~Yes, that long. Despite the heroic efforts of your family, there is only a finite amount of power I can draw off at any one time. And simply being here in your mind is a drain. I could do it earlier, I suppose. But the downside would be I would wake up in my own body all but helpless, with no power of my own. I would be as weak as a human, and have to build my reserves up all over again. I’ve gone through that once already in the last few weeks. I’m not going to do it twice.~
Mmhmm, she muttered distractedly. Was there a twisted muscle there, right above the red patch? Or some sort of knot in her back? She reached around with both hands to massage the spot. She wasn’t sore, but-
The voice in her head held a note of warning. ~Rachel, maybe you should leave that-~
It was at that moment when the tail erupted from the base of her spine.
Book four of this paranormal succubi possession, close relations, and now strangely Buffy-esque tale takes a strange turn with a metamorphosis…and an actual tail springing into the mix. This entry goes full-on into ‘urban fantasy’ mode where the possession aren’t just subtle, and the presence of demons walking the Earth isn’t just something limited to lore and fantasy.
I am subtly being reminded of the above under-rated movies, where possession and demons and all sorts of wickedness happening just under the surface happens with no thought or care put into the concepts ‘moral’ or ‘right.’ Did I just put a Schwarzenegger movie in a review? Yes I did, but if you watched it, you are going to be a lot better equipped to understand my next thoughts and the concepts (and problems) involving modern possession stories and the issues (and potential) of demons walking around in a modern world.
We get the ‘big reveal’ in this book of the succubi’s presence to her husband, and while I feel he reacted well, I wanted more. I wanted that fear, that realization that his wife may have just been possessed by a demon, and what I wouldn’t have given for him to turn and reject this. I would have loved for him to walk out and become a new conflict for this book. “Winning his trust” would have been a beautiful fight for her and added an unwanted (but fun) complexity to her life.
Why cut down on characters? I feel there are a lot of characters mulling about in this book, and I feel it would have served us better to focus on fewer of them. We have the husband and wife, older son and maid, and older daughter and new boyfriend all in the mix – with the succubi and two villains now sharing the spotlight. The boyfriend I feel could have been saved for later, and if this book is the daughter’s time to shine I would have loved to see her take the spotlight more.
I enjoyed the lustful moments and pairings, and they were done well with all sorts of nasty talk and sensual moments. Would they have been improved by focusing on less characters? I feel so, because when you get a lot of characters in a story sometimes it feels like checking off boxes and switching rapidly to give everyone time. I will have to bring in my kinky play-throughs of The Sims into this right now, since in that household building game you can make all your playthings do all sorts of nasty stuff (with mods), but when you get too many people under one roof it becomes a fight for the toilet and half of those little 3d people are starving and unhappy and all your dreams of ‘sex house’ have went up in smoke as all of them are panicking because some dumb-ass has started a fire in the kitchen again-
Apologies for getting so humorously off track, but you get the point. You can have a lot of characters in a story, but I feel it always serves the reader better to focus on a few of them at a time and focus on let them shine. We can get back to the others in the next book, but let’s slow down and deliver on the fantasy we were building up to with the daughter and her new lover. I feel that is where the book was the strongest, and yes, it delivered, but I feel so much more could have been done here if this was the focus on the book.
But we have that ‘new tail’ moment, and also an advancement of the plot to consider! I know, and these were done well, but either push these to a later book (because I am enjoying the ride and don’t really mind waiting), or fold them in around the daughter’s path through this drama. Don’t get me wrong, I loved the plot advancements, but again, I just feel this would have played better had the ending scenes behind the paranormal ‘power transfer’ been between the daughter and her lover rather than the threesome (while still wonderful and sexy) we saw.
I love the ‘mistress’ turn our housewife has taken and her dominance – this is very well done and I love seeing this turn in her. I wanted to see a fight her in her head on this ‘new attitude’ and have her realize the change.
I also adore the banter between the wife and her in-mind succubi, and the transformation is a real highlight in this book. The possession and transformation is really a highlight of this series, and this has to be on my top-list for the year in paranormal and close-relations erotica. This is more than just a simple ‘fling book’ as it has a story to it, characters, feelings, a plot, conflict, and lots at stake. I suppose I am so harsh on it because I secretly love it, and I am always paying more attention (and trying to help along) the books I love and cherish – I love this series and I want it to shine.
But these is a larger issues here. I love erotic books that spend time on the story. They break the mold. They aren’t like those ‘sex only’ adult movies that promise 5-hours of face-bang. Those bore me. To have books like that without plot or character make me sad. This, however is different. It takes the lure of the taboo and makes us earn those moments by wrapping a story around it. It isn’t just all ‘sex first’ as we have to be patient and read to get to the good parts. The non-sex parts raise the heat level, and make us smoulder in anticipation for the good parts. The good parts mean more. They deliver more satisfyingly.
Writing sex is not writing about sex.
This book gets that, but I feel in this installment we stumble a little. The sex and pairings feel more important here when I have been absolutely adoring the story and build-up. While I enjoyed each one, this feels like being delivered two great dishes for dinner, each equally great, but I would have enjoyed each of them full had they been dinner on day one and then day two, rather than both at the same seating.
But still, this is a series I deeply am in love with, and looking forward to the next installment. What is not to love with a succubi living in today’s world, and wrecking havoc with everything she touches?
If you are into fantasy taboo erotica, this is a series that is sure to possess you.