Hildred Billings / Jan 27, 2020

Daisuki Aiko and Reina have been together for almost years yet one thing remains unsaid between them Daisuki or I love you As they approach their anniversary their relationship comes to an impasse as A

  • Title: "Daisuki."
  • Author: Hildred Billings
  • ISBN: 9780615739915
  • Page: 415
  • Format: Paperback
  • Aiko and Reina have been together for almost 20 years, yet one thing remains unsaid between them Daisuki, or, I love you As they approach their anniversary, their relationship comes to an impasse as Aiko the Japanese housewife begins demanding I love you with a side of marriage and romance.But Reina doesn t understand complex concepts like love or other heavy emoAiko and Reina have been together for almost 20 years, yet one thing remains unsaid between them Daisuki, or, I love you As they approach their anniversary, their relationship comes to an impasse as Aiko the Japanese housewife begins demanding I love you with a side of marriage and romance.But Reina doesn t understand complex concepts like love or other heavy emotions She s spent years supporting her girlfriend via a soul sucking salary job and tending to their mutual needs in the bedroom Isn t that sufficient In a culture demanding Reina choose between the feminine and the masculine worlds, it s bad enough she s trying to find her role without Aiko adding extra pressure.Some words need not saying, but I love you is about to destroy a relationship already surviving strange side lovers and even stranger exploits.

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      • Hildred Billings

        Hildred Billings is a Japanese and Religious Studies scholar who has spent her entire life knowing she would write for a living someday She has lived in Japan a total of three times in three different locations, from the heights of the Japanese alps to the hectic Tokyo suburbs, with a life in Shikoku somewhere in there too When she s not writing, however, she spends most of her time talking about Asian pop music, cats, and bad 80 s fantasy movies with anyone who will listen or not.Her writing centers around themes of redemption, sexuality, and death, sometimes all at once Although she enjoys writing in the genre of fantasy the most, she strives to show as much reality as possible through her characters and situations, since she s a furious realist herself.Currently, Hildred lives in Oregon with her cat, with dreams of maybe having another human around someday.


    1. *sorry for any grammatical error*This is one of the best surprises I've had lately when choosing a new book.A solid 5 star and if I could I would give much more.I started to read this story today and finished the same day, I couldn't stop reading even when my eyes were already a bit glazed (reading on my cell phone is ending my eyesight)Anyway!First let me say that this summary and the book's publicity as "an erotic lesbian story" does not encompass all the greatness of the story.When I got this [...]

    2. I've been wanting to read Daisuki for quite a while now. I kept putting it off because I went through a spell of trying to only read wholesome and/or religious books. I'm Mormon, an adult convert, trying to do things "by The Book", but that hasn't worked out so well for me. I still love The Church, but I also still love reading a naughty book every once in a while, too. In fact, I've decided to try and read more. Not out of some sort of rebellion, it's just what I'm in the mood for lately, no pu [...]

    3. I wasn't sure what to expect with this book, but I am very pleased that I read it and will be reading more of the series. On the surface, it is a book about hot sex between two Japanese lesbians. If you dig a bit deeper, then you will find it is also a book about Eastern vs Western cultural norms, relationship status differences, societal expectations, family shame and honor, and many LGBT issues including sexual privacy, gender identity, and marginalization. The two main characters, Reina and A [...]

    4. I had this book sitting on my "to read" shelf for a while so I hungrily sat down to read it.I'm not sure if I missed something along the way as all the reviews are fairly positive but this book just doesn't do it for me. I felt like I'm reading cheap sex between two people - one who is just completely obedient (Aiko) to Reina who is selfish, uncaring and has a sex drive of a teenage boy. Don't forget these people are in their 40s! Aiko completely let's Reina step all over her . I understand soci [...]

    5. Though "Daisuki." isn't something I would typically read nor do I consider myself a member of the target audience (I had the pleasure of serving as the book's editor), it was an enjoyable read nonetheless. In fact, maybe because of these things, getting out of one's comfort zone and whatnot, it was thoroughly refreshing and a gripping piece of work.Aiko and Reina are certainly not your typical couple, but at the same time, their happinesses and struggles *are* somehow quite typical. The minutiae [...]

    6. DNF'ed. This is porn. I bought it in a frenzy of "OMG F/F BOOKS EXIST" when I first accepted I was bisexual, but (as I would later discover) I am also demisexual, and people banging every few pages is just not interesting to me at all. It's also sort of poorly translated (or just the writer's first language is not English) and some phrases really don't work. It's jarring to be in the middle of a sexy scene and suddenly they're using the words "sexual intercourse" like. Idk. it's bizarre.

