I have been honored with a review from an esteemed colleague, D.H. Starr, who became curious about Men of Tokyo: Forbidden Cravings when I publicly lamented having written it and broached a taboo subject, something I had never done before in any of my romances.
I wish to share the review with you, not only because we authors need to shamelessly plug our books in order to make a living but because Doug just “got it”. His thoughtful and beautifully written review showed me how much the book moved him and transcended any discomfort the taboo genre may have elicited. Although people do read these erotic romances for the element of titillation, they are still romances because the same readers love a good love story and plot with character depth and feeling. We authors endeavour to provide that and we are always so thrilled when the work is well received. Thank YOU all for reading this blog and I hope you will want to read the book, and maybe even the whole White Tigers series. Best, Sedonia
I have read several of Sedonia Guillone’s books and even collaborated on one anthology with her. She was the first to publish my work and has coached me as an author and as a friend. Recently, I read her book, part fo the White Tiger series.
As a spoiler, this book tackles a taboo subject of twincest. I know some people squirm at this subject matter and others have outright angry reactions. Beneath the subject matter, however, is a honest story about two men who struggle with their own insecurities which stand in the way of their love for one another. It’s a s simple as that. The fact the two main characters are bothers…twins…does not deter from the sense of longing, struggle, and joy in knowing who you love and finding your way to that person’s heart.
There were many qualities of this book which drew me in and kept me. The use of language and the natural flow of one moment to the next demonstrates the care and love Sedonia puts into her writing. Each scene, emotion, and event is purposeful and elegant, exploring both the inner and outer influences that motivate character behaviors.
The concept of the White Tiger, a hotel in Tokyo specializing in methods and practices for seeking inner truth and oneness with self, others, and the world, intrigued me. The owner is knowledgeable in the art of meditation and the teachings work their way into the story. Another character, Quan-Chan, is a specialist in the area of massage and bringing true awareness to one’s connection with another person. The whole crew working together are a family, not literally, but in every other sense of the best meanings of that word.
By the end, I longed to figure out who Mod and Tatou would overcome their obstacles and find their way to each other.