Aug 14 2016

A Review of Forbidden Fruit by Alana Church

Forbidden Fruit by Alana Church

Forbidden Fruit by Alana Church

It’s been a little while since my last review of The Succubus series by Alana Church. Today on the Tale, the sixth work in the series so far. My first review is here, the second is here and my third review cab be found here. The fourth review can be found here on the Tale with the prior review to this one being here.

There are choices to be made in everyone’s life. Who you trust, who you care about, who you love. There is meaning behind every single one of those choices and all that comes from them. Family matters, in that comes not a choice, but a truth. The choice however is how you relation to them and how they relate to you.

The work tells the story of:

Althea, the first of the succubi, has been freed, released from her prison inside Rachel’s mind. Now her family must learn how to accommodate the beautiful woman in their midst. Driven by passion, haunted by the threat of the demon-spawn Kincaid, Rachel and her family must work together. But before they kill the demon who desires their death, there is still time to taste…Forbidden Fruit.

Althea is herself once more and with that comes some difficulties to deal with. Being a succubus, being who she is, sex to her is like breathing. She loves unconditionally, she watches Rachel and her family work out their own relationships, but Althea has her own needs as well. But among the desires comes the knowledge that there is a threat to them all and defences must be made. Even if some of them happen to be difficult ones to accept for some.

This work in the series is a complex telling of the shifting of of the family dynamic with Althea’s return to her own body. That’s not to say that things change drastically, it’s more of the shift of focus from Rachel alone to both Rachel and Althea. How Althea deals with the family, with those that have been drawn into events is quite telling about her. She does make amends with regards to one specific character, which then leads towards some very deep and painful moments for them. Opening old wounds, even if unintended, does cause harm.

Rachel’s force of will is still strong, she holds her own with Althea and she’s clear in her being who she is. There are moments of Rachel and Althea pleasuring each other, which has some lovely heat, but the more interesting dynamic is that between Josh and Althea. With that came an interesting little tidbit about succubi tails in this universe, one that I hadn’t thought of, but makes perfect sense. I’m looking forward to seeing what Rachel does with hers sometime.

There are several pieces of erotica in this part of the series, all of the couples have their moments together as well as some of them having moments with Althea as well. There’s a glaring omission of one character in all of this, but the reason for that makes sense and having something happen in this moment of the series would have felt, by far, wrong. The heat in each passage is very good, the need and desires are well brought out in each character. There’s also quite a lot of sexual tension that remains unfulfilled which makes for some very good moments of dialogue between the characters that I enjoyed.

As an aside, there’s a teeny little passage that happens to mention Althea’s sisters… one of them happens to have red horns and dark hair. That, along with a certain exclamation of Althea’s about her sister’s “titties” made me smile and wondering about her. She might never appear, but knowing that she’s there was a wonderful moment for me. It was a really nice moment to have Althea talk about her past, her family and while that was but a small part of the overall story, it added a lot to her character and a bit about something she longs about.

The characters develop further, the story moves onwards towards the next crescendo. But in this work the time spent in piecing together what everyone is thinking, settling some of their thoughts and concerns is important. After the action of the prior work, the thoughtfulness of this part of the series worked well.  A pause before things take a turn is a good thing and in this case that time isn’t wasted by simple introspection. There’s a point to it, there’s need and it helps to redefine the relationships which the series needed to do.

Written as well as always, the author’s grip on the characters allows for exploration of them. I’ll admit to having wanted a bit more seen of Kincaid, the glimpse allows for knowing his plans for the future, but I feel like there’s more about him that needs to be said. Beyond that, the only other thing I would have liked is a bit more time within Althea’s thoughts and her focusing upon the effects she’s having on those around her. She sees some of them, but might be a little blind to the important one.

Four and a half out of five pitchforks.

A lovely interlude which adds quite a lot to who Althea is, what is going on around her and more. The blending of the lives around Althea is leading towards a bit of strife, a bit of thought, but that also leads to understanding. That’s the most powerful thing of all. Knowing their own strengths and being able to face what is coming is difficult, but that’s nothing compared to trying to figure out what’s going on within themselves.

