Learning How to Lose, in Six Easy Steps: Step Three: Innocence / Step Four: Perspective

It s not that Ryuu s a bad loser he just wants things to be in order And in the natural order of the universe, he should not be losing to dorks Losing is a thing Japanese pop star Ryuu Shiwasuda does not do certainly not gracefully Image is everything to hot headed Ryuu Sure, his macho bluster is only a cover for shyness and social awkwardness, but he takes it andIt s not that Ryuu s a bad loser he just wants things to be in order And in the natural order of the universe, he should not be losing to dorks Losing is a thing Japanese pop star Ryuu Shiwasuda does not do certainly not gracefully Image is everything to hot headed Ryuu Sure, his macho bluster is only a cover for shyness and social awkwardness, but he takes it and himself very seriously So when gratingly cheerful punster Hiro Takahashi delivers the ultimate insult of letting Ryuu win at a video game, Ryuu is cut to the quick, and vows swift vengeance Can t be too hard to beat a dork like Hiro, right Wrong As Ryuu chases after his elusive victory, he s forced to add and items to the list of things to beat Hiro at and is shocked to find that Hiro s quirky charm is sparking never before felt desires in him Ryuu s life and career have no place for a male lover But he s already in too deep Can he risk going all in And what does he stand to lose if he doesn t Length of Volume II 75,000 words Six easy steps Three volumes.Don t miss the other books in the series Volume I Step One Tetris Step Two Fun and Games Volume II Step Three Innocence Step Four Perspective Volume III Step Five Love Step Six All the Rest
Learning How to Lose in Six Easy Steps Step Three Innocence Step Four Perspective It s not that Ryuu s a bad loser he just wants things to be in order And in the natural order of the universe he should not be losing to dorks Losing is a thing Japanese pop star Ryuu Shiwasuda does

  • Title: Learning How to Lose, in Six Easy Steps: Step Three: Innocence / Step Four: Perspective
  • Author: Alex Gabriel
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  • Page: 194
  • Format: Kindle Edition
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    1. *** Copy provided by the author in exchange for a fair and honest review. ***I wasn't sure what to expect when I started reading. The blurb sounded intriguing, especially since my daughters and two of my dear friends are obsessed with the Asian pop culture (mangas, animes, doramas, boy bands, etc.), so I had a clue into what I was getting in and I have to say I wasn't disappointed. I have to say that this series has to be read in order and the volumes it consists on can't be read as standalones, [...]

    2. I received a free copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.Yowzers!!!! Ryuu finally realizes that he feels something for Hiro and the boys get together. They are HOT HOT HOT together!!! I am so glad I continued to read this after Volume 1 confused me a bit (with its cultural references). In this Volume, we see the boys try to figure out how to navigate a relationship beyond just friendship, but Ryuu has a lot of difficulty reconciling his feelings with what others might [...]

    3. My fourth work by this author and second in this series. I use 'work' so I can include the short story I read. This would be the third novel I've read by him.Okay then - this was, for various reasons, the weakest of the works I've read by Gabriel. I might even be tempted to rethink my rating and lower it to 2. As it is, I think it might be closer to 2.5.On one level it's easy to see why I might not like this one as much as the first one - it's drenched in sex (which the first book in the series [...]

    4. This second book has the same problems as the first book in the trilogy, in that I think it will be hard to really appreciate for anyone who lacks knowledge of Japanese culture and "idol" subculture. This, for me, retains its fan fiction flavour, where the reader's knowledge of the world can safely be assumed, but of course that isn't true in the greater world in which it is published now. It'd be great if at some point the author could figure out how to write this type of work for people who're [...]

    5. I received a free copy of this book from the author, in exchange for an honest review.3.5-4 stars.Just as the first book, containing the first two installments, this book is clearly not meant to be a stand alone read. The story picks up where the first book let off. The installments are named Innocence and perspective and very aptly so.Ryuu and Hiro are in love, and Ryuu's understanding and accept of this comes slowly but surely and ever so sweetly. (although he doesn't actually admit to it bein [...]

