Jun 23 2017

A Review of Succubus Summer by Indigo Fulmen

Succubus Summer by Indigo Fulmen

Succubus Summer by Indigo Fulmen

A review this time on the Tale of a new series which tells the story of a woman being possessed by a succubus and how her life turns and the truths that she is made to confront. It’s an investing concept, one that hasn’t really been explored and there’s some promise as a whole.

Where the work stumbles however is that there’s too many moments when things are just a bit too stereotypical, too expected and it’s a shame. As well, there’s a point at which porn movie levels of erotica don’t work well with a story that offers some depth, some characters with purpose and a story to tell. Story matters, and if the erotica can’t match the story, it’s a shame.

The work tells of:

Ava Hunter has it good. She’s young, gorgeous and has a great job. Ava Hunter has problems. She’s possessed by a succubus. Her ex-boyfriend turns out to be a jealous magician who left her a parting gift of a demon of lust. The succubus is doing its damndest to ensure Ava’s eternal damnation by unlocking every forbidden desire. Demonic lust ripping away every inhibition, Ava is unable to stop her body from seeking what it craves, regardless of the cost. Worse still, the demonic curse ends in one year—with Ava’s death. She has a mere four seasons of life remaining to beat the curse and save her soul. It won’t be easy, as the succubus will do whatever it can to make sure she’s too busy having fun to fight for her salvation.

Ava may be going to Hell in a handbasket, but at least she’s enjoying the ride.

Ava has been cursed and there doesn’t seem to be anything she can do about it. The curse can’t be escaped, there’s no where for her to run and the heat that burns within presses upon her to do things that never would have crossed her mind. But payback is a bitch and in this case, the payback comes in the form of a succubus and a promise.

The work tells the story of Ava trying to come to terms with being cursed by a succubus and how that drives her sexually. As such, there’s a lot of focus on what sexual situations she gets into, the need that burns within her. This tends to make up quite a lot of the work, but underpinning this is a story that’s interesting and allows for her character’s faults to be brought to the fore.

It isn’t the erotica that drew me into this work by far, it is however Ava trying to come to terms with what she’s done, why she’s been cursed and fighting against it as best she can. Ava isn’t when it comes to it, a very likeable character when her past is laid bare. When she’s pressed by the succubus into doing some very questionable things, that introspection turns rather dark and it offers something of a reason as to why things are. That doesn’t mean however that the reasons make much sense, given who cursed Ava, and what the aftermath was. It’s a terribly sad reason to why things are and Ava’s reaction to the reason felt thin and lacked the emotional impact I would have liked to see.

The erotica in this work, at several points, is more porn movie scene than much of a hot flash. Some of it is rather brutal, which didn’t interest me at all, other parts were forced or unwilling and that didn’t work for me either. Perhaps the only erotic moment that I thought worked was the first encounter with the succubus which had heat and didn’t go over the top or seem completely wrong.

The succubus herself isn’t quite stereotypical. but at times things come very close to being so. The author decided to make the succubus both and and female at times, having them shapeshift forms and that was at times unique and I like that aspect of the succubus. Where things fell apart however was that the succubus is very single minded, doesn’t seem to have any other purpose than a means to push Ava into her next encounter. There’s a missing piece of the puzzle in the succubus and hopefully in time the series will get more into her character than it has so far. She’s two dimensional so far and that isn’t attractive as a main character in a story.

Overall this work offers a series which I think will be interesting to read. The main character really isn’t, as a whole, completely likeable and that offers an aspect of the series to play out. That said, too much of the work’s erotica didn’t appeal to me, which is a shame. There’s a lot of foreshadowing as to what will happen next and I’m going to hope that the series doesn’t turn towards being stereotypical.

I think that will be the one thing that will either make or break the series for me. The ending suggests a very stereotypical and almost rote scene for the next book in the series. Given some thought the author can avoid this, but we’ll have to see what comes.

