Book Reviews

Banpaia (Banpaia 1) by A.J. Llewellyn and D.J. Manly at eXtasy Books

Genre Gay / Paranormal / Vampires / Erotic Romance
Reviewed by Serena Yates on 19-October-2020

Book Blurb

Chinatown, Los Angeles. Young men are disappearing from their beds, sometimes vanishing as they cross the street with friends. The few witnesses who actually report a strange, mystical creature, soon suffer memory lapses and die.

Yet the young men all return, one by one. They seem the same, but they are different. Strange things are happening all over Chinatown, as if an odd mist enshrouds it. None of the men who disappeared can say what happened to them.

Late at night, however, this legion of men, in love and lust with the one they call Banpaia, reach out for one another in the frenzy of their need. For Feng Li, a suicidal young man who feels he was saved by the legendary, centuries-old Japanese vampire, yearns for only him. For Feng, there can be only one to claim his body and his heart.



First edition published by extasy Books, October 2010.

Second edition published by Mojocastle Press, January 2014.

Third edition published by Ai Press, October 2017.


Book Review

This is one of those books that made me go “I love rereleased books” – because they let me reread great stories - by, oh, about page five. It only got better from there. I loved the great detail, sensory descriptions, and passionate love scenes. After all, this is not the first A.J. and D.J. book I read – or reread for that matter. All their other vampire stories are more than cool, exciting or outrageously adventurous, so I really liked that they took a different approach in this one. It was as "different" the second time around as the first! The sheer enormity of the idea behind the story is simply breathtaking. I can’t say too much here without spoiling the surprise of it, but I can say that I thought it is a wonderful idea. This can go far, and I sure hope it does. Soon!

Feng Li, the main character and narrator, is in deep trouble. He yearns for love and can’t seem to find it. None of the men in his life seem to give him what he needs. The question of whether he can find it remains open, as the ending of the first book leaves plenty of room for a sequel. Which I hear will be rereleased soon. And this time? I will NOT wait for months until I read it, that is for sure!

The secondary characters are also worth a mention. Partly because they bring the story to life, but also because they are just so well drawn and ‘real’, I could see them right in front of me. Old Mrs. Wei , Feng’s boss, is just too precious, the way she takes care of him. Ki and Russel are real personalities as well, but so are the supporting characters, be they waiters, detectives or some of the other young men who have mysteriously vanished. The depth they add to the story is wonderful.

If you like mystery, vampires, and a touch of old magic, with plenty of passion and wonderful detail thrown in, you will like this book. I definitely loved it!





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Additional Information

Format ebook
Length Novella, 74 pages/20925 words
Heat Level
Publication Date 16-October-2020
Price $3.99 ebook
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