Kill the Lights

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Mason was a mercenary, until the day he died on a mission after being betrayed by his unit.

At the same time, there was a Hollywood actor named Haley Lusk. While famous as a child actor, as an adult, he grew addicted to drugs and sex. With a nasty personality and sub-par acting ability, Haley was disliked, yet he still confessed to Noah Raycarlton in front of the world causing him to be hated by most people. Then one day, he suddenly had a heart attack and died.

Noah Raycarlton is the young CEO of a big company. Though not a celebrity, his mother was an immensely popular actress. Due to his good looks and kindness, he is loved by everyone.

Mason thought he was dead for sure, but he woke up in the hospital full of people he didn’t know. They told him that they were his family and called him Haley. He was so confused, and people told him that he had a heart attack due to overdose and died for a while.

He realizes that his soul went inside of this Hollywood actor Haley Lusk, and he decides to live a second life. But because of things that Haley did, he has a difficult time with Noah and other people. Mason finds out right away that in his old life, he knew Noah when they were kids.

Kill the Lights average rating 4.4/5 - 244 user ratings
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alexfilia
New alexfilia rated it
August 10, 2017
Status: sidetrack c3 part3
The story is about a mercenary who got betraed by his teamates while on a mission and died and went to the body of a good for nothing child actor ... more>>
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it seems that his rebirth has something to do with some wierd voodoo the actor was doing in order to gain the affections of this one man who happens to be the mc's ex boss and a kid he saved a while back

Although the MC is supposed to be this op mercenary I did not really get that vibe from him since he tends to panic a lot especially with things envolving the ML

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cyanat
New cyanat rated it
August 1, 2017
Status: --
kill the lights was an interesting take on the reincarnation trope. I think it told its story quite well - it didnt drag on unnecessarily, had enough content and sub-plots to develop the story & relationships, and concluded in a natural way. its definitely not a think piece - personally, it was a nice, light read that wont leave you wanting closure.

characters were likable too - I honestly really liked mason as the protagonist, if only because he was at the very least capable and in control of himself.... more>> he was, for the most part, level headed and mature, relative to other mcs, and I found myself rooting for him a lot. his story is not all smooth sailing, and there were bumps along the way that he had to face, but watching him overcome them made me proud of him lol. u go, mason.

noah was alright as a love interest. the romance was... there, but it couldve been better. not much to say re: sex scenes because translated ones always read awkwardly to me personally so I skipped those. still quite a nice relationship because I felt they were, roughly, on equal grounds? and they do seem to care for the other a lot.

overall, id reccommend it if you were thinking of picking it up. its a killer time waster, so to speak <<less
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lovy
lovy rated it
April 4, 2016
Status: --
This is so fun! The MC is so cool and I love his personality!

After he went inside Haley's body, everyone hated him, but with his charming personality, he make everyone kind of fall for him. They had low expectation of him, but he breaks that expectation haha. Noah hasn't come out that much yet, but I can't wait until they encounter again.

I want to see some more or 18+ stuff lol until not they just gave me some sample of it

I want to give 5+ to this novel,... more>> but they only have the stars up to 5... haha

I highly recommend this book if you love action and cool protagonist personality!!! <<less
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ninish
ninish rated it
February 5, 2016
Status: --
loving this One! It's promising, intriguing.

it reminds me of True Star, but this MC can take more control of his new life than the other MC can. Well, he used to be a mercenary, if he didn't live that way it would make no sense.

one update isn't enough. There's action, violence, horrible relatives, mystery, sex, stalkish people xD. Why wouldn't I want to read more?

uhm yes, this series seems like r-18.

enjoy!
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SilverBullet888
SilverBullet888 rated it
August 6, 2016
Status: c13 part1
I must admit that I may be biased, reincarnation being a favorite genre of mine, but this is one of the best light novels I have read, and a favorite from the first chapter. The protagonist's calm and collected behavior, even in the face of adversity and annoyances is commendable, and his way of dealing with the previous owner of his body's past problems and image is splendid. The translation also reads pretty well. Even though this is a BL novel, even people who are not comfortable with this should... more>> give it a try, as, so far, it isn't used as a main part of the story, but a part of the past life used as a trial for the protagonist to overcome.
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I can't wait to see what will happen when they start shooting the movie, and how his relationship with Noah will develop further.

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Mimosa
Mimosa rated it
June 16, 2017
Status: Completed
The plot was enjoyable and so are the interactions of seme and uke.

Considering the novel was published last 2012, the plot still fits at this year and can still be said to be original and a gem.

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At first, there's a rift between them, as the seme feels disgusts to the original owner of the body the uke is currently occupying. But I love how his attitude took a turn as time passes and realizations pour.


The way he spoils the uke is extra cute. Hmm, sometimes his obsession with the uke is too much, and borderline psychotic (this is only my opinion lol), but that's what makes most interaction sweeter.

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The character development was good and you can hardly spot a plot hole in the novel as all the problems introduced in early chapters were answered in the later ones.

The ending and sidestories were satisfying as hell too.

It's a story you can re-read from time to time when boredom strikes.

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aenrea88
aenrea88 rated it
May 21, 2017
Status: sidetrack 1 part3
Well I like almost everything to this novel especially the MC and Noah. Character development was good and the plot was not rushed nor slow. The MC was strong willed and realistic. I like how he was consistent throughout the story but of course except when he was with Noah. I also love how Noah was so possessive. And gosshh the tease was so good too, the yummy part definitely leave me satisfied. And did I said goossshhh Noah was so >. ≪ kyaaaaahh.