Three and a half out of five pitchforks.

The next work in the series, Succubus Autumn, does not have an release date at the time of this review. More character development and a bit less porn movie erotica would make this something special and I really hope the series will be.

There’s more to Ava and the succubus’ stories than has been revealed and telling that story over the erotica should be interesting, if the author should do so.

 

 

Tera

Jun 23 2017

A Review of the Wicked Futa Succubus series by Reed James

Naughty Succubus Fun by Reed James

Naughty Succubus Fun by Reed James

I’ve reviewed several works by Reed James from time to time here on the Tale. The author is very prolific in their writing, publishing a remarkable number of books each month on various subjects. I’ve found the singular problem with this author is that there isn’t enough focus on storytelling for the sake of getting to the heat.

That’s a shame really because there are flashes of brilliance in the moments between the moaning and screaming, not to mention how often the characters do so. I’ve found myself, many times, sighing at the end of a work, a bit disappointed in that the author didn’t develop the characters more, tell their stories better.

This time on the Tale, a review of the fifteen part series called the Wicked Futa Succubus series in which a group of students discover that succubi are very real, especially one named Lilith and she has a plan for them all.

It tells of:

A betrayed, young coed accidentally summons a futa-succubus and is transformed!

Jane is heart broken. Her boyfriend, her college’s hunky quarterback, was with another woman, a perky cheerleader. Racing back to her sorority, Jane cries in the bathroom. In a fit of desperate anger, she uses an ancient prayer to the goddess Ishtar.

Only Liltih, the futa-succubus, answers her call.

Jane submits to Lilith and is transformed, becoming a futa. Shocked by the extra bit, and unable to resist stroking herself, Jane finds her released just as her friend, Septima, enters the bathroom. Overcome with desire, Jane tries out her new, throbbing appendage and enjoys her friends embrace!

But what naughty plans does Lilith have for the young woman?

Out of desperation, Jane seeks out a means for a bit of revenge upon the one that slighted her. But instead of what she expected, Lilith appears and the succubus has some ideas of her own for Jane. A deal struck transforms Jane into a futa-succubus and now the campus is her playground. Friends fall, enemies come and along the way a betrayal forces each soul touched by Lilith to make a choice.

The series is a collection of short works, a few chapters generally at the most, with the main focus on Jane using her futa succubus abilities on all of the female students around her. Some are transformed into succubi like Jane as well, some are changed, if not quite so much so. There’s also a force fighting against Lilith, who picks out many students as well, changing them along the way and this causes no end of shifting allegiances, problems, and many moments of trying to come to terms within each character of what they have done, and what they want.

Unlike many other works by this author, there’s a good deal of focus upon the characters developing, the internal struggles each has when Lilith’s gifts are passed on and what happens to each. I liked that Jane struggles with her fate, that other characters embrace the change or fear it. There are some moments of characters just falling into sex scenes at the drop of a skirt, but it’s not too overwhelming.

There’s a tremendous number of sex scenes in this work which run from romantic hot flashes to outright adult movie porn scenes with a futa twist. The variations are interesting and there is heat, but there are just so many of them, some books having three or four couplings which means that there are a lot of weak points in the series where the plot and story gets buried under the mass of bodies trying things out as futa-succubi, among other things.

Beneath all of the sex however, there’s a little truism that I liked, especially in the final pages of the series and looking back on the series as a whole, that truth kept coming up, over and over again. It isn’t pressed to the point of being burdening however, but it does make some of the relationships, the events and how they unfold, make a lot more sense by the last words.

While Jane and her friends are given time to develop, to tell their stories, I didn’t think that Lilith really had a chance to. She’s a whisper, a voice urging them on, but never appears fully, isn’t a physical part of the story and there’s so little of her appearing that I really was disappointed in that.

