If you're looking for a fluffy romance, this should certainly not be on your radar of must reads. From beginning to end, it's nothing but an angry read. In fact, I really didn't feel much romance until practically the end of the story.
The lead MC is betrayed, poisoned, divorced, tortured, sent to be an army prostitute, given aphrosiasiciacs, raped, has a miscarriage, shot at, imprisoned, has her martial arts sealed many times, and etc.
Although she is only been with one man throughout the story, every type of generic plot device revolving around misunderstanding is used.
It wasn't until towards the end that I stopped rooting for all the male leads to die. This is only when most of the misunderstandings have been resolved and the MC has been, has been through some depressing plot devices.
I can't quite say I liked the MC that much. Supposedly she's been trained to be good in the arts, martial arts, and military strategies. However, I felt that in military matters she may have been good at planning but her personal life was a mess which could have been avoided with her skills. For living in the army for most of her life, she also should have been smarter instead of being so easily manipulated in politics. For all her, harsh experiences, I also felt like she was too gentle and easily forgave others.
Overall, it's a happy ending with a monogamous relationship after countless chapters of angst until the end. The romance itself is also puzzling. There are the typical male obsessed leads but the MC herself doesn't feel love until much later making the reader feel extremely confused who she will end up with.
Basically, she has to become the FL of each world and fulfill the current character's last desires and wishes before they died. She takes over their character. The strange thing is that every FL character has the same exact name. Whereas each ML has the potential to become Armageddon if her mission fails. While completing her mission, she must also get enough of the ML's essence to get out of the current world she's in.
In the end, if she doesn't finish reliving a set number of missions, she won't be able to go home. So she has to figure out how to basically fix the mess left by the former characters in each world. The stories are always of 1 ML and 1 FL, so it's not as if she's with multiple men.
Arc 1: A young princess that's been abandoned falls into a incestuous relationship with her emperor brother by accident. This story is the typical hentai smut story, where most of the story is smut and the actual plot is kind of weak. It does set the precedent that not all stories will end happily. So far this is the shortest arc and ends relatively quickly. 39 chapters
Arc 2: Another drug related plot line where the ML hooks up with the FL. It's about 2 classmates who never have any intersection normally. The interesting thing about this arc is that the FL actually stays in this world until a natural death age. 66 chapters
Arc 3: A princess with a bad reputation is in love with a medical god type of ML. The longer the chapters get, the less smut and more plot is developed. 118 chapters
Arc 4: The FL has been in love with the ML since she was young, However, the ML has extremely low emotional intelligence and is interested in someone else. The plot actually becomes a bit more convoluted and a lot more dark as certain past events that happened in the original story line are remembered. It was actually kind of heartbreaking at times. 102 chapters
Arc 5: Kind of an odd arc in my opinion. A female demon that is married to an immortal god like figure. Every time that FL is reborn, the ML will kill her. So the mission is for the FL to get her freedom from the rebirth cycle. I found this kind of painful to read as we're not sure if we should be sympathetic or not to such a jerk of a ML. 106 chapters
Arc 6: Survivor Island kind of plot. After an arranged marriage ends in divorce, the FL still wants to chase after the ML to show her real tears. Strangely enough, I really liked the empathy in this story. Although, both lead characters are movie stars, they are stranded on an island with some truly vicious people. 125 chapters
Arc 7: This arc is still ongoing. A female emperor has to find a way to seduce her husband who only wants to kill her. Probably my least favorite arc. Much less smut in this arc, and what they do is really repetitive.
After each mission accomplishment, FL gets some weird awards like milk spraying and etc. The basic hentai stuff. Overall, if you like reading similar stories with smut, you'll like this series. All the arcs are reasonably short. Waiting for updates on the RAWs is kind of long though. Although, the system makes the FL feel empathy to the original FL characters, I don't really feel like the FL truly loves the ML. There's a feel of indifference as she just tries to complete her mission. The smut also gets really repetitive in details, possibly because the ML have such similar characteristics and the FL still acts the same with half hearted refusals and innocent behavior.
Suspending disbelief is quite normal in these novels, but when it's too over the top ridiculous, it kind of stops being enjoyable to read. The FL is too powerful in everything, and then she can pull out everything from land minds, grenades, assault rifles, bullet proof vests, endless bullets, food, cloaking abilities, and ready made drugs; winning a war is simply a no brainer.
Despite the ultimate cheat skills, there were some other annoying details that kept repeating ad nausea. For instance, villains and evil intentioned family members that kept using the same skills to try to kill or harm the FL. The puppy love of her 3rd sister to the 7th prince, while ignoring the love of 4th prince. The annoying shrewish 4th sister who was extremely physically and mentally cruel to everyone. The biological mother who refused to recognize her own daughter. And the fact that the FL isn't the only one who soul transmigrated.
