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Jul 26 2016

A Review of Into Their Dream by Nikki Heart

Into Their Dream by Nikki Heart

Into Their Dream by Nikki Heart

Many stories about succubi and incubi tend to leave a lot unsaid, unexplained, or, sadly, simply avoid the idea of a reason why things happen for the sake of the erotica. The reasons why something happens are important to underpin a story, to give it depth, to allow for the characters to have something more than saying “because” as a reason for the events that unfold.

To tell the story of the main character’s life matters, but it also matters to explain why they are the focus of things in some way. As well, if nothing else, a clear explanation of why the story matters is good to see as well. Sometimes that doesn’t come even if the characters do.

  • Title: Into Their Dream
  • Author: Nikki Heart
  • Length: 12 Pages
  • ASIN: B01A05JXIO
  • Publishing Date: December 29, 2015
  • This work at Amazon.com

It is the story of:

Lena’s world is turned upside down when two other worldly men keep haunting her dreams. She tries to avoid them for as long as possible, but after realizing that she will have to sleep eventually she decides to succumb to sleep to face both of them.

Lana’s sleep is a mess because of her dreams. She’s called out to by two beings that she fears but is attracted to as well. When there is no choice other than sleep, the question becomes… What comes after?

The work is an erotic hot flash, but as a whole there is little heat in the erotica. There is a lot of time spent with Lana, seeing the effects of her lack of sleep, trying to stay awake and so on. A lot of minutia about her life is explored, but it seems like it is padding to fill up the pages before the erotic scenes come to pass. It’s a shame that the author didn’t take as much time to flesh out the erotica as they did in the prior pages overall.

As such, the work reads very much like the opening chapter of a larger work up until Lana succumbs to sleep and encounters Damien and Alexi when it turns away from storytelling and buries itself into a rushed erotic scene that, while telling some of the reasons, dances around most of that for the sake of Damien and Alexi having their way with Lana.

Damien and Alexi appear to be incubi, at least it seems like they are, but there is a strong undercurrent of another creature in them which is reflected in their fangs and a certain taste for Lana’s blood. There are some moments of story, at least the attempt to tell something of who Damien and Alexi are, but it is very fleeting and almost reads as if it was tacked into the work.

The ending is unclear in that what happens to Lana in the aftermath is open to interpretation. It might be good or bad, but that is not really explained. It reads as if the author finished with the erotica and then gave up, wrote a quick close and ended things.

That same rushed feeling comes in the cover, which is of rather poor quality. The preview image shown is one thing, but the actual cover seen on my Kindle is blurry, pixelated, and that didn’t add a lot to my expectation of what the story was going to be.

The writing is of two levels, the first part being I think better written than the latter third where the erotica unfolded. I think the author could have made this better by writing the erotica with the same care and attention to detail that they did in telling about Lana’s live otherwise. There’s more to erotica than just the sex after all.

Two and a half pitchforks out of five.

The ending leaves too much unknown and uncertain. The cover needs to be redone, it simply looks poor. As much as Lana’s story is told, that of Damien and Alexi isn’t which means there are too many holes left when the story comes to a close. It need not be.

 

Tera

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