Dear My Mister, from Fumika Yamada

Hello, there! Did you miss my yaoi manga reviews? ;D

Okay, okay. I didn’t even give you time to miss them and now there’s another one here, haha!

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Ahem.

This title was my second read of 2016 and first re-read. It’s the third time that I read this one shot. Yeah, it is good like that, haha! Without any more gibber jabber, I present you Dear My Mister, from Fumika Yamada-sensei!

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from my Instagram

The Story

Noah is a high school student that has a hard time speaking English. No matter what he does or how much he studies, he always stumble on the words and doesn’t understand a half of that is being said to him. In this scenario, it is only natural for him to seek a private teacher to help him out.

Noah’s English teacher has Japanese blood, but grew up abroad. Takamasa has a hard time in using the correct Japanese words in several situations, so he understands how Noah feels regarding his own English and wants to help him.

They just didn’t expect to fall in love in the process.

 

The Analysis

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

To be honest, this manga is not the kind that will take your breath away or make you crawl in your knees because you need more. It’s a quick and fun read with the perfect amount of fan service and a pleasant art to go with it 🙂 I really like it because it’s the kind of title that warms my hear every time I read. For me, it’s a five stars title, but you can consider it a four stars one as a regular view, as it brings nothing new for the reader.

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sorry, I can’t be impartial, haha!

Anyway, the narrative follows Noah’s point of view and I have no problems with that, as Takamasa is the smoothly gothic type of character. He is mysterious, but not in essence. I mean, you want to know more about him, but not because he is hiding something. Did I made sense here? LOL It’s pace is fast, as it is just a one shot volume, and follows Noah’s daily life at his English course.

Which brings us to the plot, that is that simple: boy falls for teacher that secretly loves him back and they get together, but have to face their own demons first. Common as it may be, I found it really nice the encouragement message of the author behind it all: with the right help and method, you can learn whatever you’d like to. In Japan, people usually have difficulties in learning proper English, as there is no “L” in their alphabet and the writing is so different. It’s nice to see Yamada-sensei encouraging her readers to not give up ❤

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The characters are mainly Noah and Takamasa, although we see Takamasa’s boss quite often. She enjoys tormenting him for loving his student, haha! Noah was the typical shy passive, but Takamasa surprised me in the first time I’ve read this. I was expecting the typical forceful dominant, but he was cool about his bed role. Don’t get me wrong, he is the dominant all right, but he doesn’t feel the need of throwing Noah on the wall and doing him just like that, you know? He is romantic and patient and I liked this about him 🙂

The art is another aspect that I really like in this title. Yamada-sensei has a sensible and delicate draw, but without transforming her guys into girls, haha! This is even more perceptible on the cover image*:

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from left to right: Noah and Takamasa ❤
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black and white version ❤

Seriously.

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Usually I am, but looking at hot men leaves me speechless. But not enough to write a single-page review.

Overall, this is basically a shoujo (a.k.a romance) manga with two boys: sweet and simple, to be read in a few minutes that you have to spare (or wait, or waste, your call, haha!).

5star

That’s it! Thanks for reading ❤ If you ever want a review of a gay manga title, just name it and I’ll read it and review it, okay? 😀

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*ps: I do not own the illustrations, they were found on Google, belong to Fumiko Yamada-sensei and were used with illustrative purposes only 🙂

 

The Tyrant Falls In Love, from Hinako Takanaga

 

Hello, there! Today we have another yaoi manga from 2015 with a delayed review thanks to college, haha! I will be back on track soon, I promise ❤

Today’s manga series is The Tyrant Falls In Love, from Hinako Takanaga! If you find this mangaka’s name familiar, you must have seen my review for another title from her, Croquis 🙂 And if you didn’t, now you can, haha!

Oh, in case you are new here: yaoi manga = gay romance manga 🙂

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The Story

Tetsuhiro Morinaga is a hopeless romantic. Nothing really wrong there, right? Well, it gets wrong if you start to day dream about your very heterosexual and homophobic work college, as it is the case with Morinaga. He has a huge crush on Souichi Tatsumi, his supervisor at his part time job in their college.

After a very frustrating episode with his younger brother, Souichi is traumatized and really annoyed at gay community in general. Souichi hates to admit, but he does care for Morinaga.

