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Monday, August 17, 2015

Only Serious About You - Yaoi Review #bookreview #yaoi #romance #drama

Welcome to BRB, everyone! In the fantastical world of writing the author basically has creative license to use whatever trope they want. The sky is literally the limit. And one trope that has been exploited, especially within the last few decades, predominantly in genres such as yaoi is ‘the straight man who falls in love with a gay man’ or if you prefer ‘the gay man who relentlessly hounds the straight man (possibly forces him in the end) because he can’t handle another minute of the unrequited love’.
Okay, if you seriously consider the situation and both people’s sexual preferences the odds of this actually happening in real life is slim to none. And I can say that from personal experience. I am straight and a number of women have made advances toward me at different times in my life. I had no desire whatsoever. If a person is bi-sexual or perhaps sexually curious, I suppose it could happen. But under normal circumstances a straight person wouldn’t just ‘switch sides’, no more than a lesbian would engage in a relationship with a man. Not typically, anyway. We are each true to what is at our core. This isn’t to say I haven’t used the same trope, because I have. Most authors who write gay romance have either tempted fate or at least considered it. The reason for this is because it’s a great fantasy. Period.


Now, take that premise and add a child to the mix. The straight man is divorced and raising his daughter alone. His daughter gets sick and the gay man ends up helping them.
One the best yaoi I’ve read along those lines is Sorenari ni Shinken Nandesu (I’m Serious in My Own Way or Only Serious About You), story and art by Asou Kai. Listed as a slice of life, this touching yaoi has truly heart-rending scenes. Anyone who has gone through a rough divorce and raised a child on his or her own will sympathize. I give kudos to the author’s depiction of the single father, Oosawa, who only wants the best for his daughter Chizu, and gay man, Yoshioka, who remains a respectfully patient but loving pillar of strength.

BCB:
Yoshioka is a regular at Oosawa's restaurant, and always seems to be bringing in yet another boyfriend to enjoy Oosawa's delicious cooking. As a single parent, Oosawa works very hard and doesn't have time to make many close friends, or even consider dating. But when his beloved daughter Mizu falls ill and Yoshioka offers his help, Oosawa finds he must accept this frivolous seeming person's outstretched hand. Yet, sometimes people are not quite what they seem, as Oosawa discovers. A tender romance story of a single father, a lonely businessman, and the child who brings them together.
This yaoi is a thoroughly enjoyable read, and the art is pretty. It has the perfect balance of drama, sex, humour and romance. So, I really can't say anything bad about it. I’ve read all of Asou Kai’s work that is available in English and this is one of the best. Five stars!

Happy Yaoi Hunting!
Blak Rayne




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