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Saturday, June 25, 2016

Got to Have a Mystery #mystery #series #thriller #fiction


Welcome to BRB, everyone!

Years ago, I collected and read all of Agatha Christie’s books because I love a good old-fashioned murder mystery. Sherlock Holmes is another, Brother Cadfael, and many more. I could probably name twenty programs and another twenty mystery authors off the top of my head. I’ve seen so many throughout my life they’re engrained in my brain. And I’ve also read manga mysteries and watched the corresponding animes.
One of the best anime mystery series I’ve viewed to date is Erased or Boku Dake Ga Inai Machi, a fantasy thriller seinen manga series written and illustrated by Kei Sanbe. Seriously, for a cartoon, this story is unbelievably well done and kept my attention straight to the end. The first episode may seem a little confusing at first, but once you watch the second and come to understand what is happening to the main character Satoru Fujinuma, a young manga artist, trust me, you’ll be enthralled.
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Satoru Fujinuma is a young manga artist struggling to make a name for himself following his debut. But, that was not the only thing in his life that Satoru was feeling frustrated about…he was also living with a strange condition only he was able to experience. - REVIVAL A strange phenomenon where one is transferred back to the moment right before something life-threatening occurs. This continues to happen until the cause of the threat is erased. It is as if somebody is forcing Satoru to stop it from happening.
Satoru is an intelligent kind man who can act a little awkward at times. But he’s also the type of character you can’t help rooting for. Due to this “revival” condition he loses everything over and over and has to continually fight to put his personal history and that of his friends and family back together again. When he was a child a female classmate was brutally murdered along with two others. Thus the time jumping comes into play. He’s convinced a string of bad events from the past has ruined his life. If he can go back and solve the crime before it’s too late, he believes the bad situation in his present life might be erased. Honestly, what an amazing story.


Another interesting, however, less intense series is Beautiful Bones. This one has more of an Agatha Christie feel to it just with a modern setting. Sakurako Kujo is a genius and crazy about bones. Shotaro Tatewaki is a high school student who befriends the recluse and they wind up solving mysteries together that revolve around bones.
BCB:
The story centers on high school student Shotaro Tatewaki and the beautiful Sakurako Kujo, who loves beautiful bones. Due to the nature of her interests, the two of them are involved in all kinds of incidents involving bones.


The last series I want to mention is Joker Game, which is about a secret Japanese spy organization established during WWII. This anime has a totally different concept. I’m not huge into espionage, but I like the way a mystery has been woven into each episode. I’m still watching this series, but so far I’ve found it quite good.
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In autumn of 1937, as the coals of World War II are beginning to smolder, Lt. Col. Yuuki of the Imperial Army secretly establishes a spy training organization called the "D Agency." Those chosen as members of the agency, in opposition to the national trend toward reverence of native-born soldiers in the army, are civilian university graduates who pass the superhuman selection test with flying colors. Under the resourceful Lieutenant Colonel Yuuki, they learn not only how to work with gunpowder, wireless communications, vehicles, and airplanes, but also various skills essential for spies...

Happy Yaoi Hunting!
Blak Rayne

Monday, June 20, 2016

Kamo Nabako - Author Spotlight #yaoi #comedy #romance #drama

Welcome to BRB, everyone! 

According to Baka Updates Kamo Nabako is prolific mangaka with forty some odd titles to her name, and her doujinshi circle (indie comics) is called “CACTY.” I’ve read most of her works and I love her unique art style—large expressive eyes and all around endearing characters, and more often than not romantic story lines.

One favourite is Emono no Kimochi. Mutsuki, a teacher, runs a small school with his grandmother. The land where the school is located attracts the unwanted attention of a shady businessman Kisei Ijuuin who decides to develop the land and kick them out. Mutsuki has no intention on giving up without a fight, but when his grandmother ends up in the hospital, he’s left to deal with Kisei alone and a huge debt that they can’t pay back.
Mutsuki is a strong uke—not rude, whiny or an airhead—he just loves the kids and his grandmother, and he’s willing to do anything to save the school. He’s admirable character that panders to Kisei’s truly perverse wishes. But you really can’t hate the shady businessman too much because for his seemingly glacial attitude, somewhere deep down he allows his heart to surface every now and then.

