Dec 08 2015

A Review of The Descendants of Lilith series by Rhozwyn Darius

Lily: The Descendants of Lilith by Rhozwyn Darius

Lily: The Descendants of Lilith by Rhozwyn Darius

The most difficult thing to manage is a work of fiction that is based on a past time which, as a whole, is so very different than the world of today. Being so, there comes moments in the story which, from our perspective, are confusing, strange, and even at times it’s hard to understand the structure of classes in that time.

Mix into such a story succubi and incubi, who survive through sexual relationships, and force them to exist in a world where such things are never talked about, al least in private company, and there is no end of problems to overcome.

A review today of a series that manages this tightrope extremely well and in doing so brings about all sorts of questions about what might have been.

The work tells the story of:

At the height of the long, endless winter of 1816, Peter Oldham rushes his dying widowed sister to the one place in London, perhaps in all of England, where she might be saved. Suffering from a condition peculiar to Lilith’s Children, Lily Oldham Montville, is Dousing—dying from the lack of sex. She’s fortunate, indeed, that an old friend, Jack Howard and his lover, Hal Lockwood, are available for a long night and day of sex, revelation, and truth. Ignorance is dangerous for humans, but an order of magnitude more dangerous for the Children of Lilith. Gifts have prices and the Children all live on the knife’s edge of pleasure and danger.

In a timeline just a heartbeat or two away from ours, Lilith’s Children are the descendents of the goddess Lilith and the giants of old. In 1816, as a minority population, they have interbred with the Children of Adam and Eve until they are more hybrid than pure. However, the recent influx of French aristocrats running from the terror of the French Revolution and marrying into upper class British families have created a new generation of incubi and succubi who carry more of Lilith’s genes than any Children have in many generations.

The second work in the series I am listing here, before the actual review of the series for a reason.

Alistair: The Descendants of Lilith by Rhozwyn Darius

Alistair: The Descendants of Lilith by Rhozwyn Darius

I’m doing so because the connection between the two works is very strong, really they can be considered two halves of a larger novel as a whole. There is a lot of crossover between the first book and the second, for one, and the themes are similar in a lot of ways.

A society of succubi and incubi making their way in a world where their own needs can be their undoing in more ways than they can imagine makes for some fascinating storytelling.

The work tells the story of:

It’s the winter of 1816 and London is frozen over. Kenelm Sutton has gotten word that a young lady of quality, rumored to be a Daughter of Lilith, a succubus/ human hybrid, will be going up for auction at a high-end brothel. Kenelm and his lover, Alistair Temple, the Earl of Ravenwood, decide to investigate.

Harriet Stanville has been betrayed by her stepfather. She’s not surprised because he’s been drugging and molesting her since her mother’s death. She is shocked to find that her evil stepfather has apparently given her up for private sale. Purchased by the infamous Earl of Ravenwood at the behest of his paramour, Kenelm Sutton, Harriet is reasonably sure that her situation has taken a turn for the better. Besides, she’s a practical soul and being the kept woman of the most well-known rake of the Ton, and his handsome paramour, isn’t the worst thing that could happen to a woman in her situation.

However, all was not as it seemed at her auction. Evil is on the move and she and her new lovers are the targets of long-held obsessions.

In a time where sexual needs were not spoken of in proper company, alongside humanity that sees, but at the same time does not, succubi and incubi exist. Within their own society, they attempt to find themselves, their way in the larger world, and discover how to deal with their own natures. The path is not an easy one, there are so many chances to fall to the side, to be taken, bent, abused. But within all of the terrors there are joys to be found, given a chance, a hope, and the will to make them true.

The series’ historical setting is used quite well to set out several plots and themes that run throughout. There’s a clear class structure, as there was in that time, there is a distinct attitude about sexuality, again which fits well and adds to the difficulties that the succubi and incubi characters encounter. What’s more telling about that is how the class structure, how women were seen in that time, what it meant with regards to their own sexual needs, has a strong influence on the story of all of the succubi characters, and to an extent the same can be said about the incubi as well.

