Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Blog Tour, eARC Review, Excerpt & #Giveaway: Dragon & Crow 1 (Dojo Boys #2) by Alex. A. Akira

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Title: Dragon and Crow - Deluxe 2 Volume Set
Series: Dojo Boys
Author: Alex A Akira
Publisher: Triple A Press
Cover Artist: Alex A Akira
Length: Volume 1 – 275 Pages; Volume 2 – 390 Pages
Release Date: 25th May, 2015
Amazon
Twenty-three-year-old, Native American, Michael Black’s well-ordered life is disrupted one evening when he is ambushed at the dojo he frequents by a mysterious Japanese youth who goes by the name of Kiyoshi.
Soon circumstances have the gorgeous teen staying with Michael at his apartment. The gifted nineteen-year-old is an intriguing mix of angst, innocence and crafty intelligence, but Michael is honor bound by a promise to his sensei to keep his distance. Michael tries to keep his desire in check, but what can he do if the exquisite teen keeps kissing him?
Volume two finds Michael in deep water when, in trying to help Kiyoshi, he is persuaded by his sensei to participate in a joint government undercover operation to bring down a Yakuza lord.
Before long Michael is immersed in beautiful men, martial arts and espionage all to gain the trust and love of Kiyoshi. Secrets, lies, sex and action combine in this racy, romantic, adventure of two men, Michael Black and his sensei, Ichiro Kimura, navigating a dangerous path for true love.
Review by: multitaskingmomma
My Rating: 4 of 5 Stars


One of my guilty pleasures is to read yaoi. Why? Because only a handful can grab my attention and when they do, I really, really enjoy them. Thing is, this can be a difficult genre for those unused to it. It can be a trudging read if written badly. Fortunately for Dojo Boys, it was well written, though on the heavy side. Why? Well, the author went a little technical in some areas. Having said that, the technicalities were what made this a very interesting and surprisingly fast read. If I sound conflicted, yes it is true. Then again, that is the yaio style I am used to.

There is a huge cast of characters and as I was only given this volume, it took me some time to get through it without actually going back to the first book for reference. Again, another surprising fact about this read, I really did not need that first book, although this is not a stand alone project. Project is the word I use for this is ongoing and will keep on going. That is the yaoi style. Again. For those not ready, get ready.

Let's talk about Kiyoshi. He suffers from a personality disorder which, in lay man's terms, is like Sybil. What led to his disorder can be disturbing to read but does set the basis for who and what he is. Despite his problem, his seeming vulnerability, he is a man who the authorities are looking for. Problem is, which of his characters or personalities are they to find when they finally catch on? 

Michael is an orphan who struggled to get his life somewhere. Currently, he is seeking to gain his brown belt and falls for the enigmatic Kiyoshi. Reading through, I wondered which character he was really in love with as Kiyoshis is literally, three in one, with the three battling it out with each other and loving Michael in their own way. Kind of confusing, very confusing in fact, but also quite enlightening.

As the Kiyoshi and Michael romance blooms, the plot thickens and the mysteries deepen. As confounded I found myself at times, it was not difficult to continue reading simply because of the way this story was told. Now, grammar nazis, there are a lot of errors I encountered but I turned a blind eye to them because of the whole story. I love this and do hope it gets a proper editor sometime to clean it up. Because of the obvious cross-eyed wonders in typos and grammar, I dropped a star. But look, it's still a four, which means, yes, it was a really, really great read.


Excerpt

D-&-C-VOL-1-800X1200-COVERMichael groped for the light switch, a smile of triumph playing at his lips. Damn, I did it! I beat him! Flicking the switch, he turned, eager to view his skilled opponent and to bask in the accolades that he was sure to receive from Sensei Kimura.

His triumph descended to dismay in a flash. Who the hell is this?

A slight figure lay crumpled at the center of the practice room. Cautiously approaching the limp form, Michael’s heart sank even further. Lying unconscious on the gleaming bamboo floor was a Japanese boy. He looked to be about five-foot-seven, was very pale, and quite young.

“A kid? I beat up a kid?” Quickening his pace, Michael knelt beside the slim figure. Jesus, he’s like fourteen, fifteen? Beautiful. He looks like Ichiro. Better, actually, Michael admitted, surprised at his internal betrayal of his long-held crush on his sensei. He continued to stare down at the slight, fragile boy, eyeing the long blue-black hair that trailed sensuously around the figure’s unfamiliar gray karategi.

Who the hell is he? Why would they have me beat up a kid for my test? Puzzled, he glanced around the room, noting that he and the boy were alone. Ignoring his impending alarm, he gazed back to the unconscious figure.

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The youth’s face was truly beautiful. Michael’s inner artist drank in the smooth, pearly skin, the long, sooty lashes, and the pale apricot color blushed across the boy’s delicate cheekbones. God… An aching hunger preceded the lurch of Michael’s cock, which nudged his lower abdomen telegraphing its interest. Get it together. He’s like … twelve! Suddenly realizing that the boy showed no sign of regaining consciousness, Michael snapped from his trance and shook his opponent’s shoulder.


“Hey!” He leaned over the placid body, hand stretching toward the longish neck for a pulse. The telltale thump throbbed beneath his fingers, but his proximity to the boy’s face had him pausing to stare at the youth’s sculpted lips. Christ, get away from him before you do something you’ll regret. Frowning, he started to shift upright when a relentless grip clutched his hair.

Caught off guard, Michael fumbled helplessly as his head was tugged abruptly toward the face beneath him. The beautiful mouth claimed his lips, stealing his breath and muffling his gasp as a hot tongue invaded his mouth. The agile member eagerly caressed its counterpart, igniting Michael’s senses. The tantalizing scent of ripe apricots surrounded him, dizzying him with sensual promises, and urging him to surrender.




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About the Author

Alex A. Akira is the author of the yaoi romance series Dojo Boys, racy tales of young, male martial artists navigating some unorthodox and adventurous paths to find love. The Deluxe two-volume box set of Dojo Boys: Dragon and Crow are available at Amazon:





2 comments:

  1. Thank you for this wonderful post and review. I am very happy that you enjoyed Dragon & Crow. Apologies, for the grammatical errors, we (editors and I) thought we caught them all, but we'll do another run through to correct those we missed. Thank you for bringing this to our attention.

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  2. Thank you for dropping by, Alex. <3

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