May 27 2017

More Morrigan Aensland Tribute YouTube Art

Another of the many YouTube tributes to Morrigan Aensland today on the Tale… This one is a gallery of some of her art, the music is a little video game hyper, but it isn’t that out of the realm of possibility at least.

 

If you cannot see this YouTube here on the Tale, please try this link.

As is my usual custom when shared YouTubes like this, here is the single image of Morrigan that I liked the best of them all…

Morrigan Aensland Vid Screenshot

I do like Halloween art of Morrigan, it’s usually quite cute, a lot of fun, and just makes me smile, so this art checks all of those boxes by far…

But there is one other work that I liked as much, mostly because it isn’t Morrigan in her usual look and I think that’s something special… The problem is that the art doesn’t actually appear in the video, only on the preview image that appears before you actually watch the video when it is embedded rather than seen on YouTube.

Morrigan Aensland Vid Screenshot

It’s just the most interesting look for Morrigan that I have seen in some time, something that I would dearly like to see more of honestly because it isn’t so much about Morrigan being a fighter, it’s more about her being mysterious and I rather like that.

 

Tera

May 26 2017

A Review of Second Chance Succubus by Siobhan Muir

Second Chance Succubus by Siobhan Muir

Second Chance Succubus by Siobhan Muir

The mysteries which envelope a character can be, in many ways, more important than the overall story at times. That can be, for the most part, simply a question of whether what is told is the whole story or if there’s something left waiting in the wings. Each character has their own flaws, problems, wants and wishes. Sometimes, however, it is the fear within that is the most telling thing of all.

The singularly most difficult theme to write about, and do so well, is that of a D/s relationship. Far too often the truth isn’t told, or the reality is bent or twisted to the point where it destroys the story as a whole. But sometimes it can be told well, expressed in the right way, and gives voice to a simple truth.

The work tells the story of:

Everyone deserves a second chance…

As an ancient succubus, Lady Aislynn is cursed to survive off sexual energy for eternity. To live without killing, Aislynn runs the Underground, a pleasure club in Las Vegas where she safely feeds on the ample eroticism of her patrons. A murder inside her club threatens the haven she’s built, even as it brings unwanted attention—and possible salvation—in the form of two handsome brothers, both in search of the truth.

Werewolves Chayse and Nik Wolffe haven’t seen each other in five years, and the last place they expect to cross paths is a strip club. The detective and PI find their cases intertwining around the enticing Aislynn and her club. Nik may believe in Aislynn’s innocence, but Chayse knows all too well the destructive power of a succubus. He’s determined to keep himself and Nik free of her spell.

Nik’s missed sharing lovers with his brother, but Chayse seems dead-set against reconciling the past or building a future. Luckily fate, and the Goddess, may have plans for the two embattled werewolves and the succubus with love enough for them both.

The past haunts three souls in different ways. One is haunted by pain, another by loss and the third by a mistake lost to time. For Aislynn, that past haunts her, every day and it seems that she’ll never find what she needs as a succubus in another soul. But what happens when two souls bring about possibilities? Is the risk and fear crippling or can she overcome, along with two souls in pain, and find what’s been impossible?

The work is a delightful mix of mystery, seduction, self-discovery and need. At the same time, there’s a remarkable understanding of the truths in a D/s relationship that are so often overlooked by those thinking they understand such things, but they do not. While there is a lightly touched upon BDSM theme, it isn’t the core of the story. It does add some flavour, but it isn’t the point.

The story fixes on the needs of the three main characters, the search to overcome their past, their pain and their needs. There are deeply heartfelt moments, shattering loss and aching pleasures to be found for each. But none of it comes easy, it is a battle and it feels right as the story unfolds.

The twins relationship, how each has been harmed by things in the past, is dearly felt through the work and it is a real struggle for both of them to come to terms with what they discover in each other and within Aislynn herself. The character development that comes from that leaves all of them changed, in many ways, but more so, there’s a real feeling of being somewhere more than they were at the beginning and in better ways.

Aislynn, the succubus of the work, is a delight, I loved her attitude, her flaws and her needs. She isn’t what one might expect a succubus to be, and really that’s core to this work. That difference, that need and choice made by her makes it more complicated for the twins to overcome their own issues, but when that comes to pass, the heat is wonderful.

