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Contest/Review: Undercurrent & Overflow by Zenobia Renquist

Undercurrent (Wet) by Zenobia RenquistShyla gives Undercurrent (Wet) 4 Roses [Lovely Rose] and had this to say…

“Wildly imaginative, unique, and creative, Under Current sticks out from other romances I’ve read… This short story packs a punch, takes many unexpected turns, and might set your underwear on fire with the sex scenes.”

Read the full review at Romancing the Book.

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4.5 Star Review: CREAM by Zenobia Renquist

CREAM by Zenobia Renquist (150x225)Candy from SensualReads.com gave CREAM 4.5 Stars!!

“Ms. Renquist keeps the action flowing and tosses in some hot sexual attraction to keep the pot bubbling. The reader will enjoy the interaction between Jeliyah and Teaghan as they navigate between sexy groupies, hidden dangers and explosive chemistry while searching for whoever wants to see them dead.”

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http://sensualreads.com/?p=12608

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Manga Review: Breath by Chifumi Ochi

Breath by Chifumi Ochi

Publisher: Yaoi Generation
Price: $12.99
Genre: Contemporary, Yaoi, Romance, Drama
Themes: Brother complex, hidden lovers
Rating: Mature 18+
Volumes: 5 Volumes
ISBN:
978-0-9821880-0-2
978-0-9821880-1-9
978-0-9821880-2-6
978-0-9821880-3-3
978-0-9821880-4-0

(Note: Picture taken with my Kodak camera of books from my manga library.)

Basic Premise:
Kohshi Yanagi just had the best night of sex followed by the worst morning after. He was snubbed and left wondering what he’d done wrong. Just when he was getting over it, the object of his pleasure and annoyance resurfaces — Arata Kirishima, the twin brother of Kohshi’s on again, off again sex friend. What are the chances? Kohshi wants to know Arata’s deal and ends up falling for him, but there is more than simple denial spurring Arata to deny Kohshi. Danger is around the corner for this couple if they aren’t careful.

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Manga Review: Desire Sensibility

Desire Sensibility by Souta Narazaki

Publisher: DMP June
Price: $12.95
Genre: Contemporary, Yaoi, Romance
Themes: Co-workers, Supervisor-employee, first gay love
Rating: Mature 18+
Volumes: 1 Volume
ISBN: 978-1-56970-075-4

(Note: Picture taken with my iPhone camera of a book from my manga library.)

Basic Premise:
Mitsuhara Kosugi is a part-time employee at a customer service call center. Nariaki Ogata is Kosugi’s supervisor and his crush. Kosugi is hyper aware of Ogata but doesn’t know how to confess his feelings until the threat of Ogata transferring makes him act.

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Manga Review: Zombie Loan

Zombie Loan by Peach-Pit

Publisher: Yen Press
Price: $10.99 – $11.99
Genre: Paranormal, Horror, Comedy
Themes: Classmates, zombies
Rating: Mature 16+
Volumes: 13 Volumes
ISBNs:
978-07595-2353-1
978-07595-2836-9
978-07595-2837-6
978-07595-2838-3
978-07595-2839-0
978-07595-2840-6
978-07595-3095-9
978-07595-3097-3
978-07595-3098-0
978-07595-3099-7
978-0316-17797-9
978-0316-17800-6
978-0316-20468-2

(Note: Picture taken with my Kodak camera of books in my manga library.)

Basic Premise:
Michiru is mousy and pessimistic. There’s nothing significant about her except that she can see when people are going to die. With her shinigami eyes (death eyes) she can see the rings around people’s necks that denote their end is near. Two of her classmates have such a ring. Late night after school, she finds out why.

Chika and Shito are zombies who hunt rogue zombies, and they’ve just saved Michiru’s life. To pay them back and help pay off the loan Chika and Shito garnered to become sentient zombies, Michiru is using her gift to help them hunt and kill more zombies as the newest member of Z-Loan — the zombie loan company.

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Manga Review: Intriguing Secrets

Intriguing Secrets by Rize Shinba

Publisher: DMP June
Price: $12.95
Genre: Drama, Contemporary Romance, Yaoi
Themes: Class mates, first love
Rating: Mature 16+
Volumes: 1 Volume
ISBN: 978-1-56970-596-4

Note: Picture taken with my iphone camera from my manga library.

Basice Premise:
Umehara is quiet and a loner. Mizue is the center of attention and the class clown. They don’t get along… or so they thought. Both boys find a new friendship when they share detention together. For Umehara that friendship is starting to grow into something more but Umehara is sure there’s no way Mizue feels the same.

