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The Succubus 2: Raven's Reign (eBook)
|The Succubus 2: Raven's Reign|
The Succubus 2: Raven's Reign eBook Cover, written by Vanna B.
|Publisher||Hope Street Publishing|
|Publication date||November 14, 2013|
|Preceded by||The Succubus: Sins of the Flesh|
|Followed by||The Succubus 3: Unchained Melody|
The Succubus 2: Raven's Reign is an eBook written by Vanna B. It is the second work in the Succubus series by this author. In this work the character Raven is a Succubus.
- Title: The Succubus 2: Raven's Reign
- Author: Vanna B.
- Published By: Hope Street Publishing
- Length: 35 Pages
- Format: eBook
- ASIN: B00GOJAJ98
- Publishing Date: November 14, 2013
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Darrin is no longer the shy, scared boy he used to be. The newfound confidence Raven helped him discover, along with his good looks, laid back swagger, and charming smile, cause women to gravitate to him, and each night he has a different woman in his bed.
But none of them can compare to the fiery demon temptress whose seductive ways keep Darrin at her beck and call. He will do anything to make her happy, even carrying out a murderous mission to make her upcoming birthday one to die for. Carving up thirteen innocent women to please Raven is a piece of cake for Darrin, but a vigilante demon hunter comes along to crash her party. If things go according to her plan, there will be no icing and no candles because she intends to blow Raven’s fire out forever more.
The following review was originally published by Tera on her Blog, A Succubi's Tale on August 22, 2014
One of the things that bothers me more than anything else when someone writes a story about Succubi is that they appear as being, for lack of a better description, beautiful monsters. They are written as creatures with no soul, no real caring within them. They are simply existing in the story as a means to shock and then draw others in the story to do poor things. I do not enjoy horror. I do not enjoy horror that attempts to give meaning to itself by wrapping itself in the guise of erotica.
Perhaps when authors write something like this they should clearly say that the work is horror and not really erotica. In doing so I might have taken a different approach or had other expectations in the works. Still, the promise I thought I saw at the beginning quickly turned into something that just turned me off completely. If the second work hadn’t been free, I don’t believe I would have looked at it either.
In short, the series did nothing for me.
As much as the summaries might suggest there might be some erotica in the works, there isn’t. There is a great deal of pain, suffering, abuse, hate, and more negative emotions that any kind of heat generated from the story is lost in it.
You cannot have a reasonably hot erotic encounter followed by a mass murder or worse, at least I think so, and that happens more often than not here. There are many taboos that are crossed in the works, one of which was a complete and total turn off for me and when it happened that ended any kind of enjoyment for me period.
It is a repetitive cycle of abuse followed by actions to gain favor which lead to more abuse. There is no real substance to the works save for the moments of horror and abuse that the characters suffer though. So why is that so?
Why is it that what begins as what might be an interesting entanglement turns into a story of personality change, loss and in the end, suffering for so many? There is no respect for the female characters in the work, they all turn into fodder for a misguided belief which the demon, and she is a demon and not any sort of Succubus by any stretch of the imagination, is forcing on the male lead character.
There is a D/s relationship in the work, or at least it attempts to be one in the beginning but really all it turns into is abuse and lies for an end. That is not any kind of story I can enjoy. I did not. I cannot recommend a story where abuse is the core of the story and everything else is muted by it being so overwhelming.
One pitchfork out of five.
That one pitchfork is for the concept and the beginning of the series. It is a shame that the promise in the beginning was tossed aside for the mess it turned into when there was a good interesting plot that could have gone somewhere without resorting to the scenes of murder and destruction that appear.
I don’t like horror for the sake of it. I don’t care for a story that is more about the horror and what goes into it than the characters themselves. Most of all I dislike stereotypes. and there are a lot of them in these works.