It’s Not Easy Being Your Love Rival’s Big Brother


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The 27-year-old Wei Han is a slightly fat, slightly chicken-livered, and slightly foolish, pure-hearted and besotted top, and his sweetheart who had been together with him for seven years, in the end, was stolen away by Qi ZhiFan one morning.
Deeply broken-hearted and in despair, he went overboard with binge eating, and ended up pathetically choking to death…

Luckily, he received a second chance, yet his timing, position, and destiny all got warped, and the him who returned to being twenty followed his remarried mother into the Qi family, turning into Qi ZhiFan’s non-blood-related older brother.

Well, Wei Han swore that this time, he must alter his dumped-as-cannon-fodder fate, and since he’s become his love rival’s big bro, he can definitely torment this scumbag little brother to death, restoring his position as the rightful top and quickly carry his bottom home!

However, why is the development of the plot spiraling further and further out of his control?
Why is Qi ZhiFan looking at him with a scorching, burning gaze, acting more and more questionable ( ⊙ o ⊙ ) eh?!
Thus, Wei Han was pushed down into an official bottom…

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Love Rival's Big Brother
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New kaytiti rated it
October 1, 2021
Status: Completed
First I've to say the translation quality is particularly good... just has its own merits.

This novel is surprisingly well written and well balanced. Surprising meant I added this novel to my read later list long long ago but didn't start it because the description kept me doubted. Actually, I enjoyed 3 first quarters more, the last quarter is slower paced but didn't bother me that much. I love both MC & ML... both complete each other well either with ML's 'young master' 'genius' way or MC's 'upright' 'silly' 'overthrown striving'... more>> way... cute! Yes there's 'genius' vs 'silly' but no one needs protection here, each has his own strength. I guess I don't make sense... better go ahead to READ the story!

Love+cuteness+smut+action+friendship+comedy ✌️ Recommended! <<less
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New Mojomacy rated it
September 30, 2021
Status: c60
This is a cute and fun story! I loved watching Wei Han and Qi Zhifan's relationship develop. I also really liked the side characters (especially Pei Yuyang and Jiang Chengrui!) The ending did feel a little rushed, though, and I wish that a few aspects of the plot got a little more resolution.
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Pink-kun-s rated it
January 4, 2018
Status: c30

Really a must read, ah.

The story is really fluffy, romantic and magnificent.

This MC is really kind, honest


to the point where he doesn't even know how to get a real revenge. I mean he had this idea of tarnishing his rival god's like reputation by saying that the other had hypoglycemia. That just made the ML -the rival- more popular on the campus, with everyone proposing to him candies, sugary water, medicines, and so on. MC is really clueless when it comes to doing bad things to others and that just makes him lovelier. I really like him



The ML is jewel too. Not the forceful type and he knows how to cherish.


There is this time he didn't sleep the whole night at all and suffered several mosquitoes' bites just because he was sheltering the MC, fearing that he would be bitten awake. Clueless MC laughed at the dark bags under his eyes, as well as his bitten nose and cheek the next morning. ML was depressed.

When MC fell asleep on the hard floor, ML put his head on his lap.


Well, it was good, until MC turned his head and started breathing in ML's danger direction. Poor ML couldn't really withstand and was hard. In retaliation, he pinched MC's butt cheeks. It was hilarious how the next morning MC got scared as to how he ended up on ML's lap. When asked, he said that he slept really comfortably, just that his ass ached. Lol.


Well, as of now, the ML is doing the pursuing and MC is oblivious to it. MC's heart is thumping loudly though, so ML, continue with the good work!


I really like their dynamic together.

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ShanShan rated it
January 4, 2018
Status: Completed
Finished reading this via MTL and I loved it.

I love that everybody got a happy ending. All the couples are also very understanding and patient of each other. No major dramas/conflicts. I love the MC and ML's interactions, and you can feel the love everywhere hihihi.

Give it a try and you wont regret reading it! ;)
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Tearlesereph rated it
December 29, 2019
Status: --
I don't know if it's the author's writing style or if it was just lost in translation but this novel fell flat for me.

So many things are not explained at all. It was not really made clear how both their families suddenly joined together. Just boom! He died from choking, woke up the next day 7 years in the past and his mother suddenly announced that she remarried and the husband will be picking them up today to move to the new family together in another city. Like... What? How... more>> did they even date without both sons knowing and then get married without the sons present? Witnesses are still needed right?? It's like that was just haphazardly written up just to put MC and ML in the same household.

