On one hand we have the love interest that spurned her to her death and is very likely to be abusive. On the other we have the love interest that "loves her" but has the (historically accurate) character that thinks it's ok to make loverape her when she's roofied.
Wang Cong's downfall into forced prostitution for example. Like, bro, he didn't do anything to you in this life. And what he did to you in the last life is still not proportional to what you schemed for him in this life. Also how the little brother Shu Yao is handled. I can understand avoiding him (because this character in the last life was truly a snake like the mom), but I can't understand being so circumspect about raising him better. Even if the kid is inherently lacking morality, it is possible to force him to learn boundaries!!! Also he's 3.
I just don't feel like anybody got any character development, including the MC and ML.
f**king He Ling and Peter Xiong need a whole arc for us to not only understand them, but what role they play in MC's life/plot ---they get 10 chapters
What kind of seven year old can beat up two adults? I guess he takes them by surprise each time, and he's swift and decisive about his violence but damn.
What the heck everyone's just a foodie lolololol But like I also understand on a spiritual level. Tasty food is Very Important, after all.
And a demon king that gets tamed because he ends up living in domestic bliss with the hero.
The God of Fire (to whom the domain of cooking belongs) even gave him a huge reward for singlehandedly innovating new cuisine in a world that has literally been stagnated in this aspect for hundreds of years.
ALSO the ending fully satisfied my heart in a way the anime wasn't able to. Good god, I needed that reunion.