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Manga Review: Crushing Love

Crushing Love by Ritsu Natsumizu

Publisher: DMP June
Price: $12.95
Genre: Drama, Contemporary Romance, Yaoi
Themes: Revenge, Debt repayment, Childhood friends, classmates, sex friends
Rating: Mature 18+
Volumes: 1 Volume
ISBN: 978-1-56970-774-6

Note: Picture taken with my Kodak camera from my manga library.

Basice Premise:
CRUSHING LOVE & LOVE LIFE
Keiichiro Kuroda is in the position to get revenge on the man who stole his money and broke his heart. Kaoru Otowa is the man who can make Keiichiro’s revenge a reality, though Kaoru is unaware of that fact. Keiichiro is all set to get back at the lover who jilted him until he realizes a new love for Kaoru, but how will Keiichiro tell Kaoru the truth?

PURITY AND TYRANNY OF LOVE & LOVE OF A TYRANT KING
Sei Aoyama is the son of the people who serve Yukihiko Shingyoji’s family. Sei and Yukihiko have been friends since childhood. Sei harbors a deep love for Yukihiko, but Yukihiko is a playboy who is never serious about anyone. It’s a love with no future and Sei is ready to move on, assuming Yukihiko let’s him.

MY THROBBING HEART
Kimijima and Nakahara are classmates and sex buddies. Nakahara thinks their relationship is pretty straightforward until he finds a love letter Kimijima has written to an unknown person. Feelings of jealousy rise up in Nakahara and he realizes his relationship with Nakahara might not be as simple as he once thought.

LOVE LOVE ME
Adachi and Himura have been sex friends for six months. Adachi wants more but is afraid to confess his feelings since Himura might leave if he does. Things can’t stay the way they are but Adachi isn’t sure how to change it and he’s running out of time.

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Manga Review: Depression of the Anti-Romanticist

Depression of the Anti-Romanticist by Yasuna Sagiuma & Riyu Yamakami

Publisher: DMP June
Price: $12.95
Genre: Drama, Romance, Contemporary, Yaoi
Themes: Crossing Dressing, Hostess Bar,
Rating: Mature 18+
Volumes: 1 Volume
ISBN: 978-1-56970-257-4

Note: Picture taken with my iPhone from my manga library.

Basic Premise:
DEPRESSION OF THE ANTI-ROMANTICIST
Minoru (aka Minami) is a crossdresser a gay hostess bar. He’s straight but he’s willing to play the part so he can pay off the loans his parents left when they died and so he can take care of his younger brother and sister. Enter Kan Shiroyama, a mysterious guy who wants to make Minoru his new boyfriend… if Kan can convince him.

READ BETWEEN THE LINES
Ichigaya has weird tastes. Shunichi has just learned to put up with it. When Ichigaya professes his love, Shunichi thinks it’s a joke at his expense. Shunichi is about to find out how wrong he is.

BORDERLINE LOVER
Hasabe is an honor roll student with an apathetic attitude. Daisuke just caught Hasabe doing compensated dating. The only problem is Hasabe doesn’t seem to care… about anything. Daisuke decides to make Hasabe care and ends up falling for him in the process, but does Hasabe feel the same.

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Manga Review: The Night Before the Wedding

The Night Before the Wedding by Kou Fukisaki

Publisher: SuBLime Manga
Price: $5.99
Genre: Drama, Romance, Yaoi
Themes: Siblings, Childhood friends
Rating: Mature 18+
Volumes: 1 Volume
ISBN: None

Note: Picture taken with my iPhone from my Kindle.

Basic Premise:
THE NIGHT BEFORE THE WEDDING
It’s the night before Rikuto’s wedding and he’s being held hostage by Takumi, a man Rikuto has always admired. Takumi won’t let his one true love go off to marry another. He’s planned a night of passion to change Rikuto’s mind.

ROOFTOP SCRAMBLE
Kubo and Ise have been friends since childhood. One day, Kubo suggests he and Ise be boyfriends. They brag about the change to all their classmates but everyone agrees that nothing about Kubo and Ise’s relationship has changed. They hang out every possible moment and chat on the phone when they are apart. Kubo doesn’t know what else there is to do, but Ise is willing to teach him.

