The Winter Quarters
Snow, steam, and a second chance.
Reluctant socialite Kai has thirty-five days before his family starts shooting the next season of their reality TV show, revealing a life he’d rather keep private—and one that feels increasingly scripted. Desperately needing a break, Kai escapes to his childhood best friend Hiro Asada’s inn in rural Japan. He finds peace in the...more
Kai Ledging is a reality TV star, participating in a show that stars his mother. He's unhappy with his role, with his fake boyfriend, with his life, but he feels that he owes it to his mother to put on a happy face, for the woman has clawed her way from ...more
The Winter Quarters is the soft, feel-good queer romance I’ve been waiting for! I laughed, I cried, and I smiled like an absolute loon because this story and these characters touched me so deeply.
Kai Ledging is a reality TV star who hates everything about his life: from his fake boyfriend, to the cameras constantly in his face, to paparazzi that stalk him. But he forces himself through ...more
A highly recommended, must read choice.
Kai hates his life in front of "reality" cameras that follow him and his mom around for their reality show. He's been carrying a torch for his childhood bestie forever, so when he figures out a way to escape the cameras, he heads straight to Japan where Hiro runs a traditional Japanese inn. Hiro's straight, though, and expected by his parents to marry a woman who will help him run the family business. Except is he really straight? Perhaps he and Kai are more alike than Kai had realized.
I loved ...more
Kai Ledging is a reluctant reality tv star who really dislikes how fake his life is. TV cameras in his face all the time recording everything from his fake joy at being a reality start to his fake apartment to his fake fights to his OH SO FAKE boyfriend - who also happens to be a douche and straight. But the reality show is his mom's baby and he's never been able to say no to her, not when she sacrificed ...more
The Winter Quarters by Anna Veriani is a standalone book. Kai is half of the famous pair Kimi and Kai. Kimi is his mother who rose to popularity, gaining fame, fortune and a reality TV show by designing clothes. While Kimi enjoys the fame, Kai would rather be left alone. One day he hops on a plane and ends up in Japan. What’s in Japan? His best friend and hot springs heir, Hiro Asada. Kai wants peace and quiet away from his adoring fans but he also wants Hiro. Hiro must marry soon to inherit ...more
I’ll admit - it initially gave me strong Yuri on Ice vibes, but that’s only because of the Japanese inn. So really it’s completely different!
I highly recommend this book. In my opinion, it’s a classic romance. A little angsty, a lot of ...more
I loved both of the MCS. There is some miscommunication between the two of them, and a little angst, but they also give a window into a different culture and I found the dynamics between Hiro and Kai both interesting and sweet. Hiro is ...more
I fell in love with the landscape described, and found myself falling for the Asada family, especially the matriarch, whose family had run this inn for nearly a millennia. The world the author painted was exquisite, even in its simplicity.
The main ...more
Anna Veriani takes us on a journey to rural Japan in the best way possible. You cannot help but feel the warm water of the onsen, see the beautiful interior of the Asada Ryokan and feel Kais and Hiros struggle and hesitations from a life long friendship to a relationship with the way the author describes all that.
Her storytelling combines contemporary romance with japanese traditions in an absolutely beautiful way.
I was absolutely amazed to find out this was a debut novel ...more
Kai and Hiro have been friends for allof their lives and secretly in love with each others for many years. Their life circumstances seem to conspire against them being together, but true love always wins. There are some moments in the book that are as over the top as you may expect from Kai's reality show.
This was a huge cultural shock for me: I have always been fascinated by Japanese culture, but I don't know much about it, so I had to look up ...more
What can I say other than, Awww, about these sweet guys, childhood friends to lovers and second chances story.
Hiro and Kai are so cute together looking out for their friendship but both wanting more added tension which slow revealed their hidden feelings over the course of the book. The look at Japanese culture was informative and added another layer to the story.
I really enjoyed this one.
The story placed in beautiful surroundings, which author has presented perfectly without overwhelming the book with long descriptions. You get the feel of the land but the main focus is on the MCs. And what a focus it is! Loved the feelings, loved the ups and downs!
Separated when Hiro moved back home to Japan and Kai stayed in the US, trapped in his role in his mum's reality show. This separation doesn't change the way they secretly feel about each other so when Kai runs from the show to Japan, Hiro offers him the support he desperately needs. This story features lots of traditional Japanese culture, which was a new aspect for me.
I received a complimentary review copy and voluntarily leave this honest review.
I enjoyed their journey to their HEA!
*I voluntarily reviewed an ARC of this book*
It was charming and sweet and a little heartbreaking at times. A friends to lovers story that made my heart burst.
I will definitely look out for more by this author.