The romance would have been better as well if the FL wasn't so ambiguous in her feelings for a 3rd party. For most of the series, she kept going on how great the second ML was and how she would have fallen in love with him if she didn't meet the 9th prince first. Ultimately, this kind of cheapens the romance between the FL and the ML. Don't we as readers like to read about how strong leading couples are? Why keep harping about that if not the ML, there would have been just as strong as a romance between the FL and the alternative love interest. This ambiguity just really turned me off towards the end. Kind of ruined that special happily ever after flair.
The ending was a happy ending if a bit on the boring side.
At 9 years old she becomes a child bride to the first prince who is 19 years old, and is the most infamous of all the princes. Rumored to have killed all his previous engaged fiancés. Through a lot of political infighting the prince is forced to take his bride early and raise her to adulthood before the actual marriage.
It's interesting that the male lead here is the typical strong, drop dead handsome, smart, and skillful stereotypical lead, however, he greatly differs from other stories in several ways that make this story unique in its own way. Although, he's good looking, he hides his face with a mask all the way to the end of the story even. Even though he is first born and of the Queen's son, has never lost any battles and is filial to his father, he's actually completely hated by his family. Not to mention, his own mother doesn't care fig for him either. Despite his royal status, he has no desire for the throne, even without all the evil intentions his own father has on him. I have to say this is the first time I have seen such wickedly absurd parents in a story.
Thankfully, the heroine comes in and gives him a sense of what a real family is like. The cutest character in the story is her father who was once a great general but now suffers from mental issues causing him to be like a child.
Unlike other love stories, the love here is very gradual and doesn't happen until she almost reaches 15 years old, which is marriageable age. I like that from 9-15 year olds she grew up and instead wanted to learn skills so that she wouldn't drag down the prince. But her skills were via slow and grueling training to level up that isn't magical or anything. The heroine's past life doesn't contribute too much to her current life other than knowledge of cosmetics, comic book drawing and her attitude in life.
The last couple of hundred chapters were more focused on other characters getting their happily ever after. So it suffered some dryness towards the end. Overall, it was a satisfying read, and one of the most amusing things is that no one in the story coveted the throne. Instead it's treated as a hot potato and the emperor is constantly changing hands through bets, trickery, bribes and etc to their siblings.
I enjoyed this enough to read from beginning to end twice while suffering through MTL. One of the few series where the MC is not OP in everything and the romance is not instant.
Despite being married, the romance isn't finalized until many years. It's more like dating during those years. While her poison treatment skills are excellent, she still has to go through a slow level up process. In fact, all her skills have a nice slow level up. Because of her weaker skills, she makes a good pairing with her husband. All the characters have full fledged personalities, even the villains. The plot is also well fleshed out and all the mysteries are solved by the end.
Because poison is the highlight of the story, once the main poison villain is removed, the rest of the story stagnates a bit. At chapter 1368, the story ends on a cliff hanger, so I'm dying to see if there will be be a second volume. I also hope poison will come back as the main focus.
However, after the lead couple hook up, the female lead becomes the typical strong female character, and the story changes in every which way to break up the romance between the couple. In addition, the magical food/medical/farming/cultivating bowl that she had been using since the beginning started to become more or less forgotten and only occasionally mentioned.
From the middle to the end of the story is probably where my interest seem to wane because of the horrible plotting where the male lead's character seemed to change and the female lead became too thin skinned and emotional.
It isn't until the end that all the plot points of reincarnation and the how the female's soul ended up where it did. Overall, I felt all the explanations were a mess, and how the lead couple's was dealt with so sloppily unsatisfactorily.
I really wanted to like this story, but after the mid 500 chapters, it really goes down hill. It's too bad that the lead female didn't retain her shameless thick skinned calculative demeanor.
The first main story is about a one night stand that resulted in a child without either knowing each other's background or name. 7 years later, the female lead returns to China with her "genius" 7 year old child. With some underhanded manipulation from said genius child, the couple meet up again.
The original story line of this first main couple was quite amusing and interesting, however, it started to get darker and a bit more unbelievable. From involvement of terrorists, mafia, assassins, pedophiles, torture, and etc. Despite all the super action packed ridiculousness of the plot, both male and female lead were quite amusing. The male lead being super narcissistic and the female lead being super independent and sarcastic.
Probably my main gripe is that I wish there were more smut between the first couple, except that was reserved for the shorter stories in the other couples instead. My other gripe is that all the female leads in this story get tortured in some way or another that is really cruel and heart breaking.
After the first couple gets their happy ending, there are only minor cameos from them later on in the second half of the novel.
The second couple is between the first male lead's long lost sister and stone cold killer/hacker from the mafia. At first this couple was amusing because it had that "Mr. &Amp; Mrs. Smith" vibe where they were constantly physically beating each other up every time they saw each other. But then it got darker when the male lead takes the female lead and brain washes her. After this point, I lost interest in this couple because the female lead was too laid back to care, and the male lead was still insanely possessive in a not cute way. Because of this, I didn't particually like this couple, which accounts for the lower overall rating. Seriously, if you know the girl you like has a BFF that is getting tortured to death and don't do anything about it, how can you face your love interest. Along with the rest of the "suspend disbelief" plot, one of the stranger ones is the male lead's ability to do a complete personality overhaul with alcohol.
