Book Reviews

My Yakuza by A.J. Llewellyn and John Simpson at Total-E-Bound

Genre Gay / Contemporary / Erotic Romance / Action/Adventure
Reviewed by Serena Yates on 01-February-2011

Book Blurb

Shiro Yamada has infiltrated a fearsome Yakuza clan in Tokyo in search of his missing mother, but now both their lives are at stake, unless he’s willing to kill a New York City cop.

Shiro Yamada’s problem has always been his lovely, wayward mum, Siono, who was whisked to her native city of Tokyo from their home in Honolulu, Hawaii by a mysterious businessman. Now she’s gone missing and may even be dead, according to a strange telephone call.

Scraping together money to fly to Tokyo, Shiro learns that his mum’s boyfriend was none other than Shun’ichi Harada, a major Yakuza clan leader. He has no choice but to infiltrate the deadly gang as a low-level bike messenger. He finds out his mother was forced into sexual slavery, but is she dead or alive?

Shiro puts his life at risk, and that of a young Yakuza prostitute, Miki, by asking too many questions. The Yakuza have figured out who Shiro is and if he wants to survive, he must travel to New York and eliminate a powerful enemy: Kono Takumi. The man’s crime? He is a NYPD detective who infiltrated the Yakuza to solve a murder mystery. Not only that, but Kono is gay, which the clan finds offensive.

Unfortunately, so is Shiro. Will he shoot to kill the one man he finds so attractive? Or is this a dangerous game in which there are no winners?

Reader Advisory: This book contains some graphic scenes.


Book Review

'My Yakuza' is an amazing book about love in desperate circumstances and between two men who are very unlikely partners. Their story held me spellbound from the first to the last page. Its classification as an action/suspense novel is accurate: this is not a romance in the traditional sense, but a clever combination of the love interest with the crime and mystery elements. I found it to be a fascinating mix and one of the few action/suspense books I ended up loving.

Shiro is an unlikely hero, and ill-prepared for the trials he is put through. All he wants is to find out what happened to his mother, but he is pulled into the dark world of the Yakuza and his life changes. While he seems fragile, I loved his will to survive and to do the right thing, his ability to stand up for himself when needed and his basic innocence and charm. I hated what he had to go through and suffered every step alongside him.

Kono is, in his own way, just as amazing as Shiro, but his opposite. A tough NYPD cop, he is well equipped to deal with the violence and to keep Shiro safe. What gets to him are the softer emotions that emerge as he spends time with the younger man. While he seems less charming on the surface, his hidden depths and loyalty demanded my respect and I ended up liking him as much as Shiro.

Quite graphically violent in places, this story is, I believe, an accurate reflection of the world it is set in. Not for the faint-hearted by any means. Even though I needed several breaks to deal with the emotional intensity and violence, I kept coming back to it wanting to know what happens next. This book was more than well worth the emotional effort it took me to deal with some of what happened and is one of those stories that will stay with me for a long time.




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Additional Information

Format ebook
Length Novel, 152 pages/53399 words
Heat Level
Publication Date 27-December-2010
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