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Seductress: Erotic Tales of Immortal Desire Kindle Edition
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Review originally posted at Romancing the Book
Tantalizing, Tempting and just down right sexy!!
Grab a glass of wine and turn the lights down a bit. Find your comfy spot, and get ready for a ride wilder than the average fantasy. Twenty-one short stories in 200 pages featuring the alluring Succubus. The Queen of seduction, the sexual vampire, using sex as their weapon of choice, they give the ultimate pleasure while draining your life force. This book is a 5 on the heat scale.
The anthology opens on the highest of notes in my option with the best of the stories, Aurelia T. Evans' "Harvest". It's a times old tale of boy summing a Succubus to have a wild time and he gets schooled in a few hot and kinky ways. Let me say, HOT!!! "Deliverance" by Jay Lawrence has given us an old school feeling ghost story. We get the succubus/vampire version Romeo and Juliet in Evan Mora's, "Star-Crossed". I think I like this ending a bit better. Like your kinky play in the kitchen, Nan Andrews' "Sweet Tooth", will deliver for you!! Mina Murray's "The Lonely Huntress", left me feeling like I wanted to be the pray. These are my highlights of the book. I can't say I loved every story, but I can say there is no bad story in this anthology.
This book gives you everything promised and more. I loved reading so many strong and demanding women. I never knew there were so many sides to the Succubus, more than just power and hunger, and each author gives each one a unique flair. I found that just like women, no two are the same. There is a good bit of whit and humor though out this book that adds even more power to this read. I highly recommend this to anyone who loves a hot read. Very erotic and to the point, my only complaint, I wish some of the stories would have been longer.
I expected the stories in Seductress to be dark and I knew with an editor like DL King running the show the stories would be well written, but I didn't expect it to turn me on quite as much as it did. We're talking about a soul sucking monster here.
I've always held a true fondness for paranormal stories though so I opened the book prepared for some dark fun. I got the dark part and some unexpected seriously HOT sex to go with it. I'm not sure I could have come up with any of the ideas these authors put together but I'm glad I got the chance to read them.
The line-up contains several well known authors but there's a host of newbies too and they all know how to get you hot and bothered while they do you in.
I can't mention all the stories here but I'm going to highlight a few of my favorites.
Aurelia Evan's, Harvest, kicks things off and makes me want to learn how to summon my own demonic dominatrix.
Elizabeth Brook's, Succubus Inc., gives the business world a saavy and sultry spin. If you sign up for this sexy service though, you'd better be prepared to pay your bill on time or pay the ultimate price.
Evan Mora's, Star-Crossed, puts a dirty spin on the ages old tale of Romeo and Juliet.
Zach's Last Ride by Sasha Bukova really got my adrenaline pumping. I'm a sucker for a daredevil on a bike.
Anya Richards turns the tables in a wonderfully underhanded power play in Minions Have Needs Too, and Nan Andrews gave me a new appreciation for desert in Sweet Tooth.
These stories are just the tip of the iceberg and the rest of the book is just as seductive. Go get your copy now and see just how naughty the dark side can get.
Seductress does not disappoint. In some ways readers get a better deal than the sorcerer, since we can share the pleasures of both the human and the succubus, and count on surviving. (My one quibble about the book as a whole is that there’s a bit too much surviving going on. Still, it’s a tricky business to draw a reader deeply into the persona of a character, as most of these stories do, and then polish him or her off abruptly at the end, so maybe it’s just as well.)
DL King wisely starts off with two relatively traditional pieces. The first, “Harvest” by Aurelia T. Evans, has just the right tone and atmosphere, and a most satisfying succubus (with an especially talented tail.) “’I will hurt you. But in the end...’ That predatory smile again, like the glint of a sharpened blade. ‘It will be more pleasure than you have known or will know again, made more potent by the fact it cannot kill you.’” Yes, that’s exactly where we wanted to go when we opened the book.
The second story, “A Surprising Summons” by Kaysee Renee Robichaud, has just as much of a traditional feel even though the seductress quickly adapts herself to the modern world of her summoner, over three encounters separated by a good many years. The sex is just as intense as in the first piece, but more nuanced, and so are the characters. The ending is poignant, moving, and well-earned by what has come before. A nice variation on the ancient theme.
