Title: The Virgin Incubus (Fangs, Fur and Fae Detective Agency: Book One)
Author: Stephani Hecht
Publisher: MLR Press
Length: 105 Pages
At a Glance: A book that has a lot of potential, but moved too quickly and fell a little short of its mark.
Reviewed By: Jennifer
Blurb: Born part human, part fairy, and part dark elf, the last thing Saint wants is to mix with the paranormal society at all. Sure, his partner in his detective agency is a werewolf. Saint has always overlooked that, since he and Bron had been friends for years.
Then, one day, Saint is confronted by a succubus. Her baby brother, Atticus, is in danger and needs to be rescued. Despite, his misgivings, Saint agrees to take the case. When they find the missing incubus, he has been starved, both of blood and sexual energy. Even though Saint thought he would never see it, Atticus is an incubus with a conscious, and doesn’t want to hurt others.
Saint finds he had a strong contact with the virgin incubus. Can Saint make Atticus save himself? Or will their love be doomed before it even has a chance to blossom?
Review: This book is the first in a series that may have a lot of potential. Certainly, the characters are interesting, and the title alone stood out to me and made me curious. A virgin incubus? How can that be when they literally feed on sex? I had to check it out.
The characters, Saint, Atticus, and Bron, are fascinating from what readers can see, but there is so much that is hinted at but not explored. Perhaps it will be explored in the second book? It is hard to gauge, since some of the information seemed important.
When approached by a succubus in a coffee shop, Saint is tasked with the job of finding her brother, Atticus, who has gone missing. While Saint doesn’t even like fairy creatures, despite being one, he agrees to the job because it’s money, and his business needs it. Along with his werewolf partner Bron, they set out to find Atticus.
What happens next is set at nearly a breakneck pace. The story shifts between Saint and Atticus, which I had no trouble keeping up with; however, there seems to be gaps in the story. One minute Atticus is being held prisoner, and in the next chapter, Saint and Bron have suddenly found him and disposed of his kidnapper.
The story doesn’t end there, though. There is a much larger, more devious plot afoot, which I appreciated. However, as soon as I settled in for an epic battle, it was incredibly short-lived and over before I knew what was happening. I wish there had been more to it. It just seemed too easy. This book had a lot of potential. At only 105 Pages, it is short and tries to put a lot into the story. Had it been expanded another hundred or two hundred pages, I’m sure it would have been an excellent story.
As for the missing information, I can only hope that it shows up in the second book to tie up some loose ends.
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