There are, however, so many characters that become futa-succubi that it almost makes up for that. But while they are succubi, of a kind, there’s no horns or tails to be found. Their transformation comes to the futa transformation and then walking around with things dangling out in search of someone to add to their numbers. It’s a little zombie-ish at times, often over the top in what happens, but overall the transformations were interesting in what they were.

The writing is good, the characters, at least most of them, have the chance to develop at points, but not so much as to get in the way of the erotica which is the focus of the series. If there’s a single problem, it comes to not telling enough of Lilith’s background, not allowing for time to pass far enough for things to happen at a reasonable speed. While the conclusion does offer closure, and tells something of what happened in the aftermath, it was really done quickly which didn’t feel right looking back on how much time was spent in sorting out the characters, Lilith’s desires and those that opposed her.

For the series as a whole, I’ll give it four out of five pitchforks.

There’s a really good, involved story here and for once the author actually took some time to develop the characters into being something a bit more than sex-crazed nymphomaniacs, even if, for the most part, there as no escaping that theme in this series. I really wanted Lilith to be more present, to actually appear, perhaps to do something more than partially “possess” the characters she did.

The erotica was up to the author’s standards, the story was a little more than it usually is. That made this series a bit more than I really expected, which was a delightful surprise. Perhaps the author might consider telling more story than erotica sometime, because that’s what’s missing so often in this series.

Need and want drive one onwards, how one comes to terms with that is where the story lurks in waiting. Telling more of this between the hot flashes is what was missing for me. But in the end, there’s a lot to like here, the series is well worth a read as a whole and I think it’s worth a look whether or not futa stories are what you are looking for.

 

Tera

Jun 22 2017

Succubi Image of the Week 492

I like the idea of Succubi appearing in science fiction. I think that’s a really attractive idea, and one of the ones I’ve been pondering for some time is sort of an alien race of succubi making their way across the cosmos. Now, obviously, there will be erotica, but then there needs to be something a bit adventurous as well. For this week’s succubi, a piece of art that I just found… fascinating.

 

Succubus Linai by Moonarc

Succubus Linai by Moonarc

 

This work, called Succubus Linai is by the artist Mooarc and you can find the original page on DeviantArt where I found this work here.

This particular character was a commission for another DeviantArt user who was creating a science fiction series and you can find their page on DeviantArt here. There’s no sign of the story, which is a shame really as this character just looks right in so many ways.

I love the mix of the almost medieval feel of her armour and the more modern aspects of the weapons she is holding. But more than that, there’s a presence about her in how she’s posed, the expression in her eyes. What her story might be is a delicious thing to ponder as well. Perhaps there will be more about the story behind this art sometime, it would be nice to see.

Wonderful detail in her armour, hair, wings and horns, and those are just some of the many details that bring her to life. The only thing she’s missing is a tail, which I find myself missing quite a lot here…

 

Tera

 

Jun 21 2017

Can’t really see the sizzle in this costume…

Sizzling Devil Costume
Another of those costumes in which the name really doesn’t reflect the costume itself. I find myself wondering, more and more, if more time is spent in coming up with the costume names than the costumes themselves at times.

This is called the Sizzling Devil Costume and it comes with the dress, the glitter gloves and the rather ugly horns. The pitchfork isn’t included, nor are the fishnets or boots that the model is wearing. The costume itself can be found for around $40 US at several sites.

The overall look is very ugly, well past trashy, and honestly I can’t really see why anyone would even consider something like this mess as an option.

The dress is a tragedy, the horns are silly, and there’s just nothing here that even suggests a medium of style or sexiness. In short, there’s a lot to be desired and as such it does nothing for me.

I can’t see a way to make this better, so really either leave it in the package to gather dust or find a place to let it fade away from memory.

Zero pitchforks out of five.

Ugly, not at all flattering, and just every so very much a mistake.

