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Friday, February 22, 2019

Best Seme List - Part Two #mustread #mmromance #yaoi #BL

Best Seme List - Part Two

Welcome to BRB, everyone! Today’s post is a continuation and the second part to my “Best Seme” list.

Just to reiterate, for those who didn’t read my first post…
After reading so many manga (yaoi, bara and BL) included, I wanted to compile a list of my all-time favourite semes, otherwise known as “the attacker” (the top or tachi). This doesn’t mean I don’t like the ukes: “the receiver” (the bottom or neko) but if the seme has a heart, is devoted and not a total prick, as many are, I’m a fan.

Now, other fans might question my choices. And, trust me, I don’t like rape (a common theme in yaoi); it’s unrealistic that the victim would ever come to fall for their rapist. Having said that, I admit some of the characters on my list weren’t wonderful in the beginning and treated the ukes badly, but I believe in redemption and there are several that did redeem themselves. And, I must mention, even though it’s not uncommon to see a big, gloriously handsome older seme, that isn’t always the case. Nowadays, the seme can be everything from introverted to unassuming, younger to a whiner, crybaby and small of stature. It’s a mixed bag. So, whatever your flavour, I’m positive there is a seme out there for you. :)



21. Factory Manager Maki (tough, blunt, has a flair for the overdramatic, and a total sweetheart). Konomi ja Naka to is a romantic comedy set in Fukuoka. After Yukinori's father collapses, he returns home to help run the family business, a welding shop. His incompetence and carelessness cause nothing but friction with Maki, who finds Yukinori frustrating. However, as Yukinori improves so does their relationship. Even though both men are eccentric that’s what makes them the most unlikely perfect couple.


22. Knight-Captain Leopold (chivalrous and loyal, but lacks confidence). Liebling (darling in German), is a romantic drama where two worlds collide, centuries past and the present, due to a blood curse. Knight-Captain Leopold deflects a spell and winds up in the present day, where he accidentally slices the chest of Taehoon. In the case of Leopold and Taehoon it isn’t love at first sight, but instead theirs’ is a relationship shaped by fate. Regardless of gender, age-gap, ethnic backgrounds and circumstance, eventually, they do care for one another. Leopold is a kind-hearted man, and when he does fall for Taehoon, his love is unconditional. This webcomic is thoroughly intriguing as the scenes flip between the past and present, becoming more intertwined with each chapter.


23. Brewer Shuusaku Nakagawa (icy cold, serious, difficult but committed). The Scent of Apple Blossoms is a three-volume slice of life romance in which Mutsuki Haruna, who works for an alcohol distribution company, is assigned to get a contract from sake producer: Wakatake Brewery. Mutsuki’s heard all about the intimidating master brewer and is reluctant to deal with him. But, he unexpectedly runs into the owner's handsome but aloof grandson, Shuusaku Nakagawa, and falls for him at first sight. The encounter annoys Shuusaku and displeases his grandfather, but regardless, Mutsuki continues undaunted to pursue both the elusive contract as well as the icy cold Shuusaku.



24.  Company Man Shinoda (mild-mannered, friendly and brilliant). Career Gate is a romantic drama with endearing characters. Ozaki, a project planner, works diligently every day in the hope he will achieve his dream: a pass to enter the “Career Gate”. Only the most successful in his line of work are granted access. While he and co-worker Shinoda put together a project, Ozaki struggles to hide his feelings for Shinoda. But what he doesn’t know is Shinoda is hiding something from him. This stand-alone manga is a good read, as Shinoda proves he doesn’t have to be a prick seme to fulfill his desires.

 

25. Mute Soohan (gentle, introverted, but strong when he needs to be). Intense is a dark dramatic romance that shows the grim reality of gang life and, what happens when a pair of young men with nothing to lose, triumph over their greatest fears. Jiwoon’s father commits suicide over a massive debt, leaving Jiwoon in the hands of the mafia. Raised in an abusive and unforgiving environment, he rarely speaks and does what he’s told to do. But when his boss ends up in jail, he’s banished to live in the red-light district, where he meets a mute Soohan. Jiwoon is immediately taken with Soohan; he’s attractive with a gentle nature. And he can’t stop staring at Soohan’s amazing eyes. Eventually, they strike up a rapport that turns intimate. But only weeks into their relationship Jiwoon’s boss gets out of jail, and the pair are forced apart. In desperation, Soohan follows his lover into the lion's den. Aside from Leopold, Soohan is the most courageous seme on this list.



