Dare to Love


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The arrogant man who seeks perfection, hotel CEO Min SeonJae.
The woman who expresses the shape of love, hearing-impaired florist Lee YeonJung.

He finally realized why he put the woman inside his car at the parking lot as if he were kidnapping her. It wasn’t out of sympathy. He had never once felt sympathy for anyone in the thirty-two years of his life.

He was sexually attracted to her. Unbelievably attracted.

“I’m… using you righ’ now, you know.”

“It doesn’t matter.”

No matter what it took, he wanted to leave traces of himself in her silent world.

Associated Names
One entry per line
연정을 품다, 감히
Related Series
Ever Ever After (1)
The Man’s Perfect Wife (1)
Swallow One’s Breath (1)
Pygmalion (1)
Between Seasons (1)
The Situation in Her Bed (1)
Recommendation Lists
  1. Cant stop (re-) reading - great translation too
  3. Venus & Mars (R18)
  4. Obsessive MLs
  5. 5/5 Chinese romance novels

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07/13/22 NoveltyReaders extra 4 part2
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06/29/22 NoveltyReaders extra 2
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06/22/22 NoveltyReaders c14 part2
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clairebearicade rated it
April 8, 2022
Status: c3.2
Wow. Just wow. Like how did anyone think this was a good idea?? It’s like if the trope where the terrible original fiancé is replaced with a better side character, except there is no new better guy, just the bad original one. And his reaction to her being deaf was like describing her like she was some kind of monster?! But then he was like “wait no... , I think I could bang” then destroys her in bed and is like “hm lol so weird bcuz I’m normally always an... more>> Adonis in bed, I can’t imagine why she kept sobbing and crying and begging me to stop after I violently enter with no foreplay, (cuz like, remember, I’m a super manly stud who stands above all you plebs, so she was obv already fully turned on). Also, this is a business transaction so don’t go catching feels now that I’m starting this abusive relationship!” <<less
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YouToon rated it
June 12, 2022
Status: c13
This is not a fantasy of a cold clumsy Prince Charming and Cinderella. It's closer to a dark modern take on Beauty and the Beast.

Our male protagonist is a man raised to believe he must meet a specific vision of physical, social and economic perfection in order to earn the position he's been told for a lifetime he was unworthy of. All consideration, empathy, and non profitable respect has been trained out of him through a rigid diet of disdain and withheld approval kept just at the tip of his... more>> grasping fingertips. It's no surprise he's an entitled, selfish asshat who conducts all interpersonal relationships like business negotiations. He's also a void of despair and his ableism is at it's worst when running from his own insecurity.

Our female protagonist is an artist who loves music, adventure and beauty. She prioritizes personal freedom after a lifetime of being confined by, defined by and isolated by her lack of hearing. A romantic loss that lingers motivates her desire to distract herself in the fleeting passionate love affair our male protagonist appears to steamroll her into. Make no mistake: she is a willing participant who sees no harm as they have no longterm future. She is also flattered and overjoyed to be seen as a woman first and a deaf person second.

Their connection is heartfelt. I really appreciate that the worst actions of our MP

-basically the first half of the story-

are written from his perspective. We may not agree but at least we can understand and even pick up on what he lies to himself about. I do feel the writer could spend more time better explaining our FP's past relationship. The half written from her perspective is enlightening. I'm just left with that one question mark into her past and thinking.

Its not marked completed as of chapter 13. I do feel

because this was the turning point in their relationship where they are now totally honest and expressive of their needs

it was a good time to review. Curious about what comes next. :) <<less
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Potatoteeth rated it
July 13, 2022
Status: Completed
The ML of the first half is a hysterical piece of tr*sh, the kind that is a thousand times more expensive to recycle than to destroy. Luckily, once properly stimulated, he is self-neutralising tr*sh who actually has the guts to come to terms with himself and change inside out. FL is a champ who could take him because

... more>>

she is an escapist who is equally willing to screw up the lives of others. She abandoned and ghosted her disabled husband, then did something similar again years after. Her growth arc comes pretty late, and the story did a good job making sure we know ML's not the only one messed up.


Both are the product of their environment, both work hard to change, and things become better. Writing and translation are both ace, you won't regret reading this! 5 stars. <<less
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September 7, 2022
Status: Completed
Summary: Born as a result of his wealthy father's affair, Min SeonJae always felt like he had something to prove. In order to prove that his identity was more than that of his illegitimacy, he strove to take over the business world, no matter what it took. However, everything changed when he met Lee YeonJung.

Deaf from the moment she was born, YeonJung's world was forever silent. Burdened by her own insecurities, YeonJung did her best to live a bright, fulfilling life. She became an acclaimed florist that transformed her clients'... more>> weddings into a fairytale. When SeonJae burst into her silent world, he showed her the beauty and love that had been missing all along.