While there are quite a number of erotic hot flashes in the work, and they are of several different types and kinds of relationships, that overriding historical viewpoint tends to place restrictions upon all of the characters. This leads to some difficult moments, including the near death of one of the main characters, which is quite telling in how that came to be and why.

The description and explanation of a society of succubi and incubi living, mainly surviving at times, in a societal structure that frowned upon open sexuality, whatever the focus, is a complex thing and it is present throughout the works. Listening to the characters, all of them, not just the succubi and incubi, but those connected to them, dancing around the concepts and ideas of sexuality without actually coming out and speaking if it seems odd from our current perspective. But this is how that time was.

The characters themselves, especially the main ones in each work, are complex and have their own faults, wants, and desires. But they have no little opportunity to reveal them, to express them and to needfully act upon them that there is a palatable tension in each and every one of them. When the moments are offered to release that tension, to sate their needs and fulfill themselves, then they become more alive in the work. There’s a clear distinction between those with no joy, love or life, and those that come to see there are other means to that need than what the overarching society will allow.

The works are complex, not just in the plot, but in the language. The words spoken and thought are odd to a modern mind, but when taken in the context of the work’s setting, they fit, they are true and add a needed anchor for the series to proceed from. At times the story is a bit plodding as a result, but this happens only occasionally. The last of a modern context give that little bit added depth to a work that otherwise could have easily slipped into a mis-mash of modern thought and past history.

I’ll give both works in the series four out of five pitchforks.

As a historical work of erotica I found the characters worked well, the story made sense and the events didn’t seem out of place for the time. The class distinctions told the larger story, and in some ways I would have liked to see more about that. Many of the supporting characters had just as interesting pasts as the main ones, but as the series focused mainly upon all of the succubi and incubi, they weren’t quite used to their fullest which might have made for more depth. Nonetheless, a recommended pair of works for those interested in historical erotica with a wonderfully complex succubi and incubi society.

 

Tera

Dec 08 2015

A Review of The Succulus by Lacey Maudlin

The Succulus by Lacey Maudlin

The Succulus by Lacey Maudlin

One of the things that happens in stories with Succubi in them, is that there is, as a whole, some sort of mind control aspect to the story. Many times that aspect isn’t used to its potential, which is a shame, because it can put the characters into all kinds of deliciously erotic situations.

Sometimes the Succubus herself doesn’t really appear, instead she is felt, on the edges of the story, and guides things to her advantage. The heat that comes in that manipulation of memories, actions, and feelings can take on a life of its own. When it does so, then the Succubus herself can finally appear.

  • Title: The Succulus
  • Author: Lacey Maudlin
  • Length: 25 Pages
  • ASIN: B00S78OL5W
  • Publishing Date: January 13, 2015
  • This work at Amazon.com

The work tells of:

What was once lost, now is found.

At the Amorous Adult Antique Boutique, Gillian has finally tracked down and rediscovered the haunted sex toy that she vowed revenge upon seven long years ago. Now 25, she’s enlisted the reluctant help of Brandon, the former boy-next-door, to destroy the object for good. Can Gillian and Brandon destroy it before it has its wicked, wicked way with them?

Gillian’s past involves an item called a Succulus. A mysterious item that made her do things she cannot explain to herself, or to anyone else. Finding it again, she asks Brandon to help her finally end its existence. But the Succulus has other ideas.

Simply an amazing piece of writing in many ways and in being so, it tells a very involved and detailed story that mixes very hot erotica with a strong story that holds you from beginning to end. There are a lot of questions, mystery and events that revolve around the Succulus and the author is very careful to tell the story in a way where it isn’t quite clear what, or who, is in control until the very last few pages.

Being that the the item, the Succulus, is described in the way it is, and I won’t spoil that here, what it actually represents, what it contains, and what its power is turns into both a fantasy but also a twisting of reality around Gillian and Brandon as well as the others in the story. Part of that power is obviously sexual in nature, but there is also a wonderfully hot theme of mind control as well in the story which serves to make the events, as they are told, even hotter.

