ARC Review: Shortcake Cake, Vol. 2 by Suu Morishita

Shortcake Cake, Vol. 2Shortcake Cake, Vol. 2 by Suu Morishita
My rating: 3 of 5 stars
Release date: November 6, 2018

Ten has moved into a boardinghouse with other high school students to avoid a long commute home through the mountains. Ten accidentally overhears Riku talking to Chiaki about his feelings for her. Ten and Riku try to act as if nothing has changed between them, as Chiaki watches them with mixed feelings.

In this second volume, the focus shifts quickly to the love triangle being developed with Ten, Chiaki, and Riku. At the end of the last volume, Ten comes right out and asks Riku whether he likes her, to which he sincerely replies yes. This makes Ten contemplate the whole thing about romance and she is confused on how to act around him now that she rejected him. However, while they are still getting back to their normal, the arrogant kid Rei who had bit Riku on their outing comes to her and asks her out (while also insulting her in the same breath) and obviously he is doing it to mess with Riku, so the latter and Chiaki both seek to protect Ten from that kid.

This story is high on drama suddenly and I thought it might develop it slowly but it got here very fast. I like that Chiaki and Ten are both starting to think about romance and are contemplating fake dating to turn off Rei, but it feels a bit over the top? Rei isn’t even a threat – at least not to Ten; he is much more likely to hurt Riku. Also, we finally know how Riku knows him but not what happened for Riku to end up at the boarding house. Seems like there is more history as Ran also seems to know Rei’s attendant, and the whole thing better be explained soon because otherwise the character’s reactions seem exaggerated.

Received an advance reader copy in exchange for a fair review from Viz Media, via Edelweiss.

Previous book in series

Shortcake Cake, Vol. 1

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