• manga,  Uncategorized

    MANGA: Sukiyanen Kedo Dou Yaro Ka

    Sukiyanen Kedo Dou Yaro Ka – Chiba Ryouko

    After his divorce and transferred to Osaka, the only thing Soga thinks about is getting through his day. One of the things that he takes great pleasure in is going to 26-year-old Sakae’s resturuant and eating the delicious food he creates. However, he doesn’t know that Sakae sees him more than just a frequent customer…

    Two equally adorable gay-for-you stories revolving around food and Sakae’s restaurant.

    Although I Love You, And You?: Divorced salaryman Soga loves Sakae’s food. He was surprised Sakae loves him! After a passionate confession that he doesn’t know what to do with came awkwardness and confused feelings. To which I say, if a man doesn’t mind kissing you after you throw up dead drunk, he must really like you.

    You Can’t Say You Don’t Like It If You Haven’t Tried It: Super picky eater Nakatsu is constantly bugged by fellow customer Kaname to eat veggies after noticing he never orders vegetables. Proceeded to force feed him by having Sakae cook the veggies in creative ways.

    Nakatsu is a demi making a rare appearance in manga. He found himself going through the motions of romance and sex. He never enjoys being touch until he discovered he doesn’t mind Kaname touching him at all.

    I liked Nakatsu’s cool suit and tie vibe and his uptight personality. I enjoyed the contrast and his dynamic with loud and pushy Kaname. Although in real life, I’d punch a guy if he gets up in my face like that.

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    REVIEW: Devil’s Hour by Aimee Nicole Walker

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    Zero Hour: Devil’s Hour – Aimee Nicole Walker

    Devil’s hour, noun: the hour when the demon or devil who leads hell is at its strongest.

    Born on the wrong side of the tracks, Royce Locke is no stranger to scrapping and fighting for the things he wants. What he desires most is Sawyer Key—his partner on the force and the man he’s falling in love with. After asking Sawyer to take a chance on him, Royce will need to back up his pretty words with fearless action instead of being his own worst enemy.

    Someone is harassing the mayor of Savannah, and Locke and Key are tasked with finding out who. The investigation quickly takes a twisted turn, leading them to an enemy who thinks purification by fire is the only way to save the city. Scarier than The Purists’ elusiveness is their ability to turn public opinion in their favor, creating unrest and threatening anarchy by fanning flames and fear. When you play with fire, someone is bound to get burned.

    When menace becomes murder, the two detectives will race the clock against the devil to save their beloved city from becoming a raging inferno. Royce will need to draw on his grit now more than ever if he hopes to realize the dreams that are finally within reach. The rag is lit, the Molotov cocktail is tossed, and the zero hour is upon them. Challenge received and accepted.

    Devil’s Hour is the second book in the Zero Hour series, which follows Locke and Key’s investigations and evolving relationship. This is a series that must be read in order. Devil’s Hour has a happy-for-now ending with no cliffhanger. It contains mature language and sexual content intended for adults 18 and older.

    Trigger warning: Part of the storyline involves coming to terms with a friend’s suicide, which may be difficult for some people to read.


    The clock is ticking. Savannah is poised to ignite as purists threatened to set the city on fire. The mayor is involved in a scandal along with other people in high places. It’s up to Locke and Key to uncover the mysterious entity hellbent on purifying the sinners.

    This case came months after the events in Ground Zero. Royce and Sawyer are gradually settling down, work-wise and relationship-wise.

    Devil’s Hour follows the same style as the first book. The detectives followed several angles, dead ends, a few minor cases, sometimes apprehending suspects that had nothing to do with the case. Like with the previous installment, I really liked this because it felt realistic that they’re working on several things at once. However, this time around, the mishmash of things that were happening felt a bit all over the place.

    I was happy that we got Royce’s POV. This is something I was hoping for. In the first book, Royce came off a bit dickish. Hence, the name Detective Dickhead. Although, he did slowly open up to Sawyer as the story progressed.

    Here, I had a better understanding of his hurts, doubts and insecurities. Royce came from a fucked up environment and feared that he might fuck up whatever good things he had in life. Most especially what he had with Sawyer.

    Royce is grieving the loss of his bestfriend and former partner, Marcus, who died of suicide. He is desperately seeking closure. This is one of the overarching threads of the series that I’m also eagerly following. It talks about how somebody you thought you knew your whole life could keep so many secrets. Secrets that could turn Royce’s already upside down world inside out.

    Royce might like to think he’s no good but I really admired his dedication to his late partner’s wife, Candy, and her kids. No matter how overworked he is, he always managed to squeeze time to help her out whenever she needs him.

    Sawyer is my favorite character here. He had his own share of grief but I love his optimism, his level-headedness, his willingness to reach out first and communicate openly no matter how difficult the subject and his overall goodness. Like the time he had food delivered to Candy because she needed a break and some sustenance. He really put much thought in what kind of food he thinks her family would like. And he hasn’t even met her and the kids yet.

    Eventually, they wrapped up the mayor’s case. It was complicated due to the people involved. I was in the dark most of the time. I had my suspicions once a certain character was introduced. I’m happy I guessed right.

    I liked how this revealed bigger, more insidious crimes. Not everything came together neatly. The ending left some threads open for Marcus’s upcoming revelations in book 3, as well as another case awaiting trial.

    Devil’s Hour started with heat and ended with somebody burned. There were many unpleasant things that happened. There were sex scandals, religious nutcases, IA business, hackers, arson and more. In the middle of all this, Royce realized how much Sawyer mean to him.

    Royce and Sawyer’s partnership went from strength to strength. Their relationship evolved rather nicely and it was wonderful to see Royce, finally, 100% in.

    About time, Dickhead!

    P.S.

    The Zero Hour books are not standalones. Best to start with Ground Zero and see how Detective Dickhead met Detective Asshole. <- yes seriously that’s how they call each other when they’re feeling especially affectionate. Review here.

    Rating:
    4 Stars – minor quibbles but I loved it to bits

    Soundtrack: Fire That Burns
    Artist: Circa Waves
    Album: Different Creatures


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    Comfort me, oh comfort me
    I’m lighting up
    To see the day you run for me
    You run for me, my love

    Take a peek, oh take a peek
    Inside my head
    I promise you
    I’m not so scared, I’m not so scared at all

    But I’ve been set up
    For days
    And I’ve been thinking of the things that you say
    And I’ve been wound up
    Each way
    I need to let you know, to let you know today

    You call me a liar
    You call me so innocent
    But you lit the fire
    You lit the fire that burns
    The fire that burns inside us
    I’m not innocent
    I lit the fire
    The fire, the fireI lit the fire

    Comfort me, oh comfort me
    I’m lighting up
    To see the day you fall for me
    You fall for me, my love

    Take a peek, oh take a peek
    I’m standing tall
    To try and see the final spark
    Of you and me my love

    But I’ve been set up
    For days
    And I’ve been thinking of the things that you say
    And I’ve been wound up
    Each way
    I need to let you know, to let you know today

    You call me a liar
    You call me so innocent
    But you lit the fire
    You lit the fire that burns
    The fire that burns inside us
    I’m not innocent
    I lit the fire
    The fire, the fire

    I lit the fire
    I lit the fire
    Yeah, I lit the fire

    You call me a liar
    You call me so innocent
    But you lit the fire
    You lit the fire that burns
    The fire that burns inside us
    No, I’m not innocent
    I lit the fire
    The fire, the fire

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