A Review of Wicked Devices by Josephine Ballowe

Wicked Devices by Josephine Ballowe

Wicked Devices by Josephine Ballowe

There is a problem with stories about Succubi that I still have. I do not understand why it is that so many authors take them to be a kind of vampire. They are not, but it still happens. What bothers me more is that they have to go “wild” over blood at some point and that makes little sense when they say that they live on the sexual emotions of others…

But, having a Succubus make her living by playing the roles that others need? That is an interesting idea… even if she isn’t aware of what she is…

  • Title: Wicked Devices
  • Author: Josephine Ballowe
  • Publishing Date: November 25, 2012
  • Length: 3,000 Words
  • This work at Amazon.com – No Longer Available

The work tells about:

Lisbette, a specialist in expensive role-play has met her match in Malcolm. When this mysterious stranger and his companion, Persephone, quite literally take her to the banks of Hell, and they make Lisbette expose her darkest desires that reveal the truth about her past? Or is Hell really more like Heaven?

Overall the story is interesting at the beginning. Lisbette talks about herself, that she makes her living in adult role playing and then tells about a client wanting to meet her at a bar. For the most part nothing seems odd until she goes into a back room with him and then things become very odd. She is bound, somewhat tortured, and then told that she is a Succubus. She does not believe it, but eventually has not choice but to do so and then face her future.

The problem I have is that the idea of Succubi in this work is mixed with that of vampires and then also takes a turn mixing them up in an odd way. Then you have some BDSM scenes that are more brutal than anything else. Lisbette not being able to accept anything happening makes it more confusing still.

There isn’t really so much erotic heat as it is a lot of base instincts and actions that end in just more seeming confusion. A number of spelling mistakes and word errors also make it hard to get involved with the work as well. But in the end I just found it very hard to enjoy the story for all of the fractured moments that happen in it.

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

Far too much blood and similar moments in this work for my liking. I still do not see why Succubi are seen as vampires and they have to deal with blood. Beyond that some editing would have been helpful… and another part of the story to explain all of the question left unanswered…




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    • James on February 1, 2015 at 4:21 pm

    The book has been taken down, which simply reinforces my own response to Your Majesty’s review: perhaps the author doesn’t have a clear idea what she wants to happen. She keeps throwing in all sorts of elements–too many for just six pages–as if she doesn’t really know what to do with any of them. My sense is that the questions aren’t answered because she doesn’t know the answers.

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    • TeraS on February 2, 2015 at 10:09 am

    Sadly, a common thing it seems…


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