Manga and romance blog hop! Seme and uke?

I write slash romance, and confess I have only very tiny droplets of cloudy knowledge about Manga. I’d like to remedy that, and I am openly soliciting suggestions as to where I should begin. In fact, that is my contest! Leave me a comment with a suggestion for “beginner’s Manga”, and I’ll put your name in the hat for an e-book (your choice of the Vasquez & James series). And speaking of prizes, we cannot forget the blog hop grand prize! The info is here at Hayley B. James blog. Your comments here or on any blog participating in the Manga and Romance blog hop gets you entered, and there’s also scavenger hunt. Check it out, and comment, comment, comment.

I do know one thing about the subject, however, because my good friend Rhys Ford author of Dirty Kiss told me, and she does indeed know quite a bit on the subject. She said Manga was often about yaoi—boy love. And she said the perfect yaoi pairing is a seme, and an uke. Apparently, an assassin (or general badass as is Luki Vasquez), and an Uke, (the sensitive guy, like weaver Sonny James).

I also read a little essay that said people (women in particular) read slash because of the egalitarian dynamics of the love relationships and sexual interaction. Well… I’ve read a lot of romance, slash and otherwise. I find relationship and sex dynamics vary among all types of romances, some are egalitarian, some are not, most are in between, regardless of genders. I suppose Luki and Sonny are among the in-between, and I hope that doesn’t spoil their seme/uke image.

But why tell you how they are together, when I can show you? Here is one of my favorite ever sex scenes between Sonny and Luki. I hope you enjoy it (they do). By the way, this is not published, as it’s from the current WIP, Finding Jackie

Luki turned and looked at Sonny, knowing he had dropped his ice-mask in place, telling himself that at the moment he couldn’t let it melt, not even a little bit, not even for Sonny. Because if he did, he’d evaporate. Nothing would be left of Luki Vasquez but a fog in the wind. But Sonny stood there in the false-gold light of a tiny lamp, in a thin, ribbed muscle shirt and beat up jeans unzipped, silk boxers slipped haphazardly down to the fine hair that nested around his sex. Luki wanted, suddenly and badly, to pull that fabric down and see the beautiful penis—budding erection—that lay hidden there. Instead he raised his eyes to Sonny’s dark chocolate gaze, knowing that against his will he’d already let a tiny flicker of smile kindle deep in his own eyes. Knowing also that Sonny would see it. Because he was Sonny, and Sonny loved him.

Chill nonetheless, voice husky with sex and ice, he said, “Take off your shirt.” Sonny did. “Your jeans.” Watching, striving for cool distance, he commanded his own hands not to reach for the deep red silk under Sonny’s hand, where Sonny’s penis had begun to bloom long and sweet, shapely, just thick enough to be right. He fought down his racing heart, forced his breath to stay slow and steady, but he couldn’t help the sandy growl of his whisper. He locked his gaze again on Sonny’s eyes and pinned him there, forbidding him, without words, to move unless ordered.

The he said, “Your hand. Move your hand.”

Sonny followed the order, but slowly, deliberately, head tilted in coy seduction—his answer to Luki’s icy come-hither. Luki chewed his lip, let go of Sonny’s eyes and dropped them to his swollen sex. The head of Sonny’s penis pushed past the top edge of silk, dark and taut. Even as Luki watched, a drop of crystal clear precum pushed slowly out the slit at the tip. Luki stepped close, brought his lips almost to Sonny’s, but when Sonny went to kiss him he drew back. In answer to the surprised and maybe even angry look on Sonny’s face, Luki winked, leaving all the rest of the mask in place. He waited for Sonny’s faint smile before he continued.

“Touch nothing,” he said, and pushed Sonny’s hands out away from their bodies. “Nothing at all.” He grazed his lips over Sonny’s, barely touching, and that had the unexpected but delightful consequence of tightening Sonny’s nipples—which Luki discovered as he looked down to the beautiful, shining glans of his erection. He spared thumbs for those ultra-sensitive nubs before moving them to the heat emanating from Sonny’s sex. He bent down close and took in the unsurpassable scent of Sonny’s arousal. Flicking out his tongue, he collected that drop of crystal, natural lube, repeating the process when the first drop was replaced immediately by another.

