Nov 08 2015

A Review of Wanted Undead or Alive by Natalie Severine and Eric Severine

Wanted Undead or Alive by Natalie Severine and Eric Severine

Wanted Undead or Alive by Natalie Severine and Eric Severine

The first review today of a new series called Lily Quinn written by Natalie and Eric Severine. The series is projected by the authors to be thirteen works in total, one each being released each month through next year.

Sex is part of being a Succubus, it is what gives power, control, and, most of all, a certain attitude. Being a half-Succubus only means that you have to be that much better to make your mark in the world. Sometimes that means taking care of problems and getting paid for doing so… and if there happens to be some sex along the way, that’s not such a bad thing is it?

It tells the story of:

My name is Lily Quinn. I’m a bounty hunter. I work for the College of wizards to hunt down monsters that go bump in the night. If they’re hot, sometimes I bump right back.

There’s a vampire in my city and my employers want him dead. His creator, too, if I can find the guy. I don’t have much to go on, but I think I can oblige. Vampires are deadly and beautiful – just the way I like them. I’m going to need a few things first, though, starting with a man and ending with a stake.

I just hope it will be enough.

Lily is a girl with a problem, actually quite a laundry list of them. She’s half-Succubus, which means she loves to get intimate with one special human… and a lot of supernaturals that get in her way. She’s a bounty hunter, which means she puts her life on the line to take care of those supernaturals that she’s picked up a bounty on. Then comes the problem of a bunch of wizards that aren’t quite sure of what to make of her exactly. At least she doesn’t have to worry about her figure. Her own and the money she’s making as one of the best bounty hunters there are.

There’s little time to get to know Lily, or the people that she knows well, some of them very intimately in this work, the story jumps into gear from the beginning and doesn’t pause anywhere along the way. It’s a rather interesting mix of erotica, those scenes being very hot, some action/adventure, which keeps things moving, and a dash of mystery. While the majority of the story centres around Lily having fun with the human she trusts, and then the vampires that she doesn’t. there’s a good start made to fleshing out the series overall.

Lily has a strong voice, she is the narrator and soul of the work, and there are some amazingly funny moments that come in her thoughts. While little is said about how Lily got where she is, her current situation is fleshed out well, the important characters to her have their moments, and she is a solid female lead to the series from her first appearance.

The work falls heavily on the erotica within, the story pausing quite often for Lily to have her moment to recharge and then continue on her adventure. While that makes sense with who she is, and how being a Succubus works for her, there’s perhaps a little too much emphasis on the erotica for the first work in a new series.

As an aside, Lily has not, or at least, has not shown, that she has horns or a tail, but she has the stunningly beautiful figure of a Succubus, red hair and all. She also has quite the fashion sense and interesting taste in automobiles. Which leads me to wondering how Lily connected with Max, and I want to see how that unfolded. That all said, it brings me to the thing I felt was missing in this work.

Lily is an amazingly interesting character, but she’s not really brought out as much as she could have been. There are quite a number of hints, glimpses, some suggestions, but who Lily really is gets played quite close to the chest. She is a half-Succubus, that’s quite clear, but she’s also, in a lot of ways, kind of a “Buffy” character as well. In this work the needs of her Succubus, what Lily gains from her feeding on sex with others, tells most of the tale. Thankfully, she uses her Succubus powers quite a lot, but also she simply uses her sexuality to “bend” men to her will and make thing happen. But when that doesn’t work out, when she needs to do more than just look sexy, that’s when her intelligence comes out and I liked that. I wanted to see more of it too.

The work has an interesting plot, which developed well over the course of the story. It also set up how the rest of the series will put Lily on whatever bounty is next. When the climax of the story arrives, some of the complications of dealing with supernatural beings in a world of humans are well told and it makes a lot of sense. Past that, when the work comes to a close, it isn’t abrupt or feels odd. It makes sense, it tells a little bit more about Lily, and in doing so it offers a window, if a small one, to who she is.

Lily has built up some walls around her, I think it will be interesting to see what happens to them as the series goes on. She has some relationships needing to be reflected on. She is in a world where things aren’t “normal” and how that works among a world of humans I look forward to seeing. The erotica is wonderful, enjoyable, and fun. Next comes the rest of the story.

Well written, really nothing took me out of the work and I didn’t put it down from start to finish. Lily is an exceptionally attractive character in personality and history, her mystery being one that keeps me wondering about her. A good start to a new series with a strong hook. Lily herself just needs to be herself more than she has been so far.

Four out of five pitchforks.

