Title: Idol Pleasures
Author: Fuhri Misasagi
May Contain Spoilers
Hisaya is down and out on his luck, until his older sister demands that he start working for her. Unemployed, he doesn’t really have much choice, and so he finds himself the manager of an up and coming idol, Koju. They don’t get off to a very good start, and Hisaya is wondering if he’ll fail his new assignment before it really begins. Then, out of the blue, Koju confesses his feelings to him. What is the confused Hisaya going to do?
I enjoyed how the relationship developed between the two men in Idol Pleasures. At first, Koju, rejected by his father when he was young boy, is drawn to the older Hisaya because he sees him as a father figure. When his feelings turn to love, Hisaya doesn’t take his seriously, thinking instead that he is only looking for a replacement for his absent father. Besides, they’re both guys! If you feel that way, you shouldn’t be the lead in a BL book! I did find that Hisaya’s reluctance to accept Koju’s love was convincing and endearing. He’s a bit of a loser, having been divorced from his wife, and he regrets that he had to leave his daughter. He’s also a failure in his career, and is trying to find gainful employment.
Koju is cool and withdrawn, and at first, he keeps his distance from his new manager. The guy is old and doesn’t know anything about him or the business. What was the President thinking? It turns out that even she has ulterior motives, which make Hisaya seem even more pathetic. Koju just puts on an aloof air; he really is one very needy and lonely young man, and Hisaya appears just when he needs him the most. Now, if only he can convince Hisaya that they are meant to be together, everything will be hunky dory.
Things go a little off track in the last chapter, but overall, the book is cute, with sweet characters who deserve to find happiness.
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