|"shopping" my bookshelves
||[May. 10th, 2012|08:20 pm]
I've been going rereading my old BL novels and have been pleasantly surprised to find that I like some of the books I hadn't cared for the first time I'd read them. Not sure why they didn’t appeal to me back then, since looking at them now I can't help but think they are exactly the kind of books I love and are so very satisfying. Plus, I'd forgotten the stories so completely it was like reading them for the first time. XD;
Sunao ja nai ni mo hodo ga aru by Narimiya Yuri and illustrated by Kane Hikaru is the oft-told story of childhood friends, one in love with the other, who'd parted ways at one point and meet again as adults. I love this set-up quite a lot. There’s a bit of wistfulness, some angst, and a comfortable (though at times awkward) friendship that turns into love. I like how this author writes her guys. They tend to be pretty guy-ish (in and out of bed) and very likable. The main character is a florist. When the childhood friend's boss hits the florist's car in an accident, they meet for the first time since graduating from high school. The childhood friend asks the florist to do the flower arrangements for a wedding, which the florist takes to be the friend's own wedding. It's a pretty conventional storyline, on the whole, but it's the journey to the happy ending that I love. There are some misunderstandings (past and present), a stalker (the florist has a history of being stalked), hilarity when the florist talks to himself in the presence of others that he should really (REALLY) keep to himself…Just lots of fun moments and cuteness.
I really love how they don’t manage to have anal sex their first time because the florist is too tight (he'd always dated women before). So…he buys some lube and condoms and loosens himself up over time so that the next time they could go all the way. They talk about the mechanics a bit as they do it to figure things out since neither had experience with men. None of this not-a-virgin-uke turns into blushing virgin crap that happens too often. Of course the uke is horny!!
Hasumukai no Heaven by Sunahara Touko and illustrated by Yorita Saemi is about a salaryman who is told by a taciturn and unexpressive superior that the superior is a vampire one random day. This "revelation" is in a way just the chance event that brings them together--it's not a supernatural story, really. It's about a relatively normal guy unintentionally growing close to his superior and learning to love him, and a superior who’d distanced himself from everyone learning to open up and connect with another person. It's sweet and quiet in the way this author can be (when things go right--I don't like everything she's written). The art is perfect for the story, too.
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