Rummanah Aasi
  I've come to expect really nothing from Absolute Boyfriend manga series besides a brainless, relaxing yet more frequently frustrating read. The fourth volume has raised the bar from ludicrous to absurd. Since I have two more books left in the series and kept wondering how the series will end (I'm told it has a surprising ending), I'll push through and finish it. Night is an obvious clear runner in the race to win Riiko's heart, but will Soshi step up to the plate?

Description (from Goodreads): While out on a date with Night, Riiko meets a boy who looks like her first crush from elementary school—Toshiki Murakami. Even though she's with Night, Toshiki seizes the opportunity to steal a kiss from Riiko.

Review: This volume of Absolute Boyfriend reminded me of all the reasons why I hated the House of Night series by P.C. Cast: an annoying, repetitive heroine and her harem of love interests. Ugh. I use to like Riiko and now I can barely tolerate her. After almost losing Night, her tailor made boyfriend, to another woman, Riiko vows to do anything to keep Night by her side. As Gasku explained in the last volume, the only fool proof way Night permanently be with Riiko is if they solidify their relationship (wink, wink, nudge, nudge). When Night takes her to a luxurious hotel (all expenses paid by his company) for their special night, Riiko keeps floundering in her decision. This whole volume is based on "will she or won't she"? Also thrown into the mix are new characters, Toshiki Murakami, who claims to be Riiko's elementary school crush and his younger brother. Toshiki seems shady and wastes no time in making advances to Riiko, who is already conflicted about her feelings for Night and Soshi. Of course Toshiki and his younger brother are not who they pretend to be and more hilarity and confusion ensues.
  Speaking of Soshi, I really wished he didn't have feelings for Riiko. I really don't see anything that's charming about her. He's such a great guy and deserves so much more. More interesting tidbits about Night's manufacturer are revealed and will Soshi finally find out what Night really is? I'll find out when I read the fifth volume.

Rating: 3 stars

Words of Caution: There is semi-nudity and sexual themes throughout this volume. Rated OT for Older Teens.

If you like this book try: Girl Parts by John M. Cusik, The Silver Metal Lover by Tanith Lee, Absolute Boyfriend Vol 5 by Yuu Watase
2 Responses
  1. It reminds you of the House of Night series, then I imagine it is very frustrating. I am not a fan of a heroine who doesn't know who she wants and goes back and forth. Great review though :)

  2. That's too bad. I saw your comment on how you weren't like this series as it went on. It's frustrating when the heroine is annoying. Plus when none of the characters seems sympathetic.

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