    6. 4 so happy stars.Part two of this series just did it for me. I loved Ryuu and Hiro and their bumbling friendship that gradually turned into a (REALLY hot) relationship. It was lovely, it was sweet and it was intense. Ryuu is kind of an asshole but bubbly Hiro sees beyond that to his loving core. That is, until Ryuu manages to inadvertently be a real jerk towards the end. There's drama, but it's relatable drama, and something I could see totally happening in real life. This, of course, propelled [...]

    7. 4.5 Stars - So sweet and humorous! I loved Ryuu and Hiro. I was sad at how it ended, though, and needed to jump in to the next volume right away!

    8. しわすだ君と髙橋君はいよいよ恋人同士に。恋に仕事(バラエティー、コンサート、ドラマ、歌番組などなど)に大忙しの二人。時代劇「真田十勇士」の撮影も始まって盛り上がります。しわすだ君視点で話が進みますが、髙橋君の気持ちもじわじわと伝わってきてよかったです。あぁ、この後どうなっちゃうの?

    9. **4.5 stars**The author was kind enough to provide me wih a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.After the first book turned out to be kind of disappointing overall, but with a promising ending, I hoped this book to be better. And it was.I loved that we finally got to see more of Ryuu doing his job, be it as a singer, an actor, or by taking part in weird game shows. I especially loved the scenes when he was acting. It made for an intersting story in the story and I could reall [...]

    10. *I received an ARC of this book from the author in exchange for a fair review*I am writing this as more of a review for the whole series, because I truly feel like you can't read any of these as stand alone, and I think that they would have been better served edited down into just one, maybe two books.This series is set in the Japanese world of J-pop stars, and I truly think the reader would get the most out of this series if they were more familiar with that world. The series is filled with hon [...]

    11. I love my boys <3 I want them to be happy!! But Ryuu is killing me with his indecision to come out (understandably, since he is an idol) and his reluctance to admit his feelings for Hiro out loud. In the process, he is hurting poor Hiro :([My theory is that the author based these 2 guys in 2 Johnnys. Unfortunately not the 2 I wanted. Anyway, my theory is that Ryuu is based on Nishikido Ryo. More or less same name, same grumpy personality, both of them were super cute when they were children, [...]

    12. I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.Follows volume one. The relationship between Ryuu and Hiro gets a bit more complicated with Ryuu realizing he's physically attracted to Hiro. Their relationship takes a huge step forward from friendship to something more. Conplications arrive in the form of social appearances and trying to keep their affair under wraps.Like I said in my review of volume one. The series is highly character driven. Readers get to see a lot of Ryu [...]

    13. I just love these guys! The first book was an incredibly slow burn, and though it was glacially slow, it was worth it because I felt that I really knew Ryuu and Hiro. Which was necessary to appreciate how the relationship progresses in this one.The romance in this installment, however, heats up very quickly. Unsurprisingly, Hiro is the one to make the first move, and that first physical scene was stunning. The emotion! I got shivers, in the best way But for these guys, in the public eye as membe [...]

    14. Contemporary M/M pop-rockers Japanese style romance.Not clean like the first, Learning How to Lose, in Six Easy Steps. Step One: Tetris / Step Two: Fun and Games. There is quite a bit of sexy time between our Hiro and Ryuu.I get why people might not understand or click with this story because if you have no Japanese background then you really won't understand this story or why the characters react the way they do.These are Japanese pop-stars that are supposed to be a certain way. Then catastroph [...]

    15. This book was provided for free by the author in exchange for an honest review.I will again reiterate that I loved the trilogy as a whole, but this book for me was not the best. Why? I was already unhappy that the first book didn't really resolve anything, and then this one again didn't do that either. Yes, we get to see more of the amazing bromance between Ryuu and Hiro, and the development of their romantic/intimate relationship, but other than that, my language/culture issues from the first b [...]