Also, ridiculously unbelievable. ML is 18, EIGHTEEN, yet somehow he has already amassed an insane fortune and just happens to be a SIGNIFICANT shareholder at their university. He's been playing the stock markets since young to make money and his father has no idea. Again.. how? Even if he had the brains, the legal system wouldn't be selling shares and stocks to a minor. A valid adult ID is needed to set up accounts at the very least. Also, apparently he's a genius that has mastered practically every subject and I forgot how many languages. He also attends gay bars in his spare time and apparently all the uncles there call him "big brother" and are scared of him. Has hypoglycemia and doesn't exercise well, but is still built and knows impressive kung fu and can beat down 10+ professional gangsters without breaking a sweat. Can pull strings anywhere with just a phone call. Oh, and he's a male god in terms of looks.

Honestly, I would've been much more satisfied with the premise without all that. Not every gong in every BL needs to be the stereotypical rich, smart, all powerful male adonis.

MC was very stereotypical too. His looks are ordinary compared to the ML, but apparently his chubby cheeks and round butt is perfect to the ML. MC is very dumb, but his mother for some reason refers to him with feminine praises like "virtuous wife and perfect mother" material... Who actually does that?

Honestly, if I were to be brutally honest. It's like the novel was written by a teenager who just started to like BL. <<less
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FujoshiOnDuty rated it
September 6, 2018
Status: --
I didn't get the humor and I don't think it's funny in any way at all but rather annoying and cringe-worthy. Heck I'd been wearing a poker face when reading throughout all the chapters. This story has too much nonsense and honestly for me the plotline is cheap. I actually expected a lot from this novel considering that the summary looks promising but reality proves me otherwise and it's really a shame. So disappointing and I really regret wasting my time reading a lot of chapters from this- Yes it's... more>> that bad for me sorry not sorry <<less
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btsdynamiteAUG21 rated it
August 14, 2020
Status: Completed

The story is simple but not too simple (in my taste). There are many sweet moments :)) I really like the part that the MC did not lack the courage to change himself after rebirth and actually undergone self analysis. I love the progression-not too fast, but not too slow.

But damn! I thought Chuanyao and Leng Yan would end up with each other huhuhu TT
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aresk rated it
July 12, 2018
Status: Completed
I physically hurt myself reading this.

It's a light read that takes around 5-6hrs to complete if you read continuously (Like I did). My teeth was rotting from the fluff, the ML was slightly twisted but he got hit by karma pretty soon after. MC is a very nice and generous character (if only he'd let go of his ex a little sooner) he developed to become very sly ohmegud I luv.

Side characters are not dimensional (thank god), their relationship is also very interesting to read about.
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EOsakwe rated it
July 6, 2018
Status: c60
i literally read this through the night. It was so good. I especially love the way the author describes the s*x. Hahahahaha I have never. Read a book where the dick/pen*s was called hot fiery weapon.

It had this innocent yet funny and deep feel to it. It’s definitely a must read.
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Gorgeousname rated it
March 25, 2020
Status: c42
I am writing this after I already dropped it after 42 chapters, but I would like to explain why.

First of all I really appreciated the translation!

The first 20 chapters or so I also had fun and was able to overlook the plot holes and all things illogical.

... more>> I rather liked the Tsundere type of ML and so what if he was a super handsome, super rich, super genius of 18 years... a little bit of cliché is nice sometimes.

But as the story progressed the ML turned more and more into a stereotypical tyrannical ML who is jealous, forceful and oversteps all boundaries.


Their first time wasn't exactly consensual and the second seemed neither. And also... beating his lover, because of unjustified jealousy is so not sexy.


The MC also is only so-so, it's like their personalities which were funny and lively at first just flatten out during the story. And more and more dumb clichés come up.

At one point I didn't want to take it anymore and dropped, because I rolled my eyes at some randomness one time too often. :/

In the end it is best described like Tearlesereph's review also said: it feels like it was written by a Teenager who substituted experience with clichés.

It had a good premise and a nice start, but for me it wasn't able to hold onto that to the end. <<less
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YoriMei rated it
March 20, 2019
Status: c60
A decent read, nothing ground breaking or extreme. It’s a fluffy love story between two step brothers, one of which had his love stolen by the other brother in a past life before rebirth/starting over again. It’s funny and pretty light hearted, with some pretty good pacing between the transition of the mc’s feelings of “i’ll Get my revenge for you stealing my boyfriend in my past life!” To “you’re not bad at all, i’ll Do my best as your brother!” To “I love you! Romantically!” I do wish MC’s... more>> cooking skills were given a bit more spotlight; as a supreme chef capable of making even the most stubborn swoon, it’s shown off time to time but not really used much. It’s a shame, especially since MC was a chef in his past life too! <<less
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pookaloo rated it
June 29, 2018
Status: Completed
Enemies become lovers pretty much sums up this story. Events happen real quick that it could be days later in the story within a single paragraph. There's just the right amount of angst and realism involved as well that would tug your fujoshi/fudanshi heartstrings.

