“Ryo’s erotic odyssey bears little superficial resemblance to the hours of banter, drink-pouring, and flirtation that fill most hosts’ working lives, but it crystallizes the underlying premise of host clubs, which leads so many women to become repeat customers. You can buy love. Maybe. If you buy that bottle of champagne first… In the fantasy world of host clubs, “boys cabaret,” and male prostitution where a generation of Japanese women dally on the doorstep of reality, perhaps only the novelist’s voice can speak the truth.”

– Felicity Savage, author of Music to Die By, a suspense novel set in Japan’s indie rock scene, and Love in Japan: Coming Clean and Four More Ways of F**king Up, as well as many fantasy novels.