 

Tera

Jun 20 2017

A Review of Inviting the Incubus Inside by Viktoria Skye

Inviting the Incubus Inside by Viktoria Skye

Inviting the Incubus Inside by Viktoria Skye

The one thing that either makes, or breaks, a story is the ending. There’s a certain tone that comes before in how the story is told and what happens to the characters within the work. Turning that story on its head by moving away from storytelling to something close to an adult movie script, erotica-wise, can be more than jarring, it can take away so much from the work overall.

In the same way, the suggestion that a character might be really interesting can hold a reader in the story, but when they are revealed to be stereotypically what is usually expected, that isn’t a good thing either.

  • Title: Inviting the Incubus Inside
  • Author: Viktoria Skye
  • Published By: Amazon Digital Services
  • Length: 18 Pages
  • Format: eBook
  • ASIN: B06XVDHLZK
  • Publishing Date: March 24, 2017
  • This work in Kindle Format at Amazon.com

The work tells the story of:

Lindsey has always wanted to see a ghost. She never even had a boyfriend during school because she was always seeking the paranormal. But when she realizes she isn’t entirely alone in her new apartment, she’s surprised to find that it frightens her. Whatever is here isn’t just a restless human spirit.

She tries to deny it, she tries to act brave, she reasons that the wild things that go bump in the night are just dreams. Soon, she has to accept that the entity in her apartment is real and it wants something. Something only she can give.

Will Lindsey run screaming from her home into the night or will she find the courage to invite the incubus inside?

Lindsey discovers that she isn’t alone at home. There’s a presence with her, one that tempts and teases, seeking her out. But that’s not enough and she finds herself looking for human companionship. The problem is, the incubus in her bed doesn’t like to share.

Overall the work is an erotic hot flash with quite a lot of plot and character development throughout. Lindsey is interesting, the situations she comes into have some heat on their own as a whole. But while the beginning and middle of this work is written well, it’s the climax and ending that take so much away.

The incubus, who is never named, is very stereotypical in their dominance, form, actions and needs. There’s really only one focus for him and it’s expected from the beginning of the work to the ending. That’s a shame because he might have been something more, considering how the work built up to his finally appearing. His language is gruff, he’s overwhelmingly dominant and Lindsey really has no choice but to go along with things until the heat turns and she becomes more enamoured with the incubus.

The erotica is the climax of the story, but it lacks heat, really being not much more than an adult movie scene in which a female character is made to be submissive. It’s very rough and at least for me it was unappealing as a whole. That’s mainly because the foreplay previously was far more seductive and the heat was so much better.

The ending was abrupt, uninspired and just seemed like the author came to a point where they decided that a cute comment was the place to end things and really it wasn’t. There’s a lot of unanswered questions, most of all what happens to Lindsey next and that would be interesting if for no other reason than to see how much she’s really enjoying what happens to her. Further to that, the question of the incubus, a comment he makes, brings the question as to who else might be in their clutches and that’s an interesting story as well.

The writing is odd in that there’s a clear change in writing styles from the main part of the work and the erotica and ending. That makes for an odd read and I don’t think it worked well. More personality in the incubus would have been good, but more importantly, there needs to be more heat than just domination.

Two and a half out of five pitchforks.

The ending really didn’t live up to the rest of the work. It’s shallow, expected and overall turns the incubus towards being really stereotypical and that didn’t do much for me. It’s a shame that the story had to go from being very involving to a sex scene that didn’t have heat, was looking for a reason to have Lindsey dominated and then come to a crashing halt.

The overall build up was really good, the ending however just made me sigh and not in a good way.

 

Tera

Jun 20 2017

A Review of The Psyvamp and the Professor by Melisse Aires

The Psyvamp and the Professor by Melisse Aires

The Psyvamp and the Professor by Melisse Aire

I don’t like stories in which the succubi characters are stereotypical, rote or expected. I much prefer them to have soul, a conscious. To decide they can be more than what they are expected to be. Those stories I love and finding one that also, in many ways, calls out to my personal view of the succubi is a dearly loved treat to behold.

