A Review of the Incubus Chronicles series by Layla Cole

Demon's Salvation by Layla Cole

Demon’s Salvation by Layla Cole

I am going to review a series of short works by the author Layla Cole today. It is a collection called the Incubus Chronicles by this author and I thought that it had some interesting aspects within it. They are short works, which really is the only thing about them that is somewhat a shame, but otherwise I thought they were an excellent collection of stories.

The story is of:

After spending more than 80 years as a witch’s slave, sex demon Eli has some serious scars. When he meets Shannon, a waitress with a broken heart, he sees the chance to get back in the game. Will one wild night be enough to help him heal?

Demon's Desire by Layla Cole

Demon’s Desire by Layla Cole

The second work is:

The story is of:

When Eli, an incubus with problems, crashes a Halloween party looking for a good time, a musician named Liam catches his eye. When it turns out that Liam has an exhibitionist streak, the night gets even hotter than Eli planned.

Demon in Lust by Layla Cole

Demon in Lust by Layla Cole

The third work is:

The story is of:

Sex demon Eli follows his erstwhile ward’s trail to San Francisco, only to find that he’s disappeared again. While there, he falls for one of Sandro’s friends, a woman named Maria with a penchant for public sex.

Rather than reviewing each of these works, I am going to give my impressions of the series as a whole. Overall the most interesting thing to me was Eli himself. While he is a “sex demon” which I read as him being an Incubus, he isn’t what you might expect him to be. By that I mean he has a good deal of hurt and pain within him that someone else caused and in that came a change within him. Yes he needs sex to survive and yes he can be one minded in that sometimes. But the thing is that unlike a lot of similar characters he cares about the other as much, if not more than himself.

Watching him having to deal with being 80 years out of touch with the world around him is both funny and tragic at the same moment. I thought the quirks he had of wearing a fedora was perfect for his personality and the little touches the author made in his looks, actions, and voice made him a much more rounded character and really more of a person in my own thoughts.

Eli’s history, of which some is told and a lot of it isn’t a good reflection on humanity as a whole, really is heartbreaking. There is always that hint of being on the edge of despair on the one hand and holding onto the moments where he is given a reason for making it to the next day. While some of that is his own need to find a measure of revenge on the one that hurt him the most, there is another side of him that sees the possibility of finding something he needs. Love.

That search which is invested in the rest of his life and travels takes him to places and people that gain from his being there, but in return he gains a strength that makes him, bit by bit, better. The series is a rite of passage for Eli I think and it is that passage that held me most of all.

The erotica, when it appears, is not overdone or stereotypically short and to the point. There is exploration of things that Eli never encountered before, never has seen before. Im that discovery Eli finds his passions again and that, more than anything else, makes the erotic moments much more than they otherwise might have been.

The only thing that I wish was that the stories themselves were longer than they are. The stories are a little bit more than hot flashes which I like, but the thing is with all of the backstory that each character has I would have liked to explore that more than it was.

As a whole I give the series three and a half out of five pitchforks.

Well written, some lovely heat and passion within the stories. Just very short and with all that is background in them that’s the real shame here.

There is a lot still to be told about Eli I think and I’d like to see that sometime. The author hasn’t returned to this series for sometime obviously and that’s a shame as Eli as written as a person, not so much a character and his history is something that I would have liked to explore more.




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    • James on August 31, 2014 at 12:41 pm

    The problem with creating a series of such short hot flashes is that the author must come up with a new way to be erotic for every few pages of character development. I wonder if the author didn’t get trapped by her format.

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    • Pocong on September 3, 2014 at 11:18 am

    I actually think it’s a pretty interesting way to tell a story. That cool meta-narrative in the background that ties all the hot flashes together is an idea that I’d like to see implemented more.

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    • TeraS on October 2, 2014 at 1:02 pm

    Erotica without story binding things together is a story that seems to be lacking…


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