Dec 13 2015

A Review of Dominating the Demon by Morgan Lockheart

Dominating the Demon by Morgan Lockheart

Dominating the Demon by Morgan Lockheart

Sometimes the point of a story is simply to get to the erotica. While there can be some time spent in setting up the characters, the events leading towards the erotica and perhaps even speak of some themes at a tangent to the erotica, many times it is the erotica that matters the most.

If that happens, and it does a lot of the time, then the erotica needs to be, more than anything else, interesting or if not that, at least have some kind of heat in it. Getting that heat, when a story is mainly one sex scene after the next is a challenge.

The work tells of:

It is Halloween night, when magic and mischief are abroad. Zoe, Briah and Jackie, a trio of witches seeking power call forth a demon from the lower pits of Hell using an ancient rite, binding him to our plane of existence for a short time. Arrogant and powerful, the demon is used to enslaving those who summon him and turning them into his servants so he is quite unprepared when they use a cunning plan to turn the tables on him.

Now bound and helpless, the demon lord is unable to stop the three witches from using his muscular and powerful body for their own carnal pleasures, forcing him to pleasure them in any way they choose. This night, he is their servant and they are his masters and whatever they demand of him, he must do. Little does he suspect that their sordid desires hide their true intention: to take his power and steal his infernal throne!

Zoe, Briah and Jackie gather on Halloween and summon a demon, play a risky game, and see if they can keep the upper hand through it all. One by one they take from the demon, but in the end the question is whether they won or if they actually lost and don’t know it.

The beginning of the work held some promise in that the background of the main characters was interesting and I thought that the time spent in telling of their lives, what they had done in the past as witches and what happened as a result, played well and interested me. Considering the length of time that took, building towards the main core of the story, I expected something more than what I read beyond that.

Once the summoning occurs, and the trap is sprung, the story devolves a bit into three individual sex stories tied together by what each of the women does to the trapped demon. There isn’t much in the way of anything beyond the erotica, save for some tangential references to domination and submission, a lot of yelling on the demon’s part and some rather odd remarks by each of the women as the story unfolds.

The demon is, as a whole, a stereotypical incubus, which didn’t interest me. There just wasn’t anything that I found to latch onto that would want me to know what happened next to him, or what dangers the women faced as their plan unfolded. It was a lot of fury that amounted to a lot of nothing as a whole and that didn’t work for me.

For me personally, I didn’t find that there was much heat in each of the scenes. I found that I didn’t like any of the characters all that much, that the story turned from being interesting into something that I just kept turning the pages hoping that some of the story seen at the beginning would return. But it really didn’t.

There was something missing and because there was the heat just didn’t build as much as I had hoped it would. There wasn’t something to make me want to see what happened to each of the characters as well. I felt disconnected from the story when I shouldn’t have been. I think that a good part of that was just that each of the woman had an attitude and personality that just rubbed me the wrong way. The same can be said of the incubus of the work, his attitude was even more grating.

While the writing itself was good and descriptive, that couldn’t make up for my not being involved in the story more deeply and i wanted to be. That promise at the beginning mattered and it just didn’t play out over the work. That’s the largest shame here of all.

Two and a half out of five pitchforks.

Perhaps less focus on the erotica would have been helpful. Certainly a lot less yelling and a bit more character building would have been good too. Expected more and just didn’t see it.

 

Tera

Dec 13 2015

A Review of Holidays in Hell by Erzabet Bishop

Holidays in Hell by Erzabet Bishop

Holidays in Hell by Erzabet Bishop

A cute and lovely piece of Incubus erotica this time for review on the Tale. This particular work was first published in 2013 under the same title by this author, but then was removed from publication until just a few days ago. At the time it first appeared, I wasn’t able to obtain a copy and I’m rather pleased that I was able to now.

One of the questions that needs to be asked is not what do you want, but what do you desire? Some secrets are painful in that way, they are hard to accept and even harder to see one’s way clear. If it is possible to have what you want, does your past allow you or does it demand you resist?

It tells the story of:

This year Christmas just got a little hotter.

