Book Title: The Yakuza Path 5: Flowers of Flesh and Blood
Author: Amy Tasukada
Publisher: Macarons & Tea Publishing
Release Date: May 28, 2020
Genre: gay thriller, NOT ROMANCE
Tropes: Bad boys, tragic hero, unrequited love
Themes: Mafia, betrayal
Heat Rating: 3 flames
Length: 299 pages
It can be read as a standalone but you get more if it is read as part of the series.
It does not end on a cliffhanger.
A killer. A traitor. A deadly war that could take their love and their lives…
Ruling the Kyoto yakuza makes Nao Murata a perpetual target, especially with the Koreans encroaching into their territory. An attempt on his life at his mafia headquarters crosses a line. Setting up his beloved ally Aki as the would-be assassin crosses another. Nao knows the only way to save his friend’s life is to sever their growing bond and force Aki to fake his own death…
But Aki Hisona refuses to stay dead. Determined to expose Nao's would-be killer and save the man he loves, Aki goes deep undercover in the Korean underworld. But when he's asked to prove his loyalty, he risks becoming caught in a web of his own lies…
With Aki gone and the Kyoto mafia in grave danger, Nao fears his trust in others could be fatal.
Will Nao and Aki find the traitor in time, or will Nao's rule end in bloody chaos?
The Yakuza Path: Flowers of Flesh and Blood is the powerful fifth installment of The Yakuza Path thriller series. If you like gritty Japanese crime, richly-nuanced characters, and slow-burning gay romance, then you’ll love Amy Tasukada’s high-octane novel.
Buy Flowers of Flesh and Blood to slice into the Japanese underworld 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
Releasing in November
Aki closed his fingers around the paper brim of his empty coffee cup and ripped another small piece off. Without looking, he added it to the pile on the table. Mindlessly stuck on repeat, he ripped, added, ripped, added, over and over.
He’d spent the night in the twenty-four-hour Korean café, trading off between sleeping in the bathroom and eating cake to justify staying. He’d been hoping to improve his Korean, but the speakers played nothing but pop songs. Aki learned a million new ways to tell Nao how he felt but doubted he’d gained the right words to impress Namjoon.
Another one on the pile.
Another turn of the mangled cup… Another rip.
His ribs tightened in his chest, crushing his heart until it screamed. He didn’t deserve to be by Nao’s side.
Another sugarcoated song about love.
Aki’s thumb hit the bottom of the cup. Nothing more to tear up but himself.
He stood, bones aching from napping on the bathroom floor. He needed a bed, and the only way was with Namjoon’s help.
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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