Contract Marriage


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Han Yang never thought he would one day sell himself into a marriage with another man. He believed his life would be mundane but that man, named HeLian Qing, broke his pre-planned life. Parental debt, a child’s compensation, he had no chance whatsoever to resist, he has no ability to resist.

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He thought this marriage was simply an unwanted one, but soon after he discovered that… his husband’s BODY IS MORE HONEST THAN HIS MOUTH. That man was a duplicitous, tsundere to the extreme!
Han Yang: “Everyday all there is, is my husband’s vicious tongue and my weary heart.”

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dontbotherlovingme rated it
July 5, 2018
Status: Completed
The ML is a major tsundere. Because of this, he tends to say mean things to the MC but in reality, he's just super shy and very gentle.

One example:

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Because the MC has a bad health through which he suffers stomach aches and whenever it's cold, his legs became numb, the ML asked his chef to teach him to make healthy soups. When he offered it to the MC, the soup was not at par to the MC's taste, the ML was so embarrassed, he told the MC that it's his new chef who made it. After that, the ML still continued to practice and give it to the MC. He took down notes and even plan to take the MC to a hospital to take acupuncture to heal his legs. Don't worry, the MC later found out and made him love the ML more.


The MC doesn't love him at first. He's the typical studies first, find a job and help granpa protagonist. He has his priorities which makes him lovable. Also, he is a perfect match for the ML because he is calm, while the ML has a very bad temper. He later also found out, the ML might have a poisonous tongue, but was very devoted and gentle. With this, he fell in love with the ML. The parents and grandfather of the ML is also very gentle to the MC. So this is not the cliche parents doesn't like the MC because they're the same gender and is of low status.

Also, major spoiler. *Warning


The ML have loved the MC for many years. He first met the MC at a competion and even followed the MC to his hometown and watched him. He also asked his friend to send the MC's data to him. So it's not a surprise why he knows too much of the MC like how the MC has no allergies etc. After five years, he met the MC again and realized the MC always has a place in his heart so when an opportunity came, he took it.


Well, I'll rate this novel with 4 stars. The story is full of fluff and the ML is funny because he's a full time tsundere. The plot, however, is simple. There's no angst and hard conflicts. It focuses more on MC cultivating feelings for the ML and ML trying his best so that the MC would accept him as his husband in tsundere type of way.

If you don't like too much drama, read this. <<less
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btsdynamiteAUG21 rated it
September 11, 2020
Status: Completed
A good novel to read if you want to finish it just in one-sitting.

I just wished that ML courted the MC before the "pre" marriage so that they could cultivate feelings more. Either way, it's still pretty good.

The MC and ML were so cute. I love how MC has different sides and mischief not only the shy side. ML is the typical "tsundere" but warm at heart.

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starryskies rated it
June 2, 2020
Status: extra 1
I feel that this deserves a 3 overall, but I'm giving it a 4 for the ML openly asking for the MC's consent and respecting his wishes most of the time. I'll order my personal opinion on this novel into what I liked and disliked about it.


    • The beginning - Considering the ML's behavior later, him forcing the MC into the contract by threatening the grandpa MC loved most, then slapping the MC in the face again and again with how little choice he has in the matter doesn't make sense. His brilliant (not) idea of forcing the MC into a contracted marriage also brought the MC's scummy parents who'd left him to die back into his peaceful life, giving him unneeded grief. Seeing how thoughtful the ML is later on, it doesn't make sense that he would overlook the ramifications of his actions to this degree.
    • MC's quick acceptance - It started off with the MC displaying his backbone without being impolite, but he starts making excuses in favor of the ML pretty quickly. He should have held out a little longer, but that's just my opinion.
    • One-dimensional side characters - Everyone except the MC and ML seems to have only one purpose each and they stick to it. For example, the ML's mother's only function seems to be to act caring towards the MC. ML's friend's only purpose is to bug him about the MC. MC's friends' only purpose seems to be to comment about MC's love life etc. It doesn't take away from the story, but it certainly doesn't add much either.
    • The ML's reason for starting to love the MC - It was pretty underwhelming and nothing more than the typical love at first sight tinged with obsession. I was expecting a more substantial reason than a 15-year-old MC's appearance making a good impression on a 25 years or so old adult man. I have to say that it was discomfiting how the ML had thoughts of making the MC his when the poor lad was only 15.

