Honey Stewed Squid


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Tong Nian, a cosplay cover singer, falls in love at first sight with a man she spots at a Net cafe. Chasing him, she signs up for the MMO she saw him playing, albeit it’s a super high ranked account a friend acquired for her. Who could have known he was a pro gamer, moreover a legend in the gaming circle at that!

Associated Names
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Cá mực hấp mật ong
Stewed Squid with Honey
Related Series
God’s Left Hand (Prequel)
Fish Playing While Trapped in a Secret Room (Prequel)
A Slight Smile is Very Charming (9)
Why Not Soar Your Majesty (4)
Really, Really Miss You (3)
Online Game: Willingly Captured (2)
God’s Left Hand (2)
Fish Playing While Trapped in a Secret Room (2)
Recommendation Lists
  1. novels that i liked (different link for fave novel...
  2. all novel lesser than 1000
  3. Fluffy Romance
  4. Esports Rom Com
  5. Modern Romance

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Jammiru rated it
October 29, 2019
Status: epilogue
I LOVE THIS NOVEL! Why? Because its not stressful, its fluffy and its unrealistically sweet. If you watched the drama adaptation, you'll love it more. Though I must say that its too short and the novel alone doesn't provide too much background. Overall, its the type of romance that you'll wish on your own lovelife, which would probably never happen, anyway. If someone could recommend something that has the same vibes as this, I would appreciate it.
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MyRAMEN rated it
April 20, 2019
Status: Completed
It was cute and interesting. I wouldve gave a 4 because of the ending was a little bad and really lackluster but I couldnt bear it for little squiddie
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Raneday rated it
January 25, 2019
Status: weibo scene 5
Kyaa >.<

This was definitely one of the cutest romance novel that I've ever read!

Each and every chapter that I read was just soooo adorable and fun to read.
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WinByDying rated it
August 8, 2018
Status: weibo scene 5
Not perfect (not so varied interaction between leads, illogical plot), but the utter cuteness and humor make up for it. Some hilarious moments. Don't take the story too seriously, just go with it. As for chemistry, in my opinion it was there. In a special way, just like they're a special couple. Finally...

Both translation quality and the writing seem better than the two prequels, which also ups the score. Some scenes are really well written.

Note that this one is entirely focused on romance, making it feel more like a side... more>> story. The prequels have more esports, more complicated feelings, more characterization.

I'm a bit less critical in my scoring on NU, so that's enough for a 5. I enjoyed it a lot. Do read the two prequels beforehand, if you don't mind that they're not that romance focused as this one. It makes reading this one a bit better. <<less
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tkok12 rated it
June 12, 2018
Status: weibo scene 5
I really liked this novel. The MC is so cute and innocent!!! The definition of moe if you will. She is like a stuffed animal where she is all fluffy (and probably in the head too lol). What I mean is that she thinks about random fluffy stuff with the ML which is both funny, cute, and a little bit s*upid. The ML is a little bit of a sad*st in my opinion, which has its own charm in the story. I mean someone needs to keep the MC back... more>> on track from her fantasy day dreaming all the time. The interaction between them is pretty much the MC chasing the ML until he submits. This is a very simplified version of the summary.

My only complaints are that I wish the author could have talking about the mc's singing more and that the mc's is so fluffy in the head that she pretty much is an airhead that only thinks about love and is pretty hopeless. Lol.

I hope they come back again in the sequal novel. <<less
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Bangobombz rated it
March 3, 2018
Status: Completed
A fluffy and cutsy girl for a fluff loving guy... I do believe it was the interactions with our Honey Stewed Squid and God Gun that really sold me... The story was not necessarily complicated or deep but the interactions made me smile a lot and thats a win for me! And don't be afraid or worry if you hasn't read the two prequels... reading the other two would help give an idea of the background of some characters but not necessarily needed... its entirely possible to enjoy this novel... more>> without reading the other two :)

ps: Demo will always be the best character in my heart! <<less
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March 17, 2021
Status: Completed
i managed to read this after I watched the series. Full of fluff. FL is a naive, straightforward kid. ML is a short-tempered/straightforward/dont-give-a-damn person. There is actually not much changes with the series and the novel so I'm very satisfied.
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_Ako_ rated it
January 29, 2021
Status: 2019 epilogue part1
mhhh first I'll get this out of the way. I like MBFB's God's Left Hand series, I read it primarily at first because I wanted to read romance series, which is not JP (for obvious reasons), and it delivered more than what I thought it would... There will be scenarios I'll be mentioning that the prequel contain so... ummm dont bother reading it if you havent read the prequel yet.