26. Average Guy Makoto Kanekura (sincere and hard-working, but a touch naïve). In the romantic, smutty comedy Spend Wisely, Makoto Kanekura works hard every day to pay off a debt incurred by his father. Until loan shark, Manami Godai, who fronted the money, promises to hook him up with a lucrative job. He tells Makoto, every time he sleeps with him he’ll slash $300 off the debt. Makoto doesn’t care for the arrangement and fears the worst until Manami strips and confesses he’s a hardcore bottom. This story is a lot of fun, and although straight, Makoto can’t help but fall for Manami.



27. Manga Artist Yuzuru Hojyo (diligent, laid-back and a smooth talker). The Manga Artist’s Pen, is a light-hearted romance. Chiaki Haruno thought he got a position as a literary editor, but discovers he will be editing manga, and yaoi manga no less. Then when asked if he likes yaoi, he accidentally tells the manga artist, “Hell no!” After which he also tells the artist, he’s only doing it to get a transfer. Yuzuru doesn’t want to work with an editor who isn’t interested in the genre he writes or wants to use it as a stepping-stone, and Chiaki has to beg him to stay with the company. But Yuzuru's doesn’t let him off easy. Yuzuru is a handsome seme blessed with an adorable uke.


Well, that’s part two of my Best Seme list! Enjoy!
Happy Yaoi Hunting!
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Blak Rayne

Friday, January 18, 2019

Blast from the Past! #mustread #LGBTQ #mmromance #short



The Jock

 ‘Time is evanescent. Memories are forever.’

Stuck in a traffic jam on the highway, in the middle of a record-breaking heat wave, Adrian Greene has more on his fevered mind than praying for rain and getting home. With little else to do, his thoughts stray to a better time in his life—his youth and an adventurous three years spent with his first boyfriend. If there’s one thing he longs for, it’s a chance to relive it all.

Excerpt:

I avoided Tim for days afterwardthe cafeteriaanywhere I happened to see him, or hear his voice. Until we met up in science class and I had nowhere left to run. Mr. Gilchrist wouldn’t allow anyone to swap partners, even though I told him it was a life-or-death situation. He just glared, pointing to the back of the classroom. I edged along the wall, avoiding everyone’s prying stares and slumped into the chair next to Tim, dumping my notebook on the table.
“It’s been a while,” he murmured, below the teacher’s announcements.
I refused to answer him and took out my pen.
“Sooner or later you’ve got to speak to me.” Sitting erect, he flipped open the science book. “We’re partners and we’ve got a project to do.”
He placed the book between us, and his hand brushed mine. I flashed a timid grin at him and he smiled. Why did he have to be attractive and the sole object of my carnal desire?
We read the next chapter in the textbook and discussed what we’d do for the project. The time went quickly, and before the class ended, we were putting together the fragmented pieces of our friendship. We talked about our parents and music, and sports, not that I had any real interest, however, we did avoid the “lump under my chip bag” topic.
The bell rang.
Tim shot to his feet and slipped me a piece of paper from his notebook. “Read it when you get home.”
“Huh?” I started to unfold it and he snatched it from my grasp.
“Didn’t you hear me? Not here, Adrian, okay?” He glanced about, lowering his voice. “Promise me.”
“Ah…okay.” I stuffed the paper in a rear pocket.
“See you tomorrow!”
And with that, he was gone like a bullet, the first out of the classroom. Guys didn’t write guys notes, not usually anyway, so naturally, he’d piqued my curiosity. Floating from the room wearing a grin, I wove through the oncoming maze of students. Outside, my mother had parked along the curb, across the street in the shade of a maple tree. She waved and smiled.
“How was your day?” She started the car.
“Good!” I clicked the seat belt and then lifted my rump to get at the note. Apprehensive, though eager, I unfolded the lined piece of paper.
“What’s that?”
“Nothing, just a note from a friend….” I read the first couple sentences and my cheeks flushed. Even though the majority of Timothy’s chicken-scratch handwriting was almost impossible to decipher, ‘fondle your balls’ came across pretty clear. 
She glanced at me. “It must be somethingyour face is red.”
Scrunching the paper, I laughed nervously. My groin ached with sexual arousal. “It sure is hot in here!”
“Is it?”
“Oh yeah, I’m boiling, Mom.” I fanned a hand in front of my face while stuffing the paper back into my pocket.
“Well, turn on the air-conditioning.”
Fiddling with the knobs, I asked, “Is dad home yet?”
“Tomorrow night, honey. Remember?”
“That’s right, ” I said cheerfully. “It’ll be nice to see him.”
“It will be.” She kept her hands at ten and two, never deviating. “You know, you should invite that boy over for dinner tomorrow night.”
“Boy?”
She laughed, dithering a little over his name. “Tim, I think. You said he’s new to the school and doesn’t have a lot of friends yet.”
I thought about the letter and whether it would be a wise idea. “I don’t know if he’d want to.”
“It wouldn’t hurt to ask.”


