Castle Mango, from Narise Konohara and Muku Ogura

Hello, again! Here we have another (cof yaoi cof) manga review 😀 Also from the times when I was doing my dissertation, oops! Today’s manga is Castle Mango, from Narise Konohara and Muku Ogura ❤

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from my Instagram 😀

The Story

Yorozu is a high school boy that lives with his family at a love hotel called Castle Mango and the place is his sanctuary. Until the day that director Togame crashes the hotel to film one of his porn movies. As if being mistaken for one of the actors for the movie, Yorozu also has to watch Togame “hitting” on his young brother, and that was too much.

After a hard party when Togame had too much to drink, Yorozu sets him up for Togame to think that they slept together on Castle Mango. What Yorozu didn’t expect was to Togame to actually ask him out and become his boyfriend!

The Analysis

Just remembering that those were my impressions and opinion as a reader 🙂

This is a two volume series and it was adorable. I started to read it because I found the title pretty peculiar (I mean, Castle Mango? Seriously?) and I’m so happy that I did so! It was surprising, entertaining and different from standard high school boy with older guy mangas. Yorozu never wanted Togame and flees from all his efforts for a normal relationship to work between them.

The narrative pace was fast, without much of background for both Yorozu and Togame, but all gets clear with time. Both men are very decided regards their life plans and Yorozu didn’t even feel attraction towards men before meeting Togame (cof after meeting him, not much is changed cof). Togame was openly gay during the whole series, but he didn’t hit on Yorozu because the boy was 17 and he didn’t want to be arrested, haha! The turning point was Yorozu’s scheme and Togame starts to glimpse the man that his boy would become through their forced time together. SO CUTE.

The plot was simple, yet I couldn’t predict how the series was going to end, as it was a drama labeled manga. Also, it proved to be so different from its colleagues on the same category that I found myself breathless, not even knowing if I should cheer for their love, as it was all a lie. Complex business, guys. Complex business…

As for characters, the one that develops the most and was my favorite is Yorozu. He is very mature for his age thanks to life’s beatings, but omg, he changed so much in two volumes! Although not admitting that, he learns a lot with Togame, that is on his thirties. Such a different couple seemed doomed to not work and, in a way, they never did. I’m a goner for dysfunctional relationships between men.

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Ahem.

The art is beautiful overall, but it didn’t take my breath away. Here it is an illustrative image* of the main couple:

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from left to right: Yorozu and Togame ❤

They are beautiful, but not jaw dropping beautiful, in my humble opinion.

I feel on the duty of advising that you shouldn’t read this series if all that you look for is hot sex scenes with an excuse of a story behind them (I confess I started it for this reason, haha!). Castle Mango is complex and barely contains sensual scenes; sex scenes are out of the table for real. This is a warming-heart life-lesson manga series, you need to read it focusing on the human relationships shown 😀

Overall, I loved this series and have no complains. It’s a wonderful and different yaoi manga that deserves to be more known ❤

5star

That’s it! Thanks for reading and, again, I’m sorry for so many reviews with the same theme. It’s my college’s fault, haha!

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*I do not own this image, it belongs to Narise Konohara sensei and Muku Ogura sensei. It was found on Google and here displayed with illustrative purposes only 🙂

Convincing the Secretary, from Ava March (London Legal #3)

Good night! I know, the blog is on fire, haha! And it is about to burn all the way up because the reviewed book of the evening is HOT HOT HOT!

Ahem, do you remember when I did this mega post talking about the release of Convincing the Secretary, third book in the London Legal series, from Ava March? So, Ava sent me a copy two days ago as an early Christmas gift and allowed me to open and read it on the spot! 😀 ❤ Thanks so so so much, again!

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from my Instagram!

 

I finished the book on the same day, but Ava plays so hard with my emotions that I needed to breathe before posting this review, haha!

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Ok, I’m in control again. Without any more giber jabber, let’s do this and THANKS AGAIN, I LOVE YOU, AVA! ❤

The Story

Edward Fenton has always fantasized about a lasting relationship with someone that he truly loved and that felt the same way towards him. At first, his boss Arthur Barrington sounded like the perfect choice for his dream to come true. Except that the man is already way taken by his lover, Leopold Thornton. One can’t win them all.

