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A Foreign Love Affair (Yaoi) Paperback – March 25, 2008
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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.
However, I'm disappointed that "A Foreign Love Affair" is missing the last epilogue chapter, "Sweet Destiny". The last chapter, Ranmaru meets Al's father, and his wife tracks down Ranmaru at Al's estate. It's a good chapter that wraps up the story line well.
The second story for me was just filler. It's not as good as the first story. It's a cute story about a matchmaker falling in love w/ his client. It's a little on the cliched side.
I bought this book for the first story, and would normally recommend it highly but the missing epiloge lowers this volume by 1 star. Artwork is incredible, and the translations are done very well.
But in the manga ,the story continued ,developing the plot and their relationship . I like that.And yes a lot of explicit sex illustrations.
Four Star because...There are times Ranmaru looks abit feminine when his hair is longer and some of his his lines is more what a woman would say .
The second romantic story about the matchmaker is ok.There is nothing deep about the charcaters but at least its not too boring.
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. And readers last see Ran and Al together. I sthis more than an affair? What about his family and wife? This yaoi really deserves a sequel, though I have read nothing about one being made.
The second story was good, though I would've preferred more pages for the main title. Love Guide: a college professor's mother hires a "love guide" to help her son find a wife. The yound man is high spirited, and devoted to his job. And he happens to fall in love with his client! Luckily for him, the professor returns the feelings. This was a short, but very sweet romance. And, Yamane once again delivers the goods when the boys consummate their love, more than once! This was an almost perfect bonus story - it was brief, but didn't short change the characters or their romance.
Yamane's art is top notch as always. Clean lines, good proportions and undeniably male characters. The scenery was quite detailed for a yaoi, and there was a nice size cast for the story. The production of the book is also very nice, like 801's other titles, with a full color dust jacket and color plate. There was an occasional typo in the translation, but nothing major to ruin the story. Overall, I highly recommend this!!