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Nao hides from his violent past in the Japanese mob by opening a teahouse in Japan’s cultural center, Kyoto. His past comes flooding back when he discovers a gravely injured man with a tattooed chest, a bloody knife, and a Korean business card.
Saehyun would’ve died if not for Nao’s help. He knows nothing of his savior’s connection with the local mafia, but Saehyun has his own secrets. He commands the Korean mafia, the mortal enemy of Nao’s former syndicate.
As Nao and Saehyun grow closer, so does the strength of the Korean mob. A shocking murder pulls Nao back into a past he’d all but abandoned. War is looming, and Nao must choose between protecting Saehyun or avenging the honor of his old mafia family..
The Yakuza Path: Blood Stained Teais the first book in a series of Japanese mafia thrillers. If you like complex characters, blood-soaked violence, and twists you won’t see coming, then you’ll love Amy Tasukada’s gritty crime masterpiece.
Length: 85,000 words
💕 Review by Debbie Attenborough
Independent reviewer for Divine Magazine, I was gifted my copy of this book.
And I’m not entirely sure how I feel about it!
Oh, don’t get me wrong, this is a very well written book. The story is delivered in a great way. I’m just not sure I liked it!
Here’s why I *THINK* it didn’t quite work for me.
Both men, Nao and Saehyun, are members of their respective mafia. Nao, the Japanese Yakuza, and Saehyun the Korean equivalent. And the book is HEAVY on the mafia side. Very violent in places, too much for me, which is odd since I don’t mind getting into the twisted minds of some characters, and hearing and seeing what they are doing, so why should it bother me here?? I don’t know, its the overwhelming feeling I’m left with, that it was too much. For me.
Here’s what I DID like. Both men have their say. For a little while, I thought this not to be the case as it is a while before Saehyun speaks. Both men find out about the other being their enemy way after they get together, and independently of each other. I liked that one knew before the other, but didn’t let on.
I did NOT see what happened towards the end coming at me, not at all, not even when one warned the other that’s what he would do! Nao and Saehyun’s story is by no means finished and this is billed as book one in The Yakuza Path series.
Will I read any more?? Possibly not. But I did finish this one, and if you took the violence out, I would have loved it, I think.
Ebook of Blood Stained Tea
💕 Meet Amy Tasukada
Amy Tasukada lives in a catless home in North Texas. (She enjoys cats but can’t quite make that kind of commitment yet.) As an only child her day dreams kept her entertained, and at age ten she started to put them to paper. Since then her love of writing hasn’t cease. When she’s not chasing after stray cats, she can be found drinking hot tea and filming Japanese street fashion hauls on her Youtube channel.