The erotica in the work is wonderfully hot, the threesomes are delicious, the feeling of need from the characters comes out really well. Beyond the erotic couplings, Aislynn’s role as a Domme, is so well told that in many ways the time before the pleasures shared has more heat than the erotica at times. For me, the heat comes in the telling of the D/s relationship in all of its forms. It isn’t silly, it has the right one and as the dance of discovering what each character needs comes through, that heat was perfect in every way.

There is, however, one achingly missing part of the story and that comes to Aislynn herself. She’s a wonderful character, a loving Domme, an inspired succubus that cares and needs to be so. But she also has a secret and when that comes out, it’s an amazing revelation, one that was exactly right in so many ways. The problem is that truth leave a huge mystery and story not told and I really wish it had been more than it was. There are some hints, a little bit of truth told, but there’s so many questions left about her and I dearly wish there’d been time taken to explore them.

Well written, a delight to read with heat that simmered throughout. The characters are amazing, the world has so much to tell and I loved it dearly for being faithful to the D/s relationship. I just really wanted to know more about Aislynn than the veiled hints that came through.

Four and a half out of five pitchforks.

I really wanted more about Aislynn than what the author revealed about her. While so much was a delight, the little teasing about her past just made me ache to know so much more. Her secret, when revealed, was wonderful and fit so well, but then it opened the door to so many things to ask, but never were.

Overall however, that missing part of the story doesn’t detract from the wonderful understanding of what a D/s relationship is. That alone makes this story powerful and faithful to the characters and the world they exist within. It is a wonderfully complex story, a telling understanding of the needs of those that have a need and find the one to share it with.

To my surprise there is a work prior to this one in which Aislynn makes her first appearance. I wasn’t aware of it when I read this work, and I’m sure my view of her as a result might be a bit altered as a result. We’ll see how that plays out when that work comes up for review.

 

Tera

May 26 2017

A Review of Seduced by the Sex Demon! by Veronica Sloan

Seduced by the Sex Demon! by Veronica Sloan

Seduced by the Sex Demon! by Veronica Sloan

Last year I reviewed the first two works in a series by Veronica Sloan called Seduced by the Sex Demon. You can find my first review of that work here on the Tale and the second review can be found here as well.

The prior works in the seres didn’t really appeal to me very much because it seemed like there was more focus on the sex scenes than there was on developing the characters, most especially Tanya, the main female character. There seemed to be something missing in not exploring her character further, to go into the choice she made and what came from that point.

Recently, the third work in the series was released and I wasn’t expecting things to change very much, if at all. However, the author took the series in a direction that I’ve been wanting to see, pushed deeper into Tanya herself, and in the telling of that story turned the series towards a simple question.

What happens when you can’t get what you want, and know there’s only one way to get it? Is it worth your soul to find relief and in doing so, what is the cost you have to pay?

The work tells the story of:

Three years ago Tanya made a bargain with the incubus that possessed her step-father: Give up good sex in exchange for Jeff’s soul. It was a noble sacrifice but one she soon regretted. Tanya is young and beautiful, and knowing she can never reach orgasm fills her with lustful obsession. When the demon returns to offer her a new deal, she unwittingly sets down the path of becoming a demon herself!

Tanya made a choice, one that she believed was for the best and for the greater good. But over time that choice has been eating away at her mind, body and soul. The need never leaves her, there’s only a single choice that will give the pleasure she so desperately craves. But in making that choice her good intentions will only place her on the road to hell and beyond.

The work focuses on the aftermath of Tanya making the decision she did at the end of the prior work in the series. Much of the story is spent on her trying, in all sorts of different ways, to scratch an itch that she just can’t. The frustration is palatable in her, it’s heavily weighing upon her and regardless of anything she tries, she just can’t find the way. The scenes themselves tend towards being slightly pornish in tone, a bit short of being erotica, but unlike the prior works in the series, it isn’t sex for the sake of it, but instead there’s a development of Tanya’s character, her needs and the cracking of her will. It builds towards a critical point in the work and when that comes, Tanya comes to make a telling choice.

The incubus of the series returns, still without a name, but reason for that finally is given and it makes complete sense. It’s a plot point that matters and it pushes Tanya towards an encounter that makes up the latter part of the work. It’s the story after Tanya makes her choice that pays off so much of the series before. The incubus has a plan, Tanya is part of it and how that develops, what changes within Tanya just in this work alone, brought a far better story.

