I hated Salah. I was irritated with Desi. I didn’t buy their HEA. When she states that she’s practically a Muslim woman already, I wanted to throw my Kindle against the nearest wall. Usually cultural misappropriations don’t drive me into a fit of rage, but this one did. Desi and Salah never worked out their differences, but instead, Desi agrees to become a shadow of herself and acquiesce to Salah’s expectations of her behavior. What happens to her modeling career now? The only outcome is that she gives it up to live in a country where, earlier in the story, she broke things off with Salah because of the problematic way women are treated in his country. Nothing has changed there, so I’m not sure why she changed her mind and will suddenly behave lie a “virtuous woman” (her words, not mine). I hated that Desi is the one who had to change to make their relationship a happy for now ending, because I don’t believe that over the long run, she’s going to be very happy.
On the bright side, the art is quite lovely. There’s minimal background noise to clash with the intense emotions suffered by the characters, and both of them are very attractive people (as to be expected since Desi is a model). I found the panel layouts enhanced the overall drama of the story, and I’m looking forward to hunting down more of Yuri Takagi’s works.