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Tuesday, May 12, 2015

10 Dance #yaoi #book review #adult #gay

Welcome to BRB, everyone! This post should've gone live last night, but I'm working on the final touches to get my next novel ready for publication. Which means I'm busy, and unfortunately, I lost track of time.
10 Dance artwork and story by Inoue Satou. BCB: Sugiki, a standard ballroom dancer, offers to teach Suzuki, a Latin American dancer, ballroom in exchange for Suzuki to teach him in return. Their names are similar, but their personalities are totally opposite, just like their dance. When the two meet, something's bound to happen!
Yes, something is bound to bloody happen, but I need chapter nine to find out! 10 Dance is another yaoi that provides an extremely titillating but slow burn, and when I say slow, I mean grab a large glass of wine, get into a relaxed position and prepare for the slowest build-up to a climax ever written in the history of BL mangas. Well, not literally, but it felt pretty damned close. When two hot men get sweaty together on the dance floor, and tease and seduce each other with suggestive body language and the odd kiss, which includes one passionate kiss with tongues, and nothing happens afterward, I’m talking about pure frustration.
Sugiki is stiff, reserved and cold, where Suzuki is hyper, out-going and speaks his mind, a somewhat unbalanced yet complimentary combination. But both men love to dance—they live and breathe it—and are determined to teach the other. After practicing together for several weeks, they gradually become closer and have a better understanding of what it takes to learn something new. Sugiki begins to admire Suzuki for his natural ability, and Suzuki begins to appreciate Sugiki’s perseverance. He’s always been in awe of the standard ballroom dancer, but that changes as they spend more time together. And just as they start to get somewhere, Sugiki decides to enter a competition in the UK and asks Suzuki to go along.
I admit I don’t know anything about dance, so that aspect of the story I found interesting. The author put a lot of effort into the imagery; drawing movement of any kind isn’t easy. As for the main characters, Sugiki and Suzuki are equals and outwardly act like semes. To be honest, I don’t know who will bottom, not that it matters. Although, I suspect it might be Suzuki just for the simple fact, he seems a teeny-weeny bit intimidated by Sugiki and his skill as a dancer. Having said that, I really fell for these two men and can only hope for a happy ending. 10 Dance was a thoroughly pleasurable read and I can’t wait for the next instalment. 5 stars!

Blak Rayne

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