"Delicate ni Kiss Shite"
by Tami TAKADA
Kodansha Comics, 1998
I got this book because of the cute guy on the cover, and the fruit. I don't know how he could look so serious and cute while holding a girl who is spilling grapes everywhere, but okay, whatever makes him happy ^_^ I hope he catches all those grapes, because if they roll around in bed on those, it could get kinda squishy. Anyway ^_^ The art style in this is really nice. The guy on the cover reminds me a bit of Nagisa YUU's 'Summer Nude' coverguy. I should mention that the back cover has a different (and also cute, of course) girl surrounded by two really hot guys. Woo hoo. This is yet another collection of short stories, all of them romances.
The grape-holding girl on the cover is high school heroine Sa-chan. At no time in the story does she actually hold any grapes. How disappointing. She has a boyfriend, her older co-worker Kijima-kun. Kijima is really hot and nice, and apparently very clueless. Sa-chan really likes him, and is glad when she confesser her love for him, that he agreed to date her. However she isn't sure if he really likes her or not. He doesn't really act much like a boyfriend. He doesn't hug her or touch her at all really, and they haven't even kissed. Kijima doesn't look to be in much of a hurry to start kissing her, either. Poor Sa-chan has no confidence. In an effort to forcesome intimacy between herself and Kijima, she suggests that the two of them go off together on a weekend trip. Maybe if they are alone together at the hotel she can get Kijima to respond to her advances. What happens is not what she expects! The next story is a little forbidden romance. Kyoko is a college student who has just been hired to tutor a high school boy, Nakajou-kun. He is a 2nd year student. Kyoko and Nakajou get along very well. Nakajou is really cute. Kyoko has a college guy she is interested in, but when she invites him to an important concert, he declines. Meanwhile, Kyoko and Nakajou are getting closer and closer. Will Kyoko really dump her college guy to be with a high school boy? Next up is a cute angsty love triangle that goes with the picture on the back cover of the book. The two love interests in this story are... twins! Yes! I like love triangles involving twins ^_^ Our heroine is rescued during a skiing fall by a handsome guy. She encounters him later on but it turns out to be his twin brother. As expected things get complicated. The last story looks a bit older than the other three. The art style has a more retro look to it. And interestingly enough, it seems to be mainly from the guy's point of view. That is a nice change. All the stories in this volume are very sweet and romantic!
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