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Oku-san's Daily Fantasies (Yaoi Manga) by Noboru Takatsuki
5.0 out of 5 stars Sweet RomCom, 18 Sep 2014
This is lovely one. A shy, virginal young man has a crush on the guy who delivers his internet shopping, so he starts ordering ever wilder items just to see him, but one night an adventurous purchase from a sex-toy website draws the attention of his neighbour, who happens to own the website. Oku-san can't stop his fantastical fantasies, drifting off into dream sequences at a moment's notice, but is he maybe missing what's under his nose? This yaoi has a really sweet, rom-com-esque tone, a slow-burn love story and endearing gentleness.
The Tin Box by Kim Fielding
The Tin Box by Kim Fielding
5.0 out of 5 stars Poignant, 18 Sep 2014
Got the sample, started reading, bought the book, couldn't put it down. The small town setting, the idea of a modern day person who finds their life echoed and even altered by documents from the past, the setting in the abandoned asylum... all these elements are familiar, but Fielding blends them into something new, engaging and wonderfully bittersweet. The heartbreaking story of Bill, incarcerated in the asylum for being a gay man in 1930s America, makes a poignant backdrop for our protagonist, William, as he tries to come to terms with his own identity. The romance is lovely and mixes heat and sweet well for my tastes, but Bill is the character who'll stick with me.
Caught! (The Shamwell Tales) by JL Merrow
JL Merrow is fast selling me on first person POV stories, which is no mean feat in my case. I think the key is that Merrow delivers very believable, rounded characters whose 'voices' ring true. Robert Emeny is certainly an unusual man, brought up 'posh' but knowing poverty, fastidious and slightly obsessive, fond of bow ties, and unfortunately carrying a heavy secret. He's come to the small town of Shamwell to teach and escape his past, but when he catches the eye of a local man, Sean, his plans to stay under the radar start to disappear.

This is a charming and very 'British' novel, a satisfying read curled up with a cup of tea. I'm taking it from the sub-title ('The Shamwell… Read more