Yaoi Review: Hanky Panky

Hanky Panky
Story and Art: Koreaki Kamuro
Published by the Deux Press Imprint of Aurora Publishing, Inc.
ISBN-10: 1934496251
ISBN-13: 978-1934496251

Review by Linda Yau

Hanky Panky is a collection of one-shots, where each of the stories features characters that develop a crush or act on a pre-existing crush. The cover is pretty attractive, and I heartily recommend picking up this steamy book. In the title story of Hanky Panky, Manaka has a double life by daytime he is a geeky college student, but at night he is Itsuki the sexy hot host club owner. Now what is he to do after his classmate Doi seeks a job at his club, and shows sexual interest in him as Itsuki, but not as Manaka?

The Truth is… is the second story where Miki as a high schooler has a serious secret crush on his friend’s older host club owner brother Kensho. Now what would be Kensho’s response after Miki gave an reckless answer for his plans after high school?

In Lovers, Only Tonight, Suzuki spends one night drunk at a strangers apartment. The next morning he is confronted by a man calling him coach. Suzuki does not recognize him, and quickly leaves the place. Years before, Suzuki was a coach, and left after his confidence was shattered by Makio, so is this the boy?

A Kiss and Beyond has Ehara and Saki as childhood friends. Now Ehara always makes his girlfriends angry at him by cheating with others. This is noted by Saki, but what would happen if Saki was Ehara’s significant other?

The last story is One Sweet Position with coworkers Kei and Tatsuya. Kei is attracted Tatsuya, but how is he to react to Tatsuya’s apparent wife and child? Have another relationship or leave?

A Lovely Punch brings us back to the couple from Hanky Panky in a public/compromising situation, so now what is Manaka/Itsuki suppose to do?

Only criticism I found with this book, is always something I found with the one-shots, they are too darn short, that characters and plot might not be develop, so if there was a sequel for any of these stories, it would be nice.

Kris wrote an earlier review for this book as well.

5 Replies to “Yaoi Review: Hanky Panky”

  1. Thank you for your comment… I always found it was useful to have several reviews to refer to, because not everyone can have the same opinion, research what is on the publishing calender to be released, or just re-read something and/or look for other similar works to any existing books that you like, because even authors that the JLHLS review for, may have more books that are out there, not licensed by the U.S. publishing industry.

  2. I have to agree with you about the one-shot aspect of the book. I would have loved the title story so much more if there was more dedicated to the story (I couldn’t remember what I wrote in regards to this review, had to reread my review). But I have to say that the art really is top-notch and it is enough to make it enjoyable for that fill-in fluff we need once in a while. I just wonder what is going to happen to Koreaki Kamuro’s Sex Friend that was licenced through Boysenberry, I was really looking forward to reading that title (they had a teaser at the end of Pet on Duty). At least Deux grabbed Cigarette Kisses!

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