Apr 15 2016

A Review of World’s Shyest Succubus 2: Playing Doctor by Taylor Knobb

World's Shyest Succubus 2: Playing Doctor by Taylor Knobb

World’s Shyest Succubus 2: Playing Doctor by Taylor Knobb

A review of the second work in the World’s Shyest Succubus series by Taylor Knobb. You can find my first review of the series here in which I had some high hopes overall and how much I adored the main character.

The thing about creating a series is that there needs to be some kind of framework or setting to make things make sense. A character that acts oddly, without explanation, can cause issues with understanding the plot, the world, and what’s going on.

Confusion is never a good thing. A character knowing more than they let on, and why, makes for a lot of confusion and can derail a story.

  • Title: World’s Shyest Succubus 2: Playing Doctor
  • Author: Taylor Knobb
  • Length: 21 Pages
  • ASIN: B01E4DQV2E
  • Publishing Date: April 10, 2016
  • This work at Amazon.com

It tells the story of:

Adina has had a rough day. First she got caught in an explosion of some sort of weird energy, and then she and her roommate did unspeakable things…things that felt so good, but that were so wrong. Adina has an appointment to see a doctor, though, and she’s sure that he can help her work out what the heck is going on. She’s sure that it’s not going to matter that he’s tall and handsome, with a slender, tight body…or that the hunger that drove her into her roommate’s bed seems to be coming back, stronger than ever! Life is hard for a shy succubus.

Adina goes to see the campus doctor about what’s happening to her and in doing so finds her new needs and desires getting the better of her. But something is going on and Adina is stuck in the middle of it whether she likes it, sometimes, or not.

Adina continues to transform, becoming more and more ensnared by her new needs and now understanding why things are happening. There’s a real crisis of conscious in this work, and that added some depth to Adina’s character that I liked very much. She isn’t just falling into being a succubus, she’s fighting, struggling, but even so, her needs overcome her and when she arrives at her doctor’s appointment, that needs takes over.

The scene that comes has some good heat, a bit more succubus mental control, and a bit more of a transformation for Adina when the moment is over. The erotica is a hot flash, actually one scene edging towards being so, the other fully so.

Following this, the doctor directs Adina to see another character to learn what’s going on with her and it is that point in the story where it lost me. The doctor seems to know what’s going on, that there are many more women effected is clearly shown. But what I can’t quite understand is if magic is something known and part of this world or not. There was no mention of it prior to the new character’s appearance, who explains something of what’s going on, but again, there’s little context to put that into understandable terms.

Nathan, who is the new character that seems to know what’s going on, is a mystery, having a personality that is simply grating, and overall isn’t at all likeable. That seems to be a real problem as he appears to be a focal point of the series going forwards and not liking him, for me, is an issue. As well, there appears to be a number of other women that have been effected, one of which, who if she is what she seems to be, a gorgon, can only lead towards some real completions.

Adding this twist to the series is interesting, but I’m hoping that the series doesn’t run off in multiple directions as a result. The series has Adina at the core of it, and jumping from character to character, mythologic being to being, can only weaken the series overall.

I still like Adina, I like her being real to herself. But I can see that she’s changing, possibly not for the better. Keeping Adina’s personality intact will be a challenge, the next work in the series seems to suggest that she will not be. How that is handled, if Adina falls over the edge, will at least for me, tell me quite a lot about how well this author can tell a story and if he can avoid making Adina a stereotypical succubus.

Three out of five pitchforks.

Suddenly having a character appear that seems to know what’s going on, then having the problem for Adina effecting so many is one thing. Not explanation why things are as they are is a problem. More so, there’s a problem when another character seems to be on the way to becoming a deadly threat. One that can cause no end of problems for every one around her. How the author gets around that issue will be interesting.

Adina is changing, she knows what she is, thankfully not a stereotypical succubus. There’s hope in the story remaining cute, interesting, and more. I hope so.

