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Binding: Paperback
Dewey Decimal Number: 813
EAN: 9781934166833
ISBN: 1934166839
Label: Torquere Press
Manufacturer: Torquere Press
Number Of Items: 1
Number Of Pages: 196
Publication Date: 2007-02-14
Publisher: Torquere Press
Studio: Torquere Press

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John Holmes comes to Tokyo to help stop a killer. Through the use of his psychic abilities, he can help find out things that no one else sees. Toshi is a policeman who reluctantly accepts John's help, but from their first touch, John knows he wants more than that. He wants all Toshi can give him, and the heat between them surprises, and delights him. The modern killer, a historical murder of two samurai, and the fear that someone very close to Toshi betraying him combine to make the blooming love between John and Toshi difficult. And dangerous. Other obstacles stand in their way, including Toshi's need to honor other commitments. The more deeply they delve into the past, the more unsure the future looks. Could the love, and heat, between them be the only thing that can solve the mystery, despite all of the difficulties that stand in their way? Can they find a way to keep what is most precious to them? Haunting and powerful, His Beautiful Samurai is a murder mystery, a romance, and a study in opposing cultures. Get your hands on it today!

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Summary: Not really engaging
Comment: To be honest, I have no idea what to think about this book. It was well written with no grammar or spelling mistakes and the mystery was interesting. But...!

There were three things that made me feel quite meh! about the book:

a) Everybody is way too gentle and kind and beautiful and understanding. It's too over the top and unrealistic. There is no real conflict. All the emotions are described, not felt. The author doesn't make you feel for the characters.

b) Everybody immediately accepts the supernatural part of the investigation and nobody questions it. If it was set in a world where ghosts and other supernatural beings are known and accepted, I would have understood that but as it is, it just doesn't make sense.

c) The author tries to write Japanese but some of the words are messed up. I studied Japanese for 3 years and I'm still no expert but even I do know that it's "arigato" and not "aurigato". It reminds me a lot of fanfiction written in anime fandoms where the authors try to show their intelligence by filling the story with Japanese words they don't understand.

Overall, not bad but in the end result, nothing special either.

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Summary: His Beautiful Samurai by Sedonia Guillone
Comment: Toshi is a japanes detective who has to deal with some unsolved cases of murder: couples who are slaughtered during the lovemaking with a samurai's sword. No clues that lead to the murderer, no one.

John is an empathic american cop who is sent on Tokyo to help Toshi. And for Toshi is speaking english and has lived in America for some years during college, is asked to host John.

Toshi is handsome and a very closed person. During is american years he has loved a man, Michael, but when his family has asked him to return to Japan, he has accepted and now he has also agreed to marry the woman his family has choosen for him. Even if he can't love her, even if she loves another man.

John is a 37 years old veteran, tired of the madness of the world, but still eager for the human touch even if he can't touch nobody: when he touch someone, he is overwhelmed by the thought and feelings of the other person, and it is very stressful. But when he touch Toshi, he only feel warn and the feeling to be his. And the need to be with him. The touch of Toshi is like a shell from the outside world.

More they dig on the case, and more they understand that something not human is involved with the cases, and that their love is not unrelated to it.

A very interesting suspence romance novel, where the romance maybe sometimes steal the scene to the suspence, but it is not a negative thing, cause Toshi and John are two wonderful characters, very balanced: no one is more stronger or weaker to the other.

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Summary: Tokyo Ghost Story
Comment: John, an American psychic, goes to Tokyo to team up with Toshi, the detective in charge of a supernatural serial-killer case. The two guys fall in love while dealing with vengeful ghosts from medieval Japan. But Toshi & John, while likable, are little bit too alike and too immediately compatible for me. Note: The short review is to save you time. The long version can be found on my Obsidian Bookshelf website.

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Summary: tender tokyo tryst
Comment: My Beautiful Samurai brings together two individuals, one a well-educated, sophisticated Tokyo homicide detective of noble ancestry, the other an American vet from the heartland who's seen a lot of action since he left his rural boyhood home, to a place and time where they can each recognize in the other a kindred soul.
John, the American, is a psychic whose career involves helping police solve unsolveable cases. Toshi, the Japanese cop, is forced to use his help when his superior calls him in to solve some grisly murders in Tokyo.
The moment the two meet, John's empathic powers discern a loneliness and yearning in Toshi which he has striven to master since his adolescence, when he realized he wasn't like other boys. Toshi has striven to conform his personal life--the little he's allowed himself--to the rigid standards demanded by his parents' aristocratic lineage as descendants of Japanese samurai.
Guillone combines a murder mystery with a poignant love story about two lonely people as they reach out to one another, first in physical attraction, but almost simultaneously in a journey of emotional healing and discovery. She evokes the urban energy of modern Tokyo against the ancient city of Edo with its samurai class and traditions as she weaves a tight mystery plot which Toshi and John must race to uncover.
Guillone is a master at creating love scenes that are both tender and very erotic. She knows how to get inside the male's point of view to tell a believable story of meeting that special someone and falling hopelessly, deeply in love.

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Summary: A sizzling M/M romantic mystery!
Comment: My Beautiful Samurai is a richly descriptive, emotionally charged story that took hold of my imagination from the start and didn't let go, keeping me riveted until the very end. Steeped in detail, the role Japanese culture played in the novel intrigued me, and the mystery of the slain lovers kept me turning pages.

Sedonia Guillione brings the worlds of Japanese detective Toshi and American psychic John Holmes together in a way that sizzles with scenes of incredibly hot, yet poignant erotica, while at the same time creating a mystery that will keep you glued to the pages until the culprit is revealed.

In my opinion, it's a novel not to missed.

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