Friday, June 27, 2014

Stranger Rice

Title: Stranger Rice
Author: A. J. Llewellyn / D. J. Manly
Publisher: Amber Allure
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ISBN: 978-1-61124-604-9
Genre: {M/M} Paranormal
Rating: 4 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs Reviewer: Chocolate Minx

Basho Loy is grateful for his well paying job, even if he’s required to work long hours.  Another bonus is the budding romance with his boss, Kanji Chang. But Basho discovered that people are not always what they appear to be and a lifetime of secrets could become deadly for Basho’s future.

Stranger Rice is a fascinating short story steeped in mystery. The setting is Hong Kong, with a brief description of the corporate culture there. The characters are interesting.

Basho is the first son of a powerful businesswoman who expects Basho to set an example of success for his four brothers to follow. The family dynamics is a strained relationship, Basho’s contact with his mother seldom occurs. Kanji is the man of Basho’s dreams, yet the two never met outside the office until Kanji pays a surprise visit to Basho. The visit immediately leads to intimacy; however Kanji’s strange behaviors has Basho apprehensive of Kanji’s intention.

Believing a long-ago myth, Kanji targeted Basho as the possible solution to his problems. But falling in love with Basho was not part of the resolution Kanji envisioned. Nevertheless, the love Kanji shared with Basho resulted in Kanji abandoning his original plan.

A. J. Llewellyn and D. J. Manly have created an exceptionally distinctive saga. The depiction of the contemporary Asian culture blended with a few animal traits is exceptionally enjoyable. 

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