Warning: Depictions of verbal, emotional abuse.

Review: The first half is hard to read. The male lead is such an a**hole, and it's hard to sympathize with him at all. However, he definitely does a lot of groveling in the second half. If you are a reader who enjoys watching the male lead squirm and beg for affection, this may be the book for you! The female lead reminds me of a fairy. She has an otherworldly aura about her, and the male lead has a hard time deciphering her thoughts and actions. However, when the author switches to her POV in the second half, we can understand how shaky her world really is. I found it difficult to get through the first half of the novel, but I thought it was an interesting read in the end. <<less
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OtomeAddict rated it
April 9, 2022
Status: c3.3
I'm assuming that we are meant to hate the ML (narrator) given how ableist, chauvinistic, and hedonistic he is. How I feel about him is that I really dislike him, but oddly I want to keep reading partly because of that. Idk what that says about me but allow me to explain myself... Once in a while, instead of portraying the handsome and elite ML as being surprisingly kind/clumsy etc. it is kind of interesting to see someone corrupt, self-serving, and easy to understand like how we think of real... more>> corrupt greedy executives. He is exactly the punchable scum that a reader would hate and want to see the downfall of. That's precisely why I'm here. I want to him to be anxious, confused, upset, and kicked to the curb. Hopefully this isn't like one of those sh*++y overly long manhua where the ML forces himself onto the FL, she gets preggo and runs away and then he chases after her and stays ever the flaming garbage he was at the beginning.

As for the FL, I'm as confused as he here? It's only 3 chapters (ML pov) in so I can't judge that hard but we have no clue why she is going along with this nonchalantly. I hope it's not because she's just that pure and innocent because I'm going to drop a star if that turns out to be true.

The translator is working hard. One of these stars was for them. <<less
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Jnineallthetime rated it
January 22, 2023
Status: --
Actually it's a 2.5 for me, but NU apparently decided on my star rating.

The reason for the rating is that I never felt emotionally invested in the characters or their relationship. I don't understand why the FL chose to have a strangers-with-benefits relationship with the ml. From his POV it seems like she could take him or leave him and yet allowed him to use her and treat her like a thing. Why?

Everyone seems to hate the ml, but I liked him more than the fl. He was an arse,... more>> but it was clearly as a result of how he was brought up, emotional immaturity and self-defense more than just being horrible.


The ML knew there were no feelings between him and his fiance, but the FL didn't know this and still had a s*xual relationship with him. The ML grew up in a world were marriage meant nothing, but she did not and yet never felt bad for being the other woman.


Although both had questionable morals, he wasn't actually taught better.

To me the smut was boring since there wasn't feelings behind it. He might have desperately wanted her, but she seemed to just have an opening in her diary so she went with it.

Anyhoo, I found it to be a bloodless read that I won't repeat. <<less
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sushi roll
sushi roll rated it
December 14, 2022
Status: Completed
Another wonderful read from this translator! If you've ever read My Lady from the same translator, then this would be right up your alley.

This turned out sooo much better than I expected. In the first half I loved the spicy stuff as well as the intensity as well as that anxiety over their unstable relationship mixed with the mystery of their characters. The second half was where all the depth and emotional rollercoaster was at. It was such a ride tbh.

At first I didn't like the ML all that much... more>> cuz he screamed red flag all over but eventually you can't help but fall for him. Both the ML and FL are flawed humans in their own ways in respect on how they grew up in their lives. With ML having to live under the pressure of "having to be perfect and flawless" and with FL living with the struggles of her disability. If you love the hurt/comfort/inner struggles/past trauma tropes this is for you. I love how beautifully our lead's relationship develops, its a lot of stuggles but beautiful nevertheless. You'll definitely not regret reading this, a 10/10 for me. <<less
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Fathom rated it
September 25, 2022
Status: Completed
A beautiful romantic story about an illegitimate son fighting for his place in the family's hotel business and a deaf floral designer.

The ML comes off as a super insensitive jerk who is about to get married in business arranged marriage with another heiress with strings attached. However, the ML meets the FL when he confronts her about a wedding arrangement for one of his clients. Coming off at a lost in each confrontation with a deaf woman, he eventually realizes his strange attraction to her.

In the first part of the... more>> story, the ML is really a jerk and mean to the FL with a disability. But because the POV is always from the ML, all you see is that the FL seems to be indifferent and that as a reader you can start feeling that the ML is all bluster.

In the second part of the story, the POV is from the FL. Once you begin to understand the feelings of her insecurities, you can't help falling in love with her and the ML.

