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Monday, April 16, 2012

Succubus Obsession by Simone Bern

Succubus Obsession by Simone Bern
Publisher: Ellora’s Cave
Genre: Contemporary, Paranormal
Length: Short Story (74 pgs)
Other: M/F, F/F
Rating: 4.5 stars
Reviewed by Peppermint

Celine is a succubus—a demon who gives her lovers pleasure so intense it leads to their obsession, even death. What she can do to a man frightens even her.

Erin has been moving from woman to woman for a very long time. He meets his match in Celine, a woman who hides secrets both dark and delicious behind an angel’s face. But then, he has secrets of his own.

Maybe obsession isn’t such a bad thing…

What's so wrong with an obsession if it brings the obsessed ultimate pleasure? Celine feels guilty or wrong for the way her partners become obsessed and infatuated with her once she sleeps with them. It has caused her to fear intimacy and a real relationship, which has created a very lonely life. Would it really be so wrong if she found someone who was obsessed with her if she was also just as obsessed with him or her?

Celine’s character is enticing for men and women. I was pretty intrigued as well. I love the way a succubus is portrayed in this story. It's not as bad a thing as it has been depicted in other stories I've read. In this tale, the release of the sexual tension allows for happier people who in turn live better lives for themselves and those around them. Additionally, she actually cares about those she feeds on and does not do it just for her own personal pleasure. She cares to the point where she would rather suffer than to inflict injury, physical or psychological, on others. These are qualities I found endearing and entertaining.

Erin is all male arrogance, which I have always loved in a hero. Time has proven that he can get any women he wants and I was glad that Celine posed a challenge he was not used to. I have always believed the person who is hard to get makes the best lover and this was proven in this story. Erin’s character also added a bit of mystery to the story. From the very beginning, I could tell there was more to him than what meets the eye and, boy, was I right.

Everything about this story was entertaining and I would love to see more of these characters, or similar stories by this author.

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