Yaoi and Shounen-Ai from Digital Manga

Pictured: Only the Ring Finger Knows (art by Odagiri Hotaru)

Pictured: Only the Ring Finger Knows (art by Hotaru Odagiri)

Digital Manga is an English publisher of manga and novels from Japan, specializing primarily in online and ebook releases. Included is the Juné imprint which is focused on manga and light novels from the yaoi (boys’ love) genre. Note that most of the books on this list are digital-only, and that a few of them have more than one volume.

37°C — by Rio Sugihara (with art by Akeno Kitahata)
Noda has never wanted to be a source of disappointment or shame to his family. Raised in a pious, conservative household, he knew he had certain expectations to meet. Get a job, find a wife, have children- these were to be his destiny. But Noda has a secret. 10 years ago, he had a torrid sexual affair with an acquaintance, a male acquaintance. Noda had kept himself from getting to know Wakasugi too well, hoping to distance himself from emotional entanglements. After all, it had to end sometime s two men couldn’t carry on a forever type of relationship. When it got too personal, Noda pushed Wakasugi out of his life. Now, Noda is all alone in his newly built house. His wife has left him, and they’ve had no children together. Then came the unexpected phone call from Wakasugi. Feelings buried for ten long years were given an opportunity to be laid to rest. But the outcome was not as either man expected, as passions that had simmered for ten long, lonely years insist upon a reckoning. Is Wakasugi ready to risk his heart again, and can Noda find the courage to step out of the closet he has locked himself and his emotions into? Two hearts reach across time and emotional distance to feed the fever that burns…
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Ai no Kusabi — by Rieko Yoshihara
Ceres: a city without ethics or taboos, ruled by instincts and lusts. These are the slums—immutable, eternal, home to those poor, caged souls stricken with a perpetual melancholy. After three years, Riki unexpectedly returns to Ceres, but all is not well. The “Charisma” of the slums is a changed man. Faced with growing suspicion that he’s lost his spark, and haunted by the memory of what happened during those three years away from the slums, Riki finds himself pulled into the escalating gang warfare as rivals attempt to wipe out his pack before they can regroup under their newly-returned leader. And then there is the frighteningly cold, regrettably familiar man he meets by chance one day: the beautiful Iason Mink. What secrets lie behind the smile of that bewitching Blondy?
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All You Need is Love — by Jinko Fuyuno (with art by Noboru Takatsuki)
High school senior, Junya Sawa, gets a new classmate when Uzuki Kobayakawa, the heir to notorious crime syndicate, transfers to his school. The other students in Junya’s class all keep their distance, giving Uzuki a wide berth, however Junya soon becomes good friends with him. Gradually, the two become attracted to one another, but Uzuki’s educational “advisor” admonishes him, telling Uzuki that the world he must live in has no room for Junya, and the two are separated. Then, 8 years later, still holding that wound that never healed, the adult Junya reunites with Uzuki…
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The Aristocrat and the Desert Prince — by Haruhi Tono (with art by Ai Hasukawa)
In his young life, Takeyuki has never really known hardship. The youngest son of a wealthy family, he has never had any difficulty getting anything he desired. Now, though, Takeyuki is enjoying his last month of freedom before he begins working at his father’s import company in Tokyo, and he has decided to spend that time with his brother and his sister-in-law in Cassina, a small country in the Middle East. Little does Takeyuki know that his prideful manner will soon land him in hot water! In Cassina, some dangers are very real and some people are not who they seem. For example, who exactly is the charming, majestic man who won’t stop staring at Takeyuki during their flight to Cassina, and why do his blue eyes make Takeyuki feel like his chest will burst?
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Better than a Dream — by Raica Sakuragi (with art by Katsumi Asanami)
Yuki is owner of the Fuuka Cafe. When a man with a single rucksack comes to the store and insists, “Hire me,” Yuki is forced to take him on as a live-in employee. However, Yuki’s live-in worker really appears to be a live-in lover!
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Body Language — by Aki Morimoto (with art by Tsubaki Enomoto)
Kanae is a university student whose “cold beauty” has led people to spread nasty rumors about his promiscuity. In truth, Kanae is a virgin, and is secretly in love with the Don Juan of the campus, Yuuichi. Poor Kanae would do anything to be with Yuuichi, even if it meant a merely sexual relationship with no feelings involved. But when the opportunity arises, can he settle for anything less than love?
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Caged Slave — by Yuiko Takamura (with art by An Kanae)
When Tsukasa meets a mysterious man in a hotel lobby, and ends up spending a maddening night of pleasure with him. Afterwards, he accepts to meet him again in the same room the following week, despite the fact he doesn’t even know his name. As their secret encounters continue, he finds himself falling in love and is worried that it may not last. Simultaneously, he’s scouted by a business-talent head-hunter and receives an interesting work offer. But when he goes to meet them… his new boss is none other than his secret lover!
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Clear Skies! A Charming Love Story — by Akira Sugano (with art by Etsumi Ninomiya)
One hot summer night, the lives of the Obinata siblings are turned upside down when Shuu Asuou, with his “brother” Yuuta in tow, arrives at their doorstep proclaiming to be their older sister’s new husband. But Shima is nowhere to be found, and soon, Shuu begins to become ingrained into the Obinata household! What is Shuu’s real reason for being there, and why is Taiga, the oldest brother finding it so hard to accept him? Read this heartwarming novel to find out the answer!
June Books

