Gentle Cage (Yaoi Novel)

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Private Secretary to a high-powered businessman, Itsuki is surprised to hear that his employer has named the temperamental sculptor Hitachi as the successor to his business. But does that include Itsuki himself? Hitachi seems to think so!

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Private Secretary to a high-powered businessman, Itsuki is surprised to hear that his employer has named the temperamental sculptor Hitachi as the successor to his business. But does that include Itsuki himself? Hitachi seems to think so!

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  • ISBN-13: 9781569707128
  • Publisher: Digital Manga Publishing
  • Publication date: 7/9/2008
  • Edition description: Not Appropriate For Children
  • Pages: 250
  • Sales rank: 933,609

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  • Posted January 29, 2012

    dark romance

    How far would you go for honor?

    Itsuki's life has become an utter mess. Due to long-ago actions of his dead father Itsuki's family is plagued by creditors, driving his mother to a suicide attempt and a complete mental breakdown, his sister to a near break-down and Itsuki with no way to provide for them all. Like a miracle rich and famous artist Yamabe appears promising to make it all go away if Itsuki is willing to work for him and by loyal only to him.

    Itsuki agrees without understanding how abusive his "work" relationship with Yamabe will be. Yamabe dictates where Itsuki is at all times, what he does, wears, eats, how he talks and who he is allowed to talk to. From one day to the next Itsuki is isolated from everyone and everything he ever knew before, including Tokiwa, the man he had just realized he loves and whom he didn't even get to say good-bye to.

    Years of abuse and isolation later a changed Itsuki is sent by Yamabe to hand deliver an invitation to Tokiwa. A freak snowstorm forces to the two suddenly reunited men to spend some quality time together but just as the years of abuse have changed Itsuki, Tokiwa's inability to forget his love for him and his incomprehension for the changes in Itsuki have changed him. The once patient and gentle Tokiwa is moody, by terms cold and ignoring Itsuki, the next moment gentle and sheltering, and the next violent and possessive, even raping Itsuki on more than one occasion.

    Will Itsuki return to Yamabe with the belief that he owes the older man for all of his help with Itsuki's family? Will Itsuki overcome the devestating effects of Yamabe's abuse and be able to recapture the gentle love of his original romance with Tokiwa? Or will Itsuki find another cage of expectations and resonsibility and take a completely different path in life?

    The subject matter of this book certainly isn't for everyone but the author brilliantly presents tough situations without apology in a way that you don't really see in American literature. If your ready to see the dark consequences of honor and love, the misunderstandings and motivations of people actions then this is the book for you. It reads easy like a romance novel and deep like serious literature. For me a definate winner. Thank you to the author.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 11, 2010

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    Loved it

    Loved how they went into the past, and future, and how they described the bringing back of ones feelings from the past into the future to finally laid out. Loved Hashimoto, he was willing to sacrifice his freedom for his family but in turn losing one person who really cared about him. Tokaia-sensi, is even better, though he is still troubled by why Hashimoto left him without any explanation he is still trying to find the boy he fell in love with inside Hashimoto. A great book that really grabs you by the legs. You learn how eight years can be a long time to wait for a decision of whether or not you truly love this person or not.

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  • Posted October 25, 2008

    "You seemed like a robot!" -- Tokiwa, justifying his S & M antics.

    This was an amazing book. I couldn't put it down. <BR/><BR/>Basic plot: Boy meets boy (Tokiwa--total top, and Itsuki--total bottom), boys fall in love but before love can progress, boy loses boy. Later on as men, they find each other again. Itsuki is emotionally crippled by self-doubt and inexperience in relationships (sexual and non) but Tokiwa believes that Itsuki has turned into a living doll or robot who just needs to snap out of it. Tokiwa decides to hold him hostage and employ S & M tactics along with mind games to help him return to his past personality--completely blind to the fact that although Itsuki is beginning to react, that his self-esteem is only getting worse. <BR/><BR/>Complaints: Book starts to lag a bit in spots, however those spots are sandwiched between major sex scenes, so it makes the book exciting. Also, when I say S & M, there is a bit of bondage and forced sex (basically rape, since Itsuki definitely would have utilized his safe word if he had had one). But it ended well.

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