 

Tera

Apr 15 2016

A Review of Demon In Disguise by Damien Hart

Demon In Disguise by Damien Hart

Demon In Disguise by Damien Hart

 

A review of what was supposed to the the first work in a series which had an Incubus as one of the main characters. I haven’t seen, at least at the time of this review being written, a second work and that is, as most know, a shame for me when there’s promise in a story but the promise doesn’t get to unfold as it should.

Sometimes you make a choice, not for any real purpose other than it’s the right thing to do. Sometimes, in making that choice, the answer is there in front of you, if you can only accept it and embrace it. But that’s the question that haunts in more ways than one…

  • Title: Demon In Disguise
  • Author: Damien Hart
  • Length: 31 Pages
  • ASIN: B00TKGX3K4
  • Publishing Date: February 12, 2015
  • This work at Amazon.com

The story tells of:

Sam has always wondered why his charming, handsome flatmate and best friend Dylan always seems to avoid romance. He never even hooks up with anybody, despite ample opportunities. But is it really just a lack of interest, or is Dylan hiding something?

Dylan has a dark secret: he’s not human. He’s a type of demon called an Incubus, and it’s killing him to abstain from sex… literally. But when his touch causes people to get ill, can he really ask anybody to make that sacrifice?

Their friendship is about to be pushed to its very limit as previously straight-as-an-arrow Sam offers to provide sexual favours to keep his friend healthy. But the touch of a demon is intoxicating, addictive, and dangerous. Their friendship isn’t the only thing they’re risking, but Sam’s beginning to think it’s worth the gamble.

Sam learns that there are such things as incubi, that his college roommate is one, and that brings with it a problem. Dylan is sick, getting sicker, but knows that feeding on others will harm them. In doing so Dylan has taken ill and Sam makes a choice to help him. The problem is that one can be addicted to being with an Incubus, and Sam finds himself on that path.

There’s some interesting undertones in this work which revolve around Dylan and in particular there’s a feeling as the story progresses that the theme is one of power, corruption, and how one is changed by that. There are changes to Dylan’s personality over time, the same can be said of Sam as well, and it is those changes that I found the most interesting.

There is a danger, Dylan is very clear on that point, and when it starts to come into the picture there’s a certain amount of denial which played out in a very believable way. It’s subtle in nature and it gives an extra dimension to both characters.

The work does have a male/male erotic theme, but it doesn’t overwhelm the story as a whole. It’s more gentle than anything else and in being so it provides a means for the core plot of the story to be told in a way that isn’t over the top or feels wrong with how the characters are.

There are secret to be sure, Dylan has many it seems, but also it feels like there is one around Sam as well. It is the discovery of those issues, problems, and the revelations that come from them that makes the real difference.

Well written, both characters are fleshed out well, have history, character, and problems to deal with. The erotica is a bit tame, not really a hot flash in tone, more of a simmering and not much more than that.

The one thing that I would have liked to see more of would have been to know Dylan’s side of the story. There’s a lot going on that we see from Sam’s point of view but Dylan is a closed book for most of the story. A bit more “tell” about him would have been nice.

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

A good beginning which leaves many questions unanswered. Two characters that are fully told, have history and in that history comes conflict, addiction, and troubles. The series should have continued for the promise that story gives.

 

Tera

Apr 14 2016

Succubi Image of the Week 430

Some adorably cute Morrigan Aensland art today on the Tale… It’s really important I think that in any art of Morrigan that she has that little smile of hers which expresses in the best possible way, her character. I think this week’s art is a good example of that by far…

Morrigan Aensland by おんじ

Morrigan Aensland by おんじ

You can find the original page on Pixiv where I found this artwork here.

I like the anime style the artist used here very much, it really does, at least to me, bring out a sort of highlight to Morrigan’s hair, which I think works nicely here to frame her pose and overall look.

Her expression, especially that smile and glance, does well to hold Morrigan’s personality and as such adds that little flair of character that art of Morrigan does need to have so very much.

The shadows and textures of her wings are wonderfully done, in being so they add a nice dimension to the art as well. Her body proportions and overall shape, aren’t over the top, but look right in the way she’s posed and while she might look a little slim overall, her curves don’t overwhelm her entire look.

