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Friday, August 7, 2009
Review - Flying Fish by Sedonia Guillone
Title: Flying Fish
Author: Sedonia Guillone
Publisher: Loose Id
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Rating: You Need To Read
In seventeenth century Japan, during the golden age of samurai and of the Kabuki theater, young actors known as "flying fish" traveled the countryside, performing for audiences by day and giving their bodies to their samurai patrons at night.
Genji Sakura is one such flying fish, yet he dreams of the day he'll find the man he can give his heart to and leave the loneliness of his itinerant life behind. Though he loves theater, he doesn't love every part of his profession, especially some of the patrons. So when a handsome ronin, or masterless samurai, comes upon him stealing some solitude for a bath in a hot spring and their encounter turns passionate and profoundly erotic, Genji's surprised and delighted.
Daisuke Minamoto's past fills his life with a bitterness that grips his soul and makes him dangerous. Yet his passion takes him when he spies on a graceful young man bathing naked in a hot spring. He has always loved women but he can't deny the call of his heart or his baser interests.
After an afternoon of sexual bliss, his heart and soul are tormented and torn. Keeping this miraculous lover will require giving up the one thing that has kept him alive for years: his hatred for the lord who murdered his wife. If he loves another, how will he go on and who will he become?
Genji and Daisuke are such a tortured couple who can't see that all they have ever needed is right in front of them. Both find love and redemption in the other but take a long, circuitous route to get there. The depth of their attraction is complicated. Their understanding of what they want and need are so limited that it takes an affair of the heart to bring them to life again. The love scenes between these men are written so you know that they are making love to each other with their whole selves; body, mind and heart. That their relationship is unconventional is secondary. I enjoyed how they worked their problems out and created what everyone wants: a love to last a lifetime.