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ME, MY BOSS, AND OUR LOVE STORY
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ME, MY BOSS, AND OUR LOVE STORY

Posted on December 13th / Genre: Yaoi

ME, MY BOSS, AND OUR LOVE STORY
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The story begins with the straight Tomoaki starting at his very first job and finding out that his very first boss, Chikashi, is gay. Now, it's still pretty uncommon to be out at work in Japan, so Tomoaki is quite taken aback, and the story progresses as he deals with this information.
Despite appearances, this manga is actually a comedy, and there are loads of scenes that had me grinning. It has some serious, realistic scenes that pack a punch too, though. I think that's what I love most about it! Tomoaki insists that he hasn't been straight since he developed feelings for Chikashi, and honestly, it's just such a nice difference to the normal yaoi stories where they're only gay for each other or try to deny their feelings for another guy or whatever, I actually shed a tear. I've been waiting so long to read a story like this...! But, on the other hand, it's not like, "'I like you!' 'I like you, too!' And they both lived happily ever after~" Chikashi is constantly worrying about what others will think of Tomoaki for being with a man and whether their relationship is worth it for Tomoaki. The characters' backstories are well fleshed-out, and you get to see both the good times and the bad. It's nice watching them all grow. I especially like the CEO, who plays a pretty big part... We get to see his past, too! (Yay!) So, yes, this is a comedy, but it will also tear your heart out through your eyes... Good times!

Aaand, as it happens, this is actually the first volume in a triology! Don't miss the second volume, "Me, My Trainee, and the Sequel to Our Love", out on December 13 2017! (Posted by Yao)
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A SENSIBLE WIFE
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A SENSIBLE WIFE

Posted on December 6th / Genre: Harlequin

A SENSIBLE WIFE
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I think I might have mentioned before how arranged marriages and pretend lovers are some of my favorite tropes. When I saw this manga with its gorgeous art and a storyline that promised to deliver several of my favorites all at once, I was really excited! I thoroughly enjoyed how the author played with the clich?s and made them feel fresh and interesting by adding small twists and introducing characters that you can't help but root for! Fate brings Deborah and Gil together in a typical yet sweet meet-cute moment and he offers to help her out if she agrees to pretend to be his wife for three months. It's only because he wants to ward off the advances of his colleague's wife, and since his actual fianc?e refuses to come to Indonesia where he's working on a project. Deborah reluctantly agrees and although she knows she shouldn't let herself fall for a man who's already engaged, she can't help but think about him every moment of the day. Gil seems uninterested at first, but could it be just a facade...? I can't reveal much else without spoiling the story, but I guarantee that you will find a few surprises along the way! Gil, with his seemingly calm and collected behavior, hides a lot more than he lets on, and Deborah is more than just a bright and carefree girl. The way they complement each other is really heart-warming! Be sure to check it out! (Posted by Quin)
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NO ONE SAID MY ROOMMATE WOULD BE A GUY!
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NO ONE SAID MY ROOMMATE WOULD BE A GUY!

Posted on November 29th / Genre: Spicy

NO ONE SAID MY ROOMMATE WOULD BE A GUY!
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So, you get into a college in Tokyo and decide to move in with your cousin, since you used to be very close when you were kids and now she lives alone in the city. Nothing wrong with that, right? Well, the protagonist of this book is about get much more than she bargained for... which doesn't necessarily have to be a bad thing, though.

Chika always thought that her cousin Kaoru was a girl, but it turns out she couldn't be more wrong. Pretty much as soon as she opens the door of her new apartment, it hits her that her cousin is a handsome young man... in a passionate embrace of another girl. The latter, naturally, storms out of the apartment, thinking that Chika is yet another one of Kaoru's girlfriends and you can't really blame her for that, as it turns out Kaoru is, in fact, quite the womanizer. And now, the half-naked Kaoru is going to show his cousin just how much he's changed over the years...

So, if you're in the mood for a spicy love story with a pushy, yet caring male protagonist, you surely won't be disappointed by this one! (Posted by Pepper)
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HOLD ME, LOVE ME
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HOLD ME, LOVE ME

Posted on November 22nd / Genre: Sweet

HOLD ME, LOVE ME
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I was drawn to this anthology after reading the first story, Sunshine After The Rain, starring 21-year-old heartbroken Hare and 37-year-old stern lawyer Koji (also on the cover). After losing her job, getting dumped by her ex Kento and kicked out of her apartment, Hare drowns her sorrows at the local bar. The next morning she wakes up to a ladle-whack to the head in an unfamiliar apartment. Koji, her new roommate, refreshes her memory over breakfast. He then gives her $300 and two options: take care of him and earn the money, or run back to Kento. She contemplates crashing at an internet café, but ends up surprising Koji with a home-cooked meal that night. Despite his tough exterior, Hare learns Koji is actually a big kid with an even bigger sweet tooth when he wolves down five homemade cream puffs in a row! Could he be her happily-ever-after?

I also loved the third story, What You Taught Me. Soichiro transfers to Yui's department after a rumored violent incident involving a female employee at HQ. Yui organizes his disaster of a welcome dinner. Feeling sorry, she invites him out for drinks. Soichiro is baffled. She didn't drink earlier, so why now? Yui reveals that she gets horny when she drinks. Three sheets to the wind later, they're between the sheets. Yui's feelings for Soichiro transform as the story and rumors unravel.

All five stories spotlight bereft protagonists swearing off relationships for good and clinging to preconceived notions about people and love. If you're in the mood for some heartwarming yet sweet love and fairly steamy sex, this one's for you. (Posted by Candi)
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