For me, that’s the important thing really. Morrigan is more than her cleavage after all…

 

Tera

Apr 13 2016

A new level in Devil Costumes has been reached

Fever Devil Tutu DressI really shouldn’t tempt the universe in my commenting about all of the awful, terrible, and worse devilish costumes that I have looked at over the years. I keep thinking, and saying, that things can’t possibly get any worse. I’ll learn eventually I suppose…

This is called the Fever Devil Tutu Dress and it comes with the dress, the hooded jacket with attached horns and a pair of fuzzy boot covers that the model is wearing. It does not include the fishnets or the pitchfork and it sells for $45 US.

I cannot express just how shocked I was when this appeared on my costume search. It’s so gaudy, tacky, over the top and most of all, there’s just so much frills that it just doesn’t work. Beyond that, there is really nothing all that sexy I feel in this costume. If you need to add fishnets to a costume to make it a little more racy, then the costume has missed the mark by a very large margin.

As such, this costume has managed to be just about the worst in all possible ways and the half-hearted attempt at adding the hugely needed touch of sexy to this disaster just doesn’t manage. There is only really a very sad overall look and there isn’t anything that can be done to make things better.

I really wouldn’t consider this at all, but I will admit that I have a cute little jacket similar to the one shown here and I think that, with the right black dress would fit the bill better…

I’ll have to ponder that sometime.

As for this hot mess, I’ll give this zero pitchforks out of five.

But if you think this is bad, just wait… I’ve already found something far worse.

 

Tera

Apr 12 2016

A Review of Demonic Daughter by Eden Redd

Demonic Daughter by Eden Redd

Demonic Daughter by Eden Redd

The origin of a character is, at least for me, something important, more so when they are, at least partially succubus in nature. Teasing that point, but then doing nothing with it takes a lot away from the story.

It isn’t enough to simply suggest they are a succubus, then have them jump into bed with every other character in the story. Saying that they have power, but then setting that aside for the sake of reading a hot flash that isn’t all that hot is a problem. The story can be better if there’s something to hold one’s interest in it.

  • Title: Demonic Daughter
  • Author: Eden Redd
  • Length: 19 Pages
  • ASIN: B00K1T4AH4
  • Publishing Date: April 30, 2014
  • This work at Amazon.com

It tells the story of:

Shortly after Sally’s 18th birthday, she starts to feel strange and unspeakable desires. The more she tries to push the darkness away, the more it pushes her to try unthinkable acts. As the darkness grows, it leads her down a path where her desires bubble to the surface. She has often fantasized about the men of her home and now she feels she has the power to fulfill those devilish thoughts. The more she tries to stop to herself, the more she hungers for the men who belong to her.

Sally has discovered that she has some odd powers and the more naughty she is, the more powerful she becomes. An encounter with her stepbrother reveals much of what she can do, but it is her stepfather that reveals what really is going on.

The work is, overall, a hot flash with very little story tying the pieces together. That’s a shame because there is some plot given through Sally’s memories which seems to say that she’s had her powers for some time now. but they are coming to the fore at last. There’s a lot of mystery around her, about who she is, what she is, and what she is capable of, but that’s never really gotten into within the story.

Even when the reveal comes about Sally, that she’s very likely a succubus at least, that takes up less than a paragraph and is brushed aside for the sake of her getting to her next encounter in the story. Saying that Sally has wings and a tail is fine, but there’s really nothing else told about her. Even her powers, some of which involve a bit of mind control, are interesting, but never play out in the story either.

The story revolves around Sally having her way with her stepbrother and stepfather, and in being so there’s not much time spent on any sort of character development, or plot either. A couple of hot flashes at best, a pair of stroke stories at worst. This really didn’t need to be.

There was some promise in the beginning, that there might be something of a reveal about Sally, which there is, at the end of the work and as well her stepbrother and stepfather. That in itself was interesting and I wanted to know how that all came to be. But that didn’t happen. Soon after the reveal, the explanation about everyone, the story comes to a close.

