Wednesday, January 18, 2017

So...did you miss me? by Bisexualtrashlord

So...did you miss me? by Bisexualtrashlord

Connor has been studying abroad for four months and he's finally coming home to Oliver.

This has to be one of the most adorable Coliver stories I've read in a while! It's pure fluff and is much needed given the current state of their relationship on the show. If you're in the mood for smile-inducing sweetness, this is the story for you!

~ M

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

I ❤️ Yaoi: Juicy Live on Mermaid by Mew & Siren (Free! Doujinshi)

Good morning, yaoi lovers! This week's selection is the Free! doujinshi, Juicy Live on Mermaid by Mew & Siren.

Haru is a very jealous person who only has room for mackerel and Makoto. Makoto doesn't quite feel the same about mackerel, but definitely does about Haru.

This is a quick and silly read in which Haru becomes jealous and shows Makoto just how much he adores him. The artwork is really cute and there is also an appearance by Rei and Nagisa for the Reigisa fans. If you're in the mood for a quick chuckle, this is the doujinshi for you.

Read Juicy Live on Mermaid here.

~ M

Monday, January 16, 2017

Dad by Utsukushin

Dad by Utsukushin

Not having his parents around for a good portion of his adolescence has been weighing heavily on Haru's mind as of late. He soon finds himself at the Tachibana house even though he knows his best friend isn't home. It's Mr. Tachibana who offers fatherly advice and helps Haru through his feelings of resentment, pain and abandonment.

Even though this isn't a typical MakoHaru offering, I wanted to recommend it because it's such a beautiful short story. Haru is really feeling low and Mr. Tachibana, in all of his fatherly kindness and wisdom, shows Haru a different way of thinking. I am positive that this one shot will warm your heart. Definitely give it a try!

~ M
image: Kyoto Animation

Thursday, January 12, 2017

Book Review: Disarming Donner (North Pole City Takes #5) by Charlie Cochet

As one of Mayor Kringle's Rein Dear, Donner prides himself on being loyal, level-headed and kind. When his best friend's brother, Calder, comes to North Pole City, everyone is aghast. Calder is a dark elf, capable of raining death and destruction to the entire city. However, Calder is different. He wants to use his power for good and prove that not all Dockalfars are bad. Calder hopes that even though he's not a typical Christmas elf, that he can catch the eye of Donner. It's going to be a long road, but definitely worth it!

It's no secret that I love the North Pole City Tales series. I've been reading it for four years now, and I eagerly await a new book every Christmas. Disarming Donner does not disappoint. The underlying issue of people being afraid and distrustful of Calder really lends itself to things that are happening in society today when it comes to racism, xenophobia, homophobia, etc. Because of these preconceived notions, not only the townspeople, but Donner, the Rein Dear and Jack Frost himself do not treat Calder well. Donner is quite snarky, but that's because he's secretly attracted to Calder and doesn't want to admit to himself.

This book manages to be filled with humor, suspense and romance in its scant 68 pages and I highly recommend it. It's not completely necessary, but I recommend at least reading book four, Loving Blitz, before starting this one. It will help you understand some of the characters much better.

4.5 stars

North Pole City Tales Series
Mending Noel
The Heart of Frost
Vixen's Valor
Loving Blitz

Buy Links
Dreamspinner Press | Amazon

~ M

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Promises, Promises by thoughtless_dreamer

Promises, Promises by thoughtless_dreamer
Haru has been Makoto's biggest confidant for longer than he can actually remember, and vice versa. He holds complete trust in him and he would never question his best friend's, his boyfriend's, loyalty. So why is it so hard for him to handle Haru spending the weekend with Rin? He has no idea. Well, actually, no. No. That's not true.

This is a sweet and fluffy piece that will make your heart smile! Makoto's insecurities about Haru's relationship with Rin resurface when Haru spends the weekend with him. He feels he can't compete with Rin and that he may not be the best choice for Haru, whom he loves dearly. It'll take a lot of time and patience, but Haru is determined to make Makoto see that he's the only person for him. Check it out!
~ M

artwork credit: lanimalu

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

I ❤️ Yaoi: Itadakimasu, Gochisou-sama by Kurahashi Tomo

Greetings yaoi lovers! This week's feature is Itadakimasu, Gochisou-sama by Kurahashi Tomo!

While spending Christmas without a boyfriend, an angel-faced boy grabs my hands and says “An angel!” to a single 31-year-old like me. Could this be a present from Santa?

Hiroto, a cook, picks up a 19-year-old ikemen, Haru, from the streets and allows him to stay with his other housemates.

I loved everything about this manga! The storyline is so sweet and the artwork is beautiful. The added bonus of Hiroto being a cook and seeing all of his delicious creations made me yearn to be Haru's place so I could taste everything! I liked the slow build that occurred between Hiroto and Haru because readers really had the chance to see them get to know each other before things turned romantic.

Not only are readers treated to an interesting plot between Hiroto and Haru, but their housemates, Kouta and Riku, are just as adorable and have a touching backstory. If you're in the mood for heartwarming fluff, this is the perfect manga for you!

~ M

Monday, January 9, 2017

The Great Spartacus Bake Off by SubtextEquals

Spartacus enters his friends into a tv baking competition and antics ensue.

If you're in the mood for a quick, silly read, this is the perfect story for you. Spartacus enters his friends Agron, Nasir, Duro and Varro into a televised baking competition (a la The Great British Bake Off) with some questionable results. I don't want to reveal too much of the story, so you'll just have to check it out for yourself!

~ M

picture edit: figbash