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Monday, March 2, 2015

How to Make Him/Her Happy - #love #relationships #sex #adults #holidays #article #men #women #gbltq

How to Make Him/Her Happy

What constitutes genuine love? I was sitting contemplating what to do for the hubby on Valentines (yes ladies Valentines isn’t just about you), when it hit me for this article. What’s the difference between sex and love? Is there a distinction between the two? Or do they coincide and work together to create a fulfilling experience?
We all know what the scientists have to say. At our most basic level, we as humans, need to reproduce, and at a certain point in our lives we feel that need more than ever. Our biological time clock ticks the loudest when we’re at our peak of reproductive life. Our bodies change when we’re on the prowl for the opposite sex. It’s proven that women and men have an unspoken agenda whether they consciously realize it or not. The pheromones are strong and the sexual urge even stronger. These two factors along with several other measurable physical changes occur when we seek the opposite sex for procreation. But what about the love? How does amour fit into the bigger scheme of things? Does an attraction automatically constitute love?
Initially, when we’re in love the grass seems greener doesn’t it. The birds chirp just slightly louder, and we feel like we’re on cloud nine. We become invincible. And when we actually have sex with the other person, we’ve fallen so deeply for, the bond seems complete. The beginning is great due to the chemical changes, but in time the chemical euphoria wears off. Have you ever had someone tell you: “I do love you, but I don’t love you like that any more.” Or my personal favourite, the one line that really stings. “I love you, but I’m not in love with you.” Yeah, and you can bet, I kicked his ass to the curb when that left his lips, especially when I found out he was cheating. Then there are those people who are actually in love with the idea of being in love. Okay, been there done that, when I was sixteen. I still romanticize of course. I still like the feeling of being love and the ideal side of it all, but now my outlook has become more realistic.
What happens when the chemical wears off? Well, this is what I think. Nothing. Yep, you heard me, a big, fat zero. I think if you’re genuinely in love with that person the love doesn’t just wear off. Oh maybe that first bit of excitement does, the titillation, and he or she can walk on water shit, but the real thing doesn’t. So obviously love is a deeper bond than just screwing.
The truth is we need that bond. Children require both parents. Mother Nature has reasons for creating us the way she did. Think about it tomorrow when you gaze upon the one you’re smitten with. Remind yourself why you fell heal over heals with him or her. Say it. Don’t be shy. Enjoy the life you’ve created together. Wine and dine each other and yes…kiss, hug, and make love! I don’t believe the love actually dies, I just believe we forget why we fell in love with one another. Regardless whether it's Valentine's Day or Easter or even Christmas, you have to remind each other why you're together.
Now, I’ll let you in on a little secret. Men love Valentine's Day just as much as we do, ladies. I know they say it doesn’t matter and we’re the ones that matter, and I say BULLSHIT! 

True Story~

Several years ago, I wandered into the local grocery story and purchased a dozen red roses, one personalized cake with a chocolate heart on top, lottery tickets, a card and some heart chocolates. Then I got in line for the till. This is no word of a lie and I swear on Grandma’s grave.
The teller says, “Wow you’re mom will be thrilled with all the gifts.”
There were two other women standing behind me: a black lady and an Asian lady (they were hilarious, pretending not to listen in).
I looked at the teller and said, “These aren’t for my mother. They’re for my husband.”
You should’ve seen the horrified look on her face. The other two women were all ears at this point, almost leaning into me.
“Well I don’t think a woman should be buying her husband stuff for Valentines,” the teller exclaimed.
“And why the hell not?” I asked. “I love him and he deserves a little recognition.”
God as my witness, this was her reply. “It just isn’t right. The man should dote on the woman. I’d never do it for mine. He doesn’t do it for me.”
No shit he didn’t bother with her, considering her attitude. This woman was in her late fifties and not a prize, I hate to say.
“Aww that’s a shame, no relationship should be like that,” I said. “Married long?”
“Thirty years.”
“Maybe if you pampered him once in a while you’d get the same in return. It works for me--the sex is awesome and I get it every night if I want.”
The teller went bright red and the other two women were grinning like kids in a candy shop. Next thing I knew, the two women dispersed and returned seconds later with all sorts of goodies in hand, telling me they’d try anything once if it meant more sex! LOL
Any they say men are simple creatures….

Happy Yaoi Hunting ^_^!!

Blak Rayne

Friday, February 27, 2015

The Tyrant Falls in Love #book review #mustread #yaoi #gay #manga #Japanese #koisuru boukun

Koisuru Boukun, or in English, The Tyrant Falls in Love, which is only one way to translate the title, art and story by Takanaga Hinako, is a dramatic yaoi with a school setting. Graduate student Souichi Tatsumi is demanding to deal with, violent, and tyrant, and adding to his already rather insufferable list of personality traits, he’s also a homophobe. On the other hand, his lab assistant Tetsuhiro Morinaga is a polite and kind man with the fortitude of a god, literally. After five years together, working side-by-side, Morinaga is hopelessly in love with Tatsumi, and fantasizes about him regularly. But Tatsumi doesn’t seem to care, and explodes at every turn, driving Morinaga to force a sexual and romantic relationship between them.

