the MC got s*xually molested/harassed by the ML. The worst part is that the MC was unconscious and perhaps even injured when the ML suddenly became horny and started groping the MC's chest. Even though the MC and ML are technically husband and wife in name (they have not consummated their marriage yet), it does not give the ML any right to be s*xually molesting the unconscious MC. Especially since the ML outright hated the MC at first and had even attempted to strangle the MC during their bridal night. It is understandable that the ML's attitude towards the MC may change with time after interacting with her more, but to jump from starting to develop feelings/realizing it's love to straight up molesting the MC is way too disturbing and disgusting. That shot up from 1 to 100 real quick. The reaction of the MC after waking up in the middle of being s*xually molested was to just kick the ML and then quietly rage without doing anything else is just downright disappointing since at the beginning the MC gave off the vibe of a carefree smart female lead who has seen all the modern world could offer before evolving into a 10 year old child who becomes easily dazed by handsome men and "shocking news". Like for real, have you never seen idols/celebs/models before in the modern world who is 99999x times more handsome than ancient Chinese men who usually ties their hair up in a man-bun??? The MC's intellect honestly seem to have deteriorated as the story goes on and becomes more prone to emotional outbursts or just holding in all of her complaints to herself when it's perfectly justified to explain herself to avoid future misunderstandings.
on another note, the main male lead is not only a tsundere, but also has a communication barrier that prevents him from properly communicating to people around him. He also has a hot temper and there are many monologues of what he is thinking inside his head that shows up in the story. Even though he has a lot of words to say, for some reason, he is always tongue tied and ends up saying nothing instead, which is just frustrating to read about. While the second male lead is just a nutcase who lives in his own little world. The second male lead keeps on pining after the MC when she has already told him to stay away from her, so I guess he would be called a perverted stalker at this point since he always randomly pops up in front of the MC to curry favor with her and profess his love.
overall, the novel was alright up to the point the author tried to get the MC and ML together, but then everything kinda fell apart after that. The MC failed to stick to her character while the ML turned into a pervert and the second male lead is just crazy so I gave up the novel. I only held on for so long to see how the MC and ML would get together but it turned out to be a complete letdown with the way the ML just forced himself onto the MC without a care for her feelings or opinions. And the way the ML keeps on reassuring himself with excuses that he did nothing wrong is so hypocritical I can't stand it anymore. If I was the MC instead, I would have just divorced the ML regardless of whatever reputation/gossip would go around, grab my money, and leave the freckin city to start a new life somewhere else.
The ML got extremely jealous of the MC talking with her classmate friend/tutor and decided to force the MC to stay a night at the ML's house. At that moment I thought, okay, this is a little disrespectful considering the ML doesn't even bother to ask the MC for her opinion, especially when the MC already spent her whole day accompanying the ML's antics. But I thought whatever, probably just another plot hole or to show off the ML's possessive nature, so I continue to read on. When the MC arrives at the ML's house, she decides to take a shower since she'll be staying over and the author went into vivid details of how amazingly perfect and smexy the MC's body was. For a good portion of the chapter, the author basically went: long legs, perfect curves at all the right places, big bouncy "jade rabbits" on her chest, white smooth skin, squishable softness everywhere, etc. At this point, I was a little creeped out by all these details since I wasn't really expecting that. The ML also popped up a bit during the shower scene to give some toiletries to the MC, and that's when we really see the perverted nature of the ML ogling at the MC's slight exposure of skin. Sure, this might not be a big deal to most readers, but I felt disappointed by the ML's break in character when I thought he was supposed to be those cold, aloof CEO MLs like Hidden Marriage or Trial Marriage, in which both novels had MLs who respected the MCs' personal space and doesn't exactly barge into someone in the bathroom. In the first place, this is the ML's bathroom, why are there no toiletries to begin with? Does the ML not usually use shower gel, towels, lotion, etc., am I suppose to assume the ML is magically clean and shaven without needing to do anything? Any who, during dinner at the ML's house, the ML didn't allow the MC to eat dinner, which I found completely confusing. Bro, ya already forced the MC to stay at your house, yet you're not going to provide for dinner??? That's like the worst way possible to try to woo someone, even though the ML at the moment wasn't planning to pursue the MC, this is still horrible manners for a host. But of course, after the MC acts flirtatious/cute/whatever to the ML, he finally relents and gives her food. I was absolutely dumbfounded by these past couple of chapters I read about the ML's controlling and possessive nature in which he blatantly decides on stuff for the MC without her permission and not giving her personal space. The ML keeps on giving excuses like he's only doing so and so because he's the older brother, so he knows what's the best, or the fact that he's wealthy/powerful/the best thigh to hug so there's no reason for the MC to reject him, etc. Is just a complete turnoff. Whenever a ML starts using his position/wealth/power to justify that his actions are good, that's when ya kinda know he's an asshole. So all in all, I was completely disappointed by the recent development of the ML's character as he changed from his cold, aloof CEO image into a possessive pervert. The MC tolerates all of the ML's antics with the reasoning that she'll be able to achieve her goal faster with the ML's protection, which isn't exactly wrong, but that attitude with no fighting spirit makes it seem like the ML doesn't respect the MC as much as any human would like to receive. As an avid reader of romance novels, I much prefer a ML who respects the MC's personal space and opinions, but from the chapters so far, it seems like the ML doesn't do that. Overall, the ML's character is a horrible letdown, so I'll be dropping this novel till further chapters are out in the hopes that the ML's behavior changes for the better, but if not, I'll be dropping this novel for good. For any one who's into the controlling type of ML, this novel may be to your liking, so why not go give it a try!
From beginning to end, I think the ML's character never really changed. At the beginning, the ML is cold, aloof, and oppressive. At the end, the ML is still cold, aloof, and oppressive. The interactions between the MC and ML may be called a lover's banter, but I honestly see it as the ML being oppressive and not really respecting the MC. Even though the ML does love the MC and the MC also love the ML in return, their type of love is a bit difficult for me to digest hence my average rating. I read over 700+ chapters in the hopes that the ML may be slightly more loving instead of lusting after the MC, but I was sorely disappointed. In fact, after reading so many chapters, I've realized that the MC acts like a stereotypical housewife; he can cook, he can clean, he can take care of the contracted beasts, and above all, he is a meek submissive. While the ML acts like a stereotypical man of the house; he can fight, he doesn't need to cook, he doesn't need to clean, and above all, he is a dominant top that orders the wife around.
Perhaps I'm reading too much into this and there is actually nothing wrong at all. Perhaps the MC and ML really do have a great loving relationship and my brain is just not processing this. But in the end, one thing is for sure, and that is I don't really like this type of "love". The ML's love/lust is a bit too oppressive for my understanding and preference to handle. Overall, I would recommend reading this novel and then decide for yourselves if you want to continue. Even though this novel isn't my cup of tea/coffee/boba, it just may be yours.