This is not a book review per se but is rather an author review. Shiree McCarver has written quite a few Blasian romance novels so I figured she should have her own separate thread. McCarver's most popular Blasian book seems to be J-pop Love Song and though I haven't read that particular book, I've read Dirty Little Secrets and Eternally I Do.
While most of McCarver's works are interesting with great plots and characters, a major problem with the books I've read is editing and it is difficult to get into a book that has a lot of grammatical errors. Still McCarver is one of my favourite romance authors out there.
I came across McCarver though one of her books that was not Blasian but an interracial historical romance set in Elizabethan England with an African woman and an English man. I am a fan of history and romance so I just had to read that book. It was so well written that I became a fan of McCarver after reading it. And as I tend to buy books by the author as opposed to the genre, I subsequently became a fan of McCarver's work. That book, The Lord and the Scorpion is the first of a series comprising of four books (only two have been released so far). The series is the 'African Warrior Women' series and its heroines are women who were captured from different parts of Africa and sold as slaves to this Japanese woman who trains them as assassins from youth and eventually these women end up in different parts of the world.
From reading her books that featured BW/WM pairings and reading her Blasian books, I have come to the conclusion that more attention is paid to the former. I mean, while reading The Lord and the Scorpion and The Prince and the Panther it was really easy for me to tell that the work had been properly edited and that a lot of effort had been put into it. These are just my observations as I have not read every single book written by McCarver.
For the great news; I emailed McCarver a while back and she informed me that one of the books in her 'African Warrior Women' series, The Warlord and the Dragon, the fourth and last book precisely will be a Blasian historical love story. Now that one I cannot wait for. As she has only written two books in the series, we have to wait for the third book The Pirate and the Cobra (which will also feature a BW/WM pairing). If you are wondering why all the titles have animal names, it is because all the women were giving code names and tattoos as part of their assassin training.
Another book she has coming out hopefully soon that sounds interesting is Visual Kei Rock Star, here's a blurb from McCarver's website;
Bishounen is a boy with a pretty face. Visual-kei is the desire to appear as androgynous and bishounen-beautiful as possible while expressing yourself in the most profound music you have ever heard...
African American Sadie Bank loses her mother and father in a house fire as a child leaving her with one desire- to become the best professional dancer and choreographer in her field- just like her parents were. She has no idea that her life would forever change again after she saves the life of a disquieted child.
Japanese protege Subaru Chouda is as beautiful as he is talented. He's a troubled child gifted in music, overwhelmed by life's demands, and obsessed with yearnings of death until he meets an angel that gives him a reason to grab hold of his destiny with both fists.
Visual-Kei Rock Star is a tale about two very different people whose lives become irrevocably intertwined creating the most unlikely couple. Once the boy becomes a man their innocent May/December friendship grows into an illicit affair that others want to destroy and out of this love denied a Visual-Kei Rock Star emerges amidst a storm of controversy!
Will he survive?
I admit I am curious but will have to read the available sample chapters before reaching any conclusion. I still consider myself a fan of the visual-kei genre even though I technically haven't listened to any visual-kei in a while, I've moved on to metal these days. Still, I'll take this opportunity to up this video for those who don't know visual-kei. The band is Onmyo-za just in case anyone is interested.
And in conclusion, here is a list of all Blasian books written by Shiree McCarver;
- Visual-Kei Rock Star
- The Warlord and the Dragon