Another yaoi title I like is Ue wo Muite Koi wo Shiyou, the story of a young man dumped by his lover because he’s boring. Then he meets a host club owner who turns his life around.

Kamo Nabako’s work is easy to enjoy with an array of simple stories that have good characters. And although there is some drama and very mild angst, it isn’t too heavy or seriously upsetting. Most of her mangas are listed under comedy, drama, slice of life and romance.


List of Titles:
After 5 wa Kiss no Ame 
Comedy, Drama, Fantasy, Romance, School Life, Smut, Supernatural,  Yaoi              1998
Ai na Kagurashi                           Yaoi                           2013
Aikotoba wa Hallelujah   Comedy, Drama, Romance, Slice of Life, Yaoi                           2005
Aikotoba wa Hallelujah dj - Hallelujah Days             Doujinshi, Yaoi                           2003
Anata no Jinsei Hikiukemasu!   Comedy, Romance, Slice of Life, Yaoi                           2009
Ashita kara Mou Ichido                           Yaoi                           2010
Bakumatsu Seishun Hanafubuki  Comedy, Drama, Historical, Romance, Yaoi               1999
Boku no Kirai na Otouto                           Drama, Romance, Yaoi                           2010
Emono no Kimochi                           Drama, Romance, Yaoi                           2007
Fukigen na Prince                           Yaoi                           2012
Hana Koi dj - Lovely Rabbit                           Comedy, Shounen Ai                           2007
Hana*Koi                           Comedy, Romance, Slice of Life, Yaoi                           2008
Ikenai Ezuke Keikaku             Comedy, Drama, Romance, School Life, Yaoi               2009
Izanau Yoru wa Kindan no Kairaku              Yaoi                           2012
Kamona Mai Hausu!                                                       Yaoi                           2001
Kawaii Kareshi                                                     2014
Kimi no Te wa Boku no Mono Comedy, Drama, School Life, Slice of Life, Yaoi               2001
Kirai Kirai mo Suki no Uchi.                            Yaoi                           2007
Kiss wa Ichinichi Sando Made!?  Comedy, Drama, Romance, School Life, Yaoi               2004
Koi no Otodoke Uketamawarimasu!  Dama, Romance, Slice of Life, Yaoi              1998
Koi wa Ichiya ni Shite Narazu   Comedy, Romance, Slice of Life, Yaoi                           2006
Koibito wa Okyakusama ni Tsuki!               Yaoi                           2008
Koikatsu Shimashou                                           Yaoi                           2011
Kono Himitsu wa Kuse ni Naru               Yaoi                           2012
Koufuku no Jouken              Comedy, Drama, Romance, Slice of Life, Yaoi                           2000
Love Cafe?                           Comedy, Drama, Romance, Yaoi                           2002
Naisho de Alleluya             Comedy, Drama, Romance, Slice of Life, Yaoi                           2003
Ohisashiburi no Aitsu              Yaoi                           2010
Onizuka-sensei no Osewa Manual                                                     2015
Oshikake Darling                           Yaoi                           2015
Ouji ni Tsunagareta Yoru                                                     2013
Prince of Tennis dj - Love Cat Doujinshi, Shounen Ai                           2002
Prince of Tennis dj - Yours Channel  
Comedy, Doujinshi, Drama, Romance, School Life, Sports, Yaoi                           2002
Que Sera Sera (KAMO Nabako)                                         
Seinen Romance                           Yaoi                           1999
Shachou to Hisho              Comedy, Drama, Yaoi                           2007
Strawberry                           Doujinshi, Romance, Sci-fi, Yaoi                           2001
Suteki na Kigawa ga Nakuttemo  Comedy, Drama, Romance, Yaoi                           2006
Ue o Muite Koi o Shiyou              Yaoi                           2011
Uranaishi no Yuuutsu              Yaoi                           2008
Wagamama na Ningyosama  Comedy, Romance, Supernatural, Yaoi                           2006
Yukemuri Biyori Koi Meguri  Comedy, Drama, Romance, Yaoi                           2005

