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Thursday, September 16, 2010

Yaoi Update

I don't have much to update but I did finally finish the two yaoi manga I received. I thought I lost one as I couldn't find it and was in a panic before I left on my trip and mentioned it to the kid who calmly told me she'd put it on top of the fridge off the counter. Whew. I wondered how I could lose a book in my own house. I know I need to clean more but that seemed excessive. LOL

The Devil's Secret by Hinako Takanga (170 pages)

Mauro is a young priest who finds Raoul beaten in his backyard. Raoul has horns and a tail but is sure he's not a demon. Despite his reservations, Mauro takes him in and Raoul starts to become ill. When he finally has sex with Mauro he feels much better and suspects he might be an incubus. All of a sudden his older brother appears and Raoul is a demon, but fell through a crack in the time space continuum (or something like that) and they want him to return home. He loves Mauro though and becomes depressed. Mauro accepts their love. It was a cute story about him accepting his lover was a demon which kind of goes against the whole priest thing. :-)

There are a couple of other shorts, one about a student teacher who is accosted on the street by a young man who thinks he's attractive. It turns out the boy is one of his students. Ooops. This causes problems as he's very aggressive in his pursuit. It was done in a bit of a humorous manner.

There is then a short about Raoul's older brother and his part-time demon lover and a tiff they have over a gift that the lover gives him. On the whole I enjoyed this manga. Nothing amazing but some cute stories and it tends to be the style of drawing I enjoy.

A Foreign Love Affair by Ayano Yamane (159 pages)

Ranmaru, the son of a yakuza is forced to marry an older woman from another yakuza clan to join their families. His wife insists on going to Italy for their marriage/honeymoon but they basically hate each other and Ranmaru insists on wearing his kimono everywhere. He's a typical spoiled man who has other do his bidding. On their boat where they get married, he meets Alberto, an Italian who is fan of Japanese culture. After a fight with his wife he ends up with Alberto and they have sex. They part, and after yet another fight with his wife Ranmaru has some adventures and ends up kidnapped and nearly sold as a sex slave until Alberto rescues him and sweeps him off his feet. I did enjoy this one. Ranmaru starts out being a bit of an unlikable character but I liked how he developed over the story and his relationship with Alberto. This author also has a drawing style I enjoy.

13 comments:

Sweet Vernal Zephyr said...

I enjoyed both of these as well! :D

Tam said...

They were pretty decent reads Miranda.

Eyre said...

One of these days, I'm going to start reading these things.

Tam said...

If you are interested in joining our swap Eyre let me know and I'll hook you up. We have books that travel around the world. A Foreign Love Affair is at the end of it's route so if you'd like to try drop me an e-mail and I'll send it on to you. You just have to pass it on after that or return it to the owner depending on how it goes.

Chris said...

Well, you've inspired me to go put in my name for the second one, Tam!

Tam said...

It's worth it Chris. It was quite good and then when you see said artist at Yaoi-Con you'll have another frame of reference. :-)

Eyre said...

Tam, I may take you up on that offer some day! Thanks.

Jenre said...

I really liked A Foreign Love Affair too.

Is The Devil's Secret the one that's coming to me? I shall look forward to that.

Tam said...

Yes, you're next on the list Jen. I enjoyed it.

Erotic Horizon said...

I so need to read A Foreign Love affair - Need to catch up on my Yamane

:)

Tam said...

It is a good read EH. I quite enjoyed it.

Janna (ErotRomReader) said...

I first have to read the ones I have before daring to put my name in for one of these. ;) They sound cute though.

Tam said...

They were pretty typical Janna, definitely better stories than some.