A hot flash with little heat, a story with a thin plot. Characters that were single-minded for the most part, having no real purpose other than wanting sex, getting sex, and then moving onwards. While the theme is a bit taboo, there’s not a lot of focus on that, save for some moments towards the end of the work which made me cringe a bit.

The author has written other words I liked a lot more. It’s a shame this wasn’t up to the same standards.

Two out of five pitchforks.

Rather thin on story, not much in the way of character development, and really the work just serves as a means to get Sally into compromising situations. It would have been nice to have more story, more about how Sally came to be where she is and what, exactly, she is supposed to be. But there’s nothing to payoff that plot thread and the erotica isn’t enough on its own either.

 

Tera

Apr 12 2016

A Review of Vanity Mae and the Electrician by K Tucker

Vanity Mae and the Electrician by K Tucker

Vanity Mae and the Electrician by K Tucker

A review of a new series, or what the author promises to be a new series called Vanity Mae about a rather different succubus with some interesting personal quirks and issues to work out.

But there is a rather pointed issue which bothers me about this work. Part of that comes from assuming that the note in the book summary of this work being set in a universe where humans meeting succubi is an everyday thing is fine, but that’s not said in the story itself. The other part of things that bothers me is that, at one point the main character is said to be “shy” and yet later in the work she’s also noted to be “disinterested” at her partner. There’s something off about that, at least to me. The two sides of Vanity seem to not make sense somehow…

  • Title: Vanity Mae and the Electrician
  • Author: K Tucker
  • Length: 13 Pages
  • ASIN: B01DWM7CG2
  • Publishing Date: April 5, 2016
  • This work at Amazon.com

It is the story of:

Vanity Mae is a succubus. In a world where monsters and humans live together, the life of a monster who gets power from seducing humans should be easy, right? The only problem is, Vanity Mae is hopelessly clumsy and shy.

When the lights go out in the kitchen of the apartment she shares with a part-angel hybrid, Vanity Mae has to call the electrician. To her surprise, the electrician that arrives when her roommate is at work is actually pretty cute! Will Vanity Mae finally get the power she craves? Or will she crash and burn?

Vanity is not your average succubus. She’s shy, which is a problem, she’s liable to make a lot of mistakes, which is a little more unfortunate. But most of all, her slightly ditzy personality makes her a bit of a pain to her roommate. Still, she is a succubus, if not the best in her own eyes, and when she’s attracted to the man that came to fix her lights, she can’t help but take advantage of the opportunity.

The work is very short, really a hot flash with a good deal of story and character introduction leading to the erotica itself. It’s fun, cute, and passionate when the moment arrives and I liked that most of all. The story isn’t written in a way that it makes no sense, Vanity’s efforts to nibble on her handsome prey are exactly what they should be from all that is told about her at the beginning of the work.

Vanity isn’t stereotypical and for that alone I am so very pleased. There’s no “evil” in her, really she’s very much a lost lamb looking to find her way, if she’d manage to get out of her being so shy and try to be a little more outgoing. There’s a moment when her own needs take over a bit, but even so, she’s still a little shy, a little clumsy, and a little bit unsure of things at times. She isn’t perfect and that, for her, is perfectly fine.

As the work jumps directly into what’s happening with her, there’s a bit of confusion as the story unfolds. Vanity’s tail is visible, always. Her roommate is part angel and glows. When the electrical arrives, she’s not at all surprised by what Vanity looks like, tail and all. While this is explained in the book summary, the author doesn’t mention this in the work itself. It’s an important point because some of the events don’t make a lot of sense unless you are aware that in this universe it’s not uncommon for humans to meet, and live with, supernaturals beings.

The other thing that’s a bit unclear is what exactly succubi, and for that matter, incubi need to feed upon. It doesn’t seem, at least from Vanity, that they kill others, or take souls, but it’s a little unclear. It might have been nice to define Vanity’s needs a bit more than they are.

Which brings me to a bit of a conflict in my thoughts about Vanity herself as the story comes to a close. Her thoughts seem to shift away from being shy and become more… succubus-like I think would be the best way to put it. She has a need and now wants to indulge in it. While there at the end her shyness coming back, it just felt wrong when she was “bored” with her partner and started thinking about where she would go for her next nibble.

