elisa_rolle (elisa_rolle) wrote,

Incognito by Miho Li

Starting this novel, I was pretty much sure I was for reading a yaoi novel, which I did, but I wasn’t expecting for it to be something more other than sex. Let’s be true, most of the yaoi novel out there are about sex between cure boys, the plot is usually thin and only a frame to the main action, that is the sex.

So plot about American-Japanese student Ren falling in love for fellow student Shin, was for me the sure starting point for a series of hot meetings between them. The author made them college boys, but that was probably for a censorship reason, these yaoi novels are usually about high school boys. And don’t get me wrong, Ren is an horny kid who has sex as main thought on his mind and everything else is of secondary importance. But when he basically starts to stalk Shin, Shin is far from being willing to satisfy Ren’s wild sex fantasies, and he “forces” Ren into a chaste friendship, with a side of Ren’s friends who cheer for him to conquer the boy.

The mystery plot, and the resolution of it is unlikely like many of these yaoi novels are; again, this is not a complaint or critic, this is the fact: yaoi novel are all about boys in love, what happens around them is not important; did you notice that family, real life, adult figures are usually non-existent? If not for sporadic appearances, these boys seem to live in a world apart where them and their love is the only reality.

But in any case, kudos to Miho Li to not making this yet another story where the two boys were basically existing only in bed; there is actually a building and blossoming of a relationship, and some of the side characters (Ren’s friends) where cute too.

Amazon Kindle: Incognito (Siren Publishing Classic ManLove)
Publisher: Siren Publishing (May 2, 2012)

Reading List: http://www.librarything.com/catalog_bottom.php?tag=reading list&view=elisa.rolle

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Tags: author: miho li, genre: contemporary, length: novella, theme: college

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