Tuesday, 17 April 2018
Review: Blood Stained Tea by Amy Tasukada
Nao - a former member of the Kyoto Yakuza, now lives a quiet life out of that world. He owns a tea-shop, and he has a cat, and he's content.
However, everything changes when he pulls an injured man out of the river on his regular walk down the Philosopher's Path.
Saehyun would have died that night if not for Nao's intervention. However, Saehyun is a member of the Korean mafia, which is trying to wrest Kyoto from the control of Nao's former family.
As Nao and Saehyun get to know each other (ifyouknowhatimean andiknowyoudo), the secrets that both of them carry threaten to collapse on top of them both.
Blood Stained Tea isn't your typical M/M romance novel. There's a fair amount of violence, and Nao and Saehyun's worlds are so very different; not to mention the fact that they're basically members of opposing gangs essentially.
However, it's really well-written, and Nao's character development especially is a really, really satisfying arc to read.
I'm definitely going to purchase book 2 as soon as I can.