Lawless Gangster


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What was meant to be a quick breakage of their sibling’s relationship, brought about a lingering memory of Xiao Li’s piercing gaze, imprinting itself in Qi Xiu Yuan’s heart. Several encounters later, friendship was the underlying word to start off their relationship, yet for Qi Xiu Yuan it had always been something more. Something stronger. For Xiao Li, who had only known the criminal world, how will he take on feelings that he had never felt before?

The bold line that separate the gang member–Xiao Li and the teacher–Qi Xiu Yuan, which path will allow them to meet in the middle?

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New k24_isavid rated it
November 7, 2021
Status: Completed
I have read this waaayyy back. This is probably one of my firsts chinese bl novels I've read. I really loved it. Many scenes are still fresh in my mind as I write this review now. The couple is also one of my favorite CPs (TangMo x FuWenduo, BaiLuoyin x GuHai, Wangxian, Hualian, etc. Are some).

This novel also has my favorite MC and ML. Their characters are fleshed out.

Sme incidents is a little over the top but it caused my adrenaline pumping as I read. The Q&A extra in the... more>> last is a nice touch.

If you came here for fluff this ain't for u. The MC and the ML are quite in different worlds but the MC is very persistent in pursuing the ML.


MC is the one doing the drilling in the relationship

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Alymirra rated it
October 2, 2018
Status: c83 part6
Apologies if there are any spoiler-esque ideas that are not marked as this is my first review on NU. You have been warned.

This was a very difficult novel for me to read. Most of what I read is very fluffy and one dimensional. The MC and ML see each other and fall in love with light drama, they slap the faces of cannonfodder, and break worlds with golden fingers, systems, super IQs, etc. This novel was anything but that.

The story focuses on the life of a high school teacher and... more>> the gang leader he falls in love with. Rather than focusing on the falling in love or the contrast between being in the light (teacher) and dark (gang leader), the primary focus is on the idea of inextricably sinking deeper into the darkness and just what you are willing to give up for the light you find in your life, how far you are willing to go to protect the things you love.

The devotion between the main characters was as conflicting as it was constant, brutal at times, and sweet enough to melt your heart to tears. Though there was some violence in the story - it is a novel about organized crime after all - the focus stays on the relationships between the characters, with hint of mystery/suspense in each one having their own hidden thoughts and agendas.

At the end of the novel, the thoughts of each person are finally revealed alongside the manifestation of their actions throughout the novel.

The result of one of the characters in particular spurred me to write this review:


The final antagonist of the story, Li Shi Qing, has loved Xiao Li since he joined LSQ's gang. While Xiao Li never responded to LSQ's advances he did not go out of his way to avoid them, giving Li Shi Qing misguided hope. At the end, Li Shi Qing finally learns that all of Xiao Li's loyalty comes from a mistaken idea XL had before he joined the gang that LSQ might one day become his father. When LSQ learns the truth, the last of his pride and hope falls apart in a heartwrenching finale. Finally, LSQ is murdered and framed as suicide by the business partner XL used to get out of the underworld.

"He did not want the killer's face to be the last thing he saw in his life. So, he shifted his gaze toward the direction where Xiao Li had left. He never closed his eyes."

The point is no one is evil and you are left reflecting on the stories of those who did die.


Lastly, for anyone wondering about the ending:


It is indeed a HE story. Xiao Li and Qi Xiu Yuan do end up together and have left the underworld


Last thoughts? It's an amazing story fully deserving of 5 stars. Am I going to read it again? Probably not. Like Cold Sands, Deceive, City of Endless Rain, If Only Time Stopped at the Moment We First Met, Yesterday, and countless others, once is enough. <<less
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ferociousreader rated it
January 5, 2017
Status: c37
What to write. It's a story about school teacher Qi Xiu Yuan falling for heterosexual gangster Xiao Yang at first sight. There's a lot of gore and mentions of cut of body parts, killing, drugs, prostitution. On plus side the underworld is portrayed quite realistic, non of this brotherhood romantic crap or should I say people who believe in it die early in this novel. Still trying to make heads or tails of Qi Xiu Yuan. You would think that gangster with dark past will be complicated one. So far... more>> I'm starting to think of him as naive cute white bunny compared to that teacher, when said person has to do anything dark yet. This story is dark, more complicated than you think, different compared to others stories from yaoi genre. So WHERE'S THE FLUFF I'm asking you !? It's yaoi for @#$% sake. Exactly that's the problem no fluff so far, no funny moment's, nothing nada.
So not my cup of tea.

and no s*x ;_; so far

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sakirol rated it
February 1, 2018
Status: c79
That was honestly amazing story. It's about the romance between an incredibly normal man, Qi Xiu Yuan, and a gangster who is deeply entangled with the gang, Xiao Li. However, the story very much revolves around gang politics, backstabbing, and politicians. As the novel progresses, we see more and more of how brutal the gang life is, and how miserable it is for Xiao Li and his friends. Political twists in the plot are also very well-written and unpredictable leading up to a satisfying conclusion. I can't say much without... more>> spoiling, but as the story started ramping up, I found myself thinking, "Woah. I did not see that coming, but that makes so much sense" multiple times. The author clearly spent quality effort into planning out this novel! All in all, great angst and amazing ride.

