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The Guilty Verdict  
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The Guilty Vol. 1: Verdict
Toya Sakurai has always wanted to get his hands on Kai Hodaka's books before anyone else, so when he is assigned to be the bestselling author's editor, it seems like a dream come true. Kai Hodaka, with a slick face and a sinful voice, is the subject of numerous rumors and gossip, but Toya is more intrigued by the glimpses he sees of the real man behind the stories: quiet, insightful, and with a hidden kindness to him. So when Hodaka makes a shocking proposal, Toya almost can't believe it: Toya's body, in exchange for Hodaka's manuscript. Enigmatic author...morally bankrupt celebrity... which is the real Kai Hodaka, and will Toya find out before he loses himself entirely?

The Guilty Vol. 2: Original Sin
Toya Sakurai is swimming in success after his work with the bestselling author Kai Hodaka, who is also Toya's secret lover. But with expectations so high, his company soon gives him a new project: find a fresh and exciting new author to work for Sozan Publishing. When Toya finds the young author Yo Amano-he discovers that the traits his lover Hodaka lacks-Amano has, and Amano is sensitive and caring to Toya's feelings. Emotions will run high in this second volume of The Guilty series.

The Guilty Vol. 3: Redemption
Editor Toya Sakurai is the talk of the industry for his amazing work with best-selling mystery writer Kai Hodaka. But most people donít know that the root of Toya's success is his secret relationship with Hodaka. However, Toya's success leads to jealousy from his coworkers, and that jealousy fuels some hateful gossip. All of this compounds when rumors fly around the internet about Hodaka having a relationship with one of his male editors. When Toya tries to distance himself from Hodaka to abate the rumors, everything gets worse, until finally, Hodaka asks for a new editor! Can these two guilty hearts find happiness together?

The Guilty Vol. 4: Forsaken
Toya Sakurai is starting fresh in a new apartment, now enticingly closer to his lover, Kai Hodaka. When he invites his lover to come visit, he realizes the benefits of living so much closer. But when Toya's publishing company decides to put out a fan book on Kai Hodaka, Toya is shocked to learn just how little he knows about his lover after two years! Also includes a collection of short stories with deeper insight on our favorite guilty pair! Toya spends a love burning weekend with Hodaka in Hayama after the torturously written Emergence. Then, six months into their riotous relationship, Hodaka shows just what heís willing to do to make Toya happy. The loving, dangerous, guilty love they share comes to a climax in this final volume.


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The Guilty
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Average: 7.8 / 10.0 (67 votes)
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'Rape' and 'Sadomasochism' should be written in bigger font   
Rating: 5.5 / 10.0
by Chainless
April 10th, 2015, 4:31pm
I'm surprised how good ratings this series has cos this is definetely not that good.

I was able to read all the books, but just barely. They could have been good, but there was just way too much (unnecessary) rape, sadomasochism and simply stupid "plot-twists" to my taste. I couldn't come to like neither of the main characters much. The way their relationship started, well I just don't like these kind of forced things. Some might think there wasn't rape but dub-con, but I think the whole word 'dub-con' is an excuse for a rape so... And even though I agree that there was indeed character development, it was so so slow. It was hard to see it between all the raping and repeating misunderstandings.

There were many cute and adorable moments too, so I think it was still a little entertaining, but for me the rating will stay low because of the repeating "plot-twists" (aka constant misunderstandings) and unnecessary rapes.

So yeah, tthis had so many features that I can't stand in any form of entertainment, but if you don't have anything against rape, sadomasochism, cruelty and almost non-existing plot, then by all means try it. It did have some cute moments too! biggrin

... Last updated on April 13th, 2015, 11:17am
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The Guilty is Ridiculously Terrible   
Rating: N/A
by ZettaiFujoshi
September 16th, 2013, 12:15pm
To be quite honest, I've never faced palmed this many times before. Even while reading the horrendous Twilight series. First and foremost, both of the main characters are hardly likeable. The plot twists are also predictable and very cliche. There`s also too much unnecessary rape...This has got to be one of the worst BL novels I have ever read. You're better off reading the S series by Aida Saki or In the Box by Konohara Narise. Which are both excellent reads, unlike this abomination called The Guilty.
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Rating: 2.0 / 10.0
by Nyahahaha~
May 13th, 2013, 3:36pm
Well, by page 50 of book one I knew what my eyes would see. This series insults my intelligence and knowledge. It's so ridiculous, that it's rendered amusing; I laughed so hard with it. I've never heard of a man placing a bet for his own body on a game of pool before! Especially one he was bound to lose anyway. Amusing, right?

An actual review is simply out of the question, but let me just say that it carries so many misconceptions, even over basic things people should know by default, such irrational behaviour, such idiocy, ignorance, frivolity and stupidity, reading it for something else than amusement is nothing but a waste of time. If one can enjoy the sexual scenes ignoring everything else, then I guess it might be of the minimum level.

And a thing I'd like to say, that'll go unnoticed -but I have to get it out of my chest, is that I understand the appeal of writing about dark and twisted characters. But it takes either a dark and twisted person or a very good and clever writer to do so. Anything else is nothing but a failed attempt and a waste of both time and money.

Read at your own risk.

And a rating of 2; it did make me laugh quite hard.

... Last updated on May 13th, 2013, 4:07pm
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I liked it, others might not   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by Gattaca88
September 3rd, 2012, 5:23pm
I enjoyed this kept me on my toes the whole time and there was never a moment where I felt bored.

There is a plot in this novel, the plot is about the ups and downs of their relationship and the obstacles that come in between them while they live their lives. You see a development between the two main characters and their love grows after each volume. You just have to read all the volumes to see it happen, but it does!

