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May 12 2017

A Review of Succubus by Jenna Adams and Amanda Blaze

Succubus by Jenna Adams and Amanda Blaze

Succubus by Jenna Adams and Amanda Blaze

There are stories in which succubi and vampire characters mix. Sometimes that’s a question of how succubi are defined, usually meaning that the vampires are more sexually focused, those being called succubi or incubi. Occasionally, the idea of a succubus and a vampire having a child comes up and the daughter is, to some extent, partly what each of their parents are. It’s a theme that can work, though I have some issues with it, but I won’t go into those at the moment.

The thing about calling a book ‘Succubus’ is that I expect the succubus character to be very present in the work. To be developed, to have purpose, to tell a story through which there’s something interesting about her. She shouldn’t be a whisper, referred to and then when she actually appears, needs to be more than stereotypically evil. Still, in spite of that flaw, there can be a story, an interesting one, but if the main characters are missing something, like the succubus herself, then perhaps there’s something here.

The story is about:

Lucas has been searching for Adrianne, the one person able to destroy the succubus who forced immortality onto him. He quickly learns that the power she has over him… is also a force to be reckoned with.

Adrianne finds herself the focus of Lucas, a vampire that wants her, and Lucinda, a vampire that needs to kill her. Along the way she discovers that not all love is what it appears to be, not all things are as they are and most of all, sometimes what you have left to believe in is yourself. All else is negotiable, assuming to have the will to.

While the work is titled Succubus, really it doesn’t have much in the way of a succubus appearing within the pages. Lucinda is said to be partly succubus in nature, and there is some aspects of her character that are succubus-like, but they are very fleeting and aren’t really used very much. As the story is about two vampires and a human that gets pulled into their conflict, there’s a lot of blood, a lot of vampiric powers and themes. Lucinda does have a moment in which her succubus side is shown, there’s reference made to her mother, who is also a succubus, but then the seductive nature of the succubi is pushed aside.

What comes through the story is a vampiress who is very evil, almost stereotypical in that. But she’s not really core to the story, drifting around the edges until she’s needed to push things onwards for the main characters. As for the main characters themselves, Adrianne is interesting, she develops over the course of the story and by the end, she’s different from where she started from. Lucas on the other hard starts out as being something interesting, but after the climax of the work, there’s a massive change in his character that didn’t sit well with me. When the ending came, one event there really showed his nature and it completely shattered the romance earlier in the work and whatever trust I had in his character.

The erotica has some heat, in a vampire sort of way overall. The few fleeting moments of Lucinda being a succubus were a needed diversion, but they didn’t do much for the story overall. It’s somewhat convoluted, seeking direction and trying to find its way to the ending. Most of all, there’s something missing in the connection between Adrianne and Lucas, and it’s telling from start to finish. Romance, to me, means there’s heat, the characters mesh well and there’s a real attraction between them. I found it hard to locate those moments. But most of all, at least for someone looking for succubi stories, this doesn’t have a lot of succubus in it. It could have, really should have, but then the succubus wasn’t the point after all.

Two and a half out of five pitchforks.

The succubus aspects of this work are very few, it really being about vampires overall. Beyond that, Lucinda is very two-dimensional, she’s not explored as a character and she exists within the work, for the most part, as a etherial threat and little more. Lucas was a disappointment when the truth came out about him as well. There’s something good here however, and I wish the author had continued further, telling more about this universe, perhaps having Lilith, Lucinda’s mother, appear. Sadly, there’s no following work to be found.

The idea is good, the characters need more soul and the succubus needs to be more of a succubus than she is. Little things matter here, they would add so much as well. Perhaps, in the end, heat alone cannot overcome a lack of soul.

 

Tera

1 comment

  1. avatar
    James

    So, this seems to belong in that very special character of succubus story known as Not-A-Succubus-Story–despite its title. Could it be that, given Your Majesty’s growing renown as a reviewer, some stories are simply titled that way to get noticed here?

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