Jacqueline Sweet : A Moment on the Lips

A Moment on the Lips

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Romance, Sci-Fi & Fantasy

For Readers Of

Clive Barker, Jacqueline Carey, Stephen King

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Guilty Treasures Press

Publication Date

Februrary 2014



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How far would you go for the perfect body?

After answering an ad guaranteeing instant, miraculous weight loss Sarah Mayhew is pulled into a nightmare she can't wake from. A knock at her door brings her face to face with a shadowy man who offers what she wants for a terrible price.

Sarah finds herself thrust into an erotic game where she doesn't know the rules but the stakes are all too clear.

Will she triumph? Or will she fall prey to the demon's seductive manipulations?

A Moment on the Lips is the first part of the Reluctant Succubus serial novel. It is a 7,000-word story of dark bargains, hot demon sex, and oral addictions. Recommended for adults only.

Editorial Reviews

It is said, by some, that there is one thing each of us desires that we would do anything for. A single thought, desire, wish. Something that we
know, deep inside, we can never have… or can we?

What if you
were given that desire? What would be the cost? What sort of deal would
you make for it? In the end the question becomes one that is more
focused when what you are becomes what you desire to be… and what others
desire of you…

Sarah does not like herself all that much. When
she sees an advertisement that promises her everything she wants, she
tries to make it happen. Darkness arrives and offers her wish, a choice,
and a fate. Sarah receives all three and then discovers that when you
make a deal… it’s really never finished.

The being of darkness,
really there isn’t any other good way to describe them, I thought had
the right mix of evil, mystery and… I’ll use the word dominance I think.
They were at one moment charming, in the next evil barely contained,
and what I particular liked was the humour that drifted in and out of
their conversation with Sarah. I’ll also add that, for me, the
appearance of a single cupcake and what it represents, was deviously
ironic. They set the tone of the series well I thought and I find myself
wondering about them and if they might return when Sarah least expects
them to.

Sarah’s personality and character is an interesting mix
of submission and dominance which I think reflects who she seems to be.
She wants to submit, to be changed, to become her desires, but at the
same time she fights against that within herself. She could just give
in, but she does not and that I found made me like her a lot more than I
would have if she simply had given up. She’s intelligent, which was
nice to see, and thinks… usually… before she acts. But now that she has
her desire, the question is just how long she can keep that controlled…
It will be a fight, on that point I have little doubt.

There is a
Succubus in this work that Sarah encounters towards the latter third of
the work. The Succubus isn’t quite stereotypical in nature however for
many reasons. One is physical in nature, one seems to be very specific
to Sarah herself, and a last is that what the Succubus can do is
somewhat different than what you might expect. She is evil, of course,
and the battle that Sarah faces has its lusts, wants and desires, some
of which are within Sarah herself and some that are pressed upon her.
Overall I thought the Succubus was interesting, though remaining
unnamed, but for a good reason I think if the series goes in the
direction I think it will. I didn’t care for her having hooves, one of
my own personal peeves and not a criticism of the author herself. But
her personality worked well for me and how she ensnared Sarah fit into
the story very well.

The one thing that puzzled me somewhat was
that Sarah had to jump through two “tests” and I’m not quite sure that
needed to be. I do realize this work is setting up the rest of the
series to come, and of course there has to be an origin to all good
storytelling… It just felt to me as if there was a little too much
“test” and not quite enough “consequence” in what transpired. However, I
am quite sure that things will change as the story progresses forwards.

good, solidly written work with really nothing that took me out of the
story. I will admit that I winced a bit when the Succubus appeared with
hooves, I really do not care for them, but that is my own personal bias.
A touch of mind control hinted at which was well done. And I have to
add that the appearance of a particular cupcake made me smile, but you
will have to read the work to understand that reference. I would have
liked to know more about the Succubus, the question that Sarah thinks
about when she first encounters her is one that I think is a bit of
foreshadowing of what is to come and getting from here to there will be
something different I expect.

Four out of five pitchforks.

is an interesting beginning to the series with quite a lot of
introspection, self-examination and desire. I believe I see some
foreshadowing within the work, and where the series goes from here I
find to be intriguing. The balance of erotica to story was quite good
and I hope that continues as the series goes on…

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