It matters to choose, to decide what you are willing, and not willing, to be. Perhaps the hardest choice to make is when you find you can harm, but decide not to. But that isn’t the hardest choice. The hardest choice is to allow someone into your life, to find a measure of happiness with them. To fill the gap in your soul with a soul that sees you not for what you are, but who.

The work tells the story of:

Trudy lives a lonely existence, hunting Life Force to survive. She arrives at the Encanto Bay Cafe, a place where an Other like herself can relax, perhaps even make a friend. Heath, the owner works, his match-making power and introduces her to Gabriel, an ex-priest—and even worse, one who knows of her demonic father!

Trudy wants a future with Gabriel, but how can that ever be? She inherited a demonic nature from her father, and nothing can change that.

Trudy’s life has been nothing but hell for so many years. Moving from place to place, never settling down, always needing to feed the hunger within herself. A chance decision to visit a cafe leads her to encounter Gabriel, a man of knowledge who knows something about her. In spite of herself, Trudy agrees to meet with him and share her story. Along the way, the pair find that caring means more and perhaps, with hope, Trudy’s life can be more than she’d ever known.

There are many things about this work that appealed to me, but most of all was a single line which summed up Gabriel’s beliefs and how that related to Trudy. It’s heartfelt, it matters in the book’s framework and it’s very telling about both of the main characters. The plot is well written, the characters have life, a presence, but most of all there’s a real emotional context that comes out in the story which held me throughout. If there’s one thing that felt missing for me, it would be that Gabriel’s past is a bit murky compared to that of Trudy and I would really have liked to have seen more of his past in the same way that Trudy’s was laid bare as well.

Trudy isn’t exactly a succubus, though she can be thought of being part of the extended family of succubi. What’s really a delight about Trudy is that her sense of right and wrong is very clear and remains with her throughout the story. It matters to her that she doesn’t kill. Her past matters, her memories matter. She, to be clear, matters. It’s that last part which she has issues with and when Gabriel appears, he gives Trudy something to think about. It’s possible to find someone you want to be with, not because you have to be with them.

The development of their relationship isn’t rushed or feels silly or wrong. Both characters need to find their footing, a way to relate to the other as well. But most of all it’s the creation of trust between them that kept me in the story and turning the pages. Trudy wants to be with Gabriel and vice-versa. It’s an effort to manage that, without question, but in doing so that brings about moments in the story that just sing with the passion needed.

There are some moments of erotica in the work, the heat being in that between Trudy and Gabriel of course, as it should be. The erotica doesn’t take over the characters, it doesn’t make them be other than who they both are. It’s a simmering passion that works really well and I enjoyed that dearly.

When the climax of the story appears, it’s a bit rushed overall. A mystery that popped up out of nowhere is resolved, an answer is given for Trudy, her past comes full circle and all of that is needed for her and Gabriel. The problem is that the story rushes so quickly through this needed exposition, revelation and discovery that it just doesn’t seem to pay off as well as it needed to. That’s not to say it didn’t work, but rather that the work could have used ten more pages to allow for the events to unfold and tell what happened rather than the handwaving that did.

The ending of the work, which was wonderfully funny in one moment and so dearly heart wrenching in the next, similarly felt too rushed for me. Things didn’t need to be completed explained or told, but there wasn’t a moment to rest and think for the reader, or for that matter for Trudy or Gabriel either.

A lovely read with passion, heart and soul which I dearly loved. I just wish the author hadn’t rushed the climax or the ending as they did. Given all of the time spent in setting up the rest of the book, the ending wasn’t quite as good as I’d hoped and that was a shame.

Four and a half pitchforks out of five.

I dearly loved the work, which held a number of aspects about succubi that appeal to me. The characters are delightful, the story is simply captivating. If there’s one thing that troubled me, it is the ending was far too rushed and it shouldn’t have been. That’s not to say I didn’t smile or enjoy the ending, but rather that the events happened so fast that there wasn’t time to enjoy Trudy and Gabriel’s reactions.