 

Tera

Aug 14 2016

A Review of Sacred Lust: Maiden Training by C.P. Brickhouse

Sacred Lust: Maiden Training by C.P. Brickhouse

Sacred Lust: Maiden Training by C.P. Brickhouse

It’s important when telling a story that the characters remain true to who they are throughout. Losing who they are for the sake of some erotica doesn’t make for a well told story. Along with that comes the need to create a universe in the story which makes sense, allows for growth, and most of all, tells a story. If an author can manage to connect the dots in the right way, then what comes from that can be amazing.

The thing about being a Queen is that everyone’s problems come to you. Whether you like it, or not, you are the one in the end that makes the decision, sets a path, and deals with the consequences. However, it also means that you also have to be wise in both the ways of the mind, but also the heart and soul.

  • Title: Sacred Lust: Maiden Training
  • Author: C.P. Brickhouse
  • Length: 108 Pages
  • ASIN: B01AOJM5S6
  • Publishing Date: January 14, 2016
  • This work at Amazon.com

The work tells the story of:

Lilith Belili, the sister of the Demon Lord Asmodeus, rules in his stead while he is away. However, circumstances in the Realm of Lust have become routine, and she is bored. When a vassal requests her presence to combat a threat involving civil unrest (and a would-be lover), Lilith, along with her handmaiden Dumuzi, see the chance for some long-awaited excitement…as well as numerous opportunities to use their formidable seductive skills.

Lilith has a problem. She’s bored and that’s never a good thing for someone that is known as the Demon Queen. Still, a call for help might help her mood, along with some fun and games with her favourite toy of course along the way. It can be hard to be the Queen, but then again, it’s fun to be the Queen too.

From the first page of this work, it is very clear that the author has taken quite some time to create a universe, the characters, the meaning behind them, and tell a story about the characters themselves. While there are some erotic moments in the work, really this a story of fantasy, telling of Lilith and her dear Dumuzi dealing with the world they live in, the threat that comes towards them, and how that all plays out.

There isn’t a focus on erotica alone, nor is that forgotten along the way of telling the story. There is depth to each character, they have their own wants, thoughts and goals. Not one character is two-dimensional and that appealed to me in the most wonderful way.

Lilith is, as you would expect, the Queen Demon of the story and while she is a succubus in her world, she rules with seduction as her means of control. She isn’t evil as a whole by any means and being so that makes quite a lot of her actions turn towards thinking and finding answers rather than by brute force. Lilith is a force to be reckoned with, there’s no doubt, but it is in how she uses her abilities to control, tempt, and then bring what others desire to the fore.

It was a pleasant surprise to see Lilith be a seductress, one with a quick mind, a sharp wit, and the realization that it is better to seduce and have something given freely than to take it by force, or worse, cause pain. That is a rare thing to be seen in a story like this, and in doing so this work became much more than I expected it to be.

Dumuzi, a leser succubus, is Lilith’s favourite and how their relationship is told to me speaks of a love between the characters. Again, that’s something special and wonderful and it becomes core to the story over time.

There is a smart, well told adventure which mixes with Lilith using her powers of seduction to find answers and then making a plan to deal with them. Along the way there is quite a lot of erotica, but it makes sense, isn’t silly or makes the characters be other than they are. There is a point to the story, to the adventure, and as that is told the detail and care to tell that makes this work a wonderful read.

The one thing I would have liked would be more time spent “in” Lilith’s mind as things transpired. Often her thoughts are cloaked, hiding her plans from the reader and while that makes for some surprises along the way, that leaves something aside. Often Lilith thinks about Dumuzi and that relationship is assumed to be there most of the time. More story about that would have been nice.