The erotica is lovely, I enjoyed Vanity’s attempts at seduction, her needs as they grow within her. The telling of her using her powers to her advantage is well done and I liked that a lot. But Vanity in the midst of feeding is a lot different than Vanity in the midst of playing a video game and I’d like that to be explained because it isn’t here.

Lovely writing, Vanity just made me smile. The ensemble characters were a lot of fun and the story offers a lot going forwards from here. I’m hoping that Vanity remains herself, shy and all, but perhaps gains a little bit of confidence. Or at least her balance.

Three and a half out of five pitchforks.

As cute and wonderful as Vanity is, the work is very short, really leaves a lot of detail suggested and not played out. The seduction that Vanity falls into is really well done, cute, and quite a lot of fun. Really, Vanity is a wonderful character. The thing is, the author teases her, offers a delightful personality, and then kind of loses that by the end of the work.

Perhaps there will be more time spent within Vanity herself in the next work, assuming the author takes the plunge and continues this series onwards. There’s no question that there’s talent here, the characters are wonderful. The thing that missing is developing all of the ideas offered and not leaving them aside for the erotica itself.

 

Tera

Apr 11 2016

Heated By TeraS

There are moments when one might expect Tera to become … oh, let’s call it “miffed.” Perhaps there is someone that’s a bit grating for her, someone being a bit of a pest—not that this has anything to do with what happened this past week for me. Still, there is a story to tell, and it is …

 

Heated
By TeraS

 

There are points in many of Tera’s days when she finds herself being drawn into a discussion with one of her subjects, or a visitor, or, on the rare occasion, some other being that decides that confronting her over a particular point would be a good thing to do. Those encounters usually being with a simple statement: “I’m sorry, but you’re wrong, Tera.” Such encounters result in a discussion, considered at times, and those are the ones that Tera enjoys the most.

Sometimes the statement is far more pointed: “You have no idea what you are talking about.” In those encounters, the result tends to be a slow defusing of the one that is angry by Tera as she explains, clearly, why things are as they are.

Then there are the encounters that begin with the slamming of a door, sometimes the shouting of words, occasionally some very unpleasant ones. On these occasions, Tera remains calm, becomes pointed in her replies, and. whether or not there is a resolution at the end of things, she allows the words needing to be said, to be.

Now, the Queen’s reply depends on the particular moment, of course.

For the first, If she happens to be enjoying a cup of tea, her answer comes with a bemused smile as he raises her cup to take another sip: “Then please, do explain.” What then follows is a long discussion that can travel down multiple paths. Sometimes there is enlightenment, sometimes not. But at the end of the path, whichever way it may go, there is no ill will, no anger, nothing that suggests in the slightest that the gorgeous red-tail holds anything against the one that has discussed things with her. She would even share some of her tea along the way.

The second might happen when Her Majesty is out and about, in the Realm or elsewhere. Perhaps she is enjoying an evening out when someone approaches her. They might believe she would be off balance, having a need to return to what she was doing. After all, the dance floor, for example, might be calling to her, and why would she wish to tarry? Strangely enough, she would be likely to take the other by the hand, join the person at the bar or other similar place, and then—after ordering a Diet Coke, of course—turn her attention on her uninvited companion completely. Having the Queen’s complete attention can be, for many, a rather intimating experience. People often lose their train of thought, perhaps deciding that they should leave. Sometimes there is a moment when the other pointedly tells Tera that she is using her powers of persuasion aggressively. It is when the raven-haired succubi replies that she isn’t, at the same time taking a sip from her drink, that the other might realize that, while Tera might not always be right, she’s more than willing to listen.

But you’ll never see her become visibly angry or yell at the one confronting her.

In the end, the other will either have a point that Tera accepts, or not. Or the other will see another way of looking at things, or not. Either way, the parting isn’t quite so blunt as it was in the beginning and, perhaps the next time that person encounters the Queen, it might result in a real discussion rather than what had transpired before.

