My rating: 4 of 5 stars
I received a free copy of this book from the author, in exchange for an honest review.
Just as the first book, containing the first two installments, this book is clearly not meant to be a stand alone read. The story picks up where the first book let off. The installments are named Innocence and perspective and very aptly so.
Ryuu and Hiro are in love, and Ryuu’s understanding and accept of this comes slowly but surely and ever so sweetly. (although he doesn’t actually admit to it being love, even if we, the reader is well aware of the fact)I can’t say I blame him, even if we only see Hiro through his eyes, I am half way in love with the dorky guy myself!
Step 4 unfortunately throws in the perspective and it isn’t pretty. The world of JPop Idols is not a world where romantic entanglements are encouraged at all, and certainly not homosexual ones. Ryuu is very aware of this fact, and becomes rather hurtful in his actions towards Hiro in his attempt to “throw people of the scent”.
I enjoyed the second book a lot more than the first one. I loved the cute parallels of the samurai story to the boy’s relationship and Ryuu’s intimate thoughts about all the small things he likes about Hiro.
We end on a rather painful note, and I will rush forward to the third and last book, to hopefully get my HEA fix!
Overall series rating (all three books): 3.5-4 stars. If you start, you will need to get the next one. Very enjoyable and recommendable.