Since I felt like I needed more Ratana Satis in my life and seeing that Pulse is still is one of my all-time favorites, I decided to finally give Lily Love 2 ~Frosty Jewel~ a chance.
Despite the name, I was first surprised to see characters from the first Lily Love make a return, but what surprised me even more was the character choices they went with. Of course, you could say that Ploy and Ice were the obvious candidates, since they had some… let’s call it “special moments” in the first Lily Love. Still, to me, it felt like a rather big surprise, especially since Ploy probably wasn’t a fan favorite, due to her actions in the first manhwa series.
Lily Love 2 now focuses on how Ploy—daughter of a famous businessman who owns a prestigious hotel chain—manages in her new position as a higher-up in said hotel chain, and Ice, as the poor, little intern who has to work as basically a slave, or in other words, Ploy’s assistant.
Either I don’t remember, or we actually didn’t get the information in the previous work, but seeing that Ploy is pretty much filthy rich came as a surprise to me, too. Though, it kind of fit the image of her that was already created in the first Lily Love. Now, adding Ice, who I previously didn’t even remember much in the first place, into the mix, it worked surprisingly well. The chemistry of the two characters is outstanding in a quite weird and sometimes even alarming way. They basically start out with Ice more or less despising Ploy for her obvious manipulative ways of making her
her assistant her little slave, forcing Ice to do all of her work and dragging her into pretty much anything she pleases.
Of course, Ice isn’t too thrilled about that, and we can see how she constantly expresses her hate towards Ploy, but she does what is asked of her anyway, no matter how absurd. Throw in some inappropriate moments with Ploy at times undressing in front of Ice or simply teasing her for her own entertainment, and we surprisingly witness that despite the fact that Ice might hate how she’s being toyed with, she secretly enjoys the attention, too.
It’s a rather interesting relationship, and while it at times seems like quite the one-sided game Ploy is playing there, Ice has her moments of dominance as well, pretty much underlining the already quite obvious interest Ice has shown in her “captor”.
Now, while the main part of the story—that being that relationship between Ploy and Ice—is both interesting and fun to follow, the whole background story often times isn’t quite as much. We’re introduced to staff members of the hotel, family members of Ploy, as well as basically life in a hotel business in general. That last one especially plays a very big role and often times feels dragged out and boring compared to the exciting development of Ice and Ploy’s blossoming relationship. It’s already a known fact that I would sacrifice story in exchange for any yuri moments, really, so I guess it’s not that unexpected to see me not enjoying things, when those yuri moments are not in focus.
However, I have to say that I’m very pleased with the (so far) absence of any major drama. Ratana Satis is pretty much known for spicing stories up by adding some intense, and in my eyes, sometimes way over-the-top drama, like a little kidnapping here and there, or how about some “almost-death scenes”? So far, none of that happened, and I’m glad about that. But then again, I feel like this one will have quite a few more chapters, and there probably will be more drama. Let’s just hope it’s not as over the top as what we’re used to seeing from her.
Speaking of typical Ratana Satis features, sex scenes seem to be popping up at a constant pace in this one as well, and we even start out with one in the very first chapter. Given that there’s not many more to come from that point on until later chapters, I guess that was a must, but it’s a pretty good start into the whole story, anyway.
As always, I have nothing to complain about when it comes to this. The sex scenes are just as well-done as we’d expect them to be, considering who the artist is. Surprisingly, however, we haven’t yet gotten any of the infamous dirty talk seen in her previous work, Pulse. 😛
Well, I guess the story is still far from over, which is a good thing, since while the blossoming relationship between Ploy and Ice might be interesting to follow, I feel like there’s still much more that needs to happen between them to get them to a level like Donut x Mew or Mel x Lynn. With that said, I have high hopes for this one to turn out pretty great. I’m also hoping to see some more of Donut, and hopefully even Mew, in the future. Maybe even a single chapter in-between just featuring them~