Cold Fever — by Narise Konohara (with art by Nanao Saikawa)
Toru lost his most of his memory in an accident. He can’t remember anything that happened from the past six years. Struggles, but with time, he slowly recovers his memory. He feels as if he is a different person now, and he hates “the other guy” – the “himself” from six years ago… And thinking, Fujishima was his friend, felt like he was being watched over like a guardian angel but in the end he’s betrayed. Miserable and emotionally drained, Toru is trying not to relive in the shadow of his past. He is trying to move on with his new life… but harder he tries, he finds himself being pulled in by Fujishima.
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Cold Light — by Narise Konohara (with art by Nanao Saikawa)
Fujishima’s wound he suffered from protecting Tooru has healed and he’s finally been released from the hospital. Their life together starts again once more. Tooru wants them to live together as lovers, but Fujishima refuses, saying “I have no intentions of loving you.” Is Fujishima afraid of Tooru remembering something in particular if he regains his memories? The bonds of the past are finally becoming clearer…Finally, the sequel to Cold Sleep is here!
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Dark Walker — by Hikaru Yura (with art by Hirotaka Kisaragi)
Tomoki Naruse has the strangest dreams. Every night, he finds himself waiting for a phantom lover – whom he has never seen. Unraveling the mystery of Tomoki’s dream lover leads him to discover the Depths of Dreams, a shadowy world hidden within the darkness, and the realization that he is one of the mythical Dark Walkers – a human born with the ability to “fall” from the Real World into the Depths of Dreams with his mind and body intact. Dark Walker is the sensual story of two boys who discover love in the midst of great danger.
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Desire: Dangerous Feelings — by Maki Kazumi (with art by Yukine Honami)
“I wonder why, when I look at you, I get turned on.” With a few simple words uttered by his best friend Ryoji-Toru’s world flips upside down. It doesn’t help that Toru has secretly been in love with Ryoji for some time. But whereas Ryoji wants a purely physical relationship to satisfy his curiosity-Toru wants more. Can the two ever come to terms with how they really feel about each other?
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Eat or Be Eaten — by Jinko Fuyuno (with art by Yamimaru Enjin)
Masaki Ashizawa is hired by a restaurant mogul to find a world-class chef for his new French restaurant. He finds the perfect candidate in Shuichiro Tsubaki, the gruff master chef of a small restaurant. But the proud Tsubaki is happy calling the shots in his own restaurant and Ashizawa must go to all new lengths to convince him to accept the offer.
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Eternal Love — by Mizumi Takaoka (with art by Yukariko Jissohji)
Aswil al-Murshid is deeply in love with Tomoyuki Makabe, a college friend. But Aswil, as the crown prince of Madina, is bound by certain responsibilities. With his father the king at his deathbed, plans are set to have Aswil ascend to the throne… and for him to take a wife, who will be future queen. Can Aswil set aside his selfish notions of love for the sake of his country? Which will he choose, love or duty?
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Gentle Cage — by You Shiizaki (with art by Kumiko Sasaki)
Private Secretary to a high-powered businessman, Itsuki is surprised to hear that his employer has named the temperamental sculptor Hitachi as the successor to his business. But does that include Itsuki himself? Hitachi seems to think so!
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The Guilty — by Katsura Izumi (with art by Hinako Takanaga)
Toya Sakurai has always wanted to get his hands on Kai Hodaka’s books before anyone else, so when he is assigned to be the bestselling author’s editor, it seems like a dream come true. Kai Hodaka, with a slick face and a sinful voice, is the subject of numerous rumors and gossip, but Toya is more intrigued by the glimpses he sees of the real man behind the stories: quiet, insightful, and with a hidden kindness to him. So when Hodaka makes a shocking proposal, Toya almost can’t believe it: Toya’s body, in exchange for Hodaka’s manuscript. Enigmatic author…morally bankrupt celebrity…which is the real Kai Hodaka, and will Toya find out before he loses himself entirely?
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Immoral Darkness — by Miyu Matsuda (with art by Yukariko Jissohji)
Beautiful. Cool. Shiina Jun has always been admired by females around him. But he would give up their admiration for just one drop of affection from his family. Or for a chance at true love from anybody who could save him from the dark loneliness that he’s lived in for so long. His teacher, Sasagawa Tetsuya, wants to be his savior. But is Sasagawa offering a way out or is he pushing Shiina deeper into the darkness?
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It’s Not Love — by Siira Gou (with art by Ikue Ishida)
“Let’s play a game. Who can make me fall in love?” Kenji Oshiro, Yoshiaki Zaizen, and Akimi Shiratori are three young, successful professional men who have been close friends since college. But secrets will be revealed and emotions laid bare as their carefree friendship is disrupted by a mysterious young man named Kakeru, who proposes a dangerous game!
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A Kiss and a Pair of Handcuffs — by Riuto Takeuchi (with art by Akeno Kitahata)
Kidnapping a man in the process of stealing jewels?! Kazutaka was asked to transport some jewelry by a friend, Shīno, a jeweler. Kazutaka got into an armored car dispatched by a security firm with his left wrist handcuffed to an attaché case. It should have been only ten minutes or so until the car got to the police station. But, alas! Kazutaka was kidnapped by terrorists who were after the jewelry! Then Ren came along. Ren was a proud craftsman who loved steel metal. Ren’s mission was to remove the handcuffs from Kazutaka. While he felt repulsed by Ren, Kazutaka could also not help but be attracted to him.
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Like a Love Comedy — by Aki Morimoto (with art by Yutta Narumi)
Biwa was a fledgling screenwriter working at an American TV drama production company. Now, he’s been named to a drama production team! But, before the team’s first meeting, Biwa, distracted, slams into a man he doesn’t know, who glares at him. It’s Japan’s top actor, Yamato Toyohira, the star of the drama! Biwa is supposed to be his assistant, but Yamato’s arrogance is driving him crazy!
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Little Darling — by Matsuri Kouzuki
Miyori finds himself stuck with the job of finding all the angels’ children who have become lost in the human world. When Miyori stumbles on a child named Daishichi, he realizes that the child is actually the heir to the throne of the heavens. But as soon as they meet, Daishichi proposes to him! Miyori wishes to someday become a real human man and has no intention of becoming someone’s bride! But when he sees the stunningly handsome adult form that Daishichi takes when the sun goes down, Miyori’s heart begins to quiver…
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The Lonely Egotist — by Hikaru Masaki (with art by Masara Minase)
Minami has gotten a hot start as a young interior designer. In fact, he’s just been chosen as the primary designer of a new luxury hotel. When Minami enthusiastically goes out to meet his client, Asakura, the hotel owner turns out to be a dazzling, sexy man. On top of that, the overwhelmed Minami finds his contract is actually for a love hotel! Seeing as how Minami lacks experience in this particular area, Asakura promises to show him the ropes. But is it really necessary to try out ALL the beds…?!
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Love Water — by Venio Tachibana (with art by Tooko Miyagi)
In the intricately mannered world of an Osaka brothel in Meiji-era Japan, Misao, a beautiful male servant, can only dream of a time when he can earn enough money to pay his debt to the brothel and escape his servitude. Into his small, stifling world comes Masaomi Towa, the handsome and wealthy heir to a corporation and a newcomer to the rules of the pleasure district. Masaomi’s sincerity and kindness penetrate through Misao’s practiced cynicism, and Misao finds his heart captured by love for the first time. But Masaomi has come calling to meet with Ukigumo, the brothel’s beautiful head courtesan. Will Misao’s deepest desire come true, or will the cruel reality of the brothel destroy his dream of love?
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Only the Ring Finger Knows — by Satoru Kannagi (with art by Hotaru Odagiri)
Not only is Yuichi the most mysterious, sought-after guy at school, he’s got an excellent shot at getting into any prestigious university… and no one knows this better than his secret love, Wataru. But instead of a vacation break spent celebrating beneath the fragrant sway of summer blossoms, both boys must surrender to Yuichi’s grueling study schedule. How can they possibly sweeten the deal? A bet that promises to take their young relationship to the next level is in the works, but Wataru complicates matters when the very ring that symbolizes their precious bond goes missing. Prying girls and wisecracking best friends only fuel the flames of gossip, and soon the small white lies that were only meant to protect the heart of Wataru’s beloved become poison arrows. With the test and their relationship on the line, can the boys hold on long enough to survive the sticky meltdown of their longest summer?
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Passion: Forbidden Lovers — by Shinobu Gotoh (with art by Shoko Takaku)
Based on the manga of the same title, Passion tells the story of senior high schooler Hikaru Umino who is desperately in love with his teacher, Kuniaki Shima. When he hears a rumor that Shima is engaged to be married, Hikaru does the unthinkable and forces himself on his teacher. Shima makes him atone for his sin by, unexpectedly, becoming “make-believe” lovers until Hikaru graduates high school. When the time limit expires, can Hikaru let go of his beloved teacher?
June Books

