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Qi Yue, tired of the Jiang Hu disputes, chooses the beautiful Gu Shui Village seclusion and meets someone he wants to love for the rest of his life…

[Gentle black bellied Gong vs Beautiful and Obedient Shou] Farming urban life story with wu xia setting

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New msbwhy rated it
December 29, 2021
Status: --
It's not my first time reading this kind of story (ger universe with farming setting, shou being tortured, gong helped him etc). There are sh*t ton of stories like this and it is also kind of my guilty pleasure or my comfort stories.

But God damn I was literally skimming through chapters.

If you're asking why... Well, I feel like the author threw so many fillers that I couldn't care less. Sure, I like revenge stories & lovely side characters but the story of the MAIN COUPLE... Sigh, it's barely there. It... more>> would be better to focus more on MC & ML relationship building, kinda slice of life-ish feeling, getting to know each other, feeling the countryside vibe... But NO. THEY SHOWED (too much of) HE FAMILY'S MISERABLE STATE AFTER HL'S GETTING MARRIED & HOW THEY'RE ALWAYS TRYING TO PICK ON ML. I'm taking 2 stars from this bcs I feel like the main couple isn't explored too well. They can take it slow with the main couple and get the other side character & revenge to ML family along the way/much later. <<less
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psychofreak rated it
April 22, 2021
Status: Completed
A nice read all in all. It's the typical slice of life, complete with the tr*sh family, an entitled thot, "brothers" or ger (hence the mpreg) and a few twists and turns. Leads are likeable, He Ling started off as a shy and anxious character, then progressed to a strong young man who fights back and can give a bit*h slap or two. He's quite kind hearted, and he's lucky to have Qi Yue as his hubby.

As for Qi Yue, ohoho my guy has his secrets. He does love his... more>> wifey very very much, and will do everything to protect him. All he ever wanted was to live in peace in the countryside with his beloved. He's not really the domineering and cold type, he wasn't shy showing his affection. Just don't make him angry, and don't ever touch his wife, or even look at him wrong.

He's a sage doctor, but he wanted to be low key, so even if he's perfectly capable of treating people, he chooses which ones to help. Also being a doctor, he's perfectly capable of poisoning those who wronged his wife, and those who made the mistake of actually hurting said wife ends up getting broken bones. By him. So yeah..


And then there's the tr*sh family surnamed He. This family "raised" He Ling after his parents and grandma also died. He was their nephew, but was basically treated as that family's s*ave. He was a very beautiful person, as he got his looks from his mother, and this caused him some disdain from envious people, especially his aunt. He was also abused by the He family, especially He Zhen. Ling was lucky Qi Yue had his eyes on him.

This also actually has some nice revenge plots without being a rebirth/rewind genre. The sweet sweet revenge comes after He Ling gets wronged.

Except for He Zhen, that was such a nice long revenge plot. This is what I liked about Qi Yue's character, his revenge doesn't immediately kill people, he prefers to make them suffer for a long time. As I've said earlier, He Zhen was such a damn sonuvab*tch, he was so desperate for the MC that during the wedding day of our leads, that He family switched He Zhen and He Ling, thinking Qi Yue would be none the wiser, but alas, they provoked someone they shouldn't have. Ever. So yeah, the ever "gentle" Qi Yue made sure He Zhen suffered dearly for it. And that was just the beginning. In the end, that whole family got their just desserts.


For side characters, also loveable, I initially thought there'd be too much drama, but there really wasn't. The drama focused on the tr*sh family, and He Zhen's attempts on acting cunning. Emphasis on attempt. Well there was an attempt, at least he succeeded with his tomfoolery of his own family, but when it came to the leads, well...

one of the best moments in the story is when He Ling literally bit*h slapped the heck out of He Zhen's face, not once, not twice, but three consecutive times. It was so cathartic. This is also the time when the vengeance against him was fully realized. After getting bit*h slapped to hell and back by He Ling, Qi Yue pretty much laid out what happened and how he ended up with his sufferings. From the moment of deception during the wedding, how he (QY) secretly poisoned He Zhen to have an incurable disease that would require medicine for the rest of his life, and his choices whether to continue taking the antidote but will shorten his life span or stop taking but live the rest of his life being ugly. It was at this moment he knew he effed up. Too bad, his regret was way too late. On top of all that, he was also married off beforehand (or pretty much sold) to an old man by his family, thinking he'd give them money, so yeah, his life became miserable.