Our MC Wei Han does all sorts of hijinx towards our ML Qi Zhifan at first but since he's a good person at heart, hilarity ensues of what comes of them. It's refreshing to see a ML that does not fall for the MC immediately; in fact... more>> he had a pretty low opinion of Wei Han at the beginning. Our ML has the looks, wealth, and background befitting of a prince but he has many shortcomings which the in-world knows/finds about.

Translation is really well done with chapters released every day. I would give it a perfect rating just from that alone but there are some parts of the story that kept me from doing so. For example,

the way they got together was not some big romantic moment. If they didn't know each other, it could be pegged as a drunken one-night stand. Events that transpire after they done the deed was anti-climactic for me as well.

I wasn't that excited about it 3/4 into the story but I would still recommend this to anyone looking for a light, funny read.

P.S. Our main pair isn't the only one in this story, it also tells the story of Qi Zhifan's friend's puppy love ;) <<less
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Aster Anemone rated it
May 1, 2018
Status: c11
Read it to ch 11 and dropping it. Before that it was a smooth sail.

No-moral MC's don't sit well with me.


The secret shared to him by his step father about ML, MC gave it out easily in a forum just for the sake of dissing. Not cool. Backbiting chheh

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monstertrucks rated it
December 21, 2020
Status: Completed
This novel is not really well-written, but I still somewhat enjoyed it. I had read the scathing reviews beforehand, so I set my expectations low.


Pretty poor. MC is incredibly s*upid, and not in the endearing kind of way. It's actually difficult to describe him besides being idiotic. ML is pretty typical in that he's perfect in every way but his personality is rude and akin to an a**hole. Very much the "I'm not going to say what my feelings are, but I'll be mad that you can't read my mind"... more>> kind of ML. Some of the other characters are more enjoyable and not so 1-dimensional.


Also pretty bad. The MC/ML honestly don't have very much chemistry. MC claims he loves ML, but only describes how handsome/attractive he is. ML will describe MC as not being above average, but at the same time, "It has to be him." There are other CPs, (maybe one of them is 0.5 for that weird twist at the end) and I enjoyed the second CP much more. The characters have more personality/complexity to them, even if you only read glimpses of them throughout the story. Speaking of-


Weird. Some parts go by really fast, I feel like I had whiplash. I could hardly tell what was happening at times because-


things don't progress like a normal story. I like the premise of the novel (I mean, why would you start it otherwise), but it's not really developed throughout the story. It fizzles out very quickly. There are plenty of plotholes and just... the way things are handled is weird. Events end very abruptly and are not revisited. One example would be a scene close to the beginning. ML is in a gay bar, and seems to be a regular there, enough that other patrons recognize him. After that scene, he never goes back, and ML doesn't go drinking anymore. The way events happen in the novel is very similar to a bad soap opera.

I think you would MAYBE enjoy this if you also like bad soap operas and you set your expectations low. You won't find a good plot or good romance here. I at least laughed at the idiocy. <<less
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Irissska O_o rated it
September 24, 2020
Status: Completed
I often ask myself a question: why do I still continue reading low quality BL?..


Advice before reading this novel: Everytime they have s*x just imagine that they use lube by default and it is just not highlighted. That will make the process go more smoothly. 😊 What I have to say after reading this novel;
I liked the premise but not the characters.
Wei Han. Immature, lacking self respect, s*upid, always made me have the sense of Spanish shame. The most memorable thing about him: "Requesting his annual leave, Wei... more>> Han bought a ticket and took the train all the way back to his hometown in N City's countryside" and left Qi Zhifan to deal with consequences alone.
Qi Zhifan. Rude, selfish, jealous, arrogant. The most memorable thing about him - calling his love interest ugly, fat and s*upid (also when in relationship with him). I wouldn't want my partner to call me ugly and s*upid - as a matter of fact I wouldn't want anyone to call me that (even though it was true).
The narrative was anticlimatic. Any conflict was solved with no real effort and very quickly. Some story lines were introduced for a reason known only to the author or left without closure. Though on the plus side there were few funny moments (no, I am not talking about the moments when MC was behaving like an imbecile).
In overall I would give it 1.5/5 stars. I cannot say that I liked it but I did finish it. <<less
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Hyperkaoru rated it
May 27, 2018
Status: c27
I love this cute, silly novel. It's reminded me of the old school BL that did not need fancy plot to make the storyline readable. Just cute, fluff things between gong and shou.
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Shrike1978 rated it
July 11, 2021
Status: Completed
I made it to the end of this story and could see why it gets such mixed reviews. The relationship between the MC and ML is unequal to the point of being a real turn off. I know you get a lot of too perfect characters in this genre, that doesn't bother me much. But I like characters where their standing (physical, mental, other attributes) are similar not where one is written to be so subservient to the other's perfection.

