[Novel] The Experiment

Book Title: The Experiment by Rebecca Raine

Published: August 17, 2020

Synopsis (from Goodreads):

When a single kiss calls your sexuality into question, there’s only one sure path to a reliable answer: further research.

Patrick

I like to think I know myself outside and in. What you see is what you get, and what you get happens to be straight. This is no mere opinion. It’s a fact – tried and tested. So, when I end up kissing my best friend to satisfy a lost bet, I already know I’ll hate every second of it.

Until I don’t.

The intense desire aroused by Logan’s kiss has me asking all sorts of new and exciting questions. Thankfully, as a developmental psychologist, I know exactly how to find the answers I need.

Logan

I’ve put a lot of effort into keeping Patrick out of my fantasies and in the friend-zone. Our recent lip-lock may have unleashed my feelings for him temporarily, but I’ll get them back on their platonic track in no time. Falling for a friend, especially a sexually ambivalent friend, is a one-way ticket to heartache.

Then Patrick announces his intention to conduct an experiment into the extent of his bisexuality. I can’t resist volunteering to help. If any man is going to join Patrick on his journey of self-discovery, it’s sure as hell going to be me.

The Experiment is a steamy, best friends to lovers, bisexual awakening, gay for you story with high heat and low angst. It is a standalone novel set in Australia. Swoon-worthy HEA included.


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[Manga] Link and Ring (リンクアンドリング)

リンクアンドリング | Link and Ring

Story and Art: Tsuyuki Yuruco (つゆき ゆるこ)

Translated by: Amimaru Translation and Localization Services Ltd

Status: Completed

Available at futekiya (EN), Rakuten Kobo (JP)

 

Summary from futekiya

“If I ever get brave enough to say I like you from the top of my lungs–” Bessho coincidentally meets Makita in a university lecture they share, finding out that they both like cute things. While Bessho hides his preferences like a dirty little secret, Makita makes no excuses for who he is and what he likes. Despite the twists and turns, they encounter along the way, the pair of lovers deal with their possessive and jealous urges on their slow journey to answering the age-old question: what is the best way to fall in love?

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[Manga] Love Awakening x Syndrome (恋⼼×シンドローム)

恋⼼×シンドローム | Koigokoro x Syndrome

Story and Art: Machida Tomato (町田 とまと)

Translated by: Amimaru Translation and Localization Services Ltd

Status: Completed

Available at futekiya (EN), Rakuten Kobo (JP) (both digital)

What it is (summary from futekiya)

College student Sano, who is curious about love but has never felt it, decides to go to associate professor Kigami, who’s famous for doling love advice out to his students. When he’s mistaken for a part-time assistant, however, Sano gets roped into cleaning the Archaeology department’s room for Kigami instead. Impressed by his work, Kigami gives him advice in exchange for his trouble and suggests Sano be his teacher’s assistant for real. But would his advice still successfully snag Sano a girlfriend, even though Kigami’s only ever liked guys?


Another title I picked up because it is on the first page lol. Surprisingly, I enjoyed it.

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[Manga] Seitokai: When a Student Council Member Rehabilitating a Bad Boy Somehow Turns Into a Romantic Comedy


That’s a really long title…


生徒会役員として問題児を更生させていたら何故かラブコメになっていた件

| Seitokai Yakuin Toshite Mondaiji wo Kousei Saseteitara Nazeka Love Comedy ni Natteita Ken

Story and Art: Hashimoto Mitsu (ハシモト ミツ)

Translation: Amimaru Translation and Localization Services LTD

Status: Completed

Available at futekiya (EN), Rakuten (JP) (both digital)

What it is (summary from futekiya)

Hananomiya’s student council president Taisei Mizuki has his hands full with rehabilitating Sosuke Hakaze, the school’s number one problem child. As Hakaze’s acts grow worse, Mizuki can’t take it and blurts out, “how can we get you back to how you were before!?” In response, Hakaze says he’ll show Mizuki how…by kissing him (!) and even jerking him off (!!) Can Mizuki, pure in both mind and body, even stand a chance of enduring the naughty chain of “rehabilitation activities” they’ve just started?


