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Sunday, April 10, 2016

Tearjerking My Way through a Review #mustread #gay #bookreview #yaoi

Welcome to BRB, everyone!

I don’t know what it is, but lately “emotions” seem to be the hot topic, whether I’m at the writer’s group or with friends. After all, our emotions or feelings are what drives us as human beings and they also help us as authors create in-depth characters and three-dimensional plots. If we didn’t have emotions how would we ever make a decision? Sure we could use logic in any situation like Spock and try to deny our emotional connection to it, but even he has proven he isn’t impervious to feelings. Love, hate, jealousy—every mood we experience and every single instance in our lives is swayed by our attachment to others and the world around us. And I don’t know what it is, but it seems like every story I’ve read, in past few weeks, has been exceptionally touching, touching enough that I’ve cried; either that or I’ve become a total sap.
One such story is After Morning Love by Fujii Mitori. Matsuno, a lawyer, wakes from a drunken stupour to find a male prostitute by the name of Rin in his bed. Matsuno, partly out of guilt and partly out of concern, offers his home to Rin, at any time when he needs it, which means food and shelter. Of course, as Matsuno soon discovers, Rin has some serious problems—he’s lonely and desperately seeking a good man who’ll take him off the streets. But, unfortunately, the only thing Rin finds are men who are abusive. Eventually, Matsuno can’t stand to see him hurt and they end up living together permanently. What makes this an excellent read is the level of honesty at which the author chose to create the story. The author pulls no punches with the dialogue or Rin’s life. Most of the scenes are grim and exactly what one would expect a prostitute to go through. But there is a silver lining, and that’s the romance. At the end, I felt satisfied because Rin does find a good man, one that treats him with respect and kindness. Regardless of a somewhat predictable plot, the art is pretty, the dialogue’s well written and the characters have a sincerity about them that I couldn’t help but deeply appreciate, and that’s what made this yaoi a tear-jerker. 5 Stars!

Fujii Mitori did a spin-off called Before Daylight Love, which is the story of Matsuno’s college friend and bartender Daiki and the Sasaki’s Group Wakagashira Tatsumi. The romance between these two men isn’t nearly as passionate as its predecessor, but it still plucks at the old heart strings.

Happy Yaoi Hunting!
Blak Rayne

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