Life After a Broken Engagement


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The second prince got a woman with child and broke off the engagement he had with me. Ours wasn’t a love match to begin with, and I couldn’t even claim to feel angry or sad at the news. Despite that, it would seem I was still owed an apology. But why was one who brought it the older brother of my ex-fiance, the crown prince himself?

[Crown Prince x Son of a Poor Noble / BL / R18]
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Konyaku Haki kara Hajimaru Jinsei
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07/27/21 Watashi wa Sugoi Desu extra 2
07/20/21 Watashi wa Sugoi Desu extra 1
07/13/21 Watashi wa Sugoi Desu c15
07/06/21 Watashi wa Sugoi Desu c14
05/26/21 Watashi wa Sugoi Desu c13
05/11/21 Watashi wa Sugoi Desu c12
04/30/21 Watashi wa Sugoi Desu c11
04/21/21 Watashi wa Sugoi Desu c10
04/06/21 Watashi wa Sugoi Desu c9
03/30/21 Watashi wa Sugoi Desu c8
03/25/21 Watashi wa Sugoi Desu c7
03/16/21 Watashi wa Sugoi Desu c6
03/09/21 Watashi wa Sugoi Desu c5
03/03/21 Watashi wa Sugoi Desu c4
02/23/21 Watashi wa Sugoi Desu c3
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karwasama rated it
July 6, 2021
Status: c14
It's not egregiously bad or anything, but I don't think the MC's personality and this sort of relationship mesh very well for me.

As with most Japanese BL novels, the MC is a demure, self-deprecating, oblivious beautiful boy whose one purpose in life is to make sure he's not a burden to others. If you're into that sort of thing, you'll love the MC here! I unfortunately am not, so I didn't find myself liking him very much.

The ML, as mentioned in other reviews, is a black-bellied, "I'm only nice to... more>> my beloved" type of guy. He also runs complete circles around the MC, which was frustrating to read. I just found his interactions with the MC and also his control of the MC's interactions with other people to be downright creepy and uncomfortable. I can usually deal with it in other novels, but here the MC and the ML have a considerable age difference (9 years) and it's made even weirder given the fact that the ML "fell" for the MC when he was 3 years old and the ML was 12. Also, the MC currently is just 17, and he's so completely naive about how the ML is manipulating him and his life. I just didn't vibe with it, I guess.

I rate it a 2.5/5.0 stars. It wasn't horrendous but I didn't like it very much. <<less
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Chiaroscuro rated it
March 13, 2021
Status: c5
3.5-4 stars

MC is an introverted beautiful nerd.

He has PTSD with carriages because of his mom's death. So he prefers to walk on foot, hence being seen as weird

Quite rational and logical. Is seen as boring by other people because he's a nerd lol.

ML is a stalkerish black-bellied prince. There must be some huge political manuver for him to be able to do what he wants but since it's from MC's POV it wasn't shown.

Overall its very warm and fluffy. Relationship progression is good enough.I don't really dig the female pronouns used despite MC obv being male.

TL is top notch.
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Dragon_Reader rated it
February 15, 2021
Status: Completed
Just a sweet and simple story of a crown prince's obsessive love for MC. No angst, no terrible anger or fights. MC and ex-fiance also get along well together and even ex-fiance's wife too. MC is shown to be a super beauty who can attract others v easily while he himself remains oblivious.
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Shrike1978 rated it
July 31, 2021
Status: Completed
I don't know what the author was going for here, maybe a shy naive guy meets the perfect overprotective husband. What it reads as shy naive guy should be running for his life from super stalker OP prince who will do anything to keep him. For f***'s sake, by the last chapters the prince is literally building a TOWER so his little wifey doesn't even have to visit other areas of the palace. Even all the servants are in on the con to hide that the prince has wanted to... more>> have the MC since he was twelve and the MC was four. FOUR. That's just freaking creepy. And the MC is such a birdbrain that he can't outthink a chatty maid and valet who blab secrets like there's no tomorrow. Everyone is dropping hints and he's like, oh right? What was I doing again? I know some people will go on about how the s*x was great cause it was consensual (oh really? When did MC who was bullied into marrying realize he even had the ability to refuse????) and gentle and so on, but I can easily see this prince as that guy who loses it and crazy r*pes/kills his wife cause he 'smiled/liked' a guy at a party. I only gave this two stars cause the translation was clean, otherwise this would be a 1 star. <<less
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Oxblood rated it
July 27, 2021
Status: Completed
This was very annoying read. It was just 15ch but took me 3 days to read. Mc's character was seriously irksome, wanted to knock some sense into him. U could tell him water is transparent and only takes the color of it's container but the buffoon still won't understand. Had to convince myself that just maybe the accident caused some sort of brain damage and he might be on the autistic spectrum. I only regret picking this up.
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someonewithemptyhands rated it
April 10, 2022
Status: --
I dont und why ppl wrote many bad reviews ab this novel.

