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The Writer's Hand -Life with My Housekeeper-

Posted on Jan 13th / Genre: Shojo

The Writer's Hand -Life with My Housekeeper-
Shojo

Jo's comment

Ikumi won a prestigious award for her writing and was ready to move on to even bigger and better things. But, that was two years ago, and since her highly-regarded debut novel, she's been stuck with a big old case of writer's block. While she still has the drive and passion to write that next great novel, she's so focused on her work that it's taking a toll on her physical and mental health. Her editor decides to take things into his own hands and asks his friend Renji to start working as Ikumi's housekeeper. That way, she can do all those boring things like eating or sleeping or, like, actually living her life. The only problem with this wonderful plan is that he forgets to inform Ikumi beforehand, so she comes home only to find a strange man has let himself in with the spare key she let her editor borrow. Obviously, this isn't the best way to introduce yourself, so the poor girl is terrified and tells him in no uncertain terms to leave immediately. But, soon after, Ikumi gets sick and passes out, giving herself a nasty hand injury in the process. With her dominant hand out of commission, she has no choice but to accept Renji's help... but she's not gonna like it! Ikumi is super nervous and uncomfortable with her new predicament, but as the story progresses, she and Renji learn to rely on each other more, and Ikumi slowly begins to get over her insecurities. If you like cute stories about personal growth and overcoming misunderstandings small and large, you gotta hand it to Nene Mitsuharu for crafting this lighthearted and fun story!

It Felt Good from the First Touch

Posted on Jan 6th / Genre: Yaoi

It Felt Good from the First Touch
Yaoi

Yao's comment

Part supernatural, part "businessmen in love," It Felt Good from the First Touch is a cute and original story about a man named Okiya who is able to see the 'aura' of those around him. He can tell when his colleagues have a fake smile, or if his significant other is upset and hiding it - not just because he's good at reading people, but because he can literally see and feel the mood surrounding them. This has been a blessing and a curse, because it's made him very skilled in interpersonal situations, but has also made him distrust the way people act at face value. That is, until he meets his colleague Koga. Koga is honest to a fault, sometime saying things that can even be seen as rude or inappropriate. The only thing he seems to hide is an intense affection for Okiya. Okiya likes being around Koga just to bask in the sweet, warm mood surrounding him, and even suggests the possibility of getting closer. But, is Okiya ready for the sincere love that Koga has for him after a lifetime of learning how to read others just by looking at them? Overall, this is a really sweet story about having to learn to be open and communicate with the people you love - because you might not be reading their feelings correctly, even if you think you are.

My Brother's Friend Likes to Flaunt It

Posted on Dec 29th / Genre: Love

My Brother's Friend Likes to Flaunt It
Love

Candi's comment

We've got a sweet anthology this time, with four different couples! The cover illustration features the first couple, Haruka and Iori, and honestly I don't think it does justice to how pretty the art is on the inside! So lets talk a little bit about that first story shall we...?
Haruka has moved out of her parent's place, now that she's in college, and into her brother's apartment. The only thing getting her down is her brother's unusually sexual friend Iori, who keeps coming over (why is he always wearing tank tops!) The definition of a pretty boy, Iori has a sleek but muscular physique that he can't help but show off, and a... suggestive, way with words. Not to mention the detail in which his 'package' is drawn. It turns out that this sexuality of his is enough to win Haruka over, with her being the one to land the first kiss!
My two favorite things about this book are: how sexy and consensual all the smut is, and how the women are portrayed as being strong whilst still being feminine. The relationships are all super wholesome and honestly this is all exactly what this genre needs more of!

Flower Crowns from the Knight

Posted on Dec 23rd / Genre: Harlequin

Flower Crowns from the Knight
Harlequin

Quin's comment

Donna Bianca and Raul are childhood sweethearts in Florence, but Raul is the son of a knight while she is the daughter of a wealthy and influential merchant. Refusing to allow his daughter to marry a lowly knight, her father breaks up the marriage and arranges for her to marry a wealthy man in Rome. Fearing Raul will attack her father, Donna Bianca acts as if she is breaking off their relationship willingly. Years later, she is single and back in Florence when Raul returns as well, but he is not the same man he once was. Her betrayal affected him deeply, and he became a powerful and cold mercenary. Reunited at last, Donna Bianca tries to break through this new facade and find the man she knew and loved, but is it too late? You'll have to read through the story to find out, but I'm sure you will enjoy it! It's a moving story of lasting love that can overcome the passing of time and various obstacles.

