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27th May 2008

Gerard & Jacques 1

Rating: ♦♦♦♦♦

I guess I must have been living under a rock for the past few years to miss out on this series. I mean, I had seen the cover in online shops, but for some reason it just never jumped out at me and screamed BUY ME.

Damn, I wish it had. Done by the manga-ka who brought us Antique Bakery. This series revolves around Jacques, a aristocrat in France, pre-Revolution and Gerard, a wealthy man of common breeding who is his first and only customer.

Jacques thinks he’s a bit too good to be whoring himself out and is pretty repulsed by the thought of sleeping with a man. Gerard taunts the boy. There’s nothing he hates more than spoiled aristocrats. According to him, Jacques doesn’t have it that bad, at least in the whorehouse he has three meals a day, feather pillows and silk sheets. After partaking in one night with Jacques, and, yes, making Jacques enjoy it, Gerard buys his freedom and tells Jacques to see if making a living for himself outside of the whorehouse is any easier.

A few months later Gerard is looking for a new servant and guess who shows up on his doorstep looking for work? Yup. Jacques. Some imp of perversity compels Gerard to hire him. Jacques has a hard time adjusting to life as a commoner. He’s not used to chores, working most of the day and he’s very surprised at the small bits of kindness that the rest of the staff show him. He and Gerard butt heads often, but eventually Jacques grows up and becomes a trusted member of Gerard’s staff.

We’re also introduced to some of Gerard’s back-story in this volume. Sweetly tragic, just enough to make you sympathize with Gerard and gain understanding of why he can be such a prick at times.

Seriously, I’m waiting on bated breath for the next volume of this series to come out. Fumi Yoshinaga has a way of sucking you into her stories and making you forget everything around you.

It’s not a very explicit book, but the scenes that are there are imbued with so much emotion and feeling that it packs more of a punch than a lot of the plot-what-plot stories manage to get in a whole book.

This series really is just lovely. I’m kicking myself for letting it fly under my radar. I should have been squealing like a rabid fangirl about this series a long time ago.

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27th May 2008

Gerard & Jacques 2

Rating: ♦♦♦♦♦

Saying that I was eagerly anticipating the release of this volume is putting it mildly. Fumi Yoshinaga has a way of telling stories that will suck you in and not let you go. It’s such a treat to have something of this quality being released. Not that we don’t have a lot of quality work out there already, but I firmly believe in appreciating a good thing.

Our heroes have found peace and have settled into a routine since the last book. Their peace is disturbed by the news that Jacques’ mother has remarried and she wants him to come and visit. Gerard lets him go, fully suspecting that Jacques will leave him at a moment’s notice and rejoin the pampered life of the aristocracy.

But Jacques doesn’t fit in with the aristocracy anymore. He returns home to Gerard, who in preparing himself to let Jacques go, has gotten stupid drunk. Drunken babbling leads to Gerard exposing his true feelings to Jacques and Jacques being tormented by just what exactly he wants to do to Gerard.

Many funny scenes ensue with poor Jacques practically exploding with sexual frustration every time Gerard touches him. They finally do end up in bed together, but Gerard can’t bring himself to admit his feelings.

Overshadowed by the French Revolution the boys have a lot to get through before they can have their happy ending. As most of you know, aristocrats did not fare very well in the French Revolution. After the revolution, anyone who had ideas that the powers-that-be were not fond of did not fare very well either.

Yes, they get their happy ending, but, oh, the angst that comes before it.

This is truly one of my all-time favorite series for all that it’s only two books long and that it’s a series that I was just recently introduced to. I don’t often say to rush out and buy a series, but I’m saying that with this one. It’s too good to not have as part of your collection.

This series just makes me happy. It leaves me smiling and wanting more. I really couldn’t ask for more.

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