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Reckless, flamboyant Keigo is bisexual. Blunt, aloof Masaki is straight. Their conflicting personalities make them unlikely friends, but after some careful maneuvering on Keigo’s part and one strawberry-flavored kiss, Masaki gives more of himself to Keigo than he ever thought possible. More than he’s willing to share with his girlfriend. But Masaki’s fear of commitment thr...more
ebook, 190 pages
Published October 10th 2011 by Dreamsinner Press (first published October 9th 2011)
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Deja Dei
2.5. This is not a bad book or badly written, it's just too simplistic to be really engaging. If you've ever read a yaoi manga about Japanese schoolboys falling in love, you will recognize a lot of the conventions those manga use in this book. The downside is the book doesn't do much to set itself apart from those schoolboy romance manga, and I just felt, reading it, like I've seen this all before many, many times in shoned-ai and yaoi. If you are a person who hasn't read a lot of this manga, th...more
deirdre
got this free from dreamspinners promo
quick light fluffy read
could have been so much more!!

some things about the story line bothered me and wished had been explored more; one being the abusive controlling relationship with frequent raping of one of the characters is handled so lightly i found it troublesome.
DarienMoya
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I am a huge fan of yaoi (broken record). It’s something I read often so I know the similarities of plot lines that can be found in each one. I know that when writing yaoi, some authors try to make it their own because it can become quite repetitive and predictable. This book falls under both those categories. There is a strong part of me conditioned to love it on the yaoi way alone, but this was a novel and I just wanted more. It was like read...more
Thomaidha Papa
Loved it.

12/10/2013
Ok, so a year ago I read this book and I loved it. I'm revisiting this soon to see do I still feel the same? Have all those manga I've read since diminished the way I see this book? And of course a proper review will follow it :)
Kerry  sullivan
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The Blurb
Reckless, flamboyant Keigo is bisexual. Blunt, aloof Masaki is straight. Their conflicting personalities make them unlikely friends, but after some careful maneuvering on Keigo’s part and one strawberry-flavored kiss, Masaki gives more of himself to Keigo than he ever thought possible. More than he’s willing to share with his girlfriend. But Masaki’s fear of commitment threatens to shake their rocky relationship to pieces.

Keigo’s new fe...more
MandyM
3 - 3.5 stars. Interesting Yaoi novel written for an English-speaking audience.

Keigo is trapped in an unhealthy relationship with a controlling older man. He wants to leave but is unable to find a way out of the cycle of violence and dependance. He is drawn to another student at his school, the silent, sullen Masaki. Keigo invites himself to lunch with Masaki, ignoring his disinterested responses, and acting more upbeat and extroverted everyday to attract his attention.

Masaki is a loner, wary...more
Nimue
The title of this book intrigued me as it is aiming at the classic fairy tale. Though the cover is overly sappy. In the beginning this book confused me. It wasn’t easy to access the story. The point of view is changing in between and I couldn’t follow. Also the writing style is strange, and I can’t put my finger on it what exactly disturbs me. Sometime the style was weirdly removed from the story. None of this is massively bad but made it hard to follow the story line.

Through Masaki is straight...more
L-D
I enjoyed this story for the most part about two young men who become unexpected friends. Keigo has a dark history and some secrets that threaten to tear them apart once they found each other and Masaki is emotionally stunted to say the least. I liked the characters and their interaction with each other but I didn't really enjoy their interactions with the other characters in the book. (view spoiler)...more
Alice I Have Become
3.5 stars. I felt like the story didn't really take off until about midway, but once it did, I became invested in these two characters and had hope that they would come together so the healing could start in both of their lives.

My copy had some formatting issues, so I had a hard time distinguishing when the perspectives changed. Maybe if I had an easier time reading it, I might have gotten into the story quicker and might have taken my 3.5 star rating and rounded up instead of down with the star...more
Brett
Sex. There is lots of it. If that’s what you’re after, you’ll be pleasantly rewarded. Almost every chapter is packed with hot m/m action. There is a plot too, although it takes its time showing up. With dual POV’s, chapters switch seamlessly, delving into the fears of each of these guys. Both are likeable, but they’re more than a little broken. It’s also very Japanese, incorporating the feel of the culture into the English text while still maintaining enough of a balance. Plus there’s a glossary...more
Cathy Brockman
This was a fun story to read. Thisis my second Yaoi and my first was also By April Moone. I love the romanantic feel. I absolutely loved the opeing line : "He tasted like Strawberries. My Strawberries." Yes I was absolutley hooked then.Even more so later in th book when I foud out more of why Masaki loved the Strawberries.*swoon again* This story captured my heart. Its not all sunshine and Strawberries(couldnt help myself) Poor Keigo.when he falls he falls. Kaname took advantage of him and Keigo...more
Charlinda Jenkins
I really like this. It was a quick read. Made me think back to the days when I used to watch anime/yaoi. It was pretty simplistic and I felt like I was reading a Manga, which I didn't mind. Kaname was an asshole. And I realy liked Masaki. I'm glad Keigo finally stood up the "beast" and got found the happy ending he deserved.
Thomaidha Papa
Yup, just as I felt a year ago when I first read this book, I loved it. A more detailed review will follow shortly.

Review written for MM Good Book Reviews.
Kristy Maitz
The book has good plot but both characters are written very weak. I keep reading it just to see how it ends.
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