It's a short read, and although I enjoyed it, the ending felt a wee bit short for me. Would've liked a few more extras concerning some side characters. <<less
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Happyface143 rated it
May 22, 2021
Status: c36
I'm sorry but I had to drop this. It's incredibly simple and predictable. Everything is either black and white. I rated it 3 stars because there is some charm and I can see some people getting enjoyment out of this but I can't.

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Everyone in this story is either good or bad. I haven't read alot of chapters but, it just seem so black and white to me. The only grey character so far is the MC but, everything "bad" he does is justified. Not to mention everyone that are not the CP or their friends are complete idiots.

He Zhen so far is the dumbest villain I ever freaking seen. He is the ger cousin that is jealous of the ML. He is so embarrassingly dumb, it makes me feel bad for him. THE AUTHOR LITERALLY MADE ME FEEL BAD FOR THIS ABUSIVE a**hole. The main reason is that he is always the one getting punished. The whole f*cking family are f*cking disgusting, but the author wants me to believe that this 16 year old, should be the one that suffers the most. Are you kidding me? The parents are the ones the should have to suffer for the rest of their lives for abusing and torturing the ml. They should also get punished for rasing their son to become a vain obsessed little demon. But no, the author just continues to have He Zhen become worst and worst. Everything that family did He Zhen got the worst out of it. The author would then have he try to seduce a man that clearly doesn't freaking like him. Like no one can be that dumb. No one would put themselves into that much trouble, for an impossible outcome. But apparently He Zhen does. The boy is trying to nail water to a wall. His fake crying sh*t doesn't work but, he keeps on doing it. Well it does work on the other idiots.

The neighbors in the neighborhood are the most brainless mob I ever seen. The only ones that don't buy He Zhens act are of course the "good" people that don't believe rumours and later become friends with the CP. The ML family literally sold him off to a rapist and then He Zhen disguises himself as the ML to marry the MC. First of all, this is the dumbest plan I ever heard of. Who would ever believe that someone would fall in love with a person that tricked them into marrying them. Second of all, these neighbors really expected the ML to just say "hey, cuz I know you try to steal my husband on our wedding day, but we still cool!" Like are you kidding me.

I did read some spoilers to see what the author is planning to do with He Zhen, but I guess it's just what I expected. He gets worse and worse. Until there is literally no redeeming qualities left. Which sucks because I was hoping he would wake the f*ck and relieze that "hey! Maybe being a awful person isn't such a great idea after all. Maybe I should stop listening to my idiot mother since she clearly doesn't care about me!" But no He Zhen bad and ML is good. Yes this is basically Cinderella, but at least in the Disney sequels Cinderellas step sister isn't a mindless idiot and learns that being a evil crazy bit*h isn't doing her any favors.

Rant over, I'm out!

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AdalSaira rated it
May 25, 2021
Status: Completed
You know what?

When I read the earliest chapter, I think "what an amateur writing." (This is cause I already have a bias after reading the comments how the story is like Cinderella 🤣😌)

Also, about the cliche, it's really true. But instead to use the word 'cliche', I more like to phrases it as 'classic' 😎🤠

... more>> The flow of the story... humm 🤔 I can't call it really exciting but more like, the author can make me want to read the next chapter after next chapter 😗

It's like, when you eat something that have mild spiciness with nostalgic taste. You know how it taste but still want to eat it over and over again 😋😋

😂 We call something cliche not because the scene has been repeated again and again and make it not surprising anymore. But instead, we call it a cliche because, even tho the scene is being repeated, we still expect it to happen 👍🥰 and it's author's job to create this 'cliche' not boring when they are presented to the reader 🤭😉

Once again, good job author 😝🙌

Huft, , , anyway, I like this novel. Not the kind where I want to read it again in the future, but a relaxing novel that can you read at your break time 🙆💆

Thank you for reading my review and I am sorry if my English is bad, haha 😂, need to take more classes 😅🙃 <<less
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ppomv rated it
October 27, 2021
Status: --
It's not the worst. It's not the best. Like the other reviews, there's only "good" or "bad" characters. Everyone against MC and ML is bad, everyone with them is good. If someone does something hateful, MC is guaranteed to smile distainfully. ML is a white lotus that bad characters love to bully and MC loves to save. That's the story.