The story travels through time a bit, telling of the past, but then the events of the present pass by in the most interesting tones and descriptions which, when the truth is revealed, makes quite a lot of the story questionable in whether it happened as Gillian remembers, or it is how she has been told to remember it… as long as she can that is.

The Succubus of the work, and there is one, isn’t quite what you might expect her to be and the way her powers work in the story is an amazingly original idea that I really enjoyed. How she is discovered, as well, is quite the moment and as that unfolds, it leaves open so many questions about the Succubus’ past, why she is where she is, and what the possible future of the characters might be.

The erotica is, as I have mentioned, very hot, actually a bit more than a hot flash in it’s nature and I really enjoyed how the experience was told by Gillian and the other characters in the work. The reasons behind what happens, and how, are kept at bay as long as possible, but when they are revealed and the story is thought back on, the events make perfect sense and the heat is a bit stronger too.

A strongly written work, very well centred characters in the midst of a mystery they are trying to unravel and when things are changed, twisted, the moments are so subtle at times that it is almost invisible until the ending which leaves the work at a lovely heated pitch.

As much as I loved the work, I would have liked to know more about the Succubus, to have her speak, to hear the words in her voice that the other characters hear. The truth about the Succulus itself isn’t told, though it couldn’t be because the answer to the questions never really comes even if the characters do instead.

Four and a half out of five pitchforks.

A very hot and erotic story that has a unique mix of mind control and Succubus power appearing within it. I’d love to see what happens next, though really it need not be for how the work ends. But after leaving so many interesting paths to take, one hope the author will do so.

 

Tera

Dec 07 2015

Snoops – Part Three By TeraS

Getting back to the story about the Snoops this week on the Tale. You can read the previous parts of Snoops here on the Tale. Things don’t go quite as one might expect a lot of the time. Sometimes that’s your past getting in the way, sometimes it’s your present. When both collide head on, then you need to make a choice, and someone is always disappointed … somehow.

 

Snoops
Part Three
By TeraS

 

Farah was a slave driver. At least that’s what Nadia thought about the rather domineering red-tail, who was hovering over Snoops like it was her own personal store and not Nadia’s and Deirdre’s. Worse still was that Deirdre seemed to be pleased with everything that Farah did and kept bruising off all of Nadia’s concerns and questions about what was going on.

On the other hand, Nadia couldn’t really argue with Farah’s insistence that all of the succubi that were on the sales floor dressed up like femme fatales, and that the incubi looked like a certain fictional secret agent from some other realm with whom she wasn’t familiar. But why was it that every single incubi was to call himself ‘James’ and every succubi ‘Jane’? Marketing wasn’t one of Nadia’s strong suits, after all.

Nor could she really fault Farah’s choices when the sales reports were looked over, the order books checked. She did, however, have a problem with Farah putting her tail into the other part of what Snoops was from time to time, even if the red-tail wasn’t aware that she was doing so.
That was, after all, what this was all about, even if Farah wasn’t supposed to know it.

For all intents and purposes, the store was two levels now, the lower one the showcase of their wares, the upper, partly office space, partly where fittings were done for their clients. The basement wasn’t store but stockroom, with various succubi and incubi rushing in and out to stock shelves and to get items that their customers wanted.

At least that was the basement until a certain box was moved from a certain wall, the tip of a tail was slid into a lock, and a secret doorway was opened. Nadia meant to ask Deirdre why she kept talking about someone named ‘Max,’ but never really got to.

One particular afternoon, Nadia was sitting at her desk and had just interviewed a green-tail that had the correct password when she came into the store, meaning that Tera sent her along to join the Snoops … assuming that Nadia and Deirdre thought she would work out, of course. Nadia found that being dressed up as a femme fatale didn’t work for her, so, ever at her best, she just looked professionally aloof during the interview as she spoke with the applicant, trying to figure out what she would look like as a femme fatale, on the one hand, and if she was quick enough on her tail to be one of the Snoops that the Realm needed. The blonde was doodling on a note pad when she heard the clicking of heels coming towards her.