Within the second half of the work, there’s a shift in tone, a change in focus, but most of all, there’s a reveal about Tanya’s past and a connection she has, that gives rise to a larger, more telling story than the prior works. In doing so, her character gains depth, I cared about her more and the story became delightfully complex.

It’s clear, once the incubus has what he wants. what his plans for Tanya are and rather than just having things happen in an instant, the story makes little things happen here and there, Tanya’s personality and emotions are shifted, slowly, and while it is very slight overall, it presses again Tanya and what she believes in.

The battle between her needs and her humanity is very well done, more so when the focus of her mind, body and soul, has their own needs, wants and desires. There’s more of a relationship between Tanya here than was with the characters in the priors works and I thought that was really surprising. It’s that connection, that shift from sex into erotica that made this work much better a read and something that I wanted to see what happened next most of all.

Three and a half pitchforks out of five.

While much of the work tells of Tanya’s frustrations, it’s not used as a throwaway telling. There’s a point to it all and when that is played out, and her nemesis appears, it makes sense. But it also serves to open the series to focusing on the battle within Tanya, of making a choice and trying to overcome the darkness within her. That offers some real opportunities in describing how she changes, what she becomes and how that alters her world. If that comes in the next part of the series, there need not be sex for the sake of it, but as in this work, erotica that matters to the storytelling.

That, for me, makes for an interesting story and it’s nice to see that this author has turned their attentions towards storytelling and not the sex alone.

 

Tera

May 25 2017

Succubi Image of the Week 488

An anime style succubus for this week’s Succubi art, one that, for me, sort of has the style that I think the more warrior-focused Succubi of the Realm might be likely to take as their armour. It’s an interesting thought, what does a Succubus fighter look like, how far do they take being succubi and how far are they, in a sense, warriors…

Elda by Fu-reiji

Elda by Fu-reiji

This art is called Elda and is by an artist on DeviantArt called Fu-reiji. You can find the original page on DeviantArt where I found this art here and this artist’s page can be found here as well.

I love her overall look, her tail makes me smile, though I think her horns are a little bit too large for her body otherwise. That said, the armour is lovely, and while it isn’t exactly the most functional thing, I can see her being a bit more of a… close up and personal sort of seductress, and that idea makes me smile.

An interesting expression she has, lovely skin tones, hair and sparkling eyes. I’m also quite happy that her wings aren’t torn or ripped, it adds a bit more power to her overall form seduction-wise at least and I feel like that’s the point after all.

Succubi don’t have to fight to win, but at the same time, they are anything but helpless…

 

Tera

May 24 2017

A bow tie, horns and tail aren’t much for a costume…

Black Devil AccessoriesThere are, of course, accessory kits that offer some items to turn, so the ad copy says, any dress into a more devilish one. While that might be true, along with the “devilish” comes the more “tacky” much of the time. Possibly the oddest thing I have ever come across this time in an accessory kit. A bow tie.

This is the 3 Piece Black Devil Costume Accessory Kit, which comes with the horns, the tail and a bow tie as displayed by the model here. It sells for about what you might expect, $5 US.

It is, really, another example of tackiness, but at a low, low price. Which really doesn’t make it any better at all.

What I cannot wrap my tail around is the bow tie. The horns and tail are lousy, but they make some sense at least. Why a bow tie?

I can’t think of a good justification to explain it other than the company that put this together needed to get rid of an overstock of bowties or something like that.

Perhaps I might be slightly more inclined to ignore the bow tie if the top and bottoms this model is wearing were included, though that might be stretching things a bit.

I don’t think it’s horrific. Cheap yes, but then it’s worth $5 so one shouldn’t expect much of anything from this.

It really does nothing for me, the horns are meh as is the tail and as for the bow tie… I’ve seen better.

One and a half out of five pitchforks.

Uninspiring really, and if you had a costume that needed this to make it better, I shudder to think what that looks like…

 

Tera

May 23 2017

A Review of Breaking Hell’s Rules by Lyssa Dering

Breaking Hell's Rules by Lyssa Dering

Breaking Hell’s Rules by Lyssa Dering

Setting the stage for a story needs a hook, something that’s a bit different, a little distinct which then leads towards the telling of the story that’s unexpected. The characters themselves hold the core of the story, but then what happens around them needs to have meaning, a reason as to why things happen as they do.