Then, of course, comes the last possibility. She might be reading in Royal Offices in the palace, or off to visit some other world. She could well be just about anywhere, but wherever it is, things usually start with a threat—a sinister promise of some kind—followed by the pointed comment that Tera did something wrong, was evil in her visitor’s eyes, or something far worse: the opponent might say something quite foul about her parents. Some come prepared for Tera to summon her pitchfork out of thin air and attack them. Others prepare spells they foolishly believe will bind her, control her. Still others await her to strike at them, turn them into mindless vessels of her power. Some of the more Machiavellian take the battle to her in the hope that she will turn them into her slaves, which is why they moved to anger her in the first place.

In this case, Tera’s first response is to arch an eyebrow; her tail might move in a particular direction. There might be a moment when her eyes might narrow slightly, become a bit sharper in focus. The latter, of course, is generally when the other decides to attack, or cast spells, or drop to their knees to await the blow. The thing is that, whichever they choose, the end result is Tera tilting her head to the right, a lock of her ebon hair covering her eye, and taking on a disappointed smile.

But then nothing happens for a long, almost endless, moment. She might then close the book she was reading before she was so rudely interrupted. She could turn to a companion, if there is one, and ask to be temporarily excused. Perhaps, in another moment, she might place her shopping bags to the side as to not sully the contents. At a ball, she likely would offer a captivating look as she offered her hand. Whichever it is, the result is a moment of confusion that the legendary succubi didn’t do as expected. After all, she was certainly “evil,” or whatever some sort of book, scroll, myth or legend said she was.

What such opponents fail to realize is that the one thing that cannot be explained is Tera. She isn’t who she is expected to be. She doesn’t fit into a category, an image, an understanding. Perhaps the only way to explain her is that she is succubi—but then, no other succubi is quite like her. This is, in the end, the hardest thing to understand when one is not prepared to listen, to consider, and to actually converse—something that those in the prior encounters would have explained . . . had they listened, of course.

However, no matter the attack, no matter the anger, no matter what has been directed at her, she crosses quietly and looks into her visitor’s eyes. Her voice is calm, quiet, measured. She asks why. She listens to their answer. Sometimes it is just as blunt, sometimes there is a hint of willingness to discuss in the words. After the answer has come, she continues to look her caller in the eye, not wavering. Her tail might move slowly behind her, a metronome to her thoughts. Then, always, she will explain her side of things. There is no perceptible heat in her words, no angry ranting, no explosive replies. She speaks her mind—sometimes more than that—and then waits.

No matter what follows, she does not turn away. There is never a moment when she dismisses the other out of hand. Even if she is attacked again, out of some assumption that she is distracted, or simply toying, she does only enough to protect herself and nothing more.

Eventually one of two things happens: either there is understanding or there isn’t. Some will leave with their opinion of the Succubi Queen changed and possibly return to confront her, but in a better way, where a real discussion happens and not a rant, like this was. Others will not gain anything from the moment and go off to scheme, to plan, and try the same thing again.

In any event, Tera remains … well, Tera, waiting for the next soul to visit, to call, to shout. Whatever and wherever that may be, in each case there’s one simple fact that remains.

Tera never loses her temper … not anymore.

You see, the thing that she learned a long time ago was that it was better to speak softly than it was to yell at someone. Being calm can be far more unsettling. It can also lead to more interesting answers for the one that started things in the first place.

There comes a time when one needs to realize that discussion is the answer. The question isn’t as important as understanding that point. One can rant, yell, and scream, but, regardless of how much anger one feels, one cannot lose sight of that. The more heated the encounter, the less is accomplished. Tera isn’t a pushover; there are untold numbers that will admit to that. She enjoys a battle of wits more than a battle of swords … maybe even more than a battle of pitchforks. She accepts two opposing sides to an argument, but not that it must come to blows.

Sometimes the hardest thing to do is talk and to talk intelligently. There are heated moments, but, even in them, there is the need to use one’s mind and not lose it.

Perhaps knowing that, using that is what makes Tera the Queen, the succubi, the enigmatic wonder she is.

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