Falling Together

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Before the age of 27, Ning Zhiyuan’s name was Cen Zhiyuan. His family was wealthy, and he possessed both capability and means. With ambitious aspirations, he single-mindedly aimed to compete with his elder brother, who was the designated successor of the family business. This continued until a paternity test overturned everything.

As it turned out, from the very beginning, he didn’t even have the qualifications to compete.

With this change in identity, the first person to extend a helping hand to him was none other than his elder brother, whom he had always found disagreeable and incompatible.

Cen Zhisen had always felt that, aside from having a good-looking face, his younger brother had no likable qualities. He was overly competitive, scheming, and frivolous. From childhood to adulthood, their relationship had always been at odds, deteriorating to the point of hostility over the family inheritance. However, when he saw the usually composed man, upon learning about his true parentage, suppress red eyes and briefly reveal a moment of confusion and helplessness, he couldn’t help but feel a twinge of sympathy.

His s*xual orientation leaned towards men. The former Cen Zhiyuan was his unpleasant younger brother, and now Ning Zhiyuan… Having restrained those confrontations and sharp edges, he was surprisingly appealing.

—He became the object of his interest.

Cen Zhisen x Ning Zhiyuan
Mature rogue x Playful character
The receiver is a wealthy family’s fake young master, not blood-related to the aggressor
Tags: Mutual love, Pride of Heaven, Happy Ending

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Kelthewest
New Kelthewest rated it
July 19, 2024
Status: Completed
I absolutely loved this book! Really emotional and well written. Some of their past events were revisited briefly and they both realize how much they misread certain situations. Love their interactions and how they tease each other! Translation was very well done.
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PinaColada
PinaColada
February 6, 2024
Status: c31
EDIT: All chapters are now free to read.

Like this novel so far because the characters are really well written and the plot is great, but I do not like the style of the translation team as they should not be charging readers for fan translations of a published work. This act makes chapters 31-50 unreadable, which makes it impossible to read the story in its entirety. It was my fault for starting this story without checking the completion tag, but I did not notice the jump from 30 to 51 on the chapter list as I did not expect a translation group to require readers to pay for access.

Will wait for another translator to pick this up or for the chapters to become available to read.
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damnmei
damnmei rated it
April 11, 2024
Status: Completed
// Edit: Since writing this review, looks like the fan translation group has unlocked all previously price-locked chapters, so you should be able to read the entire novel without MTL :)

The relationship between MC and his not-brother the ML is the primary focus of this novel, and there's not way too much plot outside of their reconciliation and romance. There's sooo much delicious s*xual tension, as well as some pretty raw conversations between the two of them, and they touched upon all the topics that I was concerned about... more>> while reading, especially the fact that they had been raised as brothers and that their relationship had been so fraught prior to the discovery that MC had been swapped at birth. MC had a lot more reservations than ML about the situation, and it took him a while to sort out his convoluted feelings about ML.

Both have had many prior short term relationships and flings, but have never truly committed themselves to another or dated at all, so they are in fact each others' first love even if not each others' first time. The evolution from distant brothers who were rivals at best to lovers was pretty natural, and I never felt any in*estuous vibes despite the two of them having spent 27 years as nominal siblings. There's about a 4 year age gap between them, but they're both equally experienced in love, which is to say not at all in the emotional aspect but very much in the physical.

My one gripe is that I wasn't very convinced by why their past relationship was so antagonistic as:
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It was mostly just due to MC misunderstanding and acting out against his his good intentioned brother, and said brother eventually giving up on repairing the relationship? Felt a bit anticlimactic for them to just handwave their bad relationship as brothers away with a "it was just a misunderstanding".

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As their relationship deepens the smut also gets more descriptive, which I found to be a nice touch. The scenes started off just as vague descriptions and I was like ah how tasteful, but then after their mutual confession... the author really took it to the next level haha! They're very passionate lovers and their past experiences are only really mentioned in passing, so even those who don't like when characters have exes should feel safe to read this novel.

This is also maybe the first novel I've read where the less wealthy family is portrayed in a positive light, with a truly wholesome bond between them as well as a genuine desire to reconnect with their biological son. MC's swapped at birth counterpart is also a genuinely good person, and there's a surprising lack of dog blood between the families as they both just want to reconnect with their lost child. The reactions to MC and ML's relationship are also nothing unexpected, especially since the two of them are independent adults and not much can be done to stop them.

