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Friday, August 3, 2018

Nipple Bingo and My Love #reviews #digital #mustread #yaoi

Welcome to, BRB!

My reviews today are Nipple Bingo and My Love, both stories are posted on the internet but technically they aren't "webcomics", but rather mangas that are read online. I still can't decide whether I'm happy or not with this approach to selling books. Kobo does it, as does Kindle, et cetera. You buy a digital copy, but you can't actually download it; you have to read it with a specific app or on a specific device or the website where you purchased it. I prefer to download my own digital copy (PDF) from publishers/distributors such as Sublime manga or June. It may not be a paperback, but the digital file is mine forever. 

Recently, I did a post on Tapas this time it's Renta!. Due to the fact that I have a large library on Renta!, I couldn't decide which titles to review at first. Finally, it came down to comedy and drama.

Nipple Bingo by Asuka Ibuki is the story of Kishiwada, a delinquent and his overly sensitive nipples. I know, funny right? Well, don't let the title fool you. This manga is actually pretty good. The art is excellent with attention paid to detail and the main characters, Kishiwada and his childhood friend Andoh, are simply a pair of hot, loveable delinquents (if you can call them that). Andoh is funny where Kishiwada tries to play the tough-guy. However, when anyone touches his nipples he turns to mush. When these two were kids they used to play a game Andoh called "nipple bingo", which he thought was hilarious until he discovered Kishiwada had very sensitive nipples which caused Andoh to fall for his friend. Andoh believed he had a problem and scared of his feelings, he ignored Kishiwada then he moved away. Kishiwada burst into tears devastated by the loss. 
Years later as teens they are reunited. Andoh is madly in love and chases Kishi in his own way. Kishi feels the same but refuses to give in to Andoh, who he believes has become a man whore. The best parts of this manga are the art and humour; every page is eye-catching and Andoh's expressive face and cheeky one-liners provide the perfect balance to Kishi's shy sexiness and tough-guy act.
This series isn't finished yet, so I'm curious to see if these two will stick it out and if Kishi will get the surgery he claims to want. Sorry, but you'll have to read the manga if you want to know more. 5 Stars!

My Love by Minori Saku is touching, at times sad but also uplifting, as Homare, a purchaser of family products and a man who loves children, is constantly ridiculed and hurt for being gay. Homare meets Junpei in a restaurant after work. Junpei is drunk but just his "type", and he hits on the man. Junpei politely turns him down, but that doesn't thwart Homare's advances. And after Junpei leaves the restaurant Homare attacks him before helping him home, where he meets Junpei's daughter. Shocked then guilt-ridden he puts Junpei to bed and leaves with haste. From that night on the men slowly become acquainted and eventually fall for one another. But it's Homare that seems to have difficulty accepting a healthy relationship. He isn't used to being with a good man or having his own family. He's been hurt and alone for so long, he's scared and resists in the beginning. But Junpei is patient and loving.
My Love is an excellent story so far, not to mention it's realistic. Junpei is one of the most caring, patient and docile semes I've ever come across. Honestly, you can't help but love both these men and appreciate the hardships they're trying to overcome. I can't wait to see where the story leads. 

Blak Rayne

5 Stars!

Monday, July 30, 2018

The Reaper Complete Series #mustread #print #thriller #series



The Reaper Complete Series is available in eBook and print!


The Reaper Complete Series


Fate. Love. And the inevitable. Welcome to Z’s world.’

For Z, prostitution is a way of life, but it’s also become his prison. Desperate to forget his ugly existence, even if it’s only once a week, he confides in a john—a mysterious but kind man named Brody.
For Brody, he’s found something special in Z—an innate charm and pure view of the world—qualities he can appreciate. He’s grown fond of Z and comfortable with their routine, but he knows it will soon come to an end.
As Z’s affection burgeons for the unusually altruistic Brody, he discovers the man has a dark secret. Nothing is ever as it seems.


