August 25, 2011
Saki Aida – June – 2008 – 4 volumes
this is a novel
Again, I am ridiculously fond of these June BL novels. I’ve had pretty good luck with them so far, and I’ve read quite a few at this point. They always meet my expectations. Romance, drama, passion, et cetera. As long as the characters go well together, I’m happy. Whoever picks the novels seems to hit the nail on the head every time.
S is particularly surprising, since I don’t normally like police-themed novels or comics (I looove police procedural TV shows, though). The police terminology that was my main problem with the last volume was scaled way back here, and it left more room for romantic entanglements.
Shiiba is still resistant to letting himself fall in love with Munechika, unable to separate work and pleasure. Sadly, this book is an object lesson in why that’s such a bad idea. There’s a handful of suspicious murders at the beginning of the book, and Shiiba is paired up with another detective who is in the process of infiltrating the yakuza and needs a contact for his S. His S is in the process of digging up information about one particular yakuza boss and his stash of guns. The S, a young boy, gets a series of bad breaks, and Shiiba takes a lot of pity on him. But then the case takes a turn for the strange when the boy reveals his true feelings, and the murders from the beginning of the story begin to look as if they have an unlikely culprit…
The romance between Munechika and Shiiba was downplayed a bit in this volume, which was a shame, but another pair stands up to take its place. I didn’t like it quite as much, but with both couples getting development through the whole novel, it was enough to satisfy me. Really, that’s all I care about.
And for good reason. Some of the police work still doesn’t quite make sense to me. At one point, a character is persecuted and hunted down after falling under suspicion. To be fair, he fled and was evading the police, but his actual crime? I’m pretty sure no judge in the US would have convicted him. Again, there’s some culture shock for me in this series, since it’s still difficult for me to wrap my brain around the specifics of the gun laws in Japan. But even so, the ending to this book struck me as extremely unlikely.
Even with a weak logical ending, as I said, the romance was the important part, and that was just fine. Lots of emotional porn in here, and plenty of steamy scenes as well. Nothing ever quite goes the way I think it will too, and while it’s not exactly reinventing the romance novel or anything, even slight variations are appreciated in novels like this. Again, if you read the summary and it sounds like it’s up your alley, odds are if you like romance novels, you’ll want to give these a try. I read all three of the ones I have in a day, and I’m dying for the fourth volume conclusion now. What can I say, I’m a sucker for this stuff.