So, we got a criminal male lead, a helpless MC who might fall for him, unlikable judgemental idiots as side characters, and a plot that twists all its issues around and presents itself as a romcom. It's fine if you enjoy the novel, but you gotta be blind not to see it for what it really is. One reason I can think of for myself to keep reading is to see whether there'll be some justice served eventually. To all the characters blindly supporting a rapist kidnapper, to the ML who needs jail time, to the MC who needs to get her life back and find a decent lover.
Oh, right. Forgot to mention the ML is super gorgeous, rich, and influential. So I guess that makes everything alright then, heh.
The romance is the exciting part and it tends to get rather hot. The author is not too shy, let me tell you.
I've only read around 800 chapters in, so my opinion is based on that.
As far as I've read, they don't do the deed, so it's not up to a R18 rating. And the descriptions are somewhat vague, but give you a good idea of what is going on, heh. I'd go with R16.
So, it's worth it if you're reading this for the love story between the leads and you enjoy the push and pull game. Oh, and there's good quality drama too. It sure kept me entertained for a good while.
Now the annoying part. Without giving out spoilers, it's all the misunderstandings that get dragged on and on and on. That is still acceptable though, it can be entertaining on its own. People with more patience than me would be able to get over it.
My main gripe is how often the author changes her (well, I'm 99% certain it's a female author) mind and throws in twists out of thin air just to change the direction of the plot. I wouldn't say it's done to a ridiculous level, I've seen worse. It still annoyed me. To give one example:
The emperor bestows marriage on ML and MC. Out of nowhere later on, some character reveals that ML already had a fiance that disappeared somewhere that he also forgot about. Also later on, the emperor changes his mind and now thinks the MC is not suitable for ML and wants to break the marriage. And so on and so forth. It gets annoying. All the reasons the author comes up with to smooth it over seem too thin. There are plenty other examples to a lesser degree than this. Most often it's characters' reactions, motives and changeable IQ to suit the plot progression.
Also, personal opinion here, I don't like the main leads. The MC is my type in the sense that she's smart and can take care of herself.
But she disregards innocent lives. Same for the ML, though he's a lot worse than her.
He had 7 previous wives that he ordered to be killed on the same night they got married. What did they do, except for threatening his 'purity'. Gosh, I hated him the moment I reached that part in the novel.
It's like only the two of them matter in the world, and the rest can go die a dog's death. You better be their personal friend in this world, because you don't need to be their enemy to die. As long as you find yourself it the wrong place at the wrong time.
Putting aside the typical cold, overbearing, jealous and doting ML, the MC has a strong flavor of Mary Sue. It's like the author couldn't decide what to make her good at. She's a genius doctor, but she's also a killer and an expert in poisons, but she's also a CEO at a company (maybe the assassin's guild?) and also got a doctorate at MIT in Math when she was 17. Make of this as you will, I only find it rather chaotic.
She can also assemble an erhu and play decently well, one of her many talents I assume.
All things combined, it's a 3 star for me. And I'm generous because I like romance and grade those higher when the main couple is loving and the ML is not abusive. Despite the annoying twists, I would've given this a 4 if I found the main characters decent as well. As it is now, I only feel like I'm reading about the crazy love story of two insane murderers. Not to be too negative about it, it has its merit. And it is entertainment. I would recommend this read when you're in the mood for a hot romance, lots of twists and turns, face slapping, retarded villains with selective amnesia, misunderstandings that spice things up, and you don't feel like looking into things too deeply. It is somewhat addictive, too.
It's a 1v1. It's part of the reveal at the end of the novel, so no further spoilers, go read. Just be assured that it's not a harem situation exactly, though it certainly gives that feeling while reading. It's a bit of both, I guess. Personally, I was happy with it.
Also, the MC doesn't always stay in the dog body, but I'm not gonna spoil this further. Go read it :9
The MC in his original life was taken advantage of right after he lost his closest relative, and that spiraled into him losing direction in life and losing opportunities. He wasn't a loser though, so he picked himself up and found a job and constantly improved himself. But he never quite felt like he had fulfilled his potential. In his second chance at life, his mind is already mature and his choices come from hindsight, so he quickly betters his situation. The MC is smart and collected, not bent on revenge. He wants to help his friends as well. Altogether a very likable character.
The ML is interesting and quirky. He gives the impression of the typical cold and expressionless guy, but his inner world is a complete riot. So it's fun when he's in the scene. The relationship is pretty wholesome as well, certainly no complaints there.
The story is concentrated around the MC building up his business empire along the ML. The romantic subplot is also well-developed. It kinda slows down near the end of the novel and you're served abundant dog food (lots of displays of love), but I enjoyed it and needed it to relieve my stress.
they do get to be intimate, even if the scenes were merrily skipped over in the spirit of real-life censorship.