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Manga Review: Drops of Desire

Drops of Desire by You Higashino

Publisher: SuBLime Manga
Price: $5.99
Genre: Drama, Romance, Fantasy, Yaoi
Themes: Demons, Bullying, Teacher-Student
Rating: Mature 18+
Volumes: 1 Volume
ISBN: None

Note: Picture taken with my iPhone from my Kindle.

Basic Premise:
Yuzuru Aihara is ignored by his father and step-mother as well as bullied at school. He’s a mousy individual who is just trying to get by until he meets Kokuyo-sensei, the school nurse… and a demon. Yuzuru has caught the demon’s eye and Kokuyo won’t stop until Yuzuru submits. But Kokuyo’s kind of love could be the death of Yuzuru.

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Manga Review: Temperature Rising

Temperature Rising by Souya Himawari

Publisher: DMP June
Price: $12.95
Genre: Drama, Romance, Contemporary, Yaoi
Themes: Compensated Sex, Best Friend Lovers
Rating: Mature 18+
Volumes: 1 Volume
ISBN: 978-1-56970-601-5

Note: Picture taken with my iPhone from my manga library.

Basic Premise:
Minori Otonari is in love with Mizumo Hiraga, but Minori can’t confess his feelings without ruining their current relationship. Minori pays Mizumo for sex. Mizumo won’t take hands out and Minori doesn’t want Mizumo sleeping with other men, so they came to this arrangement. But this emotionless exchange isn’t all Minori wants. Quite possibly, it’s not all Mizumo wants either.

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Manga Review: Beast & Feast

Beast & Feast by Akira Norikazu

Publisher: DMP June
Price: $12.95
Genre: Drama, Romance, Contemporary, Suspense, Yaoi
Themes: Yakuza, Cops, Forbidden Romance
Rating: Mature 18+
Volumes: 1 Volume
ISBN: 978-1-56970-256-7

Note: Picture taken with my iPhone from my manga library.

Basic Premise:
Kazuha Hishunuma is a police detective. Itsuki Hyodo is a yakuza underboss. Former middle school buddies reunited after a few years apart, Hyodo is ready to start a relationship with Kazuha. A murder investigation, Hyodo’s eventual succession to the head of the family and over eager minions keep getting in the way. All the obstacles make Kazuha think the relationship will never work, but Hyodo isn’t prepared to let him go.

Sex Shown:
Kissing, groping, bondage, forced pleasure, insertion, pressed bodies, suggestive positions, penis shots

Review:
This manga was aptly named. Hyodo is a complete beast, wanting sex anywhere and everywhere and at anytime. But that’s what makes him such a loveable character. He’s got a one-track mind that’s always headed towards Kazuha, his feast, sometimes an unwilling feast.

They are such an odd couple. Kazuha is the reserved, conservative cop. Hyodo is the typical flashy, boisterous Yakuza. Plenty of people don’t want them together, they know they shouldn’t be together, but that just makes their relationship so much more fun.

This is a total re-read, keeper shelf manga for me. There’s laughs and love and intrigue as Kazuha tries to solve a crime and Hyodo tries to stay alive to inherit his rightful place.

Fans of the caring tough guy types will love Hyodo. It’s funny to see him portrayed as a lion in bed and puppy when Kazuha is scolding him. This is a manga not to be missed and Norikazu-sensei is now added to my must read manga artist list.

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Manga Review: Right Here, Right Now

Right Here, Right Now by Souya Himawari

Publisher: DMP June
Price: $12.95 (print); $7.95 (ebook)
Genre: Drama, Romance, Time Travel, Yaoi
Themes: Feudal Japan
Rating: Mature 18+
Volumes: 2 Volumes
ISBN: 978-1-56970-609-1 (Vol 1); 978-1-56970-063-1 (Vol 2)

Note: Picture taken with my iPhone from my manga library.

Basic Premise:
Mizuo Yanase has fallen back in time to Feudal Japan. Mistaken for a living Buddha, he is now the good luck charm of Takakage Koichiro Fujima’s army. On top of that, Takakage wants Mizuo as his personal page, a boy meant to share his bed. Mizuo wants to go home but he can’t deny his growing feelings for Takakage that make him want to stay.

Sex Shown:
Kissing, pressed bodies, suggestive positions

Review:
I love Time Travel Romance, so of course I love this manga. Everyone is so accepting, reverent even, of Mizuo because they think he’s a living Buddha rather than a human displaced in time. One of the things a Time Travel author must do is keep the character from being killed as a witch or demon and Himawari-sensei did a wonderful job.

Mizuo and Takakage are perfect for each other because they are opposites. Their strengths make up for the other’s weaknesses. The supporting cast is believable and makes the reader want to know what happens to them.