Deirdre stepped into view soon after, doing her best to look as ‘fatale’ as possible. Nadia did like the look, even if Farah had been completely responsible for it. Deirdre always did manage to make a purple cocktail dress look amazing. The wide-brimmed fedora added that little touch—though it was a shame that Farah had insisted on that.

“So? What do you think?”

Nadia arched an eyebrow: “If you mean your outfit, I think you look very mysterious.”

“Farah thinks so.”

The snapping of the pencil in Nadia’s hand was very loud in the office, she looking at the broken pieces before picking them off her desk and dropping them into the waste basket beside her. “Wonderful. I’m so glad.”

Her purple-tailed partner nibbled the inside of her cheek before blowing out a breath and closing the gap between them. The blonde Asian succubi didn’t say anything, only watching as Deirdre approached and then put her shapely rear on top of Nadia’s desk, sitting there, legs crossed, beside her.

“We need to talk.”

“No, we don’t.”

“So this miffed attitude you’ve been carrying around since Farah appeared is nothing to worry about?”

“Of course not. She’s looking after the store. Our cover is good. What’s there not to like about her?” There was a telling pause, then she continued: “Other than you two being …”

Deirdre’s hand moved to touch her partner’s sleeve: “No, we’re not. That’s over.”

Nadia closed her eyes: “Okay … Sure.”

“No, Love, you aren’t going to mope around without knowing the entire story, whether you want to or not.”

“I don’t need to know. Let’s move on; there’s other things to talk about.”

“No, first things first: Farah was my mentor, I loved her dearly, and still do, for everything she taught me. But I wasn’t the one she really loved. Farah only loves herself. She is self-centered, demanding, can be the most bossy succubi you’ve ever met. But she’s not stupid. Hiding things from her is a mistake. She’ll start rooting around to figure out what’s going on if you don’t tell her.”

“What we do is none of her business.”

“Alright, we’ll keep things a secret as long as we can. But someone is going to slip up, and she’s going to find out about us.”

Nadia’s sigh was a long one: “She knows about you and me, and she’s …”

“… she’s not doing anything except getting on your nerves, making you crazy for knowing that she was once with me. You need to accept that we need her here, get over your problems with her. I’ve had enough nights at home.”

The green-tail didn’t look at her lover: “I’ve seen the looks she’s been giving you.”

“Then you’ve been seeing something that I haven’t. When you introduced yourself as my lover—which, by the way, you never said to me—that ended things for her.”

“I thought it was obvious.”

Deirdre tapped one of Nadia’s horns: “It’s obvious, you dummy, but I still would like to hear it.”

“No, it’s obvious she’s spending a lot of time with you.”

“Of course she is. She’s running the store. We’re both her bosses, but you don’t want to deal with her, so you’re spending most of your time here getting things up and running, and so I have to play interference.”

“Someone has to. Tera wants us to do something, and we’re not ready.”

“When did she tell you that?”

“Doesn’t matter. Nobody’s ready, so … I’m going.”

If the snapping of the pencil was loud, the cry of “What?” was even louder.

The Asian pushed herself away from the desk and looked at her chocolate-skinned partner: “I’m the only one that has learned enough to go out there. I’ll be fine. I don’t have to look like you, or Farah. I just have to blend in, get what we need to know, and then get out. The ‘girl next door’ look will do just fine.”

“No! Absolutely not! You aren’t going anywhere. I don’t care what Tera says, you aren’t going to risk your tail.”

“I’ll be leaving before you know it and I’ll be back before anyone’s the wiser. Trust me, there won’t be a problem.”

The argument went on well into the night, neither succubi giving an inch on what she thought about the entire situation. It was past midnight when they left their hidden lair, the night shift working the store as they walked out the doors together …

… and right into the waiting stare of Farah: “Where have the two of you been? I have things to discuss. We need to change some of the displays, and I need a decision.”

Nadia pointed at Deirdre: “Talk to her. I’m going home; it’s been a long day.”

As Farah started to point out what she saw to be issues that needed to be addressed, Deirdre could only watch Nadia walk away and then disappear around a corner.

