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Deep Woods (eBook)

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Deep Woods
Deep Woods eBook Cover, written by Natalie Severine and Eric Severine
Deep Woods eBook Cover,
written by Natalie Severine and Eric Severine
Author(s) Natalie Severine
Eric Severine
Series Lily Quinn
Publisher Loose Leaf Stories
Publication date August 31, 2016
Media type eBook
Length 65 Pages
ISBN 9781370007684
ASIN B01JHJHNUE
Preceded by A Made Man
Followed by Spells of Binding

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Deep Woods is an eBook written by Natalie Severine and Eric Severine. It is the tenth work in the Lily Quinn series by this author. In this work the character Lily Quinn is a half-Succubus.


Overview

  • Title: Deep Woods
  • Author: Natalie Severine and Eric Severine
  • Published By: Loose Leaf Stories
  • Length: 65 Pages
  • Format: eBook
  • ASIN: B01JHJHNUE
  • IBSN: 9781370007684
  • Publishing Date: August 31, 2016


Other Works in this Series on SuccuWiki


Plot Summary

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.”


Book Review

The following review was originally published by Tera on her Blog, A Succubi's Tale on September 6, 2016


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.


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