Youkai Bloodlines #1
by Courtney Maguire
Publisher: City Owl Press (September 29, 2020)
Releases on: September 29, 2020
Genre: LGBTQIA Dark Historical Paranormal Romance
Kanjin hardly view their servants as human. Even less so when they are different.
Asagi is different. Both a man and a woman.
In the wake of his failure to protect a boy he saw as a son from their abusive master, Asagi is sold into the house of a young nobleman, Mahiro, who is the opposite of everything Asagi has ever known—gentle, kind, and generous.
Mahiro bonds with Asagi and their friendship blooms into a deep and profound love. But when Asagi is poisoned out of jealousy, Mahiro reveals himself to be youkai, a demon who feeds on blood, and he has no choice but to turn Asagi to save his life.
Asagi awakes reborn, strong, and eternally youthful. But the price for Asagi’s new life is high.
The blood of the innocent.
Just as Asagi’s trust in Mahiro falters, the boy he failed to protect, now a man, reappears.
New master, same threat.
With both a literal and proverbial monster at the door, Asagi must decide what it means to be human to protect what he loves most.
If you like Bella Forrest, P. C. Cast, AJ Tipton, or Anne Rice, you will love this beautiful dark paranormal fantasy romance.
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Set in historical Japan, Courtney has created a captivating read around love, power, family and gender identity along with a dark twist of vampirism. An intriguing, emotional and heartbreaking tale that was so much more than what I was expecting!
Asagi and a young orphaned boy called Tsukito are sold to a new master, an evil man who made physical, emotional and mental abuse an everyday occurance. Asagi’s gender crossed the line between male and female, and as such was the target of many types of abuse. Agasi’s main concern was keeping Tsukito safe and innocent, but in this world of servants and slaves, abuse is common place.
Asagi gets sold to a new master and has to leave Tsukito. Mahiro is her new master, completely different in how he treats his household, and Asagi ends up falling in love with him, and vice versa.
But Mahiro is hiding a secret, he is a vampire, and in a cruel twist of fate, Mahiro ends up turning Asagi to save her life, but she is anything but thankful for it.
The relationships are complicated and layered, as Asagi realises that she is still a slave just in a different setting, and begins to rebel and and resent Mahiro. Asagi misses Tsukito still and they end up crossing paths yet again, and Asagi realises that her happiness still revolves around Tsukito.
The ending is a bit of an emotional rollercoaster with twists and turns in the plot that I didn’t see coming. A terrific and engrossing read, very different to what I was expecting and something different from what I would normally read, but I would definitely recommend it.
About the Author:
Courtney Maguire is a University of Texas graduate from Corpus Christi, Texas. Drawn to Austin by a voracious appetite for music, she spent most of her young adult life in dark, divey venues nursing a love for the sublimely weird. A self-proclaimed fangirl with a press pass, she combined her love of music and writing as the primary contributor for Japanese music and culture blog, Project: Lixx, interviewing Japanese rock and roll icons and providing live event coverage for appearances across the country.