Kaoru and the MC have been dating for a while now, but they decide to keep it a secret from their coworkers at Shiki Publishing. The MC is concerned with the lack of romance in their relationship, and the problem becomes worse when she’s assigned to work with the popular erotica writer Sosuke Taira. He starts to makes moves on her, and suspects that she and Kaoru are in a relationship.
Sosuke is known for being eccentric and making moves on women quickly. This worries Kaoru, and it only get worse as Sosuke starts making moves on the MC. He’s extremely forward about what he wants, and does what he can to get it. Kaoru wants the MC to quit working with him because he thinks Sosuke will take advantage of her as a woman. The MC refuses to because that’s the same as saying that she can’t do this job because she’s a woman, and that women can’t do the same jobs as men. She insists on continuing working with him, and things go fine until he asks her to accompany him to an awards ceremony for a literary prize that he won.
Kaoru asks her to say no, and insists that she shouldn’t feel obligated to go just because she’s his project manager. He loses control of himself, and tells her that if she’s going to open up sides of him that he doesn’t want to feel, then he’s better off alone. He tells her to go be with Sosuke instead, since he should have no problem letting her know how he feels. It isn’t until the end that Kaoru tells her his true feelings and starts expressing himself more. They make up, Kaoru wants her to continue managing Sosuke’s project because he thinks that it’ll help her grow more as an editor, and also as a sign that he trusts her. Sosuke sees this and sees that there’s no room for him in the MC’s heart, and declares that his next novel will be based on Kaoru and the MC in an office romance setting.
I loved Kaoru’s sequel. Kaoru and the MC’s relationship grows so much, and Kaoru himself grows a lot as a character. Kaoru isn’t big on words and relies on his actions to show the MC how much he loves her; he holds back because he wants to show her how much he treasures her and cares for her feelings. However, Sosuke is the exact opposite with his way of words that made him a famous writer; he also thinks that it’s “unnatural” to hold back and hide your desires. Sosuke’s advances on the MC made Kaoru open up and start taking more actions of his own, which is refreshing after all the holding back he does in the beginning of this route. Not that Kaoru’s way of showing affection isn’t wrong; it’s just that I loved seeing Kaoru open up more and start saying and doing what he really wants to convey to the MC.
The juxtaposition of the two made Kaoru’s growth more obvious. The MC wants to hear more words from Kaoru, and at the end, Kaoru realizes that she’s right: he should say what he wants to say, because there’s no guarantee for tomorrow. His last girlfriend’s death caused him to regret so much, and he doesn’t want to do the same with the MC. I also loved how the MC refused to give up on managing Sosuke’s project just because she’s a woman and he was making advances on her. You go girl. I love it when MCs refuse to accept their gender as an acceptable reason as to why they should give up on anything. I really enjoyed this route, and I highly recommend it, especially if you liked Kaoru’s main route. Happy playing!