    • The MC's will matters - The relationship only progresses when the MC feels ready to take the next step. The ML lets him set the pace in all the important places.
    • The MC takes initiative - He isn't just some doll being pulled around by the ML and he doesn't just react to situations as they come. He initiates some of their romantic scenes, especially later on, and even gets bold a few times. He has a somewhat defined personality and acts in accordance with that.
    • The ML is very caring - And it isn't done in an intentional or flaunting way. The ML's purpose in being good to him is clearly not just to woo the MC but because he truly wants the MC to be comfortable, healthy, and happy. I for one was really gratified when the MC found out about the lengths the ML was going for his sake. It's very sweet~
    • Their dynamics - While I won't say it's a completely equal type of relationship since the ML still holds some dominance, it's much healthier than most of the BL out there. They tease, joke, and laugh with each other. Despite his strong tsundere personality and sharp tongue, the ML isn't all that unreasonable. MC also openly reciprocates the ML's care in a few occasions. Their relationship progresses steadily and without any unexplained increase in affections.
    • Lack of drama - I really appreciate the consistent lack of angst or high drama throughout the story. It helped keep the focus on the romance rather than devolving into anything messy or annoying.
    • The story flow - It's paced well and gives us all the crucial details while quickly glossing over the unnecessary parts. I didn't feel lost or confused anywhere. The descriptions and events were related in a concise manner. Nothing stood out in a bad way.
In conclusion, though there were a few irksome points, it was overall a decent read if one can get past the beginning few chapters where the ML is a right a-hole. In contrast, the ending left me with a content feeling and wishing for the couple's continued happiness.
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Ann_Risha rated it
July 3, 2018
Status: c3
It's actually very well translated that the story flows very evenly. There are few grammatical errors, but it's not glaringly obvious so you don't have to worry about that.

The plot so far is also good. Not rushed, but enough plot that you can see where the story is heading. There's already something happening for the first three chapters and it leaves an impression that it makes you want to learn about the story and its characters more. The marriage is not sudden, not like "I see you and I like... more>> you so I tricked you into becoming my wife" sudden but because of unavoidable circumstances (whuch you will know of when you read it).

It's a sweet story with actual plot. I'm looking forward to it. <<less
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earlgreyt rated it
December 15, 2019
Status: Completed
Fluffy, pretty angst-free and pretty stereotypical BL with a forced/contract marriage that gets a happy ending. MC is pretty proactive, ML is very tsundere/poison-tongued, so interactions are pretty humorous.

I'd give this a higher rating if there wasn't a couple things:

    • Seriously creepy, the ML is said to be near 30 when the MC is 20, and the ML fell in love with the MC when he was 15. Yes, 15 and at that time, the ML was ALREADY working so he had to have been like 23-25...
    • MC gets over the "forced" contract marriage very very quickly. The reasoning is that "oh ML can get almost whoever he wants without needing a contract"... yes but what does that have to do with the fact that he forced you to live in his home, sleep on the same bed with him, eat dinner with him every day, basically forcefully interact with him like a mol*stor instead of a normal person chasing another person???
    • Forced/contract marriage plot reasoning didn't make much sense. I feel that if the ML really respected the MC, he wouldn't have gone the crazy route of forcing him with money/debt and rather just wooed him like a regular person since his "conditions" were so good (tall/rich/handsome) meh
That aside, translation is pretty good if a little too literal at times.
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jklm rated it
January 9, 2021
Status: c2
I just couldn't get into this (as seen by how I only read 2 chapters). The main problem is the premise. The ML is just a creepy villain. There's "tsundere, " and then there is "stalker who finds the parents who abandoned you at age 5 and uses their debt to threaten you and your adoptive grandfather to force you into marriage while claiming ownership of you. And acting like an anti-social a**hole."

ML, maybe try starting with "hello, " instead. Or therapy. This ML reads as the villainous cannon-fodder that... more>> the real ML would rescue the MC from.

This is supposed to be a modern setting, which makes it even more unacceptable. The MC should be way more upset.

