Yaoi Review: Stop Bullying Me!

Stop Bullying Me!
Story and Art: Natsuho Shino
Published by the Juné Imprint of Digital Manga, Inc.
ISBN-10: 1-56970-591-7
ISBN-13: 978-1-56970-591-9

Review by Kris

Teasing the one you like is nothing new, at least if you are in elementary school. Bullying the one you like, that’s a different story. I find the title Stop Bullying Me! to be a little misleading. When I think of bullying I think of overly large boys threatening smaller kids for lunch money and stuff. In this story the “bullying” looks more like teasing to me.
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Yaoi Review: Romantic Illusions

Romantic Illusions
Story and Art by Riichi Hiiro
Published by: Juné Imprint of Digital Manga, Inc.
ISBN10: 1569705771
ISBN13: 9781569705773

Review by Linda Yau

Yu as a shy part time florist has about three issues in his life that he wants to move past. One of them is to not be an eternal masturbator. Two is to handle his growing feelings for Sugo, a regular customer at the flower shop. Three is dealing with Ryo: an avid street-walking playboy, and Kaname: a cool-headed defense attorney. One major problem though, they all share the same body. Yu suffers from a multiple-personality disorder after childhood trauma forces him to create personalities to love him. As the main personality though, Yu now falls in love with Sugo, and must deal now with the jealousy of his two side personalities.

Romantic Illusions was an enjoyable quick read. I have never read of anything like this before in bl-manga, so I was pleasantly surprised. In the past, I have been fascinated with reading about cases of MPD’s, so this book fit the bill. There are funny moments, such as when Kaname criticizes Sugo for his lack of foreplay towards Yu, and there were moments that were like… “Hmm….” such as how Kazami/Dionysus turns how to be. Normally as a patient heals from his trauma, the personalities disappear, and this book was not the case, as Ryo and Kaname end up having lovers and relationships of their own. At the end of the book, there was a funny short dealing with the stamina and stress of Yu, with three extra lovers.

Josei Review: Sounds of Love vol. 1

Sounds of Love vol. 1
Story and Art: Rin Tanaka
Published by the Luv Luv Press Imprint of Aurora Publishing, Inc.
ISBN-10: 1934496375
ISBN-13: 978-1934496374

Review by Kris

If music be the food of love, play on

We are all familiar with this line from William Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night (yet how many people do you know keep their Complete Works of William Shakespeare handy? Just me?). In Sounds of Love vol. 1 music and love weave a beautiful symphony. Kazune is the manager of up and coming pianist Kyoichiro Haneda. But Kazune is more than Kyoichiro’s manager; she’s also his girlfriend. Kyoichiro is hotheaded and passionate. When he plays it’s like he’s making love to the audience. Because he puts so much emotion into his playing he is quite frisky after his performances. Kazune is also a pianist but her style is very different from Kyoichiro’s. She seems to put everyone to sleep. It’s because her style is calming and flowing, like water.
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Yaoi Review: Junior Escort

Junior Escort
Story and Art: Sakurako Hanafubuki
Published by the Juné Imprint of Digital Manga, Inc.
ISBN-10: 1-56970-597-6
ISBN-13: 978-1-56970-597-1

Review by Kris

Initially, I thought that Junior Escort was just another book of one-shots that Juné is releasing. Yet there will be more Junior Escort titles coming out in the next year. Which stories will be continued? It beats me!

Mizuhara. He’s the hottest face in Japan right now. You see him on ad posters, in television commercials, even acting in television series. Ayukawa works for the same talent agency that Mizuhara does. One night after partying, Ayu (the name he’s known by) is the person chosen to take a hammered Mizuhara home. It seems that Mizuhara has fallen for Ayu. Ayu isn’t too sure about his feelings because he’s been a Mizuhara fanboy. A deal is struck between his boss and himself to continue seeing Mizuhara. If Mizuhara stays happy then there is a possibility for more projects for Ayu. There seems to be danger on the horizon for Ayu
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Book Review: Seize The Night

Seize The Night
Written by Sherrilyn Kenyon
Published by St. Martin’s Paperbacks Imprint of Macmillan
ISBN10: 0312992432
ISBN13: 9780312992439

Review by Linda Yau

In a world that reminds me of various vampire series, Seize The Night is book seven in Kenyon’s Dark Hunter series. This book features Tabitha Deveraux, a human who lives in New Orleans and owns a sex shop. By night, she is a experienced hunter of vampires and Damions.
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Yaoi Review: Hanky Panky

Hanky Panky
Story and Art: Koreaki Kamuro
Published by the Deux Press Imprint of Aurora Publishing, Inc.
ISBN-10: 1934496251
ISBN-13: 978-1934496251

Review by Kris

Here we have yet another one-shot collection. This time it is in a Deux Press release. Koreaki Kamuro-sensei has created Hanky Panky for our enjoyment.

The first tale, Hanky Panky, is about Manaka. Manaka is a college student but he’s living a double life. At night he goes by Itsuki and he and his cousin run a hot host club. To hide his identity he plays up the nerd role during the day. There is one student who treats him with contempt, Masanari Doi. While he and his cousin are interviewing prospective new hosts the last person Itsuki (night name, remember?) wants to see applies for the position. It’s Masanari Doi. Now Itsuki has to worry about keeping his identity hidden from this man who shows interest in him.
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Book Review: The Elephant in the Room

The Elephant in the Room: Sharing The Secrets For Pursuing Real Financial Success
Written by Ed Baker
Published by First Command
ISBN10: 0979365414
ISBN13: 9780979365416

Review by Linda Yau

The numbers sound kinda scary, but as the introduction states, 70% of Americans live paycheck to paycheck. With the current economy, this is a book to read if there is concern for the necessity to save.
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