Quite a number of erotic scenes, which were well told, had lots of heat, and set the tone of the series well. The world is shaping up nicely, the pieces are set and the series has it’s path to travel upon. The thing is that really Lily herself is a mystery that needs to be fleshed out as the series goes on and I hope she is.

Going from one sexual encounter to another does work, but focusing on that and leaving the story languishing seems a shame. I expect something more than this, just from how Lily speaks, what she does and how she thinks. If the next work in the series can tell more about Lily, her past, who she is, then I’ll be quite pleased.

I won’t have long to wait. The next work in the series All’s Fae in Love and War will be released at the end of November. I do look forward to reading Lily’s stories to come and I think it will be quite the series as a whole…



Nov 08 2015

A Review of Siren in Stilettos by Alexis Reed

Siren in Stilettos by Alexis Reed

Siren in Stilettos by Alexis Reed

The second of two works set in the same universe by Alexis Reed today on the Tale, the previous work Closer to Fire was reviewed on the Tale last Friday and you can find that review here.

The previous work had, for a fleeting moment, the appearance of a Succubus named Savara and I really wanted to know more about her, how she came to be the mate of a Dragon, and why, or how, that story unfolded. This work is a prequel to the first story in that it tells of what and why things went as they did.

But it tells something more than that. It tells of the soul of Savara and what she believes in and will do for the ones she loves most of all.

It tells the story of:

Savara is idani, a succubus, feeding on the sexual energy of others to survive—and survive she must in a brutal breeding program intended to splice her DNA with that of other powerful races.
Kai is a dragon shifter, one of those on whom she’s supposed to feed. She wasn’t supposed to fall in love with him. And if they escape this nightmare, she might lose him forever, to a true mate among his own kind. But they have to try, even as they and their allies are pursued by Levian, a powerful incubus who wants Savara for himself.

Savara is a Succubus with a problem. Well, problems actually. The first one is that she’s trapped. The second is that she’s found there’s more to life than just living. The third is the one that’s shown her is as trapped as she is. The fourth? That’s the most awful one of all. It’s the possibility, no matter how much she cannot believe it, that Kai is her mate…. And he’s a dragon.

There were so many questions left in the wake of the first work in this series and many of those were how things came to be the way they were. There was talk of war, of the mystery behind that war, and more. It wasn’t core to the story, though it did add a level of conflict to the story that made it more tense for the characters. The mystery only deepened when Savara and Kai appeared, quite literally out of thin air. For me, I really wanted to know more about Savara, a Succubus that seemed… different.

Of the two works in this series, this, the second one, I liked much more than the first for many reasons, but the one that matters the most is Savara herself. She is, in many ways, what a Succubus should be. She is not because she is able to shift her form, or teleport, or even that she has an amazing ability sexually. The thing that sets her apart is that she can love and does love with every fibre of her being. Be that Kai, or her hellhounds, or her own kind, she isn’t afraid to show that she has found love, knows what it means and finding that makes her more powerful than really anyone else in this story in many ways.

Savara comments to someone in the story, when she finds out that Kai should be the leader of his kind, that she’s no Queen. In truth, more than anything, she is. The ones that do not believe they are worthy are the ones that truly are. Savara is strong, passionate, smart, but also she has within her compassion, love, and understanding. She isn’t perfect, she has her fears, her little bit of vanity too. She is… for lack of a better word… complete. Whole. From the moment she appears in the story her voice is clear and she is very much the presence in the story. Her emotions aren’t hidden away and the love she holds for Kai is there in every moment.

There is a moment where she grieves for the loss of two that are close and dear to her. In that moment she became for me, a fully realized being in the story. There are some in this work that are stereotypical to a point, which I’ll get back to, but it is when the uniqueness of Savara is told, the person that Kai is comes out in her embrace, that the story just pulls at my heart so much and so dearly so.

Besides Savara. there is another Succubus that appears for but a moment and she is a pale reflection of Savara in many ways. Part of that I think comes from the situation they are in at the beginning of the story, what has happened to them for so many years, and how desperate their situation is. That scene did show however the steel within Savara and it helped to set the story going forwards.

There is also the appearance of an Incubus in this work, Levian, who is abusive, more than slightly insane, and worst of all, is completely stereotypical in nature. Considering his role in the story, I can understand why that is, and I think in many ways he was really intended to drive the climax of the story and allow this work to retroactively connect with the first work. However, there is also the question of the rest of his kind which, thankfully, the story reveals to be more than what Levian would make one think they are. I really don’t like stereotypically evil characters and, Levian was that for me. As a whole he was the one disappointing part of the story and I’m not sure he really had to be in the story as a whole. His appearance adds tension, some danger, and a teal threat to Savara and Kai, there is no doubt, but… I just thought he was less interesting than the story of the war, the threat that Kai and Savara escape from and the rest of that world.