I would definitely recommend this as a read. I don't believe it deserves the 1.0 ratings at all because it is well-written with fleshed-out, relatable characters and a satisfying, complete story. But this is also a novel that is pretty explicitly in a 'yaoi world' because of the romantic dynamics in it. <<less
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cocoajuppie rated it
June 13, 2018
Status: c83 part6
I like gangster stories, but they can be really dark. This novel is on the brighter side. It doesn't shy away from the messed up reality of criminal life, but it doesn't focus on it exclusively except towards the end, spending several chapters explaining the antagonist's demise (My least favorite part of the novel—not surprising because it focuses on my least favorite character and it seems to wrap things up too neatly—but it's all in the name of character depth so I'll deal. The extras more than make up for... more>> it *waggles eyebrows*).

This is a beautiful love story. It's not all roses and sunshine the first time they meet, and it still isn't roses and sunshine until much later. But I didn't find it angsty, things do get better, and the main couple's relationship develops very naturally as they navigate through the inevitable dangers of ML's life. Given the setting, I think the couple has plenty of sweet moments.

There are some things that aren't explained in the end, but it doesn't change my overall appreciation of the story. Those tidbits are trivial in the face of the characters' happiness. I'm not just being overly biased.


Does it matter who the MC's real father is? To me, it doesn't matter one iota because knowing the answer wouldn't change the ending.

I had some other questions, but rereading chapters 22-23 (ML meets ZJJ and beats up MC), I came up with my own conclusions and it just makes me appreciate the characters more:

MC says Du Yan San Ge isn't his grandfather (even though he is) *squarely* to ML's face to test if ML actually researched him, which he hasn't because ML proceeds to beat him up. When MC gets asked about the actual lie (his grandfather saying "The path they walk may be different from ours but just like us, they are humans"), only then is he ashamed to face ML and admit it's a lie.

In the extras, we learn ZJJ told ML that Du Yan San Ge was her grandfather. I asked myself, why did ML believe her? The answer is actually really simple: even the police believed ZJJ's grandfather was Du Yan San Ge, so who would know the truth that Du Yan San Ge actually escaped being imprisoned except for his immediate family, close subordinates and their families (i.e., ZJJ) ? The imprisoned "Du Yan San Ge" was actually ZJJ's grandfather, so ZJJ didn't lie to ML and he would believe her.


Bottom line: MC gives an award-winning performance, ML is adorable, and it's a happy ending. Even though the antagonist is disgusting, he's not completely dishonorable, so you won't have to worry about reading something extremely nasty. Persevere and the sky clears. <<less
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Jajachin rated it
September 9, 2019
Status: Completed
Let me share my piece about this story. First, I like it so much especially the part that the bottom is the most uncommon bottom out there, (like yeah, the bottom (pertaining on this story) tend to be the top but then this story just made a unique turn of position which I love the most). To be honest, I don't really like that the top which is common to every bl that always has a strong character, like he is violent and all but I don't like that... more>> kind of top I like the top to be somewhat timid but then has a monster side (yeah!!) like our laoshi here. It feels like I am focusing only on the position part, so let me share why I like the story, so let me have another count down, first, the story is about gangster and I like how the story was told and yah, I apparently like stories like this, second, the process of their love might be annoying, (yah sorry that I found it annoying) but it gave me the fulfilling feeling when I was reading the story further. It put smile on my face cause I find them too cute, yah it's cute! Third, I like the main problem of the story. I like how everything was placed on its right places as the story came to its end. So I highly recommended this novel. <<less
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villiy57 rated it
July 29, 2021
Status: Completed
Just love love love everything about this novel, our MC is such a strong yet soft character. And our ML is so devoted to our MC. They really are match-made for each other. The plot is really engaging and full of suspense, there’s literally no boring chapter for me. I was so invested that even taking a short break for meal would leave me thinking about this story.
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BanniNotBunny rated it
May 22, 2021
Status: Completed
Crime tag has to be taken seriously.

MC (teacher) is the one who pursues the ML (gangster).

MC : Teacher, falls in love at first sight. Actively and persistently pursues the ML.

He has background of mafia family


ML : Gangster; even though he is gangster, he is a baby.

Romance : It is a good one. The ML falls in love with the MC after his persistent courtship. For ML, MC is his safest place. Even though the background of the novel is crime but their romance is so pure and well developed. You heart will hurt for them when they were forcefully separated in

around 50th chapter, right after their intimacy.


It's a HAPPY ENDING novel. The smex scenes are totally worth the wait. Very detailed. You just have to keep the patience. If you want to know when the scenes are (as far as I remember, it may or may not be accurate) :


Around 45th or 50th chapter they have a very hot bathroom scene. The final step has not been taken here.

Their 1st time is in extras.