Deck the halls with all things kinky. Jonas is an incubus with an incurable lust for women, gingerbread, and holiday lights. He needs one more soul to meet his quota. Amid the baubles and frivolity of the Winter Carnival, he meets Holly Pendleton—a woman with emerald green eyes and a body built for sin—and marks her as the final soul to end his contract. But now Jonas faces a heart-wrenching decision: take what he needs to feed his hunger, or sacrifice himself for the woman who has lit his own demonic soul on fire. Tied up with red ribbons, Holly just might be Jonas’s deepest Christmas wish and the one woman who could set him free.

Holly Pendleton is still recovering from the death of her husband and Dom. The holidays are especially lonely until a dark stranger walks in the door to Harlowe’s Bookery and Christmas Shoppe. The man’s enigmatic gaze holds her and ignites her body and her mind. When Holly accepts a job to decorate the sexy client’s apartment, she unknowingly steps into an age-old battle between the forces of darkness. Jonas Corsair is a man who makes her blood run hot and her dreams even hotter. But will she survive his hold on her soul?

Jonas is coming to the end of his agreement which means, soon, with one more soul, he will no longer be an Incubus. It is Christmas, a time of the year that he loves above all else and it seems fitting that he will find the conclusion to his journey one way or the other. A chance encounter with Holly offers him what he needs, but at the same time it offers what he’s always desired. For Holly, Jonas seemed to be the answer to her prayers, but it may also be more than she ever expected.

The work as a whole is a lovely and cute story about the collision of two souls that have their needs and in finding a connection, things don’t quite go as either of them expected. Jonas, the incubus of the story, isn’t the stereotypical incubus, though it is clear that his past actions are to draw souls to hell. Even so, from the very beginning he’s a different sort of soul, still having some of his innocence in a way and Christmas tends to bring that more out in him to the annoyance of Mallory, a succubus he knows.

Mallory is a minor character, but at the same time she fulfills an important role and while that works, she has a personality that is rather grating at times. While Jonas and Holly are well fleshed out, Mallory is a bit thin and that’s a shame because her personality, when she is present, does tend to overcome all other characters in the scene.

That said, the story itself has some very sad moments, especially around Holly, and those are the moments which define her character and explain a lot of her motivation. She’s suffered greatly, and at the beginning of the work, and at one other point in it, that weighs upon her. This is the thing that bothers me the most about this story. Holly is torn, she’s held by her memories, her needs, and while Jonas is an incubus, and there is some hint of he using his powers to attract Holly, I didn’t think it felt right. By that I mean Holly moves so quickly from grieving to accepting Jonas, and in a very personally important manner, that it doesn’t quite ring true. Those that know a deep, soulful D/s relationship will understand what I mean by that.

The erotica doesn’t overpower the story and that’s important because there are several plots that run throughout the work. There’s a good balance between the erotica and the storytelling, the two merge well together when they are intended to. But there’s a lot of background in all of the characters that is only hinted at and never really is played out well. Mallory is a vague character for the most part, save her personality. Jonas talks about how he became an incubus, but there are no details. Holly remembers her tragedy, but doesn’t tell much about it. There are just little whispers of the overall idea, but nothing in specific and that I think took a lot from the story at one important point.

The climax of the work is rather unexpected, adding another dimension to the events of the story, of Jonas’ and Holly’s past. But it happens so quickly, the solution to Jonas’ problem coming in the blink of an eye that it just felt too rushed by far. I would have liked fewer characters in that moment than there are because there just seemed to be too much going on.

The ending is a lovely hot flash of erotica with a BDSM theme that I thought worked well as it did earlier in the story. The ending closes on a warm and heartfelt note and made the story come together well. But at the same time I felt as if there was something missing, something left unexplained and I missed that in the ending. The story of what one’s heart needs to be whole is a complex thing. Telling that story a little more I think would have made the story more emotionally powerful than it is.

Three and a half out of five pitchforks.

I think the one thing missing in this work was telling more about the past of Holly, Jonas, Mallory and all of the other characters. There’s just enough to give them some substance, some meaning, but the real questions about them are set aside for moving onto the encounter, the erotica, and the aftermath. I wish that more time had been spent with Holly coming to terms with her past because that I think would have made the conclusion so much more satisfying than it turned out to be.