The following morning, Nadia didn’t return to Snoops … nor the next day. What came next was her purple-tailed partner prowling the store night and day waiting for her to return, at one point telling Farah to leave her alone in a way that made the red-tail take two steps back from her.

After a week with not a word, Deirdre decided to see Tera. Or at least she intended to when the Queen walked into Snoops. Her expression was troubled, which was worrying, but more so when she took the painter by the arm and pulled her upstairs and into Nadia’s office.

“Where is she, Tera?”

Tera was looking out the office windows to the floor of Snoops below: “Something’s happened. We need to go find her.”

Something snapped in Deirdre and what she said next she instantly regretted: “This is all your fault! If something’s happened to her, I’ll never forgive you!”

The monarch turned and sighed: “You don’t think that I feel the same way? I told the both of you that if anything happened to any of you I would never forgive myself.”

The next voice wasn’t Deirdre’s; Farah stood in the doorway: “Where’s Nadia, and what the hell’s happened to her?”

Tera glanced in the other red-tail’s direction, then to Deirdre: “You both have something to talk about. Don’t let me get in the way.”

The explanation about the SNOOPS didn’t take long, Tera nodding here and there as the story unfolded. Farah’s expression didn’t change from anger, though her tail started to move slowly behind her as the story was told. When it was over, her answer was simple as she looked at Tera: “Then we go get her.”

“It’s been a long time since you’ve been out there, Farah. Don’t overestimate yourself.”

Deirdre looked from her Queen to her past Mentor: “What do you mean?”

The green-eyed brunette pointed her tail at Farah: “Ever hear of Mata Hari?”

“You have got to be kidding.”

The retired spy smiled: “I’ll have to teach Nadia the fan dance when we get her home.”

“You mean if.”

“No. I mean when.”

Dec 06 2015

A Review of Possessed By The Bed! by Casey Regal

Possessed By The Bed! by Casey Regal

Possessed By The Bed! by Casey RegalIt

There are those works that just demand a part two, or three, or more. They have an idea, a core plot, that does something a little different from which the story builds upon. Possession stories aren’t anything new in which Succubi appear, really there are a lot of them to be found. But there’s one thing that is difficult to get right and that’s the transformation itself of the character, or characters.

Getting the heat right, the physical transformation is one thing, but it’s the mental changes, or the mind control, or how things develop once the Succubus has control that matters. If that all works, that something I find really captivating.

  • Title: Possessed By The Bed!
  • Author: Casey Regal
  • Length: 15 Pages
  • ASIN: B00XVGZW3A
  • Publishing Date: May 18, 2015
  • This work at Amazon.com

The work is about:

Thirty years ago, a demon of lust was cast out of a woman, sent back to the pit…or was it? Surely it couldn’t have simply taken up residence in the old bedstead, staying dormant as it waited for a new owner. Surely that bed that Susan just bought isn’t really turning her from a human stick-figure into a curvy, lusty…bimbo?!

Susan discovers a bed in a second-hand store and once she takes it home, she find her thoughts, then her body, are changing. The date she had planned doesn’t quite go as she expected, and things aren’t going to be the same.

There’s a lot of mystery in this work which really revolves around the mysterious bed, what sort of being is within it. For the most part, it could be a succubus, all of the signs are there, and even if it is a “demon of lust” there’s Susan’s transformation itself. Susan becomes very much a succubus, or at least the appearance of one, the powers of one, and certainly the sexual drive of one.

The transformation is really well done, being something that happens a little bit at a time, slowly taking over Susan’s thoughts, body, and personality. It’s very much a “slow burn” and I enjoyed that because there was, along the way, some realization by Susan that something was happening, but that alone wasn’t enough for her to overcome it.

Susan is, for the most part, still Susan when it is over, but she’s singularly focused, her personality changed to what the unnamed succubus desires. Susan’s date isn’t changed physically, but mentally there is quite a lot of succubus mind control which is, like for Susan, a slowly burning plot which breaks at a good point in the story.

The erotic scenes are nicely done, they aren’t silly or odd and the mind control aspects are blended into the story well I thought. It’s clear that both main characters are being controlled by the succubus, and that works, as I have mentioned, but it leaves a lot of questions.

