The eleventh review of the ongoing series called Lily Quinn written by Natalie and Eric Severine today on the Tale. You can find my first review here, the second here, the third here, the fourth here, and the fifth review here. The sixth review be found here and the review of the seventh work can be found here. The review of the eighth work in the series can be found here and my review of the ninth work is here. My prior review in the series can be found here on the Tale as well.
One of the things that’s been missing in the story of Lily Quinn is a simple one. She’s never really connected with her emotions, her past, her own needs. There’s a simple truth that she’s never admitted to, opened herself to. She’s never said three little words to Max, even if she knows them well, she’d ever admit it, and that he needs to say the same three words.
In the face of loss, there comes a time when the truth has to come out. There’s only so long you can put up a false front, hide what you are feeling. There is always one person that knows you better than you know yourself. And there are more than just your best friend.
- Title: Deep Woods
- Author: Natalie Severine and Eric Severine
- Length: 65 Pages
- ASIN: B01JHJHNUE
- IBSN: 9781370007684
- Publishing Date: August 31, 2016
- This work in Kindle Format at Amazon.com
- This work in Various Formats at Smashwords.com
It tells the story of:
My name is Lily Quinn and I was supposed to be the best monster hunter in the city. After everything that’s happened, though, I’m not even sure I want to do this job anymore. I’ve lost everything.
But what else is a girl like me going to do with herself?
So I’ve taken another bounty, one high in the mountains where a yeti’s been tearing it up, and I don’t mean throwing parties. This job might take a while and my powers only last about a day, so I’m bringing something with me that I never have before – Max.
“Deep Woods” also includes the bonus short story “Dirty Hands.”
In the aftermath of the destruction of her home, the death of her mentor, Lily can’t find the way to go on. Trying to do so, she takes on a bounty for a very dangerous creature. Max, of course, won’t let her go alone. But the danger is more than the creature she’s hunting. The danger is that Lily has to face the truth. Telling Max the truth isn’t an easy thing. But then nothing in Lily’s life has been easy.
I’ve wanted Lily to be, as odd as it sounds, more human. By that I mean she’s so often put up a false front to others, held her emotions away. She hasn’t allowed many things to get through her armour, to get at her core. In this work the author finally allows Lily to be, for once, human. To open herself to Max, to admit to herself how much he’s done for her. To express her grief with someone that’s been with her forever, for always. To grieve not alone, but with another that’s grieving as well. This, for me, is the point in the series where Lily’s character development really happens.
The story of the hunt isn’t what matters here, it is a means to get Lily to open herself to Max, to see, fully, what he means to her and to accept it. It’s a chance for the relationship between Lily and Max to finally get past all of the emotional dancing the two have had from the beginning of the series. There is sex, but it’s with passion, love and most of all, understanding. Lily’s eyes are opened, if fleetingly at least. All this is good and it leads towards something that I’ve been thinking about for so long about Max himself.
I don’t expect it will happen, it’s more of a hope than anything else, but with all that came here, some of the hints, I really think that Max is an incubus cambion that hasn’t come into his powers as yet, or they are locked away or something. Yes, I freely admit, I want Lily and Max to be Eternals, as I know them to be. Somehow I think, in the final moments, that’s what will bring the series to a close and Lily’s story to the conclusion that it’s meant to be.
There’s more said about Lily’s thoughts and feelings in this work that really any other so far. I found that to be very appealing and interesting. Lily’s been mostly a closed book emotionally and that needed to come to a close. She’s in the midst of dealing with a lot of things, having to accept that she couldn’t do everything right. Facing that, coming to terms with it, then moving on matters. It’s a hard thing, it’s not easy, but she starts to make that happen.
The erotica is a series of moments between Lily and Max, which are, in all truth, some of the most wonderful moments when they happen. There’s love and passion, not sex. Max cares, Lily cares, they need each other. But the three words they need to say to each other don’t quite happen. They need to, sometime. That needs to be sooner rather than later.
I feel like, in spite of the monster of the week setting, and a minor character being dropped into the story that I didn’t see a point to, it’s one of the most emotionally powerful works in the series. The ending is a little pat, a little expected however. But regardless, it does move Lily and Max’s relationship to a new level, one hopes its not about to plateau.
The little short story added at the end of the work was deliciously fun, I adored Max and Lily together and I hope, dearly so, that what happens in that short story bodes well for the future of these characters.
Four out of five pitchforks.
Lily being real, expressing herself to Max was what needed to happen. Max admitting the most important thing to himself and to Lily mattered. I just didn’t really like how there needed to be another character dropped into things when Lily and Max alone dealing with themselves is the better story. Beyond that, even having no monster at all this time might have been more powerful. Give Lily and Max a chance to get both of their lives figured out before the story comes to a close.
Time is running out, there’s only two works left. From the cover of the next work, and the blurb tease, I have a feeling that something will happen to Lily, and Max won’t like it much. But then, sometimes, that brings a truth to characters that makes anything possible.