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The Guilty, Volume 01: Verdict (The Guilty #1)

3.85 of 5 stars 3.85  ·  rating details  ·  131 ratings  ·  10 reviews
Toya Sakurai only went into the publishing business to work with his favorite author, Kai Hodaka, one of the top-selling mystery writers of all time. And now he's getting the chance to do exactly that But the demands of the job are more than he ever expected. When his company wants Hodaka to publish ahead of schedule, Toya has to find some way to persuade the author to coo...more
Paperback, 250 pages
Published October 21st 2008 by Digital Manga Publishing
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This book has a very appropriate title - The Guilty - because, while not actually being that good, it makes you obsessed with the story and makes it really hard for you to put the book aside. In the process of reading you can squirm at the stupidness or stubbornness of the main character and think that there are so many better books out there that can't wait till the moment when you finally grab them! But this particular story just can't let you go making you desperate to finish the whole series...more
This novel is not at all what I expected. I wouldn't call this a romance so much as a tale of obsession. Even for a yaoi novel where abuse and love have a tendency to mingle this one is pretty dark. There is raw sexual attraction and lots of mind games but nothing that comes close to love. That said, while The Guilty is not enjoyable in a romantic sense I thought it was well written and Toya's internal turmoil and self-loathing are realistic. The ending was not quite convincing but I think I wil...more
Mmkay so imagine a protagonist that's half QAF's Justin (because he's ridiculously naive, persistent,hopelessly devoted and a glutton for punishment) and half Jeff Erno's Petey (because his major kink is humiliation and he's a $%^# whore); that's Izumi's Toya-san. Okay so continue imagining that Toya, the self-deprecating masochist, is in lust/love with a Domlike Brian Kinney in the form of Kai Hodaka-sama; that's Izumi-sensei's Guilty manga in a nutshell. It's an interesting mashup.

It's full o...more
This book is a bit drawn out and the main character is constantly saying certain things over and over to the point that it gets annoying. However, the discriptions Izumi-san wrote where quite invigorating especially when compaired to other yaoi novels I've read and the ending was rather cute. I'd like to continue the series if I can ever get my hands on the next volume.
Keita Ito
Explosive and passionate.... If you are into non-con you'll want the whole series.
Apr 28, 2010 Tam rated it 3 of 5 stars
Shelves: m-m, yaoi
Toya is an editor for a publishing company and gets to be the editor for his idol, mystery writer Hodaka. His company is in financial trouble so they want him to pressure Hodaka to write another book sooner. Hodaka refuses until he comes up with a proposal, if Toya can beat him at pool, he’ll write a chapter, if he loses he gets his body. (Has anyone told new editor JenB is this how it works?) Of course, engaged “straight” Toya is clueless until Hodaka … ummm, has his way with him. He continues...more
Mini Review: An intense read, laden with guilt and sexual angst. Slightly disturbing and outside of my cultural reference. A good read, no hearts and flowers here.

Visit me at Sweet Vernal Zephyr for my LONG review and some eye candy too.
Zixi Thropp
Worst sex scenes ever and unnecessary raping, despise those things everything else was awesome, I really liked it, the plot it is interesting and the way Toya and Hodaka met was hilarious, I really liked it!
Felicia (Ferishia)
Sep 26, 2009 Felicia (Ferishia) marked it as to-read
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