There is one ML throughout it seems, and at first there was some mention of his reaction when she left each world but as time goes on we just get a few sentences of her accomplishments then she wakes up in the next world. The romance isn't very pronounced at all, in fact the ML seems more like her lackey/golden finger who smooths out things for her to make things seems more reasonable (ex: she becomes an artifact refiner, ML is the dude who provides her with her supplies, there are constant mentions of how they're engaged/married but we don't even see a kiss just that she gives awesome artifacts to her mother in law).
If what you want is a steamy romance, this isn't for you as once her mission is accomplished she leaves (through death or leaving a copy, a step which after a few worlds is skipped entirely so we don't know how things turned out...). Like I said before, 475 chapters and I haven't seen a mention of even a hug, let alone some of that steamy hubby action we get in our other "system" stories. The ML is faithful to her in each story though, and you can ID him easily as his name remains yunshen. (EX: if she leaves a copy when leaving the world, he ends the engagement, because it's not her). He himself is OP, but her success/completing each mission, is entirely due to HER and not due to hubby fixing things for her like we've seen in second female lead and heroine arrives...
So, instead of having a focus on romance, you get a FL who is brilliant and makes things happen. She obviously has feelings, taking care of those who take care of her, and she's not some crazy ruthless MC like we've seen in some stories (like your usual secret agent to ancient times ones). She's just OP AF, which I enjoy. Although it should be noted that if you're a math/physics buff you might guffaw a few times as our MC is supposed to be a hacker math genius and they start talking about how she solved equations for the 16th dimension etc. SO yeah. And she always seems to know in each world how to get into these closed dark web groups. I guess hacking is the same no matter the dimension lol.
ON another note, if we're going to talk about her enemies, their reasoning for targeting her makes sense and our MC SHUTS THAT sh*t DOWN. For example, in a few it's the typical reasoning of transmigrators in other novels that family X mistreated the original so let's ruin their lives, or the person read the "book" the world was based on and didn't want to be threatened by the real protag so they want to take 'em out -the MC of that "world" was usually originally our girl-. In 475, we have a modern Dr transmigrating into ancient times, who disparages our girl because she thinks ancient Chinese medical practitioners are quacks. However, we get to see who is the real quack, as that chick did surgery without taking proper sanitation precautions, which has consequences our MC predicted. Oh, and btw that chick also came into a body that was pregnant with a genius child (sounds familiar right? LOL). I'm looking forward to how this turns out.
Be warned though that there is a miscarriage, and you will cry. Have ice cream and tissues at the ready. Thankfully, the author's note in that chapter hinted about a future pregnancy and future author's notes say those children lost are reincarnated and become the triplets. So rest easy my friends c:
Also, at the place where I'm at her brother is still mentally handicapped. Hopefully our male god can come up with a miracle cure, as I personally find him a bit annoying. But then I find anything tertiary to the romance slightly annoying... Like the focus on her friend who keeps making idiotic choices. That girl really needs to get a clue.
So we go from transmigration -> woo reasonable heroine with brain! -> ML has powers? And is also an Assassin? -> Subplots with family and basically every other female in the story hating her guts, FL becomes assassin again but is always somehow weaker than the men sent by female haters -> FL has superpowers? -> Decision to focus on revenge despite saying she'll wait to consolidate her strength -> Everybody and the kitchen sink knows she's switched bodies and are somehow OK with this. -> More stuff thrown into the story because why the eff not
Essentially, everything but the kitchen sink is in this story. You start with a standard transmigration, homie A goes into homie B's body, simple. Then it turns into she was an awesome assassin (who somehow allowed herself to be strapped to a bomb?!) betrayed by her former loved one. Ok, still working in the same theme. Tolerable, not original in the slightest (except PERHAPS the fact both bodies live in the same timezone, were on the same ship, and had similar names).
Turns out homie B's life sucked, she had a giant purple mark on her face (where have we heard this before?) and her family, despite being rich, never bothered to get it removed. Oh, and did I mention she somehow died after intercourse with her husband, which resulted in some blood down below despite not being a virgin -if my google translate was correct-. SO husband and family are complete arses. Nothing new, standard transmigration story still.
Then, we're allowed to get excited, as our girl gets rid of the birthmark (miraculously without a "she was poisoned?!?! Remark) and hands the husband a letter of divorce. Hallelujah, she has seen the light! Finally, a heroine with common sense (although they still live together due to his grandpa but w/e, boundaries have been set). All this before chapter 32 (the chapter the translator said things start to go south.)