For one, what exactly is within the bed isn’t told, only mentioned in a vague way in the prologue which sets everything else up. It’s more of a presence hinted at, suggested, but not really developed and I think it should have been. Following onto that comes the ending of the work, in which a third character is drawn into the clutches of the succubus and a suggestion is made about where there story will go from that point onwards, but it doesn’t.

The work ends rather abruptly, offering a direction for the story to take, even a series to be developed from this first work. Really the concept I liked, the characters are interesting and the heat is just perfect overall. But there’s a lot of “why” and “what if” to explore and explain and it wasn’t here.

The work needs a part two and onwards to tell the story, to explain what’s going on. I’d like to know if Susan is a Succubus now, what happens to the other characters in the work, who, or what, is the Succubus in the bed and otherwise. There’s a lot of story to tell and I have been expecting a part two for months now. That hasn’t happened and it needs to.

Four out of five pitchforks.

There’s not anything like enough explanation about what exactly is going on with Susan, the plot summary being the only thing that gives a real clue about that. The transformation, the mind control, and the erotica is very hot as well done. The ending is far too quick, leaving so much open for another work to appear and it hasn’t at the time of this review.

I hope it does, because I’d like to see what happens next and why.

 

Tera

Dec 06 2015

A Review of Desired by the Demons by Amber Delray

Desired by the Demons by Amber Delray

Desired by the Demons by Amber Delray

Sometimes there are stories that offer characters that seem to be more than what they appear to be. By that I mean there are hints about them, who they are, what they want, but the story doesn’t quite go into that much. The characters don’t develop much because the point f the work tends towards getting to the erotic moments as quickly as possible.

It’s a little more bothersome when the story begins with two characters who work well together and then one of them leaves before really anything of consequence happens. When that happens part of the story leaves with them and, as a whole, investing time into a character to have them just walk out of the story seems wrong.

  • Title: Desired by the Demons
  • Author: Amber Delray
  • Length: 38 Pages
  • ASIN: B00V5STCG4
  • Publishing Date: March 24, 2015
  • This work at Amazon.com

The work is about:

Two Dominant Demons…

Ann is willing to sell her soul for the ultimate sensual satisfaction.

But when the Gates of Hell open wide to grant her wish, she gets more than she ever dreamed possible.

Beware of what you wish for … some sins can never be forgiven.

Ann is not exactly enjoying her birthday. Her best friend comes over and they have a little bit more than a good time. Deciding to use a Ouija board as a joke, they summon a demon who then brings a friend along to share the fun. When Ann’s girlfriend leaves, Ann is left with two Incubi looking for a good time… and she’s it.

Generally in stories like this, there is a focus on getting to the erotica as quickly as possible, rushing through that, and then ending the work with really no substance to it as a whole. That doesn’t happen in this work as there is a good deal of time spent with Ann and her girlfriend talking about their lives and loves, their past, and the relationship they have with each other. It’s actually a really good bit of character development for both of them and I though that worked well.

However, Ann’s girlfriend leaves moments before the erotica begins when she gets cold feet after the Incubi arrive on the scene. It’s disappointing because for all of the time the author spent in telling the story of Ann and her girlfriend, it felt like she could have just as well not been there, or just left a gift for Ann and the same result would have happened. It’s a bit of a problem because the two of them together are, overall, more interesting than Ann is alone. While the point of the story is for Ann to have her moment with the two Incubi, and I understand that, the author took away the opportunity to tell a larger story, possibly with a different ending, and that would have been a better story overall I think.

The two incubi, Damien and Victor, are, as a whole, not “evil” or stereotypical which I appreciated. In works with a similar theme, the writers usually fall into that meme far too often and it was refreshing to see that not happen. There’s no question that the two Incubi are summoned for the sake of pleasure and they are more than willing to do so. When Ann is the only one left, she is left to their mercy in a lot of ways.

