Monday, June 11, 2018

Review: Teahouse by Emirain

(Teahouse Webcomic)
by Emirain
Genre: M/M Romance, Historical
Release Date: January 14, 2015

Welcome to The Teahouse, where a motley bunch are ready to serve in and out of the bed. Enter Sir Rhys, a regular client who has turned The Teahouse upside down with his blunt put-downs and skilled moves. Will he choose shy virgin Rory, or the ladies' favorite Axis? Axis is hoping he won't have to service Sir Rhys again, but he can't get him out of his head! What will happen when these two opposites meet again in the bedroom?

Chapter 01-05: Complete
Chapter 01-05 Backstory: Complete
Chapter 06 & Backstory: Complete Rough
Chapter 07: Incomplete/Discontinued (completed in summary)
Summaries for each story/couple: Complete (posted in 4 parts)

Note: Some extra and more explicit content is not available online.

This webcomic is all kind of epic with a story that revolved around the Teahouse, a brothel. I love the depth of the story and how the lives of everyone was interconnected. The level of angst was through the roof. I only managed to buy the print for Chapter 3 & 4 (with print exclusive nsfw. Yowza! Is still available as of now) and the rest I read from their website. Unfortunately, the artists have to end the story prematurely due to real life, but they managed to write up the summaries and HEAs for each of the three main couples. The summaries are all kind of epic and definitely an amazing fodder for possibly another 10 chapters. Is definitely a shame that those were not drawn, but I have an active imagination. 

Let me just give a little teaser on the main couples.

Rory + Reed
Rory - the newest member of the brothel, blushing virgin twink, a hopeless romantic, totally naive
Reed - mysterious, stoic, closed off, have some connection with royalty. 
Relationship - awkward, sweet

Axis + Rhys
Axis - literal manwhore, slutty, enjoy both men and women, asshole extraordinaire 
Rhys - the prince, enjoy riling up Axis, also a jackass 
Relationship - plenty of angsty sex, enemies-to-lovers kinda vibe

Linneus + Atros
Linneus - the most feminine male in the story, saddest character in the story
Atros - owner of Teahouse, stoic, close off, the man that makes Linneus life a misery. I hate Atros throughout the story right until everything is explained in the ending
Relationship - super angsty, throw your laptop to the wall kind of angst, so much wasted years and heartache. omg!

The relationships trend in this book is very open, everyone just kinda sleeps with everyone else, except for Rory, who is exclusive for Reed. This might not be everyone cup of tea, but if is any consolation, I love the ending - everyone got the ultimate HEA and they settle for being monogamous.