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Tuesday, September 4, 2018

Tie Me, Untangle Me, Kiss Me and You're My Prince #reviews #mustread #yaoi #online


If you’re looking for a decent range of (mainly but not limited to current publications) manga translated into English then Renta! has you covered. They upload love, yaoi, romance, shojo, seinen, shonen and have Tatecomi comics. As I understand it, they translate the mangas before posting them live for purchase.
But I have to warn you, prices have increased, you can’t download purchases (PDF), and they do monitor reviews. They don’t like it if a story receives a critical analysis, especially if it’s due to taboo subject or poor story, so good luck finding many lower star reviews—they’re few and far between. Of course, this casts a questionable light over their business practices. Fact: good reviews boost sales. Another problem I’ve noticed as of late, there is the odd story where Renta! doesn’t publish the final chapter(s) (the story is dropped). I’m not sure why this happens, but it is noticeable when the missing chapters are found elsewhere. Anyway, those are my qualms with Renta! So, I’ve become picky. I refuse to make a purchase until the story is complete. But, then again, Renta! does seem to publish more up-and-coming and obscure works.
However, if you prefer to download an actual electronic file, which I do, companies such as Sublime, eManga and June will be more up your alley. They also offer print copies on select titles.
Tie Me, Untangle Me, Kiss Me by Emi Mitsuki is one of the better yaoi I’ve read on Renta! in a while. This story (shock-shock) is not about the sex. Instead, it concentrates on the friendship and making tough decisions in order to keep a promise. Three childhood friends Tsukasa, Ren and Kaito reunite as adults only to become caught up in a property development scam. And the situation soon turns complicated since neither can convince the other to do the right thing. The answers to their dilemma, their promise to one another and their feelings are put to the ultimate test, as Ren’s boss forces him into a corner. This yaoi has heart and an interesting plot, and that’s not to say there isn’t any romance or sex, there is, however, the relationship plays secondary to the main plot.
Another, less serious but equally as good, yaoi on Renta! is You’re My Princess by Hiroto Kujirada. Again, we’ve got the burgeoning high school romance, as the student council president Seima falls for the delinquent Itsumi who has a secret. This sweet story has its funny moments, the art is pretty, and the characters have their quirks. In particular, Seima, who comes across as this sarcastic but also fun-loving and intelligent guy. I think he’s a bit tweaked, almost eccentric in his mannerisms. But that’s what makes him unique and so damned endearing. I give both stories 5 Stars!

Blak Rayne

Monday, August 20, 2018

Lezhin - BJ Alex by Mingwa #webtoon #BL #mustread #mmromance

Webcomics Part 2

BJ Alex Review:

As I stated in a previous post, I have accounts with three online webcomics: Renta!, Lezhin and Tapas. Last time, my reviews were of two stories on Tapas: Eyes On Me and Honey Catch. Today, my choice is Lezhin. I’ve read quite a few on this site: At the End of the Road, See You at the Crosswalk and Stop at the Red Light, A Guy Like You and I also gave Killing Stalking a try, plus a few others. One of my personal favourites was Out of Control. But, lately, I’ve really got into BJ Alex by Mingwa.

Every night, college student Dong-gyun watches a live stream of a boy show hosted by broadcast jockey Alex. Dong-gyun is timid and smart and not only does he admire Alex for his ripped body but also the broadcast jockey’s frankness, how he openly shares his sexual experiences with the audience. Always a bit anxious around his peers, Dong-gyun gets drunk at a school networking event to calm his nerves but eventually passes out. When he wakes, he’s in bed with a shirtless hunk. And the hunk’s appearance is very similar to Alex.
At first, I thought BJ Alex is the typical “seme takes advantage of the drunk uke” story because it seemed to head in that direction. But that isn’t the case. 

As I continued to read, the truth came as a pleasant surprise. Dong-gyun maybe timid and at times introverted but he isn’t a pushover, and he’s nobody’s fool. And he’s the one who takes advantage of the situation—blackmailing Alex, even though that isn’t his intention. Of course, later the tables turn when Alex realizes he needs Dong-gyun and blackmails him. This dynamic adds a refreshing twist, how these men go back and forth and drive each other emotionally crazy. However, throughout the story, it is painfully clear that Dong-gyun’s overwhelming feelings for Alex drive him to make certain decisions and, not always the correct one.

As for the “arrogant—chip on my shoulder—who gives a shit” seme Alex, it seems he has personal baggage that he can’t let go. But, I don’t think that’s an accurate analyze of what’s going on with him. I get the feeling, from the author (and this is just speculative) that perhaps Dong-gyun is forcing him to re-evaluate his past and present life. Initially, I didn’t care for Alex. He comes across as a hard-nosed, blunt and rude man, but now I understand why and I’ve come to appreciate him, flaws and all.



With the latest instalment, the plot has kind of hit a climax, and it will be interesting to see how Alex reacts to Dong-gyun’s cry for love and attention. BJ Alex is a decent story with pretty art and multilayered characters—a sexy seme and a cute uke. All I can hope for is a happily ever after! Can’t wait to read until the end! 5 Stars!

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!

Friday, August 3, 2018

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

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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



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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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