The Seduction of the Crimson Rose by Lauren Willig
The Naked Duke by Sally MacKenzie
e² by Matt Beaumont
Addition by Toni Jordan
Stepping on Roses (Hadashi de Bara wo Fume) v6
I kinda had things to say about these books, like how Vaughn and Mary had the most interesting relationship so far with their snarky cynical banter but I'm just so damn tired of Eloise, and that while it was refreshing to have a duke be a virgin I just didn't buy it plus he was so annoyingly love-at-first-sight it was giving me hives (but I ordered the next two books because I liked Charles and it was totally obvious that something was going to happen with Robbie and Lizzie), and that I didn't even know why I was reading the sequel to e when the characters were so unlikeable but I had an unused gift card for Half-Price Books....
But then there was Stepping on Roses/Hadashi de Bara wo Fume. D and I have this thing where we'll go out for coffee together and read manga, and we'll pause and show each other scenes we find amusing and share our reactions, and since he was the first one to read this (we read a lot of the same stuff, and sometimes he even gets to it first), he said, "I don't want to spoil anything, but I have to show you this."
Because he knew I'd completely flutter, and I did. I already loved Komai, but this pushed him over the top and officially into my Top Five Anime/Manga/Game Boyfriends. Sorry, Touya, you had a good run.
I love, love, love Komai. I'm totally shipping him with Keiko, too.
D would keep reading, and I'd say, "Show me Komai hanging laundry with a baby on his back again." He had to flip back to it like four times. Sigh.