 

Tera

Dec 12 2015

A cute Morrigan Speedpaint YouTube

Some Morrigan Aensland speed painting today on the Tale from YouTube… Cute Morrigan, I think, is the best Morrigan and this art of her is exceptionally cute…

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

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=maE149fPV2k

And, of course, here is a screenshot of the art in case YouTube makes yet another video vanish into thin air…

Morrigan Aensland by FreakAnart

Her expression is adorable, and her smile is really cute too, a bit different than her normal look. I really like that she doesn’t look “overdone” up top and that makes Morrigan look a little cuter too. But it is her eyes, that little bit of sparkle in them, that just makes this art really come together as a whole…

 

Tera

Dec 11 2015

A Review of All’s Fae in Love and War by Natalie Severine and Eric Severine

All's Fae in Love and War by Natalie Severine and Eric Severine

All’s Fae in Love and War by Natalie Severine and Eric Severine

The second review of the ongoing series called Lily Quinn written by Natalie and Eric Severine. I reviewed the first work in the series last month on the Tale and you can find that review here. At the time of that review I noted that I wanted to know more about Lily, her past, her life even if it meant toning down the erotica to a point. I felt like there was a lot to tell about her and I wanted that to unfold going forwards in the series.

There’s more to being a Succubus than just having a body that everyone wants. Yes, the sex is part of you, yes there will be those moments when all there is, for that moment, is the pleasures given and taken. But along the way its always good to remember who you are, where you came from, and some of the people that got you where you are.

It tells the story of:

My name is Lily Quinn. I’m a half-succubus bounty hunter. I work for the College, a secret cabal of wizards who pay me well to deal with monsters. You wouldn’t believe my résumé – or my little black book.

But speaking of books, some kind of ancient tome has gone missing from the College’s library. I’m not sure why this book is so important, but the wizards are offering a huge reward of alchemically transmuted gold to have it returned, along with the thief who stole it. So now I’ve got a lead on an Unseelie fairy who likes leather and a challenge. What a coincidence. So do I.

I’m going to have a great time questioning this thief about where to find the book… but I have to catch him first.

Lily finds herself in a new challenge. A book is missing and finding out who stole it, and why, will mean using all of her sources of information. And if there is some fun along the way, there’s nothing wrong with that is there? But eventually the fun and games turn very serious and Lily discovers that sometimes the things in the shadows aren’t the things you need to worry about… they’re just the warning.

I expected more from this work as Lily’s persona was established in the first work in the series. There needed to be more about Lily herself, more than just her casual and, at times, flippant thoughts about herself. I wanted to know more about Lily’s past, who her parents were, who taught her, how she came to be where she is now in her life. I expected that there would be quite a lot of erotica tied into the story and otherwise. As a whole, some of those things were accomplished here, but there are a few things missing.

The first point, about Lily herself, came mainly from some moments in her day at home, which I admit I laughed over at several points, especially about a comment she made about her computer. There’s also a neat little touch about a certain pair of slippers she owned that I adored so much. These little things about Lily’s personality, her quirks, added quite a lot to her as a whole and made her a more fleshed out character than she was in the first work in the series.

Lily’s past was told, but fleetingly. However, the appearance of a new character who means a great deal to Lily and who she is in the here and now, I felt worked extremely well, even if she’s a bit of a mystery. I hope she returns at some point because the two characters together simply click, and not just in the erotic hot flash that develops between them. Lily’s reflections upon her situation, how the College sees her, and so on, were quite serious when compared to some of the lighter moments in the work and that worked well.

A second character, who is smitten with Lily, though he can’t admit it, was fun, but there was a strange undercurrent of desire chained to duty that give the moment an odd feeling. That scene with Lily using her knowledge of him, and giving him something he’s always desired, was very hot and had the barest touch of succubus mind control, but that didn’t feel out of place. I rather hope there’s something more to be seen in that relationship, even if it is a problem for both of them.