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oopsaloo rated it
April 21, 2020
Status: Completed
This novel is at times frustrating. It had great potential, but the writing is disjointed and disconnected at times - in that scenes will be abruptly strung together without connection or flow and the reader is left to figure out the transition on their own. Also I don't like the MC. He is a hypocrite about wanting his sister to distance herself from the gang life while getting involved himself. He should have at least given his approval for their relationship. He lies to the ML ... more>>

about his background just to get closer


edit: after reading the whole thing, I can see how some of these side characters are involved. I liked some of the plot complications/twists along the way and am glad that MC's 'lie' ended up not being one after all. Also glad the antagonists get the ending they deserve, as do the protagonists. I just wish extra 1 was about how the main CP's siblings met. I'd overall revise my rating to 4/5. I guess it was worth reading after all. <<less
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SockPuppet rated it
October 8, 2019
Status: Completed
Underrated sweet gangster flavored gem. Can and will recommend!

Both the MC and ML are strong, interesting characters who fit well together. The reletionship builds slowly and they definitely have their troubles on the way, both internal and external, but it is overall a very interesting journey to follow.

The plot has a lot of drama and tension and twists and turns. And blood and betrayal and uncertainty and shadyness. It kept me guessing and on my toes.

The ending was

happy! And very satisfying.

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Rimamr rated it
September 3, 2021
Status: Completed
I really really really love this novel and I want to wait until finish reading it to review but I really can't I have to write about those chapters between 45 and 49 asap

... more>>

I neve ever imagen gang leader to be so cute and shy Xiao Li so so cute and I never thought that QXY to be that fierce lol 2 and half chapters just making out under the shower how much it will take them to do it all until the end LOOOOL really can't stop laughing



the angst is so unbearable in this novel after laughing so much during some chapters immediately I cried my eyes out


The most important don't let the cover of the novel fool you when I saw the cover I thought it will have many sexual scene so I delay reading it for long time because I'm not into novel with so much sexual activity but still the mature activity in this novel very well writing

Qi Xiuyuan, don't be like that.
My favorite sentence in the novel <<less
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themightyrabbit rated it
May 25, 2021
Status: Completed
Just by reading the first chapter I fell in love with Xiao Li (ML) fast and hard, I never fell for a Shou character before but hell.... I would give my whole world to him like the way MC did. This story is truly amazing, I prefer the light and fluff novel, however this story is not but I can't stop reading it.
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btsdynamiteAUG21 rated it
March 2, 2021
Status: Completed
This was a very good novel. From what I had read through the comments before reading this, I did not expect any fluff moments but you know, there was always that warm feeling between the MC and ML about understanding each other as how their individual characters progress in the story. This is more of a dramatic and mature kind of BL is what I can saay for sure..... I was happy that I gave this novel a try to read because as described, it did not contain many fluff... more>> moments.

Another thing, there were too many names in this novel, not that I mind it and I kind of got used to it like from any other novels, but in this novel there were just many and I got a little confuse towards the end. Luckily, translator-sama posted a diagram of all the character relations in the story and boom, problem solved.


Shi Qing was not that a bad guy, in my perspective, but have bad way expressing himself in the story. More like, he's the official villain of the story, yet also not.


For me, it was fine that I got to read this once and mostly would never to read it again in the future. <<less
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January 23, 2021
Status: c1
This is the most beautiful and amazing story I don't have words to describe it so thank you author and translator who give us such a beautiful present 🥰🥰🥰🥰❤️❤️❤️❤️
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ChronoH0 rated it
November 17, 2020
Status: extra 3
I really like how we have a selfish gong and a seemingly cold hearted shou. Both who lived in a different world and have seen the really dark side of underworld.

I think the only complaint I have is that there is a lot of Chinese name like tittle and stuff. I'm usually pretty confidant in remembering only be stumped by unfamiliar names.

But really this novel has interesting conflicts and have some realism to it.

It's really nice read. Only this one though have some really memorable extra final ending that I... more>> like. <<less
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Sophiethebunny rated it
October 18, 2020
Status: c35
I been patiently waiting for some bl stuff to happen but it’s just full blown action and Qi xiu yuan was just embarrassing. Shamelessly chasing after someone who didn’t seem to have any interest in him at all and besides, violent towards him. I stopped at chapter 35 and called it quit.
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Irissska O_o rated it
September 16, 2020
Status: c80
dnf'ed at chapter 80.

I kind of wanted to finish it, thr story was really good. But I just hated the personality of the teacher guy. He had like 0 self respect while pursuing the other MC. And while it worked it is just so much against my personality that I could not continue reading about it. But other than that I loved everything, it was original for bl novels and plot is pretty intriguing.
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shahrshin rated it
August 22, 2020
Status: Completed
This is a great story, the plot is good and yes if you are looking for fluff, there is almost non. The teacher is in to men but the gangster is not, it took a great deal and time and effort for the teacher to persuade the gang leader. Thus the S?? Scene happens after the second half of the book.

The author is not your ordinary writers, S/He did a great job, the story, the plot, the characters and the flow of the novel is GOOD.

And, despite of the gore... more>> and beating and etc., this novel is great.

The translation is also the best.

For fluff-looking readers ===> No

For looking-for-a-good-novel readers ===> yes, defiantly yes <<less
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