As an avid Yaoi/BL reader, I feel like I have grown accustomed to the satisfaction of reading a story from start to finish in 4-6 chapters, a.k.a. a one-volume by the book kind of thing.

I love this length of story because it is just long enough to get in good character growth while still giving you the satisfaction of an amazing ending.

SOME genres keep you hanging forever with eternal cliffhangers and flashbacks and never-ending drama. I’m looking at YOU, Shojo manga and JUMP series like Naruto and Bleach. PLEASE just let Skip Beat end. They need to be together already! I would like to finish this story before I die. Thank you.

However!

One-Shots are really great sometimes, too. This term refers to the type of story that most commonly wraps everything up in a nice bow within one chapter.

(Though sometimes there will be a part-one or part-two. Lots of new yaoi artists will start by drawing a series of one-shots and then their work gets compiled into a by-the-book volume which we call an Anthology, and there are lots of those on our site, too!)

Today I wanted to introduce a new one-shot that just came out this week on 8/14, called “My Younger Boyfriend is an Ice Prince” (Toshishita Kareshi wa Reikoku Ouji) by tare.

It was my pleasure to edit this! I loved it.

The art is both cute and gorgeous and the characters are adorable… until they’re not *smirk*…

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We get to read this 37-page manga from Shuya’s perspective. From the very outset, we learn that he’s dating Kyo, a gorgeous celebrity, and that they’re currently living together. However, it would seem they haven’t “gone all the way” so it’s hard to tell at first glance who will be doing what in the bedroom later on.

Kyo’s public persona is that of a dark and handsome hottie with the aura of an “Ice Prince.” Only Shuya knows Kyo’s real personality is a fluffy cutie whose smile could warm the room.

At least… that’s what he thinks.

Shuya gets forced into going to a mixer (Goukon “group date”) and gets fairly wasted there.

This seems to happen a lot in manga! Please don’t try this at home. We all know where it leads so I hope you brought condoms. Unless that is your intention in which case, good luck but please drink responsibly. : )

When Shuya’s friend borrows his phone and dial’s Kyo to come pick him up, he’s so alarmed that he shows up like a Knight in Shining Armor and takes him home.

But something about Kyo’s personality is different…

It could be the ice-cold sparkle in his eyes that sends chills down Shuya’s spine…

Or maybe the aggressive way he pushes Shuya down?

Which personality is the REAL Kyo?? Shuya… might be surprised. But you? I hope you will be as pleased as I was.

Get a glass of water ready before you read this one because it will make you thirsty.

The only downside to one-shots is that when they’re this good, it leaves you wanting more!