The thing is that Morinaga doesn’t seem to be good at measuring affection.

The Analysis

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

So, if you have been following my manga reviews for a while, you will notice that my friend Hachiyumi has an awesome taste in reads and always tips me off, so I get to read only the best titles in town ;D Thanks yet again, Hachi!

At first, I didn’t thought I’d like The Tyrant Falls In Love, but oh boy, I was so wrong! So deliciously wrong… Sigh. Anyway, haha! I usually don’t like gay characters that hide behind homophobia. They can hide all they want, it’s a right of all of us, but homophobia? Really?

And, to my utter astonishment, I fell deeply in love with the series. The more you read, the more you like it, haha! I started giving it 4 stars per volume, but now I think that it is a five stars yaoi manga series as a whole ❤ It is still being published in Japan and this review contemplates it until volume nine!

The narrative pace is annoyingly slow, mostly in Morigana’s point of view. When they have already stablished some sort of relationship, we start to get glimpses at Souichi’s mind as well. I like switching POVs, so I’m happy, haha!

The plot is very simple: boy falls in love with hetero co-worker and decides to conquer him. And gets punched a lot in the face for trying. Several times.

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Yes, just like this.

But simple plots are not a bad thing. Poorly executed plots are a bad thing and it’s not the case at all! Takanaga-sensei, once again, was brilliant in conducting the story and leaving her reader in a constant need for more, a.k.a. hooked up into her work 🙂 And, for having a slow pace, the story has many details, something that I utterly love! The most amazing part? We can remember it all!

Now, the characters. There are some awesome sidekicks to this story, but they don’t make much of an appearance overall. So, I’ll focus on our Lucky couple, kay? 🙂

Morinaga is a completely lost case. He is very insensible when it comes to other people’s feelings, even not meaning to, and it’s a paranoid sort of fellow. He is handsome and cute and the top of the relationship – btw, I love cute tops and powerful bottoms, haha! – but he has much to learn yet, even with the series in volume number nine. Of course he already grew a lot and developed beautifully, but that one was just too damaged, haha! Even more than Souichi…

Anyway, let’s go to the crux of the problem: Souichi. He is the dream man on the outside, but has a very awful temper. He is violent, unforgiving and pretty much the tyrant described in the title. Honestly, I don’t know why Morigana fell in love with him in the first place, haha! But after he starts to drop his defenses, we can’t resist him ❤ He is so cute!

As the pace is very slow, it takes forever between a sex scene and another and they are not very explicit. If sex it’s what you’re looking for, this title is not for you, haha!

One of the things that I like the most about The Tyrant Falls In Love is that it follows the couple’s routine and shows how the outside happenings can affect their relationship even when both are okay with each other. It’s amazing.

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Overall, this is a cute series with an interesting story and loveable characters. If you like yaoi, this is a must-read for you!

5star

That’s it! Thanks for reading and hope you’re having an awesome weekend!

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Manga author: Ayano Yamane

Hi, there! Hope you’re having a fantastic week just like me! If you are not, I’m sorry to hear that, but hang in there because Friday is coming 😀

Today is manga author’s day at Authors from my Heart ❤ The chosen one is a woman that has my heart since page one of my first read title: Ayano Yamane!

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I just would like to say that I had no idea she was so beautiful before making this post, haha! *o*

Anyway, we have met in the internet a few years back, as Yamane-sensei likes to write yaoi manga (aka gay mangas) and I like to read them ;D My first title from her was a short story called The Guide of Love, but I only really started to love her after reading the Finder series. Hold that thought, as I will explain myself better, haha!

One of my literary goals for 2016 is to read all her manga series, haha! I don’t know if I will be able to fullfill this, but I shall try my best ❤

Now, let’s talk about what I have read from her! We have a series, a one shot and two short stories 🙂

 

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Goodreads’ blurb:

Takaoka has always been smooth with the ladies, but has yet to find someone he truly cares for. While sent to a marriage counselor by his mother, he comes upon Yoshizawa, who works as a matchmaker. A cute twist of fate brings the two lovelorn men together.