I’m a big fan of variations. However clear my expectations may be, there comes a point when enough of them have been met that what I want most is to see wildly different treatments of the theme, and the parts that stick longest in my memory are the ones that startle me.
What catches my attention could be a macabre, disturbing, yet lovely description of a setting, as when Kannan Feng says in “Before a Fall,” “Last year, I attended a moon-viewing party over the River Nekane. A hundred skin lanterns floated in the water, throwing back ruddy, sullen shadows.” The story that follows is beautifully written and intensely erotic, though I did find myself wishing for more details of this particular world of demons.
Or the hook for me could be an imaginative set piece, like the submissive man cowering on the step below his mistress in a lavishly decorated department store as he rides with “The Girl on the Egyptian Escalator” by NJ Streitberger. This one was also quite satisfying in that the man was so easy to dislike.
All the stories here are good, each in its own distinctive way, and all deliver abundantly when it comes to eroticism. Since women are always in charge, and their needs are paramount, reading too many stories in a row too quickly may give an impression of repetition when it comes to the elements of sex, but that’s pretty much inevitable. The men certainly get everything they can handle, and then some.
The stories that really blow my mind (and everything else) are the ones combining well-crafted writing with startling originality. Three in particular stand out in this respect.
Evan Mora’s legendary lovers in “Star-Crossed” achieve an immortal life together, but at a price. Romeo has an accidental encounter with a vampire, and Juliet, in order to stay with him, makes a deal with the devil. But the vampire Romeo has no life force to feed on, and Juliet the succubus has no real blood in her veins. “And that’s us in a nutshell: Romeo and Juliet, the star- crossed lovers, a pair of immortals who can’t give each other the very thing necessary for their continued existence. The Devil, it seems, it not without a sense of irony.”
Sasha Bukova delivers a memorable character in “Zach’s Last Ride,”about a stunt-rider whose feats of speed and danger feed his lust for more than soaring through the air on his motorcycle can satisfy—until he meets the mysterious girl on a bike that’s “all big engine and wide tires with high, wide handlebars that resembled devil’s horns.” Both of these characters are larger (and darker) than life, but Bukova somehow makes them touch us deeply.
The final piece is Kate Dominic’s “Soaring.” Kate takes originality to unexpected heights, with a seductress who passes for a photojournalist embedded with American troops in Afghanistan. This succubus feeds on the sex-gorged dreams of soldiers far from their homes and loved ones, while bonding with them on very human terms, until a final twist raises the transfer of erotic essence to a whole new plane. Brilliantly conceived, beautifully realized.
So, yes, in case there’s any doubt, I liked Seductress very much, and quite a bit of it I loved. I do think that anyone who is intrigued by the notion of succubus erotica will have their needs and highest expectations met here—and then some.
(I previously posted a version of this review on the website Erotica Revealed.)
A couple of the stories stick fairly close to conventional interpretations of how a demon seduces a mortal male, but many stray far, far away from the tried and true route and even venture into Sapphic dalliances. Their variety, imaginative plots, and overall erotic content should satisfy the palate of erotica readers with a taste for kink. My personal favorite is "Phone Hex," a story in which Ruby helps her fellow succubae go high tech by creating an app called Xtasee, which puts users into a light trance while it runs a preprogrammed phone hex to summon a succubus using a virtual version of the Karenzikov ritual. This story combines sly humor with very raunchy sexual hookups.
As a general rule all erotica has two mistresses that compete for its readers' enjoyment, story and sting. On a five star scale, Seductress: Erotic Tales of Immortal Desire merits five stars for story and four stars for sting. It is definitely a keeper.
Reviewed by Jim Lyon
Some personal favorites in the collection include Nan Andrews' "Sweet Tooth," a buttery and sweet sexy kitchen romp between women, both alive and undead. And Mina Murray's "The Lonely Huntress," in which the tables are turned on a succubus who falls for her charming tattooed prey only to find herself forever one with a predatory incubus.
One of the things I like best about D.L. King's anthologies is they deliver what they promise. No soft-spun milquetoast erotica here. No, when Ms. King's books warn of hellfire and sexual damnation they deliver. Amen to that.
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