Excerpt:
Brody exited the room to the blare of the central alarm, frantic shouts from staff members, doors slamming, and the tremor of movement as guards approached a pair of men who were stabbing each other. He turned west and stepped around a dead woman on the way to the communal showers, where orderlies struggled to subdue a male in his late teens. As he passed the commotion, his eyes locked with the teenager’s, and he knew the kid was an inductee—glazed, lifeless pupils were a definite sign of Doctor Günter’s methods of proselytization. But as the four crashed into the doors, he noticed something else. The kid was holding a steel pipe pitted with rust.
He immediately changed his course, entered the concrete room, shot each orderly dead, then aimed at the teen, who hastily crab-walked back into a row of lockers.
“I know who you are.” The kid stared blankly.
“Give it to me.”
“This?” The kid looked at the pipe in surprise. “What’s a gunslinger like you want with a dinky piece of metal?”
“I prefer well-used things.”
“You really wanna sock it to someone.”
“I enjoy the sound a bone makes when it breaks.” Brody frowned and pointed the gun at the kid’s forehead. “But I also enjoy watching the trail of carnage a bullet leaves behind as it burrows through human flesh.”
The kid laughed nervously, tossing the pipe on the tile floor with a loud clank that echoed off the brick tomb. “Take it. It’s yours.”
“A wise decision.” Brody was scooping up the pipe and heading for the door when he heard a click. Whipping his arm back, he fired, and a bullet drilled the teen’s chest dead center. The kid gulped, wide-eyed, shakily setting a revolver on the floor. “However, that decision was not,” Brody said gravely, as the boy breathed his last. He’d taken no enjoyment in killing him. Perhaps he was losing his taste for it because the only objective he had in mind was to save Zeus. Zeus had become his reason for living—and his pretext to eliminate anyone who stood in his way.
Discarding the gun, he strode out of the communal shower with his newly acquired weapon. No one was in sight. At the end of the wide corridor, he pushed on the exterior exit door and walked into the glow of silvery moonlight and the stale humidity of a muggy summer evening. The alarm wasn’t so deafening outside. He noted several black lumps—bodies lying in the grass—before a gunshot, and the barking of dogs in the distance caught his attention. Studying the forested area, he allowed the pipe to slip a bit lower before retightening his grip. There were four directions he could take, and he chose north. His instinct told him it was the correct path, and he took off running, to be swallowed by the murky woods.
He saw every living thing, frame by frame: the pine needle–littered forest floor, rocks, the gnarled roots of trees, ferns, toadstools, and the white luminosity of tiny, bell-shaped white flowers that perfumed the air with an intoxicating scent. In all the years he’d spent in captivity, he’d never bothered to appreciate his surroundings. But now he noticed the beauty; he was drenched in it. Zeus needed to see the forest. And he wanted to show him. Maybe there’s hope for my wretched soul yet. He smirked and sped up.
Soon the trees thinned, and he came face-to-face with a new challenger. The blond was one of Günter’s personal guards, of German descent, tall and ripped. His body language made it clear he wasn’t about to back down.
“We can either do this the easy way or…” Adalard pitted his fist into his palm and flexed his biceps.



Blak Rayne is an author of gay romance. She loves to write and believes it’s one of the greatest forms of self-expression. What better way to see inside the human soul? Blak Rayne resides in Canada, and yes, she is a woman, wife, and mother. She’s been writing and drawing since elementary school, and she loves anything that involves the arts. As for family, her daughter is her toughest critic and greatest support!

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Also by Blak Rayne
The Ideal Side of Love
The Ideal Side of Life
Carson’s Story
Older the Better
The Jock
Tease to Please (multiple authors)
Turkish Delight
Put Your Ho Ho’s On (multiple authors)
Reaper Series
Kiss the Reaper
Maximum Kill
Jack the Anthropophagite
Apprentice Killers
Embrace the Reaper
The Reaper Complete Series
eXtasy Books
Radioactive
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Saturday, July 21, 2018

