Empress with no Virtue


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The Story begins with our Ye Zhen unwillingly being made into an Empress. On the night of the wedding, she kicked the Emperor down from their bed which resulted in him looking for his concubine instead. Since then they both have a growing dislike for one another.

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Hoàng Hậu - Tửu Tiểu Thất
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New dramamonster rated it
July 11, 2018
Status: Completed
This is an interesting read because it's an Imperial palace romance, but there isn't really an evil villain. Ye Zhen Zhen is the much loved granddaughter of the Prime Minister. Against her wishes, she enters the palace to marry the Emperor as his legal wife, the Empress. The Emperor doesn't really want her either. Their first night is a disaster and they mutually dislike each other. Over time, as the harem's schemes unfold, the... more>>

Emperor starts to admire, and eventually fall in love with Ye Zhen Zhen. The Emperor can see through all the backstabbing harem schemes, and eventually he realizes that the women in his harem look weak and gentle, but are cruel and vicious, whereas the Empress looks cunning but is actually kind.

As for the Empress, she doesn't need his favour (she's already the Empress), she doesn't need to have children (technically, any children of the harem have to acknowledge her as the legal mother), it doesn't matter to her if he dies (she'd just be the Empress Dowager), so she just tries to live her life peacefully. Also, the Empress is wary of the Emperor because he is so politically wily, she is afraid that he will use her to destroy her family. Soon, the

Emperor is going crazy because he's in love with his wife and she doesn't want anything to do with him.

Regarding the Emperor's harem: In Ancient China, males had an actual duty to have sons, as sons carried on the family line and worshipped the family ancestors. The Emperor had to have an Empress, 4 Imperial Concubines, various lower ranked concubines, and even more females that were selected every few years to enter the palace. From the story, the Emperor's harem is already pretty small. Most of the harem are either political or cultural-forced marriages.

Before he fell in love with the Empress, the Emperor did his duty. However, there never were any surviving children, and the more he fell in love with the Empress, the less he visited anybody else.


The first part of the story is about the Empress and the imperial harem schemes and the Emperor falling in love with her, the middle part of the story takes place at the battlefront, where the Emperor and Empress have some adventures and romance, and the last part of the story involves a big plot in the kingdom.

The last part of the story has a different translator. In total, it was a cute story. The Emperor started out cold, but

once he was in love, he was wonderful to her. The officials can work together to run the kingdom, and there is a happy ending.

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rdawv rated it
March 25, 2016
Status: --
This is a story about a mismatched royal couple who are both unhappy with the arranged political marriage. The story opens with the young emperor Ji Wu Jiu aggrieved at the marriage forced on him, the empress Ye Zhen Zhen irritated at being used as a pawn in her grandfather’s scheme. It culminated in a disastrous first night for them, resulting in the emperor being furious and the empress being indifferent to her exalted position. In short, a loveless marriage.

The emperor being restricted by political reasons, resorted to petty moves... more>> of his own to trouble his new empress; putting her in charge in resolving the crisis and drama that arose one after the other in the palace so that she would trip up and embarrass herself. The empress who grew up willful and independent, took on the ploys head on as her successful resolution of them would demonstrate her own defiance. In short, both sides find small delight in annoying the other.

Surrounding this dynamic and strange relationship is the usual array of palace drama standards: the unhappy empress dowager, concubines competing with each other for the favor of the emperor, ministers and officials with vested interests to make sure their own daughter gets ahead, eunuchs and servant maids eager to see their respective mistresses win.

The initial draw of the story is reading about how the empress Ye Zhen Zhen uses her wits and decisiveness to overcome the challenges of the palace, as well as slowly gaining the trust and respect of the emperor as he realizes his consort is someone clever. Perhaps too clever. Still, she is still his consort, and all the back-and-forth made him feel more and more amicable towards her.

That and the anecdotes that arise from a couple that does not want to lose to the other makes for a humorous read at times (eg: “walnuts”).

Warning: the novel contains adult situations. Many. Explicit. In fact, the ‘problematic adult situation’ is one of the key relationship drivers. The other, as another reviewer mentioned; is misunderstandings. Colossal misunderstandings between two people who have no idea what it means to love.

Personally I was a little annoyed with the characterization of the empress in the second half of the novel. Her brazen recklessness comes as surprise to me after the bouts of intelligence in the palace and is one of the main source of misunderstandings between them; as if she didn’t know her actions could have life-threatening repercussions. I felt the author wrote those chapters in to blow up the drama. While it did switch away from the typical palace drama for a while, I felt it was forced in.