Lily’s target in this work, Kalen, is in a lot of ways a kind of mirror for Lily and seeing her fall, in a way, but he as well, fall, is a rather unique set of scenes that play out and come to a climax which Lily wanted, but didn’t expect the outcome of. It put Lily on her heels, making her think, and I liked that because it showed that she was more than she appeared to be. That’s important because the erotica otherwise in this work made well over half of the story, over three flashes, and it might have been too much. But having that interspersed with some serious moments, and a little humour, made this work better overall.

The writing is as strong as the first work, Lily’s internal monologue is really well done and focused, and I liked that. The storytelling is very good, every character speaks with a clear voice, a different perspective and that was good to see continued. While the work does clearly say that there is a lot of erotica in the series, I just felt as if there was too much for how long the story was. It wasn’t so much that it was out of place however. More story between the erotica I think would have been nice to see and make this more that it turned out to be.

I’ll give this work three and a half out of five pitchforks.

I liked that there was more of Lily’s past being told, the people that matter in her life coming out, even that there were little moments of Lily’s “normal” day that made me smile. The erotica was a bit over the top, even for Lily as a Succubus at some points, and I felt that hurt the overall story and plot arcs to an extent. There is so much in Lily’s character, personality, and all of her that isn’t focused on having intimate moments with everyone she encounters that it needs to be more present overall I feel.

A body made for sex isn’t as interesting as the mind behind it. Telling more of that story is something I would like to see. The next work in this series, The Beast Within, will be released at the end of December. I hope that what seems to be a series plot arc becomes more prevalent in the next work and going forwards… We’ll see.

 

Tera

Dec 11 2015

A Review of Lilith by Fran Heckrotte

Lilith by Fran Heckrotte

Lilith by Fran Heckrotte

A little while ago I reviewed the work Warrior Demoness by Fran Heckrotte which you can find here on the Tale. The work was part of a series released a very long time ago which had within it the appearance of many myths and legends, telling the story of some of the more well known, but also stories about others around them. The sad part was that to find any copies of this series is really very difficult. In reading the work, there was a character named Lilith in it and I went on a search for the book bearing her name that was part of the series.

After a long search I found a paperback copy and so, finally, I am going to review that work as well here on the Tale.

It is, as a whole, always best to learn stories of the past from the ones that had experienced it. You can find, many times, their truth is more interesting than the fiction.

  • Title: Lilith
  • Author: Fran Heckrotte
  • Length: 356 Pages
  • ISBN-10: 1934889547
  • ISBN-13: 978-1934889541
  • Publishing Date: February 1, 2008
  • This work at Amazon.com

It tells the story of:

Yemaya, the Illusionist, and her journalist partner Dakota, find themselves embroiled in a search for the person responsible for the rape and torture of a young Carpi woman, attending a university in the States. When they decide to visit a local nightclub for women only, they find the owner and her employees unusual. Dakota feels mysteriously attracted to one of the clientele while Yemaya recognizes a kindred spirit-in Lilith, the club’s owner. Spiritual ancestors, missing whores, a sadistic exporter and new acquaintances lead the two lovers into an adventure of biblical proportion.

Lilith, She was a demoness, as old as humanity itself. Now the owner of a women’s only nightclub and part owner of the Sisterhood, a small group of whores who have banned together to create a better life for themselves, it was her job to protect those women who were putting so much trust in her. When a local pimp, decides to eliminate his competition Lilith and her two demon partners want revenge– and no one knows better how to exact it than demons. This is a revelation of the past, the present and the events that forever changed the course of human history.

There is a bar called Lilith’s where the people you meet aren’t exactly what you think they are. There is a group called the Sisterhood who do and are more than anyone can expect them to be. In the midst of all of this is Lilith and she is not, at all, what she is expected to be.

This work is actually two distinct works in one. But while that is true, they also both turn about Lilith, her past and her present, and in doing so creates a mythology around her in this universe that is, as a whole, so much more interesting than many that I have seen about her.

The Lilith of this work isn’t, most importantly, written in the stereotypical ways that most authors use to express who she is. While she is Lilith, and most of her story is what is well known, it takes several interesting branches away from that main story and creates a new mythology around her and it is one that I personally think tells so much more and is so much better than the myth of today.

