I Quit Being The Male Lead’s Rival

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One day, as usual, Annabelle remembered the memories of her previous life.

It was revealed that she has been reincarnated as the second most popular character in a novel.

She also did all kinds of bad things to the male lead, and in the end, she is the person who will end up in prison!

‘In the end, I’ll get caught. It’s crazy!’

Anabelle begins to save Ian from danger by intercepting the conspiracies that were laid out one by one to prevent her impending doom.

But in the process, she caught the attention of some unexpected people…

“Oh my, that’s the spirit of chivalry our family pursues! I like that a lot!”

Ian’s mother’s eyes began to sparkle at her.

“Would you like to be my partner to the opera?”

After saving Ian, the prince keeps flirting…

“Ian, I’ve decided to quit being your rival and live a new life.”

“A new life?”

“To stop paying attention to a man like you who’s always up and down, marry a man with no character, and live a normal life.”

“Who’s the opponent? And why am I up and down?”

The male lead, Ian, keeps obsessing over me for some reason.

“Why do you not talk harshly to me these days…? Do it again.”

Everyone just seems to be a little weird!

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최강자 남주의 라이벌을 그만두었더니
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anoitecer
New anoitecer rated it
May 22, 2024
Status: Completed
  1. i was in a slump but reading this was sooo good! There's no extreme angst or anger, the romance is slow paced but very well carved in the sense that the 2nd ML was only slightly annoying but never really posed a threat, and I could feel the main couple's chemistry off the roof! They are so HOT together, and the communication is actually great. it's truly an enormous pity that the translation is not that good, you can get a gist of the story and the characters enough to read and enjoy but there's something missing and it prevents you from really getting the complete grasp on the feelings of our FL and ml, who are the main narrators.

    i almost didn't read this bc of some reviews saying that FL didn't care that much for ml's feelings bc she goes to a ball with 2nd ML and doesn't defend ML when people say he's no fun, I'm usually really sensitive to this kind of thing but tbh here it didn't bother me at all bc FL always thinks about how much she respects ML and values his personality, and you can see she only has complex feelings towards him, 2nd ML is nothing but a passing thought and the crown prince to her.

    it's a bit of a pity how ml's mom says he's no fun although I understand what she means, he hasn't lived a lively carefree life and it's a combo of his circumstance + personality.

    i also LOVED how there's no second thought about the original story here, soon FL realizes a lot of aspects are supposed to be different for things to truly work out and we even see og FL becoming her sister in law <33333 amazing!!!!

    so in the end the only downsides are the translation that could be so much better but so much worse too so I'm grateful it's readable, and the fact that we don't see 2nd ML find his lover. But it's definitely a must read <3
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crazy chicken
crazy chicken rated it
July 18, 2021
Status: c10
This is such a good read. The FL is intelligent and someone who thinks rationally but her efforts to protect the ML results in attracting the ML attention too lol XD. And I want that brother Reid and her mother Caitlyn to turn into beggars and beg for FL's forgiveness for rest of their lives even though the FL won't forgive them.

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Below given spoiler is just my assumption but since it happens in latest chapters I kept it in spoiler tag

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Spoiler

it seems like FL is not the real child of Caitlyn because FL's birthday and the Aaron sister's death anniversary (his sister died soon after birth) is on the same day and another coincidence is the FL having the same dark blue eyes as Aaron.

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I am having 2nd male lead syndrome because of Robert;_; and also Forget my previous sentence of making that tr*sh family as beggars I want them to just die guillotined <<less
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jsplat
jsplat rated it
January 31, 2022
Status: Completed
The translations on PinkMuffin are always amazing, so 10/10 on that aspect. I read 86 of their translations but the story is so good that I got impatient and read the completed spoilers/mtl's.

