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Is it love or is it just a physical relationship? Being with Kuga is more than Adachi has hoped for, and all he wants now is for Kuga to love him. Adachi doesn’t have any illusions about what is going on but he can’t stop himself from wanting more. And unlike Adachi, Kuga is just in it for the physical pleasure he gets from toying with Adachi’s affections. He enjoys the chase but once he gets what he wants, he gets bored. But will this time be different? What happens when someone shows up from a past Kuga is trying to forget? Wataru holds a secret that Adachi is desperately trying to forget. And he’s not about to let Adachi forget this.
This one had a slightly darker feel than “Pride”, or “All the Time”, Ishida’s other works. In “The World is Full of Cheating Boyfriends”, the main characters seem to be too self-absorbed to see what’s going on around them. One is painfully insecure and the other is emotionally cold. (But which one is which?) It’s an interesting ride, though, to see where this angst takes them. I had to read this one twice before it settled with me. And as there were flashbacks that weren’t clearly set apart as such, several times I had to go back to re-read so I could figure out what was going on. But once I did, it all fell into place. Ishida always puts subtle indications of what is happening in her scenes, and I find this adds layers to the story. Besides, it’s thought-provoking. It is also interesting to see why Kuba behaves the way he does towards Adachi. And the ending is very subtle, but satisfying. There’s a flashback story as the last chapter, too, which adds more layers.
If you enjoy a lot of angst and enjoy reading about characters who are a bit selfish and self-absorbed, yet has a satisfying conclusion, then this will be a good read. I do wish Ishida would write another volume with these characters, so we can see how they progress. I do recommend reading this one twice before settling on whether or not you like it, because as I mentioned earlier, Ishida-sensei always puts very subtle indications throughout her work, and it is very easy to miss them if you read too fast. But this is one of the reasons I enjoy her work.
I’m giving this a 4 star review for several reasons. I find it more interesting each time I re-read it. Even though some characters weren’t very likable in the beginning, I had a better understanding of what was happening by the end, which made me reconsider how I felt about them. (It also made me go back and re-read it with this in mind). The end result is that I want to know more about the characters. All of these things have, as usual, made me want to read more of Ishida’s works.
Disclosure: I’d like to thank DMG for the loan of a digital reviewer copy.
Posted February 22, 2012