That is a long title. /sigh
First off, am I the only who doesn’t get the hype for Konohara Narise novels? Don’t Worry Mama is average, this one is almost the same. Heck, I can’t even sympathize with any of the characters.
It starts off okay. Kaitani does his work half-assedly. Putting him side to side with his perfect boss, Fujiwara, makes him look like less of a man. There is a point in the story where this stark contrast is funny. I find myself laughing at Kaitani’s inner thrash talking to his boss. You can’t help but sympathize with Kaitani whenever Fujiwara scolds him.
Things go down the drain when Kaitani uses blackmailing to get what he wants. It further goes downhill when at the end of volume 1, he isn’t sure whether it’s love, infatuation, or something else. Like, come onnn. Just one night with a barely conscious Fujiwara makes you think that you already love the guy? The same guy you would have wanted to punch in the face at any given chance?
The initial disgusting feeling that he feels is realistic and got me to thinking that I might actually like it. Given the pacing in volume 1, I don’t really think there is ever a moment when Kaitani could have started feeling attracted with Fujiwara.
Volume 2 begins with Kaitani already in love with Fujiwara — wait, WHEN DID THIS HAPPEN? I’m pretty sure that he isn’t sure when volume 1 ended so how can he be sure NOW? Okay, so he starts redeeming himself in his workplace. I thought that he is finally growing up. But no. He didn’t. He never grows up until the end. He blindly pushes his feelings onto Fujiwara, using the same underhanded measures. And he is damn sure that Fujiwara loves him. What gives?
Fujiwara’s character is inconsistent as well. Sure he’s got a nice backstory to back up his jerk attitude. However, the change of heart towards Kaitani… I can’t even imagine. Is it even possible for a character to go OOC in the same book? Because I swear, I thought that isn’t Fujiwara making love with Kaitani. When did he ever become so docile? Even in the pictures. He looks so feminine, very different from the Fujiwara that we know of since volume 1.
I could go and on with my rants about this but I’ll stop now. I guess, even if I’m a sucker for seme POV stories, I just can’t stomach this novel. Underhanded tactics, poorly-developed characters… no, definitely not my type of story.