It's amazing. Of course we have a MC who remembers her past life, and the ML who hates her eventually falls for her (sort of in a weird way too lol), but despite the cliche's, I really enjoyed this story. There is a lot of fluff and cringe moments that gave me second hand embarrassment, which I absolutely... more>> cannot handle. Seriously, I drop stuff immediately bc of cringey stuff MC's do, but this novel is so good that I toughed it out. ML and FL are seriously so f*cking cute and lovable. I love the rivalry that they had, and MC can be quite hilarious in a childish way.

There was a second ML (the prince who's trying to become the next emperor), but I doubt you would get second ML syndrome from him. He's a good guy, but it's quite clear he prioritizes politics over romance, and while he does flirt with Annabelle, he understands her boundaries and cleanly accepts the romance between her and ML (Ian). I really liked Ian, and tbh there were parts where he was the stereotypical cold ML, but god he is so cute. He gets so confused with his feelings, and normally that bothers me when characters are too s*upid to realize that they're in love with someone, but Ian was just so endearing that I didn't care. I definitely rooted for him rather than Robert, the 2nd ML.

This novel really had me giggling like a maniac while reading it, blushing, gasping, and nearly throwing my phone in anger. I was really immersed and invested in the story. For me, it was a main story that I diligently waited for updates on, but people who don't like fluff or comedy would probably find it more as a good read for when ur bored. But even then, it has some cool political/fantasy parts to it. I think anyone could enjoy it

5 stars for me, but even if you hate these cliche's that I listed above, I still highly recommend it because the author is so freaking talented at somehow making these annoying cliches and characters lovable, and the translation really is great. <<less
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Jazdm
Jazdm rated it
July 13, 2021
Status: c8
We start of with the FL recalling the memories of her past life and that she's living in a novel in witch she dies. So she disides to insted of to be the ml's rival she will protect him from her brother, who want's to hurt him.

And of course, when she sudenly changed ML starts starts to pay her more atention than normaly

In my opinion it's nice that the MC is the person on second place and that is in a really crappy situation, insted of being number one in... more>> everything and having it easy (like it normally goes in other isekai LN)

Eitherway I was laughing the wholl time, I mean the MC is allways insulting the ML in the cutest and funniest. Something like i: "i hope you step in a puddel of rain wather and that lukworms crwal into your shoes"

I just... really, really recomend. <<less
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Selha
Selha rated it
November 13, 2021
Status: c48
I want to give this novel a higher score. I love the concept, I like the ML, the flow and pacing are great, and even just the plot alone is something I enjoy (I like my villainess novels ok). But the execution is poor. Obviously with less than 50 chapters out, it might be too soon to make judgements, but as of now, characters feel like they're moving purely to further the plot. You have a supposedly smart MC wasting her time playing along with her brother's antics, a calculating... more>> prince who publicly dines with the MC just as a thanks, even though he declines all other ladies because it might cause controversy, (maybe it was a big brain play though, who knows) or a side character who faints for some comedic reason during what is supposed to be an emotional moment, just so the author can have the more important characters have a heart-to-heart.
Spoiler

What bothered me the most though was how they handled the twist.


The twist was supposed to be that the MC was switched at birth, and was the daughter of the Rainfield family all along. The problem was that the author spoon-fed hints so that not even a baby could miss the development, and yet still staged it as if it was some grand reveal.

Twists do need foreshadowing for sure. There was good foreshadowing here too that sharp readers could pick up on, like how Annabelle's birthday coincided with the Rainfield family daughter's anniversary, or how the MC didn't look similar at all to the Marquis, her supposed father. They were subtle enough that they could be overlooked, but specific enough that people who noticed it could feel rewarded at the reveal.
But the author then decides to dedicate an entire scene to where Marilyn talks to the MC about how she gave birth at the same time and in the same room as the MC's fake mother, and how the nurse in charge of them left the area to go live in a expensive house somewhere far away immediately after.

That was pretty un-subtle foreshadowing right there. But in my opinion, it's still within bounds of a decent novel. And yet, perhaps it wasn't enough, because the author decides to add another scene where this time a traitor knight from the ML's family steals a jewel from Marilyn, just to show that Marilyn swears a lot like the MC.


