Book Reviews

What Masa Wants by Shawn Bailey at Phaze Books

Genre Gay / Contemporary / Romance / Yaoi/Manga
Reviewed by Alex on 02-January-2013

Book Blurb

Twenty-six year old manga salesman Daiki Yamada has always been the butt of jokes at the Fun Time Publishing Company because of his beautiful face, slim build and youthful appearance.  Daiki’s boss Mr. Tanaka has always had faith in Daiki and sends him to meet with Masa Kobayashi to see if he can land an exclusive contract to stock manga in the man’s Tokyo bookstores.  Daiki is delighted at the opportunity because the reclusive Masa Kobayashi never stocks anything in his stores accept literary books. He plans to impress Kobayashi with his knowledge about manga and with a good presentation. But when he arrives at Masa’s beautiful mansion he discovers Masa is more interested in getting him in his bed than discussing business.

Masa Kobayashi never read a manga in his life, but he is interesting in trying new things. He knows manga sales are on the rise and he’d be stupid not to invest in the future. It also helped that the salesman sent to him is attractive and knowledgeable about what he’s selling. He takes one look at the handsome doe-eyed salesman and falls head over heels in love with him.

Daiki is so overwhelmed by Masa’s blunt forwardness and masculine sexuality that he succumbs to the other man’s heated looks and passionate kisses. He returns to work the next day embarrassed for sleeping with Masa and overwhelmed by Masa’s offer to become his boyfriend. Daiki doesn’t know if he can continue to work with Masa, because he’s not sure if the man wants him for his expertise or for the way he eagerly responds in bed. He isn’t sure if he can build the displays and stock the stores in time for Christmas without letting his growing feelings for Masa get in the way.

Book Review

This is a charming sketch of a story, pretty much a manga perfect definition of yaoi. Yama Nashi, Ochi Nashi, Imi Nashi (Japanese roughly meaning: no climax, no resolution, no meaning).
I would place it under light yaoi, meaning the smex scenes are not overly explicit. Rather the author focuses on the narrative, which paints just enough detail for those of us familiar with the genre to easily envision the story as a manga or anime. This is a traditional yaoi tale, with a diminutive, self-conscious uke, Daiki Yamada, becoming overwhelmed by a handsome, powerful seme, Masa Kobayashi.
Daiki, a manga salesman, has no idea of how attractive he is and wishes his superior, Mr. Sasaki, would stop bullying him. He is unable to stand up to the man, fearful that he will lose his job. Into his life sweeps Masa, who immediately notices the deferential little beauty and decides he has to have him. And so begins the chase.
While there are not any real surprises in this HEA, “slice of a salaryman’s life” tale, the story is sweet, lighthearted and lacking the serious angst that can often be found in heavier yaoi fare. If you’re a reader and looking for a quick taste of something exotic, mildly erotic, and at times highly amusing, this fits the bill nicely.




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Additional Information

Format ebook
Length Novella, 59 pages
Heat Level
Publication Date 05-December-2012
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