Secondly, I was quite taken aback when MBFB's inspiration for this series was when she read Really, Really Miss You, and... more>> this ummm this WN didnt really click to me. But well I guess the difference here is that I devote my life to God's Left Hand, ummm it was one of her work that I first-hand experience the author's vivid and playfulness when writing out characters and scenarios that just puts me in this dazed and livid atmosphere when I read it... In short; I just like it... I really really love reading the series... Ehhh anyway, I'll start now I guess


Gun and Nian's meeting was like how fate played with them. Ok let's put it this way. This cliche is something so magnamously done to the point that you'd scream on the top of your lungs, "it's this f*cking bullsh*t again?!" But I guess, this scenario wasnt quite bad. Gun, was someone who at the past was in the peak of his career in CS then it suddenly faded away. He has devoted his entire life, on founding K&K China, which still at the end of it; didnt get what he wanted. He's a man who have lost the past, and cant get back what he wanted to do in the past. Well, what can I say? Solo was a bit faster I guess? I mean, this cliche, at least MBFB delivered that Tong Nian isnt as overly submissive as the heroine in Really, Really Miss You, she has that fluff moment, her emotion was well... ummm very autistic but I quite like. I mean, their first deep kiss was very heartwarming and very bliss, and unlike Reall, Really Miss You where I find it somewhat dragged on and like forced to death, in Tong Nian's case, you see that her ego have that flare to be with Gun and that includes the step needed to take and do to be with him.

There are few things I'd like to say tho. Dt and Ai Qing's relationship was "confirmed" in this series which quite made me puzzled because, the the part 2, as far as I know, when their relationship got out; she became part of SP but solely as a commentator. Here tho, she's still part of the club, which made her and Dt's relationship not yet confirmed? Due to it because it's in Tong Nian's POV? I dont know... I just thought that; everyone knew at the end that Ai Qing and Dt is dating so like.... how come Tong Nian, didnt saw any news about it... Oh well...

Every romance series that MBFB is quite linearly progressive... what I mean is that, we will see heroine and MC solely progress towards either their insecurity, towards their relationship, or towards the difficulties on their life. I quite like, that Gun's personality here is somewhat stern and hard because, I do remember reading God's Left Hand, and like... his domineering personality solely for him to take as his own... I quite like this water-and-oil kind of mesh with Tong Nian's clumsy yet straightforward personality. Her emotion just clicks from high to low when things dont go to her plan and, this fluff between her attitude and Gun's stern and down-to-earth personality is quite livid in my opinion. When they first met (confirm their relationship as GO) when the whole ordeal with the family meeting and Dt's shot at him, was very... in a lack of better term; the turning point. But well Tong Nian being dense is quite.... how do I put it... interesting. I like the subtleties when they're both together, especially the atmosphere when Tong Nian was watching Gun work, or when they ate together. It's that progression that, well cliche, but I very much liked it.

When Gun, throughout the story, starts Tong Nian to mold in his life, is something that is very clear that; like that alas moment... where, finally... FINALLY! Especially with Tong Nian's confession... ahhh very very fluff I'd say. It's that moment when I was just in the blissful moment waiting for their marriage to arrive and I just have to bless them a happy life, and I hope; all of you will also bless their married life; and I think, this decision that Gun made is something he didnt regret.

Ok, the alcohol scene was very f*cking tilting but then again; it's ummm, cliche.. what else can I say?

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Neleothesze rated it
May 10, 2020
Status: c17
Disclaimer: Hui3r's translation is, as always, top notch. 5/5 stars. I am only rating the story, or rather the first 17 chapters that I forced myself to read through.

That said, I am a fan of many of Mo Bao Fei Bao's other works & generally a fan of e-sports novels. I enjoyed Mo Bao Fei Bao's God's Left Hand series a lot... But this one was such a disappointment! The MC is just so s*upid. Her thought process is ridiculous, her actions are embarrassing and annoying.

The fluff doesn't make up... more>> for it. Perhaps it gets better further along but I couldn't read it... <<less
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ScotlandForsythe rated it
March 25, 2019
Status: epilogue
That was quite a ride. I put off reading this for the longest time and I can say that this author's works truly leave me feeling nostalgic. I probably should have read the first two books before this one, but the first one was way for technical than this. This had just eniight fluff to make me giggle.

I loved it. The translator did an amazing job as always and I am extremely pleased that I have finally decided to read it and finish it in a day ;-;

I'm kind of... more>> sad right now. I shall go sit in the corner with my little unsatisfied self.

There is one character that I really liked but...


Dt was a character that I had a hate love relationship with. On one hand he had a hand in the MC and ML getting together on the other hand he caused a huge misunderstanding that was resolved easily but still made me slap my forehead. Be rest assured, the misunderstanding was not between the MC and ml. They knew exactly what was going on.

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DaydreamGe rated it
December 9, 2017
Status: Completed
It is a nice and cute story to read. Begin with love in the first sight and ended with Con Man who flip all the facts happening. Nice job Gun (con man).

Really waiting for the drama to appear soon.

Tong Nian is really cute, unfortunately there is no child born in the ending.
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aoiisora rated it
June 23, 2017
Status: Completed
This book is considered one of the cliche of the cliche short novels, but it satisfied my craving for unrealistic cliches and appetite for a lightning-developments, heart-racing electricity and ridiculously-fanciful coincidences plot.

I would agree the plot and character developments were a little lacking, and when I finished it I was like whaa... that's it? Hahaha, but the story is a pretty adorable one. A complete gaming noob (the word noob doesn't even cover it, you gotta downgrade that several hundred times) female lead in the cosplaying social circle meets a... more>> legendary pro gamer. <<less
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Miss Ruby rated it
May 25, 2017
Status: weibo scene 3
I feel like my expectation when reading this wasn't that high but I was blown away. I loved the interaction between the characters and watching the lead characters fall in love. It was beautiful. Sure, there were flaws but every novel has those. The better parts overwrote the flaw. Would def read again.
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