I really liked Savara so very much. I think that the hint of her that appeared in the first work didn’t really reflect the Savara that appears in this one and that may well be a matter of her being a minor character in the first work and she wasn’t really fleshed out well there. But she is here, lovingly so, and that meant the world to me that she was.

The ending of the work is really just perfect and amazing in a lot of ways, not the least of which is that an aching loss to Savara is healed and with that healing for herself and Kai, the future is open to them and more. The work closes at a point were the first work comes into the story, and as such some of the questions about Savara and Kai are told in the first work to an extent.

However, there are still so many questions left unanswered. I really want to see a third work in this series that gets to the core questions that both books dance around but never really explore. I’d like to see what happens afterwards, if Savara becomes a Queen to her King. I’d like to know that the one responsible for the war is dealt with. I’d like to see the questions about the Succubi and Incubi in the world explored and told more of. There is so much to be told that hasn’t been and needs to be. I hope it will be sometime.

Excellently written, the story and plot were well created and told. The erotic moments are full of love, passion and most of all, they aren’t just “sex” they are so much more than that. Two souls finding each other in the darkness I think is the best way to describe things and in that tale the moments are strongly felt and told.

I’ll give this work four and a half pitchforks out of five.

Both works in this series are amazingly well told and the characters are bright, passionate and alive with every word. A lovely read that tells of one Succubus who finds out the impossible isn’t impossible. If someone believes in you. That’s a good lesson to hold in one’s heart I think.



Nov 07 2015

A bit of a different Morrigan Aensland artwork YouTube

Morrigan Aensland does have a slightly darker side to her character that isn’t seen all that often actually. Personally, I prefer the Morrigan that is self-assured or seductive over the Morrigan that is more vampiric or monstrous. Still, it is part of her character and I came across a YouTube video of one artist’s creation of this side of Morrigan and as well the completed work.


And if you cannot see the video on the Tale, please try this link.

And the completed work, which you can also find on this artist’s DeviantArt page here as well.

45 mins sketches - Morrigan Aensland by SabuDN

45 mins sketches – Morrigan Aensland by SabuDN

It is amazing how much art can be done in so little time and really the work is amazing in its detail, expression, and how Morrigan appears here. It is stylized, but that adds some depth and expression to Morrigan with the little red highlights adding a splash of colour to what otherwise would be, I think, a muted piece of art.

While Morrigan is dangerous looking in this art, there is the echo of her sexuality as well, and in that comes a feeling of her raw power that I think is interesting too. One of the more unique works of Morrigan that I have seen and certainly one of the strongest in expression for her.



Nov 06 2015

A Review of Demon Queen’s Gambit by Dou7g and Amanda Lash

Demon Queen's Gambit by Dou7g and Amanda Lash

Demon Queen’s Gambit by Dou7g and Amanda Lash

For review today, the final, at least for the moment, chapter in the Succubus Temptations series by Dou7g and Amanda Lash. You can find my reviews of the series here on the Talehere, herehere as well as here and here and also here. The previous six works in the series were reviewed herehereherehere and here with the prior work to this one reviewed here.

When a choice must be made, it isn’t about the choice itself, but rather the need to make that choice. Doing the wrong thing for the right reasons is complicated, but even more so is trying to find a way in which you can accept that you did so.

  • Title: Demon Queen’s Gambit
  • Author: Dou7g and Amanda Lash
  • Length: 60 Pages
  • ASIN: B017DTR5X0
  • Publishing Date: October 29, 2015
  • This work at

The story tells of:

Megan the mage, aka the Dark Queen of Demons, her beloved Succubus Kendra, Helen, Lorelei and The Vampire Kiki return for a rematch with the Dryad who has captured and bewitched their friends.

An impossible situation leads Megan and Kendra to make a series of decisions that have consequences. Getting help is a problem when the help isn’t interested. But some deals have power over the affairs of the heart and with that comes a chance, a promise, and a boon. None of which comes easily.

Overall, I think this is the strongest part of the series, mainly because the characters have all come to a point where they have their own needs, desires and goals that drive them onwards. In having that, what transpires in the work fits with each of them, even if sometimes along the way a few things are questioned and wondered about. All of the major characters that have popped up in the series make themselves known and it is the interaction between them all that makes for some quirky and interesting moments. There is some dark humour at times, but also there are some wonderful puns and references that add a lovely flavour to things overall.