Overall it's a great romance story, with some deep introspection on what love is and how romantic and familial love differ. I feel like a lot happened and also nothing happened in this novel, but there were no open questions for me at the end so I'm satisfied. Morality wise, I feel like this is a transition piece into getting someone ready to read an actual in*est novel though, so take that as you will? Haha <<less
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aiji
aiji rated it
February 14, 2024
Status: Completed
First off, I'm sorry but isn't this considered smut???

I thought, "wow, nice s*xual tension writing we got here". And then it started to become explicit lmao... Bring back my innocence! (joke)

Anyways, I will add "smut" tag to it. I will add more because it's not as wholesome and 'mild' as I initially thought it would by looking at the current tags as of this review's writing. This is too sexy. Will update it later

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Story:

The story outline is pretty much as what was written in the description: non-real bros falling in love with each other

Pretty simple, right?

Not really. Although the focus of the story is revolving around their romance development from enemies to friends, friends to lovers, it also tackles psychological themes, especially on the MC's part.

Since I was hit by "expectation vs reality" meme, I'm gonna throw some precautions for readers who are very picky like me when choosing story premise and main protagonist character setting:

    • both main protagonists had past relationships --- a physical one (sorry if you are looking for a pure one. I was a little disappointed too after learning lmao)
    • steamy and very sensual (and they don't care about the place lol)
    • excellent translation but chapter 31-50 is paid content. Ready your MTL prowess if you don't want to spend money (the author's writing style is very clean tho, so don't worry and MTL away! :)
Personally, for me, I think the highlights of the romance part is not really about how they would solve the issue of coming out from being "brothers" but the fact that both of them are attracted to each other --- but only physically, because they don't know what is love, and haven't been in love before. Then top it off by unresolved unexpressed past grievances and misunderstandings... perfect.

The ML (Cen Zhisen) is vulgar and doesn't have filter when expressing his pe*verted desires, and is mainly pulled by physical attraction and lust towards the MC (not accounting his 'bro complex'). While the MC (Ning Zhiyuan) is competitive and sensible, but very cunning and possesses a destructive deep 'obsession' towards the ML, with the latter as equally obsessive in a different way.

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Overall Thoughts:

Unlike the previous novels I've read and liked, this is the first time that instead of falling in love with the couple's love because of how beautiful it is, or liking either one of the protagonists after reading, this time, I think I fell in love with the author lmao...

No, seriously, I liked the writing very much. I thought it's been a while since I've read a proper novel. Perhaps it's because it's so immersive that it feels so realistic you couldn't help but be engaged. The author is not stingy with descriptions and details. Despite the 'expected' image of the MC slowly came crumbling before my eyes chapter every chapter (he's an 'onion'), I couldn't help but continue.

About the overall satisfaction, I'm just glad that these two psychopathic brothers finally cleared out their misunderstandings and reconciled and got their happy ending, especially the MC. He's a hopeless case --- but surprisingly well-aware of it --- and sensibly faced his feelings and mindset about the ML very well. Their relationship turned out cute and sweet, like two teenage couples doing corny stuffs for the first time (lol). The romance development is natural and gradual.

So yeah, if you are tired of pure fluff and doesn't mind a love story with a serious tone sprinkled with steamy stuffs, this one is for you. <<less
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Asatakaba
Asatakaba rated it
February 6, 2024
Status: c78
Surprisingly fluffier than I thought it would be.

I like the fact that both sets of parent/ (s) accept the child as their, there wasn't any dismay once they found out about the switching

MC and ML are obsess with each other, and their relationship sailed pretty smoothly.

There wasn't any unnecessary dramas or brothers fighting for inheritance, which is kinda of a breather

Overall it's a cute story and I highly recommend it
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Havaska
Havaska rated it
May 28, 2024
Status: c1
I really liked the story. Their love felt very natural and gradual. It's very complex but it's hinted that the ML did have feelings for him since before they found out they weren't related. He never acted out on it and probably never would have, even after he found out they weren't related, because it didn't cross his mind that it was that type of attraction. If things didn't happen the way they did, maybe he would've slowly realized but by then it would be too late.

Throughout the story I... more>> felt sad for Ning Zhiyuan. He was the one who suffered the most in the story. As kids, Ning Zhiyuan and Cen Zhisen did love each other deeply. It was the adults who would talk down on Ning Zhiyuan and created a break in their relationship. It created a competitiveness between them but especially in Ning Zhiyuan who was constantly told no matter what he did or if he was better, it would amount to nothing because Cen Zhisen was older and bound to take over the company.