Both characters have a lot of depth and you can't help feeling for the both of the main characters. It's a painful journey for the both of them in their search for freedom from all the ties that hold them back from loving freely and finding their happily ever after ending. <<less
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webnovelreader_eri rated it
August 11, 2022
Status: Completed
For those who will rate this sooooo good read webnovel with a single star with foul reviews 😒 make it sure that you will read until the epilogue and extra chaps!

Done binge reading it for a couple of nights and I'm completely empty inside rn, like I want to read moreeeee! 😭 Missing my SeonYeon couple 😭❤️

P.S I'm gonna reread this amazing webnovel again and again.

  • #sepanx is real
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chande rated it
July 19, 2022
Status: Completed
This story is so beautiful. Let me tell you, don't give up on ML yet when you read the ealier chapters. I know he was horrible and arrogant in those chapters but he would change later. That's what I love about this story: character development. We could see how he tried to change to be a better person for FL.

Meanwhile, FL might appear strong in the beginning but she actually hid her insecurity and inferiority in her heart. She never trully overcame the blow of being a deaf person although... more>> she lived like that all her life. Oftentimes, she chose to run away because she was afraid of being hurt. Fortunately, ML never tired of assuring her over and over again until she could be brave enough to stand by his side.

As for the sm*t, it was quite good and they're plenty of them and this story also had a happy ending. <<less
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Riley0320 rated it
July 16, 2022
Status: extra 4 part2
I've said this before but I'll say it again, I love strong female characters!!! And the FL in this novel is one despite her disability. She's passionate and successful in her field and has a very chill go with the flow attitude, though her backstory is a bit sad.

I love that both FL and ML are flawed in many different ways which are revealed to the readers in due time. Both are complicated characters and have valid reasons for acting and doing the things they've done in the novel. And... more>> I really like their growth as characters, especially ML.

I agree that ML's actions and thoughts in the first few chapters are discriminating and offensive but it portrays how most able bodied people think of people with disability in real life. And this is one of the reasons why I love this novel because it puts that issue into light and educates the readers that it shouldn't be that way.

And, of course, the smut scenes are hot af and there are a lot. Hahaha all in all the novel is a gem. Thank you translator for translating! <<less
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Kakaako rated it
July 8, 2022
Status: extra 3 part2
Honestly, I had some reservations too when I read the summary and negative reviews but they were all unfounded. I love this novel. I love how strong and resolute our female lead is and the redemption arc of the ML It’s also refreshing to have the ML’s pov too. I love how she has a backbone. These two are flawed. Their relationship was a train wreck but they were both able to find themselves despite the initial toxicity of their relationship. Excellent translation quality. Kim-paa’s Doppio Sensio is well loved... more>> but I prefer this work over it. It’s just as steamy and the complicated characters are fleshed out. This one is a favourite. <<less
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Sarah Jolie
Sarah Jolie rated it
October 10, 2022
Status: --
Ohh.. I love the characters development.. FL has a strong characteristics even though she's deaf.. The ML is getting better in each episodes..

Do read this
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Ianna2 rated it
September 6, 2022
Status: Completed
I just found out a gem! It's really beautiful. This novel made me cry then laugh throughout the story. I'll miss ML & FL's love story. ♡
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DemonGodSimp rated it
March 4, 2023
Status: extra 4 part2
His journey from a jerk to considerate lover to responsible father is what makes me consider him as one of the best. In a world of eat or be eaten, having a cold and indifferent attitude will somewhat guarantee one's survival so I kinda understand his upbringing and how he act at first. So when he, a man who is greedy for money and power, decided to give up everything just to better himself and be suitable to chase her: thats when I know that he definitely has to be... more>> on my favorite ML list.
A man, who still has an endless desire for you even after years of marriage and/or body change due to childbirth, is an unspoken wish of some women (me included). Some may be joking when saying this but deep inside, it may be true <<less
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HelaGoddess rated it
November 25, 2022
Status: Completed
With all the previous reviews, I jumped to the end first thing and because I was pleased with the ending, that was only when I started to read. I usually don't like abusive characters, which is why I check the ending first, see if reading an abusive story in its entirety will be worth my while. Since it's an HE, I went for it somehow appeased. Giving it a 5 because as usual, I love a female lead whose imperfections are no hindrance to be the kind of person she... more>> wants to be. And as always, I respect an author who manages to convey her imagination through words, so that we as readers can be totally in sync with her. Since the story managed to rile me up in more occasions than one, I say it already succeeded. <<less
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asianelle rated it
November 3, 2022
Status: Completed
It's my forth novel of the same author and I swear all her male leads are arrogant and abusive. Female leads are with some physical disabilities, but have strong characters.

I love this novel because of the female lead, she was amazing and kept me reading...

Also, the ML reminded me of another ML from the same author's another work "Lost Things" as a manhwa adaptation. If you want to visualize him, check the "Lost Things" manhwa.
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