This story is cuteness all over! I remember that I really liked it since the first time that I first read it, a few years ago. Re-reading it in 2015, I was sure that it was one of the best short stories ever! Really, this manga is a shoujo with two boys (shoujo = sweet romance).

 

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Goodreads’ blurb:

During a routine journalism assignment, Akihito Takara is captured by the mysterious Asami, a powerful leader in Japan’s underworld society. Asami forces his captive to undergo a night of pleasure and pain never before imagined, but before long, the son of a powerful Chinese mafia boss also sets his sights upon Akihito, demanding the critical evidence he’s uncovered-or is it something else about him he seeks?

This is one of my all time favorite manga series ever and here my love affair with Yamane-sensei began. One of the main characters is a journalist, so I hit it off with him instantly. And his lover just happens to be a really dangerous member of Japan’s underground society. Plus, their love is born out of hate, one of my favorite elements ever. I won’t lie, this is a very heavy series and sometimes it can be overhealming, but I am already too involved with it all to let it go.

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Ahem.

 

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Goodreads’ blurb:

Japanese yakuza clan heir Ranmaru just got married on a lavish cruise ship, but things aren’t as they seem. The marriage is just for the appearances, and heends up getting drunk and spending the night… not with his bride, but with thesexy ship captain! When the two men meet again in Italy, it is the start of aspectacular love story.

This is my second favorite title from Yamane-sensei. It follows Finder’s style and its end made me cry for hours, so it’s a wonder how I love this so much, haha! I usually have a low tollerance for drama as a genre, but this one shot it so beautifully writen and drawn that I couldn’t resist. And I loved the couple, so I’m simply a goner, oops!

 

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Goodreads’ blurb:

The grandson of a commissioner absconds and force a police officer to take him in.

This is another short story and didn’t really got to my tastes as the other titles from Yamane-sensei. I have never been a fan of the cat/dog sexual fantasy in either genres, so this title wasn’t really for me, haha!

 

Aside from what I have already read, Ayano also has another long series, a couple of oneshots and several short stories, so I still have much fun ahead of me, haha! Thank God ❤

That’s it, thanks for reading! Were you familiar with Ayano’s work??

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PS: As I have explained on the last Authors from my Heart ❤ post, next week particularly we will have another manga author, okay? 🙂

 

Super Lovers, from Miyuki Abe

 

Hello, there! It’s me again, back with another late yaoi manga review, from last year, haha! Today’s title is Super Lovers, from mangaka Miyuki Abe 😀

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The Story

Haru is a half-japanese and half-canadian boy that goes to his mom’s place at Canada during one of his summer holidays. There, he meets his new adoptive brother Ren, a very shy, difficult and suspicious little boy. Haru manages to conquer Ren’s attention and affections, to Haru’s mother astonishment, and they all make plans to Ren to go to Japan with Haru and his father.

All was well.

As soon as Haru goes back to Japan, he and his father suffer a serious car accident. Haru lost both father and stepmother that day, along with his memory from that last Summer in Canada. Along with all his feelings for Ren.

That is, until Ren finds his way until Haru’s door some years later. Will fate interfere once again or will they finally be able to stay together for good?

 

The Analysis

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

Once again, I’d like to thank Hachiyumi for showing me this title. Just like it went with Ten Count, she texted me and said “YOU NEED TO READ THIS NOW”. And I did, and now we are both in love with it and desperate for new chapters, haha! This review contemplates Super Lovers series until volume seven, as it is still being published in Japan 🙂 So far, it is a 5 stars manga series for me (and I usually am not a fan of shotacon, a.k.a. a cute japanese word for pedophilia).

The narrative pace is slow and, sometimes, I confess that it bothers me. The series itself has a chapter out every FOUR MONTHS, so the slow pace adds to the reader’s frustration in having to wait such na awful long time to see what comes next. The good side is that every aspect of the narrative is rich in details. The story mostly follows Haru’s POV and he overthinks a lot of his life, notices his surroundings, take in many information and the reader goes with him in the process of separating it all.

Of course that this can be truly annoying in hotter scenes, lol.

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but what to do, right?