So yeah, I'm not going to bother with this one. <<less
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BillionJellyfish rated it
July 13, 2019
Status: Completed

Summary: The MC's parents sold the MC off to the ML in order to pay their debts. Now the MC and ML are in a contract marriage. This is the story of the MC's daily life with the ML.

MC: a third year computer science college student, comes from a poor background, a very tolerant Saint

... more>> ML: a typical cold CEO, a tsundere, acts like an arrogant princess

In the beginning, the interactions between the MC and ML is terrible due to the contract marriage, but after the MC discovers the ML's tsundere side, their interactions become much more sweet and heartwarming. This short story is a great dose of dog food for the single soul. <<less
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Yukkie rated it
January 15, 2021
Status: Completed
One words to describe the story:


Basically it's the ML who first one fall in love in the first sight, he type that so tsundere to some extent, haha.

He patient tho, but his mouth sometimes like a knife but cute.

No rape btw. It's pure love tho.

Pretty Recommended ✨
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Heny rated it
October 22, 2019
Status: extra
It's too much... aaaah so sweet... luv it

'Han Yang grunted in ascent, curling into Helian Qing’s arms, holding the other man’s hand under the covers, “Goodnight, Gége.”

“Goodnight, ” Helian Qing held him, whispering, “my darling.” '
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XER rated it
May 24, 2022
Status: Completed
I was going to give this a 3, because it was kind of cute, but then I thought about it, and it’s really not lol.

I feel like having a lover like the ML would be pretty terrifying, and that not enough time was allocated for the MC to deal with the trauma of his parents/childhood/love issues. If the ML was written as loving and soft, I could see him lowering the MC’s walls and letting him believe in love, but this tsundere character just doesn’t feel like it would make... more>> sense.

While there was no sexual assault, there was still a lot of issues with consent that I would argue are worse than normal because it’s viewed as cute. (Ex. You can’t leave me. I stalked you when you were 15. I’m ten years older and coerced you to marry me. You have to sleep beside me.)

With just a little more nuance, this story could have been a favourite.

Read this story for mindless fluff. Didn’t do it for me. <<less
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Lea168 rated it
December 1, 2021
Status: Completed

This story gets better after each chapter!

ML is quite like a jerk in the first few chapters, but luckily that changes fast. He is tsundere but becomes more and more the type that does and says shameless things instead of tsundere.

... more>> I LOVE MC. He is very straight forward and not the oblivious type. He faces problems head on and is pro active in their relationship as soon as he has sorted out his feelings.

Equally I love ML later on. He is the same pro active type, saying shamelessly sweet things. Also, his public confession is so hot and sweet!!

I deducted 0.5 points due to the premise and rude, jerky behavior of ML at the start. It is cliche and too much Kdrama setting.

ML once saw MC briefly when he was a teenager and loved him since. He couldn't forget and got obsessed till later on he found him again. ML uses MC's biological parents debt to force MC to marry him. Seriously author, couldn't you come up with a better premise??

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KeraShr rated it
June 15, 2021
Status: Completed
I just have one word to sum up the whole novel


Even though I read the synopsis before reading the novel, I thought ML was being a bit cruel. But as the novel went on I found ML as a tsundere who was TOO cute.

MC is younger than ML (ML calls him kid) but I found MC to be very mature for his age. He was also loyal & caring both to his own grandpa & ML's family.

I loved both MC & ML! Truly a match made in heaven 🥰
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Michelle-08 rated it
June 3, 2021
Status: Completed
The ML is a sharp tongue "princess" tsundere but loves our shou so much. The MC is a very sweet silly little patootie.

What I love about this is that, the ML never ever force the MC to submit to him. He let the MC grow and recognised his feelings towards him. The MC's internal monologue is the funniest! There's no actual villain in the story (the parents? Nah! I don't categorised them as villains actually). The story is easy to follow, no complicated plots. The ML and MC's bickering is... more>> too funny most of the time.

Story 9/10. <<less
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Fisukisuki rated it
April 27, 2021
Status: Completed
I should never doubt it. It's Absolutely Perfection!!!

At first, I was slightly worried about how their relationship would grow. But since literally only at the 2nd or 3rd chapter, I know I should not. And it's get better and better!!!

