Sunday, June 28, 2015

Book Blog Tour: M/M ~ Dragon and Crow - Deluxe 2 Volume Set by Alex A. Akira ~ (ARC Review, Excerpt + Giveaway)

Book Blog Tour: M/M ~ Dragon and Crow - Deluxe 2 Volume Set by Alex A. Akira ~ (ARC Review, Excerpt + Giveaway) 

Title: Dragon and Crow - Deluxe 2 Volume Set

Series: Dojo Boys

Author: Alex A. Akira

Publisher: Triple A Press

Cover Artist: Alex A. Akira

Length: Volume 1 – 275 Pages; Volume 2 – 390 Pages

Release Date: 25th May, 2015


Twenty-three-year-old, Native American, Michael Black’s well-ordered life is disrupted one evening when he is ambushed at the dojo he frequents by a mysterious Japanese youth who goes by the name of Kiyoshi.

Soon circumstances have the gorgeous teen staying with Michael at his apartment. The gifted nineteen-year-old is an intriguing mix of angst, innocence and crafty intelligence, but Michael is honor bound by a promise to his sensei to keep his distance. Michael tries to keep his desire in check, but what can he do if the exquisite teen keeps kissing him?

Volume two finds Michael in deep water when, in trying to help Kiyoshi, he is persuaded by his sensei to participate in a joint government undercover operation to bring down a Yakuza lord.
Before long Michael is immersed in beautiful men, martial arts and espionage all to gain the trust and love of Kiyoshi. Secrets, lies, sex and action combine in this racy, romantic, adventure of two men, Michael Black and his sensei, Ichiro Kimura, navigating a dangerous path for true love.

Michael groped for the light switch, a smile of triumph playing at his lips. Damn, I did it! I beat him! Flicking the switch, he turned, eager to view his skilled opponent and to bask in the accolades that he was sure to receive from Sensei Kimura.

His triumph descended to dismay in a flash. Who the hell is this?
A slight figure lay crumpled at the center of the practice room. Cautiously approaching the limp form, Michael’s heart sank even further. Lying unconscious on the gleaming bamboo floor was a Japanese boy. He looked to be about five-foot-seven, was very pale, and quite young.
“A kid? I beat up a kid?” Quickening his pace, Michael knelt beside the slim figure. Jesus, he’s like fourteen, fifteen? Beautiful. He looks like Ichiro. Better, actually, Michael admitted, surprised at his internal betrayal of his long-held crush on his sensei. He continued to stare down at the slight, fragile boy, eyeing the long blue-black hair that trailed sensuously around the figure’s unfamiliar gray karategi.
Who the hell is he? Why would they have me beat up a kid for my test? Puzzled, he glanced around the room, noting that he and the boy were alone. Ignoring his impending alarm, he gazed back to the unconscious figure.
The youth’s face was truly beautiful. Michael’s inner artist drank in the smooth, pearly skin, the long, sooty lashes, and the pale apricot color blushed across the boy’s delicate cheekbones. God… An aching hunger preceded the lurch of Michael’s cock, which nudged his lower abdomen telegraphing its interest. Get it together. He’s like … twelve! Suddenly realizing that the boy showed no sign of regaining consciousness, Michael snapped from his trance and shook his opponent’s shoulder.
“Hey!” He leaned over the placid body, hand stretching toward the longish neck for a pulse. The telltale thump throbbed beneath his fingers, but his proximity to the boy’s face had him pausing to stare at the youth’s sculpted lips. Christ, get away from him before you do something you’ll regret. Frowning, he started to shift upright when a relentless grip clutched his hair.
Caught off guard, Michael fumbled helplessly as his head was tugged abruptly toward the face beneath him. The beautiful mouth claimed his lips, stealing his breath and muffling his gasp as a hot tongue invaded his mouth. The agile member eagerly caressed its counterpart, igniting Michael’s senses. The tantalizing scent of ripe apricots surrounded him, dizzying him with sensual promises, and urging him to surrender.

Mari's Review:

*Copy provided to Bayou Book Junkie by the author/publisher via Creative Minds in exchange for an honest review*

First of all, prepare yourselves because these two books are long, as in insanely long, but they are so good that you won't even feel the time spent reading them. 

The storyline is complex and told in multiple POVs, and really I have to take my hat off for Alex A. Akira, because not only is he an amazing artist, the illustrations he made for these books are gorgeous! But he is also a fantastic writer. There is so much attention to every detail, so much research that must have to be done to make a story like this believable, especially with so many characters coming into play. 

Michael Black shines in this story, he was my favorite character all around. He's loyal and capable of doing everything he has to do for those he loves, he's strong and vulnerable and just awesome. 

Kiyoshi is so complex. He's three persons in one, due to the split personality disorder that he suffers from after a traumatic even in his childhood. All three, Kiyoshi, Hikaru and Yoshiro are so different and yet there's one thing they all have in common, their love for Michael.

I have to mention the crazy hot chemistry Michael had with all three, and how much I appreciated the different nuances of his relationship with them. His interactions with each of them were so different, even the way they kissed and made love was different and is things like those that set this story apart from others. 

The other characters that are included in the story are equally great and I loved reading part of their story and how it blended with the main storyline. 

I was on the edge of my seat the whole book, waiting to see how it all would play out in the end and I wasn't disappointed. It was nearly perfect from start to finish, from the romance and some of the hotter sex scenes I've ever read, to the suspense and the thrill of seeing a very engaging and interesting plot twist and turn and unravel, making me feel and care and root for the good guys to win and celebrate when they ultimately did. 

Rating: 5+ Stars!!!

Alex A. Akira is the author of the yaoi romance series Dojo Boys, racy tales of young, male martial artists navigating some unorthodox and adventurous paths to find love. The Deluxe two-volume box set of Dojo Boys: Dragon and Crow are available at Amazon:

Google Plus:

Three Winners get $25 Amazon Gift Card each.
Seven Runners-up get a free e-copy of the prequel to this series – DOJO BOYS: The First Misunderstanding.
Enter the Rafflecopter NOW.

June 4: Joyfully Jay

June 10: Eyes on Books

June 12: Nephy’s World

June 15: Cia’s Stories

June 22: Man2ManTastic

June 25: Diverse Reader

June 29: BFD Book Blog

July 3: Gay.Guy.Reading And Friends

1 comment:

  1. Thank you so much for this lovely post and exceptional review.
    Mari, I am so happy that you enjoyed "living with" my boys, as much as I did when they told me their tale. : ) Thank you!