Along with this, perhaps a little more of Lilith being a Queen as well. By that I mean she acts like a Queen, which I enjoyed, but she has so few moments where her being a seductress is allowed to play out. Most of the time when Lilith seduces there’s not much time before the other falls and I felt that limited showing who Lilith is. There is one passage where she proclaims her beliefs and what her realm is, which I enjoyed. But her realm isn’t seen as the story is off in another part of the universe. It would have been nice to see more of Lilith in her home and being the Queen.

Four and a half out of five pitchforks.

Just a well told story with interesting characters that doesn’t lose itself in the midst of the erotica. I adored Lilith, her way of thinking and how she tells one simple truth. For succubi, the best pleasure is the one that is freely given and wanted most of all.

 

Tera

Aug 13 2016

A YouTube of a Morrigan Aensland Game Sprite Skin

There are some video games that allow players to put a skin over a game sprite or avatar to change the appearance. There are, obviously, all kind of those to be found and I found one example recently of a Morrigan Aensland skin for a game.

I don’t know the game, no idea where to find the skin, but I thought it was cute nonetheless…

 

IF you can’t see the video here on the Tale, please try this link:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zjmh4PBx254

There really isn’t a good view of the game spite, but here is a screenshot of her…

Morrigan Aensland Game Skin

It seems, as a whole, to be a fairly good representation of Morrigan’s clothing, hair and wings. Of course, there isn’t a lot of detail, and there doesn’t seem to be any “typical” Morrigan game moves or actions to be seen.

I think the idea of Morrigan holding a trident, or pitchfork, is intriguing however…

 

Tera

Aug 12 2016

A Review of The Naughty Succubus Part 8 and 9: The End of Peace by Becca Lusk

The Naughty Succubus Part 8 and 9: The End of Peace by Becca Lusk

The Naughty Succubus Part 8 and 9: The End of Peace by Becca Lusk

Continuing my reviews of the works in the The Naughty Succubus series by Becca Lusk today on the Tale. You can find my first review heresecond, and third reviews are here. The fourth, fifth, and sixth review can be found here. The seventh was reviewed here on the Tale as well. This, the latest work, contains parts eight and nine in a single volume, which makes for an interesting mini saga on their own.

To each side there are reasons for what they do. Perhaps not always said, not always clear, but there is want and desire. Some take these to be dark things, some see them as bringing light. Whichever it is, the path towards crisis leaves nothing quite the same as it was before.

  • Title: The Naughty Succubus Part 8 and 9: The End of Peace
  • Author: Becca Lusk
  • Length: 51 Pages
  • ASIN: B01IZ2AFJK
  • Publishing Date: July 23, 2016
  • This work at Amazon.com

The story tells of:

Forces of Chaos consummate their alliance as forces of Freedom, fractured from eons of hard war, and centuries of bitter peace, still look at each other with distrust.

For the succubus Krys, and her lover, Gabriel, the multi-verse is poised on the brink of either salvation or destruction. Forces thought defeated long ago have arisen and begun their assaults on everything mankind holds dear.

The decisions made in the present will determine the course of a war that will leave the world either a burned shell or a paradise in the future.

But dark secrets remain hidden in this conflict, covering up eons of betrayal, envy, lust and greed. And many pieces are still left to be discovered, even as new questions come forth.

Seriously…if you ever thought all angels did was sing and pray, let this book disabuse of you of that notion. Watch as angels seduce succubi (that’s right!), succubi seduce mortals, and Goddesses seduce everyone. Filled with enough snark to make an epic tale a breezy read, Becca Lusk is proud to present Books 8 and 9 in a special thank-you bundle to fans of the series!

Krys and Gabriel have found each other. But will it be in a world worth loving in?

There’s only one way to find out…

The is a force in the universe with a plan. Their name is Chaos and there are things they enjoy above all else. Cloaked in lies, mistruths and temptation, some fall and are consumed. Some however turn away, knowing the truth. But in all things a price is paid, some more willing than others. But then, for two souls, the price to be paid is one they are willing to be responsible for.