Sonny, grabbed his hair—not unpleasant, but Luki raised his face to meet his lover’s eyes once more: “Touch nothing. Or I’ll stop.” Sonny looked so desperate that Luki knew it was like torture, but he hoped it was sweet torture, beautiful torture, rapture, instead. When Sonny unwound his hands from Luki’s curls, Luki pushed them out again, away from their bodies. He straightened so that he was face to face with Sonny, chewing his lip again while he let his thumb fall on the glans and circle. He brought his other hand to the shaft, snuck that thumb past the opening in the red silk and stroked up and down—slowly, so slowly that a shaky moan escaped Sonny’s lips. Luki shut it up with a hard kiss, raising both hands at once to Sonny’s shoulders and roughly drawing him up against his own, still-clothed chest.

“You have to be quiet, Sonny,” he said, still devouring his lips—unable to stop now that he’d started. “We have to be quiet in this place, and … and not too,” he chuckled, which wasn’t good for the icy action, but that was starting not to matter so much. “Not too exuberant—”

“Exuberant?” Sonny’s quip came breathless, but he quipped nonetheless.

Luki pushed his tongue past the half smile that went with Sonny’s words, sparred and played with Sonny’s, then pulled back. “Yes,” he said, trying to return to straight-faced Sonny-torture. “Yes, exuberant. I went to college.” Sonny’s laugh bubbled, and there went the whole charade. “I hate you, Sonny,” Luki said, but he was laughing, too, which he never would have thought possible five minutes earlier.

“Yeah, me too, Luki. But it’s no reason to cancel your plans. I think you were stroking my hard cock?”

How could such a conversation be taken seriously? Especially when the whole thing was whispered, and Sonny was standing naked but for his red silk boxers, and Luki had all his clothes on, including his gun. But now Luki followed instructions, reaching his whole hand down inside the heated silk to slide it along the smooth skin of Sonny’s penis. What a wonderful thing. Then Sonny was rubbing his long-fingered hand hard over the thick denim of Luki’s jeans and after a minute Luki felt ready to bust the seams. Their lips locked together until Sonny wrapped his free hand in Luki’s curls and tilted his head back.

“The gun, Luki. Lose the gun.” He added “please,” but to Luki that felt like a bow to convention.

And though he’d never in his life allowed anyone else to tell him to put his weapon away, he did as Sonny said, this time. Then he started pulling at his shirt. Sonny said, “Yes,” and lent his hand to the task.

Soon Luki stood naked, and he stripped Sonny’s boxers while dragging him down to the bed. They’re lips and tongues warred with each other in what seemed way more than a kiss. They both broke out in moans and whimpers, and had to part, each putting a hand over the other’s mouth. “Ssh,” Luki said.

“Quiet,” Sonny said at the same time.

They would have laughed, but they were way too hungry for each other by that time. Luki rolled Sonny under him, trying to move as little as possible while grinding their hips together. He put his lips right up against Sonny’s ear. “God you feel good, baby.” Then, after listening to Sonny’s breath come harder, “What do you want, Sonny?”

“No more teasing, Luki.” It sounded a little bit angry, a little bit like pleading.

“No, baby. No teasing. Just tell me. Do you want to fuck me? Or do you want me to fuck you? Or what?”

“Oh. Oh, it all sounds so good” Sonny’s laugh broke through for just a beat or two. “But mostly I want you in me. Yeah?”

Instead of answering Luki rolled almost on to his back, curling up the lowest knee and pulling Sonny up onto him, resting his lover’s back against his broad chest. The he remembered.

Sonny giggled, “Top drawer on your right.”
“You think of everything, huh?”

“Just the important stuff—Ah!” That last was in response to Luki pushing the head of his penis just inside the newly lubricated opening.

“Sh-sh! I’m serious, baby. We have to be quiet here.”

“I know, I’m sorry. You’re fault.”

Luki chuckled into Sonny’s ear. “I’ll be more careful. If it’s going to feel really good, I’ll warn you.”

Sonny groaned—quietly. “How did this really sexy thing turn into a B comedy?”

