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 first, second, 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…