The author never goes on to explain who the knight is, and the plot point is never brought up again. At that point the author might have well just said it straight up, because at least then it would have avoided making unnecessary loose threads.
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I guess what I'm trying to say is I went in with higher expectations than I should have. It isn't the worst thing in the world, but it isn't something I'd say is all that good either. The translations are good though. <<less
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remyrem
remyrem rated it
October 5, 2021
Status: c40
Summary is a bit misleading. The story is more about Anabelle's growth as a person/character and breaking away from the canon story and living her own life. However, since TL is still at c40 right now, it might change to focus more on the couple later on.
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just.checking
just.checking rated it
October 3, 2021
Status: c10
I like this novel a lot and I would rate it a 3.8 and under normal circumstances I would give it a 4 star rating but everyone in the reviews are rating are rating it very highly while I disagree. Its a good story but its not as good as some people make it out to be.

The main thing about the novel that bugs me is how s*upid the FL is and how she is always trying to clean up after her brother. She should of just warn the ML... more>> since she is so afraid of him for no reason and disappear into a different part of the empire. I get she doesn't want to work hard after she leaves but she is always lingering around the main stage and wonders why she's in the middle of everything. <<less
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cherizze
cherizze rated it
August 22, 2021
Status: c17
Hands down one of my favorite novels! This story is such a rom-com and I’m all here for it!! I love Anabelle’s insults so much hahahha they’re the best. I’m literally noting them all down.... FL and ML’s bond is also extremely funny and cute!! I’m looking forward to the progression of their relationship~~
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hose246
hose246 rated it
June 12, 2022
Status: c7
The novel has a MC who's a female with lacking IQ, a ML who's perfect and cold, and ML's friend who's fun and eccentric. Sounds familiar? Because this is literally one of the most generic concepts in romance-fantasy novels.

In the first few chapters, the MC literally wants to save the ML who's escorting the high priest, because her brother is planning to assassinate the ML. She can honestly choose to not do so, as that would put her in suspicion on why she know that attack will come. If she... more>> didn't come, that attempt would have been passed off as an assassination attempt by the atheist. Yet she did, and it still got passed off as an assassination by the atheist, which means that this only serves to make the ML fall for the MC.

And also, the MC have been swearing at the ML everyday in front of his home for 8 years, and the ML suddenly became interested in the MC just because she blocked an attack for him?

The MC's brother is also an idiot, why'd you keep using small traps like poison needles and cheap bombs to assassinate the ML when those does literally no damage to him?

Honestly, this novel can be passed off as a very generic and preposterous novel. I've seen the same concept done in other novels way better than this one. <<less
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blahblah123
blahblah123 rated it
November 21, 2021
Status: c48
It's not bad. Like most of these types of stories some of the character interactions are too friendly/emotional too fast, but it's not to the point where it's cringeworthy at least. It would be nice if the FL was stronger or at least showcased her current strength more. She's the second best swordsman in her age bracket but there's barely any action from anyone in this.
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tedy2004
tedy2004 rated it
July 17, 2022
Status: c55
It's a mediocre novel, but good to read if you really don't have anything else to read. I just quit reading it, because it got boring, it's the typical plot "FL won't chase ML anymore, so ML chases FL, then they get together later", however the characters are decent.
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Ashmanhwa
Ashmanhwa rated it
August 25, 2021
Status: c26
As far as now the FL is like same as other isekai romance novels like trying to run away after she finished her part. Even though cliche I like the way the story revolving and the translation is the best.
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Glutton idiot
Glutton idiot
July 25, 2021
Status: --
My taste I love it very much and hope the translator update quickly

the FL is strong and so is the ML I love it very much I hope u love it too when you read it
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daedaedae
daedaedae rated it
July 26, 2022
Status: --
it got boring really quick. The characters would have been entertaining, generic as they maybe but I could still see potential but they are dragged down by a very boring plot. The jokes don't land at all (not sure if that's the author issue or a translator issue.)