Beyond Lilith herself, there are other Succubus-like and Cambion characters that appear who, again, are not written in a way that they are transparently there in the story to be filler. They have their own stories to tell, to share, and lives and loves to encounter. They are all amazing characters and as the story continues they grow in many unexpected ways that I liked.

While this is part of an overall series, I didn’t feel like I was missing out on any of the main character stories and in doing so the work didn’t feel like it was losing its way or that I needed to have an understanding of something that had come before in the series. It is a full, self-contained story, strongly written, and quite enjoyable.

There is a bit of erotica mixed into the story, but it is there to provide some character development and isn’t out of place. It is a very long work, and does drift away from the core story on occasion, but that has to be expected as there are some points which set up future works in the series.

But the one thing that held me was just how Lilith’s story was told. More than that, there is a revelation that fits into her story well, makes sense, and turns the work in an unexpected direction, Lilith’s character, as complex as it is, and as much as she has been through, still has purpose and meaning in spite of how long she has been in existence. There were moments that I couldn’t help but smile over, others that brought tears to my eyes and in that, this Lilith is one of the best that I have ever seen.

I wish that there had been a better placing of Lilith’s story in the work however. It reads very much like two stories that are connected together by the thread of the main characters being involved in two different problems. The former story focused most of its attention on the main characters, and in the latter Lilith and her story and Lilith in the current time, take up the focus with the main series characters only appearing sparingly. It isn’t a huge problem, but somehow I think that the two stories might have been connected together better or interwoven more.

Four out of five pitchforks.

An amazing story in many ways but one that I am sad to say is extremely difficult to find. That is the largest shame and one that I really think shouldn’t be so. Possibly the most interesting characterization of Lilith that I have ever read and I am very pleased that I did.

 

Tera

Dec 10 2015

Succubi Image of the Week 412

What I think is an interesting Succubus character today on the Tale for the Succubi of the Week. Overall I like her quite a lot, though her tail and feet are a bit odd at least from my point of view… But then, beyond that, there’s quite a lot about her that catches my attention…

Succubus by Sauriv

Succubus by Sauriv

This work is titled simply as Succubus and is by the artist Sauriv on DeviantArt. You can find the original page with this art here on DeviantArt and this artist’s page can be found here.

She has the most amazing expression really, somewhere between bored and indifferent that I think looks amazing. Lovely hair, really suits her quite well I think. She has a nice body shape and her pose draws attention to that as a whole along with her clothing which is perfect really.

I’m not exactly sure about her feet, which look odd, but then I suppose it’s a little touch, along with her wings and horns and tail, that give her a slightly devilish look. I would have liked her more with hooves, though really I’d rather have her in heels by far and a spaded tail, if for no other reason than to suit my sensibility over Succubi…

She represents someone that has a story to tell and I wonder about it…

 

Tera

Dec 09 2015

Just because the costume is shiny doesn’t make it Succubish

Slick Black Devil CostumeI have said, many times, that I like latex or shiny/wet looking costumes. I’m not quite sure that it is a fetish of mine, but nonetheless I do like that particular style and look. I came across two costumes that try, in a lot of ways, to be almost what I would like, but don’t quite manage. Still, they do give me thoughts and in that might come something for my Eternal when he least expects…

This is called the Slick Black Devil Costume and it comes with the leather jumpsuit and gloves. The horns the model is wearing are not included, nor are the shoes and the costume sells for $40 US.

Now, I have a hard time believing that the costume is made of leather.. faux leather I will accept, but real leather I just do not see being what would be used for how little this costume sells for.

I will say that the model really makes this costume work for her, she has quite the expression and pose and she looks really lovely wearing the costume too. As a Domme Devil Girl I think it works, but as a whole, and for me at least, it leaves quite a lot to be desired.

The ties that are used bother me a bit, mostly that they make the outfit look a bit odd and that always bothers me. It also brings me to think that something like this would be better in something like latex, for the cling and tight fit. I’m not sure that this, being faux leather, would fit right and as such it’s unlikely that it could be adjusted to make the right fit.

But it is an interesting look, and something to ponder. But it doesn’t appeal to me as much as it should which is a shame…

Two and a half out of five pitchforks.

We’ll see what the next costume brings…

 

Tera

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