The erotica is, as I noted, a hot flash, but there’s a feeling of that being rushed at times, or perhaps a few paragraphs here and there were removed. The heat comes and goes, as does Ann, and that was slightly disappointing. If Ann’s girlfriend had been there as well, I think that could have added some needed heat, possibly a bit of mind control or at least showing more of the differences between the two Incubi and also what Ann and her girlfriend enjoy as they have quite different tastes and needs.

The writing is good, the story starts out well before it slips into the erotica, and the humour in the beginning I did like quite a lot. It told of the personality that Ann and her girlfriend had and I thought that worked well. Damien and Victor as well are different in their own ways which again made the work better overall. Nonetheless there’s a gap in the story created when Ann’s girlfriend leaves and that’s a shame for all of the building up that happened from the beginning.

I’m giving this work three out of five pitchforks.

Some quirky humour, a neatly told story, and as a whole a quick hot flash with just enough story behind it to give it substance. A few points where the story could have been made to be more than the erotica that drives it forwards, and sadly missed out on.

 

Tera

Dec 05 2015

A cute Succubus speedpaint YouTube

Another Succubus speed painting YouTube today on the Tale… I really like this character a lot, possibly giving me a story idea or two, but we’ll see what happens with that thought…

 

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

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yDuQZD3vrnE

And, just in case the video vanishes, here’s an image of the Succubus herself too…

Succubus by Michele Van Frey

I just think she’s lovely, has a certain look that I like, and overall she isn’t “stereotypical”  like some works of Succubi are…

She might be hiding some of her Succubus nature, but there are hints of that as well and sometimes a hint is all that is needed…

 

Tera

Dec 04 2015

A Review of The Incubus Club series by Cora Blanchett

The Incubus Club 1 by Cora Blanchett

The Incubus Club 1 by Cora Blanchett

A review today of the series The Incubus Club by Cora Blanchett, a series that I thought had an interesting premise, good characters, and a hot story. But, unfortunately, the series came to an abrupt end after the second work in the series leaving a really good series unfinished and wanting.

Sometimes the attraction for another leads to doing things that you never expected. To take a chance, to discover that a myth is real. But then what happens when the myth and the reality meet head on? What do you do then?

  • Title: The Incubus Club 1
  • Author: Cora Blanchett
  • Length: 17 Pages
  • ASIN: B00O71EEZU
  • Publishing Date: October 4, 2014
  • This work at Amazon.com

The work is about:

When her co-worker catches Liv pining over their boss, Liv admits to being in a bit of a dry spell. It was hard for her to find men—and when she did, none of them seemed to measure up. Were her standards too high? Was her infatuation with her boss in the way? Whatever the case, Liv was at a loss for love.

Her co-worker proposes a daring, seemingly-absurd solution: why not summon a sex demon?

Liv is infatuated with her boss, but can’t do anything about it. Given the option to summon an Incubus to help her deal with things, Live does so. The Incubus takes the form of her boss, she has a night of amazing sex and then discovers that not only are Incubi real, but Succubi are as well. And there’s another secret she didn’t expect that changes her world.

As the beginning to a series, this work sets up a really good premise with a group of characters that fit together well, have their own personalities, needs and wants. It isn’t a simple hot flash, there’s a good deal of world building, of setting up the rules, and making things work together well. Liv, the main character, is very strong in her personality and as she tells the story of what happens around her, it seems real, well explained, and no detail is left out.

These are all good things because it sets up a solid story to which the erotica when it comes into the work, plays off of. The erotica isn’t a short hot flash either, there is build up, passions, moments that Liv and the Incubus she summons pass through. There’s a bit of D/s relationship that pops up very slightly, but it doesn’t overwhelm the feel of what happens to Liv and I liked that a lot.

The incubus himself isn’t named in this work, that comes in the second, but he isn’t stereotypically evil or nasty by any means. It’s made clear that both Succubi and Incubi live from the sexual energy of those they are with and in that comes a hotter story because it is the passions that move the story along towards an ending that works really well. We don’t see his true form either, he only appears as a “perfect” version of Liv’s boss, but it’s clear from the little descriptive hints that there is more to him.