For a sweet action Time Travel, this is the book you want to read.

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Manga Review: Yokan

Yokan by Makoto Tateno

Publisher: DMP June
Price: $12.95 (print); $7.95 (ebook)
Genre: Drama, Romance, Yaoi
Themes: Musicians, Idols, Showbiz
Rating: Mature 18+
Volumes: 2 Volumes
ISBN: 978-1-56970-160-7 (Vol 1 – Premonition); 978-1-56970-161-4 (Vol 2 – Noise)

Note: Picture taken with my iPhone from my manga library.

Basic Premise:

YOKAN
Charon the ferryman on the River Styx. Nun, a word meaning Death. These are also the names of two bands whose lead singers are about to clash. Akira used to think of music as his own form of masturbation. He didn’t about anyone’s pleasure but his own and that took his band to the top. Then one day he heard Hiroya Sunaga singing and everything changed. Akira wants Hiroya. Akira wants Hiroya’s voice. Akira will drag Hiroya kicking and screaming back into the limelight, but Akira will have to pay the price for dragging Hiroya back into his own personal hell.

SINSEMILLA
Kazumi is straight and a playboy. He won’t give Seiji a second glance until a mysterious pill and a shared erotic dream brings Kazumi to Seiji’s door for fulfillment. When their bodies are sated, Seiji is sad to see it all end… or has it?

Sex Shown:
Rape, kissing, pressed bodies, groping, suggestive positions

Review:
This is a heavy manga, but I loved it. Tateno-sensei is one of my favorites for a reason and this manga series reaffirmed that. Akira and Hiroya are two very powerful personalities that cannot be denied. It’s hard to tell where envy and hatred ends and where love and adoration begins… for both of them and the reader. But that mixed emotion is what makes this manga so powerful.

I almost wish I could hear the music. But then I’m glad I can’t because that allows me to make up something powerful in my own imagination.

Kazumi and Seiji are a little sad because of how their relationship started. But it was that little nudge that brought them together and made Kazumi realize that he loves Seiji after all.

Of the two couples, of course I loved Akira and Hiroya. I especially loved how Akira’s bandmates just can’t deny him when he makes a request and then bats his eyes at them. They’re no match for his charms, but each of them loves Akira in their own way.

Any Tateno-sensei fan should be reading this one.

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Manga Review: Intense Rain

Intense Rain by Shinri Fuwa

Publisher: DMP June
Price: $12.95
Genre: Drama, Romance, Yaoi
Themes: Students, Classmates, Player Reform, Reunions
Rating: Mature 18+
Volumes: 1 Volume
ISBN: 978-1-56970-164-5

Note: Picture taken with my iPhone from my manga library.

Basic Premise:
INTENSE RAIN
Takaaki Baba is a player with a new target in his sights, Ryuuji Aoyama. Their relationship starts with the normal trap. Ryuuji tries to fight his attraction but Takaaki can be very persuasive. However it seems like Ryuuji is the only taking their relationship seriously.

THE KEY
Takaaki and Ryuuji are reunited after five years. There are still regrets and bitter feelings between them, but a keepsake from the past might be able to bridge all that and bring them back together.

ADULT CIRCUMSTANCES, ADULT NAIVETE
Ryuuji is still uneasy and distrustful of Takaaki. The past is hard to forget and evidence keeps piling up against Takaaki. There’s only one way left for Takaaki to prove that he’s truly changed.

BECAUSE I SAID I DEFINITELY LIKED YOU
Kei Akigawa had a one night stand with Shindou Satoshi, a man Kei fell in love with at first sight. However, Satoshi isn’t interested in love with Kei or anyone else. It’s up to Kei to convince him otherwise.

Sex Shown:
Kissing, hugging, suggestive positions, pressed bodies

Review:
I always enjoy player reformed stories because you see a person who is used to sleeping around and using people fall hard for someone only to be denied. After that denial, the player usually has to do a lot to earn the trust of the person they love so their relationship can progress. Intense Rain is no different.

Takaaki isn’t a complete jerk and Ryuuji is partially to blame. This story has a lot of grey area so the reader can’t place the blame solely on one person or the other. Sure miscommunication and assumptions of guilt make up most of this story, but it was still fun seeing Takaaki and Ryuuji struggle to be together and stay apart.

The story of Kei and Satoshi is cute, a little sad and full of stubbornness. It’s a yaoi plot I’ve seen before, but I liked this version of it.

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