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alamerysl
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Rebirth of a Supermodel
January 8, 2019
Status: Completed
Overall, this was a rather enjoyable BL novel that felt more slice of life than anything else. There was no real drama or high pressure stakes, but not every novel needs to be a thriller.

I really enjoyed the relationship between the MC and the ML and how ML had to work for the MC's attention, while MC was super focused on his career goals instead.

The reason why I gave the novel two stars:

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About half way through, there is some very, very, very blatant pro-China/anti-Western propaganda that really threw me for a loop. I was not expecting actual propaganda in the middle of this very not straight Chinese BL novel. I was completely immersed in the story up till that point.

I can gloss over the Huxia (aka China on steriods) thing even though that was a spectacular bit of potential world building that was completely ignored by the author who probably just added it in for minor background propaganda. But I cannot deal with a "us Chinese are so much superior over these white Western barbarians" and also our exclusive industry parties are only for people who are from China and not even other Asians are allowed to join.

Honestly, I'm here for the BL so I can easily gloss over bad euphemisms and minor background propaganda. But this was very obviously inserted into the novel for no apparent reason and since it was the first time I encountered such blatant propaganda, I was unable to mentally gloss over it. My enjoyment of the second half of the novel was completely ruined.

It wouldn't have been so bad if I had been prepared for it, so future readers, consider this your warning!

On a positive note, the novel also has a trans character and their situation is actually dealt with rather respectfully and low-key which was a very nice after-dinner Chinese propaganda dinner mint.

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alamerysl
alamerysl rated it
How To Say I Love You
November 21, 2018
Status: Completed
I read this mainly through mtl (my first time mtling a novel!) and it was pretty understandable.

MC is pretty adorable and sweet and straightforward, while ML is strong and possessive and loving.

There were quite a few arcs in the evolution of this relationship, with a lot of family drama and internet online escapades remniscent of some of the modern setting arcs in "Quickly Wear the Face of the Devil". The face-slapping antics were rather satisfying to read.

Overall, the relationship between MC & ML was very sweet and gentle and loving.

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Actually, they didn't even get together until around chapter 90 which drove me a bit insane. I kept reading and reading into the wee hours of the night and only went to sleep at 5am when they finally got together.

Also, in one of the final arcs (the second to last I think?), MC's mom finds out that MC & ML are together and reacts how a high strung asian parent who deeply loves their child but pushes them a lot would. She's pretty resistant to the relationship for a long while, even separating them and taking away MC's phone. It was a bit too uncomfortably realistic. She finally relents and is even happy to know that MC & ML are already married because at least this means they're serious about each other and that the relationship isn't a whim on either of their parts. If you don't want unexpected and realistic homophobia in your escapism literature, then just watch out for that bit.

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alamerysl
alamerysl rated it
Beloved Marriage in High Society
November 16, 2018
Status: c23.1
This is incredibly adorable and fluffy!

MC was reborn after dying from being overworked and in his second life, all he wants is comfort. ML provides that for him, and their relationship blossoms from there.
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alamerysl rated it
Screen Partner
November 25, 2018
Status: c31
This was an absurdly sweet romance. Despite the setting (I usually avoid this trope, in fiction and in fanfic), there's really nothing icky about the relationship between the main characters. Instead, their interactions develop naturally and the main drama comes from the MC getting over his internalized homophobia.

Overall, this novel is gentle and sweet with spicy smut scenes and is just a pleasant joy to read.
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