The erotica doesn’t overpower the story, really it merges nicely into the narrative. The mix of story and heat in the latter half of the work I thought worked really well. It wasn’t simply a moment of sex and then the scene was over. There was development in the story, in the characters and as well the way things unfolded felt right for the setting and Liv herself.

The only thing that bothered me was that it was a bit short, there were some points at which further story could have been told or the Incubus could have explained things to Liv a bit more. There was a couple of points where I felt like there was a missing chapter between two moments, or at least a few pages, and that tripped me up a bit. But otherwise, this was an amazingly good story to set up a new series.

I’m giving this work four out of five pitchforks.

A really well told story, some lovely heat and a concept that really has a story to tell.

The Incubus Club 2 by Cora Blanchett

The Incubus Club 2 by Cora Blanchett

In the second book, Liv finds out that her boss has secrets too which only serves to complicate things even more.

If there are Incubi, there have to be Succubi as well. What happens when you find out that the one you want has a Succubus… and she looks like you? How do you react? Who do you turn to? What happens when you realize that you can see now what you didn’t before?

And what happens next?

  • Title: The Incubus Club 2
  • Author: Cora Blanchett
  • Length: 19 Pages
  • ASIN: B00Q57MB3Q
  • Publishing Date: November 24, 2014
  • This work at Amazon.com

The work is about:

Olivia has just discovered that her boss, and long-time crush, has been summoning a succubus—a succubus that looks just like her. What does this mean? Does he have a crush on her, too? Has he been going behind her back, with this succubus, without Olivia’s knowledge?

When Olivia decides to take a stress day, things get steamy when she summons her own demon for answers.

Liv goes back to her office and finds out that she can see the Incubus that her co-worker had summoned. She also finds out that her boss has a Succubus that looks exactly like her. Not being able to handle things, Liv goes home to her Incubus and tries to cope. But coping takes many different forms.

In this work we find out that Liv’s Incubus is named Caelum, her co-worker’s Incubus is named Jorge as well. But we don’t find out the name of the Succubus that her boss summoned that looks like her. Liv also finds out that she can now see the Incubi and Succubi around her, they can see her as well and then things get more complicated.

The main thing about this book is that the theme is consequences. Liv’s summoning of Caelum has a cost to her, the summoning of a Succubus by her boss has another one. The same is true of her co-worker. In all of this going around and summoning sex demons, the things that each of them want is taken away because of their actions.

Because Liv summoned Caelum, she’s not able to deal with her boss. Because her boss summoned a Succubus, he’s unable to make amends with Liv. It’s clear that they want each other, and badly, but there is something between them that neither can really get past because in each case, they are being interfered with.

There is a lot of self-recrimination that both of the main characters need to deal with, but they really don’t. In Liv’s case she runs off, pouts for a while, then goes back to Caelum. Even when her boss appears and wants to talk to her about it, she pushes him away, has sex with Caelum, gives him a name, and then… the story ends.

It’s a bit disappointing because the start of this work really sets up something unique and interesting but doesn’t try to find a solution to the problems. The path is towards another hot session of sex of Liv, but with the twist of Liv wanting to see Caelum’s real form. That in itself I liked because he wasn’t stereotypically evil in appearance, though there are hints of something else about him however.

Really nothing is said about the Succubus in this work, other than she looks like Liv, but sexier. Otherwise her name isn’t told and it’s only a fleeting glimpse of her. I really wanted to know more about her when she appeared, and I would have been happy with a cut scene between the Succubus and Liv’s boss that explains why he summoned her, gave her name, made her more than just appearing for the shock value.

The erotica is just as hot as in the first work, the story itself is every bit as good, but the story doesn’t really resolve anything and that’s the real problem here as there never was a part three to the series. The work ended on a cliffhanger for all of the characters, everything in a mess, and the future uncertain.

I wish there would have been a part three to tie things up or continue the story, but it didn’t happens and that’s more the shame. The series started out amazingly, seemed to have a lot of promise and then… stopped.

I’ll give this work four of out five pitchforks.

I still hope for a continuation, really the series needs this for all of the promise and perhaps, someday that will happen. I can hope for that at least…

 

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