While it is true that Succubi are creatures of seduction, eroticism, lust and desire, that is not all that they are. While some of the succubi are mainly concerned with the doing, there are some that also care about being more than they are expected to be.
Stories like that, for me, are really quite a lot more interesting in that the path the succubus takes, the choices she makes, and, with luck, the evidence that she is more than a pretty face, an amazing sexual partner. She’s someone with a mind, someone that can think, can reason and most of all… care.
That reveals one of the true Succubi and not the shadows they are made out to be.
- Title: By The Horns
- Author: Alys Lovell
- Length: 34 Pages
- ASIN: B00MXRUPP8
- Publishing Date: August 21, 2014
- This work at Amazon.com
It is the story of:
Captured by beastpeople, the last thing Princess Inaya expected was a heated stir in her loins. That is, until the leader – a bull-man with a drool-worthy physique – began giving off a cloud of pheromones. The half-succubus wonders what could hurt if she takes the situation by the horns and entertains her inner sex demon.
Princess Inaya goes from a boring party to finding herself at the “mercy” of her kidnapper. She finds a connection, discovers something about herself that she didn’t expect, and a future that she never expected.
The work is more of an adventure story with a dash of erotica mixed into the tale. As such the story, plot, characters, the layers of the work, really all some together into a complete well told story. There’s more than just a succubus having an encounter with another. There is personality, a battle of wills, desires, wants and needs that really expresses a lot about the two main characters of the story.
Princess Inaya is part-succubus, so she has no horns or tail or other physical signs of being a succubus other than her beauty and poise. Mention is made of her mother, but we never learn her mother’s name, or really anything else about her. Inaya is so much more than she shows the world around her, one encounter she has at the beginning of the work tells all about the world that she has to deal with everyday and that is a shame. I particularly liked that she made a choice, regardless of the pitfalls or problems that could arise and she stood by her choice. She learns from the Queen of this work something important and, for me, it turned her thoughts, her will towards being exactly what she was inside to the outside world. I’d love to see Inaya as Queen in that world. i think she would be someone amazing and should be.
The other main characters is the bull-man that Inaya meets. His name isn’t revealed until well towards the end of the work, but it’s clear from the beginning that he’s something more than he appears to be. He has strength of character, of will, personality and form, but there’s more to him than that. There is a honour in him. He is, as a whole, the most honourable person in the story next to Inaya and in that the connection between the two is so very clear and wonderful.
While the story is involved and strong, the moments of erotica are in the right places at the right time and as such make the most of the impact that they have. The work isn’t a hot flash, it’s more of a long, drawn out experience of the passions between two beings that have found each other. That, for me, was really well done. The heat in these scenes is delicious, passionate, and adds to the story, how it progresses, what happens as the story goes along. It isn’t there as window dressing. It is a foundation for the work and as such added a great deal to my enjoyment of the work.
There really wasn’t much that took me out of the story. There was no misplaced words, misdirected characterizations, or loss of focus. It is tightly written, closes on a perfect note, and leaves a direction for the story to go forward if the author chooses to do so. The ending isn’t a disappointment. There is closure, acceptance, and a future. All of that are good things. I would have liked a bit more story around Inaya’s past, her mother, what she has been through. A bit more about the relationship she has with the Queen would have been nice too. These are all minor things, but as a means to reveal more about Inaya herself, I think it would have been a nice thing to see.
Four and a half out of five pitchforks.
I really liked Princess Inaya in many ways. She’s smart, she cares, and most of all, she refuses to be what the world around her expects her to be. Yes, sometimes her succubus nature gets the better of her, but that’s more of a character trait and not all that much of a flaw. I’d like to see the princess become the Queen in some other story and, perhaps, we’ll see all that she is in the best of light as she should be.