MANGA: Indirect Kiss

Indirect Kiss – Asato Eiri

Honma shares his drinks with Manabe, and realizes every time he does so; they’re having an indirect kiss.

I want to try all those crazy flavored drinks.

AUDIO REVIEW: Kiss Me Again by Garrett Leigh

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Kiss Me Again – Garrett Leigh

Tree surgeon Aidan Drummond is content with his own company. He works alone, and lives alone, and it doesn’t occur to him to want anything else until a life-changing accident lands him in hospital. Then a glimpse of the beautiful boy in the opposite bed changes everything.

Ludo Giordano is trapped on the ward with a bunch of old men. His mind plays tricks on him, keeping him awake. Then late one night, a new face brings a welcome distraction. Their unlikely friendship is addictive. And, like most things in Ludo’s life, temporary.

Back in the real world, Aidan’s monochrome existence is no longer enough. He craves the colour Ludo brought him, and when a chance meeting brings them back together, before long, they’re inseparable again.

But bliss comes with complications. Aidan is on the road to recovery, but Ludo has been unwell his entire life, and that’s not going to change. Aidan can kiss him as much as he likes, but if he can’t help Ludo when he needs him most, they don’t stand a chance.


Garrett Leigh is not a new to me author. I’ve seen her around and I’ve featured her books here on the New Release Blitz. Kiss Me Again is my first official book from her. I’m so happy I finally took the plunge!

This is a story of two people who made each other’s life just a little bit more extraordinary. Ludo and Aidan were both complex characters fighting their own battles. I loved how they lend each other their strengths. They were drawn towards each other the first time they met in the hospital. They were never the same since.

The author was able to bring the two men to life in a way that completely captivated me. I loved how their connection was established and how it blossomed into something selfless and unconditional. I was rooting for Ludo and Aidan all the way and not just their romance.

The story takes the reader through a gamut of emotions. There were the beautifully written hospital scenes where I was so sure things were going to go well only for it all to disappear. There was the painful separation and the fateful reunion that seemed almost unreal. That’s only the first parts.

This is a highly emotional book without any unnecessary drama. We spent a lot of time in Ludo’s and Aiden’s head. There were a lot of angst, doubts and pain but there was never a moment when it became melodramatic. Every emotion was played just right. I greatly appreciated that there were no petty misunderstandings used as a plot device.

I was also super impress with how Ludo’s mental condition, bipolar disorder, was portrayed in the story. It’s a struggle that hits close to home. I know that one’s experience with the condition is different from another’s but all in all, Leigh was able to write about it with accuracy and respect. I especially liked how the story emphasized that Ludo is so much more than his bipolar disorder.

Narrator Dan Calley is a new to me narrator. At first I was confused with his voices for Ludo and Aiden because they sounded very similar so I didn’t know who was talking. Later on, I grew used to his style, plus the story was really outstanding, that I didn’t mind the similarity too much. More importantly, he hit the right notes when it comes to the emotions of the characters. I also enjoyed the accents.

Kiss Me Again definitely sets the bar high to my Garrett Leigh experience. If this is how good her books are, I really, really need to get my hands on more.

Recommended if you like intense, angsty stories about grumpy tree surgeons with big hearts and battled-scarred survivors with beautiful souls.

P.S.

Thank you to Signal Boost Promotions and Audible UK for giving a me copy of the audiobook in exchange for an honest review.

Rating:
4.5 Stars – perfection is only half a step away

Soundtrack: All The Trees of the Field Will Clap Their Hands
Artist: Sufjan Stevens
Album: Seven Swans

MANGA: Tsuki no Sabaku

Tsuki no Sabaku – Kamei Takahide

Armageddon. The powerful weapon “Messiah” has ended the long war, leaving behind a barren wasteland. A boy wanders to the west, seeking the paradise that lies at the edge of the world. The man who created the weapon runs from those who would use him. Scattered by the winds of destruction, they meet and meet again.

The Lunar Desert: A timely story of biological weapons and nuclear bomb solutions. Confusing dialogue with religious references that might be lost in translation.

I’m Not Fit To Be A Detective: A cute comedic story of a bumbling not-detective trying to protect the heir to an old man’s fortune. Not sure this is even BL

Dream Dweller + Snowflake: Sad shoujo stories of family bonds and all the drama that goes with it. Will the Hiroki see his sister again?

