Erotica is nothing without character growth as part of the story. I find it very difficult to enjoy a story when the characters at the beginning are exactly the same at the end of the story… especially when it comes to Succubi…
Perhaps the thing that I most enjoy is when a character seems to be one that you really do not care for at first glance and come to appreciate all the more when the story is done. To tell that story, to put the pieces together and still create some lovely erotica is a very special talent…
- Title: Heat Wave
- Author: Taryn Kincaid
- Publishing Date: August 8, 2013
- Length: 61 Pages
- ASIN: B00EESYAXW
- ISBN: 9781613335703
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The work tells the story of:
Sent into the human realm to retrieve prodigal princess, Zena Night, Bhyrne Raines is shocked and unprepared for his carnal reaction to the sexy succubus. In service to the succubus queen, the rugged enforcer must stifle the instant passion exploding within him. Fulfilling his royal duty doesn’t allow for quickie dalliances. His biological clock is ticking, and he begins to enter breedspawn, an intense and unstoppable frenzy of mating all fire-demon males must endure. But the more he wants to avoid Zena, the more he’s drawn to her.
Reluctant to give up her carefree life of partying among the mortals when the hot-as-sin Bhyrne comes to fetch her for the queen, Zena uses her succubus wiles to entice him, or at least delay the inevitable trip to the royal court. Once in the demon stronghold, hidden deep within the Catskill mountains, she learns the reason for the summons: she must choose a consort within two days.
Zena needs a mate. Bhyrne needs to mate. With time running out for both of them, they each turn to 1Night Stand. With time running out, can Madame Eve come to the rescue?
We first met Zena in the first work of this series Lightning along with her two Succubus sisters. When she appeared there, there was something different about her compared with her two sisters. She was really not exactly like them and was referred to as the “older sister.” She was, as well, very much acting like a Succubus and in the short scene she appeared in, really only seemed to care about finding a partner for sex… before finding another one. I was wondering at the time if that meant something more, and I found quite a lot of my questions about Zena answered in this work.
Initially she is very much a Succubus that cares only about being a “wild child” and really not much else. It comes to pass, as this story unfolds, that there is quite a lot more to her which made her as interesting as, if not more, than her sisters were to me. Part of that is her connection to the Succubus Queen of this series, Velda, which was something that I did not expect to be honest. Some of that is her internal voice, which compared to her sisters is very clear and truly different. She can be manipulative and demanding at times, but it is what happens when Bhyrne appears that caught me. Her feelings, thoughts and actions, all that she thought were her power… don’t quite work as she expects. But then again, Bhyrne isn’t what she was expecting either.
Bhyrne, who’s connection to another character in the series is perfect I think, is a wonderful example of someone that can, and does, go toe to toe with Zena in spite of the problems he has at that moment and his history. I respect characters that have a sense of honour and Bhyrne has that many times over. It is the repartee between him and Zena that just felt right. It was teasing in the right way, hot at the right moment, and at the same time you saw within them their own faults and fears tugging them here and there.
At the edges of this story is another one, lightly touched on of the world that Zena is a part of and the Queen of the demon realm Velda. I would have liked to know more about her, how she is different from her sister, whom she took the place of. I would have liked to know how it was that Zena was allowed to be “adopted” into the Night family and become one of the sisters. I would have liked to know more about Zena’s mother, her father… really much of that world is cloaked in shadow and hints, but not brought into focus.
I do realize that this work is erotica, but here’s the thing, within the erotica is a larger, powerful story I think and we have the hints of it in the Sleepy Hallow series when each sister appears. There is a world with stories that I would love to know the answers for. I’ll just reveal two of them. One, why is it so odd for roses to be present in the demon realm? What was it that forced, or otherwise demanded that Zena leave and be the wild Succubus she was? I have my thoughts, but it would be nice to know… Along with about a dozen other questions I have, but then I do tend to over think some story universes at times…
Then there is the question of Madame Eve… I know, I do, that she is a creation used to connect stories together in the 1NightStand universe but here’s the thing… I can see her being a Succubus, though not an “evil” one because none of the Night sisters are evil. I know that story can never be answered truly, but really considering what she arranges and how? It really would not surprise me in the slightest…
I smiled, quite a lot, at all of the hardware store references at the beginning of the story, it was just silly enough and felt right coming from Zena and Bhyrne. The ways that their reactions to each other were described, from the first moment, there was an instant connection, but over time it was more than that.
When the climax of the story came, and my did it ever do so, what Zena felt on her way through the castle had the right heat, the right emotion and more. When she and Bhyrne saw each other, his reaction, her needs and his… That was squirmingly hot and the picture I had in my thoughts was delicious…
As the cap to the series so far, it felt right, it ended on the right note, and it was, really, overall a beautiful work of Succubus erotica. I have but one little nit with the work… I really would have liked to see what comes in the after. There is a hint, an idea, but it isn’t told and I found myself wanting to know that…
I can hope for another work in the series can’t I?
I’m giving this work five out of five pitchforks.
Oh I do want more from this universe and these three sisters, so very much so. What happens to Zena and Bhyrne when the story ends will be in the back of my mind for a very long time to come. There is a huge universe of stories to play in and perhaps someday that time will come…
It would be wonderful if it did.