The single focus through much of this work is in how Chaos comes to life, telling what is wanted, and tugging character into the ongoing strife which is all too apparently to come. Seeing how certain characters have fallen, what they want, or rather what Chaos offers, tells something of each of them. There’s a certain level of being lost within these characters, something that Chaos seems to feed upon.

While the plan for those who Krys and Gabriel face is not clear, there’s little bits and pieces of events in the past, present and future which offer some idea of what they will face next. Clearly there is loss, there is pain, there is terrible outcomes. But in spite of everything, both Krys and Gabriel remain the bright core of the story.

There are passages of erotica in the work which revolve around Chaos and her cherished toy, which makes me wonder. There’s a certain theme to it which brings me pause. A reflection of something else shall we say. It’s surprising. There is a point to each sexual encounter with Chaos, some meaning to it and a certain character falls along the way which, for me, makes some sense, but isn’t explained well as to why that happened. Another bit of story to be revealed along the way I expect.

Krys and Gabriel have their loving moments, some needed joy. Their story pops up and tells more of their first encounter in the past, their rediscovery in the present, but leaves a question in the future which bothers and concerns me. I love the dialogue, the connection between them. The character development works really well and I enjoyed it dearly.

Along the way, a certain Queen is hovering at the edges, being her mysterious self. Tera is there, she suggests, offers, reveals things to be, that were, and are. She doesn’t give everything on a silver platter to those around her, but then she never does. But I am waiting for someone to ask the single question that would, I think. bring her to tell more than what she has. Beyond that, the ending of this part of the series asks a question of her, one that many to be honest have asked of Tera. The answer? That’s one that speaks to who she is, what she believes, and what she knows.

The characters are developing, the story has turned towards the climax to come. The author’s writing has improved quite a lot, which I am so very pleased to see. Her editors need to work on their editing a bit more, there are some glaring mistakes which are theirs and need to be corrected. The story captivates me, makes me expect more and the author does so. It’s really the editing that is holding her back overall.

Four out of five pitchforks.

The story turns towards the battle to come, the falling of some and the rise of others. It’s complex and being so the questions left behind are ones that I rather enjoy pondering. A character asks: “What do you want?” The answer to that, in many ways, is: “That, would be telling.”

The telling is the best part after all.

 

Tera

Aug 12 2016

A Review of Fertile Mistresses by A. Vivian Vane

Fertile Mistresses by A. Vivian Vane

Fertile Mistresses by A. Vivian Vane

It can be very easy for a story to take a turn towards losing itself. There can be the best of intents given at the beginning and then they are just cast aside for the sake of driving towards an endless series of erotic moments. It can work, if the story can be held, remembered, played out through the erotica. The issue becomes one of avoiding the erotica turning into over the top porn.

The question of who you are doesn’t matter as much as what you do. Sometimes your past comes back to haunt you, if you are lucky. Sometimes you are not and then the past seeks out a pound of flesh however it can.

The work tells the story of:

When two demonic shemales meet, the only question is who will be the breeder…and who will be bred!

Worlds collide at the Cum-At-Yer-Own-Risk tavern — literally. Situated at the nexus of multiple mystic planes, the ramshackle inn has become a gathering place for horny lust-demons and the women that adore them.

Well-hung and curvaceous, Azzria rules her harem of pregnant breeder-bitches with a velvet fist. She loves them and they love her, whether they want to or not. But when a fellow demoness takes an interest in the fertile wombs of the “ol’ Cummer” tavern, will Azzria be forced to fight for her position? Or can she and this new rival come to a more…mutually beneficial…compromise?

Azzria owns a particular tavern where universes cross and she, being a meridi, has her pick of those who travel by and catch her attention. Along comes Mahina, and things start to become hard… in more than one way.

The concept of the main characters is interesting as Azzria and Mahina are meridi, hermaphrodites that have quite a lot of succubus-like appearance to them. As well, the two have the desire to create more of their kind and so the constant arrivals makes that quite possible. They aren’t quite succubi, though there is a hint of that within them. While the beginning of the story offers some background and an idea of what things are like, the story quickly devolves into a series of almost constant sexual encounters.