    16. *** Review copy provided by the author in exchange for an honest review. ***In Volume 2, Ryuu and Hiro’s friendship turns into something more. Ryuu especially struggles with this; while his the one making the first move and he acknowledges to himself he has feelings for Hiro, he feels they need to hide. In other words, he scared to come out of the closet. What will everyone else think? What will his band say? What will his fans say?All this causes him to act badly toward Hiro and hurt him. Unf [...]

    17. *A copy of this book was provided for free by the author in exchange for an honest review.*Step Three picks up right where Step Two left off. Ryuu is just realizing that he feels more for Hiro than mere friendship and is struggling with this new found part of himself. Hiro is harder to get a feel for since we only ever see him through Ryuu's besotted eyes. This is the book where the romance kicks in, and fast! The racy scenes are great, and I love that that's not all the relationship is based on [...]

    18. *This book was received free in return for an honest review via the Don't Buy My Love program*Oh my gosh! This is steaming hot compared to the first book of this series. It opens with a flash bang of a stun grenade, Ryuu realizes he's sexually attracted to Hiro and he doesn't know what to do. The two are now working together, acting in a historical samurai series. And Ryuu's ex girlfriend is costaring with Hiro. The scenes with Akisada and Yuri were absolutely great. I would love to watch that [...]

    19. I was given a free copy of the book in exchange for an honest review.This is the second in a three part series and I have to say I enjoyed the second book more than the first.Ryuu and Hiro's friendship has grown (noted by Ryuu referring to Takahashi now as Hiro). Ryuu also starts to realize he might just like Hiro as more than just a friend which bothers him on so many levels. And we see Ryuu's angst and insecurities take center stage. Despite the other group members hangout with each other and [...]

    20. Favorite quotes:This issue seemed impossibly complicated yesterday, but now, he simply asks himself if he wants to choose - actively choose when he doesn't have to, when there's a different choice available - a reality of wanting Hiro but never touching him never being touched by him. When he thinks about it like that, the answer becomes clear in an instant.He wants to watch Hiro's face and see the pleasure and desire and need in his eyes. And maybe he'll get to do that later tonight and maybe h [...]

    21. A copy of this book was given to me for free in exchange for an honest review.In comparison to the first book, this would be 3.5*. This book was definitely more interesting and grabbed my attention easier than the first. Judging it alone, it would stay a 3.Ryuu became more likeable in this story. He was "humanized" in this part. I enjoyed reading as their relationship blossomed and the conflict at the end of the book was realistic. Had I not had the third book to read when this one ended, I woul [...]

    22. 3 stars!I genuinely did like the characters and their development so the only reason I rated this book with 3 stars is for the following reason: the impending conflict. I knew, when I first started this series that book 2 ends in conflict that will ultimately bring us to book 3. And it is solely because I was so wary of it that I felt I didn't enjoy the book as much as I should have. Nonetheless I really do like this series so far and will finish off book 3. Perhaps I will re-read this book next [...]

    23. The hints in Volume I are fulfilled in Volume II as Hiro and Ryuu stumble their way into a relationship. Not that Ryuu is aware enough to call it that. Gabriel has a way with dialogue. No formal sentence structure here, just the uneven flow of words from a man trying to discover himself and what he wants. If Volume I ended with a whisper of possibility, Volume II ends with an explosion of angst. Serious cliffhangerank God, is 24/7 :)

    24. Ryuu and Hiro are so great together, even though Ryuu is still kind of stuck in his head. He's got this whole "I'm the toppy Top, because I'm older" and he just is such an insensitive guy in how he tries to hide their relationship. I kind of love Hiro and felt that he knew what he was doing when he ensnared Ryuu by losing and then just constantly being there.

    25. Getting better but not so for our RyuuWow this book just keeps getting better but you can see where this heading and you want to scream and shout at the book but you know its no damn use!!!

    26. Okay, the further into this series I get the clearer things become, and the more attached I'm becoming to Ryu and Hiro.Onto the next episodes

    27. I was very close to DNF this one because it was very slow going. Until I decided not to binge read this series. I have to say that apparently to myself.

    28. Such a sweet series. I really enjoyed this book. Loving that it's set in Japan. It's so refreshingly different.

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