REVIEW: The Hitman's Guide to Making Friends and Finding Love by Alice Winters

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The Hitman’s Guide: The Hitman’s Guide to Making Friends and Finding Love – Alice Winters

What happens when a snarky hitman and a by-the-book PI cross paths?

Leland
Being a hitman has its perks, but I never thought getting an accidental mooning by an attractive PI while he’s caught on a fence would be one of them. While it’s not exactly love at first sight, he’s captured my interest and won’t let go.

Suddenly, I find myself caught in a game of cat and mouse, determined to attract the attention of Jackson, the PI who should be my enemy. He pretends like he’s not flattered by my flowers and the mentions of my totally-not-fictitious blow-up doll Randy (or was it Dandy?), but I know better. Why else would he be teaming up with me to bring down Hardek, one of the city’s most ruthless criminals?

Jackson
Even though the cops are telling me that the hitman is a notorious contract killer, I can’t help but admit that I’m drawn to him. He’s funny, charismatic, and attractive. There’s no way this ridiculous man can be the person the cops are after.

But when Leland ends up at my doorstep injured, I’m faced with a tough choice. It’s my duty to hand him over to law enforcement, but my heart has other plans. I want to keep him. To protect him. To be with him.

Though one question remains: why in the world does the man have so many d*mn guns?

Contains: shenanigans on a swing that you would NOT find at a playground, a car chase that sadly doesn’t have flips or explosions, a horsey ride sans horse, cuddles, an exuberant mutt, a suspicious chief of police, and lots and lots of laughs.


Expect a whole lot of cray in Alice Winter’s hyperactive novel, The Hitman’s Guide to Making Friends and Finding Love. Like any mania, it’s all damn good fun but it could leave you exhausted too.

I had a great time reading about Leland and Jackson’s shenanigans but I could hardly keep up with Leland’s ADHD? Question mark because I’m not qualified to say if he has it or not. The man jumps from one outrageous idea to the next with lightning speed. He is serious about every single one of them. He makes them happened too!

I don’t know how he keeps sane while doing so (maybe he’s not) but Jackson lets himself be swept away by the force of nature that is Leland. At the same time, he keeps the hitman grounded. I think that is the beauty of their relationship. Their snark and banter were hilarious AF. Their polar opposite dynamics really made the book.

I loved how OTT everything is. There were indeed moments when things got a bit tiresome and repetitive but overall the author was able to deliver action-packed insanity wrapped around a sweet and tender romance.

This novel is my introduction to Alice Winters’ work and definitely not my last. Recommended if you like lovers from the opposite sides of the law, (kinda) enemies working for the same cause and fence jumping with varied levels of success.

Rating:
4.5 Stars – perfection is only half a step away

Soundtrack: Pretty Little Psycho
Artist: Porcelain Black
Album: Mannequin Factory

“You don’t think I’m annoying?”

“No, not at all.”

“Really? Even when I say stupid things? And ask to see your willy?”

“Even then.”

I don’t even know what to say, so instead of saying anything, I step into him. “Thank you.”

“You don’t need to thank me.”

My chest almost aches, and I have this weird feeling in my stomach. It’s not a bad feeling, but it’s a strange one. One I don’t seem to know how to understand. I slide my arms around him and press myself to him so I can tuck my face against his neck.

“I don’t know why this makes me feel so weird,” I mumble.

“A good weird or a bad weird?” he asks as he slides his hand under my shirt and gently runs his fingers over my back.

“A good weird. Stop! I can’t take any more of this! My body doesn’t know how to respond. I think it’s shutting down. I think I’m dying, Jackson. Is that what this feeling is?”

He shakes his head as he chuckles. “You’re not dying.”

MUSIC MONDAY: Live To Tell The Tale – The Lockdown Playlist

I found this tag on Read Rant Rock & Roll. This meme was created by Drew @ The Tattooed Book Geek. You pick a song that you really like and share it on Monday.

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FLICKer FADE SUNDAY: Thirst

Featuring LGBT short films I found around the interwebz a.k.a Youtube. Okay sucky intro, but yeah, that’s it.


On an intense desert hike, two friends get in a deadlock when one of them seems to willfully lose their water and their way, intent on pushing their friendship to a new level.

They’re thirsty alright but it does not end well.