    7. As a disclaimer, I consider Hildred one of my good friends and hold her in fairly high esteem. However, I'll try my best to set that aside for this review.I've never been able to read through an entire romance novel, but I not only finished Daisuki in one day, I also thoroughly enjoyed it. The characters felt three dimensional--flawed but loveable and believable. So few books follow through on what happens after a couple gets together; fewer still feature couples nearing their twentieth annivers [...]

    8. I don't like to read Japanese stories written by western authors because they often lack of the true flavor of the native's point of view, but I must say this book nailed it. The author is a Japanese and Religious Studies scholar and her knowledge is present all over the story and characters. Even her writing style is similar to the Japanese novelist: concise and intense at the same time.I've got my issues with the lesbian literature because it often falls back into unrealistic relationships and [...]

    9. Ok this is the 1st book on the series and I have found it interestinge relationship between Reina and Aiko is a little disconcerting at the beginning because Aiko need a confirmation of her love relationship with her partner of 19 years but is more than willing to jump into bed with another womanwell not a thing that have helped me to take Aiko feelings seriously from the start.The setting in really good and the story is well written and made more sense more and more that you read it.Reina is a [...]

    10. It can be hard in erotic romance to strike a good balance between sexy and emotionally satisfying, but "Daisuki." does it. And beautifully, at that! Hildred Billings has an evocative narrative voice, her characters are compelling, and the story - a Japanese lesbian couple approaching their 20th anniversary, with some snags along the way - is very engaging. Something I really appreciate about Billings is that her novels all have plot. In addition to the romance and sex, there are real issues and [...]

    11. This is my first foray into f/f except for Fingersmith which was totally different.No man is an island and we need each other to live and survive but society does exact a terrible price for allowing us to be part of the group. To be part of society we give up a lot of who we are in order to blend in. To become part of and be accepted in society, we end up loosing ourselves. This is what I thought about whilst reading this book. I felt for both Aiko and Reina and although there struggles stemmed [...]

    12. This was my first LGBT novel and it was pretty good. The sex scenes were awesome but didn't eclipse what was occurring in Reina and Aiko's relationship. It didn't really feel like they had been together for 20 years though their relationship still felt long term and deeply invested. I did like that Reina's gender identity was explored, but I guess it took me some extra thought to get away from feeling weird about how open their relationship was. The ending felt a bit rushed, maybe a bit unbeliev [...]

    13. If you like a good romp, with lots of hot sex and a heart warming love story, then Daisuki is a good way to spend some 'me' time. I'm a happy hetero, but if I'm honest I'll confess the action turned my crank more than once.This is my first read in this genre, and I doubt I would have found it on my own had I not met the author at a writer's conference. Sketchy grammar and odd (imho) word choices took me out of the bubble more often than not, but perhaps this is as much a testament to the foreign [...]

    14. What I expected: A romance novel set in Japan. What I got: A heartwrenchingly sad tale of social mores and the personal loss they engender. The characters, Reina and Aiko, are unforgettable people, who have the courage to make happiness for themselves and one another, even though they know they're suffering. The only reason I gave this beautiful little book four stars instead of five is because the writing style is often very stilted, taking on the character of poorly translated Japanese, which [...]

    15. I really enjoyed this book, however at the end of it, I questioned why Aiko would stay with someone who pushed her limits so much. It felt that Aiko was only going through the motions, not to make herself happy, but just to make Reina happy.However, this is just where their journey ends. Every relationship has it's rocky parts, and this is where their rocky parts begin. In later books, it is quite clear that the things that Aiko questions she does indeed enjoy, though in this book it is difficul [...]

    16. This is a touching story about two Japanese lesbians ready to celebrate their 20th anniversary together, but difficulties arise. The sex scenes are top-notch, and the interactions between characters are realistic. This book gave me feelings of sadness and happiness, and I am so happy to have read this work of art. Please buy it and read it. You won't be disappointed.

    17. Not the best I've read, it leaves many loose stuff for your next book and the obsession of masculinity is an aspect that I do not understand. The aspects of Japanese society are treated well above without explaining too much.

    18. Even if it's labeled as #1 the reader should have read Hatsukoi (#2) first to understand Reina and Aiko's relationship.

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