With the arrival of a new solicitor in Barrington’s office, Edward is relocated as his secretary. Lord Grayson is the perfect definition of tall, black and handsome and sends Edward’s imagination to depths that he never knew himself capable of. But can a relationship with such a powerful man work out the way Edward dreams of?

Gray, in the other hand, knows he found the perfect match in the moment he understands Edward’s interests on him, but how to convince the young man that he is Mr. Perfect?

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The Analysis

Just remembering that those were my impressions and opinion as a reader 🙂

Ava always catches my heart unguarded. I was completely okay with life, minding my own business, when I opened my e-mail and saw her gift. As the book isn’t going to be published until March of 2016, I was trying to lead a mental healthy life without being too much of a goner and counting the minutes for the pre-ordering to start on Amazon. But the heart attack was so worthy! This book was awesome! It is a short book (my copy had 100 pages), but the romance is so intense that you are breathless for the whole time! (Or maybe I was, because it was a gift from my favorite author and a book that I already knew about for quite a while.)

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I’ll try to be professional now, but I won’t promise that I’ll be impartial, because that’s impossible when working with perfect books. #justsaying

I really love March’s narrative style. Third person, alternating points of views between the couple present in the book ❤ Both Edward and Gray had their own minds and you could see who was doing the thinking very clearly. Once again, March showed how important is communication in a relationship, as words unspoken do the damage in both men’s feelings.

The plot was simple, but not obvious, not for me. I mean, okay, boy meets boy in the 19th century, boy is not sure if other boy likes boys as well, both give the relationship a try and things go wrong. To explain why I wasn’t very sure of the outcome of this particular work of March, I’ll have to talk about the characters, so hold that thought. Back to the plot, we get to see Arthur and Leopold again, which was awesomely cool (I always like to see my boys again; those two are the heroes of the first books in the series, Convincing Arthur and Convincing Leopold, respectively). There were no loose ends; it would have been nice to know a little more about Edward’s and Gray’s past, but no information was lacking inside of the proposition of the book.

The characters are the best part. You see, in a regular March novel, you’d have two individuals that really need to find true love, that feel incomplete and don’t know what they need until they meet their soul mates, for say. On this book, it was different. Both Edward and Gray are pinning for a happily ever after, but not necessarily with each other. Gray realizes faster that he needs Edward, that Edward is the one, but Edward was more down on the earth. He felt the need of having Gray around, but could (cof and did cof) survive a break up with him without dying the emotional death of break-ups, you know? Honestly, Edward impressed me. He made a cameo appearance previously in the series and I never paid much attention to him, he was so… Bleak? Haha! But being inside of his head, it all made sense and oh boy, he grows up SO MUCH! He is officially one of my favorite males from March now ❤

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I always like her males, for God’s sake…

And, dealing with a book written by March, I can’t treat sex scenes as a bonus point, because they are always there and she never EVER disappoint her readers. Did I mention that NEVER happens? Okay, haha! Since the beggining, the bed roles between Edward and Gray are pretty clear and I was waiting for them to have a kind of Oliver and Vincent relationship behind closed doors. Once again, I was wrong! =O I mean, none of them gets to really submit and I thought that AWESOME. Neither was the “fragile” part, always so equal even inside of the bedchamber. AVA, YOU ROCKED HARD!

Bonus point: oh, this cover. Do I need to say more?

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also from my Instagram! 😀

Overall, I knew I would love this book since Ava told me she was beginning to write it and I did, a lot. Ava, Thanks again for sending me this, it was the best Christmas present EVER! 😀

5star

That’s it! Thanks for reading and humoring me as I once again talked about Ava March’s work 😉 I bet you all can’t wait until next year, when I’ll do a big re-reading and reviewing of ALL OF HER BOOKS, MWAHAHA MWAHAHA.

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Ps: don’t worry, there will be Harry Potter and The Vampire Diaries reviews too, haha!