Futekiya subscription was free for the entire month of May so I decided to try their service. I picked up Seitokai randomly because it seemed light and fun, and basing on futekiya’s smutty level, it is indeed smutty.

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[Manga] Tabetemo Oishiku Arimasen 1 (食べてもおいしくありません 1 )

食べてもおいしくありません 1| Tabetemo Oishiku Arimasen 1

Mangaka: Yamada Nichoume (山田2丁目)

Status: Ongoing

Volumes: 2 (at the time of writing)

Frustrations from Mujintou led me to Tabetemo… I guess I didn’t want to accept that Yamada Nichoume is only as good as Mujintou, so I decided to give them another try with their new-ish series. Thankfully, I’m not disappointed.

In a world where demons and humans coexist, humans are treated as rare species. A chance encounter with a big-horned demon made a big change in Hiyori’s relatively peaceful life. Hodaka, the demon, demanded to allow Hiyori to eat him.

This is a pleasant surprise. I was expecting it to be full of blackmail, judging from the cover with cowering Hiyori and a towering demon in the background. But Tabetemo subverts every expectation I have.

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[Manga] Mujintou ni Motte Iku Nara (無人島に持っていくなら)

無人島に持っていくなら | Mujintou ni Motte Iku Nara

Mangaka: Yamada Nichoume (山田2丁目)

Status: Completed

Volume: 1

I’ve had this book on my Kobo for the longest time that I can no longer remember what made me pick this up. I think it was the Datte Maou-sama wa Kare ga Kirai series that sparked my Yamada Nichoume phase? At the time, I was fairly new with their writing and wanted to know more. Sadly, this phase ended prematurely with Mujintou. God knows how many times I’ve tried to read this, put down, wait, restart again.

You know, it’s hard to talk about this book because I had a rough time wrapping my head around this most of the time. With each restart, I hoped that things would get a little clearer to me. But to no avail. Even after finishing it now, I’m still quite lost and confused at some parts of this one. Maybe because I wanted to like this book so much and have liked some of Yamada Nichoume’s works before that I couldn’t let myself think that this book somehow disappointed me?

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[Web Novel] Rebirth of the Malicious Empress of Military Lineage (重生之将门毒后)

重生之将门毒后 | Rebirth of the Malicious Empress of Military Lineage

Author: 千山茶客 | Yue Xia Die Ying

Novel Updates: https://www.novelupdates.com/series/the-rebirth-of-the-malicious-empress-of-military-lineage

Raws: https://www.xxsy.net/info/688238.html

Translation: https://chubbycheeksthoughts.com/translations/

Chapters: 231 + 4 side chapters

WHAT IT IS (SUMMARY FROM TRANSLATOR’S SITE)

The Di daughter of military lineage, pure, amiable, quiet and yielding, foolishly in love with Prince Ding, throwing oneself to the role of a wife.

After assisting (a ruler) for six year, she finally became the mother to the world.

Accompanying him to fight for the country, to flourish the country’s territory, taking risk to be a hostage in other country, after returning five years later, there was no place to fit in the Inner Palace.

The beauty in his arms smile brightly, “Older sister, the country is stabilized and you should retire.”

Daughter had met with a violent death and the Crown Prince was disposed. Shen family who had sacrifice themselves for the country, not one of them were lucky to escape. In one dynasty everything was overturn, her clan had perished and she need to mourn for her children!

Shen Miao never did thought that as a married couple who went through trials and tribulations and mutually assisting one another was just a stage joke to him!

He said, “Seeing that you have followed Zhen for twenty years, will grant you with an intact corpse. Thank this kindness.”

Under the three Chi (1 chi = 1/3 meter) of white silk, Shen Miao made a malicious vow: In the time to come, she will take part in each and everyone’s end!

Upon rebirth, she return to the time when she was fourteen, where the tragedy had yet to occur, her family were still alive and she was still the pure, amiable, quiet and yielding Di daughter of military lineage.

Relatives hiding a black heart, Elder and younger (female) cousins are ruthless and malicious, the new Yiniang is like a tiger watching its prey and the disreputable man that wants to repeat of events?

Family must be protected, the huge enmity must be avenged, the Imperial seat of the country must also be part of the trophy. In this lifetime, let’s see who can beat the others!