Anyway, the plot is very sophisticated and intrincated. I have not even the slightest idea where does Miyuki-sensei want to go with Super Lovers. Every chapter has a twist, a new problem, a new barrier. We are forever trapped in a major cliff hanger for four months at time. It is maddening, but in a good way, haha! I still wouldn’t mind having to wait only two months instead of four, but one can’t always win…

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me after every end of chapter

The characters are very interesting. Not one of them tries to pretend that they have no defects and this is refreshing. The reality of their situation, of their problems and lives hit the reader hard and leaves us to see people like Haru and Ren all the time in our own lives. Honestly, it is awesome, haha! The way Haru and Ren develop their relationship is also a piece of art. They had steps and phases, always with Haru on the lead, but that doesn’t mean that Ren doesn’t take charge. They fight a lot, but still manage to not live without one another. Honestly. The only bad thing about this title is the publication pace.

Oh, and I can’t forget about the art, right? This is a huge strong point of this series and this author*:

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from left to right: Haru and Ren ❤

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Abe-sensei’s draws are fluid, delicate, manly, beautiful and real at the same time. HOW CAN SHE MANAGE THAT, OMG!

Bonus point: despite being a clear yaoi manga, we have yet to see any kind of sheets action between Haru and Ren. They have kissed in some ocasions, but not even close to enough, so it is good to savour the anticipation, haha!

5star

That’s it! Thanks for reading 😀 One review at time, someday I’ll have all my 2015 reads catalogued here, haha!

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*ps: I do not own the illustrations, they were found on Google, belong to Miyuki Abe sensei and were used with illustrative purposes only 🙂

Croquis, from Hinako Takanaga

Hi, happy end of the last Sunday of 2015!

Today was a kind of melancholic day for me – I really don’t know why, as I went to the park as I said I would and walked 5,3km. Hm, maybe that’s the reason, haha! I’m a reader, not an athlete LOL

Anyway, something that always lifts my spirits is a good and sweet yaoi manga, so I decided to review another of the titles that I’ve read while I was writing my dissertation, earlier this year. The chosen one? Croquis, from Hinako Takanaga! 😀

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The Story

Nagi is a model at an art school during the day and a drag queen at a club at night. He was never a lucky guy with relationships, but noticed that Kaji, one of the students of the art school, had his eyes on him more than necessary lately.

Kaji is a very talented student, but there is something about painting Nagi that unleashes Kaji’s inspiration to new levels. Can he convince Nagi that they may work outside of the artistic world as well?

Will Nagi finally find himself a good boyfriend?!

 

The Analysis

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

Despite the fact that Croquis was released in 2010, I only met it last June. I was at a comic book event and saw that beautiful cover over there and ran to do a quick investigation online, to see if it was worth a shot. Oh boy, I’m so glad that I found it! This one shot was sweet, funny and, at the same time, talks about real problems inside gay relationships such as self-acceptance, couple adaptation, the importance of communicating with your partner, etc. I loved it and really wished it wasn’t just an one shot 😦 Five stars nevertheless!

The narrative pace was slow and really thoughtful. Nagi overthinks even his own breathing and this can be a little tiring, as he is very insecure in the beginning. Later, we get to see more action and less thinking, but anyway, haha! It worked for me in this title. Kaji doesn’t have many parts of his own point of view, but it is part of the magic, so the reader doesn’t know what’s up with him, just like Nagi doesn’t.

The plot was very simple and basic. It’s a daily life title, as we follow Nagi and Kaji’s routines and getting used to themselves as a couple. It’s not remarkable or brilliant, but it works fantastically. It’s a light and heart-warming read 😀

I have to admit that I didn’t really liked Nagi. I’m not into books/mangas/comics which have very gay men, the ones that wished they were women. I like males that, instead of making out with the girl in the bar, just go making out with the other male next to him. No fuss made, no crossdressing. I’m not against it on real life, this is only a literary preference in my readings!

Point is, Nagi is a drag queen and he wants to be a girl. That is one of their main problems as a couple, as Kaji seems hesitant with Nagi’s wishes. Kaji, in the other hand, was such a gentleman all the time! I loved him and just felt sorry for not seeing much sheets action, if you get my drift.