Happy Yaoi Hunting
Blak Rayne

Friday, June 17, 2016

Gangs Fueds, Back Stabbing and Sex - What Could Be Better? #yaoi #bookreview #youkanitta #yakuza


Starting With A Kiss - Yaoi Review

SWAK Volume 1, 2 and 3

Starting With a Kiss (Kiss Ariki), story and art by Youka Nitta. Other manga by the same author that I've thoroughly enjoyed are Haru wo Daiteita (Embracing Love) and The Prime Minister's Secret Diplomacy. Known for her sexy, black-haired characters and plots that are almost always yakuza based, I can't resist sneaking a peek at her website at least once a month to see what's new.
When a gang feud erupts, the son of a yakuza boss, Tohru, is exiled on a deserted island to keep him out of harms way. Tohru is hotheaded by nature and angry when he can't join the fight, and is forced to spend his time with Mutsumi, the son of the gang's second in command.
Mutsumi and Tohru are about as opposite in personality as anyone can be. Mutsumi is serious about college and where his life will lead. Tohru, on the other hand, comes across as a very angry and confused man. He doesn't seem the type who will eventually take over his father's position as the head of the family business. But, regardless of the personality clash, the longer the men spend time together on their private island, the more it seems Mutsumi has feelings for Tohru, and he's willing to take his place in the ranks provided Tohru will become his lover and blood brother.
As with most of Ms. Nitta's manga there's a twist to Starting With a Kiss, the sex was frequent and deliciously smutty, and the art visually stunning, but, and this is a small but, I found the dialogue between characters choppy at times. This isn't to say that the whole 'lost in translation' thing posed a huge problem; though I did reread certain sections to make sure I understood the events clearly.

The Sexy Dads
And, I have another confession to make. Even though Mutsumi and Tohru were beautiful characters I thought their fathers, in their youth, were sexier. I know it sounds strange, and I usually never mention the side or back-story characters, but in this case I'd love it if Ms. Nitta dedicated a manga just to them. *drools*
So, here's my rating, five stars. The characters were gorgeous, the sex, hot, and the story interesting. I can't wait for volume four!

Happy Yaoi Hunting!

Blak Rayne

Sunday, June 12, 2016

Thrilled with the Reviews - Kiss the Reaper! #promotional #mustread #reviews #gayromlit

Kiss the Reaper
The Reviews!

5 stars - I suggest and highly recommend you read Blak Rayne’s new inspiring book
By Michael T Jordan on June 12, 2016
Format: Kindle Edition
If anyone wants a fast paced read that will keep you involved with the plot, the imagery and language so much you cannot put the book down until you read the last word, I suggest and highly recommend you read Blak Rayne’s new inspiring book, Kiss the Reaper. If you have ever lived under the dark side of life or have tendencies that way, like I did when I was young, you don’t want to miss out on Z’s infatuation with Brody. The author takes you on a rollercoaster ride of distinct imagery action so real to life you will think you know these characters personally. The author intertwines the dignity of life, no matter how deplorable a person lives, with the acceptance of death or murder for people deserving of that end. I felt a kinship for Z as the main character written from first person perspective. You will be swallowed emotionally in his love for Brody, the cold, aloof, dark character. Together from different worlds ruled by gangs and the government their relationship evolves into a passionate romance that will restore your faith in mankind. I would give this story a higher rating than 5-Stars if there were a higher value. But I will give Kiss the Reaper a solid 5-Stars, enthusiastically.