The best character is the horse who likes wine.

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judeiiro rated it
May 3, 2021
Status: Completed
This was one hell of a ride for a laidback countryside read. Our MC, the gong, is a man with a mysterious background and the ML is an extraordinarily beautiful ger who is ostracised by his family and villagers. For a majority of the novel, it focuses on the fast blooming romance between the unlikely couple after MC falls in love at first sight and saves ML from his abusive family. MC is truly the most brutal sweet smiling man I've ever read, it's refreshingly terrifying!

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MC is a powerful medicine and poison practitioner of Jianghu so I think you can see where we're going from here :)

    • MC poisons the disgusting ger who is favoured in ML's family so that his skin will fester all his life and he will be ugly without medicine
    • Following that, MC as the hidden boss of the medical hall, prescribes a powerful medicine that will cure his skin but the medicine hurts like hell and will eventually kill him (but MC doesn't mention this until the final confrontation)
    • MC kills the pervert that ML's family tried to give ML to (never actually proven but you just know, yknow?)
    • ML's eldest cousin injured ML in his attempt to rob MC & ML's home and in turn received a broken arm and a broken mind (he went insane) thanks to MC
    • I think MC did some more things but I was honestly so numb from his lethality that I just zoned out
ML's family is probably the most screwed up novel family I've read recently! &Gt;: (MC deals with them with his mysterious skills and the lethality cannot compare to the common faceslaps in other novels. I feel enlightened and very scared so thankfully MC is not real.


besides the typical abuse and neglect + spreading rumors + that one disgusting favoured ger in the family so that ML cannot get married and will forever be their s*ave, they literally do the following??

    • drug ML the night before his wedding to MC and give the drugged up ML to a known pervert
    • attempt to fool MC and replace ML with the disgusting ger on the wedding day????

after the ger gets his due karma and married off to a 60-year-old rich man in the next village, in retaliation:

    • the disgusting ger schemes against his own brother and sister-in-law to sleep with each other by drugging them and using aphrodisiac incense
    • he literally hires people to injure a little kid so that he can spread rumours that ML is a broom star and everyone close to him will get bad luck??
    • once that doesn't work, the ger attempts to drug ML again but this time to abort ML's pregnancy! &Gt;: (

it was kinda nice reading the dogs biting each other as their schemes fall apart but dang, such ugly characters!


The story flow after the laidback village life turned quite stressful as MC's past opens up and surprisingly, ML has some stuff revealed too! Great stuff! Especially since this does not involve any transmigration or reincarnation. Rated this 4 stars because the schemes and action stressed me out so hard but it's a good read nonetheless! Definitely would recommend! <<less
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steambunni_ rated it
September 13, 2021
Status: Completed
Honestly, it got so cute after their marriage that I had to mtl the rest of the novel.

The pluses for me

  • doting gong (Qi Yue) with a mysterious background

    which is revealed in the later chapters

  • mpreg where the baby is born and briefly appears to be cared for
  • spice, you may not see it but it's there lmao I'm licking up all the crumbs
  • shou is not that annoying - his growth could be less awkward but that may just be fantastic google translations
What made it taste a little bland was

  • the recurrence of abusive parents, scabbing relatives and jealous passersby
  • Shallow kind of characters - the second ML who appears the the latter half of the story, the family, etc.
  • pregnancy felt as if it was just to reinforce the idea of men being able to give birth (no particular detail regarding monthly cycles or whatever involving comes with having a womb and ovaries)
  • there is no more domesticity after the baby is born
I will reread after translations (not google lmao) are complete <3 would definitely recommend to those who don't mind a loosely-based-cinderella-trope (poor to wealthy enough to no think about the food) and consistent scenarios of conflict that look like plot but is not really.
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takame rated it
May 21, 2021
Status: Completed
Ger-verse, Gong/seme main character. I'd describe the MC as a "devil with a gentleman's face". The antagonists are stressful lol. That is, the ml's natal family. In the last arc Mc's background will be revealed. Meanwhile, major part of the story is filled with romance and some bit of faceslap (or rather MC getting revenge for ml). While the bun is just born in the end, the mpreg part take a big part of the story as the author take time telling its progress from conception to dangers and finally... more>> giving birth.

