Archive for the 'Little Butterfly' Category

24th May 2008

Little Butterfly 1

Rating: ♦♦♦♦♦

So, we’ve got our basic, goody-two-shoes boy and a brooding introvert. Kojima’s the gregarious one. Everyone wants to be his friend. Everyone except Nakahara who rejects every single friendly overture that Kojima makes.

On a school trip, Nakahara strays from the rest of the crowd. Kojima, who hasn’t been deterred by any of Nakahara’s rebuffs, follows him. Turns out that Nakahara isn’t just straying from the group, he’s trying to run away. Nakahara and Kojima have a long talk. The plot to run away is forgotten for the time and a friendship is born.

Nakahara is your typical bad boy. He’s got an angsty, troubled past. He’s not a virgin (a fact that endears him to no end with the rest of the kids at school) and he’s got a massive chip on his shoulder. Throughout the book we watch as his feelings for Kojima grow stronger and stronger until it’s all he can do to keep from touching Kojima.

He does eventually tell Kojima how he feels, which slightly freaks Kojima out. Being the stereotypical goody-two-shoes, Kojima hasn’t even considered his sexuality, never mind considered shacking up with his best friend.

It all ends on a positive note and leaves you looking forward to the next book in the series. Now, supposedly, it’s in the third book that this series earns its mature rating. We shall see. Right now it’s just addictive, sweet fluff, but I could definitely see it getting filthy later on as the boy’s relationship progresses.

I’ve been very happy with everything that DMP has been releasing with their new June line. Hopefully, they’ll keep up the good work and keep releasing series that are utterly addicting.

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24th May 2008

Little Butterfly 2

Rating: ♦♦♦♦♦

I’m finding it very hard to come up with anything I dislike in this series. While it hasn’t quite lived up to its 18+ rating yet, it’s so amazingly endearing that I find myself getting sucked in and letting the story tug at my heartstrings.

This time around Kojima is struggling with studying for his exams. He and Nakahara have planned to escape from their families and their problems by going to college together. The only problem lies in the fact that the college that Nakahara wants to go to is a bit more prestigious than the college that Kojima was panning on attending.

Nakahara’s uncle comes on the scene to check up on Nakahara and his family, and offers to tutor Kojima in the subjects that he is struggling with. Now, Nakahara’s family is disintegrating before his very eyes. His father is never home and his mother is sinking deeper and deeper into the grips of mental illness. Uncle-dear had been banned from contacting Nakahara years ago after a disagreement he had with Nakahara’s father. But yet while he’s in town, he asks to have a meeting with the father.

Turns out that Uncle’s company is in trouble. The only person who is going to be able to loan him the money he needs is Nakahara’s father. Father’s willing to do it, but only on one condition. He wants to divorce his wife and cut out Nakahara from his life. The money is all Uncle’s, no strings attached, as long as he takes back his family.

Thank goodness for Kojima and his sunny disposition. There’s always room in his heart for Nakahara.

The book ends with the boys in bed exploring each other and taking the sexual aspect of their relationship up a level. Good for Nakahara, not so good for Kojima who’s worried about his inexperience and his new found inability to pay attention in class because he’s concentrating too hard on Nakahara.

You know, in all honesty, as much as I like my smut, these are the kind of books I like the best. The books that are sweet, addictive and all kinds of wonderful that leave you feeling warm and happy after you read them. I know the slow build up to the climax of the boy’s relationship is going to turn away some readers, but it just keeps sucking me right back in.

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24th May 2008

Little Butterfly 3

Rating: ♦♦♦♦

I don’t know why so many people seem to dislike this series. Maybe it’s because all three volumes had an 18+ rating when really, only the third book in the series warranted it. Or maybe they just wouldn’t know a good thing if it came up and bit them on the ass. Whatever it is, I don’t think it deserves the disparaging comments that I’ve been seeing.

In my mind, this series is one of the sweetest stories out there. It’s a slow-building tale of young love and devotion. I may be the smut queen and love a story that’s good and filthy, but I don’t expect that out of every book that I pick up and I certainly don’t expect smut where plot is more important.

In this volume, we find Nakahara’s finishing coming apart at the seams as it dawns on everyone that his mother will never be quite right again. Dealing with his family keeps Nakahara away from Kojima at a time when Kojima needs him. Exams are coming up and Kojima is worried about his scores being high enough to get him into the same college as Nakahara. Kojima has also started to come to terms with his feelings for Nakahara and wants things to get physical, quickly.

But there’s a problem (isn’t there always a problem?), Nakahara took Kojima’s refusal to do anything physical after the last time they tried very seriously. He now thinks that Kojima just wants to be friends. Now, while Nakahara’s thinking all this, Kojima’s beating off in his sleep in frustration.

It all ends well and very cutely with Kojima never being able to get used to the intimacy of calling each other by their first names.

This series is definitely up there on my all-time favorites list, based on the utter sweetness of the story and just how truly and deeply the characters care about each other. I guess it’s not everyone’s cup of tea, but it’s definitely mine!

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