And because his mother died during childbirth, his birth, (but not really as we all know) the adults blamed him for her death and said he was cursed and bad luck. They treated Cen Zhisen well but not Ning Zhiyuan which drew a clear line to Zhiyuan that he was not loved compared to his brother and was taught that the reason he isn't loved is his fault when it really wasn't. Children are very impressionable. He was hearing these insults from the adults since he was about 4 years old.

Cen Zhisen himself wasn't able to do anything and when he had the power to do so, he admitted that he thought not reacting to Ning Zhiyuan's concealed hostility and dislike towards him was enough of a payment and conciliation to Ning Zhiyuan. But he later came to understand it wasn't. Its also revealed Cen Zhisen would always try to appease Ning Zhiyuan as a child when Zhiyuan gave him a cold shoulder. Cen Zhisen did some things he regrets but they're both subjected to and became victims of the circumstances molded by irresponsible and hateful adults. Eventually as they grew older and Zhiyuan decided to permanently push him away, Zhisen gave up and they gradually became estranged.

They never celebrated Ning Zhiyuan's birthday because it's also the day his mother died giving birth to him. Of course, we know that he wasn't the child she gave birth to. But that doesn't matter. He was treated as such for twenty plus years. A child was never given a birthday. It was such a heartbreaking thing to hear.

After finding out the hatred and insults he received were unfounded, as he wasn't the biological child of the Cen family, no one apologized and never will.

I felt this story was full of melancholy and bittersweetness. Thankfully there's cute bonding moments between Ning Zhiyuan and Cen Zhisen. I shed some tears. It's not liked I sobbed or anything but I think that's what makes it more memorable. It's slowly unveiled what he went through. The sadness you feel throughout the story isn't a smack to the face or full of dog blood tragedy. It's more lingering. Just a sad truth of a child who was surrounded by disgusting adults and who doesn't know how to love because of it. It's more of a consistent mournful feeling of knowing what Zhiyuan went through. It's soothed at times by the cute moments of the MC and ML finally being able to bond again and help the MC heal a bit of his hurt as well as their broken relationship.

You can see that deep down Ning Zhiyuan is still deeply affected by his childhood but has learned to handle everything on his own because he's used to shouldering everything with no one lending a hand. He's a very complex character that I'm fond of. The ML is also very complex and I like that he pursues Zhiyuan, patient but unyielding.

Overall, the book was a good 4.5 stars for me. <<less
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Karamel Makkiato
Karamel Makkiato rated it
February 25, 2024
Status: c76
I thought I would feel uncomfortable since they were growing up as brothers prior to the revelation that they are not blood-related but it's actually not awkward. Their relationship as brothers was not like real brothers but more of like stepbrothers who compete against each other.

I like how the author set the story--it's very similar to the way MC is. It does not make me want to bawl my eyes out but tug my heartstrings enough to shed a couple of tears.

I like MC and ML's relationship and how they... more>> treat each other. <<less
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ria.green
ria.green rated it
January 24, 2024
Status: c75
This was not an easy read for me. Definitely not a feel-good/face-slapping type of story, it's a mature, complex story.

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MC had a bad childhood, which later makes him incapable of love. His family favored the ML as his elder brother, blamed him for his mother's death, and would pit him against the ML. For example, no one in the family had ever even celebrated his birthday because it was also his mother's death day. His father didn't treat him badly but he also gave him no family affection when he was young, and wants to compensate him later on because he feels bad. After he finds out they are not blood-related, ML starts to feel attracted to the MC. The MC grew up obsessed with becoming or beating the ML and pushes the boat along.


It just really feels like it's not worth it for the MC. ML is very good to him later on but it feels too little too late. MC wasn't perfect, he stumbled the ML a lot of times, but he always had a bottom line, e.g. He found proof that the ML was gay but decided not to use it. Meanwhile, the ML was the one who revealed MC wasn't the biological son - even if he didn't do it with malicious intentions, he still is the one who overturned MC's life. The ML tells the children in the family not to call MC names, but no one in the family gets any retribution for how they treated the MC other than a "don't call him that" scolding. And I can't help but feel that the ML basically was the root of why MC grew up with a distorted mentality, even if it was not his fault. As MC says, meeting the ML was a "fated tragedy." MC is really mature though, he doesn't feel like he needs an apology or any compensation for how he was treated.
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This story is well-written and isn't over-exaggerated for a "switched at birth" novel. Neither MC nor ML was "good" people in the traditional sense and they're both strong. MC is a cunning, lonely, and paraniod. ML is gentle blackbellied scum. They're both a little crazy. It was a frustrating but good read. <<less
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CrIsI
CrIsI rated it
June 10, 2024
Status: c66
You know what? I actually love this story.

