Lightning by Taryn Kincaid


Lightning by Taryn Kincaid
Publisher: Decadent Publishing Company
Genre: Contemporary, Paranormal
Length: Short Story (44 pgs)
Other: M/F
Rating: 4 stars
Reviewed by Verbena

In mystic Sleepy Hollow, succubus Lily Night put her prom date, Campbell Jones, into a coma after a night of wild, unbridled sex. She has steered clear of mortals ever since, afraid of damaging them or worse, not to mention the inconvenience of knocking out the power every time they have sex.

Successful architect Campbell Jones has lived with strange powers and a sexy secret since that prom night. He’s buried himself in work to forget the woman who’d dumped him at the ER then vanished from his life without a trace.

Neither Lily nor Campbell have forgotten that night or the love they’d shared. Will a 1Night Stand help them bury their past?

Sex so great it leaves your lover comatose…

Sounds like an enjoyable night to remember. However, for poor Lily, it left her feeling guilty and remorseful over hurting someone she cared deeply for. Lily may be a succubus, but she’s not the typical sex-crazed demon you’d expect. Her night with Campbell Jones made her realize how delicate mortal men can be and she vowed never to let that happen again. But things are a bit more complicated for Lily than that. You see, she needs sex to survive, and endless trysts with other demons just don’t cut it. Lily may have devoted her life since Campbell to education and achievement, but she’s never forgotten the way it felt to be in his arms.

After an evening of mind-blowing sex, followed up by several weeks of unconsciousness at the hospital, Campbell has never been the same. Lily’s touch changed him in ways he can’t begin to understand. Part of him is angry at her for abandoning him—justifiably so, who wouldn’t be mad?—but the other part can’t deny that he longs to see and touch her once again, even if it kills him next time. Like Lily, he’s focused his pent up energy and frustration into a successful career. But money can’t buy everything. In Campbell’s case, it certainly hasn’t afforded him happiness. No, his time is spent contemplating how he will even the score if he ever meets up with Lily Night again.

I tend to be a little over romantic in my taste of reading material. I swoon over love and mushy stuff—partnered with good sex scenes, of course—tending to lean toward books with a lot of character development and depth, where the sexual tension and heat has built to the point that I’m ready to come out of my own skin. Lighting by Taryn Kincaid, however, grabbed my attention with the first sentence. I must admit that sometimes my mind ventures to places that aren’t lady-like so when I read the first sentence, I had quite a vision in my head. Once I realized Ms. Kincaid wasn’t in the same mindset I was, I had to chuckle to myself. Her first impression was very cleverly executed. I also enjoyed her superb imagery. The examples she uses when Lily is describing her true nature were comical, to say the least, and I found myself laughing quite a bit. Ms. Kincaid employs this skill even further while detailing Lily’s succubus sisters, a couple of true sex-crazed demons.

Lightning is a very fast-paced, easy to read story that doesn’t waste a lot of time getting to the good stuff. There is not a lot of deep character development, but the information presented by Ms. Kincaid is sufficient enough to develop an understanding and liking of both Lily and Campbell. I only noticed one editing error toward the beginning. If there were others, I was too engrossed to notice or care. I give this book two thumbs up and eagerly look forward to delving into another one of Taryn Kincaid’s stories.

Warning, this book contains expertly penned scenes with saucy succubi, tool-toting hunks, and enough sexual tension to melt your computer screen. Read at your own risk—or at the very least, with a nice tall glass of cold lemonade and a small fan. Ms. Kincaid’s has reunited two lost lovers in a union that will leave you breathless and wanting more.

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