enthralling. I wish there was more background on some points raised however. Just how does the power of the succubi and incubi work exactly in making them not appear on recording devices when they are feeding? That’s a talent I’d love to understand, even if that comes to a little handwaving.

There is a mystery still unsolved and unanswered and that seems to be the core of the series going forwards. At the same time not all of the characters have told their stories, had their secrets revealed and that is the greater tale to be told here.

Four and a half out of five pitchforks.

A lovely story with delicious heat, two wonderful characters, and a storyline that holds up throughout. There’s still a lot of things not explained, large parts of Willow’s kind not explained but mentioned in passing. Well written, an excellent start to the series as a whole and it promises so very much in being so. The threads will be knitted together at some point and I do look forward to that happening.

 

Tera

Feb 25 2016

Succubi Image of the Week 423

A cute animeish Succubus for this week’s Succubi and as a whole, I really like her a lot. It’s always interesting to me how the idea of Succubi are tweaked to fit into some games and ideas. It’s nicer when those tweaks come out in the best possible way…

Succubus by Lilaccu

Succubus by Lilaccu

This artwork is by an artist on DeviantArt called Lilaccu, and you can find the original page on DeviantArt with this work here and this artist’s page is here on DeviantArt as well.

According to the artist, this work is something they created for a Japanese card game and I think it’s very apt for that sort of use really. It isn’t overly sexual in nature, but she is clearly a Succubus, wings, tail, horns and all.

She has the most amazing smile and her expression is very much a sort of “come-hither” look which works really well. Wonderful outfit she has and while her horns don’t match her wings and tail that really isn’t all that odd looking here.

It is a shame that her tail is somewhat in the shadows, or blends into the colour of her tail as that makes it almost invisible and easily overlooked. The setting is a bit odd, though I suppose that one might summon a Succubus into a bedroom wouldn’t one?

And then really anything can happen…

 

Tera

Feb 24 2016

I’d rather have the dress and a pair of horns by far…

Devil Cape Mask CostumePossibly the most disappointing so-called costume that I have seen so far this year. It’s really quite sad because, as a whole, I would rather have the dress, which isn’t part of what’s offered, and add a nice set of horns.

Because the rest of this is simply ugly.

This really has quite the descriptive title of Devil Cape Mask Costume and it comes with the cape, hood, attached devil horns and mask. The dress is not included, nor are shoes and it sells for $20 US on several online sites.

This really is just the most ugly, trashy, unsexy piece of fabric that has ever claimed to be a devil costume I think by quite some distance. How anyone would even consider wearing something like this in public I cannot understand.

The more telling part is that you have to figure out a dress and other accessories to wear on top of this mess and there’s no possible way to make this look sexy at all.

Which brings me to the dress that the model is wearing here. I’d honestly rather buy the dress, which by the way is $35 US, add a nice pair of horns and some sexy heels. Just by doing that alone I’d have a costume that was… oh… at least ten fold better than what this costume is supposed to be.

Zero pitchforks out of five.

A waste because it’s only fit for the trash bin. Buy the dress, it’s a better deal by far.

 

Tera

Feb 23 2016

A Review of I’ll Never Forget You by Nanea Knott

I'll Never Forget You by Nanea Knott

I’ll Never Forget You by Nanea Knott

Beginning today, and for the next week, I will be reviewing the Sex Demon series by Nanea Knott here on the Tale. I’ll start with the prequel work today, then move onto the series in order, ending with the third work in the series which was released this month.

The thing about knowing one’s soulmate is that you are the only one that can see, believe and know the truth. The world around you might think you mad, but it isn’t madness, it is certainty. The real problem comes when that becomes desperation, loss, and a feeling of being alone with no hope. Then it isn’t a question of what you might do, but rather what you will do, regardless of the consequences.

  • Title: I’ll Never Forget You
  • Author: Nanea Knott
  • Length: 26 Pages
  • ASIN: B013NWF948
  • Publishing Date: August 8, 2015
  • This work at Amazon.com

It tells the story of:

Sex, Lies and Betrayal. Celeste’s whole life seems to be about those three things. Her sister is a succubus, but Celeste is human. She knows that finding a mate is something most sex demons never do, but she’s found hers. She’s in love with an incubus, and she knows Tanner is her mate, but no one believes her, not even Tanner.

When reports of unthinkable crimes surface, Tanner is accused, and she begs for his life. She gets her wish, but there is a price. Tanner is being sent to where she will never see him again.

She vows to get him released. She doesn’t see how until she meets someone that is considered an enemy. He gives her hope of saving Tanner, but she must make a choice. How far will she go to save her mate?

Celeste’s world is in upheaval and she doesn’t know what to do. Her love is an incubus, but she is “only human” to everyone in his world, including her own sister. He has been charged with a crime that means she will never see him again. She cannot prove she is his and he hers and can only cry in frustration. When even her sister cannot accept the truth she knows, Celeste chooses to gamble on the impossible, no matter the risk.

