Series: Dragon & Crow #1
Author: Alex A. Akira
Genre: Yaoi, Boy’s Love, M/M Romance, Gay
Length: 245 pages
Publisher: Alex A. Akira @ KDP
Heat Level: Moderate
Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥4Hearts
Blurb: This two-volume fast paced pulp yaoi novel is an adventure filled journey with many twists and turns involving love struck men, martial arts, dancing, casinos, hotels, an amazing Manhattan loft, the NPA, the FBI, the Yakuza and a healthy dose of graphic sex.
In this Volume One, we meet twenty-three year old graphic artist Michael Black, a Native American student of Shotokan karate and learn of how his life gets turned upside down and inside out by a mysterious stranger whom ambushes him at the dojo he attends, one evening.
Review: To all of you yaoi lovers, I found the right book for you. For those of you who are completely lost and wondering what the hell that is, yaoi focuses on homoerotic male relationships that are usually written by female authors. It is more commonly known as Boys’ Love. You should also know that yaoi novels usually take more than one novel to complete. Basically, if you want to know the ending, you will have to buy both volumes of this novel. Now, with that said, this novel is really fast paced and well written.
When I tell you well written, I’m basically saying that Alex A. Akira does an outstanding job when describing the characters and everything around them. To some, this may take away from the plot, but in reality, this is a work of art written in words. You can perfectly picture every single thing throughout the novel and that reminded me a young and talented woman who became famous because she wrote several novels that included a young wizard. Their genre may be different, but their execution or writing style is almost the same.
Now, back to the novel, the love story in this novel revolves around Michael Black and Kiyoshi Kimura. They both come from very troublesome pasts. I love Michael and Kiyoshi together since they bring out the best out of each other. Somehow they seem to balance each other off perfectly well. Michael comes from family whose family members mysteriously die due to unknown or tragic circumstances. By the young age of fifteen, he was left all alone and to fend for himself. Kiyoshi, on the other hand, is a very unique character since he suffers from multiple personality disorders. My heart broke when I found out what led to his current state. His past is tragic and very sad. Without giving away too much of the plot, Kiyoshi is basically three persons in one and the NPA (National Police Association of Japan) is looking for one of his personalities. It is up to Michael and Ichiro (Kiyoshi’s cousin and Michael’s Sensei) to hide and save him from them. I will recommend this novel to all the yaoi lovers out there and to anyone who wants to try something new and fresh.