Saturday, April 19, 2014

REVIEW: Soy Sauce Face by Sedonia Guillone

***This book was originally reviewed for My Secret Romance.***


Sometimes the best kept secret is the one you keep from yourself…

“I’m an ordinary man with an ordinary life in every way. Except for Jun. That’s what I think to myself every night when I watch Jun getting ready for his work as a bar host in Kabukicho. He’s everything I’m not. He’s the beautiful, graceful, sociable and ambitious counterpart to me—a hulking, reclusive, completely unambitious guy who’d rather fix car and motorcycle engines all day than interact with people… I’d be happy if Jun just stayed here with me the rest of our lives, in this little apartment we’d once shared with Dad. But Jun has other plans.”

Or so Jun thinks. One night he gets ready and goes to work. But a tragic occurrence derails his career and all his plans for the future.

Through the eyes of his best friend, Tomo, the man who loves him above all others, Jun will be forced to confront himself, his deepest fears, hates, desires. And his deepest love.


This story is a very emotional one, because Jun’s had a tough childhood, and he deals with that periodically throughout the book. Tomo, his best friend, is the son of the man who took him in and they’ve always been close, but after the man’s death, there’s been tension that neither of them seems to know quite how to alleviate. Jun is a “host” which is basically a high class male prostitute, and when he’s attacked one night while taking a break, his path in life is thrown into question and he’s forced to sit down and think through everything, no matter how much it hurts. As usual, Tomo helps him through it, and it’s during this time when emotions are raw and they’re cooped up together for an extended period of time that they’re honesty with each other and themselves becomes apparent. It’ll bring about what they both need, but were always too afraid to give voice to.

The author does a good job getting the reader emotionally invested and taking us on their journey of healing and reconnecting with each other (in more ways than one). Tomo cares for Jun in a lot of ways, and it’s actually a little confusing at the beginning because it almost seems more of a fatherly love or brotherly love, but as time goes on you can definitely tell the chemistry between the two men. If you like gay romance, this is a really touching story to check out!

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

REVIEW: Believe by Erin McCarthy


Robin used to be a party girl… until she got black out drunk and woke up in bed with her best friend’s boyfriend. Now she’s faced with being THAT girl, and couldn’t be more disgusted with herself. She can’t even tell her friends the reason for her sudden sobriety and she avoids everyone until she meets Phoenix—quiet, tattooed, and different in every way that’s good and oh, so bad…

Phoenix is two days out of jail when he meets Robin at his cousin’s house, and he knows that he has no business talking to her, but he’s drawn to her quiet demeanor, sweet smile, and artistic talent. She doesn’t care that he’s done time, or that he only has five bucks to his name, and she supports his goal to be a tattoo artist.

But Phoenix knows Robin has a secret, and that it’s a na├»ve dream to believe that his record won’t catch up with them at some point. Though neither is prepared for the explosive result when the past collides with the present…

Title:  Believe
Series:  True Believers
Book #: 3
Author:  Erin McCarthy
Approximate Book Length:  232 Pages
Recommended Reader Age:  18+
Sexual Content:  Moderate


I haven’t read the others in the series, but I definitely will after reading this one. I love the friendships and the little elements that add a little grit. It’s pretty light hearted, but there are things like Phoenix having been in jail that are little touches that I appreciate. It’s a story about redemption in more ways than one.

I enjoyed all the characters, except Nathan (which is how it should be). It felt real and I was taken for a ride right along with Robin. The conflicts were very authentic and the resolutions realistic – no easy ways out here!

My biggest problem here is that the few people that knew the big secret, wanted to keep it just that – a secret! Why? I believe it’s better to let that kind of secret out, because it’s more hurtful and insulting when buried, especially when it’s only found out later. So that bothered me a lot, but that’s the only thing that did. The rest resonated with me beautifully.

Bottom Line:

Believe is a story that takes you on a journey about self-realization and redemption, particularly for Robin. I was captivated by this story and only want to read more about this circle of friends.