I’d love to see where things go from here, there’s some dangling plot threads left undone and that’s appealing. Someday perhaps it will happen but if not this still is a lovely work about light, love and more.

 

Tera

Jun 18 2017

A Review of The Offer by L.L. Frost

The Offer by L.L. Frost

The Offer by L.L. Frost

There’s a thing about Tera, the Queen of the Succubi,that many don’t know. She loves baking, much like the real world Tera does. There’s something about baking that I think offers delights to tell. Some erotic, some just in the love of creating. This time on the Tale, a review of the first work in a series in which the main character, a succubus, loves to bake. Which can only make me smile honestly.

Succubi have dreams, some have desires. It’s rare to find a succubus with both and as well the will to make them come real. But there are always those that need something as well for those dreams to be real. The question then becomes, what is the truth and is there a place for a succubus who wants to dream, but cannot?

The work tells of:

In a world where demons live in hiding among humans, Adeline Pond finds herself in a bit of a bind. Locked out of dreamland, she’s looking for a way to feed without draining humans dry. With her love of baking, Adie may have found her solution. Open a bakery! The joy of sweet treats is the perfect recipe for a demon like her.

But a chance encounter may halt her plans before they start to rise. Somehow, Adie has drawn the attention of three sexy demons, and they offer her one hell of a bargain.

Join Adie on her (mis)adventures toward achieving a quasi-normal life among humans.

Adie has a dream and it’s one that simply isn’t expected of a succubus. Adie wants to open a bakery. There’s a good reason for that, not that it would solve her problem of feeding however. Baking is Adie’s passion and she loves her craft dearly.

Adeline is one of the very rare succubus characters who I adore from the first moment they appear. She’s smart, knows who she is and what matters to her. She’s a bit brisk at times, but that’s part of who she is and being so there’s no question that she doesn’t want to be what other succubi are and isn’t afraid to say so. It’s also delightful that some of her physical aspects aren’t what most succubi possess, most attractively for me, her wings have feathers, which is just so dearly appealing to me. Adeline is anything but stereotypical and as the story unfolds it’s clear that the series isn’t going to be disappointing overall.

There isn’t really that much erotica to speak of in the first work and honestly there’s no need. This is about Adeline’s dreams, her trying to make them happen. That’s a strong story on its own and how the author tells that story means while there’s a few little encounters, they are there to drive the story forwards and not take away from it. The balance works, there’s delight in Adeline’s thoughts and even when her doubts creep in and trouble her, there’s a strength within Adeline that just made me smile.

While Adeline is wonderful, most of the supporting characters didn’t appeal to me in the same way. Some of that comes from their personality, or how they see Adeline, which sets up the story in many ways. That said, there’s a critical point in the story where things need not have turned out as they did if only the two characters confronting Adeline would have approached things differently. Again, that’s part of the story and it works, but it didn’t feel right through much of it and that bothered me.

Still, there’s so much promise in this work that I can get past the things that trip me up for the joy of Adeline’s story. It’s that core story, the quest for her own desires, that held me throughout and I loved most of all. Adeline is amazing and I really want to see where the story takes her. My only fear is that, if things go in the direction I think they will, the story may drift towards more erotica than story, which would be a shame. A wonderful story, promising much going forwards and that is really appealing.

I dearly love Adeline, and that’s not just because there’s a certain Queen of the Succubi that enjoys baking either. She’s a delight, her character is wonderful and I simply love her attitude, her focus but most of all, she’s just a wonderful succubus by far.

Four out of five pitchforks.

The next work in the series, The Deal, is scheduled for release in the beginning of July and I’m really looking forward to that. I’ll hope there’s something more interesting about the demons Adeline has encountered and that, most of all, her hopes and dreams come to be. That story need not be overwhelmingly erotic, it simply needs to tell Adeline’s story and I think it will.

 

Tera

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