But telling a story with meaning, offering a threat, but not really giving it a hold, a means for following through, takes some of the power of it away. It doesn’t mean that everything is lost, far from it, but offering up a choice to be made and then washing it with but a single sentence, is a little bit rote, all things considered. Finding a soul to love for a succubus is important, no matter what that means after all.

The work tells the story of:

Freedom wasn’t supposed to be this dangerous…

When succubus Reth finally meets their soul quota and gains freedom from Hell, they decide to take up residence in New Orleans. Immediately they discard the body they’ve been wearing since 1952 and slip into something a little more virile, pleased to find they get a cozy apartment for their trouble. Too bad the apartment has a joint lease with their body’s ex-boyfriend Jude.

Jude is walking around with a black eye and a bad attitude, and when Reth tries to explain things, Jude doesn’t believe them. Plus, he refuses to move out. Reth doesn’t want to take Jude’s soul, and they really like this body. So they show him some succubus action minus the soul-grabbing, hoping to scare him off.

But they never expected for the mortal to take a liking to them. And they never could have predicted just how pure Jude’s soul would be. When Reth unwittingly commits a sin against Lucifer, they’ll need Jude’s help to avoid an eternity of suffering… For them both.

Reth’s paid their dues and now things are supposed to be different. They don’t need to claim souls anymore. They don’t need to be dealing with Hell any longer. But it seems that the body they’ve chosen has a roommate that they can’t resist. The truth, it seems, brings them to a choice that Reth doesn’t want to make. Perhaps, it’s not impossible for a succubus to find love in another soul.

The work takes a slightly different view of succubi and by doing so makes them to be neither a she or a he, but a “they” instead. It’s a bit jarring at the beginning, but over time that fades into the background. While Reth does claim souls, they inhabit bodies or rather their forms, over time and as such they shift from being male or female as their path takes them. This does work well, is isn’t dwelled on either. Reth is who they are, from beginning to end, but more so, they grow as a character in really unexpected ways which were a delight.

Reth’s character begins as being a bit standoffish, a little bit difficult to like, but when Jude comes into the picture, that’s when the story takes a turn and Reth becomes amazing both in character, but in their story as well. In the same way, Jude’s self loathing and confusion is a terrible thing at the beginning, but soon he becomes focused, more sure and that develops him as a character tremendously.

There is a smattering of erotica along the way, which is lovely, hot and passionate. The erotica is male/male themed, but it isn’t silly or over the top which happens a lot. There’s real love and connections made and in being so the genders of the characters become irrelevant.

While the main plot is very good, and both main characters and the supporting ones are very interesting, have depth and I liked, there was one character that didn’t quite live up to my expectations. Lilith was a fleeting presence in the work and it’s a shame because of how she’s portrayed before and afterwards. A few paragraphs of anger and then she’s gone didn’t, at least for me, really show a lot about her.

What’s missing here, overall, is that the background about succubi isn’t explored as much as I think it needed to be. The story itself is a delight, but without the missing parts I think it was a bit too quick, a bit too unsure at times. Perhaps building on the universe more might have helped in slowing the action somewhat.

Four out of five pitchforks.

It’s a different take on succubi, one that I thought was really interesting, but as much as it was, the exploration of that weren’t as deep as I wanted them to be. Getting to the meaning of why things are would have been nice. Telling more about the aftermath would have been good. Most of all, getting deeper into Jude’s life I think would have answered a lot of questions lift behind.

 

Tera

May 23 2017

A Review of the Lilith’s Kiss series by Roxxi Rhodes

The Unleashing by Roxxi Rhodes

The Unleashing by Roxxi Rhodes

Last year I reviewed the first work in what was to be the Lilith’s Kiss series by Jasmine Wright, but following that work’s appearance, nothing further came of the series.

Recently the first work was reissued under a new author’s name and the series progressed to five parts.

A review then of the series in which I have some very mixed feelings. One of the themes that appears quite regularly in works with succubi is transformation. A character finds a book, or some other item, and falls into their soul, and body, changing into something else.