Marriage Makers -Case Study: Mikoto Nagita, Lost Sheep-

Posted on Dec 16th / Genre: Shojo

Marriage Makers -Case Study: Mikoto Nagita, Lost Sheep-
Shojo

Jo's comment

Ahhh, this story is so cute! At first, I was like, "Oh, another story about a woman who just wants to get married," but for poor Nagisa, her circumstances couldn't be more different! Saddled with all the duties at her small-town bank, she is forced to do hours of overtime while being berated constantly by her newlywed boss. And all the other women work part-time, so they don't even stick around to help her. It just makes you want to shout at the top of your lungs from your balcony about the injustice (which she also does)! But, she can't just quit, because of course then she'd have no money. That's when she hatches a plan: become married so that she can be insured under Category 3 of the National Pension and basically become a dependent of her spouse, so she can work part-time without having to worry about paying pension taxes. There's just one little problem: how is she supposed to find a husband...? That's when she hears about a marriage making service that supposedly 100% guarantees she'll find a partner. With her new personalized Marriage Maker, Atago, she's ready to roll the dice and start her first "marriage simulation" in this lighthearted fantasy comedy. I love the way Nagisa's character is written - down-to-earth, but also accepting of the kind of magical (and not-so-magical) things going around her. If you're looking for a case study in humor and interesting storytelling, you won't be a lost sheep if you check out this story!

You Want to Be Doted On More Than Anyone

Posted on Dec 9th / Genre: Love

You Want to Be Doted On More Than Anyone
Love

Candi's comment

A sweet and spicy story with a really cute premise! Riko is a brilliant, hard-working business woman who's loved by all her female colleagues for being someone they can rely on?she's not afraid to stand up against sexual harassment, or against the powerful men in her field. Some would even call her "chivalrous?a phrase usually reserved for men. But Riko's whole life, she's harbored a secret: deep down she loves girly, cute, feminine things and has always been desperate for her own prince charming to come sweep her off her feet. When she meets and starts a relationship with an old classmate she's forced to decide: will she continue being the woman she believes he fell in love with, or will he finally allow someone to see her true, authentic self? At its core, this is a story about not judging a book by its cover, and learning to accept yourself for who you really are rather than what the world expects you to be?with plenty of spicy scenes thrown in to mix things up! This book stands out because it turns the trope of the powerful businesswoman on its head, and shows that all people can be multifaceted in both their personalities and interests!

Our House: Love Trouble

Posted on Dec 2nd / Genre: Yaoi

Our House: Love Trouble
Yaoi

Yao's comment

Mmm ripped men in suits... truly a gift. I see plenty of businessmen in Boys' Love but Owal's art just really hits the spot y'know? Just the right amount of chiseled... Anyway... This manga has hella energy! It never really stops to take a break (not that it needs to) and just keeps going like a record-holding roller coaster. Nonohiko is the pure, innocent, virgin boy who's just entered a house of MEN. I say men, there's really only one man that's out to dirty Nonohiko's purity, and that the beautiful, sex crazed Hibiki.
The story starts off pretty intense, with Hibiki mistaking Nonohiko for a call-boy he ordered, but then they hit the 'oh we actually like each other' part and it gets strangely wholesome (but still hot and sweaty as heck) and you find yourself furiously flipping pages so you can reach the next bang-fest.
"Our House" really manages to pull off a smut heavy story, whilst keeping the relationship sweet and interesting to follow, which a lot of smuttier series struggle to do. Also, inverted nipples. That is all.

Blindside Date

Posted on Nov 25th / Genre: Harlequin

Blindside Date
Harlequin

Quin's comment

Jayde and Garrett couldn't be more different. Garrett is a playboy lecturer and partygoer who is always surrounded by women. Jayde is a serious, diligent student who focuses on helping the less fortunate... and she's never been kissed! In contrast to the flirtatious Garrett, Jayde is saving her first kiss for the man she will marry. In a shocking turn, the two of them are invited to appear on a reality show about a blind date, and the promise of a fun raising segment to support Jayde's social work persuades her to take the offer. Throughout the course of the show, the two learn that while they may be complete opposites on the surface, they learn that they have more in common than they initially thought. This story shows that first impressions are not always reliable, and people are much more complicated than initial appearances. It also shows that differences between two people aren't always a deal breaker and can sometimes even help bring people closer together. You will definitely enjoy this story if you enjoy rooting for people to overcome their differences, and their own difficult pasts.