Each of the main characters has their moment in the story, some in battle, some in other times. There are some moments when things are shrouded, the end results of decisions made not revealed and that works well towards the climax, the immediate aftermath and then, the gradual telling of the conclusion.

There isn’t an abrupt ending, which I liked in that quite a number of plots and questions were closed and revealed, but at the same time there are several new stories brought into play which offer the promise of more to come. Not really cliffhangers, more of promises, thoughts and the views of many of the characters as to what comes next.

Kendra is still a bit obtuse about many things, but there comes a moment in the work where her own truth is told, even if no one else can see it. Megan on the other hand, finally says exactly what has been on her mind for quite some time and in that comes a decision that has lasting consequences. Phil also reveals something unexpected about himself and that points towards a story I’d like to see appear sometime as well.

The work splits into three parts, the first tells of Megan finding needed things, the middle is her returning for her friends and what their battle with the Dryad turns into, and then the last comes the what comes next. Each part stands on its own well, and how the plans are kept just out of sight until they happen I liked. There is a lot of dialog among the battle, but it doesn’t feel out of place, there are good reasons for it and when they are revealed it makes a good deal of sense.

While the battle takes up quite a lot of the work, the final third is just as important, if not more so at times. The characters are true to who they are, making some difficult choices, but even so, they make them. While there are some serious moments, the puns and the occasional silly bit here and there add something needed as well. Even in the most serious times, there is room for being oneself.

A lovely read, really the best of the series, and well enjoyed. The only thing I wished for really was for Kendra to finally tell her truth. She came close, dearly so, but not quite.  A minor thing perhaps, but after so long with Megan, the need to finally say one simple word, even if that word seems to be impossible… isn’t. Perhaps she will. I think she can.

Four and a half out of five pitchforks.

While this is, in some ways, the end of this series, the doors are open to more tales to come with the laughter, life and more that I have enjoyed throughout. Megan, Kendra and the rest will return, someday and I will be awaiting that day warmly…

My thanks to the authors for sharing their thoughts with me throughout the series and more…



Nov 06 2015

A Review of Closer to Fire by Alexis Reed

Closer to Fire by Alexis Reed

Closer to Fire by Alexis Reed

The first of two works set in the same universe by Alexis Reed today on the Tale, the following work Siren in Stilettos will be reviewed on Sunday. A pair of stories that have two very opposing Succubus characters as the leads in the stories.

War is a terrible thing, and with it comes events that change the course of the world, but also change the lives and loves of many as well. It is also difficult for someone to not know why things happen to them, only that they are different, but not to know why. When the truth comes out, then the question to be asked is… Where do you go from here, and whom will will you trust to take you there? Sometimes there’s more than one person to fill that role…

It tells the story of:

Bane and Darek have simple instructions from their sovereign. Bring in Lily Sinclair. She’s an idana—a succubus—and a threat to their dying species. The two dracambri, powerful dragon-shifters, have Lily’s profile. They know she’s as hot as the inferno in her blood. They know the temptation they will face. Or so they think. Once Bane and Darek get their hands on Lily, she shatters their expectations. Gentle, kind and unaware of her bloodline, Lily is a rarity, like nothing they’ve seen—an angel with the touch of a siren. And unlike the human men Lily’s been evading all her life, Bane and Darek can keep up with her. They can bring her pleasure like she’s never known.

Lily wants to hide herself away and tries to as much as she can. It’s better not to meet others, to remain in the shadows and hold the terrible truth she knows about herself. Enter Bane and Darek who know what Liliy is. But there are complications for all of them and secrets to be revealed. Not all of them are the ones physical, many of them are the secrets of the heart and soul and mind.

I loved Lily dearly in this story, her personality, how she looks at the world and what she seems to know and understand about herself is an interesting thing to watch unfold. There is a moment, a very important one, when she reveals a truth about herself that neither Bane or Darek can believe is true. But it is, and for me, what unfolds from that point forwards is Lily spreading her wings and learning about herself, but also about Bane and Derek. The connection that formed around all of them, how that connects with Lily’s innocence, but also her own strength is really well told and I loved each moment as it unfolded.

Lily wasn’t the perfect Succubus, but then she wasn’t meant to be. Learning about her, about her mother as little is told, put into words the story of a old soul that needs nothing more than someone to love and to be loved in return. When that comes in the story, it’s just a delicious moment and I loved that very much.