A Promise of Romance — by Kyoku Akitsu (with art by Tooko Miyagi)
Edward, an English nobleman, is every bit the handsome prince, except he doesn’t have a damsel in distress. Edward’s relatives have been trying to arrange a marriage for him after finding out that his late father’s will stipulates that Edward must be married by the time he reaches the age of 26 or he risks losing control of the family estate and fortune. Rebelling against his family’s wishes, Edward sets off to find himself a wife of his own choosing. But instead of a wife, he finds Satsuki, a young Japanese exchange student attending theater classes at a local college. Of course, there’s a catch… Satsuki is a boy!
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S — by Saki Aida (with art by Chiharu Nara)
Detective Masaki Shiiba must work the dangerous streets of Kabukicho, Japan’s largest red light district. When an increase in gun crimes forces Shiiba to work undercover, he must forge an alliance with an “S” or spy, who turns out to be an influential man from the Matsukura Group. But when Shiiba gets a call warning him about his S-seeds of doubt are planted. If he can’t trust his S, who can he trust?
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Secret Moon — by Siira Gou (with art by Sato Tomoe)
Nearly a hundred years ago, a spurned lover ended Tomoe’s life. Madame had given him new life, but this gift was not without its limitations. Living again in Japan after an extended time abroad, Tomoe was on the prowl for a new lover. But he may have gotten more than he hoped for in young Taichi Yamagami. Influenced by the ebb and flow of the moon, he could be a sweet, naive intellectual, or a rough, demanding lover. Tomoe has never had a lover quite like this…what kind of man is Taichi?
June Books