Okay, I read the entire series in two days and I’ve seen the anime. It isn’t my favourite yaoi and not because of the art or anything like that. I just found that by the end Tatsumi really grated on my nerves; sort of like Ritsu from Sekai-ichi Hatsukoi did, but far worse. I understand Tatsumi’s perspective and the type of brutal, say-whatever’s-on-my-mind, kind of character he is, but that doesn’t mean I have to sympathize or even like him. He just went on and on, hardly giving an inch. And even though he clearly loved Morinaga, he never said it. Grrr.
And here’s the craziest part of all: Tatsumi claimed to be a homophobe in yet he allows Morinaga to do him, then he beats him up. Thus creating this roller coaster ride of emotional highs and lows that gradually drove me insane. That isn’t to say that Morinaga was a hit with me either. He had me banging my head against my desk.
I get it. We’ve all been in love in our lives at least once, and we’ve probably all been in love with someone that didn’t reciprocate what we felt, the way we wanted. But hell, do you stick around to get shit-kicked? No. You leave. You move on to greener pastures. You find someone who reciprocates the love. Morinaga is a fool—a loving and generous fool—but a fool no less. So, where do I go from here? I say read this yaoi your own risk.
Though the art was okay, and the characters had potential, there was no solid finale to this manga. Tatsumi did soften just slightly at the end, but it was "too little too late" in my opinion. What would’ve been nice was if Morinaga’s brother had been given a second chance, especially after being repeatedly abused by his former best friend, who supposedly loved him…? Yeah, don’t ask. That whole part of the story was just plain SNAFU.

Although quite popular with readers, The Tyrant Falls in Love wasn’t the best yaoi I’ve ever read. The characters lacked personal development, and the plot remained stagnant, repeating the same theme over and over. In my opinion, the OVA was far better. Sadly, I give this series 2.5 stars.

Happy Yaoi Hunting!
Blak Rayne

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

More Vampires - Dracula Untold Review - Blak Rayne #vampires #paranormal #fiction #movie #drama #dracula #vlad

Welcome to BRB, everyone! In keeping with the theme this week, I’ve decided to post another vampyric review, but this one doesn’t have anything to do with research. It’s strictly for entertainment purposes. As I mentioned in my last post, I’m totally into vampires, dragons, and King Arthur, and not necessarily in that order. I’m a collector of many things: books, art, and music, to name only a few. And I really enjoy vampire movies. I’m not into horror, but more the paranormal.
I downloaded and watched Dracula Untold via iTunes; a movie that didn’t do overly well at the box office, but I enjoyed it all the same. What I liked about this movie was the new twist to an age-old tale of love, betrayal, and vengeance, as told by Bram Stoker.
The year is 1462 and Transylvania has been at peace for many years under the rule of Vlad III, played by Luke Evans (OMG is he related to Orlando Bloom?), until the Turkish Sultan Mehmed II blows into the kingdom and demands 1,000 boys to become soldiers for his army, which includes his son.
If you’re into the history surrounding Vlad and/or the legend of Dracula I would suggest you read another book I reviewed called Vlad: The Last Confession by C.C. Humphreys. The author did his homework and presented the infamous prince Vlad the Impaler in a different light. After reading the novel, I actually felt pity for the prince. Parts of Dracula Untold reminded me of the book, although neither have anything to do with the other.
So here’s the twist: Dracula or Vlad makes a pact with a vampire living in a cave, in the mountains, in order to save his son and the other boys. In the original it’s all about Dracula’s love for Mina, and a deal made with the devil. There’s significantly more to the story, but I don’t want to spoil it for anyone that hasn’t watched it yet.

As an avid reader and movie buff, and author, I can honestly say, regardless of the critics, I liked this movie. Even though the acting wasn’t Oscar winning, the special effects weren’t mind-blowing, and the script could’ve used another once over, the plot was certainly intriguing enough that I became immersed. Also, the ending was left open, however, I doubt there will be sequel. I give Dracula Untold 3 stars!

Happy Yaoi Hunting!
Blak Rayne

Sunday, February 22, 2015

Vampires - The Myths, Legends, and Lore - Book Review #novel #mustread #research #erotic #vampires #paranormal #review

Welcome to BRB, everyone! Currently, I’m working on completing a gay erotic romance about a vampire. Yes, I’ve jumped on the bandwagon (probably bounced right off). LOL Anyway, that’s why I purchased Vampires – The Myths, Legends, and Lore, and the following is my review.

To give you a little personal background, I’ve had a fascination with the “unknown”, well, anything that involves the paranormal, since childhood. I also find fringe science, conspiracy theories, ancient history, secret societies, religion, angels and demons, mythology, myths and legends intriguing. My house is bursting with books and not just novels, but reference books, and I’ve got quite the variety. If I had to choose, out of everything that I find the most fascinating, I’d have to pick: King Arthur, vampires and dragons, all of which are irrefutably controversial with enthusiasts and disbelievers alike. Did they exist? And in the case of vampires and dragons, do they still exist? The author with a big imagination inside me says: “Hell yes!”

Anyway, I love vampires, and especially the eroticism associated with them. I own numerous vampire movies and books. My all time favourite motion picture is Bram Stoker’s Dracula. Gary Oldman was spectacular. Another favourite is Underworld. I can’t get enough of Kate Beckinsale and Bill Nighy. So when I happened across Aubrey Sherman’s Vampires - The Myths, Legends, and Lore, I had to buy it. And I wasn’t disappointed. This small, 224 page, hardcover book was worth every dime. From the wonderful introduction to the last page, I couldn’t put it down. Divided into four parts, the author covered every aspect of vampires, starting with the history and finishing with a list of recommended nonfiction reading. Filled with quirky facts, grim legends, chilling true stories, etchings and drawings, this book was a delight to read. But I wouldn’t recommend it with the lights out. :) Definitely 5 Stars, and a must have for vampire lovers everywhere!

Happy Yaoi Hunting!
Blak Rayne