Strawberries and the Beast by April Moone
My rating: 3 of 5 stars
Reckless, flamboyant Keigo is bisexual. Blunt, aloof Masaki is straight. Their conflicting personalities make them unlikely friends, but after some careful maneuvering on Keigo’s part and one strawberry-flavored kiss, Masaki gives more of himself to Keigo than he ever thought possible. More than he’s willing to share with his girlfriend. But Masaki’s fear of commitment threatens to shake their rocky relationship to pieces.
Keigo’s new feelings for Masaki are confusing enough even before his on-again, off-again lover, Kaname, blows back into town. Kaname is a manipulative beast, demanding Keigo’s undying fidelity in return for his cruelty, and Keigo’s fragile relationship with Masaki cracks under the weight of his presence. If Keigo really wants to build a life with Masaki, he’ll have to discover the strength to free himself of Kaname and convince Masaki to be with him forever.
I spent the first half of this book undecided as to whether I liked this story or not.
I am not sure if it is the setting and cultural differences that have me on the fence or if the book is poorly written.
I did finish the book, mainly because it was quite short, and it does pull it together in the last 10 pages but it is a long time coming so for me the sex was the only thing keeping my interest. It's a shame really as this had the potential to be a fantastic story but for me it lacked real depth and in some places believability and I so wanted to like a book with strawberries in the title.
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