The translation is unpolished and the translator admitted that the more difficult parts were edited and summarized within the chapters (eg: poetry, lyrics). This doesn’t ruin the story, in fact to some readers it may help to quicken the pace. But it does mean some of the subtlety is lost. The prose itself isn’t as descriptive and the dialogue isn’t as dramatic as other palace novels eg “To Be A Virtuous Wife”, “Mei Gongqing” or “Chu Wang Fei”. It reads more like a narration. The earlier chapters are quite understandable, but there are some parts where the the sentences don’t exactly roll off the tongue correctly.

Overall, a nice novel to read. <<less
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nixxara rated it
February 21, 2016
Status: --

I love the way she doesn’t realize love even though it’s in front of her. Instead of throwing herself at the male MC, she unconsciously makes the makes the guy work for it!

This is a romance story by the way.
If any of you are worried about the fact that he has several concubines since he is the emperor, no need to worry. After he started chasing the female MC, he stopped his relationships with the others... Actually he is afraid to cheat! xD
5... more>> stars! <<less
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Faye rated it
March 31, 2016
Status: --
Hail the T.O.A.D !

The title stays true to its meaning

We follow the adventure of MC who is wed to the Emperor.
She's a lazy tomboy... <== this is a spoiler already

Almost every chapters will make you laugh or sad.

And the story flows quite good... This is an enjoyable ride and I'm glad I got to have a go at it
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October 27, 2017
Status: c89
I loves the chapters translated so far. However, the second translator also seems to have given up and that makes me sad. The story is nice in the sense that the FL is not soft and feminine. She loves guns, martial arts and is very straight forward. This is not a transmigration story unless I missed something in the translation. They fall in love, the emperor realizes and pursues her. She is a bit dense about love and so is he. The rapey scene mentioned other reviewers is because of... more>> her finding s*x disgusting - they call it a disease. They eventually figure out that it is because he sleeps with his other concubines. We are not reading a modern drama. Even in today's world, there are assholes who sleep around. These stories are about times when theses kinds of have multiple wives was socially acceptable and probably a sign of wealth. So while I do want it to be only ML and FL, we have to bear through the parts until the excesses can be gotten rid of.

That said, there are some laugh out loud funny parts. Overall liked it, I such someone would finish translating! <<less
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neri21 rated it
February 11, 2018
Status: c5
This is the novel that could have been Doomed To Be Cannon Fodder if that novel was written with more humor and more in-depth understanding of its characters.

Ji Wiu Jiu and Ye Zhen Zhen are mismatched down to their politics and their tastes in food. He hates her family and she thinks he's a man whore masquerading as an emperor. She loathes the sight of him and he hates her because she continuously unmans him, the first woman to repel his s*xual advances with a sharp kick to his groin.

But... more>> they're married and must work within the parameters of their separate limitations. And that's the beauty of reading this novel. Because the emperor and empress are young and not really tied to hate and disappointment, they are able to close the gap that was trying to keep them apart. Ji Wiu Jiu is constantly jealous but he doesn't sulk and hide his head under the sand. He confronts, he nags, and waits for answers, even when he's about ready to blow his top. The same goes for Ye Zhen Zhen.

This is a couple that actually talks and discusses important issues that could affect their life: his family, her family, loyalty, fidelity, women, men, war, politics, s*x. The s*xual chemistry between the couple is blazing hot and there's lots of that scattered around.

What nicely ties the novel together is that by the end of it, Ji Wiu Jiu and Ye Zhen Zhen are so tightly coupled they basically ruled a kingdom without losing the loving humor and breezy s*xuality that made their marriage so fun to read. <<less
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chibiheaven rated it
January 12, 2017
Status: c83
I was stuck between a 3 or 4, if I could give half ratings I would've.

This story can be pretty funny and I enjoy their interactions for the most part.

The female MC is cute and lovable, while the male lead really is just... I'm just glad he changed for the better. Though I can understand where the author is coming from in regards to some things that happened while he was still 'learning' about feelings and love.

... more>> An enjoyable read that makes me chuckle.

Warning: The translations are mediocre at best and have not been editted (unfortunately). However props to the translator for making the novel available. <<less
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Abhieghail rated it
December 15, 2016
Status: c81
This story made me laugh, cry, and get mad. Ahhhh really! Some of the concubines wanna make me slap them, their personality is soo hateable. Zhen Zhen is such a good character.!! Her fluff moments with the emperor is soo doki-doki. &Lt;3 a goood mix of seriousness, fluff, comedy and smut
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orblee rated it
December 14, 2016
Status: c21
So far...

Positives: The MC is a likeable character. Not only is she beautiful and smart but she doesn't let others step over her. The schemes, political 'wars' and relationships aren't terribly exciting or original but they are still enjoyable. And the comedy factor does exist which is a good thing in my book.

Now for the reason I gave a low rating...

Negatives: I really don't like the male lead. He's petty and so freaking... argh. I may change my opinion of him the further I read on... but I don't have... more>> high hopes on that happening.

