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The Boy Who Cried Truth
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The Boy Who Cried Truth

Posted on Dec 12th / Genre: Yaoi

The Boy Who Cried Truth
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I can't believe how adorable this manga is! I squee every time I read it - the feeeelsss!!! Riichi is super cute and head over heels in love with his best friend, Sakuma. He tells Sakuma constantly that he loves him, and he flirts with him, and everyone thinks it's hilarious because Riichi always plays it off as a joke. Of course, it's not a joke, and Riichi actually gets really flustered whenever Sakuma says something sweet or complimentary. Things start getting steamy when Riichi dresses as a girl for a school beauty pageant and finds that Sakuma is "interested" in his outfit. I didn't know whether I wanted to blush and squeal or keep reading eagerly! (I did both, because how could I not?) Riichi's reactions are just too pure, and I love how we see his fun, carefree side in front of others, and then his internal freaking out at whatever he's just said or done. Sakuma seems far more level-headed, but we get a glimpse into his thoughts, too, and find out what he's really thinking! Plus, Arakata's art is lovely, with beautifully drawn characters and detailed backgrounds, so you get completely sucked into the world they've created. This is a definite must-read for all yaoi fans!! (Posted by Yao)
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A Marriage on Paper
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A Marriage on Paper

Posted on Dec 5th / Genre: Harlequin

A Marriage on Paper
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I picked up this volume drawn in by the promise of another great story illustrated by one of the most popular manga artists on Renta!, and I wasn't disappointed! The familiar sharp and clean art helps tell a real roller-coaster of a story that plays on some well-known clich?s, but still manages to make them seem fresh. Alicia is Dex's secretary and her boss is, well, dreamy to say the least. He's a very intelligent and handsome genius programmer with a bright future ahead of him. Unfortunately, he also can't let go of a traumatic loss from his past that prevents him from truly falling in love... or so he believes. To stir things up even more, his attractive business partner, Maddie, seems to be interested in a romantic relationship and she's clearly hostile towards Alicia. On top of that, Alicia's childhood friend Peter offers her a job in Australia... but the biggest bomb just waiting to drop is the fact that Alicia is pregnant with Dex's baby! Believe it or not, but this is just the beginning, and you're sure to be kept on the edge of your seat the entire time! You should definitely give this story a try. (Posted by Quin)
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I Was Reborn as the Heroine of an X-Rated Game... Now I Run from Princes
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I Was Reborn as the Heroine of an X-Rated Game... Now I Run from Princes

Posted on Nov 28th / Genre: Spicy

I Was Reborn as the Heroine of an X-Rated Game... Now I Run from Princes
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"Someday, my prince will come..." But no one expected that it would be in a situation like this! In a strange (but heretofore unexplained) series of events, 18-year-old virgin Akira Miura has awoken to find himself reincarnated inside of a video game. Awesome, right? But unfortunately for him, it's not just any video game... he has found that he, or rather, she, is now Snow White, the hapless heroine/eye candy of "Snow White's Seven Lovers," a fantasy porn game! Right from the outset, Snow White finds herself face to face with all those fantasy tropes we all love: handsome princes with fancy outfits and long... names, magic poisons that can only be cured by making love, mind control bugs, and more! Just like I remember from grade school! Given the premise, it's only natural that it should contain plenty of fourth wall-breaking dialogue and of course, all the spicy love and romance that we all crave! Will Snow White be forced to endure the love of the seven princes, or will she (he?) be able to escape and make his own happy ending? (Posted by Pepper)
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The Manga Artist and the Ditz
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The Manga Artist and the Ditz

Posted on Nov 21st / Genre: Sweet

The Manga Artist and the Ditz
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Sumire is just your average woman who works in a convenience store. However, there is one customer, Naohito, who always avoids her - even if her register is the only one open! On one particularly fateful day, Naohito comes down to buy lunch. Just as she's about to call him over to her register, he heads right over to her boss's register! Furious, Sumire decides to go work on inventory. Just as she turns away, she hears a loud thud. She turns back to look and finds Naohito passed out on the floor! Being the only young and able-bodied person on shift, she's made by her boss to carry him back to his apartment in the complex above her store. She lugs him into his apartment, tosses him on the floor, and sees piles of trash all over the place. A paper catches her eye. She picks it up and realizes he's a manga artist! Sumire's always dreamed of being a manicurist, but her parents opposed it and had her go to college. Unable to give up her dream entirely, she does her own nails in elaborate designs instead. When Naohito comes to, he sees Sumire's well-polished nails and asks her to help him. Will Sumire accept his offer? Will she ever become more than just his assistant? Read this sweet and heartwarming manga to find out! (Posted by Candi)
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Welcome to the Yaoi Research Club
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Welcome to the Yaoi Research Club

Posted on Nov 14th / Genre: Yaoi

Welcome to the Yaoi Research Club
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Satou is a young college student who's found himself in dire financial straits. He can't even seem to fork out enough money to pay the rent, so it's no wonder he goes to school feeling less than cheery... But, it just so happens that his friends Yuusuke and Kaname know of a perfect way to remedy that and introduce Satou to a certain lucrative part-time job. It turns out that Satou is to become a guinea pig for the so-called Yaoi Club!
The scenes where Satou is being taught what yaoi is are positively hilarious. He learns everything from the origins of the word "yaoi" to other vital information that yaoi fangirls and fanboys have at their disposal. This manga is also a perfect introduction for those who'd only just recently gotten into yaoi. The story is very comical and fast-paced, so there's never a dull moment. Observing how Satou slowly but surely comes over to the dark side also feels very rewarding. Don't forget to check out the bonus chapter available only on Renta!: "Welcome to the Yaoi Research Club: 2-in-1 Bonus Chapter". (Posted by Yao)
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The Billionaire Boss's Secretary Bride
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The Billionaire Boss's Secretary Bride

Posted on Nov 7th / Genre: Harlequin

The Billionaire Boss's Secretary Bride
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This manga is a great read for a cozy fall night in, when you can just curl up with some tea and a heartwarming love story! It's good for those times when you're not in the mood for anything too dramatic or outlandish- just a good dose of mutual (oblivious) pining!
Gina is a secretary to Harry, a handsome and talented young man whose past experiences turned him into a player. He isn't interested in long-term relationships or starting a family and he's rather upfront about it. On the other hand, Gina longs to get married and settle down with one man she knows just won't do it: Harry! In order to move on, she decides to quit her job and relocate from Yorkshire to London. But, on her last day, Harry invites her out to dinner. What seems like a social obligation turns out to be so much more...
The main couple is extremely likeable, and very realistic. I really enjoyed how Harry, despite being a playboy, is straightforward and decent, and Gina has emotional strength and always stands up for herself. It was quite thrilling to see them have one misunderstanding after another, and somehow always get even closer together despite that. There is actually little unnecessary drama which makes for a believable story. Highly recommended! (Posted by Quin)
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Buckle up, Captain! -Animal Instinct Flies First Class-
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Buckle up, Captain! -Animal Instinct Flies First Class-

Posted on Oct 31st / Genre: Spicy

Buckle up, Captain! -Animal Instinct Flies First Class-
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Anna is excited for her first assignment after finishing the flight attendant training. She made sure she got on the same flight as the hot pilot she met earlier and on top of that, because of her low grades and lack of experience, other flight attendants won't let her interact with the passengers. Instead, she's assigned to the "special section" and has to take care of the pilots. This should be a punishment, but she actually couldn't be happier... When the pilots ask her to bring them some coffee, however, it turns out that isn't the only thing they expect of her. (Posted by Pepper)
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