The art of Hinako Takanaga sensei was amazingly beautiful. I’ve read another title from her, called Tyrant Falls in Love, and she’s the kind of person that has the ability to draw both insanely beautiful men and regular boy-next-door men. Look at this*:

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Stunning, right?! 😀

Overall, it’s a good yaoi to pass time if you are not specifically looking for hot sex scenes, haha! I’d recommend it to all of you that appreciate a “shoujo” yaoi style of manga.

5star

That’s it! Thanks for reading 😀 Do you like shoujo yaoi styled mangas as well??

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*I do not own any of those images, they were found at Google and here used with illustrative purposes only. The art belongs to Hinako Takanaga sensei 🙂

Eerie Queerie!, from Shuri Shiozu

Hello, again! Another manga review from my dissertation times is on 😀 Eerie Queerie! is a light and fun boys love series from Shuri Shiozu sensei ❤

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The Story

Mitsuo Shiozu is a high school student with a very peculiar ability: he can see ghost. Moreover, some spirits manage to go as far as to possess his body to solve their unfinished business on this realm.

During one of those possession moments, Mitsuo meets Hasunuma, a very gentle and good-looking boy. As their friendship goes stronger (and more spirits come to their ways), Mitsuo needs to figure out what he feels for Hasunuma.

And, if it’s not asking for much, without losing his body to weird haunted souls.

 

The Analysis

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

I’m that kind of person that wakes up one day and says: “hey, I think I’ll start a new manga series today!”. So I randomly search a title online, get it and read it to my heart’s content. Eerie Queerie! was one of those titles, found by chance in a catalogue. I didn’t expect to like it the way I did, as all I wanted was to have a nice time, haha!

Eerie Queerie! is a four volumes manga series, of the kind that improves with each passing chapter. The author develops her drawing style a lot and the story is involving to the point that you can’t stop reading. Overall, four out of five stars 😀

The narrative pace is slow and kind of confusing in the beginning. The reader can see flashes of Mitsuo’s life and then what he does to help the spirits around him to move on. Until volume two, there were more isolated cases than a sequential story, which isn’t necessarily bad. I though confusing, but okay.

The plot was simple, but full of twists. Every time a new character was introduced, I knew that I, as a reader, would have a headache trying to understand if the new person was good or bad. Btw, that was nice, haha! Other interesting thing is that, despite being a clear yaoi manga, the romance is not the main genre. The adventure and the spirit world have all the focus and that’s okay. Almost, haha!

I liked the main characters overall and found them to be very funny and charismatic, each on their own way. Mitsuo is the cutest guy and I felt sorry for him on more than one occasion for several reasons. My favorite was Hasunuma, as he was the most real and non-absurd one in the group, haha! (cof, and the most handsome, cof).

The art is the big flop in this series if you ask me. As I said, the author develops a lot during the chapters, but it went from weird to not so weird, haha! And I’m very picky with manga art, so good bye to one star.

Examples of the art*:

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One thing that also made me take off that star is the relationship between Mitsuo and Hasunuma. They clearly have feelings for each other and they even say so many times, but we never got to see any kind of action. ANY. KIND. I got disappointed. It’s not because the series is not romantic that people don’t kiss and do stuff, ugh. The author makes the reader believe that the amorous feelings between characters are meaningless 😦

Overall, it’s a good ghost series, a light and funny read for those days when you don’t want to think and need a good laugh 😀

4star

That’s it, thanks for reading! How do you feel about the art style when reading a manga??

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*I do not own these images, they were found at Google and are here displayed with illustrative purposes only. They belong to  Shuri Shiozu sensei.

TOP 3: M/M Authors

Hello again! I’d like to start this post with two warnings: I’ll talk about homosexual books that have explicit sex scenes between two men in this post and I am an extra huge fan of Ava March (which you already know if you follow me for a while or just read this post). If you don’t like this kind of genre or this author, you better stop reading 🙂

This TOP 3 theme is my three favorite authors that write mature romances involving homosexual males. And here they are:

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  1. Summer Devon & Bonnie Dee

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They write together most of the time, but they also release books separately. I’ll talk about them as a team because I think it is only fair, haha! Their stories tend to be dark, be aware – it generally ends with happy endings (haha), but the things that the couple have to go through until there are very heavy. Usually, the plot involves guilt in at least one of the sides of the relationship and the characters use to be broken before they find their true loved ones. My favorite aspects of their work involve that, as well: they can heal through love and their relationships are intense, passionate; there’s not a hint of vulgarity, just pure carnal passion. Honestly, I hate to read vulgar sex scenes (but you already know that after my review for The Claiming of Sleeping Beauty, lol). I have to fell at least a boner between the characters to find it nice. Otherwise, I think it’s not necessary to write it down, just mention it and we’re done. Bonnie and Summer have this care, they really capture their readers through the love that they describe.