Yes I dont like MC too but as one comment has mentioned its the usual uke in jp mangas and novels and every novel that I have read until now has this kind of low confident and naive MC so I dont have prob with his personality as for Ml. Guys pls read the tages before starting the novel. U really dont und the meaning of yandre?? Eventhough Its really usual for yandre ML to do creepy things

i dont... more>> put ML in the list of creepy yandre cuz MC himself doesnt really have prob with Mls doing. He was like this after accident and dont like to communicate with ppl and if u read it until the end all the ppl that faced him said that he is more lively and happy after meeting ML so if he is happy with his life now why should others said useless thing?/: its not like that MC wasnt willing. Didnt u read that he, himself suggested ML to live only in his place and doesnt go anywhere?before their marriage MC only live in caslte with his dad and didnt go anywhere he isnt sociable person in the first place and everyone think he was just an emotionless doll before meeting the Ml. So why should u keep blaming ML all the time?? ML loves MC at 3 but did he doing anybad or creepything to him before he turn to adult???? No he wait and let MC fell in love with him first and after that they married and in the whole novel he didnt do anything that cuz mental or physical prob to MC or others. Eventhough MC heared ab his doing from servants and others he has no reaction and was ok with that. (I dont und why ppl said MC didnt know anything ab Mls doing? When u read their conversation with MC and realize everything from it, MC will und too he just doesnt want to think ab it. How could he doesnt und when he was so clever, speaks many language and reads manybooks???) Eventhough their relationship isnt healthy but u couldnt find anyprob in it. Cuz both of them are satisfied with that

And for guys who want tho read this first read the tages and if u like

yandre ML that wanted to keep MC in a cage and isolated space just for himself and this kind of
MC that doesnt have any prob with mls doing at all read it.

tnk translator sama for her amazing translation

I think this novel deserve 3 star cuz its just a fluffy and simple story and doesnt have plot or anything but for keep rating higher I gave it 5 star <<less
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Spinestalker rated it
September 6, 2021
Status: Completed
It started strong but tbh The exaggerated innocence of the MC just started making it hard to stomach. It wouldn't have been so bad if the MC had at least been clued in at some point but he never is, so the ending is really flat and left way to many background plots without a proper resolution. It was a quick read though, if you like that kind of thing.
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Sadie Woods rated it
July 28, 2021
Status: Completed
As always, your enjoyment of this short novel depends entirely on your preferences. When a story is this short, you really don't have time for intricate plots where you may hate the romance but find the other details fascinating. I don't expect this novel to be polarizing in an either you loathe it or love it situation, but I can certainly see how those who expect something different will either be bored or dissatisfied. This is a short story in the end so either it feeds your preferences as a... more>> quick snack or you won't get much out of it.

Me? I loved it! Look, if you love yandere-light romances where you as a reader can see the teeth and claws of the obsessive seme but the utterly oblivious uke just sees a sweet little housecat, this is 100% the story for you! This is perfect for people who love a lot of aspects of yandere romance while still wanting the overall tone to be fluffy and romantic. Add in some fantastic smut scenes and this is a great use of a short reading session.

Happy reading! <<less
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Asphyxia778 rated it
July 20, 2021
Status: Completed
It's not completely bad or anything, but I don't like the MC's personality. The MC is overly naive and really doesn't have any agency of his own. It's annoying to see that everyone other than the MC knows. ML's personality is also more manipulative and creepy than romantic. MC is basically a flower vase and ML is a snake

Story 2.5 / Translations 4
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Ogami rated it
August 25, 2021
Status: --
I think overall, it's a great writing.

