- Caleo Press
- Release Date
- May 2018
- Book 1 of Succubus Sirens
Erotic Romance, Ménage or more, Paranormal Romance, Urban Fantasy
A Reverse Harem Erotic Urban Fantasy
Her love has the power to give. Her lips have the power to take away. In an ongoing conflict against ravishingly beautiful beings from another dimension, Aurora Haddix's abilities allow her to turn the tide of the battle either way.
Born a "Natch," one of the population naturally endowed with superhuman powers at birth, Aurora tries to make the right choice. Her handsome best friend and her grizzled mentor want her to use her powers for good: kiss a Natch or an Otherworldly and they lose their powers for a time. Allow one inside her and their powers get a temporary boost. She wants to help, but she can't get their tortured, virile former comrade out of her mind—and he wants her to join his underground band of renegades. Then there's the elf king, the leader of the Otherwordlys determined to infiltrate Earth—Aurora's number one target and the most devastatingly gorgeous man she's ever seen.
Aurora's lips and body make her the most sought-after Natch in a war that might end on her say-so. Only with the way her inner passion ignites at their touch, she's not so sure of her true reasons for pursuing the four alluring men who seek to possess her.
Jun 05, 2018 [ OFFICIAL REVIEW ]
67 people found the following review helpful
SUCCUBUS LIPS is a reverse harem urban fantasy that features a favorite trope of mine: the do-gooding young and horny undercover team. Ah, the endless dance of good and evil and good knickers and evil knickers. The potential for lots of fun is there.
Vigilante group Veras is a bit more X-Men or Mutant X (does anybody remember that show except for me?) than 21 Jump Street, and everyone has their special power. Our female lead, Aurora, is what you'd call a support class if you were putting an adventuring party together: she doesn't do damage, but everybody else's powers are stronger while she's there.
The fact that Aurora's powers are sexual in nature--and have tended to define how her male colleagues see her--has been bad for Aurora's sense of herself as a professional and as a human being. Going through life as Codename: Succubus Lips is not an easy path. (What, Zander, was "Magical Vagical" already taken?)
The cast of SUCCUBUS LIPS is fabulously diverse racially, sexually, and morally. The good guys are very tolerant of one another, except for their unfortunate tendency to become morons when Aurora's powers are discussed. The bad guys might be better for Aurora in some ways, if not for their destructive political activities against Typical society. (The righteous immorality of the Renegades in the protection of Natch rights feels most to me like the smashed windows and arson attacks of the suffragettes. I understand where they're coming from, but it's only a matter of time before somebody dies.) Even the Nelians, the invading elves bent on re-greening the Earth, have a point of view to defend. I respect author Lila Jubilee for making those choices and elevating SUCCUBUS LIPS above less thoughtful novels.
SUCCUBUS LIPS is well-written and subversively funny, willing to toy with the reader's expectations and do the opposite. It's sexy without being tedious, even as Aurora's various situations begin to collide in the third act. It's light and playful, and reading it never feels like work. The specifics of Aurora's powers seem to be too much for the male brains in the story, but Aurora is able to work out what a triumph looks like for her. The boys will just have to deal with it.
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