Like seriously... ML IS THE BEST!!! He's the Most Tsundere Gong I have ever know Ever! I though Qiu Xing from Husband with Terminal Illness was the most Epic Tsundere Gong ever, I was wrong! This ML; Helian Qing, is the Most Epic Gold Win Tsundere Gong Ever !!! He has... more>> sharp tongue, act Highty Mighty, absolute Tsundere! But all his actions is The Most Sweetest and Loving and Fcking Precious!!! Best Hubby!!! Expect the part his Tongue is Sharp, he's Literally The Most Loving Caring Doting Devoted Best Husband & Lover EVER!!!

And the way MC handle ML's personality and action was really Great! MC is from Mild Cautious to Patient, and more Understanding, get more Playful, and then keep Falling from ML.


Beside the MC's suppose-to-be parents, EVERYONE is THE BEST CHARACTERS EVER!!!

The novel is Perfect! The Characters is Perfect! The Ending is Perfect!!!

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Irissska O_o rated it
August 29, 2020
Status: Completed

The MC was forced into a contract marriage by ML who loved him for many years but who never even approached him before that! It is like ok I love that person so much should I probably accidentally meet him somewhere and introduce myself or maybe arrange internship for him in my company or just simply come up to him and ask him out? Nah, too boring, I will blackmail him into marrying me, this way it will feel more special, how many ppl when asked a question "how did you meet" can answer "oh, we met when my parents took a lot of money from him and then sold me to him to repay their debt".

This creepy and rude ML with his weird logic freaked me out. But it was short at least.

Translation was quite good (not ideal but much better than many translations out there) so I give 1 more star for it.
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December 30, 2019
Status: Completed
Three stars- the idea of how the couple got together was present the entire time I was reading this novel (and the background regarding it), which kind of ruined it for me. An earlier three star rating review summed up my sentiments exactly. If that aspect could be taken out, I would give it a higher rating. So, take that as you will; I'm not saying you shouldn't read it, but I personally could not get full enjoyment out of it.
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teajikan rated it
October 4, 2019
Status: Completed
I totally recommend this novel for those who are looking for light reading, fluffy relationship and loving kissing scenes (like me).

The characters have strong writing, the plot is interesting and well-written, the progress of the relationship flows nicely and without those awkward phases. The tsundere-ness of the ML could turn you off the first few chapters, but the way MC handles it would make you get used to it, and even feel it's cute at some points.



the intimate scene was very well written and hot!

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Cole rated it
April 13, 2019
Status: Completed
uwu so cute and sweet ah, , I really liked the chemistry between the MC and the tsundere ML ><


i also liked the character of the ml, even though he always bullies our MC, he really loves him to the point of waiting for him for years. Although personally I think it would be better if there's a bit more information about the past (where ML first saw the mc) nevertheless, it's a good read. Really light and sweet.

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Xiu_er rated it
July 11, 2022
Status: Completed
I... I feel conflicted. The translation quality is good, the MC is also the type that can't be disliked. But the ML just rubs me the wrong way in some areas.

Before this novel I read another one with a tsundere ML. But that tsundere ML was the kind of tsundere that was fun to tease, all bark and no bite yet devoted and understanding towards his love interest. Unlike the ML here who actually forced the MC into an unwanted marriage and left the younger man no choice but to... more>> compromise. While he did redeem himself a bit by caring for the MC in many ways, his poisonous tongue at the beginning soured my impression of him as I am not a fan of verbal abuse, gaslighting and other toxic behavior even if it is supposed to disguise a soft heart.

On top of that, I feel sketched out by the fact that he fell in love at first sight with the MC when the MC was just barely fifteen, a high schooler, and he was 25, a working adult. And the thing that made him fall in love was because the MC was like a blank paper/canvas, aka. pure. Ah... The ick factor just went through the roof when I read that. Creepy pedo vibes galore~ At least, he waited for the MC to be of age, I guess.


I'm just glad that the MC has a good mentality, able to adapt and conquer, aka. be an example of Stockholm syndrome. Had it been me, I would have been a dead fish instead of a salted fish because I am stubborn and petty af. Aye... At least he is happy in the end... <<less
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Meds rated it
July 7, 2022
Status: Completed
Wow the story is beautiful, short and sweet. I really fell in love with the both of them. Thank you translator sama for you hard work.
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