If you read the description and think this relationship is too controversial you should not read it. I kinda get it, but

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the Main Couple didn't have a really close brotherly relationship, mostly because they rejected each other, one felt constantly abandoned, surrounded by whispers of rejection and the other was too proud to give all his attention to someone who keeps pushing him away, so they gradually drifted apart, keeping only a conflicting husk.

But their minds weren't too different: one was obsessed with the other, hating his own inability to stop searching for the presence of them and trying to distract his loneliness with frivolousness, not unaware of it though; the other seemingly indifferent and with little truly on his mind, alienating his feeling but in the most hidden corner he couldn't get rid of the person, and from time to time acting out of his way to keep in touch.

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I read so many BLs but few of them remain with me and from time to time I feel the need to reminiscence. I feel that this too will be one of those few stories that will grow on me.

Everyone has a different cup of tea, I'm in for mature relationship with realistic male leads, realistic past and background, growing characters and no tragedy. If they're both manly it's even better. This one fills every need.

I love their personalities and their flaws, the way they are not even aware of them at times when they don't understand their own decisions. The complexity, the depth, the uncertianty, the hesitation, the stubborness and surrender.

Not to talk about the hot scenes: they are not overly detailed in regard to body parts or actions but the atmosphere is everything, it's much more stimulating than a mere list of the events, they give us feelings, gasps, and shifting images, at times they linger more, at times we only have the outlines hidden behind a veil, letting imagination fill the gaps.

Previously, in most other works, almost all, I always found these intimate scenes unsatisfying, the lack of lingering feelings in every touch, not describing the kisses, the interlocking of fingers, the caressing, the sweet words and careless laughter and just going for the "main plate" left just a bad taste after the commitment to read the whole jurney of falling in love.

I'm super satisfied with this story.

Might not be to everyones liking, but I must say that the more it goes on the sweeter it tastes, don't get fooled by the initial carelessness, this story ages like wine, a really fine one. <<less
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Onelazygirl
Onelazygirl rated it
May 18, 2024
Status: Completed
I don't like the ML. Or more precisely I don't want him to be MC's love interest.

For 27 yrs MC and ML were brothers. Both thought they were biological siblings. Put the way ML treated MC??? MC used to get bullied because his mother died during childbirth and everyone bullied him saying he killed his mother. No one has ever celebrated his birthday no one. ML knew MC was being bullied that he was being mistreated so that's why ML indulged MC acting out. He let MC have his way.... more>> But is this enough?? ML has said that because he was young that's why he cannot interfere with his uncles and aunts and basically can't defend the MC. But what about now??? ML is almost turning 30. In all these years when he was in power he never had the chance or the authority to help MC??? Isn't it the fact that they aren't close so he doesn't care what happens to his younger brother. Even though he knows that the reason they aren't close is because of the bullying. This amount of indifference towards your own flesh and blood who had actually never harmed you. MC has never harmed ML. ML himself knows that MC is not malicious but he still treated MC so indifferently.......

ML says his feelings for MC are mixed with guilt.... where does the guilt come from?? Because he himself realises his indifference unfortunately he only realised that he was wrong when he found out MC isn't his brother. Only when his feelings changed and he saw MC as a man did he realise he was wrong. So if it was never revealed that MC isn't his brother and he won't have those feelings he would never have realised he was wrong.

Now he tries to make amends. Apologizing to MC. Celebrating his birthday. He is doing everything to make up but it just makes me feel even more bitter. He is willing to do these things make amends for the man he has feelings for but not his own younger brother. When MC was his younger brother he never had such good treatment from ML. Can you believe it for 27 yrs ML never wished MC happy birthday but when he realised MC isn't his brother he is wishing him happy birthday and being all nice. It makes me uncomfortable he is willing to treat his own brother so indifferently now even if he tries nothing will be changed MC has experienced bullying for so many years these attempts of ML won't help.