The only thing that could be improved was when that moment... more>> from their past has been repeatedly focused on some chapters. For me, it has been emphasized couple times that it kinda lost focus on the here and now emotion and event of some chapters.

Overall, it was a good and light read. And i'll definitely reread this one.

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jink
jink rated it
May 18, 2017
Status: c12
So far I am enjoying reading this. It's a bizarre BL melodrama about a straight mercenary who was killed by his team and woke up in the body of a gay and very troubled actor that OD'd.

Unlike most Korean novels, the entire thing takes place in America (LA / NYC). The novel was obviously written by someone who knows very little about American culture or how the American entertainment industry actually works (why would an actress be on set when she isn't shooting any scenes that day? Obviously just... more>> to be obnoxious and throw lemonade on the MC! Then the director decides on the spot to scrap a multi-million dollar project he is already half-way through filming so he can rewrite the entire film around the MC...). Most of the characters seem to be recognizable Asian stereotypes of self-absorbed nutcases working in showbiz. The MC is also always bowing (or, in the case of his agent, kowtowing) to people, which ruins the believability... If you can ignore the strange cultural mix-ups, however, it can be amusing.

The translation's spelling and grammar, as other reviewers have mentioned, is not great. That being said, the original material is obviously a cut above most amateur writing that you see on this site.

If you like BL or the showbiz genre give this one a chance! <<less
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natsume142
natsume142 rated it
January 8, 2017
Status: c19
Have the same premise of True Star where the MC died and reincarnate in another actor's body usually a no longer famous child actor. But with a twist, the MC is much more calm and collected with his life compare to MC in True Star and more badass due to his previous profession. An awesome read and very recommended
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lilychan25
lilychan25 rated it
July 26, 2017
Status: sidetrack c3 part3
The MC, Mason is a mercenary whose soul drifts into a gay actor Haley, aka Hollywood trash after he dies. Worst thing, before the original passed away he confessed to Noah, the richest and most charming man, in the country!

Join Mason as he tries to start over, now that he got a second chance.

He turns Haley's life style upside down and swears to keep a distance from Noah.

Only problem is everyone seems to be too interested in Newly changed Haley especially Noah.

Noah has a bit of an... more>> obsession with Mason. So now he is directing all that focus on Haley.

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MukuruA
MukuruA rated it
July 29, 2016
Status: v12c5
The characters have personality and the interaction between Raynoah and Haley/Mason is bittersweet. I love how Mason deals with Haley's xxx cousins, but it's sad at the same time because you can tell how Haley got driven into a corner.

This story and plot leaves me wanting more with each chapter ;w; So good! Translator is also super interactive with her readers <3 I keep reading this :3 and I tap on the chapter so fast when it comes out :333
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nj
nj rated it
July 17, 2016
Status: c12 part2
This really is a gem. Dont mind the BL tag and honestly I am not a fan of yaoI either. But if you miss this novel it will be a shame. Avoid the parts that makes you uncomfortable and give this novel a shot.

MC is not similar to those flowery boys in other yaoI genre. He has a personality as well as charisma moreover he knows how to say NO. The author did a wonderful job in creating this novel as the story is thick with plots and twists.... more>>

There is action as well as drama, narration is on another level altogether. I get goosebumps reading some chapters (the good kind) <<less
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Hitexh
Hitexh rated it
June 29, 2016
Status: c12
This is a gem. If you can ignore the yaoI part, this story is overwhelming good!
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Mikleo
Mikleo rated it
May 8, 2016
Status: --
This novel has a pretty slow start, but after several chapters, all I can say is that it’s pretty good. The earlier chapters are not well written (There’s a LOT of grammar errors) so some people (like me) will probably have a headache while mentally correcting those errors in your minds. Thankfully, by around Chapter 8 to Chapter 9, the translator finally gets an Editor. While there is still some errors, it’s passable enough that you can read it smoothly. But yeah, I really hope the Editor will edit and... more>> clean out the errors in the early chapters.

The story is, as I’ve said, slow but interesting. The MC is basically a Straight Male who suddenly found himself in the body of a Flamboyant Gay Male. It’s funny how this works out since his straight male persona is being ‘tested’ in different situations. Like, while he still gets aroused when looking at women, he ALSO gets aroused when dreaming about men (a. K. A. Noah). Even if the MC vehemently denies it. He’s turning into a Bisexual Male.

Overall, this is a good read.

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JerryHatrick
JerryHatrick rated it
April 18, 2016
Status: --
As of c11 part1: I was pleasantly surprised while reading this. I was hesitant to read this due to the yaoI tag, and even more so when the violent scenes in the first few chapters were somewhat detailed. Since the author had no problems going into that much detail (perhaps it's more accurate to say it's uncensored, rather than detailed?) I figured that, when/if there's a sex scene, that I'm going to be feeling awfully uncomfortable...

As of c11 part1, there is no sex scene, but I agree with Ninish.... more>> There will definitely be a sex scene.
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After all, there was a brief masturbation scene.

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The best thing is that the story doesn't throw homosexuality in your face. Some stories end up more about pushing homosexuality with the story suffering for it.

I'm a huge, huge lover of Skip Beat! and am always on the lookout for good acting stories. Admittedly the focus isn't on the acting in this, it's more about how his previous life experiences affects (comes out in) his acting, but it's still interesting to read.

All in all, it's a very good read and Korean Novels have done a good job with the translation. <<less
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