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Because of a shocking group s*x scandal, two male actors took the initiative to bind themselves together. It’s a story about their sweet and professional life together.

A typical but not very traditional entertainment novel.

The jokes might be old, but they’re sweet.

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02/25/24 Chrysanthemum Garden c50
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01/07/24 Chrysanthemum Garden c40
12/31/23 Chrysanthemum Garden c39
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12/24/23 Chrysanthemum Garden c36
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Review
8 Reviews


tt2005
New tt2005
Feb 07, 2024
Status: Completed
I really like this novel. It's a very fluffy, sweet novel that's almost like slice of life. I like the dynamic between the MC and ML. Both the ML and MC are flawed characters. They each have their own issues and both of them weren't planning on falling in love. So while there isn't a outright villain or big plot twist, you can definitely see the mental struggles both of them went through.

MC:

I personally, really like the MC. He's the best character in the novel. He has flaws and there... more>> were times I was a little frustrated with him but he also had valid reasons. I could really understand his thought process and why he would make his decisions.
Spoiler

MC has an ED. It's mainly caused by stress and his inability to relax (workaholic), rather than trauma I would say. It seems like he's been in the industry for so long and has had to keep up his guard/persona that eventually, he didn't know how to stop. And as he become an independent actor, it seems to have gotten worse (at least that's how I see it) because the company is no longer responsible for all these workers, he is. His parents seem really irresponsible, we only hear about them once and it's because they wanted ML's picture. They don't really seem to ask MC about his wellbeing, they live and work in a foreign land (where btw, they make money out of his name/popularity) and they don't visit, to the point MC's used to being alone on holidays. So knowing all this information, I can understand why he is hesitant to get in a relationship or insecure about opening up to ML.

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ML:

Again, a flawed character. He's just been through a lot. It was very traumatic for him and cause a few physiological issues that made him very skeptic of people. That's why he's so sharp mouthed and controlling.
Spoiler

Basically, ML was abused his whole childhood. His father was physically abusive and both his mother and sister suffered from DV where they were also r*ped and sexually assaulted. His father would also blackmail him into doing free labour, giving them his money, etc in exchange for a few days where his female family members wouldn't have to suffer. They lived in a small village where everyone knew what was happening and no one tried to help. He first started working in the entertainment industry because he wanted to save enough to help his mother and sisters escape. The abuse was bad enough that he had thoughts of killing them (his abusers) and ending his life afterwards. Him and his female family members managed to escape the village. But his mother was deaf, his older sister had to get an abortion (because it was the child of her rapist) and his little sister had autism. He was the sole breadwinner of his whole family and they depended on him a lot (especially considering the high medical costs). He's controlling because he's always had to be in charge and it was one of the ways he coped with the abuse. Being in control helps him deal with the feeling of powerlessness he felt during his abuse. Because of this, when it comes to romance, he tends to be a bit extreme. The ML does know and acknowledge that this is an issue he has.

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Their Relationship

I have mixed feelings about their relationship because a lot of it is very sweet and nice. Would I say they are the perfect couple, the perfect representation of a healthy relationship? Not really. But knowing all their backstories and issues, I know they try very hard for this relationship.
Spoiler

ML is very controlling but he also knows that it is an issue he has and while he can't "fix" it, he backs off when the MC tells him to. MC is very insecure about his inability to relax and his ED so he ends up giving mixed signals or vague answers to the ML. They'll have small moments of miscommunication but it gets resolved fairly quickly and ML always backs off when he's realised he interpreted MC's signals wrongly.

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They always support and accept each other throughout the novel (even before they were officially together). They respect each others limits and boundaries. Also, very important note, while some people may be uncomfortable with some aspects of their relationship, MC very clearly stated he likes to be controlled. It helps him relax more because he no longer responsible for anyone or needs to think about everything, he just needs to follow ML's lead. SO please keep in mind that while it may seem like ML is crossing boundaries, it is all (mostly) consensual. <<less
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Common_people
Common_peopl
Jul 16, 2022
Status: Completed
I like it. It's good, no drama, no villain, just passerby. No emotional coster, and the meaty things looks so realistic (?). The proportion of the story is perfect for my taste. The chapter not too long, and not too short, It's no sad drama, the conflict is enough, the sweet things is not too much. I mean, they are lovey dovey but not cringe to me

A Control freak gong x idol Baggage and rustic shou
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LeniSnow
LeniSnow
Jul 03, 2022
Status: --
Its smooth flowing and very sweet, it's sweet, really sweet. If you want to relax this would be a great read. As expected from this author, they never dissapoint.

I dont know what else you want me to say! Just go read it! Gosh!

Spoiler

please go read it

although beware of the ml's family's tragic past which will be released quarter towards the end (that is the root of his behavior, I personally like that type because I am like MC, I need someone like that in my life)

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Rida
Rida
Aug 09, 2022
Status: Completed
I loved it. There wasn't any angst or misunderstandings and the relationship between the MC and ML was perfect.