5 stars - The things I love in a book
By Kelly Schmidt on June 9, 2016
Format: Kindle Edition
This was an exciting and well-written book. The pacing, tension and twists made it a fast read with me dying to know what was going to happen next! It's the first in a series and I look forward to the next book. Murder and mayhem! The things I love in a book :)

5 stars - Dark Hope
By T. Meerschaert on June 7, 2016
Format: Kindle Edition
I was gifted a copy of this story in return for an honest review. The story is well-crafted and kept me engaged. I could not put it down until I finished the whole thing. It's a dark story of a young male prostitute who has a client like no other, and he eventually finds out why. I would recommend this book to lovers of dark erotica and M/M erotica. While the story is dark, there is an air of hope to it also. It was my first encounter with Blak Rayne, and sure not to be my last!

5 stars... I have to say thus far this book is fantastic. It's a good read and if you really...
By Jakki on May 30, 2016
Format: Kindle Edition
I've been following Blak Rayne's books for a while now and I have to say thus far this book is fantastic. It's a good read and if you really enjoy a darker look on love, this is definitely for you.

5 stars - You Won't Breathe Until the End ~ It is THAT Gripping
By Clarissa McGinnison May 23, 2016
Format: Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I have long been an avid fan of Blak Rayne. Her work is unbelievably phenomenal and always draws us into the world between her artful pages, submerging us in carefully selected words crafting a world none of us could even imagine. And yet she can. In Kiss the Reaper, she has written a very dark yet hopeful world of retribution, redemption, love and hope. How the Hell are all those contrasts even possible in one piece?! I don't know; you'd have to ask her. But, she does it and like an artist with a bare canvas, oils and brushes, she transforms her images into fast-paced words that are so moving, they latch onto us by our fears and curiosity and don't let go until the last page is turned and we sigh...wanting more..
The story is compelling, gripping, dark...and yet not, The words are strung together like jewels: carefully, artistically, one enhancing the other and in need of the other’s brilliance. Her way with words is, I don’t really know…magical? I saw everything she described and felt the tension, the relief, the resignation, the determination—the love and hope--the pain. I felt the rain pelting, felt the concrete sidewalk rise up to meet the face of a falling Z, I heard the approaching footsteps while my own terror mounted. Brody's calm determination was a frozen wave that washed over me. I didn't breathe for 5 chapters so I couldn't put it down. I had to find out how it ended so I could breathe again.
If you don't read this book, you will do yourself a tantalizing disservice on this emotional roller coaster that is her imagination. This book will bring you to the core of the dark side of human nature. But, there is promise in retribution; there is hope in redemption. In short? I friggin' loved this book and cannot wait for the next one. 5 stars plus!

5 stars - Dark and Deep
By Jordan Stringfellow on May 22, 2016
Format: Kindle Edition
This dark, suspenseful crossover defies single genre classifications. The multi-talented Blak Rayne brings us a novel with the emotional depth of a romance, yet the relationship between Z and Brody surpasses everything remotely expected of the romance genre. Grasping for relief and an escape from a life he can no longer endure, Z becomes enthralled by the dark and intelligent, albeit mysterious Brody.
It is Brody's mysterious quality that draws Z into a world he never imagined - even darker than his own. Filled with tension, thrills, twists, and smart dialogue, Rayne has made me a fan for life. Initially drawn by the cover, I was pleasantly surprised to find the story even more exciting. I could not put this one down for wanting to find out what would happen next - what Z would find, what Brody would do to him for infiltrating his world, encroaching on his dangerous secrets.

If you enjoy a mix of thrills, suspense, mystery, and a deep, yet unusual relationships, you will love "Kiss The Reaper." Exceptionally well-written with well-developed, multi-dimensional characters, this is a dark tale you won't want to miss. Five stars.

New release now available at Amazon!
As a prostitute, Z has no one trustworthy he can rely on in his life until he meets Brody, a kind and mysterious man who seems to be the answer to all his problems.


Kiss the Reaper
By Blak Rayne

‘Wherever depravity knocks, he will answer. Whenever Z knocks, he will kill.’