ML is great in his work as from MC's pov. But yeah ML's possession is a little overwhelming. But hey at least he waited until the wedding night to do the deeds. ¯_༼ •́ ͜ʖ •̀ ༽_/¯

I can't find fault at ML for venting when they intentionally hurt MC. Though this ML being a bit obsessive is a hard fact.

I really love the MC, so cute and silly. A bookworm. (。♡‿♡。) If you neglect nowadays morals, then this is a cute short story. So... more>> I gave it a 5. Well being an art of fiction and all, we can't really view it with a box can we. The translation is great which is a huge plus for me. The interaction between the characters are also great. Plus it's short and not boring.

Love it. <<less
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I am a cannon fodder rated it
August 4, 2021
Status: Completed
I never regret reading a story this much. It's the epitome of s*upidity. Most of the part doesn't make any sense. It's annoying as hell. The MC is too s*upid. The ML is an obsessive pe*verted a**hole. I am giving this story one star. That's too for the translator.
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Adriana28 rated it
December 1, 2022
Status: Completed
Ohhhh it was alright to me.

It's good for a short read. Plz don't stop reading a story from just mere few reviews as they are from different people with different perefrences.

A simple story of a naive noble and an obsessive prince.

... more>> Idk but not a great fan of it I just came for the smut tag but it was also okayish.

I am not a great fan of naive MC but thr MC in this story is just simply way too dense to the point of ignorance, he don't know anything what's happening around him, not my cup of tea, to me it felt annoying. And there was not much mention of the ex fiance of MC, would love to know what actually happened.

I would love this story if the pov would be from the prince's perspective. Would love to know about his yandereish thoughts.

Overall👌 ok.

Thanku author snd the translators for the hard work. <<less
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arisulacie rated it
September 25, 2022
Status: Completed
It's funny how the last extra chapter came to conclusion

Will gave his youngest brother/adoptive son a female version of Runa

I like this kind of stories. It's not extreme but probably because we got Runa's POV. I would like to see Will's POV, though, how his mind works. Such a closeted yandere husband!
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mojoyoyo rated it
September 11, 2022
Status: --
it’s fine. I like yanderes, but this story was boring for me. The protagonist is oblivious to the point of unbelievability, so he never notices the ML’s obsessive traits, which is most of the fun of yandere love interests. Also can’t like the protag he’s too dumb and too bland. If it weren’t so short i’d have dropped it from boredom
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Kari95 rated it
November 20, 2021
Status: Completed
This is the lowest star I gave to a novel that I read. Personally, it was because I wasn't invested in it and the main character is a bit too naive, and facts that the novel is too short to give him a chance to realize the inner character of the male lead. Either way, I'm just glad that the male lead is not too hateful but definitely plotted on the main character. It just made me feel iffy cause it seems till the end of the novel, the main... more>> character is not aware that he is being manipulated into staying within the palace. It is twisted but the novel is short so, I'm also it didn't give me more reason to hate the male lead since, till the end, he treated him well, spoiled him, and was protective of him. At least, the author gave him these redeemable points.

P.S. It has smut so some might still enjoy it. In the end, it's not too bad. <<less
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meat rated it
August 1, 2021
Status: Completed
it THE MC said "im naive" at the very 1st chap so dont hate and accept that MC is like that.

its a good short story
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Nom de Plume rated it
April 25, 2023
Status: extra 2
3.5 Stars
-1.5 star for weak MC
-1 star for shallow plot
+1 star for a well developed unreliable narrator story

The summary captures the MC's perspective of the story pretty well. The author was clearly trying to write a tale where the innocent MC goes headfirst into the love trap of a heavily endowed male yandere of high power in a world where their massive class difference would leave him unable to refuse even if he wanted to. This is a happy story ONLY because the crown... more>> prince is a yandere with scruples. He waits for the MC to grow up before starting to pursue his (from his perspective) fiancé. He doesn't hold the MC forgetting their childhood promise or getting engaged to his s*upid brother against him. He takes the time for them to get to know each other before pursuing an engagement. His extreme possessiveness does lead him to isolating the MC, but I don't think he would have done it so completely if the MC had not been so against socializing himself. Lid meet kettle. The ML's creepy love never crosses the MC's personal boundaries, so they fit pretty well as a couple. The author manages to achieve a story where the reader fully catches the implicit hints the MC willfully ignores. In that sense the story is a success.


