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|▪||REVIEWED BY:||RACHEL BENTHAM|
There’s enough honey in these tales to satisfy the sweet tooth of any die-hard fan of sugary romances. Candy is a stand-alone manga with two yaoi romances for the price of one.
Tooru is an amiable and hard-working middle brother of three. They live alone until their cousin Takara comes to stay. Seems he’s turned into a rough bad boy since Tooru last saw his favorite cousin six years ago. A close brush with the law sees Takara forced to live a clean life with the three brothers, but is he as aloof and cold as he seems? Tooru longs to find the rough but gentle cousin he used to know. In digging into his cousin’s life, Tooru may discover more than he can handle!
The story of Tooru and Takara is sweet with some bitter moments to make the sugared ones that much sweeter. There’s a close call for Tooru and a smattering of violence, but most of it happens “off-screen”. It’s explicit without being too graphic and attractive for its tender-hearted characters and bon-vivant tone.
The second, though much shorter, tale is about a wicked-minded school doctor and the teacher he loves to torment ardently. It’s a comedic story, again avoiding ill-will and able to find fun and some rather risqué outcomes for the entertaining couple.
The artwork has a soft look, reflecting the tender romantic tones of the stories well. It’s also a refreshing and clean style that is easy on the eyes. Also make sure to remove the dust jacket for a funny series of comic panes by the author.
A stand-alone yaoi with all the sugary love romance fans could hope for.