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Temptress eBook Cover,
written by Xandra James
|Publication date||July 13, 2017|
Temptress is an eBook written by Xandra James. In this work the character May Frost is a Sucucbus.
- Title: Temptress
- Author: Xandra James
- Published By: Midas Jinx
- Length: 55 Pages
- Format: eBook
- ASIN: B073DPNZTG
- Publishing Date: July 13, 2017
Thirty days to make a man fall in love with you via a dating site? Banned from using her demon charms? The stakes were high for succubus, May Frost. It seems she may have bitten off more than she could chew when she made a deal with the devil. If she wins, she becomes human. If she loses? Well, that isn't something she wants to think about. But falling in love was never part of the deal, was it?
Alex Stone has a job to do – find the girl, get the money and move on. However, the moment he "meets" May online, he is overwhelmingly attracted to her, and despite his guilt at the lie Alex has to keep, he just can't keep his mind off of the sexy little temptress. Although his instincts are telling him that all is not what it seems with her, he's pretty sure it's too late to stop from losing his heart.
The following review was originally published by Tera on her Blog, A Succubi's Tale on August 20, 2017
May has had enough of being a succubus. She’s never liked taking passion and love away from others and the only way out is to make a deal with the devil. No powers, no contact and she still have to have someone say they love her. The cards are stacked against her, but perhaps there’s some luck on that dating site, if she’s lucky.
The work is a lovely and cute romance which I loved mainly for the confusion and concern that both main characters have throughout. There are missteps along the way, but there’s a neat connection between the two that gets through the awkwardness and what drives them both onwards. The main plot, while relatively straightforward, has some hidden agendas as well which I liked for the tension they added.
May doesn’t really show herself to be a succubus, save for a single scene in which she reveals a sliver of her powers. It’s really about her being herself, and that’s an aspect of her character that pushes the story into asking a lot of questions about herself. May has desire, needs and finding that within Alex adds some really needed depth to her character.
While the story is told from both character’s perspectives, Alex is more of a cypher overall. It’s unclear as to what, or who, he works for, and that’s a question that remains to the last page of the work. That said, the mystery when revealed makes perfect sense and it’s really very fulfilling to the story.
The ending itself begs some really interesting questions about May and Alex going forwards. I’d have loved to see them both continuing with the threads that wrap around them both, but even so the final lines just made me smile. There’s a certain delight in what both are told in the concluding pages, offering something to consider as well. I’d have dearly liked to see something more of the mystery that appears in the last moments, perhaps an offer to May, but while that didn’t happen, it does leave something to ponder nonetheless.
Well written, the story and plot are devious, in a way. Both May and Alex have depth, needs and desires, which aren’t forgotten. There is a bit of confusion in the end matter which the author might wish to correct, as well as a few scattered oddities in how some words are spelled. Some of that is likely as the work is written in British English however. It’s simply a cute and fun story about two characters in search of something desired, which I dearly do enjoy.
Four out of five pitchforks.
I’d have loved to know the first connection, the first moment when May and Alex connected online. How that first word on the screen made the connection between them. There’s a feeling that a part of the story is missing, overall, and I found that a little sad honestly. Similarly, we see so much of May’s world before she and Alex met, but there’s not so much about how Alex got into what he’s doing. The ending, though a delight, again leaves some bits and pieces wanting to be filled in, which would have been nice too.
Nonetheless, an emotional and lovely work that I enjoyed as a whole. The heat is a delight, the characters are wonderful by far. Perhaps a bit more detail, a little more passion to ramp up the heat overall, but these are really minor things to what otherwise is romantically divine.