Manga Review: A Husband to Belong To by Marito Ai

May Contain Spoilers

I decided to read A Husband to Belong To because of that shirt.  The hero is wearing a purple shirt, with a blue bandanna, and the couple is standing in front of a stained glass window.  I couldn’t resist the shirt or the window.  And he has blue hair.  I don’t know if I have revealed this deep dark secret about myself yet.  I rarely read the descriptions for series romance (comic or prose) before I read them, and usually pick my new category read by the title, author, or cover.  That turned out to be okay with this one because the hero is a cowboy.  Once that fact was revealed, his clothing made a little more sense.

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Manga Review: An Old-Fashioned Girl by Akemi Maki

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This is old school Harlequin Romance at its best.  Patience and her aunts are having some hard times.  After their investments go bad, her elderly aunts are forced to rent out the family mansion.  Patience is worried about the future; how is she going to financially care for her aunts after the rental period is over?  She decides to look for a job, and fortune smiles upon her, she is offered a position working for the doctor who rented the family mansion.  Julius is working on a book, and the housekeeper impresses upon Patience the importance of silence.  Patience is not one of Patience’s better virtues, as the busy doctor is about to discover.

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Manga Review: Idol Dreams V2 by Arina Tanemura

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I admit that I have a love/hate relationship with Arina Tanemura comics.  I love, love, love the art, but the stories don’t often work for me.  Usually, when they are written for a younger audience, I just feel too old to enjoy the trials of a grade school heroine.  Her latest series to be translated into English, Idol Dreams, is intended for an older audience, and it still didn’t work for me.

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Manga Review: Crowns and a Cradle by Mayu Takayama and Valerie Parv

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When Sarah wins a vacation to Carramer, she’s excited to enjoy an all expenses paid trip with her infant son.  She could never afford this on her own, and she’s looking forward to unwinding on the island’s beaches.  When she’s singled out by the Prince and discovers that she’s really a princess, she’s shocked.  She knew that she was adopted, and her questions about her birth parents were ignored.  After she meets her grandfather, the Grand Duke, she’s infuriated.  He only wants Christophe, her son, and now the Grand Duke’s only heir. 

The biggest disappointment with Crowns and a Cradle was the lack of depth given to the setting. I have no real sense of what the culture or structure of Carramer is like, and it was frustrating that the background on the island was so flimsy.  How did Josh’s family come to rule Carramer?  Why can only male offspring inherit the title?  Why couldn’t the Grand Duke adopt Josh and pass the title to him??

The events also seemed so dated. Sarah’s teenaged mother was forced to give up her baby because she came from a “good family.” Sarah broke off contact with her family after she got pregnant and was dumped by her boyfriend. The people around her were hostile and didn’t support her decision to keep her baby and raise him by herself. Josh confiscated her passport and the Grand Duke, wouldn’t even consider her wishes for how her infant son was raised. It just seemed more like attitudes from the 60s than from 2002 when this story was originally published and it infuriated me.

Grade: C-

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About the book:

Sarina wins a radio station prize draw to go on a vacation to the island principality of Carramer on the south Pacific Ocean. As she arrives with her heart full of anticipation, she is greeted by none other than Prince Josquin of Carramer! “What could the royal family possibly want with me?” Sarina’s anxious question is met with a shocking answer from the Prince: “You’re the princess of this land. And we need you.”

Manga Review: The Cinderella Solution by Kyoko Sagara and Cathy Yardley

 

May Contain Spoilers

When best friend, Gabe, tells Charlotte she couldn’t be more feminine if she tried, she’s infuriated.  She bets that she can get someone to propose to her in 30 days.  With the help of her girl friends, she undergoes a whirlwind makeover .  When she does attract male attention, and even Gabe is stunned by the new confident, beautiful Charlotte, he wishes they had never made the bet, because he’s afraid he’s going to lose his bff!

This is a friends to lovers story with gorgeous art.  The illustrations are eye-catching, with lots of detail on facial expressions and stylish attire.  I loved the art!

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Manga Review: A Wife in Time by Mami Ishikawa and Cathie Linz

 

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I think I’ve read this previously, but since I never wrote a review, and I can’t find it on my shelves at Goodreads, I read it again.  I liked it much better this time around.  The only irritating / grating plot point was Kane’s initial treatment of Susannah.  He believes that she seduced his younger brother, because, you know, his brother said so.  It doesn’t matter how many times Susannah denies it, or how much time Kane spends in her company, he refuses to reverse his stance on this point.  It just frustrated me that he never had the faith in her to believe her about what happened with his brother.

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Manga Review: The Maid and the Millionaire by Naoko Kubota and Myrna Mackenzie

 

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Anna has been taking care of Donovan Bennett’s house in Lake Geneva, but when she hears the renowned doctor will be arriving soon, she panics.  Donovan’s young son was killed in a tragic accident just six months before.  Since the accident, Donovan’s life has fallen apart.  He’s resigned from his job and allowed his marriage to fall apart.  When he arrives at the house he’s never visited with his family, he lets Anna know that she can keep her job for two more weeks, and then he wants her gone.  He just wants to be alone and he doesn’t need house staff taking care of him or his house.

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Manga Review: FukuFuku Kitten Tales V1 by Konami Kanata

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FukuFuku Kitten Tales is typical of Konami Kanata – Cute!  FukuFuku has her owner wrapped around her little claws in this collection of short slice of life comics  about the kitten and her elderly owner.  From her first day in her new home to her first introduction of the joyous warmth of the kotatsu, FukuFuku quietly and endearingly takes ownership of her new person. 

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