I also want to add that Katsura did a wonderful job in creating characters that are complex and have more dimensions to them. I must say again that the character development is amazing. Also, the Twilight comparison is false by all means.

This is the kind of yaoi novel where there is bound to be some harsh sex so fair warning to people who don't like hardcore sex.

If you look at this more closely instead of just looking at the surface, you will see a love story that is worth reading.
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Can't read it...   
Rating: 1.0 / 10.0
by sandyatthebeach1
August 19th, 2012, 7:08pm
I kept reading in hopes that this would get better.... but I really can't keep going. I stopped after the first volume, so who knows? Maybe it gets tremendously better after, but I don't want to read anymore at all. The only good point is that this novel has some really smutty and hot scenes,and the art is really nice. Still, I don't even appreciate the smut when it's between two characters who are basically terrible, terrible people... god, I really can't help hating both main characters, Hodaka and Toya! They both have serious personality problems and act as if they never learned about normal, rational human behavior. No plot at all, and some things that happened really were cringe-worthy. This is so ridiculous and cliche, and not in a sweet, cute way.
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Seriously... they're both pretty messed up. Hodaka is perfect (attractive, rich, sexy, blah blah) but in my opinion, he's actually horrible... he seems to abuse Toya all the time, and even rapes him, knowingly destroying the respect Toya had for him with complete cold-heartedness. And Toya just pretends that sex with Hodaka is for business, and justifies it with completely idiotic logic. Then it suddenly turns out that Hodaka was completely "honest" the whole time and that Toya was the one who wasn't looking at the truth? Um. And their lust for each other suddenly turns to "love". Ugh. Please, spare me. And somehow, Toya thinks having sex with another person doesn't constitute cheating on his fiancee....? She was the only character I sympathized with. Any sympathy I felt for Toya was completely gone because of his cheating, his weak will and his apathy... and it only served to intensify my dislike of Hodaka.
Both Hadoka and Toya are gorgeous, and good at their jobs, but their personalities are so horrid. Toya is dense and weak, while Hodaka is manipulative and cruel. If you're just going to read this because of the erotic elements, read something like Feng Yu Jiu Tian. It has similar characteristics, but the characters are much more palatable and likable, and it actually gets better the more you read it- there's character development and an actual plot that this completely lacked! I mean, even if you try to look at the "deeper" emotions and feelings... there are none. This is my first time writing such a negative review, but in my opinion, this novel is actually that terrible- to each her own, though. I'm sure some people must really like this. Maybe.

... Last updated on July 2nd, 2013, 11:33pm
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Rating: 4.0 / 10.0
by Oriolidae
May 30th, 2012, 1:38am
I was fairly entertained through the first three books (though in a constant descending curve), even though the two main characters behave insanely stupid. There are constant misunderstandings, because Toya and Kai don't talk to each other, and in the end it made me cringe rather than enjoy the read. When I came to volume four, I had to drop it. It just became too much. There is no character development whatsoever throughout the series. It's as if the author, when starting on a new book, completely forgot what she wrote in the previous one, and therefore just start from scratch again with her characters, so that they are still amazingly awkward, overly dramatic and insanely bad at reading each other - even though they've been
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going out for quite a while.

I'm rather overbearing with the plot (or rather the lack of) in the yaoi genre, but how this series came to stretch four volume is beyond me.

But still; I suggest you try reading it, and then just drop it when you get tired of it. The Guilty Verdict can be entertaining for a short while, but it quickly gets repetitive, so bear that in mind.

... Last updated on May 30th, 2012, 1:41am
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somehow frustrating... xD   
Rating: N/A
by Lilyanna08
April 22nd, 2012, 4:42pm
OMG I don't remember ever disliking anything as I do this. There was a moment when I even didn't know whether to laugh , cry or be angry. But I was stubborn and didn't give up on it until the end hoping that the ending would somehow explain this absurdity but my hopes were futile. However, I can't deny it's erotica , sometimes things were getting really hot but... that's it nothing more because characters are just out of this world. Personally I couldn't stand the main character (which one? truthfully both of them) and as I can be really forgiving for almost every hottie I just wondered what would be the best way to kill him... Summing up it wasn't to my liking but I'm not going to rate it accordingly to my emotions because I feel it would be a bit unfair, in the end there were times I even laughed. So please don't mind me and give it a try xD
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If humiliation gets you off...   
Rating: N/A
by akuramsama
November 11th, 2010, 5:11am
I can't begin to count how many times either man is described as "beautiful". It's about as bad as Twilight.

Hodaka is a terrible character whose only way of showing love seems to be cruelly stamping on Toya's self-respect. It's as if he wants to destroy him. Toya realises this but can't help loving him anyway, resulting in self-angst for the rest of the books.

But well, if you're looking to read a PWP, this is great for that. Lots of graphic humiliation sex, but nothing more.

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After reading the last 2 volumes, I have a slightly better impression of the series, I think vol 3 was the best, it showed Toya's vulnerability and selfishness in being unable to admit that he's terrified of their relationship in being known, which causes a huge conflict in their relationship later on. The relationship dynamics is the most explored in vol 3 IMO.

... Last updated on November 14th, 2010, 3:02am
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Rating: 4.0 / 10.0
by xono
April 14th, 2010, 10:21pm
I am trying to continue reading. I'm at volume 2 but it's so boring without plot to hang on into. Nothing much elements even to be interested. The writing style is even straight forward. I agree with the reviewer below, 1 volume is enough for this story.
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The Guilty Verdict   
Rating: 1.0 / 10.0
by faerygoddyss
August 1st, 2009, 10:17pm
If you like sex, rape, and a sexual version of Stockholm Syndrome this is the story for you. There's not much plot (a loose term in this story) so I dont know how its 4 volumes.

... Last updated on August 1st, 2009, 10:19pm
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