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- File Size: 2911 KB
- Print Length: 362 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publisher: Macarons & Tea Publishing (28 Nov. 2016)
- Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
- Language: English
- ASIN: B01N1M61E6
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- Average Customer Review: 6 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #325,827 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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However, Nao's logic often made no sense to me, nor did his constant assumptions about Saehyun. In fact, they were made so frequently and asserted so firmly that I felt very much like the author was trying to convince me of something I should be able to sense without being told (repeatedly). It was like they were both keeping themselves willfully ignorant and I'm afraid that just wasn't something I could buy into, considering how much both of them had at stake. Even when all but incontrovertible proof was presented, the two of them (Nao especially) somehow remained clueless. I just couldn't believe it, which meant a lot of the plot felt contrived.
Similarly, the decision and twist at the end was utterly unbelievable for me. When the book was presented to me for review it came with this note: "...this is a m/m thriller. Though there is a love story throughout the novel it’s NOT a romance, nor is it for the faint of heart. Lots of bloody violence and death." So I get that this event at the end is what makes the book a thriller rather than a romance. But I think the story tried too hard to straddle the genres and compromised itself. It would have been stronger, in my opinion, to pick one or the other. Especially since so many readers will be disappointed. Romance lover will be let down by the ending and thriller fanatics will likely be put off by the romance.
Because for 99% of the book the romance is front and centre, even if is practically an insta-lust. Honestly, if not for the ending, I would call it an M/M romance using the Yakuza and Jo-pok for plot. Admittedly, a romance of the tragic, Shakespearian sort—very Romeo and Juliet—but a romance all the same. In fact, I'd call this a mix of Romeo and Juliet and The Godfather. Nao makes a very convincing Michael Corleone.
The writing is pretty good. The first chapter or so is a bit rough, but it smooths out fairly quickly. The editing also never grabbed my attention, which is what editing should do, and it was well-paced. All sex is off-page, so it's not particularly steamy, and the book has an awesome cover. Lastly, I totally agree with Nao about Oolong tea. It's my favorite too, especially the darker, heavily oxidized ones. Yum. I look forward to reading more of Tasukada's work.
Note: I received a copy of this book for the purposes of review. I chose to do so.
Stunning, simply and beautifully written, visually vibrant, this brutal story of star-crossed lovers was for me totally unexpected. It is a story of love, but no romance. And love can take many forms.
I was gifted this book by Book Review 22. When first offered it, I nearly refused. Thank goodness I changed my mind. Blood Stained Tea is one of the most stunning books I have read for a long time and I savoured the writing, the pictures created, even the sadness and despair which alternated with joy of discovery. I am now anxiously awaiting a second book by the author. I believe another is due for publication sometime later this year. Meanwhile, if you haven't already done so, buy and read this first story by Amy Tasukada. It will tear at your soul.
And I'm not entirely sure how I feel about it!
Oh, don't get me wrong, this is a very well written book. The story is delivered in a great way. I'm just not sure I liked it!
Here's why I *THINK* it didn't quite work for me.
Both men, Nao and Saehyun, are members of their respective mafia. Nao, the Japanese Yakuza, and Saehyun the Korean equivalent. And the book is HEAVY on the mafia side. Very violent in places, too much for me, which is odd since I don't mind getting into the twisted minds of some characters, and hearing and seeing what they are doing, so why should it bother me here?? I don't know, its the overwhelming feeling I'm left with, that it was too much. For me.
Here's what I DID like. Both men have their say. For a little while, I thought this not to be the case as it is a while before Saehyun speaks. Both men find out about the other being their enemy way after they get together, and independently of each other. I liked that one knew before the other, but didn't let on.
I did NOT see what happened towards the end coming at me, not at all, not even when one warned the other that's what he would do! Nao and Saehyun's story is by no means finished and this is billed as book one in The Yakuza Path series.
Will I read any more?? Possibly not. But I did finish this one, and if you took the violence out, I would have loved it, I think.
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