The Yakuza Path: Better Than Suicide

The Yakuza Path

by Amy Tasukada

A stash of drugs. A twisted cop. A mob on the verge of self-destruction…

Nao Murata is the new godfather of the Matsukawa syndicate. When Detective Yamada confronts Nao over a dead drug dealer, Nao knows his organization isn’t responsible. The Matsukawa doesn’t deal drugs… or does it?

When Nao discovers drugs in a locker owned by his syndicate, he no longer knows who to trust. With the police bearing down on the Matsukawa, Nao must make unlikely allies to find out the truth. Can he discover who is betraying him before time runs out, or will everyone suffer for a crime he didn’t commit?

Better Than Suicide is the second book in a Japanese mafia thriller series. If you like complex plots, gripping suspense, and a splash of romance, then you’ll love the next installment in Amy Tasukada’s Yakuza Path series.

Buy Better Than Suicide to start the race against the clock today!

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Pairings: M-M
Heat Level: 2
Character Identities: Gay
Protagonist 1 Age: 18-25
Protagonist 2 Age: 18-25
Tropes: Criminals & Outlaws
Word Count: 86000
Setting: Kyoto, Japan
Languages Available: English
Series Type: Continuous / Same Characters

“Sometimes when I feel overwhelmed, I touch something.” Aki pressed his palm against the straw mat floor beside Nao’s feet. “I feel it and remind myself that it is real. That I am real.”

“And what if you don’t want to remind yourself that you are real?”

Aki pressed his lips together. “I’m happy to serve you any way you desire.”

Nao let out a sigh. Aki made everything like an open invitation to sex.

The sheets were damp, and the humid Kyoto summer still lingered in the air. Yet underneath the blanket, his skin flushed with goose bumps. He was freezing.

The look in Aki’s eyes was of near worship. Aki shouldn’t care, not after everything Nao had done. Everyone he had ever loved had died, and if Nao allowed the spark to ignite in Aki, he would die as well. It was the city’s way of telling Nao that Kyoto was his only lover.

“You don’t need to worry about me,” Nao said.

About the Author

As an only child, Best Selling Author Amy Tasukada began putting her daydreams to paper at the young age of ten. She was inspired by Japanese literature, works from French classic authors like Marcel Proust, as well as tons and tons of yaoi/boys’ love manga. However, there were only so many books that piqued her interest. Fueled by an obvious lack of books she wanted to read, Amy decided to write them herself.

Amy found her niche in the LGBT genre with Japanese influenced gay fiction. Though her works span a wide range -- from gritty mafia thrillers to fluffy, contemporary romance, Amy uses her deadly, but delicate writing style to weave exciting tales of suspense, love, and gore, all under the supervision of her amazing editor (and calico cat), O’Hara.

While crafting her novels, Amy researches each setting extensively to paint the most colorful picture for her readers. She creates each story’s setting in a way that has been described as “crisp and lyrical” by fans.

When she’s not penning a new installment of her mafia series or attending a writing workshop, the North Texas author can be found drinking tea, reading, or filming J-fashion hauls on her YouTube channel.