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Love Tokens (eBook)
Love Tokens eBook Cover,
written by Megan Derr
|Publisher||Less Than Three Press|
|Publication date||February 20, 2017|
Love Tokens is an eBook written by Megan Derr. In this work the character Chanda is an Incubus.
- Title: Love Tokens
- Author: Megan Derr
- Published By: Less Than Three Press
- Length: 40 Pages
- Format: eBook
- ASIN: B06X1GJWTB
- Publishing Date: February 20, 2017
Chanda is the Lord of Honey Flower House, which caters to those who have a taste for the paranormal between the sheets. Being an incubus makes him all the better at the job, even if it also leaves him lonely.
Then a demon appears on his doorstep in search of a missing person, and Chanda is quickly reminded why he prefers the relatively quiet life as master of a pleasure house—but is also reminded of a bitter past he's tried to leave behind and dreams he gave up on a long time ago.
The following review was originally published by Tera on her Blog, A Succubi's Tale on August 15, 2017
Chanda’s place in the world is with his house of pleasure and for an incubus, there’s something delightful about being needed and being able to sustain his own needs. An encounter with a demon brings back memories of a tragic past, but also gives the chance for him to show that incubi are not as they are said to be. For passion matters, even if not all can understand at first.
The work is a mixture of a light mystery and a male/male relationship being formed, if rather confused with oddities. There’s a few very short erotic encounters between Chanda and Azar, the two main characters of the work. Within those moments, the story of Chanda becomes really quite pointed and direct, trying to overcome what Azar is and what he believes about incubi.
Chanda, the incubus of the work, is a delightful character, very deep, passionate and thoughtful and I adored him so very much. It’s a shame that the work didn’t have some flashbacks to his past, to expand more on what happened to him and why he made the choices he did. Almost every page gives a hint there’s more to him, but the story doesn’t have time to explore that, which is a loss in all honesty.
The work is told in too much of a rush by far. There’s so many little comments and side plots left unexplored that Chanda’s story really didn’t get told as well as I wanted it to be. Similarly, the work leaves important things as bullet points in the form of a sentence or two, which just have things happen and not show what did.
While some of the erotic moments between the two main male characters have heat and the passages read well, the problem became, at least for me, how brutally dominant and violent Azar was at times. While that is his character, it put a wall up around him that only really started to come down in the last few pages of the work. Again, much like Chanda, his story isn’t explored well, he’s a mystery save for some points and that took needed depth from his character away, pushing it aside for the rushing narrative.
The plot, at least on the surface, offers a real mystery to unravel by the main characters and, as a whole, that mystery doesn’t seem to be allowed to have the moment needed for it. The story moves from scene to scene, event to event, and doesn’t settle for long before Azar abruptly forces things to change direction. This is the sticking point for me, obviously with how often I am repeating myself about it. There’s an amazing amount of story to tell, but it doesn’t happen. There’s characters that pop in and out I wanted to know more about, but that never comes to be.
The work really should have been made into a series of books, at least two or three, so that the world could have been explored, the needs of the characters revealed better. Beyond that, every character had a really interesting background and history, but that wasn’t expanded on beyond, again, a sentence or two.
In a way, the work feels like a summary of something larger, something greater that needs to be told and I dearly wish it would be. Both Chanda and Azar have a past to explore, and telling that story needs to happen honestly. Beyond that, the heat in the erotica could use some time to develop and be explored. Chanda delights in passion, but there’s not enough passion in this work. Given time, given space, there’s so much more than what is here.
Three out of five pitchforks.
The work moves too quickly, never allowing for a moment’s respite. There needs to be more exploration of this world, of the characters, of all else around them. Using a literary hand-wave to get from one stumbling point to the next leave a lot to be desired and isn’t desire what incubi and succubi delight upon?
The characters really do deserve more than what is here, their pasts dearly so. Perhaps there will be more sometime and if so, that past and the world around it, needs to be allowed it time as well. Given that, the promise here can be made real.