Eyes on Me and Honey Catch #reviews #webcomics #mustread #BL

The popularity of webcomics has increased in recent years. Most entrepreneurial artists can’t rely on the traditional publishers to build a name or find recognition and are forced to go it alone. It’s no different than any other type of indie publishing; many gifted writers are ignored or passed over by agents as are musicians. But, with computer technology, the face of publishing has changed and will continue to do so in the future.
What I find fascinating is the level of talent. There are so many gifted people out there. I used to be an artist and pianist, but those talents fell to the wayside for years because life got in the way—not to say that’s a bad thing. But now I’m rusty, and I’m trying to revive the talent I have. And you know what that means… Practice makes perfect. *As I bang my head against the table*. Anyway, I’m old school. The mediums I use are charcoal, pencil crayon, ink, et cetera. My better half bought me a Wacom pad. However, I’m a long way off from creating anything noteworthy.
I also believe it’s imperative to support my fellow writers/artists. I have accounts at Renta!Lezhin and Tapas. Renta! is dedicated to manga writers/artists: love, yaoi, romance, shojo, Tatecomi and men. Lezhin and Tapas offer a good mixture from comics to novels. I’ve read a shit ton of stories on Renta! and, quite a few on Lezhin, but I’ll leave those reviews for another time. Today I will start with Tapas, since I recently joined and my “library” is small. The titles I’ve chosen are both BL. However, I will read anything.


Eyes on Me by Loonytwin is a story about Evan (blond) who forgets his keys at his friend Andrew’s place and when he picks them up a hot guy by the name of Marcus answers the door. Evan is taken aback by Andrew’s roommate and his lack of clothing. Marcus is a big tease, and he immediately finds Evan an appealing target. The story is a slow burn as Evan and Marcus gradually become acquainted. It’s obvious Evan has issues when it comes to dating and is leery of Marcus and his intentions, even though Marcus tries to reassure him.
The story is still in its infancy, so there is a lot of ground to cover, both plot-wise and with character development. However, at this point, even though EOM is simplistic, the author has laid a solid foundation. Her art is eye-catching, the dialogue well thought out and Evan, as one of the leads, is playfully endearing. Loonytwin has the facial expressions down pat and Evan with his emotionally charged personality is adorable. I’m sure as time goes EOM will become that much more of an engrossing read. The plot doesn’t have to be convoluted to ensnare the reader, a story can be character-driven, and that’s how I feel about EOM. At this point, it seems more character-driven with the storyline playing second. I can’t wait to read more! Love it!

My second choice at Tapas was Honey Catch by Wang Tao. Honey Catch conjures up an entirely different atmosphere in comparison to the happy-go-lucky feel of EOM. It gives off darker vibes and right from the first page. Even the art, although equally as good, is ninety-nine percent black and white.
Chu Lin was sexually assaulted by a group of older girls at fourteen, an incident that leaves him psychologically scarred and, a mess, as he gets older. He can’t cope with relationships; he doesn’t know what real love is, but isn’t averse to falling in love. For him, getting there is the battle. Then one day, his whole life falls apart (loses his girlfriend, job and home). He gets drunk and meets a stranger, Ziming Liang. Ziming is a rising star in the fashion industry, where Chu Lin is lost and uncertain of his future. Ziming Liang takes him home and tries to have his way with him. But he quickly retreats when he realizes he might fall in love with Chu Lin; a rule he’s never broken. He’s gay and every partner is only good for one thing, sex. Chu Lin comes across as feisty and spirited, but underneath he's shy and lacks confidence. Where the seemingly unfriendly Ziming Liang puts on the “tough act”, but has an undaunting kind streak. As time goes they inadvertently build a relationship. But the question is… Where will it take them?

Honey Catch takes off from the first page. It’s strong characters, emotive dialogue, beautiful art and plot twists kept me reading. The story is far from over, and I can already feel the tension building—thanks to a few outside characters and two subplots the story could go in any direction. At this point, I fear for Chu Lin. And my only hope it that Ziming Liang doesn’t fuck things up (excuse my language). Because I can see with the way the author has constructed the story everything can easily go wrong, very fast. Needless to say, I love the drama and the tension it’s created. Honey Catch is excellent so far! Can’t wait to read more!

Blak Rayne
'Taking erotic to a sinful new level.'

*All images are copyrighted by their respective owners and are only used as a visual reference. If you want to read these webcomics click on the links provided in this post. Remember to support the artist!