Book Title: The Yakuza Path: Wrapped in Screams
Author: Amy Tasukada
Publisher: Marcarons & Tea
Cover Artist: Natasha Snow
Release Date: November 4, 2021
Genre: Gay thriller, Contemporary M/M Romance
Tropes: Bad boys, hurt/comfort, boss/secretary, slow burn romance
Themes: Friends to lovers
Heat Rating: 4 flames
Length: 37 500 words/ 184 pages
Though the story is self-contained, it is best enjoyed if read as part of the series.
It does not end on a cliffhanger.
A gunshot. A bloody note. And a relationship that might not survive…
Now that the war with the Korean syndicate is behind him, all Nao Murata wants is a vacation and a chance to nurture his new relationship with Aki Hisona. They can punish those who abandoned the family later.
After six weeks trapped in a hospital bed, a quiet vacation is the last thing Aki wants. Ready to prove himself to Nao and the rest of the family, Aki’s desperate for some action. And not just the yakuza kind…
When Aki hears a gunshot, he knows the dust has far from settled. Nao says it can wait, but Aki’s unable to understand why they can’t tie up those loose ends.
Between Aki’s constant pushing and Nao’s uncompromising focus on what he thinks is best for them both, are they too stubborn for their fragile relationship to last?
Find out in The Yakuza Path: Wrapped in Screams, the sixth installment of The Yakuza Path thriller series. If you like gritty Japanese crime, complex characters, and a high dose of gay romance, then you’ll love Amy Tasukada’s latest novel.
Buy Wrapped in Screams to get your taste of romantic revenge today!
The Yakuza Path Series
BOOK 1 – Blood Stained Tea
BOOK 2 – Better Than Suicide
BOOK 3 – One Thousand Cranes
BOOK 4 – The Deafening Silence
BOOK 5 – Flowers of Flesh and Blood
BOOK 6 – Wrapped in Screams
“Of course I want you to sleep with me.” Aki placed a hand suggestively on Nao’s thigh.
Aki couldn’t think of anything else that would make him happier than having Nao’s cock rip him in half. Though Aki doubted he could get his up even if he wanted to. Skipping the pain meds to get his libido back was the next thing on his to-do list. The hospital had only given him a two-week supply. So far he hadn’t hurt too much and they’d mostly made him tired. It would still probably take a few days for the narcotics to completely leave his system, but he and Nao could mess around until then.
“We need to be careful.” Nao brushed Aki’s hand away.
Tightness gripped Aki’s chest and clawed at his throat. Nao pushed him away again. After everything Aki had been through, after everything Aki had done for him, it was like nothing had changed between them.
“We couldn’t even kiss yesterday without you becoming breathless,” Nao added.
It sounded so cruel. Why did it have to hurt so much? Aki looked away, but Nao cupped Aki’s face. The gesture lessened the pain, but it still stabbed.
Nao’s eyebrows drew together. “I don’t want you hurt because of something I did ever again. There’s a whole list of things you can’t do.”
“The doctors were being cautious.”
“There’s a gaping hole in your chest.”
“It’s six centimeters. That’s hardly gaping.”
“I don’t want you back in the hospital because of an infection. It can happen to anyone. It happened to me when I didn’t listen to my doctor.”
“And because you weren’t taking your antibiotics.”
“That’s true.” Nao laughed.
“Are you going to kiss me at least?”
Nao leaned over until their lips touched. He was cautious at first as if asking permission. Aki opened his mouth, and Nao’s tongue entered. Aki’s muscles relaxed, and he willed his fears to subside. Nao wasn’t going to bend him against the nearest surface and screw him raw like in Aki’s fantasies, but Nao wasn’t saying it would never happen. All Aki had to do was convince Nao he was fine, and in a few days, they’d be banging like rabbits.
Nao licked at Aki’s bottom lip before pulling away. He pressed their foreheads together.
“Do you understand what I’m trying to say?” Nao asked.
Aki nodded. “You’ll at least help me change my bandages, right?”
“You’ll have to teach me.”
Aki pulled off his undershirt, hiding a grimace of pain in the cloth. He wanted to be alluring. Nao had seen him shirtless plenty of times, but it would be the first so close. Aki glanced over his shoulder suggestively, but Nao was focused on taking the bandages out of the plastic bag.
Aki sighed. Changing his bandages wasn’t sexy, but he’d hoped the undressing part would be.
About the Author
International best-selling author Amy Tasukada writes thrilling times of crime, love, and gore. Readers who crave diverse characters, unique settings, and edge-of-your-seat action will devour her Yakuza Path series. Readers who seek less blood and more love will swoon over the Yakuza Path Romance and Would it Be Okay to Love You? Series. Amy is an atheist, queer author who enjoys drinking tea, Japanese street fashion and visual kei music. Her calico cat, O’Hara, is never far from her side. Amy lives in North Texas, but is always planning her next trip to Japan.
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Rating: 5 stars
*I received this novel for free in exchange for an honest review*
With the war against the Korean mafia won, Nao wants to take a well-earned break and spend some time with Aki. Aki, however, is keen to see that all the loose ends from the battle are tied up. With their differing opinions and Nao’s wish for a slower pace to their new relationship both find themselves wondering how long it will last.
Wrapped in Screams is different from the other novels in the series as it focuses more on the romance between Nao and Aki. I loved this change as you get to learn even more about the main characters and see how their new relationship is going to work. Nao’s want to take things slowly is completely understandable due to his past, but I also understand Aki’s point of view so I felt myself hoping that they could compromise. This novel also high-lighted the personality and lifestyle differences between them, but rather than push them apart they make them stronger as a couple.
I love that they are together now and with Aki’s support, Nao is able to tie up the loose ends and still find some time for the break that they both need.
I loved this sixth instalment to the series and cannot wait to read book 7!