The MC was hardworking but put too much pressure on himself. He had a good dynamic with the ML who was outspoken and temperamental but had a bit of a control issue.

The smut was really hot.

5/5.
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Kassandra
Kassandra
Sep 12, 2022
Status: Completed
Before you read the review, I would like to say I finished the novel relying on mtl. I just read 13 chapters on Chrysanthemum Garden because that's the only translated chapters they have currently (or the time I have read it).

The start of the novel was actually good to me. The ML, Liang Yu's personality is just a bit domineering and controlling, which I don't really like. But I didn't let that stop me since a main character with an illness like this is rare.

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Spoiler

The protagonist, Xu Jingzhe, have erectile dysfunction.

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It was proceeding good, until Liang Yu (ML) did something I don't really like.

Warning spoiler below, I quite encourage you to read the spoiler if you're planning to read the novel.

Spoiler

Liang Yu (ML) forcefully stripped, and bj Xu Jingzhe (MC), without asking for any form of consent or permission. I mean– some people might say, isn't that good? Because his erectile dysfunction would be solved. I would probably throw a book right in your face.

What he did feels exactly the same as s*xual abuse to me. If you've read it you'll see Jing Zhe is struggling and kicking him to stop but he just continued, for what? Just to see Jing Zhe's (MC) private part?

(It starts at chapter 42.)

And it's f*ck*ing uncomfortable reading those parts.

Yeah, they're an actor and they're in a relationship, 'in the eyes of the public', but that doesn't mean what he did to Jing Zhe (MC) is right. Even if they're ambiguous with each other and even tend to have their relationship become real, that still doesn't mean he can do it without permission or any consent.

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When I saw scenes like 'that' I just skimmed through them. I continued because one of the reviews said the smut is amazing and that's what I originally I came here for. 'The amazing smut.'

I'm a bit disappointed though. Yes, it's hot but amazing? Not for me.

Still continuing for the sake of my reader spirit to finish every book I started. The novel is okay if you just ignored 'that' part. (Can't pretend it doesn't exist though.)

In my opinion, Liang Yu (ML) probably have a psychological illness.
Spoiler

It wasn't just revealed/said in the novel but his agent and sister/assistant knew a little about it.


P.S. Considered a spoiler since I revealed his assistant is actually his sister.
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They told Xu Jingzhe (MC) that Liang Yu (ML) is actually good despite his domineering and controlling attitude. Too controlling, in my opinion.

This might have come from his past/background, where it's just tragic, especially what his family have gone through.

(Won't write a spoiler about it, it's better if you read it yourself since the impact would be bigger.)

Won't neither recommend nor discouraged for people to read it but if you've read my spoiler, be warned and tread carefully. <<less
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Jiiemm
Jiiemm
May 27, 2023
Status: Completed
I already read this story a while ago, with a less persuasive synopsis, I re-read it, in some places I immediately remembered the whole story.

that's how good this story is..

MC and ML couple is really cute 🥺🥺 They are very professional. But their contractual relationship develops in an epic, non-forced, and flowing way.

it's a drama, but a lot of fun. Maybe in a few months I will read this story again.
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Old_Cat
Old_Cat
Feb 28, 2023
Status: Completed
Pretty good. I love their dynamic and the fact that they fit each other's personality and characteristics in an unusual way.

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Spoiler

From what I understand in the MTL, MC feels more comfortable when someone manage him (I'm actually quite the same so I know how it feels) and ML is a person who likes to control things around him. I think it's because of his childhood. He grew up independent and surrounded by woman. He was like an anchor in the family and used to manage everyone, so it became a habit.

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In a way, they compliment each other's behavior and "needs".

Spoiler

I just don't like the dubcon thing a little. I mean the MC quite need the stimulation and I know it won't happen unless the ML forced it bcs of MC's personality, but I still prefer consent more than anything.

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They're like a perfectly weird couple actually. Their relationship can't be said to be healthiest out there, but they fit each other? So that's why they're also perfect in a way?

Overall, it was satisfying. MTL was kind of hard to understand but you'll be able to grasp it as much. <<less
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Madame
Madame
Oct 16, 2022
Status: Completed
This story is actually pretty well done. Quite laid back. And the writing make us not want to stop reading it. It has been such a long time since I feel very interested in reading c-novel nowadays.

Don't feel discourage to read this novel because of the reviews. You need to judge it by yourself.

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Spoiler

For me, there is no other way to breach the sensitive subject of MC ed condition. ML might be a little bit controlling but the MC is also having a little bit problem which is when someone take control, he felt relieved. And that is what I understand from the mtl.

Both of them actually a good match since MC is the only one who can stand and soothe down ML quite brusque nature and ML get everything he wanted in a partner from MC.

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The mtl is readable if you can't wait for translation. Including the bonus chapter, they really get their deserved HE. <<less
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