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.
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.