The third couple is the 2nd female leads BFF and partner. Due to some misunderstanding, she gets tortured near death by none other than the 3rd male lead. Despite all the misunderstanding, I ended up liking this couple more than the second couple, but I still don't think too highly of the male lead who is twin brother of the second couple's male lead. This couple truly went to the ringer of tragedy, and did get my teary eyed at many points. This couple's story line was more romantic and enjoyable than the second couple.
There are also some minor romantic story lines that get their own focus as well. A BL between to male characters in the terrorist organization that is quite cute. Another one is about the terrorist's leader, and the last side character couple is the parents of the twins from the second & third male leads getting their happy ending in the end.
The last main couple of the story is about the genius son from the first couple. Swearing eternal love to a girl he met briefly when he was 7 years old and sacrificed her life for him, he's on a mission to find her reincarnated soul. I have to say that this story is worst plot of the entire novel. It's got too many ridiculous elements that you can't even suspend disbelief. You just have to consider it pure fantasy. From a newborn speaking completely fluent after 7 days, goddesses, teleportation, and etc, it's just bad writing into a contemporary story line. This story completely sank my rating of the entire novel.
Well, if you're looking for romance, there's certainly a ton of romance in this novel. With lots of villains, action, and a multitude of characters that are not similar. Some couple's story lines are better than others, and some really stank. Other than some torture, none of the female leads were raped, and everyone ended up happily ever after. There are some details that should have been a bit more etched out, but like I said, you really have to suspend your disbelief that it's a contemporary novel, and pretty much assume everyone is talking the same language even if they're in the Middle East, China, Russia, Italy, and etc.
The heroine gets into an adulterous relationship after marriage that isn't only a one time deal, but last multiple years. Keep in mind that she was only with her husband for 1 month, and 1 night of consummation. However, with her second guy she's with him for 4 years. So if adultery bothers you-- especially when it's from the main female lead. Don't read this series!
In addition, this is not a happily ever after story. Definitely not a feel a good story, nor is it comedic as one would assume from the title.
The first main couple were quite interesting and featured a male lead with a deep dark and gloomy past, whereas the heroine was the typical family bullied Cinderella type. How they hook up and get married is quite fast, but the romance and action was quite entertaining. As for the other couples of this generation, the romantic couples provide a nice variety of stereotypes. From a genius doctor chasing his ex-girlfriend over a decade long, to a brother and adopted sister love, and a narcissistic bastard and a cold blooded assassin. There's a lot of intrigue and mystery regarding Jing Yichen's past and even the heroine's mother's death. Everything gets resolved and all the couples get their happy endings in this generation.
The next generation romance focuses mostly on Jing Yichen's family line of his 2 children and their cousin, along with some random couples. The romance here was a varied as the previous generation, however, they didn't really have the same emotional intensity. All the romance was a bit on the mediocre side.
Overall, all the romance was just a bit on the mediocre side. Some potential romances for some side characters weren't fully given a conclusion so sometimes the story seemed a bit on the choppy side. The romance was often times very abrupt as well. The story lines were sometimes to unbelievable even for a contemporary fiction. Some parts had their moments and for the most part it kept me interested enough to finish reading all the way to the end.
The finale was a bit haphazard, I would have thought the author would write a sweeter and more heartfelt ending, but it seemed like the author just wanted to complete all the couples and end the story as soon as possible.
All the main couples end in happy ending and all the mysteries get resolved.
Kind of an oddball mix of stereotypes. One of the original themes in this series involves not just a transmigration, but also multiple reincarnated characters. The MC is transmigrated, but there are also about 3 other main characters that are also reincarnated. Which makes a strange twist, because many of the characters have some future knowledge about the future. So each in their own way try to manipulate politics to their benefits. Even the transmigrated MC is also aware of the characters and story lines because she had previously read the novel, even though she never finished reading story.
It is kind of amusing to find that the male lead is also a reincarnated soul and out for revenge on who other than his transmigrated wife for her past digressions. The rest of the story is an easy read, with a very modern women being completely blasé about politics, how to deal with her temperamental husband, and truly going after what she wants to have a nice stable and happy lifestyle.
Unlike many other heroines where they can do anything, this heroine is an absolute foodie. Anything related to food, makes her practically the top dog in cooking skills. If you like calm and stable heroines, and like all the mention of the gourmet type of food in each chapter, you'll like this series. Where the heroine is calm and stable, the male lead on the other hand comes off as childishly petulant and cute in his revenge on his wife. Things like stealing her food, starving her by eating her portion, or eating the best dishes so she can't have any, all become very cute in it's own ways.
Overall, another cute romantic story.