“Okay. No more jokes. Back to triple X.” Making good on that, he slid his penis in deeper, all the way, and began to stroke—not rough, but not too gently. Slow, not rocking the bed, nothing to tell the tale outside. He kept up the excruciatingly even rhythm until Sonny’s breath started to catch, close to climax.

“Luki,” he said, “God, Luki?”

“Yes, baby.” Luki wiggled his left arm under Sonny and put his hand near Sonny’s mouth, rewarded with Sonny’s sweet suck pulling all his fingers in to be lapped and teased with his tongue. That would work. More than one way to keep a lover quiet. His right hand he ran down over Sonny’s chest, teased the nipples on the way by but in too much of a hurry, driven by the sweet burn in his own sex, to stay and play. On down over the flat, hard belly, and straight down to the hot testes. Then up, grasping the long shaft of Sonny’s perfect erection, to stroke, stroke. Sonny’s left arm braced them both against the bed, and now he reached around with his right and took hold of Luki’s ass, pulling him in at the speed and rhythm he wanted. “Oh, Christ, Sonny,” Luki rasped. “It’s too close, baby. I can’t hold back. Come, Sonny. Come with me!”

In answer, Sonny buried his mouth in Luki’s hand and moaned, orgasm taking him completely.

Luki, too. He clamped his mouth over the hard muscle of Sonny’s shoulder, and came, the sweet spasm of every muscle and nerve jerking him into broken rhythm. His groin and belly pounding against Sonny’s ass, he rode the last long wave. Sonny clenched and pulsed around Luki’s penis, milking it, and his hot, salty semen poured into Luki’s hand.


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36 Responses to Manga and romance blog hop! Seme and uke?

  1. annebarwell

    I got hooked on Yaoi manga when a friend gave me Desire by Maki Kazumi and Yukine Honami to read. Another favourite is Constellations in My Palm by Chisake Lakuragi and Yukine Honami. Okay seeing a pattern there….The artwork often makes or breaks for me.

  2. Thanks, Anne. So is Honami the artist, or…? Those sound like good recommendations. Name into hat, immediately. By the way, did you do this hop? What’s the linkie?

  3. Thanks for participating in the Blog Hop. Without your participation, I would have never came across your site! More importantly, your steamy except! Now that was hot. I’ve already bookmarked your page and I am definitely interested in obtaining some of your work.

    I got into yaoi with this group I began RP’ing with. Eventually I sat down to write my own story and dreamed of eventually making it into a manga. Unfortunately drawing is not my strong suit, so I felt as if I was out of luck. But thanks to Hayley B. James’ blog hop, I learned of a whole new world. The world of M/M romance novels. Now I have mentioned this on other comment sections, but I honestly had no idea that gay romance novels existed. I was use to the novels in grocery stores with pictures of Fabio on the cover. Now that my eyes have been opened, I’m really trying hard to revise all that I had written for my own enjoyment with the hopes that I too could become a M/M writer and have folks like you mention my name in some blog post. So once again, thanks for your commitment to the field.

    The great thing about yaoi manga (and anime too) is that there are so many types that someone new is very likely to find one that peeks their interest. Even the manga that is not intended to be yaoi or shonen-ai has been turned into the good smutty stuff by fans in the form of dojinshi’s. This even includes anime shows. Manga’s such as the action packed Togainu No Chi to the comedic Wallflower while definitely no related do have that one all important aspect. Cute guys.

    Once again thanks for your participation

  4. Thanks Sai! I am very glad you liked the scene I posted. I also appreciate your thoughts about where to start looking for my Manga reading– though I confess I have no idea what some of your words mean (I suppose I’ll learn?). I’ve added your name to the hat for the drawing. Persevere wth your writing projects! Good things are bound to happen. I totally idenify with what you said about not knowing there was a m/m genre. I didn’t either! I had actually written the first Vasquez and James book (Loving Luki Vasquez) and was looking for a publisher, and that’s when I found out! I really enjoy both writing and reading this stuff, and only wish I had more time to do both activities. Thanks again for stopping by and commenting! I’m pleased to make your acquaintance. I’d love to hear from you any time.