Sorry! Everyone's Favorite Prince Is No Longer Innocent

Posted on Nov 18th / Genre: Shojo

Sorry! Everyone's Favorite Prince Is No Longer Innocent
Shojo

Jo's comment

Yoriko is a talent agent struggling to find new talent for her agency on a lonely Christmas Eve night, and that's when she stumbles upon high schooler Taichi crying alone on a park bench. And he's got the perfect face she was looking for! The pair soon bond over drinks (non-alcoholic in Taichi's case of course!) and Yoriko convinces Taichi to dip his toes into the pool of stardom. However, it's not exactly so easy for either of them. They have their fair share of failures, but they rely on each other through thick and thin. After seven grueling years, Taichi has finally become a household name, and he has Yoriko and her constant advice to thank. There's just one problem: Yoriko made sure that Taichi stayed pure and avoided the dark backroom deals common to the biz. Partly because of that, Taichi's never had his first true experience with a woman! He blames Yoriko for missing out on this important part of his life and wants her to help fix it!

Yoriko and Taichi are both so cute, and watching the two of them grow together through their hardships is really heartwarming! Their will-they-won't-they nature will keep you reading, hoping for something to happen between these two good friends and confidants. This prince may not be innocent, but it doesn't stop this manga from being a sweet read!

Bride of the Zaitsu Family

Posted on Nov 11th / Genre: Love

Bride of the Zaitsu Family
Love

Candi's comment

This anthology includes two stories: Bride of the Zaitsu Family and I'm the Master.

In Bride of the Zaitsu, Choko Kojima moves in with her fiance, Eiichi Zaitsu. Eiichi's 19-year-old son, Sai, refuses to open up to Choko, asking her if she's just moved in because she did the deed with his dad and even flips her off. Frustrated but determined to get Sai to open up to her, Choko starts cooking meals for him and his father. Disinterested in her efforts, Sai closes himself up in a cabin within walking distance of his father's mansion. Choko cooks a meal and decides to take it to Sai and at least win over his stomach. On the way there, however, she's nearly attacked by a bear! She trips and falls, and when she wakes up she's in bed next to Sai and barely clad! She jumps out of bed and runs out of the bedroom and into his studio. There, she sees all of his beautiful paintings! Could she have misunderstood Sai from the get-go?

In I'm the Master, Aoi Katase is a workaholic who treats herself to a home cleaning service once a month with her favorite cleaner, Yuma Maki. Yuma usually comes to clean her place and cook her dinner while she's gone at work, so she's never met them, but she imagines Yuma's a sweet old lady. On one Friday after work, Aoi calls and requests Yuma while she unwinds with a beer. The service informs her that Yuma will only be available the next morning. Aoi asks them to send Yuma anyway. The next morning, her doorbell rings. In her glasses, pajamas, and with no makeup on, she answers the door and finds a man in a suit and tie at her doorstep. Assuming he's there to sell her something, she turns him away, but he hands her his business card. It turns out the sweet old lady she pictured was Yuma is him! She reluctantly lets him in, and so begins their adventure in getting to know each other!

If you're looking for a funny but sweet anthology to cozy up with by the fireplace, you won't want to miss this!

Love Doll on My Doorstep

Posted on Nov 4th / Genre: Yaoi

Love Doll on My Doorstep
Yaoi

Yao's comment

I don't think I have to tell you to never trust someone who knocks on your door and claims to be a sex doll! Especially if they're a suspiciously cute boy...
Taiyoh is surprised to find out that he's just won a cutting-edge sex doll, that's even gone and delivered itself to his door! Of course, he's not buying that story for a second, and slams the door on poor Michiru almost immediately. Something Michiru said sticks with him though, "So, you're abandoning me?" After spending all of his childhood in an orphanage, Taiyoh knows example what it feels like to be abandoned. Not wanting to leave the boy out in the cold, Taiyoh starts trying to work out: who is this sex doll?
The initial premise for this series is somewhat ridiculous, but it soon becomes clear that the real meat of story is about how people deal with abandonment and being part of a family. Though the story never goes too deep into the subject, focusing more on the leads' relationship, there's enough substance there to make this a cute, heartwarming and memorable story.

Your Baby or Mine?

