Maid in Heaven
Author/Artist: Hisami Shimada
Publisher: Deux Press
Rating: M – ages 18 and up
Genre: Yaoi, Comedy, Romance
Midori Ichii lives alone with his grandmother. When his grandma throws out her back he decides to take her place as a maid in the Kosaka household. He hears that the master of the house can be a bit difficult to deal with but Midori is determined to help his grandma out. When he arrives he meets Asagi Kusaka, the master of the house, and Asagi is a jerk right off the bat. It turns out that after his parents died he had to take over the family business and raise his little brother, Moegi. He's also the same age as Midori.
Midori is determined to get the handsome young Asagi to respect him. But Midori is a bit of a klutz. Yet one thing he has going for him is his tea-making prowess. Since Asagi will only drink Akane's tea (Akane is Midori's grandma) Midori is the only one who can take over that task. Midori spends time playing with Moegi and doing various chores around the house but his main job is making tea. Even though Asagi seems to be a jerk he cares for Akane and Midori and wants to do what he can. When Moegi hears Midori talking with one of the other maids he gets the wrong idea and thinks that Midori is going to quit. As soon as Moegi tells Asagi this news Asagi is beside himself. It turns out that he's fallen for the adorable Midori. Midori also likes Asagi and the soon begin their relationship as lovers. But as they say the road of love is never smooth. Will these two be able to face the troubles just ahead?
I found myself enraptured by Maid in Heaven. It is truly cotton candy fluff and fuzz but sometimes you have to read squishy, happy manga. Asagi may seem to be a massive jerk but hiding under that tough exterior is a young man who has been thrown into reality sooner than intended. But the true hero of the book is Midori. He stands up for what he believes in and isn't afraid to tell it like it is regardless of his station in society. He's willing to own up to his mistakes but also will protect those in need. No wonder everyone loves him at the Kosaka household! The situations that the two leads find themselves in crack me up and whenever they are ready to consummate their relationship they always get interrupted.
The art is enchanting. Hisami Shimada-sensei has a great eye for detail and the characters are drawn with such life that you can't help but be drawn into the story. With many volumes of yaoi body parts are often obscured but in the case of Maid in Heaven you see everything in all its glory. So if you are squeamish at the sight of an erect penis this isn't the title for you. Yes, it's very detailed and beautiful and the erotic scenes are very steamy. It's just too bad that there is only one volume.
I recommend Maid in Heaven due to the humor and sweetness around every corner, but I don't recommend it to those who might not be able to deal with the bedroom scenes. But if you don't have a problem with this, then check out Maid in Heaven.
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