Saturday, April 23, 2016

SHORT REVIEW - GAIJIN by Remittance Girl:

TITLE: Gaijin
AUTHOR: Remittance Girl
GENRE: Dark Fiction
RELEASE DATE: January 23, 2010
PUBLISHER: Burning Book Press
PAGES: Approx. 75

RATING: 3 Stars!

(This is not a romance. I NEVER write romances. If you're after one, please don't read this.)

When Jennifer left the cold and damp of London for the sparkle and bustle of Tokyo, she imagined she'd find a world full of cherry blossom festivals, ancient tea ceremonies and Geishas. What she got instead was a cramped, shared apartment, harassment on the subway and a mind-numbing job as a hostess at the Blonde Chick Bar in Roppongi.

With a single, unintentional insult all that changed. She wakes up to find that she has been kidnapped by Shindo: a sadistic Yakuza demi-god who doesn't take his loss of face easily. Caught between his hatred of all things foreign and a growing obsession with this blonde gaijin, he is determined to make her pay for her rejection in sadistic and degrading ways.

`A woman's lot is to endure,' says the fox spirit in her dreams, but Jennifer wonders whether there are indeed fates worse than death. Little by little, she finds out.

Gaijin is a dark erotica novella. It contains non-consensuality.

3 Stars!

A very short, somewhat dark story of a girl who works at a bar in Tokyo and gets kidnapped by a Yakuza mob boss. There’s not much in the way of story or plot and there’s little to no character or world building and absolutely no romance. This is just a very bare bones story of a girl who gets drugged and taken against her will and endures a couple of weeks of captivity at the hands of a man who is clearly off his rocker. Shindo can’t decide if he hates her or likes her but he has no guilt about forcing himself on her or giving her pleasure. Poor Jennifer can’t decide if she wants to enjoy the pleasure he gives her, or live or die. But in the end, she finds her backbone and the will to survive.

It wasn’t a bad story and there seemed to be quite a bit packed into 80 pages. I enjoyed the dark, sexy and complicated “relationship” between Jennifer and Shindo... even though it was a bit warped. I would have loved if this short was a bit longer and expanded on some details because I was very interested in where the whole dreamscape Goddess part came into play and why. I was also interested in learning more about Shindo and his history but there was none of that... and no chance of ever getting more either as that ending was a bit ... surprising.

This was my first read by Remittance Girl, but I liked the writing style and I’ve already purchased another book by this author to see if I like it as well.

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