I Reincarnated As A Villainess, But Why Did I Become A Cat Butler Instead?


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I reincarnated as Rowaine, the villainess who was fated to be executed for the sin of mistreating a shapeshifter. To escape death, I decided to replace my sister, Renee, in her arranged marriage.

The problem was that the person I was to be wed to, the notoriously cold-blooded Duke Blois, was a cat person.

“Darling, I heard that abusing shapeshifters like me is a hobby of yours.”
“From what I understand, there was no such condition that a woman who mistreats shapeshifters could never be the Duke’s marriage partner.”

His emerald eyes flashed dangerously. I quickly added before he could say anything else.

“If my hobby will pose a problem, then I promise that I will never play with the Duke.”


This is the story of a 10-year contract marriage between a cat butler and a feisty cat shapeshifter.

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6 Reviews

Apr 12, 2022
Status: c30
I quite like this!

The male lead is very cute, he's a bit of a tsundere lol. I think the author integrates his cat-ness together with his human side very well. He really seems like a cat, but he doesn't feel less than human or s*upid because of it.

The MC is competent and I like her but her personality feels a bit bland. Though she does go and act wild once she's pushed to that point. There's this thing where she smells really good to cats that hasn't been explained yet... more>> (maybe she carries catnip around lol)

I have a theory that it's a blessing from the cats she took care of in her previous world, to make the cats in this world fond of her.

and I hate it when authors do this kind of 'MC is especially attractive to the ML because of some sort of power' thing, but that's a pet peeve and the only thing I dislike about this novel so far.

Their relationship is good so far, nothing toxic and no red flags. I'm looking forward to how it develops in the future because I think they'll be really cute together!

In this world shapeshifters are seen as below humans and are commonly kept as s*aves. I appreciate how the MC as a modern person keeps her modern sensibilities and treats everyone with respect, (so far) unlike other knovels with this type of setting where the MC usually starts buying s*aves and using them for her benefit.

The translation is good, (maybe in need of a proofreader, some phrases are awkward) and I really appreciate the work they've been doing. Thank you!

Looking forward to where this goes, it seems like a solid story. Especially if you like cats. <<less
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Jul 18, 2023
Status: c89
Obviously written by someone who loves cats, this is a great contract marriage story with a beast people society context. Unlike a lot of stories that I think go too far with the "carnal lust of the beastkin, " this novel is more about the behavioral qualities of the animals reflected in people, which is much more appealing in my opinion.

I think the design of FL's backstory is done really well and makes her extremely sympathetic. The cat-like qualities also make the cliched Duke-with-childhood-trauma trope much more specific, since it... more>> augments the usual traits with cat tsundere qualities. I also think it was a good move on the author's part to make his position seem more precarious than the average duke, given that the vassals side more with the horrible stepmother and this leads to more interesting conflict.

Overall, both leads are wonderful and there's less 2ML stuff than I figured, even though men obsessed with her crawl out of everywhere like roaches. The only con is that the actual romance is so damn slow even though he fulfills every wish she could possibly have, no matter how much he dislikes it. He is whipped in a totally appropriate way for his character. Great read. <<less
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Jul 10, 2022
Status: --
So I read a really interesting story before this so that may be causing my bias, but the plot pretty much feels like it’s being made up on the spot and like nothing is connected to anything else. The pacing is also very weird. This grown woman had a kitten die years ago and now she’s crying in the woods looking for it’s body. Then she has healing magic and a wound on the ML show up in the same paragraphs. She then starts circulating her magic when alone, which... more>> I don’t think she should even know how to do. My point is that I’ve had dreams with better plotlines than this. <<less
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Sep 24, 2022
Status: c51
So far so good 😍

I like the FL cleverness and the way she interacts with other characters.

Author has a great knowledge of animals, cats especially. The way ML is portreyed is a pice of art. Purrfect balance between human and cat behaviour 😻

The relationship between FL & ML is also very natural and well paced.

Highly recommended for cat lovers who are looking for well written story.
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Jul 06, 2022
Status: c25
Imma be honest, I was putting off this novel for such a long time just because of the weird novel and then just randomly decided to give it a try and oh boi the regret.......I should have started this much earlier! Like goodness its so good! Both the lead share a amazing chemistry and I love their interactions very much. If you love cats this novel is definitely for you.

The FL is a very funny character LMAO I absolutely loved how she ... more>>

sat at the Previous Duchess's LAP as an act for revenge and to make her embarrassed LOL


The Duke, being a shape shifter of course shows the characteristics of a cat and I absolutely love it!

For a joyful read I 100% recommend this novel considering how amazing it is. <<less
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Aug 16, 2023
Status: c129
EDIT: Apparently, as I read the 5 chapters further before I decided to drop or not (always read 5 more chapters before dropping a novel!), I finally found snippets of lovely lovely romance. Not sprinkles, not grains, but actual snippets.

There's still not much. But different from the kisses, these snippets of romance actually had tension and chemistry and just overall changed my mind. I'll continue, and raise my rating to 4/5.

This above is my new current review. The one below the ~~~~~~ line was my old one, made angrily at... more>> c124. Some points still stand, like the romance is way too slow, etc etc. But this above is added to give credits where it is due.


Alright. So, the story is fine, there's no weird furry sh*t going on. When the shapeshifters are in human form, they're human. It's light-hearted etc etc. It was very enjoyable read, until it isn't.

For what reason do I read romance novel? For romance! There must be fluff, there must be tension, there must be romance.

But this novel... calling it slow burn is underestimating it. There is kiss. There are kisses, actually, so far at chapter 124. But what makes me feel so turned off is

the female lead kept turning down the male lead when she's clearly into him. She's so traumatised by her parents' failed marriage, she doesn't want to admit she's in love. There's devil's mind fckery in there, too, but she could have brute forced her way through instead of getting confused everytime. It's fine if it's only chapter 60 80 90 100, but it's chapter 124! It's 67% there, and nothing! Nothing concrete has formed! This isn't even an epic or a saga, this isn't even action, nor does it have x, 000s of chapters. If you call this sht romance, be ashamed. I'll bring you romance. This sht feels like slice of life with just a sprinkle of romance instead.


It's so good, well-written AS A SLICE OF LIFE, but as a romance book, I feel like the romance part is simmered too much, it's so bloody soggy.

I had to check the tags and genre *thrice* before making this review. I thought I misread the genre somehow, at the very least. But nah, it's comedy, fantasy, romance.

Anyway. Screw this sh*t, man. If, if the rating stays on 3/5 on my review in like 30 days, consider me dropping the book. <<less
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