But I'll try to keep an open heart. <<less
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jiwujiu_lover rated it
January 4, 2018
Status: c97
This is probably one of my favorite novels ever (cough cough, hence my ID). I was getting tired of the overrated novels with the MC transmigrating and being totally OP, but this was completely different and refreshing. I loved the development between the FL and ML. Once this gets completely translated I can see myself reading this over and over.
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JojoChua rated it
November 30, 2017
Status: c91
Can't help but love this story. I find this book funny yet refreshing. No assassin, no transmigration, no time-travel. In the beginning I was not interested after reading the description, thought it was another boring arranged marriage, but later on I was proven wrong. This book is really hilarious and the story is quite out of ordinary.
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tehrealone rated it
March 22, 2016
Status: --
Top quality comedy at least 4/5 if not 5/5

Female protagonist and emperor have so many misunderstandings about each other’s actions, situations, reasons, etc.

At least 50% of the characters believe something when it is not true.

TL: DR: Couples with misunderstandings are enjoyable to watch
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Scorpia123 rated it
February 20, 2018
Status: Completed
Honestly, at the beginning, I didn’t really want to read this novel because of the harem but I thought I might as well give it a go. After reading I couldn’t stop and just kept binge reading even though I have exams, but yolo. 😂 This story is funny and the harem was only at the beginning, soon the male lead basically stopped going to his other concubines. The fluff and the cute bickering couple, and most importantly it’s not too cheesy for me.
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Starvenus rated it
February 16, 2016
Status: --
It’s quite funny.

The main lead is Ye Zhen Zhen. She’s coming from powerful family, her grandfather is the Emperor teacher. Their wedding been set when the emperor was the crown prince. She doesn’t want to be wed to the emperor. Her thinking is rather modern.

The male lead is the Emperor, Ji Wu Jiu. Chapter 1 he’s 20 y/o. He has several concubines. 1 is his favorite from his crown prince days, another 1 is from the Fang, the other powerful family to counter Ye family in the inner palace. The... more>> rest of the concubines aren’t worth mentioning. In the court Ye and Fang are rivals. This rivalry off course happen in the inner palace too.

Ye Zhen’s dealing with the vicious methods of these concubines are rather funny. The one made me laugh is the toad. She’s quite generous too, give rewards left and right. Lol <<less
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Kurobito rated it
April 3, 2018
Status: Completed
I never wanted to read this book at all when I first saw it. The reason was because it was still ongoing and the ML has many wives which turns me off. But after reluctantly I read the first few chapter, I started to enjoy the flow of the story and the comedy in it. As the story goes on I began to like the ML very much. This novel really need to take time to slowly fall in love with it
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ViraVera rated it
March 27, 2018
Status: Completed
This was a really enjoyable story! It's funny, skillfully developed, and long, yet satisfying. I guess I would describe the writing as detailed and character-driven, providing a blend of drama, comedy, and world-development. I wanted to share a few things I hope will be helpful, if you are deciding whether or not YOU might enjoy this story.
    • The translation is a bit rough for some of the chapters, so if that ruins your ability to read a story, beware. It's not always easy to understand. It seems like an especially difficult type of book to translate to English. I understood enough from the translator's hard work to enjoy both the story and the details.
    • While "mature, I think most of this book doesn't qualify for the "smut" label, especially since for more than half of the first "100" chapters, the main characters aren't really in a s*xual relationship yet. Their relationship has to grow into a good one before that can happen! While some s*x scenes are described, many s*xual moments feel like they are more focused on the every day interactions of a good relationship (finally!) and the details are left to the imagination. The relationship between the emperor and his empress is the focus of the story and his harem is more about the political palace context/background.
    • I think the storyteller is skillful because there were so many plot points that could have been flat and boring. A summary of events in the story wouldn't do any justice to the interesting ways they unfold in the actual book. The way the characters and their relationship were developed is very impressive to me, since I'm usually an impatient reader, for example if I think the author has dragged out a romance unnecessarily. I'm not saying there were no tropes, I'm saying that they were used without feeling too forced throughout most of the book

      although I did think that one of the heroine's decisions was uncharacteristically dumb and felt forced, and it felt strange going from the original translator's coverage of a major event to a new translator's efforts after chapter 85

      ; but I thought the plot and pacing were skillful and fun from the beginning, so don't force yourself to keep reading if you don't find the story to your taste.
    • I thought the female lead was intelligent, quirky, stubborn, likable, and hilariously ignorant about s*xuality. I thought the male lead was talented, capable, relatively responsible, and grew from being selfish, to being mature and loving. They are far from perfect characters, which is what gave them room to stay interesting over so many chapters. They have to develop a lot of emotional intelligence and the portrayal of possessive and jealous instincts from both of them is realistic in that these feelings are treated as normal, but distracting from what is important, the honest care and appreciation they have for each other.
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mshh rated it
March 25, 2018
Status: c100
I loved this story. This isn't your typical backroom political stage where MC is trying to outsmart everybody for love, revenge, etc. It is quite novel in that she wanted a peaceful life and accepting of other wives yet want nothing to do with her husband, the emperor. It also had its funny parts.