From them, I’ve read The Gentleman and The Rogue, Seducing Stephen, The Nobleman and the Spy (my all-time favorite <3) and House of Mirrors (also known as Sin and The Preacher’s Son). From Summer, I’ve read The Gentleman and The Lamplighter earlier this year and from Bonnie, I’ve read The Tutor (review here!).

All of those books are on the 19th century and wonderful ❤ It’s on my 2016 plans to review The Nobleman and The Spy, but I better not to make any promises, haha!

  1. J. L. Langley

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She was my first into this world. I had a special interest in homosexual romances since I’ve read a manga called Gravitation, that was yaoi. Now I think myself as a little naïve, but I didn’t think there was m/m books, as I only knew mangas. So, this one day in 2012, there was I, browsing Goodreads, when I stumbled on her, more precisely in a book called The Tin Star. When I saw what the book was about, I ran to my father and asked him to buy the eBook for me, because I really needed it. After that, I’ve read one after the other and discovered a whole new world.

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And didn’t even need to ask you guys, LOL.

So far, I’ve read all the books she has released and am very anxious to the next one, which Langley is currently working on, called Without Secrets. In her portfolio, you can find two different cowboy series (Ranch and Innamorati), a werewolf series (With or Without) and a kind of steapmunk series, set in the future with a Regency Society in each planet (Sci-Regency). Oh, and her series are sequential – you have to read it in the right order to get many parts 🙂 My favorite books from her are The Tin Star, that was my first, His Convenient Husband, With Caution, With Abandon and My Regelence Rake.

  1. Ava March

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Big surprise, right? Haha! I met Ava shortly after Langley and, in the first book, she had me (I made a really big post about our literary meeting here). I also read all her works so far, including her new book that’s coming out March of 2016, Convincing The Secretary (review here!). Ava likes to write collections and I love her for it because I have a hard time with book endings and knowing that it has brothers always calms me down, haha! She currently has six series, four already finished. They are:

There are also other two single books (From Afar and Beyond Reckless) and a short story (Twas the Night). All of them are written in the Regency Society and are amazing, but even with Ava (by the way, she’s a sweetie!), I pick favorites. They are, in this order: All In With The Duke, Thief, His Client, From Afar, Object of His Desire and Convincing Leopold. I think the most important message on her books is that even powerful people need to love and to be loved; that no one can be happy alone forever. I explain this point better at All In With The Duke’s review, haha!

Oh, she also points out how it’s important for a good relationship to have fluid and honest communication on both ends 🙂

That’s it, guys! Thanks for reading and I hope I have made good suggestions and that you can come to love those authors as I do ❤ Do you read m/m romances too?

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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 🙂

Ten Count, from Rihito Takarai

Hello once again! I’m sorry, I feel awful that the next four reviews scheduled for the blog are all about gay books or mangas (a.k.a. yaoi mangas), but it’s as I was telling my friend earlier today: not my fault that my dissertation got me so far behind in living and blogging, haha!

Also, not my fault if Ava March is perfection and sent me an early Christmas present yesterday, but this is a topic for another post, haha! Now I’d like to talk about the manga in hand, Ten Count, from sensei Rihito Takarai ❤

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from my Instagram

The Story

Shirotani Tadaomi is the secretary of the President of his company. Despite suffering from a high degree of Mysophobia (the fear of germs and dirt in general), Shirotani does his job well and lives a quiet existence. Until he meets Kurose, a psychiatrist that immediately acknowledges Shirotani’s condition and offers to help him, but as a friend.

Shirotani wasn’t bothered by his own life style until Kurose sweeps him off his feet. Now, besides dealing with his fears, he also has to decide what he feels for the psychiatrist. His responses to Kurouse’s advances are what is going to determinate whether he can be cured or if he is a real lost case.

