The Writer's Hand -Life with My Housekeeper-
Posted on Jan 13th / Genre: Shojo
It Felt Good from the First Touch
Posted on Jan 6th / Genre: Yaoi
My Brother's Friend Likes to Flaunt It
Posted on Dec 29th / Genre: Love
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
Marriage Makers -Case Study: Mikoto Nagita, Lost Sheep-
Posted on Dec 16th / Genre: Shojo
You Want to Be Doted On More Than Anyone
Posted on Dec 9th / Genre: Love
Our House: Love Trouble
Posted on Dec 2nd / Genre: Yaoi
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.
Posted on Nov 25th / Genre: Harlequin
Sorry! Everyone's Favorite Prince Is No Longer Innocent
Posted on Nov 18th / Genre: Shojo
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
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
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
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
I'll Teach You How to Behave -My Yakuza Boyfriend's Sensual Touch-
Posted on Oct 14th / Genre: Love
Posted on Oct 7th / Genre: Yaoi
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!