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Friday, May 3, 2019

The Ideal Side of Love #gay #mustread #mmromance #adultfiction



The Ideal Side of Love

‘Average, but extraordinary, and only twice in a lifetime.’

Stephen Prichard is a resilient and self-made man that has it all, a successful business, great husband, and a summer condo on the waterfront, until life throws a curve ball. After twelve years together, his husband Myron dies of cancer, leaving Stephen to confront a future of uncertainties alone.
Then, fate lends a hand when not one, but two chance encounters with the same stranger put his feelings to the test. First and second impressions are lasting. Stephen longs for companionship, and the stranger is attractive, however, he’s also enigmatic and cold, and the memories of Myron are still painfully fresh.
Can a man Stephen barely knows renew his faith in love? But, more importantly, is he willing to let go of the past?

Excerpt:

Wong’s Market had been on the corner of West 21st. and Lonsdale Avenue since Jesus was a baby. It started off as a small general store, six aisles deep with one aisle dedicated solely to the sale of personal hygiene products and the deprivation of young boys. I didn’t think there were so many porn magazines. Busty, Black Booty, Asian Tighties, White Cream, and Hot Mamas. When we were kids, my mother would send us to pick up a short list of groceries—the basics like milk, butter, and bread. I always did the shopping while my brothers hovered around copies of Oui and Playboy, ogling the centrefolds. Mr. Wong would yell in broken English from the counter, telling my brothers to get away from his dirty magazines.
“Not ol’ enough!” He’d say.
By the late nineties, Mr. Wong’s son took over the business, realizing that the family sat on a gold mine—two acres of prime commercial real estate. He tore down the old market and built a modern grocery store, adding shopping carts, self-checkout tills, and an ATM machine. No more living above the store, no more rat traps out back by the garbage bins. Wong’s Market was a thriving business, raking in over ten million a year.
The shopping cart had a wobbly wheel, making it difficult to steer. You’d think with all his wealth, young Mr. Wong would fix his damned carts. But, whatever, I didn’t plan on purchasing much, just a few items. Actually, speaking from personal experience, when I lived alone, I never consumed near as much of anything, and I certainly didn’t keep a regular schedule.
I pushed the cart through the juice aisle. Unlike most men who considered themselves hunters when they shopped, I rather enjoyed grocery shopping and preferred to take my time. Strange as it might sound, I liked to read labels and peruse the multitude of items available.
A litre of cranberry juice was already in the cart. Moving ahead three paces, I placed a bottle of blueberry beside it and wandered to the next aisle. The cashiers were moderately busy, and the sounds of easy listening created background noise. The activity in the grocery store beat sitting at home alone. Pushing the cart through aisle after aisle, I leaned on the handle, walking at a casual pace with no set goal in mind.
The wheels shimmied to a stop as I bent over to pick up a box of cereal. Then, a baritone voice carried from some area beyond my location. Dropping the box of corn flakes, I pushed my cart quickly, turning into the next aisle. And there he was, the man of my delusional fantasies.
Carson and an elderly gentleman holding a bag of brown sugar were talking. Keeping my distance, I used a stack of tinned beans as cover. It was embarrassing to admit, but the first thing I noticed was the crotch of his soft, faded blue jeans…snug fitting faded blue jeans. After a moment of concentrated staring, I finally looked away and pretended to analyze a shelf of bottled spices. My hands trembled, and the only thing I could say was, wow. There I was, actually entertaining sexual thoughts about a man I hardly knew, a stranger. What kind of pervert hovers in the spice aisle at the grocery store, fantasizing about licking some stranger’s cock?
The men parted company, and he strode in my direction. I didn’t want him to spot me, so I yanked the cart back and crouched in behind, that way I’d be out of visual range. Have you ever had an itch you needed to scratch? That was how I felt. In the end, the temptation became too great, and just as I turned my head to take one last look, his gaze pierced mine. For that fraction of a second when we made visual contact, everything switched to slow motion—his body and my breathing—the fluid movement of his hard torso with each step. Talk about a gorgeous man!
He didn’t stop, but his eyebrows rose in surprised recognition as he passed.
Little by little I stood up, wondering if I should follow, even say something like a normal human being would. The man was a dick magnet, and I was finding it increasingly difficult to control mine. But just as I mustered the nerve, he vanished.
“You’re such an idiot,” I grumbled in a sullen tone, shoving the cart. “The guy’s straight, remember?”