  5. I recommend Koisuru Boukun by Takanaga Hinako and Sekaiichi Hatsukoi by Nakamura Shungiku as first reads ^.^ They’re my favorites. I love the whole story and surrounding in Sekaiichi where the characters work in a manga publishing house. The love story is so beautiful and the art is amazing. Koisuru Boukun defies a lot of yaoi traditions, like the seme (bottom) being an effeminate, submissive guy. There’s absolutely nothing submissive about Souichi Senpai and he’s got a bad-ass attitude. So funny.

    Just remember to read from top to bottom, right to left or it’ll look confusing. You’ll get the hang of it in no time ^.^

    eripike at gmail dot com

    • Thanks, Erica! I actually had no idea about reading right to left–that will take some getting used to. I think I would enjoy the character you describe in Koisuru Boukun. I’m adding it to my growing list, and your name is in the hat. And it was nice to hear from you!


  6. yganoe

    Thanks for a great post. I am a newbie to Yaoi and am learning so much from this great blog hop! I am fast becoming a fan.

    • Hi Yvette, I’m glad you stopped by. Also I’m glad I’m not the only newbie to Manga, around here. We’ve got a lot of good suggestions from the other commenters, I think! It’s a start. Thanks for reading and commenting, and let me know if you discover some Yaoi you like!


  7. Wow! Is it hot in here?? That was… ah… nice! XD
    I have a few favorite yaoi mangas. One I talk about on my own blog post – sword and sorcery fantasy, “The Crimson Spell,” by Ayano Yamane. Probably my favorite for the gorgeous artwork, hot sex and a semblance of a fantasy plot. I was thrilled to discover a new chapter I hadn’t read last night. It’s ongoing. Out of print, I think, but you can find it starting here:

    There’s also a really nice manga called “Embracing Love,” about two actors who meet doing pornos and fall in love. The manga follows their relationship and “serious” acting careers as both blossom, hit bumps, etc. More realistic than many yaoi. It’s pretty long, and in the middle, they film a movie together which was made into an anime (tear-jerker about 2 men in Japan at the end of the Meiji period, I think). The video is really lovely, although it’s also a bit over the top with the angst. XD

    Jeez, I could go on and on apparently! Anyhow, hope you find a yaoi to check out – we’ll be watching to see what you think! -Shira

  8. Trix

    Yum, sexy excerpt! For yaoi, my favorites are SHOUT OUT LOUD and ANTIQUE BAKERY if lack of explicitness isn’t an issue, and EMBRACING LOVE and Haruka Minami’s SWEET for the scorching sex. (The first three or so volumes of GRAVITATION are pretty fun, too.) And even though it’s not yaoi at all, I’d definitely recommend the epic manga series 20TH CENTURY BOYS by Naoki Urasawa. It doesn’t really hit its stride till volume 3, but it’s just spellbinding as hell and has THREE kick-ass heroes (including the very cool Kanna, who I think should be a required acquaintance of all teenage girls). Happy reading!

    • Thanks, Trix, for the compliment on the excerpt and for the suggestions. I defininitely have a little pile of yaoi to get started with! Your name’s in the hat!


  9. Oh wow. That was a delicious excerpt! om nom nom~

    Even though I’m an avid anime/manga fan, I haven’t actually read much yaoi. I read the first volume of Gakuen Heaven eons ago and remember I liked it but that’s about it. Same with Earthian, which (I think?) is more Boys Love than yaoi– less (or no) sex. But the art is so pretty~

    I have, however, read all volumes so far of Loveless, by Yun Kouga, who also wrote Earthian. It’s not yaoi, but there are… undertones. There is a squicky factor in that there’s underage “romance”– it’s *relatively* subtle, though, and really not the point of the story. Said story is rather complicated, so here’s the Wikipidia page:

    I, for one, adore it. And I’m very sad it’s not been continued yet.

    I don’t know how helpful I’ve been, but… that’s all I’ve got XD


    • Thanks, Minty-chan. I’m very happy you liked the excerpt, and I appreciate the info on the manga/yaoi. I went to the Wikipedia reference and got pretty confused–I suspect that’s because the article writer condensed everything of necessity. I’ve added your name to the drawing!