The work is told from Celeste’s point of view which is interesting because she is a human living in a world of succubi and incubi. Her sister Marissa is a succubus, one of many, like Tanner, who is an incubus. Overall there isn’t really a lot told about how things work for succubi and incubi in this universe, save for they feed on sex with humans, but also a rather interesting side effect of doing so that reflects the titles in the series quite nicely I thought.

This particular work isn’t focused on erotica, really there is but a single short passage, but rather in telling a story, a complicated and involved one, and I was well drawn into things as the story was told. The storytelling is very well done, there is a connection between the characters and I enjoyed how they all dealt with each other.

There is a mystery of course and it’s one that is touched on, offers a path for the story to follow, but isn’t really delved into very deeply. Being this is a short story, that makes some sense and I expect that the themes in this work will pop up again in the following works as well. The lack of detail at some points along the way was a little frustrating however. Places are mentioned, but not explained. Some of the personality quirks of the characters aren’t probed and that leaves a lot of questions behind.

One of the main ones being that of Tanner, why and how he is where he is now, for one. As well, there’s an odd relationship between Celeste and her sister that brought me up short for a time. I think I have worked that out in my mind and I hope the following works will get deeper into the family relationships, the society all of these characters live in, and how that all works.

World building is a difficult thing to do well. To lay out a setting, people, events which tie together well is a challenge and this author managed that well. The point of a short story like this is to offer a glimpse of what is to come and I think that was well accomplished. I think however it could have been somewhat longer a story, perhaps another ten or so pages to flesh out the relationships more than they were. Some of the actions the characters take seem to be odd, but by not really knowing their motivations well, that brings some confusion.

The writing is very strong, there wasn’t really anything that drew me from the story. It is a quick read as a whole, but really shouldn’t be read in a rush. There are a lot of nuances that need to be understood which matter I think going forwards in the series. An interesting tale and it gives me quite a lot of hope for the series going forwards.

Four out of five pitchforks.

As a glimpse into the universe of this series, it does very well. There’s a good deal of information, but it isn’t treated as an info dump which I appreciated. I found myself wanting to know what comes next and that’s the point of something like this. To wet one’s curiosity and make one wonder what is to come. There’s something interesting here to unfold and I look forward to seeing that be.

 

Tera

Feb 23 2016

A Review of the My Erotic Abyss series by Lilith Asenath

My Erotic Abyss series by Lilith Asenath

My Erotic Abyss series by Lilith Asenath

A very short pair of works as a series for review on the Tale today in which the theme is one of exploring one’s self, purpose, desires and, at the core, discovering why they are as they are and not as they wish to be.

The belief in oneself, how we see our core emotions, reflects on those around us. It also becomes how the incubi and succubi come to be seen in our eyes as well. But in the depths of sadness also comes the truth of something more. That we can find our purpose, rise above our sadness, and discover there is love to be found…

The works tell of:

A series of erotic short stories describing one bisexual woman’s journey of self-discovery through sex magick and the evocation of incubi and succubi.

The summary is, really, not telling the story well and as such I think a better one would be: Layla is a new arrival to a small coven of witches. Her guide, Charlotte, gives her tasks to perform, to begin her path, and in doing so Layla comes into contact with two incubi that help to open her eyes, and mind, to what her path can be. In walking her path, Layla finds her reality opening, her mind exploring, and her world being more than she could have imagined it was before and along the way, the pleasures discovered, felt, and shared are surprising even for her.

The most amazing thing about these two works is not the erotica, which is lovely, has wonderful heat, and in being so, helps to tell a story of discovering oneself that I did find captivating. The amazing thing is that in such a short work there is so much character development, so much story, so much emotion. In having all of this, opening Layla to finding out about herself, who she is, what goes in within herself, that’s where this series shines.

The two incubi of the work, who’s names are in each title, are reflections of Layla herself as she learns of her own soul. They show her own sadness, but also her own desires, wants and needs. They offer a means to exploring who Layla is, what she needs, but at the same time, they open to her the gift of seeing there is more to her own self, and that of the mysteries around her, that she expected.

In telling that story of self-discovery, there’s so much more than simply a story of sex and summoning, which for me made this so much more than what the summary suggested. I wish the author had taken more care in their summary, to offer a hint of what really awaits in the stories than what was. Being so short, not telling more of the amazing writing that these works have did a  disservice and that, more than all else, hurt things most of all.

The writing is excellent, the characters are strong, whole and complex. There is very little wrong with the works, a very few minor spelling mistakes here and there, but that doesn’t take much away from the story told. The thing that does take something away is just that the story told is too short, comes to the end too fast and in doing so, the work leaves one wanting just as the fullness of the story crests. Like pleasure brought to the full too soon, there is want unfulfilled and it is a shame that happens here.

The story deserves better and almost gets there, but stumbles at the last. Much like Layla herself, the story leaves a hint of sadness, wanting and needing in being unfulfilling at the very last after all of the wonder is offered.

Four out of five pitchforks.

