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A Foreign Love Affair (Yaoi) Paperback – May 20, 2008


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 200 pages
  • Publisher: 801 Media, Inc. (May 20, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1934129186
  • ISBN-13: 978-1934129180
  • Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 5.5 x 7.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #415,745 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Love Guide is a delightful story and a very sweet romance.
Christian Otto
The main story "A Foreign Love Affair" is an engrossing romance between Ranmaru, a Yakuza's son, and Al, an Italian ship captain.
R.Parklane
I absolutely loved Yamane's Finder series, and have been eagerly anticipating this English release of Ikoku Irokoi Romantan.
Jem

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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Jem TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on May 21, 2008
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I absolutely loved Yamane's Finder series, and have been eagerly anticipating this English release of Ikoku Irokoi Romantan. This yaoi is very different from Finder and Crimson Spell. Finder is an action drama, and Crimson Spell a fantasy. This is definitely a romance. This manga includes two stories, the main title and a second called "Love Guide."

A Foreign Love Affair: Ranmaru has been forced into an arranged marriage by his yakuza family. Neither he, nor his bride Kaoro, are happy about it. The story opens with them embarking on an Italian cruise. Kaoro is annoyed that Ranmaru insists on dressing in traditional kimono instead of a suit. Yet, that is what attracts the eye of Alberto, the sexy ship captain. After drinking far too much one night, Ran and Al end up in bed. But, Ran is married and Al sails the seas. So, they go their separate ways. But they keep meeting unexpectedly. Then, Ran is kidnapped while trying to meet Al on land. This is where the story takes an adventurous turn. The romance is on as Al may be the only one who can save Ran.

I truly enjoyed this yaoi. It is one of those rare hard yaoi titles that also manages to build a sweet romance. The sex is explicit, and happens several times, but is also tender. Ran is desperate to be seen as a tough guy, but Al just wants to protect him. It makes for fun, angst-filled dialog between the two. The kidnapping took a surprising turn, which was dark in tone, but fit the story. It was more than just boy meets boy, which I really liked. Both characters are likeable and appealing. One thing did bother me - the story left some things unresolved. Ran encounters a former friend and now rival who is in love with Kaoro. He is involved in the plot, but just disappears at the end.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Christian Otto on June 13, 2008
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Let me start by saying that I especially like those yaoi titles in which the male characters actually look male. I think this is part of the reason why I absolutely loved Yamane's Crimson Spell, so much so that I even ordered the second volume in the series from Japan, despite the fact that I can't read Japanese! I loved it nonetheless.

And Yamane's Foreign Love Affair also has these undeniably male characters, in addition to the tender romance, the gripping story, some very funny scenes and stunningly beautiful drawings, which make this one a highly recommended read.

The manga features two stories:

-> A Foreign Love Affair
Ranmaru Ohmi, heir of a Japanese yakuza boss, has married Kaoru, daughter of a rival yakuza boss, and they're now on their honeymoon aboard a cruise ship traveling the Mediterranean Sea. It's mostly a political marriage and both are not happy about it. Thus we see Ranmaru alone in a bar, during what was to be his first night with his wife, where he meets Alberto, or Al, the Italian Captain of the cruise ship. They spend a night of passion together but go their separate ways again by morning. But while Ranmaru and Kaoru continue their trip across Italy, Ranmaru and Al keep meeting each other unexpectedly and often in situations where Al has come to the rescue.

Very good story alternating between tender romance, hot sex scenes and adventurous situations.

-> The Love Guide
Professor Hirotaka Takaoka tries to find the right woman with the help of the hired matchmaker Tohru Serizawa. After the umpteenth marriage interview Hirotaka realizes that maybe the reason for those failed interviews is the fact that he can't keep his eyes off the matchmaker.

Love Guide is a delightful story and a very sweet romance.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By K. Canales on June 17, 2008
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This book is beautiful, and any BL fan girl/boy should acquire this and add it to their permanent collection. 801-media has done a wonderful job with this title, I could only catch one or two grammatical errors, and even those were almost overlooked. The book consists of a very nice dust jacket and a color insert of the second story's couple, The Love Guide. The binding is nice and it includes a cultural reference section towards the end of the book. Overall, this is a great buy, and the quality from this publisher is still the best in the BL American market. By the way, the comic strip at the end of the book (on the dust jacket) of 801-chan is always a nice and welcome treat!!
The plot has been pretty much explained in the other reviews, so there is nothing else for me to add. If you like this item, then you will definitely love "The Crimson Spell" by Kitty Media (Volume 2 is coming out this fall, ^0^):
The Crimson Spell
The Crimson Spell 2 (The Crimson Spell)
There's plenty of "smex" in both titles and the art/story is beautiful.
Hope this rambling helps in some way, and if not... Oh, well, I did my best.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By R.Parklane on May 22, 2008
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Ayano Yamane's artwork is just beautiful and her men are so gorgeous and sexy.

The main story "A Foreign Love Affair" is an engrossing romance between Ranmaru, a Yakuza's son, and Al, an Italian ship captain.
Ranmaru forced into a marriage to strenghten the Yakuza families ties is an appealing character and he sure looks alluring in his yukata. As for Al, he is such a stud and the perfect cool and sexy seme. Theirs is a amusing and sweet romance. There are some heavy and dark moments mid-way when Ranmaru is kidnapped and nearly sold off as a sex slave. Here I was afraid that the mangaka would turn this into a dark Yaoi but fortunately she didn't and the story remains romantic and sweet. But the ending does leave one wanting! A few unresolved issues. There is no doubt that Ranmaru will choose his captain but then how does it all pan out with his wife and the Yakuza families. And I would love to know more about Al's background.

The second shorter story on an anti social professor who has no time for love except work finally finding love with his male match-maker is equally enjoyable. Theirs is a fun, light-hearted, cute and equally sweet romance. And I love both characters here too.

And of course the sex in both stories are hot and sensual. A must for all Yaoi fans!
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