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. Every Friday night they talk until the early morning hours. Brody is altruistic, giving him the attention he craves and, in time, they cultivate a unique bond.
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.
Fueled by curiosity, Z follows Brody through the city to a dance club. He wants to learn all he can about his unusual client. However, he discovers more than he bargained for—a dark unsettling secret is hidden in a back room, a secret he can never share.

Excerpt:
The elevator slid shut at the far end of the hallway and I caught a glimpse of Brody inside. I raced past it and down three levels of a concrete stairwell to catch him. Once on the street, he walked like he had a purpose, cutting straight through anyone in his path. I followed him for several blocks, where he entered an abandoned warehouse in an industrial park. I kept close to the walls and shadows, careful not to disturb anything.
On the fifth floor, in what had once been a spacious office, sat the basics in furniture—a liquor cabinet and kitchenette, bathroom, and a bed—it wasn’t how I expected him to live. A meticulous man, he seemed the type who would rent a West End condo.
Brody began to remove his clothes, and I ducked behind a rusted filing cabinet. He wasn’t huge or burly, but lean, an unbreakable man, and I felt an even stronger attraction to him. In certain respects we were one in the same—a pair of freakish oddballs—mutually needy. I wanted his attention and it seemed he wanted my approval. But what about love? And what about sex?
His cock was long and lean like him, his nakedness beautiful. My stomach fluttered and I bottled my breath, quickly looking away to stay calm. He deserved privacy and my respect. But my thoughts were far from respectful.
Water ran, and I waited, rubbing nervously at my sweaty upper lip. The bathroom door opened, and Brody emerged in a cloud of steam, waist wrapped in a towel. In minutes, he was dressed and adjusting his tie in front of the large window. Then he slid the holsters over his shoulders, buckled the chest strap, and put on his blazer.
Once again, he was on the move, myself in pursuit. But somehow within a block of the warehouse, his trail had gone cold.
“Shit,” I gasped, my breath misting in the air. Light from a neon sign nearby glistened on the damp pavement. No other business in the immediate area was open. I had a hunch and pulled on the blackened entrance door.
Loud music hit like a brick, rattling my chest. People drank, danced and made out—the club was a den of wickedness. And I soon became disoriented in the chaos, temporarily absorbed like water into a sponge by the hypnotic pulse of lights. I shoved against the suffocating mass of bodies and scanned the sea of bobbing heads. At the rear of the club, I noticed a hallway emitting a red glow and, for some inexplicable reason, I felt drawn to it and moved in that direction.
When I reached it, a man brushed past, bumping my arm. The unnatural light obscured his head and shoulders. I paused and glanced back, but he’d vanished. Our interaction was so brief, only his stature had registered. There were three doors to my left and the middle one stood partly open. I gave it a cautious push and it crept inwards. The red glow from the corridor gradually spread across the floor.
I gagged.
In the center of the room was a dead man, seated on a chair in front of a boarded window, his mouth gaping, a quarter-sized hole in his forehead. He stared with vacant eyes, those deprived of a soul. Blood trickled past the bridge of his nose and had spattered the plywood in the window, like someone had flicked paint from his or her fingertips.
For the first few seconds, I was too traumatized to be scared, but had enough sense to get out of there. Murder was still illegal. Turning on my heels, I blew from the room, heart hammering. I tried to act normal, but failed, wading at an urgent pace across the dance floor, propelling people out of my way. A yard ahead was the silhouette of a tall figure, a man engulfed in the epileptic beat of strobe lights. I don’t know why, but the back of his head and shoulders, and his sturdy purposeful gait seemed all too familiar. He had to be the man who’d passed me minutes before.
He exited the building and I did the same, dashing outside into the drizzly night. Gulping at the cold air, I looked in every direction. The street was desolate, not a human in sight—the man had, yet again, vanished into thin air. I turned east for home, an alley sandwiched between the club and neighboring building, and someone materialized from the shadows.
“W-who are you?” I demanded, limbs shaking.

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