Here's where things go awry. Suddenly, the author starts adding more sh*te to the story. Like the ML suddenly can transform into a chibi, then he's a demon king, oh and there's an alternate dimension with demons who may or may not now have a grudge against our girl for knowing about their world. Did I mention he's basically got a personality disorder as he doesn't remember what happens when he's small? (Not that his personality was all that great in the first place, but he does improve. He discovers a protective instinct regarding her and even rushes into a burning building to save her. And he figures some stuff out on his own, like his old lover is crazy and was using him. He even starts to genuinely care for our girl, and without attempted rape (so far) tries to convince her he likes her.)
Our girl? Suddenly she decides to be a stunt double, and gets into elongated fights with various people who decide they hate her on sight and it turns out the female she ends up doubling for was the lover of the ML. Yes my friends, we have an effin triangle, that PERSISTS even after the crazy lady gets sent to jail. Even after she attempts to throw acid on our girl and sets the place on fire. The ML rejects her again and again and like team rocket every time she loses she declares she'll be back, the ML is being tricked! The sister is just as bad, convinced the ML will marry her as well, if only that pesky FL weren't in the way. She uses the standard "let's drug her, that'll show her who's queen bitch" formula every time. If it's not sleeping pills it's an aphrodisiac, etc. (Again, where have we heard this before?) At least our girl this time ends up giving as good as she's given, and the sister ends up being the one embarrassed.
More kitchen sink: our girl, in the middle of the burning building, awakens honest to god superhero powers, and an inner space. Yeah. She also has some little girl living in said space who says something along the lines of "you've finally woken up!" Then the FL wakes up and doesn't know how to access the space and the whole super power thing is forgotten for a while. Because discovering you can walk through fire, UNHARMED, is NBD. W. A. T.
Then, there's a whole arc where she fixes problems at home in her old life, freely admitting she's changed bodies, and through protag armor somehow manages to pull everything off. As in she dresses up as a doctor/nurse and is somehow able to smuggle her old grandfather out of the tallest room of the highest tower Top floor of a hospital. Without incident. Because hospitals totally allow people to come and go freely from VIP wards just because you're wearing a uniform. Makes total sense. Badges? Huh? What are those? Doesn't matter, apparently the ML's friend is coincidentally the top hacker in the world and had the freetime to take down security at the entire hospital, so let's just ignore everything unfeasible and focus on wanting to meet this hacker!*hairflip as they ride off into the sunset*
It's near the beginning of the story, but the villain has one of the other characters raped (not the FL but still). Poor girl didn't deserve it and honestly I found it really, truly, upsetting. I only lasted to ~47 before I skipped to the end (HE) and while I have no clear idea of what is going on I don't want to go back and fill in the blanks either. That's how messed up it was.
It doesn't help that the ML spent the chapter before on a date with some chick without informing the FL which is just cannonfodder for future misunderstandings. So, I'm pretty sure that this novel is just going to be misunderstandings galore.
Then, the ML is basically forcing himself on the FL every chance he gets (kissing, touching, not s*x though). No respect for personal space, just resentment and possession. I have some concerns for the author's idea of what makes an acceptable romantic partner (a cold guy who wants you to trust him unconditionally but doesn't explain his sketchy actions or let you in on his plans doesn't fit that bill mmkay), as well as acceptable plot devices (having someone raped and videotaped just to show how bad a bitch the villain is, is not one).
He realizes she's a chick, tries to take advantage of her while she's drunk, then the next day as petty revenge for not remembering his attempt at a tryst he makes her watch him have s*x with a ninny who through "women's intuition" has decided to target the MC.
Yes, you read that right. He makes her watch. And she's already gotten the audio show from when he banged some other chick earlier.
He's scum, and she's the least believable "dragon" I've ever seen. What kind of agent gets drunk THAT easily, and tricked so often? Putting that aside, what sane person brings their KID to an underground casino and expects that to go well? A kid who apparently is willing to sell his mother for something shiny.
Where I left off they were in an elevator and he was in coercive s*x attempt #100000000, and she was having flashbacks to when he raped her initially and got her pregnant with the grand offer of making her his women for her sensitivity. Yes, he may be the ML but it was totally rape, and as a supposed emperor of an underground empire it seems realllyyy hard to believe he did not realize she was drugged.