Much of the time that transformation is short, swift, and overall lacks in detail. It’s a bit of a sideshow on the path towards the erotica than anything else. Giving some time to telling that transformation can bring with it a lot of heat, but sometimes there comes a point where the transformation goes a little too far, becomes a little too much and the characters become caricatures.

The first work tells the story of:

Lizzy had plans for her Friday night, and they surely didn’t include working late at the public library. She would much rather be at her ex-best friend Sasha’s Halloween party, letting her know how much of a bitch she was for sleeping with Lizzy’s ex-boyfriend while they were still together.

But, thanks to a co-worker’s call in, the petite redhead is stuck sorting new arrivals in a small corner room on the facility’s third floor with no one to keep her company except Claire, an introverted coed from the local university. Things, however, take a turn for the demonic when Lizzy opens a strange, leather-bound tome, unleashing an ancient evil that engulfs her mind—and body.

Seized by a sudden uncontrollable arousal, Lizzy is forced to watch as she transforms into a hellish creature of unbridled lust, bursting from her clothing with otherworldly proportions. The new, lascivious beast that emerges has only one thing on her mind…

Sharing.

Lizzy is rather upset with her best friend and her ex-boyfriend. Planning to go to their Halloween party, she first needs to finish up at the library. A book discovered leads to a transformation for Lizzy. No longer the girl she was, Lizzy the succubus craves something more.

The first thing I’ll note is that the summary of the first work isn’t quite true to the story which appears here. As a whole it covers the first work and tells what Lizzy will likely do in the next. The majority of this work is taken up with Lizzy’s transformation, which is about two-thirds of the work. The remainder is telling of Lizzy’s background, recent events and her being at the library.

There’s nothing really erotic as a whole in this series, there are mentions here and there, but there’s a distinct lack of heat. It’s less about erotica than it is about Lizzy’s transformation and that of other characters that she transforms. That is told in page after page of detail which describes every little thing that Lizzy goes through. Her transformation is both mental and physical of course which leads me to my issues with what happens.

Setting aside my well known dislike for hooves, and yes, Lizzy gets them, the problem I had was trying to picture Lizzy’s new form in my mind. There is such a thing as going a little too far, having something change that pushes reality beyond anything reasonable and in this case that comes to, for the most part, Lizzy’s cleavage.

Double-H isn’t something reasonable. Yes her body changes, yes she’s made more… if not “demonic” then certainly taller. I can sort of see why the author pushed Lizzy’s body to the extremes that it takes in this work, but there are so many changes that it becomes rather monotonous. There is a bit of heat in her transformation, and I can see that and appreciate the author doing so, but… it’s just a little too far, a little too much.

There’s really very little in the way of plot in this work, being that it focuses upon Lizzy’s transformation. There’s a hint of Lilith, though that is fleeting, and what she wants is a bit murky overall. Lizzy’s character has a chance to form in the introduction but through the transformation all of that buildup gets tossed aside.

The following works in the series focus almost entirely on the transformational aspects of the story and not really very much on any sort of plot, or character development. There are a number of characters who are transformed into succubi and each transformation is as over the top as Lizzy’s was.

It’s clear that the focus of the series isn’t so much on the characters being transformed into succubi as it is for their clothing to rip to shreds, their bodies to be expanded out of all proportions, and then move onto the next character encounter.

The erotica, when it comes into focus, didn’t have very much heat for me, which was a shame. More so, the author came to the decision to use the “expected” end for any male that encounters the succubi, which doesn’t do much for me as well. There’s little struggle in each character as they are transformed and once done, all there is left is a character who is exactly as evil as I would have expected and I wish that didn’t happen.

I think there’s a story here, something that might turn into being more than just a little series of hot flashes. But there needs to be more time spent on plot, on the characters, on telling the story more than just telling about transformations.

Two and a half out of five pitchforks.

The series was interesting right up to the point when Lizzy’s transformation took her body into the realm of being “too much.” There’s a point where reality is stretched that little bit too far and this work passed well beyond it. The mental picture of the “new” Lizzy just doesn’t work for me.

The succubi are far too stereotypical in their actions for my liking and I wish there’d be more to the story to expand on them than there is. Beyond that, having Lilith appear in the series and become more than a bare shadow would add a lot to things as well I think.

I’d have liked the author to manage to be on the path of story telling and be less concerned about just showing transformations, some lukewarm erotica and what seems to be not all that much else as a whole.

 

Tera

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