Posted on Oct 28th / Genre: Harlequin

Your Baby or Mine?
Harlequin

Quin's comment

Marissa, a divorced single mother, teaches childcare classes for new parents. One day, a widower named Alec joins her class with his young daughter, Andrea.
Impressed by Marissa's skill and dedication, he invites her to be Andrea's live-in babysitter, as none of the previous women he hired could connect with her. Although hesitant at first, Marissa agrees to move in after being forced out of her apartment. Now living together, Alec must come to terms with his growing feelings for Marissa, which are at constant odds with his fear of loss after the death of his wife. Marissa also has to learn to trust men again after a bad experience with her ex-husband. This story really paints a painful picture of how difficult it can be for someone to move on following the death of a significant other. Can Alec overcome his fear of suffering that same heartbreak again and chase happiness? You'll have to read through it to find out!

After Being Scouted by God, I Ended up in an Alternate Universe. -Domestic Magic Makes for an Easy Life.-

Posted on Oct 21st / Genre: Shojo

After Being Scouted by God, I Ended up in an Alternate Universe. -Domestic Magic Makes for an Easy Life.-
Shojo

Jo's comment

We're back again with another fluffy isekai story that you should definitely check out if you like magic, talking animal friends, or just bubbly and fun manga in general! As a reward for her long and fruitful life, Towako is granted a second life by God in the war-torn magical world of Astaire. Reincarnated in a new body named Maria, she also receives three magical abilities as well: Domestic Magic, the ability to do household chores with a snap of her fingers; Appraisal, the ability to instantly recognize and learn about any object in the world; and an Item Box that can temporarily stop time. Armed with her new powers and a brand new life, Towako-Maria (or Toa for short) sets out to make a new life for herself. Domestic Magic certainly makes for a carefree life, but that doesn't mean that Toa can rest on her haunches. She still needs to find a place to live and a way to make a living somehow! This story keeps you turning every page wondering what talking mystical creature or magical potion will be coming next. If you enjoy light, carefree stories, you don't have to be scouted by God to read this comic!

I'll Teach You How to Behave -My Yakuza Boyfriend's Sensual Touch-

Posted on Oct 14th / Genre: Love

I'll Teach You How to Behave -My Yakuza Boyfriend's Sensual Touch-
Love

Candi's comment

Sakurako Tohdo is starting her first day at her new school and wants to show up looking perfect. She's running late, so Kana, her personal servant and chauffeur, helps style her and see her off to school. Sakurako's desperate to make new friends, so before Kana drops her off, she goes over a list of rules about how to behave in front of her friends: no calling her "Miss," no picking her up in a limo, and no black suits. Sakurako leaves school that day depressed no one talked to her at all. She's transferred to a school on the other side of town because everyone at her old one knew her family had ties to organized crime and she wanted a fresh start. Just then, a boy calls out to her, "Sakura!" Startled, she turns around sees Senri Hanada, her classmate, picking a cherry blossom petal out of her hair. Senri tells Sakurako how he wanted to approach her because she was so pretty, but couldn't work up the courage until then. He asks her to be his friend and to exchange her username with him. Kana catches Sakurako talking to Senri and drags her off campus, saying her dad wanted to see her immediately. In the car, Kana scolds Sakurako for being too defenseless and... kisses her!? She finds herself enjoying it more than she should, but quickly comes to her senses and pushes Kana off. They head inside and see her father, who tells her he's promised her hand in marriage to one of the sons of the Karyu gang! Sakurako runs to her room and holes herself up there, but Kana comes by to help her change out of her uniform and brush her hair. Sakurako then confesses that she wants Kana to see her as a woman. Kana flips her over on her bed and asks her if she knows what she's asking for! Will Kana go all the way with Sakurako? Read on and find out!

Angula Blue

Posted on Oct 7th / Genre: Yaoi

Angula Blue
Yaoi

Yao's comment

A cross-dressing kink, again? Yes, yes this is my thing right now. And no, I'm not sorry.
So, this cutie Yuya is totally into wearing women's underwear (only the bottom half mind you) and is terrified of anyone finding out about his kink. Cue him bumping into an old friend from high-school, Kazuaki, outside a lingerie shop. A friend who happens to also be a lingerie designer. It's like the stars have aligned, only the stars have pretty lace and frills around the edges (there's an interesting image for you!) Anyway, Kazuaki is here to help Yuya accept the part of himself that likes wearing women's underwear, and also, to ravish him while he's wearing said underwear. It's both hot and heartwarming really, a win-win!
This volume also features two other one-shots: one about a drag-queen and his co-worker, and one about a guy who likes it in the ass a bit too much. That's plenty of bang for your buck!
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