Those encounters are over the top, sometimes very much so, and there comes a point in the story where the repetitiveness just took away my interest in the story. There’s only so many times one can read about Azzria and Mahina having their way with everyone around them before it loses all interest.

That’s the largest problem in this work. The story is there in the beginning, there’s a lot that could be explored, but in the next instant the story turns towards hot flashes of erotica that really don’t have the heat they could have. Much of that simply comes to how Azzria and Mahina treat those around them. They are dominate, but beyond that they simply see those around them as something to poke into and then go onto the next encounter.

The writing can be crude at times, but that is a reflection of the characters, their attitude and how they see things. There’s really little development in Azzria and Mahina as so much time is spent with their sexual encounters. The heat in the story really doesn’t develop well and I think that comes from the push throughout to move on from moment to moment, leaving no time for reflection or narrative.

When the conclusion comes, that is a twist ending which makes some sense all things considered, but didn’t add anything to the story itself. From the characters’ perspective, to explain why things happened in the story, it gave the suggestion of an explanation. But how that was revealed, the speed at which the shoe was dropped and then the work came to a sudden stop didn’t appeal to me very much.

Being that this work is mainly the erotica, I think the author might have spent more time telling of the past, offering more about Azzria and Mahina than is told. That would help I think to give something to build on.

Two and a half out of five pitchforks.

I don’t feel like the twist ending was needed by far, it didn’t add much of anything to the events of the story which didn’t really use what the opening suggested. What came was not so much erotica as it was porn and over the top porn at that. Still, there is something here that was interesting, it’s just a shame that wasn’t followed through on.

 

Tera

Aug 11 2016

Succubi Image of the Week 447

It’s been a little while since both of the Aensland Sisters have been the subject of the Succubi of the Week… I found a lovely piece of art which has them both there and it has quite a lovely soft focus as well that I think adds something quite special too…

Morrigan and Lilith Aensland by GGG85

Morrigan and Lilith Aensland by GGG85

This art is simply titled Morrigan and Lilith Aensland and is by an artist on DeviantArt called GGG85. You can find the original page with this art here and this artist’s page can be found here as well.

I really do like art that has both of the sisters together, which really doesn’t happen enough. But I also like art that gives Lilith a slightly older appearance as this art does. Lilith, to me, is every bit as a force as Morrigan is, and as such I think they should appear more equal than they usually do.

I think it’s interesting that the clouds around Lilith and Morrigan are echoes of their individual colours, how the overall setting and poses seem to suggest a kind of dreamscape which I think is rather unique as a whole as well…

 

Tera

Aug 10 2016

Frills do not help a Succubus costume honestly

Gothic Devil Costume

It’s so nice when a costume isn’t named well, has not a lot going for it, uses a terrible pitchfork and has a pair of horns that are one of the ones I dislike so very much. Add some frills and my sarcasm really gets going…

This is called the Gothic Devil Costume and it comes with the dressabd horns and the pitchfork the model is holding. Shoes are not included and it sells on various sites for $30 US.

Trashy is, I think, giving this a compliment, so if you like trashy then you might like this. As for me, I don’t like the entire look, the frills do nothing for me, the “sort-of” lace looks ugly, the pitchfork and horns do not endear themselves to me either.

There’s no possible way to save this mess, to make it something decent, or even partly that. There’s just an air of “thrown-together” about this costume and that never works for me.

Not even the slight shine in the dress helps any because that red frill along the bottom just makes me think of ballerina, which it shouldn’t. Or a Santa’s helper, which also isn’t a good idea.

Is it really that much effort to make a costume look, if not seductive, at least nice?

Sometimes I wonder about that… Actually more than sometimes for those that have been following my search through the lows of mass produced costumes. Perhaps I need to look to more custom creations… But that can be a problem at times as well.

I’ll give this one pitchfork out of five.

It is a costume, but otherwise there’s nothing much to say…

 

Tera

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