What's worse is ML treats his biological younger brother very well. He has learned his lesson from MC's situation so now he treats his own brother very well. How sad is MC's situation he always got the short end of the stick. Growing up without love. Being bullied by relatives. He never had tha Ning family's affected nor the Cen family's money. AT the end he had nothing. But ML's biological younger brother had everything. He grew up with love and now he has all the money and affection from his older brother. The things MC never had are given so easily to ML's brother

MC never blames Ml. He just wants ML's attention. He craved his attention that's why he acted out. Their situation his f*cked up because MC lacks love indirectly because of ML and he wants love from ML. ML is the cause and the cure. Which makes it uncomfortable for me. It would be better if MC just removed his past and moved on without the Cen family......

It's hard for me to like ML because I hate him as a brother but like him as a boyfriend.

Overall this novel is quite fun. As both MC and ML are experienced and aren't virg*ns so their interactions are brimming with s*xual tension. Unfortunately their wasn't explicit s*x but the s*xual tension and their actions makes up for it. Both the MC and ML are described so attractively like....... MC is described as a guy who looks gentle but he has a charm that sucks you in. ML is cold but he says explicit things without changing his expression. His contrast makes his character hotter.

Edit:

Everything is resolved. Author shows us that ML isn't that indifferent as we thought. He also cares for MC in his own way. He is trying to make amends and treat MC better now I am completely satisfied with the ML. I thought that the only reason ML realised he was wrong because he started falling for MC but no that's not true. Author answered all my questions. <<less
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magic101
magic101 rated it
January 24, 2024
Status: c30
As of now, it's pretty interesting with both the MC and the ML being obsessed with each other in different ways. Ngl based what I've seen so far this is one of the most healthy mature relationships I've seen in a while and they haven't even gotten together yet! The MC is still playing a pull and push game with the ML which is actually funny at times bc the ML knows what the MC is doing. Honestly the one thing that may turn people off is the pseudo-insest between... more>> them but if they get over that, it's still a pretty fun novel. To read so far. <<less
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Dianille
Dianille rated it
June 23, 2024
Status: Completed
Very well written story with melancholic undertone. Like several other reviewers, I don't know what to feel about the ML. Oh don't get me wrong, I rather like the author's decision regarding their relationship.

The one in the wrong were those relatives that always tried to sabotage their relationship since childhood, so I can understand that ML is not the one to blame for the MC's emotional ab*se (?), after all he's still a child at that time and when the two already grown up their attitude were already set.

So yeah,... more>> I understand why MC in the end accept ML's love. I truly do!!!

I just, I just feel unsatisfied somehow. Perhaps it's me holding this imaginary grudge for the perceived slight against the MC. Yeah I know ML is not in the wrong. But the fact that he's tightly connected to MC's pain is so aggravating, like there's this itch that I simply cannot scratch!!!

Sigh, this is why I prefer a romance between someone that never wronged one another even if it's because of misunderstanding.

Well, don't let this review discourage you from reading. Even if this story doesn't make me happy, it's still good 🙂 <<less
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NicolM
NicolM rated it
April 25, 2024
Status: --
Loved this! The guys were interesting and fabulous together (and hot) . I would have liked a smidge more drama and angst but it was a good book nevertheless, surprisingly with quite a bit of depth.
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MeimeiXgreetsXNiangniang
It was surprisingly good. I also didn't expect a lot of explicit content. I thought "Mature" refer to some dark themes, I was wrong.

I do wish for an extra that can show their life in their old age.

9.5/10
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Rauqilita
Rauqilita rated it
May 21, 2024
Status: Completed
This book was really good. It is not a feel good novel, it is a serious novel that tells a love story about two mature adults who are albeit immature. I love the way both main characters are portrayed, the craziness, the vulnerability, the intense chemistry they have with each other.

I even love the fact that they were once brothers, I feel like this adds to their relationship, who they are and their chemistry.

If you are looking to indulge in actual mature romantic feelings through the lenses of fictional characters... more>> then this book is for you. <<less
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KaelynC
KaelynC
April 20, 2024
Status: Completed
I was hesitant and thought I would be uncomfortable, but surprisingly liked it. No crazy drama about real/fake kids except for some annoying relatives, but the central characters are understandable if not generally likeable. Novel focuses on MC letting go of some of the past and resolving some misunderstandings w/ ML, and the MC learning what love is. Most of the side characters are very much on the side, and thus are quite 2D, but it fits very well since the focus is very much on the MC. A lot... more>> of the things I was concerned about ended up being perfectly fine because the author made them fit so well together XD. <<less
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En-Jay99
En-Jay99 rated it
June 9, 2024
Status: c78
Mixed feelings.

