In Too Deep by Natalie Severine and Eric Severine
The fourth review of the ongoing series called Lily Quinn written by Natalie and Eric Severine this time on the Tale. You can find the first review here, the second review here, and the third here on the Tale if you’d like to know my frustrations and amusement with the series so far.
It’s been an ongoing wish of mine that something would be told of Lily’s past in this series. Lily as a character is wonderful, the stories have their moments, but there’s just never been enough told about Lily before she become who she is in the here and now. And using a title that leaves a song from Genesis that I can’t get out of my mind while reading doesn’t help me much either.
There are shadows in the past that haunt us, even if we don’t admit to them. Sometimes we have to confront our past to move on with our lives. Even if in doing so we need to give up a little piece of ourself.
It tells the story of:
My name is Lily Quinn and I’m the best monster hunter in the city. The College of wizards pays me a lot of money to track down and deal with the supernatural dangers that infest the mortal world. But I wasn’t always as good at it as I am now. My first job was Adähr, a nix who likes to steal from humans and flaunt his powers.
He’s the one who got away.
Now Adähr’s back. He’s being chased by Remy Saville, a French bounty hunter who’s been after the water spirit for years and is determined to finally finish the job. Remy’s handsome and experienced, but there’s no way I’m letting him or anyone else beat me to the nix this time. Adähr’s mine.
So let the games begin. I’m going to play dirty.
Lily’s past comes out of the shadows, and the water, to remind her of the first time she tried to claim a bounty and how it all went wrong, and so very right for her. Her past comes calling, Lily does as well, over and over again, but at some point you have to go and make a decision. Sometimes the best things have been with you for ages, you just need to be able to see who they are and what they mean to you.
What I particularly liked about this work was a very long and detailed scene between Lily and Max in which Lily tells of her early days as a bounty hunter and what happened to her. It gives a lot of insight to her character, who she is, and why her attitude became what it has. Along with that, there is, finally, a real indication of how Lily sees Max, what he means to her, and what the future might hold and I do hope the series explores this more than it has. Max and Lily have chemistry, more than just what the two of them do in bed, and elsewhere, together and that needs to be told more.
Like the other works in the series, Lily winds up having several erotic encounters and I did find how Adähr’s powers worked, what they could do to Lily and how she reacted to them hot in their own ways. But the thing of it was Lily wasn’t really Lily through the encounter and that bothers me quite a lot. It’s one thing to be pushed over the edge, but honestly, Lily has been through more, experienced more, and how she loses herself didn’t quite ring true for me when the scene was playing out and in the aftermath.
Besides Adähr, there is a French wizard who plays Lily as well as Adähr does, Again, this makes some sense, but really the erotica wasn’t half as interesting and hot as the wordplay and turning of phrases which unfolded, never mind Lily’s own seductiveness coming out to play in a delicious way.
But like the other works in this series, it feels like there’s too much focus on the erotica and not quite enough spent on the story and plot. There was mention of an ongoing plot thread, but it didn’t go anywhere. There was discussion about Lily, about Cambions, and then it falls to the wayside. Along with this, the little sparkles of plot about magic and whether or not Lily is capable of using magic is teased and then dropped like a hot potato.
This is really the singular problem I have with the series. There is so much depth in the plot and story, in Lily’s character and those around her, especially Max, and it really isn’t used to the best I feel. I realize that the author notes that the series is mainly about the erotica, but erotica alone cannot stand up by itself. Perhaps a little less time spent on the erotica and more told about Lily herself, the real Lily, the Lily that is more than she seems to be, is what is missing.
Three and a half out of five pitchforks.
Learning something about Lily’s past, some of what drives her really makes a difference for me overall. The erotica was hot, but there comes a point when the Lily we’ve come to know in the series turns into a Lily that I couldn’t really like very much.
There is such a thing as being true to oneself and the next work in the series I hope has some reflections upon that. Max is Lily’s best friend and that is another part of Lily’s past and the series, that needs to be explored in Max’s Long Night which is the next work in the series.