But that little marquis from the Xie family, the arrogant and obstinate spear carrying youth, stood biasedly at her side and proudly said, “Just the fall of the Imperial power. Remember this, the world belongs to you. You– Belong to me!”


After Heaven Official’s Blessings, I thought I’d never touch another 200+ chapter novel. But lol, who am I kidding. 😅

This is all thanks to Usagi’s review of this novel, the main reason why I got intrigued and started reading this. While I’ve read quite a few of CNovels already, they’re mostly BL. Stories with female leads are still fairly new territory to me. But I’m glad I decided to read this one because woaaaah the schemes.

Ehem.

Let’s just get to the main post. 😆

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Gyakuten Kenji 2 (逆転検事 2)

逆転検事 2 | Gyakuten Kenji 2

Company: Capcom

Platforms: Nintendo DS, Smartphone (iOS, Android) JAPAN ONLY

Category: Visual Novel

Release Date: February 3, 2011 (DS)

Walkthrough used: https://gamefaqs.gamespot.com/ds/605817-gyakuten-kenji-2/faqs/67912

What it is

Basically, Miles Edgeworth struggles to find meaning in his job as a Prosecutor. As Miles figures out his life choices, he becomes entangled in a series of cases where he meets new and old characters alike. Every character he meets and cases he handles test his resolve to continue his path towards finding the truth.


Just so we’re clear, this is not an official English release. Unfortunately, Capcom doesn’t have any plans of releasing Gyakuten Kenji 2 overseas. But luckily, there’s a fan translation to allow us, players, to play this game.

I think I only mentioned it briefly in my previous Ace Attorney post years ago, but I did play the 1st game. It’s been a while so I already forgot most of it, but I think I have a good impression of the series (other than ogling Miles lol) at the very least. So why only play this now? Thanks to playing the demo of AI Somnium Files, I feel like playing something that involves investigations and crimes and all that shizz. And there’s only one game that comes to mind.


May contain spoilers so proceed with caution!


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[Web Novel] Why Do I Always Mortify Myself in Front of My Boss? (为什么我总在老板面前出丑)

为什么我总在老板面前出丑 | Why Do I Always Mortify Myself in Front of My Boss?

Author: 边想

Translation: https://countingaries.wordpress.com/novels/other-novels/why-do-i-always-mortify-myself-in-front-of-my-boss/

Novel Updates: https://www.novelupdates.com/series/why-do-i-always-mortify-myself-in-front-of-my-boss/

Chapters: 5

What it is (summary from translator’s site)

Short passage about a hemorrhoid patient, everyone has the duty to show concern for hemorrhoid victims.

Why do I always mortify myself in front of my boss? Was there a disruption in the heavenly cycle this year? Or maybe the layout of my new home is bad? BaZi and picture of the layout of my room is included below, I’d like to trouble you guys to help me take a look. Not that urgent so I won’t stay online and wait.


May contain spoilers so proceed with caution!


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[Manga] Are ga Shitai, Kore ga Hoshii. (アレがしたい、コレがほしい。)

アレがしたい、コレがほしい。| Are ga Shitai, Kore ga Hoshi.

Mangaka: Fumikawa Jimi (文川じみ)

Status: Completed

Publisher: Julian Publishing

Volume: 1

What it is (summary from Renta!)

With his sharp looks and handsome face, Kenta Sasanuma’s boss, Wataru Kuji, is Mr. Popular with everyone… In reality, though, he loves physical pleasure… and will do it with anyone!! Now, it looks like Kenta’s well-endowed manhood is in his sights. Almost every day, be it in the restroom or a meeting room, Wataru buries his face in Kenta’s lap and then practically begs him to stick it in. Kenta’s poor junk is being all kinds of exploited by his relentless boss…! Tossed about by his aggressive bottom of a manager, plain-old sales rep Kenta is in for a happy world of trouble.


I’m gonna be honest. What urged me to read this was because of that cover. I mean, who wouldn’t be lured by that cover?! LOL

Anyway, despite the summary, this book is actually composed of multiple short stories and pairings. Sasanuma and Kuji is just one of them. So I’ll tell you what stories I enjoyed and what could have done better.


May contain spoilers so proceed with caution!


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