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  • Love this series!!!

    Better Than Suicide is the sequel to Blood Stained Tea and Nao Murata is the new godfather of the Matsukawa syndicate. This is an awesome addition to the series and I couldn't put it down. I can't wait to read the next book in the series and see what happens next.

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  • The puzzle piece fits perfectly.

    This book series is completely different to any other I’ve read which make this review sound silly until you realize most books are just rehashed storie lines spy in different directions. I recommend that you read this for the battle of Nao’s soul and is purity and justice. The series and this book shows the struggle Nao faces for his home and his heart. The flavor of these books are rich and deep and heartbreaking. I never knew where the story would lead and I loved that surprise of finally knowing how things fell into place at the end of each novel. Mind you and Japanese heritage. It’s a great mixture and I would recommend this to anyone who loves even one of those things. Enjoy and happy reading!

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  • Superb Sequel

    This is the sequel to Blood Stained Tea and it doesn't disappoint. Nao is now the leader of the Matsukawa syndicate and finds there is a traitor within the group. Someone is selling drugs and the Koreans are involved again. This book is full of complex twists and suspense that draws you in so you have to keep reading.

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  • A great read

    Loved it, I loved the change in Nao's character and the references to what he's been through and his continued beliefs. I feel like these added to his personality and make the book that much more interesting.

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  • A strong and sensual thriller

    Blood Stained Tea not only lives up to the promise of its blurb, it goes beyond that. Yakuza and m/m sounded intriguing enough but there was a lot more that kept me glued to the book. Amy Tasukada's writing style is crisp and lyrical, like snowflakes dancing in the night. She describes with the same ease and elegance steeping of tea and spilling of blood. Without getting into unnecessary detail, she transports us to historical Kyoto as the background of the war between the Japanese and Korean mafia and the impossible love of Nao and Saehyun. The dialogue is witty and dynamic, with entwined bits and pieces about their cultural differences that are quite interesting. Keep in mind that if you've never been exposed to Japanese/Korean culture in any way , you may find some of the character's behavior and decisions questionable and irrational but they are not such in the least. The chemistry between Nao and Saehyun is wild and rugged. It's not a sugar coated romance and there's no pink bubbly end. It's a raw romance amidst violence, love wounded by honor and necessary lies - harsh, beautiful and broken. Blood Stained Tea was thrilling throughout but the last third was a total twist in the gut. I really don't know what Amy Tatsukada has mixed up for us in Better Than Suicide (Yakuza Path #2) but I'm sure it would be as strong and sensual as oolong tea.

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