I wish there was more of the series beyond these two short works, and really there should be. There is so much promise in the small taste of Layla, her path, her discoveries about herself and the world about her. The joys in finding her way are wonderful, true, and more…

 

Tera

Feb 22 2016

Discussion By TeraS

Probably one of the shortest stories I’ve ever written today on the Tale. We will leave it just as it becomes something that means something … something that is worthy of…

 

Discussion
By TeraS

 

Those that find their way to the Realm often expect that Tera would never have time for them. After all, she is the Queen, those asking for her time must be many, and so, because of this, so many simply never expect to actually encounter her.

Of course, Tera being who she is, there is always a part of her that has time for others. Thus, visitors to her Realm could find themselves in a moment like this:

“May I offer you something, Theodore?”

“It’s Theo, please. And no thank you, Ma’am. I’m fine.”

“Well, if you’d like me to use “Theo,” then I expect you to call me Tera, otherwise I shall be using your proper name—quite a lot, I think.”

“Yes Ma’a— … Tera.”

The smile he received from her was stunning: a warm, truthful, caring grin—which wasn’t a surprise considering who she was and the stories about her. Right or wrong, they were all clear on one point: when you were in her presence, you were the only one who mattered. Settling into her chair, she rested her chin onto her left hand and studied him for a moment before asking: “What would you like to talk about?”

Fidgeting slightly, he replied: “Tails.”

There was a nod for him to continue, her own tail arching behind her to seemingly look at him.

“I would like to submit myself, to be the slave of the One Who Is Not Named.”

The tip of her tail turned sideways slightly, as if unsure of what had just been said.

“Your Realm is beautiful—wonderful, really—but …”

“But it isn’t what your desires are drawing you to.”

“No.”

She tapped a finger against her lips, then: “You do understand that submitting yourself to Her isn’t that simple. You have to be committed to both of Us.”

“I don’t … I’m sorry, I don’t care about you, Tera … I mean … I don’t not care about you … ummm … I only…”

He was brought up short by Tera’s tail beginning to turn black. He knew exactly what that meant and who it was. The only thing to do, as her tail turned blacker and blacker, her hair turned flame red then beyond, and her horns the same deepest ebony of her tail, was to scramble from the chair he had been in and fall to his knees. He didn’t look up—didn’t dare to—as She spoke.

“You are not worthy of submitting to either of us.”

He didn’t reply, but just continued to look at the floor as he heard Her descend from her throne. The sound of Her heels walking towards him was like thunder in his ears.

“You are selfish and self-centered and you are not worthy.”

The words bit into him. He closed his eyes as She rejected him out of turn. She came closer. He could smell her now; the scent of leather, cherries, and latex was unmistakable. He had known it for so long, even if he had never experienced it before.

She paused in front of him. Opening his eyes just slightly, he could see a pair of black leather boots. He wanted to look upwards, to see them clinging to Her legs, to glimpse the latex skirt around Her hips, the leather corset that worshipped Her form, to see the glint of light against the black latex opera gloves with which She could, if She wanted, control him …

… like in his dreams.

“You ask to submit? What gives you the right?”

There was but a whisper: “It is the old way. I submit myself to your will.”

He felt Her hand running through his hair, as if examining him, before She fully entangled Her hand and pulled slightly: “The old ways are gone. They are no more.”

The pull made him look upwards, but he continued to keep his eyes closed. If he looked, he would fall to Her will, Her power that had been over him from the moment he had learned of Her. “I claim the right to be considered.”

He felt the tip of Her tail stroking his cheek: “Very well. You are refused.”

The shiver that passed through him was terrible. She had formally refused him. By the laws of the old ways She had the right to discard him, change him, or take that which was most precious to him. She could do anything … and he knew it.

“You think it is so simple to be allowed to serve? To submit? To be collared and be a pet? It never was and never will be.” Her breath was hot against his ear, he imagined Her now, seductively close to him, Her body so close now that he mewled quietly. “It is not a game. It is not something you can have because you ask.” A whimper of need escaped him as the truth of his folly was slowly revealed: “A collar is a gift. It has meaning. It is not adornment alone. It is a symbol of My will and your submission to Me.”

Her hand moved to cup his chin: “It marks those I choose as ours. I would never choose one that could not accept both of us.” Her voice became less harsh, but her touch on his chin did not waver: “You cannot serve half a Mistress. That would mean you do not worship her properly.”

He couldn’t argue with Her. He had thought that being Hers would be what She wanted. Opening his eyes, he startled at what he saw.

It was Tera.

She drew her thumb over his lips: “You cannot discuss your needs alone. You cannot just give up or give in without understanding. That’s what she is telling you.” Releasing him, she walked to her chair, no throne. It had been a chair before, it was a throne for Tail, it was a chair now … except that it was a throne, because the Queen was sitting in it. She settled there, then motioned for him to approach her. When he was in his place, at her feet, she spoke again. “You never wanted to discuss anything before, now we are going to discuss your needs, Theo. Perhaps then we’ll both know what you want and why.”

He was quiet for a time, not knowing where to start, when she asked: “Can I offer you something, Theo?”

He allowed himself a small smile: “Thank you, but I’ll be fine.”

Tera nodded and smiled in return: “I think you will be … in time …”

For everyone who meets Tera, it is when the exchange becomes a discussion that something truly worthwhile begins …

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