8 year age gap, ML is a male yandere who fell in love with a 4 year old toddler and tried his best to secretly protect his future wife until he could meet again officially in adulthood. His s*upid younger brother messed up his plans by pursuing the beauty while the ML was abroad on a diplomatic mission. ML hurries back and instigates his younger brother to cheat and ruin the engagement. More must have happened than just this considering that so many characters accept that the MC should only be a male consort than the main wife anyway. Probably some pillow wind from the ex-fiancés new lover who was arranged by the ML.

It is heavily implied in one scene that the MC might have actually met the younger brother first; this may be why the ML put in so much effort to raise his younger brother to be a brainless dandy. ML is a person who arranged someone other than his mother to bear a child for his father just so he could marry a man. He also seems to have done some things that made those in high enough positions aware that he is a dangerous fellow who has only restrained himself for the final goal of pursuing his wife. Maybe he made arrangements for those who neglected road maintenance on the path where MC had an accident that caused him to forget his betrothal promise? Just that doesn't seem enough to have a foreign prince refer to the ML as a 'Lion'.

The final extra is the most disturbing. The adoptive child is confused about his attraction to his adoptive mother. The ML notices and (politely?) scares him off. He behaves well so the ML arranged a relative of the MC as a prospective princess. Adoptive son starts planning to make her more and more like the MC, happily skipping to his oldest brother for advice on how to raise this 7 year old into his ideal image. Creepy. The heavy parallel has me really hoping that the MC wasn't also a stand in. The ML didn't directly appear in the MC's life, but it doesn't exclude that his upbringing was influenced by the Crown Prince who had placed guards around him from a young age. It's hard to say that his low self esteem and issues making friends were independent of their intentional manipulation of who could approach when guarding the MC at school.

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AllArtAnimeLover rated it
March 14, 2023
Status: Completed
While not the worst I've ever read, there are better developed stories out there.

If dense, naive, oblivious male protagonists for a bl story are your thing, you're in the right place. Otherwise, just read the story for the smut.

The translation is great, as far as I read, it all made perfect sense. Nothing bad to say about it. I just don't like this kind of protagonist.

He has the emotional development of a five year old, is treated by almost everyone around him as though he is five years old and... more>> doesn't get any kind of development, whatsoever.

He feels he shouldn't be wilful, but I'd prefer a main character to be bit more selfish in a scenario like this story.

He's treated like he's made of glass and he himself doesn't understand the situation he is in.

If anyone knows of the manga Princess Bibliophile, it's a little like that, though with no satisfaction of the main character getting to know their lover's actions or understanding them. (No matter how much people let slip).

He lives in a glass bubble, protected by the people around him who seem to think this is the best for him, without telling him what kind of dangers there are.

It's hinted at, pretty obviously in the story, but I think any kind of person with a good smack of common sense sees the signs.

All in all, if you have an hour of time to spend, try it, just don't get attached, it's not worth it. <<less
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Dingbang rated it
April 10, 2022
Status: Completed
Ok, so I didn't read the tags bit it was good no matter what.

God, I almost left the novel because of the MC. Yes, I get that he is like that because of the accident and that doesn't have much contact with people and stuff but hell, there was a moment I wanted to pat his head and tell him "stop thinking, you gonna destroy your only neurone".

... more>>

The new crown prince obsession with MC is the really creepy thing lmao


Recommended if you like this kind of novel but not worth rereading imo. <<less
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alice_animelover rated it
November 9, 2021
Status: c1
4 stars for the NSFW. Lol I'm a little deprived from all the censored BL novels I have been reading so this one was a cute read.

However, it certainly lacks character development and an eye catching plot. I wasn't as engrossed as I had hoped, so if I had to be honest, I'd give it a two star rating.

Thank you translator, your hard work will not go unnoticed!
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