  10. Manda Krowhop

    …;~; I am at work, and therefore can’t read your amazingly tempting expert. I did email it to myself for later devourment. Which I realize ins’t a word. But I am using it anyway. >_> SOooooo, my manga recommendation to you is Crimson Spell. It’s actually out of print, and somewhat hard to find, but it is very hot, and has an nontraditional seme-uke paring, in that the ‘uke’ is not at all meek or timid. At all. It’s quite good. Good luck reading, and let me know what you think of Crimson Spell!!! <3

    • Hi Manda, I can see why the excerpt would not be recommended reading for the workplace…Did you get a chance to read it yet? I hope you enjoy/enjoyed it. Thanks for the straighforward manga recommendation! Crimson Spell seems to have followers, so it may very well be my first choice provided I can get it soon. Your name’s in for the drawing, and I much appreciate you coming by and commenting!


      • Manda

        I did, and omg so hot. I may need to buy it, so that I can find out WHY they had to be so quiet. In-ter-est-ing…

      • Hmmmm, WordPress won’t let me reply to your comment, Manda, so I have to reply to mine! I’m glad you read and enjoyed. As for buying it, well, of course I hope you will, but it’s not quite ready yet for publication. I’ll be letting everybody know as things progress, schedule wise, and probably I’ll have some contests… (You never know! Somebody’s gotta win!) Thanks again!

  11. chickie434

    Well, I’d recommend Viewfinder or Crimson Spell. Or just about anything by Ayane Yamano. Her art is beautiful, her stories amazing, and I have never been more in love with a mangaka. And welcome to the dark side, we have yaoi 🙂


    • Thanks, Chickie! Another Crimson Spell recommendation. I’m seeing a pattern here. And, so that is what you call a manga artist/writer? Mangaka? Is that for either gender? I’ll remember her name. And the dark side seems… familiar! (heh). You’re in the drrawing.I appreciate the recommendation, and I’m glad you stopped by.

  12. booklover0226

    Wow, what a great excerpt. I can’t wait to read this.

    I’m a big yaoi manga and anime fan. I also love m/m novels, romance, mystery, fantasty, etc.

    Two of my favorite yaoi manga are Junjo Romantica and The Finders series. Crimson Spell was great!

    Tracey D
    booklover0226 at gmail dot com

    • Thanks for the compliment on the excerpt, Tracey! I’m very happy you enjoyed it. Yet another mention of Crimson Spell! Pretty much at the top of the list, but it also looks like the list is going to be long and varied. It might take me ages! Still, I’m looking forward to getting started. I’m glad you stopped by, and I’ve added your name to the hat.

  13. If you want something more plot-based but with a serving of yaoi on the side, I would recommend Descendants of Darkness, which is my favorite manga. It’s a paranormal fantasy story. If you want something that’s all yaoi, I recommend Kizuna, which is a contemporary romance. But I’ve been a bit out of touch with recent yaoi titles, so there might be something that’s come out in the past six or seven years that’s better.

    Happy reading! 😉

    • Interesting recommendation, Ana, because I was thinking that might be the hardest part of learning to love manga, if you’re used to western style books–wanting the plot to be deep, and a driving force. So, I will keep that recommendation in mind. (Besides, I love the name, Descendants of Darkness. Mwa-ha-hah.) Thanks–you are in the hat for the prize.

  14. So many things to read! I have a long list already and it’s growing!

  15. Ashley E

    I don’t know if this exactly qualifies as yaoi, but I absolutely love La Macchina Bellica, so do check it out. 😀

  16. We’ll be working through the lists together, then, Elizabeth.

  17. And the winner is… Sai! Congratulations on the win. I’ll email you privately to find out which ebook you’d like. I wish I could give everybody a prize, but as it is all I can do is say thanks to all for playing. I’ll have other ontests coming up, so come by and visit, here or at my Goodreads blog:

    Thanks again, everybody.

    • Lou,

      Thank you so much for this opportunity. Sri it took forever to reply, but it has been a busy week for us. So, once again, thank you and I look forward to reading you work!



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