Lenni Reviews: “Don’t Be Cruel” vol 5 by Yonezou Nekota

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*This book was given to me in exchange for an honest review and is rated 18+

*This review is cross-posted to Otakus and Geeks.

Maya and Nemugasa have grown since the first volume and now are at the point in their relationship where they even wear couples rings. But Maya is getting some interesting networking contacts and Nemugasa finds himself getting jealous. At the same time, Shimakawa, who knew Maya as a child, sees an opportunity to make a move on Nemugasa behind Maya’s back.

Our main pair is a cute couple trying to figure out how their relationship is going now that they’re in college and if you forget how they started out, they are a couple you root for and want to see happy. The art is soft and flowy and I have to admit they toned down the sex scenes as compared to the first volume. It’s still explicit but more time is spent about their thoughts and search for jobs than boning. It’s still an ok series, though! 3.7 out of 5.

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Lenni Reviews: “Don’t Be Cruel” vol 1 by Yonezou Nekota

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**This review has been cross-posted to Otakus and Geeks.**

**I received this book in exchange for an honest review and is rated for 18+.**

Facing the possibility of losing his scholarship, Takashi Negugasa cracks under the pressure and cheats during a test. Unfortunately for him, school delinquent and known playboy, Kideyuki Maya, catches him in the act. In exchange for keeping it secret, Maya blackmails Negugasa into sleeping with him.

As this is a 2 in 1 volume, we see Maya’s interfering cousin, Akira, and the obvious feelings Maya has for Negugasa despite Negugasa’s obliviousness. It’s that “I really like you but I can’t say it” scenario. Once I got passed the coercion (yeah, it’s a little close to straight up non-con) the pair to make a cute couple. As soon as they get out of their own way, that is.

This may be a typical sort of boys love story but its well drawn and the main characters are likable enough to endure the will they/won’t they back and forth (which thankfully doesn’t last all that long). I found it a little odd for Maya to turn around and say Negugasa was manipulating him when Maya was doing the blackmailing in the first place (what an odd character flip…) but hey, at first neither man would admit any feelings at all and I’m a  mush. I’ll admit I like the happy ending. 4.5 out of 5 and I would love to read the next one!

And yes, graphic man-sex in this manga. The explicit content warning is right there on the cover and they mean it.

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