The MC is earnest, sweet, very hard working and genuinely nice.... more>> He's not the smartest but he does have a lot of stubborn and is an honest, decent person. I don't like how he's always described as average. Average everything. All the times his appearance is described it emphasizes how average he is. His accomplishments, outside of cooking, are all shown as average too. It's demeaning to the character.

Then there's the ML. He's so incredibly perfect. So what if he has a teensy problem with low blood sugar. That barely counts as a problem compared to his accomplishments. As a college student he's already made tons of money, has influence enough to quash the local gangs, a martial arts master, the most handsome guy around, the smartest guy, the everything guy... can anyone scream Mary Sue?

He also treats the MC like crap scraped off his shoe. In the beginning he's even grumpy and confused as to why he, Mr. Awesome, would like someone so far beneath him. Even when they are in a relationship, he treats the MC like garbage. Spanking him like a bad child. Alternately stalking and ignoring him. The MC never catches a break, never gets treated like a partner in the relationship, rarely gets taken seriously. By the end, all I wanted to do was tell him to dump the creep, get a restraining order and try for the nice novelist with a weird hang up when trying to talk to people. <<less
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SayMrrp rated it
July 18, 2018
Status: c60
Feels like a normal cute and silly BL. The progression of the romance and story was nice though. The characters are fun.
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jojooxxx rated it
June 1, 2018
Status: c30
*hand clutching heart*

I always find it soo soo cute when the reader can clearly see what the characters don't. ?

His obviously in love and ambiguos of his brother showering him with love ??

i can't wait for him to realize his feelings and be all weird and shy around his 'younger brother'

teh he
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Melange rated it
May 27, 2020
Status: Completed
This was an okay rebirth novel. The beginning was pretty promising, but once MC and ML got together it became a whole different story and it seemed like ML became a different person altogether love changes people lel. There were some major plot holes in the novel and ML is a total Gary Stu.

... more>>

ML is a polyglot, plays multiple instruments, is really good at video games, playing the market, and can single-handedly control not only his university but the justice system at the age of 18?


I'm not certain that MC truly had feelings for ML, it was more like adoration for his savior. Kinda ironic considering that when Chu Chuanyao thought he'd fallen in love with Leng Yan under similar circumstances, ML said they weren't well suited each other because it wasn't really love. Pot, meet kettle. Furthermore, MC and ML are really lacking in the communication department. They have "absolute trust" each other but can't help but run away/start drama if their partner is even in the same vicinity as a love rival.

There were some poor attempts at humor that ended up being really cringey. Ending was kinda bad and dissatisfying. I'm not a huge fan of novels that end with conflict.


ML basically cuts off his father's side of the family, their parents are ???, cousin is ???, and poor Leng Yan was written solely to be a plot device. Also, why does he carry around defanged snake??

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moonrune rated it
November 18, 2019
Status: c1
The ML is a POS who says he likes ~men and sMaRt wOmEn~ and claims he's going to marry a woman and con her into bearing his hellspawn to pass on his ~SuPeRiOr gEnEs~ and then divorce her (which is marriage fraud, by the way, and three guesses on who's going to be taking on 100% of the childcare and the first two don't count) and spend the rest of his life whoring through boytoys, and the MC is an spineless embarrassment with the intellect of a four year old.... more>> OP posted cringe, is what I'm saying. <<less
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rhianirory rated it
January 11, 2019
Status: Completed
cute. Lots of fluffy, a little angst, and more fluff. Nothing very clever or world shaking in this novel. I found it better than some but not as good as others so my rating would be 3.5 at the highest. After some consideration I rounded up, though a four star is normally "very good" for me and this novel is better than "OK" but not so good as to be "very good."
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