There are, to be honest, quite a number of erotic scenes in the work, but they aren’t over the top or ham handled. There’s clearly love in the moments, there are passions and at one point Lily must give control to her lovers and… trust. It isn’t a simple thing, but the D/s relationship that formed in those scenes wasn’t told in a way that dismissed such relationships to being all sex and no passion. That mattered in this work and it helped tell a better story by far.

The work as a whole tells a complete and passionate tale of one woman’s journey from being alone to finding not just her soulmates, but herself. Making that all work, connecting events not seen into a story that revolves around the three main characters was almost perfect. There are some open ended questions I would have liked to see fleshed out more, Lily’s mother Mara Sinclair for one and the other Succubus that appears for a short time, but is talked about very much through the story, Savara.

There’s a huge number of questions about her that aren’t expanded on and what transpired in the time before this work, that’s something that needed to be told. It was in the next work in the series, but that came out long after this work. Savara isn’t like Lily, nor should she be. She’s much more sexual, more powerful and more sure of herself. But she also loves and is loved in return. That relationship was one I wanted to see more of and more of Savara herself.

The Succubi in the story look very much human, there are not horns or tails or wings. But they have a glamour. a sexuality in one case, in the other pure innocence, but in both there is no question of when their love is given, it is for always and without reservation. For me, seeing that being such a part of them just tugged at me and I loved the work for giving them that and not making any of them “evil” as they could have been.

A story with heart, soul, passion and mystery. Characters that are not cardboard or stereotypical. Really everything I look for in a work with Succubi. Just really would have liked to know more about Lily’s past and the world of the Succubi than is told.

I’ll give this work four pitchforks out of five.

A wonderfully told story of discovery. Not just for Lily, but for many in this work. A work that doesn’t tell all of its secrets, but leaves you looking for the answers not told. The next work in the series, Siren in Stilettos, does not tell the future, but rather the past and in that comes the story of Savara and what she did to get where she is.

That’s as powerful a story as this one, but the taste, who Savara is, that’s quite a different thing from Lily and her innocence…



Nov 05 2015

Succubi Image of the Week 407

I have a special place in my soul for images of Succubi with Angels… Some know why that is, and when they see this art I think they will understand why I smiled and adored this art from the moment I first saw the wonderfulness that is shown here…

Succubus by Duridian

Succubus by Duridian

This work is called Succubus and is by an artist on DeviantArt called Duridian. You can find the original page on DeviantArt with this work here and this artist’s page can be found here on DeviantArt as well.

While the work is called Succubus, I can think of some other titles which would have a lot of meaning to me. It speaks to me in a way that reminds me of one particular Angel with a Pitchfork that I love dearly, always and forever.

When I look at this art, I see something special here. It isn’t a fight or battle, it’s a moment between two souls coming together as one. Yes, they are both wearing armour, and yes, they might have been in battle or preparing before… But in this moment I don’t see a struggle between them… more of an acceptance, an understanding that one needs the other and in that understanding something special comes through…

And that, more than anything, is why I adore this work and smile…

Beautiful detail, wonderful clothing, form, pose and personalities that seem so clearly drawn here. So much to look at, to see within this art and really one of my top five Succubi artworks of the year….

But then… I am somewhat biased in that aren’t I?



Nov 04 2015

A bigger pitchfork doesn’t help this costume at all

Devilicious Devil Lady CostumeHalloween is past, but that doesn’t mean the awful costumes stop appearing. And it isn’t possible, no matter how good the accessory to make a bad costume look better. Although some seem to think that it can…

This is called the Devilicious Devil Lady Costume and it comes with the dress, the sleevelets and the horns the model is wearing. The pitchfork and boots and stockings are not included and the costume sells for $65 US.

As a whole I think the costume reminds me of, in a way, an Octoberfest beer girl corset with a really bad skirt and sleeves. Setting that aside, I don’t think much of the horns, they are far too small really. The costume itself just looks… rushed… i think is the best way to put it. Really the entire look seems to be just that side of trashy and that pitchfork does nothing to make things any better.

Thinking about this further, I suddenly see this being more of a Devil Pirate costume than anything else, so then the question is, does that work in this case?

To make that work, really all that would need to happen would be to find a sword really. I’m not sure that it would be that easy for people to figure out what you were, but as this costume really could be just about anything if there were no horns, it might not be that much of a stretch of imagination to get there.

I don’t really like this costume as a whole, there are better.

One and a half out of five pitchforks.

It would be nice if this costume could make up its mind or I could about it…