3.5 for me. It has the same old romance plot pretty ok, not memorable but can serve as a pastime. I'm here for the ger-verse tho. <<less
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August 11, 2021
Status: c18
I really don't want to be mean, but this is ju:t not up to my taste, currently in chapter 18 and instead of enjoying it, Im just filled with constant anxiety. I'm planning on dropping it after knowing what happened, but I don't know, maybe I should give it a chance. I just don't like it when I feel very anxious while reading, it makes me stay to read more yes, but Its really obnoxious.

Edit; I just got with the anxiety inducing chapters and decided, I might give it a... more>> chance. I hope I wasn't too harsh with my comment, I really don't like being harsh, since writing is really hard and I can tell hard work is put into it

Edit again (XD) I love it now, it might be cinderella story but there's nothing wrong with enjoying it ! <<less
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Nana24 rated it
May 13, 2021
Status: Completed
I love reading this novel!

I love the part when MC destroy ML's cousin family, this family deserves the punishment for mistreating ML since young. It's a short story, tho I hope to read more about his child, and other side pairings too! There does not really have a lot of villains other than the ML's cousin family and


a minor Jiang hu senior brother, Hán yáng who wanted the position of the poison valley.

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Vi_lace34 rated it
December 2, 2021
Status: --
If you don't like a pushover ML and an author who keeps trying to milk the same villain to pester the MC and ML then don't read this novel because good god I'm getting frustrated on how many times do they have to make the cousin keep reappearing and why they just didn't cut the root of the problem to prevent it from growing. Also the personality of the ML is irritating, makes me want to root for the villain to succeed and steal MC instead as to show ML... more>> that if he keeps that weak act of his he'll be facing the consequences

edit: ML just redeem himself but if you can tolerate his weak attitude for the first 30+ chapters then you can read this novel to pass time... (nevermind he didnt redeem himself, his only character is being beautiful, being oh so still attached to his cousin's family and a damsel distress)

I'm more interested at the side couple's story at least they're more interactive and less stressful to read than the main couple <<less
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Fisukisuki rated it
November 26, 2021
Status: c72
I'm giving it 5 starts because so far the story was Great and Satisfying.

ML is no pushover. Since he marry MC, his Character growth is Splendid!!! The Supporting Characters aka MC and ML's friends, Absolutely Soooooooo Goooood!!!! The Side CP is CUTE AND WE LOVE THEM SO MUCH!!!

MC though... So far his characteristic is Top Notch. He's more than just Black-belly. ... more>>

He's Straight-up Yandere! He doesn't have problem being Cruel toward people who deserve it. And showing or telling what he did to his Friends and Wife. He is very good to his Friends and is Loving toward ML and would never hurt him! ML also handle MC's personality/cruelity pretty well. Since it's not placed wrongly.


The Satisfying Faceslappings. The Fluff between MC and ML. The Friendship feels between ML and others. The Cute Side CP. Very Very Nice Novel!

I pray the rest of the Story is as Satisfying!!! 🙏🙏🙏🙏🙏 <<less
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June 12, 2021
Status: c50
3-4 stars

I get the phrase 'no one falls in love at first sight with someone else's personality'--- but, it's also somewhat tiring to see a plot progress with a transmigrator falling in love with a 'cute', 'beautiful', 'intriguing' one the day they Transmigrate or move to the country side in this case.

Yes, I found this story enjoyable, but not refreshing after reading -transmigration of mian, transmigrating into the ancient times with Lu's convenience etc, .

Yes, I understand the mentality that such 'tragic' pasts were common in the ancient times but... more>> really, what time wasn't? Besides, is every antagonist ger really that s*upid to keep pining to an already taken tree? <<less
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SAddict rated it
May 15, 2021
Status: --
Story is like Cinderella:


Once upon a time there was a beautiful ger who was mistreated by his family. One day a handsome charming in a horse came.... you know the rest


Still really good tho just really cliche.
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Erudite.Cielo rated it
May 7, 2021
Status: Completed
I love this story! So awesome! (・∀・) I didn't expect the MC's character though.. But he's cool. (/^▽^) /
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