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Monday, February 14, 2011

Lemon Kisses edited by Augusta Li

Lemon Kisses edited by Augusta Li
Publisher: Phaze Books
Genre: Action/Adventure, Contemporary, Paranormal, Sci-Fi/Fantasy, Suspense/Mystery
Length: Full Length (230 pgs)
Other: BDSM, M/M, F/M/M, Ménage, Multiple Partners, Anal Play, Forced Seduction, Fetish, Toys, Spanking, Voyeurism
Rating: 3 cherries
Reviewed by Anemone

Lemon Kisses contains four tales of love, lust and passion between beautiful men. Two friends explore their darkest fantasies. A young man becomes a hero and finds true love in the most unexpected way. A wealthy record executive risks everything for a pair of soft lips. And a group of models with an ancient secret join together to realize their power and defeat a deadly enemy.

Includes "Your Fantasy or Mine" by A. Steele, "Amorela Veritath" by Eon de Beaumont, "Bitter Fruit" by Imari Jade, and "The Daemon Within" by B.J. Franklin

Lemon Kisses is a great introduction to yaoi, the Japanese depiction of a gay romance. These can be dark and painful representations of gay relationships or they can be lighthearted, funny and sweet. Oftentimes there are little notes to reader and fan service with these comics or novels. This book walked the line very carefully between the light and dark and all stories came with a happily ever after. There are also many editing styles that happen only with yaoi, like the lack of apostrophes, and also the stories stayed with that style.

The book started with the light-hearted yaoi with Your Fantasy or Mine which centered around a work-place crush Seth has for Kevin, that turns into a sexual fantasy involving a threesome with Darth Vader. I literally couldn’t put the story down because it kept getting more outrageous from there. With a happy for now, I felt oddly (and guiltily) satisfied afterwards.

Bitter Fruit was the third story and one of the best yaoi pieces I have read in some time. Set in the music industry, it follows a band that soars to pop stardom and one of the guys in the band, Kin, becomes enamored with their record company/manager, Takai. It’s a dark yet sexy but with a happily ever after.

I enjoyed Lemon Kisses, even though two of the stories weren’t to my taste although you may find differently. I felt each story did stay true to this sub-genre of gay romance and truly entertaining. So if you were looking to try out yaoi, this book gives you a sample of several different sub genres inside of yaoi while being a fun read.

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