With their music topping the charts worldwide, the band mates of Japanese rock band ChildsPrey have everything they’ve ever wanted–international success, millions of fans, money, fame. But for guitarists Jun Doi and Koji Takasoto, the nights this winter are long and empty. Since the band’s early wild days full of passionate sex and hard music, Koji has seen Jun as more than a mere friend. Worried that admitting his feelings would jeopardize this relationship and their success, Koji keeps his long-standing love a secret. Meanwhile, Jun’s hopes for happiness in the New Year crumble. Following the break up of his marriage and an injury to his hand that could put his career on hold, he needs Koji’s friendship more than ever before. Whisking his friend away for the holiday, Koji puts everything on the line. Both men have had their share of hurt and loneliness, but if Koji can find the courage to say what’s in his heart, can they find the love they’ve been longing for?
This was such a good story filled with emotion. Jun and Koji were both characters I enjoyed getting to know. Koji was sweet and so in love with Jun it hurt. Jun was adorably clueless you couldn’t help but smile. I really liked how the story is set in Japan. It was nice seeing a different aspect of everyday life. When Jun and Koji go to the onsen I thought it would be fast for them to get together. But it was still slow and with wonderful build up. I adored seeing how they both overcame their fears of rejection to be together. Definitely a sweet holiday story worth reading. Except now I want to read the rest of the series!
Four and a half
Koji howled with laughter. Leave it to Toru Nakai, the group’s founder and bassist, to pay back his old band-mate in such a way for all he’d pulled to drive Toru out of that group. When Jun tugged on his jacket sleeve, Koji leaned back in, very conscious of the moist heat of Jun’s breath against his ear.
“I have a good feeling about this. Did you see the memo at the recording studio? All our dates are sold out, and the tour doesn’t start for another week yet.”
Koji smiled and clapped Jun on the shoulder. “It’s fucking unreal. All those places hold close to five thousand.”
Jun’s smile lit up his brown eyes in a way that made Koji smile in return. Although Toru was ChildsPrey’s founder and had previously been with a fairly big band, Jun had been appointed the group’s “leader-sama.” Jun took this early sign of success very personally, as well he should. He and Koji had written the single they’d debuted a few months back, helping to propel the quick sales of their new CD and put them at the top of the charts before their first real tour.
Koji sipped his beer, then leaned in towards Jun again. “I guess I need to finally thank you for being such a slave driver about learning guitar when we were back in school, huh?”
Jun laughed. “You can grovel at my feet when ready, Koj.”
Koji gave him a playful punch in the arm. “Asshole.”
“Oh, my God! Look.” Jun laughed. He pointed to the booth behind them, and Koji looked over his shoulder. They both watched with amusement as their vocalist, Imai Shimizu, grabbed someone’s video camera and egged Toru and the band’s drummer, Kyoru, to put out a little “fanservice.” Toru brushed away some of the hair falling across the other man’s face and leaned in to press his lips to Kyoru’s. The kiss soon heated up from a soft touching of lips to a long, open-mouthed show of passion that stole the breath of everyone watching. No doubt about it ‑‑ tongues had to be involved.
“Shit,” Jun whispered into Koji’s ear. “I think Kyoru’s really getting into it.”
Koji tried to swallow, his mouth bone-dry. He gulped down some beer, his imagination teasing him with thoughts of what it might feel like to have Jun kiss him like that. Koji laughed weakly. “They’re both so drunk, I don’t think I want to know what they’ll get into before the night’s over.”
Jun’s deep laughter sent a delicious shiver along Koji’s spine. When the man rested his chin on Koji’s shoulder, he tried not to notice the way the blood rushed straight to his balls. Koji shifted carefully in his seat to try and ease the pressure building up in his groin without making Jun move. He glanced down to the front of his pants, where the first hint of a hard-on already stretched at the leather.
“You looked fucking gorgeous in that photo shoot today, Koj.”
Gasping, Koji turned his head and gazed into Jun’s slightly glassy eyes. For a wild moment, he wished Imai would bring that camera over here so he’d have an excuse to kiss Jun. The man was so close, his lips hovering near enough to Koji’s that if he just tilted forward a bit, they would meet. Hell, if he just turned his hips a little, his rising erection would press nicely against Jun’s hip. But Koji forced himself to turn away, ignoring the ache in his cock and the pull in his heart like he always did.
“You better not let Imai hear you say that,” Koji replied finally, shrugging off the compliment and what it might mean. Or at least what he dared to hope it might mean. “He sees himself as the main attraction, you know.”
Jun dismissed this with a wave of his hand, then pulled away and polished off the last of his beer. He signaled for the hostess to bring another before leaning closer to Koji. “I see us getting out of the Visual Kei scene before too long. The costumes and hair are a good way to get attention and break in, but I’m not going to get stuck with it like Miji did. Our music is good enough to carry us without gimmicks. You mark my words, Koj. ChildsPrey will go international someday.”
Before Koji could reply, two hostesses came over with drinks for each of them and sat down. The women gushed and flirted, crossing their legs so their short, tight skirts bunched further up their thighs. Since Jun was going with it, Koji decided he might as well, too, and ignored the hint of disappointment in the pit of his stomach. He and Jun had been friends for years … just friends and nothing more.
About The Authors:
Award winning novelist Barbara Sheridan grew up a fan of historical novels, TV westerns and all things paranormal. She also acquired a fondness for J-rock, samurai films and all things royalty related. Coupled with her love of character driven books, film and TV, all these things have come together to shape her writing interests. Barbara lives in Western Pennsylvania and loves hearing from readers and “meeting” them via social media.
As a freelance graphic artist and illustrator, I work for a number of print and electronic publishers along with private clients around the world. I spend my days working on projects and doodling in sketchbooks, but I can sometimes be found snatching a few moments here and there for my other passions, which include writing, reading, and searching for the world’s most perfect cup of hot tea. I love making new friends on LJ, so if leave a comment or add me to your Flist, I’ll happily return the favor. ♥