The Selfish Demon King — by Kyoko Wakatsuki (with art by Naduki Koujima)
Shizuku is an adorable and spunky high school student, but even he doesn’t know the secret he’s hiding. When Shizuku comes home from school one day, he’s met by a stunningly beautiful man. This paragon of exquisite beauty, Doga, tells Shizuku that the Shizuku’s true nature is that of a sexual mage. Doga is actually the king of the magical realm and that once every hundred years, right at the cusp of mating season, he has to take a sexual mage as his lover… What is Shizuku to do?!
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Sleeping with Money — by Barbara Katagiri (with art by Sakuya Fujii)
Down-on-his-luck Yakuza member Tatsurou Yamamoto needs to cough up eight million in two days—or else! His last hope is a loan from wealthy businessman Yoshiaki Sagami. But Sagami is using the debt for his own nefarious schemes—to have a tied-up Tatsurou in his bed at last. Tatsurou has no choice but to agree to Sagami’s terms. But is he really that unwilling to have Sagami on top of him?
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Snow — by Caroline Olsen
‘Snow’ is the story about Maaya, a teenage boy from Tokyo. Intelligent, kind and compassionate, with bright pink hair, this artistic boy is already well-known by those around him, engaged in politics as well as art and eccentric in his own way. He’s always been different, and is fairly calm about it when he at 16 comes out and reveals that he’s gay. Though he himself has no problem admitting to it and accepting it – there are others who aren’t as approving. And perhaps he wasn’t prepared for the consequences? Maybe he lacked the cynical abilities to see that people would be bothered by who and what he was? Through his best friend Atsushi’s retrospective, Maaya’s story is told, from the day he first came out; to his first love and heartbreak, and up to the moment where it all ended. In the worst way anyone could’ve imagined. And then of course…there was Aki, an obnoxious, rude and enigmatic fifteen year old who brought out both contradictive feelings and empathy in Maaya.
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Sweet Admiration — by Yuuki Kousaka (with art by Midori Shena)
Katsuya always had an immense admiration for Shio, his good friend’s older brother. Now, through an interesting twist of fate, Shio and Katsuya have become roommates! Will Katsuya be able to control his feelings now that they are living together?
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