Quote for the Day: November 23rd, 2021

Enemies With Benefits: A Loveless Brothers Novel by Roxie Noir

You’re walking barefoot along main street at midnight with no shoes on like some redneck hooker because your night’s going well?

Enemies With Benefits: A Loveless Brothers Novel by Roxie Noir

Everyone who reads has a book they keep with them for long waits in the grocery store line or to flip through while sitting in the doctor’s office. I’m talking ratty paperbacks and ebooks read on smartphones, those books some call “guilty pleasures”. I don’t really like that term because anything that brings someone joy, as long as it’s not harming them or anyone else, should not have even a modicum of guilt assigned to it.

Enemies With Benefits is that book for me right now. I don’t ever read it for long stretches of time, just when I have a minute here or there. It doesn’t take up a lot of space in my brain but it does bring me a lot of joy when I get to read three or four pages at a time every few days.

Are you reading anything at the moment that’s bringing you a lot of joy? Let me know in the comments.

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Haiku IV

Haiku IV by Fred Slusher

Sweat and tears taste the 
same if you know what to do
with another tongue

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All Aboard the ARC: Glass Syndrome by Eiko Ariki

***Note: I received a free digital review copy from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.***

Expected publication date: August 10th, 2021 by LOVE x LOVE

Review: Nijou is a Type A guy. He’s smart, popular, and athletic. As with a lot of Type A people, though, Nijou is a people-pleaser. He can’t say no in any context, especially when saying yes provides him with the kind of social capital he craves.

Toomi is the stereotypical boy from the wrong side of the tracks. He’s been missing a lot of school. His father has left him completely alone in the world, ostensibly due to some heavy gambling debts he’d rather avoid paying. To make ends meet, Toomi engages in survival sex work via his computer. He conceals his identity by presenting as female to paying clients.

A teacher concerned about Toomi’s welfare asks Nijou to check in on Toomi. Nijou does so because as we already know, he is incapable of saying no. We find out, however, that Nijou needs Toomi as much as Toomi needs him.

I won’t spoil the ending, but BL manga fans are sure to love Glass Syndrome. Even though the narrative was a bit muddled at times, overall it was an enjoyable read, and one I would recommend to my customers.

Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

Glass Syndrome is now available to order.

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