the fight scenes feel like it was written by someone who never even watched a single movie with swords.

if that was the case, then maybe don't have the two leads be swordsmen??

and while the author tried to be different and have the... more>> FL be a rival to the ML instead of a jealous bully to the og fl, they still follow beat by beat every generic points the very thing the author tried to not emulate.

i really wanted to like this novel but sadly it was just too generic and boring. <<less
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znukhsoc
znukhsoc rated it
July 11, 2022
Status: Completed
It was such a fun book!!! Perfect but frozen virg*n lad turns out to be a perfect husbando? Hell yeah! Badass FL who kickass and has common sense than any other FL in this genre? Fück yeah! Never mind the main characters, in-laws are the best couple ever here.

There is some good outside of the trope elements I enjoyed. Like the best holy man of the century... I'd have to give some extra points to the old high priest. Normally they are straight out evil in these types of books.

I... more>> have a few negative comments of course:
-Things are moving too smoothly for FL but that's okay since she needs some positivity in her life.
-The plot was a bit childish but fun so that's not a full complaint.
-You see things coming a 100 miles ahead however it never stops being entertaining.

If you expect romance right ahead, you'd have to study some patience. However, it went 0 to 100, 100 to 100000 QUICK thanks to ML. He basically goes so cray cray that it cracked me up.

Big thanks to the translators. Sorry that I couldn't comment since I didn't read it on my own laptop. I appreciate your work so much!!!
4 with all the cheap parts. <<less
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sometwo
sometwo rated it
June 24, 2022
Status: c40
the characters are good, plot is okay. Male MC is literally perfect... which is tolerable like all generic shoujos. one of my main qualms is that if you're gonna write a story centered around 2 swordsman who are talented at fighting, the action scenes should be good. but it really isnt. the first fight scene in the novel had no substance. literally none. it's just sounds and action words.

if youre looking for a normal shoujo its fine I guess, but I feel like something based on *2 swordsman* should have... more>> fights as one of the main interes factors but it's not. personally feel like the main reason FL is a swordsman is just to give allow her to come into contact with ML and co. <<less
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Wishie1000
Wishie1000 rated it
December 22, 2021
Status: c61
It's a good novel and quite different from the rest of reincarnated novels. It keeps getting interesting and the interaction between ML and FL is quite cute. The FL is strong and the ML is tsundere type. I'm excited and looking forward to reading more.
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Sololvl0
Sololvl0 rated it
October 22, 2021
Status: c12
Wow this is damn funny.. The insults the FL uses are top tier... Even the blessing too like damn, what was the author on when he wrote this... I need that stuff.. The story is also really good so far.
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blackdevil911
blackdevil911 rated it
January 11, 2022
Status: c81
iI give a 5 star, the tpo ones I don't know how to changed it, it really 5 star. I read all the chapters in 2 days, the story line is really impressed that keep me continue to read, the story is supper interesting that is worth for you're time

edit:
Spoiler

for 96 chaptersss finally they kissss so happy, they kissss! Yeahhhh

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norestsimp
norestsimp rated it
December 20, 2021
Status: c61
if you love a good enemies (but its really just a one-sided rivalry) to lovers, this is a good read! The development is not too slow or fast. The FL isnt overpowered in the book but has her share of merits as well. The ML is what can be described as a perfect man although his innocence in expressing his feelings is refreshing to his otherwise dull character. The side characters also have depth to them and has their own qualities that are not centered on the leads.
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Miao Meow Liz
Miao Meow Liz rated it
November 14, 2021
Status: c48
I loved this - so much so that I went to the mtl when I ran out of translated chapters. It's a great story, with fun and cute main characters, comedy that actually made me laugh out loud, and some sweet moving moments.
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