I was recently on Lulu to buy a book which (as far as I know) does not have anything remotely Blasian in it, when I came across most of the books in this thread. In Deep Kimchi was mentioned elsewhere on this blog and a review of Pao came up on one of the blogs I follow.
Glossophobia - the fear of public speaking. Shirou Tsubasa, a glossophobic Japanese scientist, and Zola Simpson, a determined plus-size African-American public affairs specialist, find themselves immersed in a battle of wills. NASA needs their golden boy to perform like a trick pony at an important convention in Atlanta to assure future funding, but the thought of getting up in front of hundreds causes Shirou such intense anxiety he flat-out refuses. Frustrated and at their wits’ end, the bosses decide Zola’s magic touch is the only thing that can snap their residential genius into shape for the big event. Zola is resentful that she has to give up a planned weekend of sexual abandon with her ex after a long dry spell. However, she’s never met a geek she couldn’t crack, and Shirou Tsubasa will speak at that convention—even if she has to seduce the egghead into it.Lulu
*warning this novella includes multiple partners* After ten years of marriage, Tamika is excited about this year's Valentine's Day gift. Instead of the usual repetitive trinkets of roses, chocolates and lace, her husband, Ron, sweeps her away to Las Vegas. Anxious to indulge every delectable delight the city has to offer, Tamika pounces on the opportunities for fun. Yet she doesn't clear the hotel room before Vegas sets an offer upon her doorstep-the concierge. Attraction to the Chinese concierge is undeniable and--unattainable. For although it wouldn't be the first time she and Ron have shared their bed with someone else, Tamika knows a male wouldn't be welcomed-not by Ron. So, she shoves her lustful longings down deep and struggles to hide her cravings for the concierge Unbeknownst to Tamika, Ron has noticed her attraction to the other man, and soon sets about giving her a Valentine's Day gift so extraordinary, Tamika, nor he, will soon forget.Lulu
Groovin' 'n Waikiki by Dee Dawning
While nursing a broken heart and self-esteem issues, two sisters, Jessica and Gloria, head off for a fun filled all-expense paid vacation to Hawaii.
Upon their arrival they meet the sexy islander Kino who is instantly attracted to Gloria. Their steamy love affair begins to play havoc with their intense feelings for one another. Jessica meets her own lover, Del, who melts the wall that she has built around her heart.
Set in the lush tropical environment of one of the world’s most romantic places, Groovin’ 'n Waikiki will be sure to please Dee Dawning fans and recruit new ones. The heat literally leaps off the pages and satisfies to the very end.
After winning an all expenses paid Hawaiian vacation for two from a local radio station, Jessica and her younger sister, Gloria, head to Honolulu with high expectations. Jessie meets and hits it off with a man who happens to live in the LA area, where she's from and is suddenly looking forward to returning to LA.
Gloria, a showroom dancer in Las Vegas hotel, also meets a man, Kino, a Hawaiian hunk, who is renowned for his lothario like exploits. Just when she's resolved to sharing his company as a summer vacation romance only, she discovers they have something compelling in common.
Is there romance after vacation with this Hawaiian godlike incarnation?
Gloria doesn't think so, but don't count Kino out.
In Deep Kimchi by Imari Jade
Erotic romance author Shaundra Morrison thought there was nothing in the world her handsome white boss Harper Kehoe could offer her to get her on a plane bound for Tokyo, including free use of his body for the duration of the trip. Becoming a member of the mile high club intrigued her but not enough to conquer her fear of flying.
Harper Kehoe had money, power, and everything his heart desired except for the affections of his best selling author Shaundra Morrison. He jumped at the idea of forming a partnership with Japanese mogul Goro Niigata because to Harper business came before pleasure. And what a perfect way to have both than by inviting Shaundra and three of his other successful authors to accompany him to Tokyo to promote the opening of NIKII Publishing. So what if it meant having one of his doctor friends prescribe Shaundra a sedative to knock her sexy ass out for twenty-five hours.
Shaundra wasn’t too keen on the idea of being drugged just to fly halfway around the world to help Harper promote his new business, until her senior editor showed Shaundra a picture of Aomori, a group of four J-Pop singers who Mr. Niigata managed and planned to use to help promote his new business. All it took was one look at those beautiful faces, sexy young bodies, and all that long black hair to get her to reconsider. The worst thing that could happen to her would be she’d be turned into a junkie before she returned to New York. The dampening of the panties between her legs assured her that it would be well worth it.
Wasabi Heat by RaeLynn BlueTherapeutic Relations by RaeLynn Blue & Shara Azod
Nadia loved everything about sushi, the flavor, the scent, and the taste. What she loved more than sushi was owner of her favorite restaurant, Zen Su Chow. She'd lost track of whether her visits to his restaurant were about his food or him, but one thing was for certain, for Nadia, it was love at first taste.
Zen Su Chow had been born and raised in Japan. His immigration to the United States at 18 allowed him to work for his success and bring his family with him. The American dream was his for the taking, when he meets Nadia. Withi a short time, Zen can't see his future or his dream without her in it, despite how much it distresses his family.
Sushi is just plain without the other ingredients to flavor it, to bring it alive. Zen knows he's just been existing. Now he has to convince Nadia she's just the wasabi heat he needs in his life
Dr. Takashi Nakamura was a damn good therapist. His own lustful thoughts lay right there across the office where Dr. Tanya Morris's office resided. He longed to take the beautiful doctor into his arms and confess his long held love. When the opportunity arises and Tak gets to do just that, the results aren't what he had hoped for. Will he be able to convince Tanya he's for real and will he be able to climb over Tanya's sexual hurdles and into her heart?It seems my prayers have been answered recently. I'm finding more books and stories with Blasian themes that are not strictly romance and this makes me very pleased indeed. Also from the blurb, Pao seems to deal with issues previously discussed on this blog.
Fourteen-year-old Yang Pao steps off the ship from China with his mother and brother, after his father has died fighting for the revolution. They are to live with Zhang, the 'godfather' of Chinatown, who mesmerises Pao with stories of glorious Chinese socialism on one hand, and the reality of his protection business on the other. When Pao takes over the family's affairs he becomes a powerful man. He sets his sights on marrying well, but when Gloria Campbell, a black prostitute, comes to him for help he is drawn to her beauty and strength. They begin a relationship that continues even after Pao marries Fay Wong, the 'acceptable' but headstrong daughter of a wealthy Chinese merchant. As the political violence escalates in the 1960s the lines between Pao's socialist ideals and private ambitions become blurred. Jamaica is transforming, the tides of change are rising, and the one-time boss of Chinatown finds himself cast adrift. Richly imagined and utterly captivating, Pao is a dazzling tale of race, class and colour, love and ambition, and a country at a historical crossroads.Not only does Pao sound interesting, the book's author Kerry Young is of Chinese and African heritage. You can read a review of Pao here. (I feel I should add a trigger warning here, as in this review, Gloria is referred to as a 'black whore'. Also I raised a brow at this; "Eventually he abandons Fay and her wardrobe of silk cheongsams for the Africa-black Gloria"). Other reviews are excellent, it looks like 10 people at Amazon.co.uk gave Pao five stars. I wish it was available on Kindle.