The best yaoi manga I've read in a long time. At first the story seems to be about Jonathan, a med student that decides to steal and sell pills from tThe best yaoi manga I've read in a long time. At first the story seems to be about Jonathan, a med student that decides to steal and sell pills from the department at his school. In order to keep it secret he sleeps with one of his professors, Paul. Who is married with a child. They start this odd relationship of lies and playing tricks on each other. But that's just in the surface. If you are willing to look for it there's a very deep story developing here, and yes developing because it can't be done. I can't remember if I've seen a character like Paul in a yaoi manga, there is a very gritty sense of realism that Paul plays the perfect WASP, happily married with a child while he hides the fact that he's gay and can't stop sleeping around with men. The fact that the story takes place in the US is also a factor. At first you think Paul is a jerk, why does he remain married when he knows he's gay and consistently cheats on his wife. Then you think about the way he grew up. High class white America and it clicks. It clicks even more when you discover his past and the one time he was ready to give up everything to run away with the person he loved and was rejected for a wife and a white picket fence. And in the end Paul breaks with the only truth he knows "I'll take the fact that I'm gay to the grave."
There seems to be a second volume and gods I need it. Need it now....more
First of all I started this book on June 25 and finished on June 26. Less than 24 hours. I barely even remember the last time a book enthralled me soFirst of all I started this book on June 25 and finished on June 26. Less than 24 hours. I barely even remember the last time a book enthralled me so much I could not put it down except to eat and sleep (it was Hawksong by Amelia Atwater-Rhodes). My brain is still reeling from it. I feel hazy and will probably rethink this long ass review in the future.
Second I am not an impulse buyer. With Kindle lending my pickiness has grown and I over calculate my book purchases. Even more when they are still full priced. Fickle I know, but that's my brain. So after getting back into actively reading m/m stories (not coincidentally after I got my Kindle) I scourged the internet for stories that would appeal to me, which mostly are fantasy or supernatural oriented. Made long lists and tried to stay sane while doing so. After a few weeks I remembered that I liked the mpreg genre and that I hadn't stumble to any during my searches. Apparently mpreg in m/m fiction is not very common or popular. Out of the few I found, Sacred Fate stood out mostly because it was #1 at the Mpreg Romance list. So I bought it.
Eressë has built a highly in depth, complex, and well thought out world that I can only imagine how long it took to plan out. I kinda understand if people don't like this book because there is just so much to absorb and things to understand that it is completely overwhelming. My advise. Let it go. Just keep reading and try to retain as much as you can because everything that is essential will somehow get through. The characters, the events, the relationship, the tone of the book and the way it was written I absolutely have nothing negative to say about it. For the hours I spent reading it I cared for little except reading more of it. I even tried to not sleep, but that proved moot once I was seeing double.
Throughout the years I would see this title pop up and recall people enjoying it. I admit I originally wondered why it had been licensed (silly me). IThroughout the years I would see this title pop up and recall people enjoying it. I admit I originally wondered why it had been licensed (silly me). I don't know why I originally felt so adverse towards it, but I am happy to say I ignored my original instinct and read it on emanga. And boy were my instincts wrong.
This has to be one of the best BL manga's I have read in the past five years. So much I have read it three times in the past month. It feels somewhat reminiscent of Only the Ring Finger Knows. Great story and beautiful art.
If you are a fan of the genre this is a must read and even if you are not it is something worth checking out....more