The manga is still being publish in Japan and this review contemplates it until volume 4.

 

The Analysis

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

This series was recommended to me by a close offline friend that knows darn well my reading tastes, so I had no doubts that I would love it as soon as I got to read it ❤ Thanks, Rach! I’m deeply in love with Ten Count since page one *–* (and you already knew that because of the discreet voice messages that I sent you, screaming the matter and all).

Honestly, this is one of the best manga series that I have read in my life! It meets with all my expectations when I pick up a series: the art is flawless, the characters are awesome, the plot is lightly mysterious and involving, the romance (when present) is cute and the sex scenes (when present, again) are hot and without any trace of vulgarity.

I know it’s a little sad and depressing to have a mental checklist when you start to read something, but it is truly rewarding to find a series that makes all the items checked on the list! Ten Count is one of those series and its author, Rihito Takarai, is amazing.

The narrative pace is slow and we see it all from Shirotani’s perspective, so the reader also finds Kurose a mystery in a pretty package. Shirotani reflects a lot about almost everything despite not being a talker, so the story pace is very slow in the beginning and it gets better with each volume, as the reader now is enchanted by what lies within both characters pasts and how can they be in love with each other.

The plot is not overly complicated. Shirotani has a mental condition and a stranger offers to help him healing. There are some twists and some reader-heart-attack moments, but nothing brilliant or overly intelligent. The focus of the story is the human development between Shirotani and Kurose and I’m totally fine with simple plots, as long as they are well executed. Spoiler alert: this one is, haha!

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…with everything about you, Ten Count…

The characters. OMG the characters! We barely know any other characters that are not Shirotani and Kurose AND I COULDN’T CARE LESS 😀 Both are such complex and complete characters… I mean, it’s amazing. Both men are broken, each on their own way, but they are not lacking individuals that were just waiting for their soul mate to arrive, you know? They already are who they are, but they get better together. It’s magical.

And to talk about the art is to show, so here are some illustrative images* of our beautiful couple, colorful and black and white:

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from left to right: Shirotani and Kurose ❤

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Flawless. I love this soft drawing style, fluid and clean. SO PRETTY, OMG!

Bonus point: the sex scenes. Until volume 4, the sex scenes are sparse and most preliminary play than actual sex, but all so true and so plausible… I can’t wait for volume 5 to be out, because I really want to see those two catching fire together, haha!

Honestly, I love the soul deep connection between Shirotani and Kurose and their love, as dysfunctional as it is, warms my heart ❤ If you like yaoi/boys love, just read this one, seriously.

5star

That’s it! Thanks for reading and sorry for the many reviews on books and mangas of the same genre, but oh well, haha! I regret nothing ❤

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*ps: I do not own the illustrations, they were found on Google, belong to Rihito Takarai sensei and were used with illustrative purposes only 🙂

August Wrap Up: readings, haul and news :)

Hi, there! August has ended, so it’s time to balance everything that has been happening with me and my books!

Wrap Up

 I’ve read 8 books, 5 mangas and 1 comic book this month. I hope I can do better than this in September!

From my Instagram account :)
From my Instagram account 🙂
  • História da Vida Privada no Brasil (Brazil’s Private Life History) – Fernando A. Novais
  • Chasing Rainbows – Linda Oaks (review here)

From my Instagram account :)

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  • Hey, Class President! – Monchi Kaori (5 volumes, review here!)
  • Garfield 2.582 strips reunited – Jim Davis

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Book Haul

 I’ve bought 3 mangas and 4 ebooks. That’s right, I didn’t buy a single paperback or hardcover this month and I’m depressed.

  • A Miracle’s Path – Aaron Millar
  • Glagnodian’s Vengeance (Book 1) – Aaron Millar
  • Wanting – Piper Vaughn
  • The Vampire King’s Husband – Amber Kell

 

Received books

 I’ve received 18 books in August in exchange for a honest review 🙂 Here’s the complete list, including my NetGalley books:

Four very busy weeks indeed, haha! And I also would like to say that my Review Policy is finally up!! It took me a while, but it’s beautiful ❤ I hope I can get more reading done this month 🙂

That’s it, guys! That’s my August report, haha! Thanks for reading! What have you been up to this last month?

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