For Keeps

Jiai Jouwa

Book 3
Barachou Press

he JIAI JOUWA (Story of Love) series takes a look into how one lesbian relationship overcomes the dichotomies that can keep two hearts apart: age, class, social expectations, and distance. 

For two years Jun and Saya have slowly built a romantic relationship based on love and mutual respect. Although they come from vastly different backgrounds, their determination has helped them carve a home in Nagoya, the city in the heart of Japan. 

They assumed it would last forever. Then Jun’s uncle Akihiro drops a surprise on them: they’re moving back to Sapporo, where Jun will finally assume the title of heir to her family’s hospitality empire.

It’s everything Jun has wanted since she began her career fifteen years ago. It’s everything Saya has feared.

Now back in Sapporo, Jun must navigate the anxious waters that will lead her to becoming chairman one day. And Saya must learn to cope with her new glamorous lifestyle, all while fighting back the loneliness that haunts Japan’s northernmost city. 

Ex-lovers, new friends, and old drama all come together to put Jun and Saya through their biggest test yet. It’s not enough for them to want to be together zutto, or forever. They must find the one thing that brings and keeps them together the most – a thing more precious than love itself.

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Publisher
Barachou Press
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Published on
Jun 1, 2015
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Pages
295
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Language
English
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Genres
Drama / Asian / Japanese
Fiction / Romance / Contemporary
Fiction / Romance / Lesbian
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Content Protection
This content is DRM free.
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Available on Android devices
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Eligible for Family Library

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The REN'AI RENSAI (Serial of Love) series is an ongoing look into one
lesbian relationship over the span of decades, told in
non-chronological order in novel, novella, novelette and short story
formats.

"DAISUKI."

Approximately 43,000 words

Aiko
and Reina have been together for almost 20 years, yet one thing remains
unsaid between them: "Daisuki," or, "I love you." As they approach
their anniversary, their relationship comes to an impasse as Aiko the
Japanese housewife begins demanding "I love you" with a side of marriage
and romance.

But Reina doesn't understand complex concepts like
"love" or other heavy emotions. She's spent years supporting her
girlfriend via a soul-sucking salary job and tending to their mutual
needs in the bedroom. Isn't that sufficient? In a culture demanding
Reina choose between the "feminine" and the "masculine" worlds, it's bad
enough she's trying to find her role without Aiko adding extra
pressure.

Some words need not saying, but "I love you" is about
to destroy a relationship already surviving strange side-lovers and even
stranger exploits.

"DAISUKI." takes place from December, 2011 - July, 2012.

"HATSUKOI."

Approximately 83,500 words

If
society has taught Aiko anything, it's that one day she will marry a
man. Not until she meets Reina, a lesbian with a knack for flirting,
does she decide she wants to experience a different kind of sexual
liberation - assuming she can overcome her insecurities and nosy family.
As she succumbs more and more to Reina's charms, however, Aiko wonders
if she can really abandon everyone's expectations.

Reina has met
plenty of girls like Aiko before: cute, naive, and ready to screw the
status quo. After being burned by countless young women who go on to
marry men and forget their lesbian lives, how can Reina trust yet
another "good girl" following her around? Especially when she thinks she
may be having those foreign feelings for her best friend instead.

Time
will only tell if Hatsukoi, or "first love," has really come to two
such different people. Is their relationship genuine or just another
footnote amongst flirting, lying, and sneaking around love hotels?

"HATSUKOI." takes place from December, 1992 - April, 1993.

"SEIKOU."

Approximately 70,000 words

For
over twenty years Reina has sexually celebrated the women around her
with a reverence only tolerated by her wife, Aiko. But when Reina
misinterprets the fluidity of their open relationship, she's backed into
a corner where her gender dysphoria reigns supreme. In order to salvage
her marriage, she may have to reanalyze the way she views the world,
her life, and her experiences.

Just when she thinks she's figured
her spouse out, Aiko faces an unexpected transgression. Can she forgive
her? Or will love finally give way to the fatigue that accompanies
being with someone like Reina? A sick mother and unsympathetic sister
are not helping Aiko's dilemma.

Even the most passionate
relationships sometimes fall asunder to "seikou," the sexual character
at the core of one's identity. Will Reina and Aiko reunite with stronger
hearts, or is it finally time to go their separate ways? And if they do
split up, who will help them pick up the pieces - the stoic therapist,
the desperate socialite, or the young couple who initiated this mess to
begin with?

"SEIKOU." takes place from March - April 2013

NOTE - These books contains the following:

Graphic language Sexual situations Polyamory / Open relationships Gender dysphoria Infidelity A lot of love for women who love women.
Intended for mature audiences only.

 

"If you don't know me, that's okay. There were many days I didn't know who I was either..." 

My name is Chiharu Morita. Of course, that is the name on this blog, so that is who I am.
The Chiharu you know is only a shadow. Yes, I was in a group called Butterfly Tops. Now I am a composer, the person responsible for some of the pop songs you hear on the radio. 

Those aren't the reasons you know me, though. You know me because of YUMI.  The woman who comes into your living room every night on dramas, music shows, and radio request lines. The most famous woman in the country.

Yumi, as you may know, is my childhood friend. We graduated high school and went to audition for a new girl group they were creating. The rest is history. 

For you, anyway. For me, I still breathe this every day. Because I love Yumi. I have since I was a young girl too stupid to know the words for what I felt. 

This is my confession. This is the story of not only me, but Yumi too. Of how we left our town and became household names. Of how I fell in love with her and did everything in my power to protect her from the evil in this world. I did not always succeed.  
I will not rest until you know the truth. All the lies the agencies and labels tried to make us spew will be known. 

Maybe this will mean the end of what career I have left. But if I don't tell this story, I won't know who I am anymore. I want to be more than "the girl who loved Yumi," and yet it's the only identity I can ever remember having. 

For better or worse, let us begin.

Set in contemporary Japan, "LOVE, YUMI" is the epic journey one woman embarks on to complete the impossible: to save her best friend and the woman she loves from a brutal, all-consuming pop culture world. Contains every situation that entails. 

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