Series: Would it be okay to love you
Genre: Contemporary, Romance
Diversity: LGBT (m/m)
Rating: 3.5/5 Stars
Cover: Shouldn’t Aoi be way smaller? I’m confused…
Trigger warnings: homophobia mention
Description: A robot fanboy. An erotic voice actor. When love comes calling, will they shed their armor?
Sato’s only long-term relationship is the one he shares with his Gundam collectibles. He dreams about the kind of unconditional love his parents enjoy. If only he could break out of his shell, he might find his special someone…
Outgoing playboy Aoi has sworn off relationships. He knows they only distract him from his budding voice acting career. He’s earned a few loyal fans, and if he keeps at it, he may even earn enough to never worry about being evicted again…
When Sato meets Aoi at the local anime store, there’s definitely a spark. But even as they tread carefully, their commitment issues and Aoi’s troubled past soon muck things up before they can start. In order for Sato and Aoi to have their happily-ever-after, they’ll both have to take a leap of faith… and hope to be caught.
Review: I love this book’s title!
It really represents both characters. Both Aoi and Sato are insecure in their own way and both think they do not deserve the other.
This sounds like a sweet love story, doesn’t it? And it is one, but the specialness I expected at the beginning wasn’t delivered. Don’t get me wrong, it’s a nice read and it does not fetishize japanese men or culture (I’m totally sub-reviewing a different book here, but I couldn’t help myself).
We get a good look at living in poverty (or at the edge of it) without it being aggressively in your face. Instead it’s simply there, being shown in the way Aoi lives and thinks which makes is even more heartbreaking in my eyes. And then there is Sato who is just so awkwardly nerdy and cute. They make a great couple.
But the ending kinda ruined it for me. “Aoi’s troubled past soon muck things up” (quote taken from the description) isn’t as big of a plot point as I thought. It is there, but there isn’t enough detail… or feeling… in it. It’s just solved too easily and too fast. Because of this the ending feels really rushed and not finished somehow.
Disclaimer: I received a free copy through Signal Boost Promotions in exchange for an honest review. Thank you.
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