He is scum and I'm at the point, already, of hoping she tells him the child is his only after establishing a harem with 10, 000 fathers for her kid with not even one bearing his name. He's probably riddled with STDs anyway, throw him in the incinerator where he belongs girl and get on with your life. #TeamFlameThrower
Now hear me out (I'm going to try to be broad in order not to give everything away).
The ML is for sure scum for a LONG ASS TIME. I'm talking it taking until around the 300s when he thinks she's dead before he becomes worthy of even her pinky finger.
If he was not scum this novel would be 20 chapters, as evidenced by how fast it took him to figure everything out after she "died." This pisses me off, still, even after getting my happy ending. So many things could have turned out differently if he had treated her with sincerity. He knew what she was after all along after all, he just refused to help. I'm not saying she didn't have some issues as well, but I'm more willing to forgive her who lost everything and was grasping at straws compared to the Big Man who thought his d*ck and gold were all she needed. (Crass I know, sorry). BUT IN THE END HE ACKNOWLEDGES HE f**kED UP. He notes how things turned out and thinks, damn, if only I had done this sooner I could have changed the ending, I could have saved her so much suffering. He feels pain and he deserves it. Raise your glasses and gloat ladies, the ML turns from a god to a man and the process is satisfying.
I think the great thing though is that this novel is realistic. Not everyone gets a happy ending. There is no plot armor that allows you to turn over forever (ok, maybe a tiny amount but the explanation is reasonable. I personally know someone who broke their neck and through rehab and surgery went from he will never walk again to being fully functional, but I digress). The novel really pushes the idea that the "law will always win, " and "justice may be late but it won't be absent." This is idealistic, but is a continually reinforced theme in the novel. Karma is constant and at work. A point that is emphasized in the fact that unlike other turning over novels, our FL does not do anything illegal (the ML *cough* we'll just forget about him), and her revenge is truly appropriate and fitting.
I feel I should warn you though that the sister does die, and you will cry. Even karma can't save her, but perhaps in her case it was a blessing to let go. (Don't worry, I'm STILL crying, blow your nose into that tissue and know you're not alone homie)
I cried multiple times throughout the novel, and got angry just as much, but in the end the leads are married (barefoot LOL) and pregnant which is the sweet victory I held out for.
Unlike most gender benders, the ML (and the rest of the world) is still convinced she is a man. I can't tell you how refreshing this is as usually there's usually some ridiculous incident where the FL lets it slip somehow (like a certain novel I previously reviewed where she gets drunk and BAM, ML knows within 10 chapters. Ridiculous.) The lack of periods is explained as due to her new physique which I guess I can grudgingly accept lol. I believe she is wearing a breast band/corset thing, and is therefore not flat chested. The author likes to emphasize her "golden ratio" so there's not much focus on her chest either way.
I still find the amount of violence a bit ridiculous, she seems to need to kick some ass every other chapter. On the upside, rape isn't being casually thrown around as a plot device, although this is likely because her persona is male. There are male s*xual predators though so... There's that.
She obviously has a bunch of grudges from the previous life to work out, which become more obvious the more she interacts with certain characters. It'll be interesting to see just how many people contributed to her hellish prior life which so far is just suggested in some areas. No exact details of what she went through, but if one considers how she meets these characters and what they're doing to other people in these encounters, I can almost guarantee it truly was horrible and she deserves her revenge *cue Kill Bill theme*.
She hasn't explained this to the ML as they are not yet in a relationship (he thinks she's male still lol) and so her getting close to certain males has caused some misunderstandings between them as he only sees her surface actions and not the motives behind them. On the upside though, this has also made our eternally unflappable FL show emotion and grief so there is progress. She's trying to believe in others again, but for now expect a lone wolf.
I should probably also point out that although he is the little wife, he can be a devious little wife. He may be weak and start in a lower position but he is definitely NOT stupid. He's taken care of but he has the skills to make something of himself on his own. His female owner just eliminates the obstacles. I guess he's overbearing in his persistence on trying to get her to see him as a man despite her raising him.
This is messed up. Just. Utterly disgusting.
He rapes her, imprisons her, and can't even be bothered to use protection. All his heart "twinges" that the author alludes to can't redeem his character.
He is trash. Just utter trash. I would skip this, as any romance would just be toxic waste with this kind of setup.
If the ML is the Ji dude instead, may that ship sail well. But Jiang can just go die in a ditch. F**k that guy.
and she dumps his ass who just now woke up to his true feelings. Her curse for him to die alone may actually be fulfilled. Thank God.
May he die alone in a ditch and she get with Ji dude and have tons of happiness and a normal amount of babies. Amen.