The relationship is written very well, it heavily focuses on the emotional beats and a gradual deepening of love and mutual affection.

Problem is I don’t actually like either of the main characters. Both brothers are focused on in the story and we have POV from both so hard to say who’s MC and who’s ML. But anyway, the younger one who turns out to be ‘fake’ has the most emotional journey and growth. But do I like him as a character? Nope. Do I like the older brother? Not... more>> really.

The majority of the story is younger bro wondering why big bro loves him and after 40 chaps, I didn’t know either ¯\_ (ツ) _/¯

For a story that delves so deeply in making a romance work, the characters felt shallow to me. My heart broke for the MC and his emotional struggle when the paternity test came out but somehow after the romance started, I started caring less and less because both MCs did nothing but sleep with each other, young bro tried to emotionally manipulate his Ge, older bro just takes the hits, more s*x, the only emotional introspection that existed was whether young bro romantically loves his Ge or not and if his Ge only loves him or not. The younger bro’s actual family made guest appearances. The start up business had a lot of focus but also felt flat. The whole novel starts feeling flat around chapter 50s. <<less
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Rainicooorn
Rainicooorn rated it
June 8, 2024
Status: Completed
I came across this book coincidentally and lucky me I found a gem.

The first half had me kicking and squirming. It was palpable tension. The ambiguousness, the subtleness, you can readily feel that by reading. While the second half, was both sad and happy. The gradual change in the relationship, the realizations of what love is to both characters felt real. (THE SMUT WAS JUST A BONUS)

It's also rare to come across such stories of swapped birth where the original and the fake aren't fighting. But there's barely an... more>> interaction with them in this book. The plot mainly focuses on the MC and ML's relationship.

Don't be bothered really with the fake that they were brothers before the reveal, they grew apart mostly and estranged than close knit families. And I get what ML said to their father to acknowledge their relationship. They would've cultivated familial bond and stayed as brothers despite the reveal if they got the love and care when they were children.

It's such an interesting novel to be honest. It feels raw. Kudos to the author! <<less
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HiddenHermit
HiddenHermit rated it
February 8, 2024
Status: Completed
I liked this novel. At first I wasn't sure about reading it since MC, Ning Zhiyuan, sounded a bit jerkish but I'm glad I gave it a chance. The novel has a slight melancholic flavor as MC's and ML's, Cen Zhisen, relationship changes from familial to romantic. The past is remembered, with the hurts and at times the good things that MC had forgotten.

MC and ML did care for each other but a wedge had grown between them over time. MC misunderstood ML's actions and motives as the years went... more>> by. In summary, it was a good that MC's true parentage was discovered since it allowed MC to retract his protective spikes and let ML care for him.

Spoiler

MC never hated ML nor wanted to destroy him. He just wanted ML to pay attention to him. He was obsessed with ML since they were children, even wanting to be ML's wife when he was a naive child.

But when he realized that one day ML would have his own life and family, MC pushed him away. He was jealous of everyone around ML and wanted ML only for himself. When he found out that ML was gay, he was happy cause he wouldn't have to fight with ML's future children for his attention. Yep, truly obsessed.

So although ML was the one who persistently pursued MC at first. ML was actually pursued by MC from the very beginning.

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Tilbar
Tilbar rated it
June 13, 2024
Status: Completed
The difference in the MC and ML's life is heartbreaking. They both grew up with wealth and privilege in the same household, but that's where the similarities stop. You'll find out why when reading the novel, but it's absolutely s*upid. For two reasons, the MC's life has to be so upended that he doesn't believe in love of any kind.

It's a slow-moving story that focuses on the progression of their feelings for each other and how the MC comes to realize all his memories may not be as he thought.... more>> Once he begins to open up, it's a lovely tale of self-discovery.

And, no, I wasn't bothered by the 'brothers' becoming lovers. Once their DNA was uncovered, none of that mattered anymore. Especially since they hadn't been close in a very long time.

Note - My rating would be a 4.5 if it were available. <<less
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