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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Wednesday, January 16, 2019

Kick-Ass Characters Every Writer Can Appreciate! #authors #writing #mustread #kickass

Kick-Ass Characters Every Writer Can Appreciate!

Welcome to BRB, everyone! Not only are the following characters memorable but they’re also endearing, and have become some of my personal favourites. Even though in most cases, these characters supposedly play a supporting role, they are integral to each plot. Without them, these stories just wouldn’t be the same. They are unique and provide inspirational templates which any writer can appreciate. Simply put, they’re awesome!

Best Selling Manga Series - Fullmetal Alchemist by Hiromu Arakawa
Action-Adventure, Fantasy

The main story goes that after finishing their alchemy training, brothers Edward and Alphonse Elric attempt to bring their mother Trisha back with an alchemy ritual. But the transmutation backfires, and according to the law of alchemy, there is always an equivalent exchange. Edward loses his left leg while Alphonse is dragged through the Gate of Truth. Edward sacrifices his right arm to retrieve Alphonse’s soul, binding it to a suit of armour with a blood seal. There are many interesting characters in this series, but the one I favour is Roy Mustang, a twenty-nine-year-old State Alchemist and Edward’s superior working for the Amestris State Military. He’s a flame alchemist with a checkered past. He can set anything and anyone on fire with the snap of his fingers. His power is kick-ass!



Best Selling Novel SeriesHarry Potter and, well, any of the seven titles by JK Rowling
Urban Fantasy with splashes of the Supernatural and Paranormal

What can I say? Everyone knows Harry Potter, and if they don’t, they’ve haven’t been paying attention to the world of wizardry at all. Honestly, I’m a Tolkien fan by rights, but I still enjoy JK Rowling’s amazing imagination. My favourite character is Professor Severus Snape. Immediately, from the get-go, I sensed there was much more going on with the dark arts teacher. His level-headed, reserved and seemingly uncaring personality didn’t turn me off but intrigued, and I knew nothing could be farther from the true. I watched the movies first then read the books, so my perspective is a bit different from my bestie and her husband who are Potter fanatics (and that’s putting it mildly). Snape is a multilayered character who serves many purposes throughout the overall story arc, and if it wasn’t for him, I don’t think Harry would've survived. Love him!



The Alien Franchise – by Ridley Scott and others…
Science-Fiction Horror

In my humble opinion, the Alien franchise is the finest example of creepy science-fiction. There hasn’t been any movie before or since that’s even come close to obtaining such a cinematic legacy. To this day, Aliens remains hands-down, my favourite sci-fi movie. I watch it probably five times a year—not to mention I’ve got a Queen Alien sitting in my office along with some other little ones. But what really makes this movie…Ellen Ripely and her estrogen loaded battle against the big Ma-Ma alien. An incredible script and amazing CGI (considering the time period) along with Sigourney Weaver’s unforgettable performance made my lifetime. To have a female protagonist, and one that’s tough, intelligent but not egotistical who keeps her femininity intact is wonderful! Ellen Ripely is definitely my hero.



Best Selling Manga SeriesBleach by Tite Kubo
Action-Adventure, Supernatural, maybe even Paranormal

After hotheaded teenager Ichigo Kurosaki obtains the powers of a Soul Reaper (Shinigami ‘Death God’) from another Soul Reaper, Rukia Kuchiki, he inherits his parents’ destiny. But his new powers, come at a price. He takes on Rukia’s job, defending humans from evil spirits and guiding departed souls to the afterlife. This series has several story arcs with an underlying theme. Again, as with any action-adventure type series, there are many characters. Of course, I love Ichigo, who is one of the most powerful characters and main protagonist, but I also have a soft spot for Kisuke Urahara. He is the epitome of intelligence, grace and strength, and at times, he provides a touch of comedic relief. But there is much more to this ex-captain—inventor—scientist—genius. He is a pivotal character and the Ying to Souske Aizen’s Yang, so-to-speak.



So, those are four characters that I appreciate! 


Blak Rayne
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