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Wednesday, May 1, 2019

Omegaverse #mustread #mmromance #LGBTQ #adultfiction


Omegaverse

The idea stems from North American and European stories originally meant to be parodies of science fiction/fantasy works depicting male wolves in love: the alpha, beta and omega. But the Japanese manga authors have taken the “omegaverse” idea to a whole new level. I get it, but I can’t say that it’s my favourite in the world of yaoi or shounen-ai. Most of the time in this subgenre the uke, generally an omega, is raped by either one or multiple alpha-males that lose their minds when he goes into heat and releases sweet smelling pheromones. Usually, the aim is to get him pregnant whether he’s in agreement or not.
I find the whole “I’m submissive to my partner no matter what he does to me,” along with the animalistic undertones in this type of story less than appealing. The alpha will bite the omega’s nape to claim him as his mate, and then the omega can’t engage in enjoyable sex with anyone else, and in some cases, never again. And if the alpha turns his attention elsewhere, the omega is emotionally and physically hung out to dry. Not to mention his family, friends and society will usually shun him for his uncontrollable sexual behaviour and lack of physical prowess. In this fictional world of socially acceptable abuse, the betas are more or less segregated for being normal. Sexual dominance is the name of the game, and shaming your partner seems to be the only logical means of achieving that goal.
But, to be fair, not every omegaverse story works along those lines, even though the majority seem to. I prefer the touching family drama stories or a completely off the wall plot, for example: when two alphas get together or an omega ends up with a beta.
Anyway, you get the picture. The omegaverse, most of the time, promotes the unhealthy treatment of the weaker sexes. Having said that there are exceptions to this rule. Meaning, there are a number of really funny, sexy, sweet and good stories as well. I’ve chosen only a few of what I’d call fun stories. Of course, there are countless more.


1.Sayonara Alpha by Ichinashi Kimi is labelled as a shotacon yaoi. However, it turns out this story is anything but. Chika lives as an alpha for self-preservation until he saves elementary school boy Haruka, and discovers Haruka is his fated partner. This story is good, both characters are likeable, and the best part is Chika is decent enough to wait until Haruka is an adult before engaging in a romantic relationship. Actually, he has the patience of a saint.


2.Abarenbo Honey by mangaka Kevin Tobidase is a 2015 high school yaoi that first tells the story about Kuma, a tough teddy bear loving omega, who falls for yakuza alpha Hachi. Kuma is a bit flakey, but he’s crazy about Hachi, who actually has a big heart. The second story is about a long-standing unrequited love between Suzume and Mitsurou (Hachi’s guard dog). Both stories have their funny and endearing moments, and each character grows as the story progresses.


3.Haikyu!! Dj–Red Road, Gold Sun is a doujinshi (self-published/slash fiction) manga by Takamachi and Zenra. Honestly, my first thoughts—this very sweet story deserves a sequel. Not sure if there is one? The setting is somewhere in the Middle East. Kuroo is betrothed to a prince, but along the way he unexpectedly meets the prince’s younger brother Bokuto, who knows that they are fated to be together. The artistry is pretty and the story is worth reading. Red Road, Gold Sun is a HEA romance; no explicit sex.


4.Totsugimasen Kara! by Sunako is a shounen-ai all about finding Jin Tenmei, the wealthy young master, a wife. And the least expected of the wife hopefuls, Itsuki manages to catch Jin’s eye. Itsuki and Jin don’t hit it off immediately, but rather travel a bit of a bumpy road getting to know one another to eventually fall in love. The characters are likeable and their personal growth, as well as their relationship,  is fun to follow.


5.Kashikomarimashita, Destiny by Sachimo tells the story of a stubborn young master and his loyal servant. Aoi is the heir to his family, but due to a disagreement with his stepmother, he’s forced to leave the house, and Miyauchi, his childhood butler, becomes his support. After being doted on and served, Aoi finds his position in life reversed, and now he has to work. And the only thing that keeps him sane is his unrequited love of five years for Jirou, the heir to the Saionji family, a leading automobile maker.


6. Okusama wa Alpha by Fuyu Natsushita is all about a marriage of convenience. A pair of alphas, Takaomi and Kazumasa, are forced to marry so one family can gain financial aid and the other finds recognition. Luckily, both men do find romance amid their families’ needs and thus begin their journey into uncharted territory. Who will top?