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  • Series: Stepping on Roses (Book 2)
  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: VIZ Media LLC (July 6, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1421531836
  • ISBN-13: 978-1421531830
  • Product Dimensions: 8.7 x 5.6 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #831,345 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Rinko Ueda's works include Ryo, a series based on the legend of Gojo Bridge; Home, a story about love crossing national boundaries; and Tail of the Moon (Tsuki no Shippo), a romantic ninja comedy.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By J Astin on October 28, 2010
Format: Paperback
In the second volume of Stepping On Roses, secrets and motives are revealed, making for a more intense, and, ironically, mysterious read.

The volume opens with Sumi and Soichiro going to lunch at Nozomu's home, where Sumi's innocent questions stir up emotions. Meanwhile, Eisuke leaves the kids with a horrid nanny while he looks for Sumi, and by looks, I mean seduces other women. Nozomu reveals an attraction to Sumi, and while knowing her feelings, Sumi resists, not wanting to break her marriage vows, even if they are fake. But forces keep pushing them together, and it's not an accident. There are hidden motives revealed which are surprising and intense. Sumi's interactions with Soichiro range from near-abusive to amazing, but will Nozomu's love take her away forever?

Soichiro is the character that we learn most about in this volume, of his secrets and motives, but he is still puzzling. Eisuke still needs to be kicked, as amusing as he is, and the butler is both more charming and sinister. Nozomu is still Prince Charming material, but there are hints that he might be darker than he lets on. And Sumi? She is still the same sweet, naive girl that we first met, though she does learn how to be a proper enough lady to be accepted into society. But her pure heart and conscience remain the same, driving the plot and actions.

This volume is vastly more interesting than the last one, and is a reason to start the series. It makes you wonder what is to come, and makes you question who Sumi will really end up with. A quick, fun read!
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Ellen W. VINE VOICE on August 5, 2010
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Souichiro promised to help Sumi's family with their financial troubles in exchange for her hand in marriage, and Sumi reluctantly agreed. She began to regret her decision when she ran into the man she really loves, Nozomu. One night, while visiting his home with Souichiro, Sumi ends up alone with Nozumu, and he tells her his true feelings. She wants to be with him, but she doesn't want to leave Souichiro. Souichiro knows what's going on between the two of them, and seem to be encouraging it? What are his true intentions for Sumi? And why doesn't he like to talk about his family?

The twist here actually surprised me. I didn't figure out what Souichiro was really up to until he said it himself. It turns out he's being mean to Sumi on purpose, though he doesn't enjoy doing it, and it makes him a more likable character. Nozomu, on the other hand, starts being more aggressive with Sumi, and it looks like he may not be the knight in shining armor she thought he was. As for Sumi, she doesn't want to leave Souichiro because she doesn't want to make him sad. She starts to figure him out a little, and realizes that he's like a frustrated child. This realization made sense, and I think it gave Sumi good motivation to stay with Souichiro. There are a few sweet moments between the two in this volume, although Sumi is still too submissive to him. It is funny when she tells him what she really thinks, though.

I thought about giving this volume 4 stars, but even though this volume was better than volume 1, I still felt that the plot needed some work. It seems kind of rushed, with events not lasting very long before moving onto the next one.
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By Emma on January 5, 2013
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Came quickly, in great condition, fun story, and I absolutely love the author! If you like this series I highly recommend this!
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