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What kept it entertaining is that the ML learned and took steps to get the MC to love him. There is a scene of spousal rape? IDK if it is strictly classified as that as the MC requested something of ML and ML said he wanted her body then she initiated the touching which stirred him up and he didn't stop. And the MC didn't plead for him to stop; just stayed silence throughout the process. It is at least blackmail. However, their interactions later are so cute and touching. The ML really love the MC and always consider her first. It was adorable when he was jealous of his own son!

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tohukyo rated it
March 18, 2018
Status: Completed
One of the best novels I've read. It's concise. Not too much extra drama. It's quite the perfect amount. And the OTP is a true power couple; both are very clever but also stubborn young and naive horses (FL=17 and ML=20). But they grow up so fast too. Their emotions are true and when at peace, they're adorable. Their character development and their couple development and dynamic is a story you don't want to miss out on. It's only 100 chapters- a blessing for a novel and the story's perfect... more>> balance is quite a miraculous feat but 100 is also a curse because of how much you fall for the characters. Don't pass this up. The smut is enough to be imaginatively delicious too. <<less
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NastyOlRoshi rated it
May 28, 2017
Status: c102
Story is pretty short and overall okay, there are some illogical events and constant drama-scheming but it's overall a good read. I also like the fact that it's relatively short. You won't feel like you wasted your time even if you end up disliking what happens. I think 4.2-4.3 would be the perfect score for this novel, not bad but also not mind blowing.

Now about the plot and things I disliked. Male lead is kinda stupid in one sense when he places so many women around him from different factions... more>> that are constantly creating trouble for him. There's your usual jealous women fighting over which of them Male likes the most and his old mother which is pretty much an annoying hag. Romance between Female and Male lead is done quite well and never really cringed with their interactions. He's also only commited to her after a certain point and their intercourse scenes are pretty detailed. As I said previously he can't easily punish severely his other women so there's trouble lingering around at all times which is kinda whatever. I think what kinda ruins the story is the perfect timing they have with each other when it comes to escaping from sticky situations and the last 15-20 chapters which were unnecessary. I'd prefer a slightly less adventurous ending and perhaps 2-3 more chapters similar to the last one. <<less
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dysry rated it
March 30, 2016
Status: --
The prime minister’s grand daughter and the emperor are forced into a marriage that neither want. Both are pampered and head-strong, with low expectations for each other and their marriage. Starting on the wrong foot, they go out of their way to make things difficult for each other, before developing feelings of mutual respect and affection.

The story’s narrative isn’t the best but there are enough cute and amusing moments to sustain it and to make it an enjoyable read. Although I wasn’t too impressed with how the author decided to... more>> showcase the female lead’s intellect, giving her access to historical cheats... and the image of her dancing around on the roof shooting guns... Or the horrible way she abused Da Hong Pao tea (as milk tea T.T)... that’s like someone adding coke to your best bottle of wine and comparing it to goon OTL. However the biggest issue I had with the story was


the dub-con scenes where the male lead took advantage of the female lead in her sleep then later forced himself on her. While technically spousal rape wasn’t an issue back then, it still left a bad taste, even if you factor in the fact that the male lead was repentant, that the female lead didn’t seem too scarred and the whole clumsy first love thing. At least it was the turning point of their relationship where the male lead started to care more about the female lead’s feelings rather than just what he wanted.

This was also an issue in her other series (The Rice Pot Next Door) where the female lead didn’t charge the second male lead for attempted rape since the roofie didn’t work... And a point was automatically deducted for how both these series just shrugged it off, otherwise they’d sit comfortably at 4/5. The other point was for the fate of my tragic tea ;n; It hurts even though it's fictional.

The series is not bad, though there were a few uncomfortable moments and glaring weaknesses, however it left a favourable impression overall, while the characters and their relationship did improve over time.

Additional Note: for some reason I feel like Wallace Huo is the perfect person to portray the male lead (petty but just hot enough to pull it off and have people tolerate it). <<less
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seawaterwitch rated it
May 22, 2018
Status: c100
Thank you for both of translator team. I am happy when novel being tranlated through the End. 😍😍😍

Thank you so much for your hardwork. God Bless You All.

The Story about Naughty Emperor being tamed by his Empress. There is comedy, serious, sweet and sour. That is life. Happy Reading.

And... little bit smut. LITTLE.😶
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