Lovely Allergen

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Song Yu has three requirements for Yue Zhishi:

– You cannot call me gege in public.
– We won’t do anything together in public.
– You cannot let other people know you live with me.

Yue Zhishi has always been obediently following these rules. They were practically strangers at school. At the opening ceremony, he suddenly collapsed due to an allergy-related asthma attack, sending everything into chaos. At this moment, the student representative Song Yu suddenly stopped speaking…….

That night, a hot post appeared on the school forum.

【Shock!! Our junior high school department male idol and our senior high school department male idol are actually ‘brothers’!】

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Ever since his father brought back a mixed-race baby when he was six years old, Song Yu’s life has been completely entangled by this clingy little guy who couldn’t speak Chinese well.

Le Le who was in kindergarten: Xiao Yu gege, my classmate said today that he has a beautiful sister-in-law. What is a sister-in-law?
Song Yu: His older brother’s wife.
Le Le: No! I don’t want a sister-in-law!
Song Yu: ……..
Le Le: I’ll be your sister-in-law! (Something isn’t quite right…….)
Song Yu: Please study up on Chinese familial relationships.
Le Le: Wait, wait. I’ll be my sister-in-law!
Song Yu: ……

Mouth says one thing but body does the other, cat-like gong x mixed-race, obedient and straight forward puppy-like shou.

Associated Names
One entry per line
ke ai guo min yuan
kě aì guò mǐn yuán
可愛過敏原
可爱过敏原
Related Series
Fanservice Paradox (Shared Universe)
I Only Like Your Character Settings (Shared Universe)
BE Crazy Demon Survival System (Shared Universe)
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Recommendation Lists
  1. Modern (ft. School and Business)
  2. school life danmeis!
  3. Best BL Novels
  4. BLs that fill the gaping hole in my heart
  5. My Ongoing BLs List to read

Latest Release

Date Group Release
08/03/21 amytranslations c82c82
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07/13/21 amytranslations c73
07/13/21 amytranslations c72
07/10/21 amytranslations c71
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07/05/21 amytranslations c69
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18 Reviews


amytranslations
amytranslati
Feb 20, 2021
Status: Completed
Hello! Translator here :)

Lovely Allergen is, imo, very different from many other BLs currently out there. It's a shame that Zhichu is fairly unknown in the English BL community. This novel is very much slice of life, very soft and (relatively) drama-free. It follows Yue Zhishi and Song Yu through their journey of being "brothers" to a well established, strong couple. The character growth in both of them were a complete joy to read -- Zhichu explores both of their minds so deeply that you get why they think... more>> they do. By the end of it, I was sad to let these two boys go, but at the same time, I was safe in the knowledge they would be happy together no matter what they did.

The two basic character archetypes are this: the strong, ice-cold gong x silly, fluffy shou. But Zhichu draws you in and then expands their personalities far beyond that. It's a rare BL that explores both the MC and ML so well, where you finish the novel and feel like both characters are fully realised people. You follow their hopes and dreams and fears. There are chapters in this that I literally just sat there and cried while I read, because the moments were so painful and yet relatable and true to their personalities. There is no dog blood in this. Everything happens in a very realistic manner.

Don't let the very cute English name mislead you. It is a very soft, very cute (at times) novel, but I would describe this novel more of a character exploration with romance than just a campus romance. It does take a little while to really get started (since Yue Zhishi and Song Yu's initial relationship with each other needs to be established first), but Zhichu makes it worth your while.

s*x scenes were fantastically written and were v hot. Even the kinks relate back to their personalities and anxieties.
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There are some light dom/sub elements + gege kink, touched starved, separation anxiety.

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There are some possible TW:
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light PTSD, talk of suicide/self-harm, talk of death/dying.

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The leads from Zhichu's BE Crazy Demon Survival System also cameo in this, and their timelines intertwine with Yue Zhishi and Song Yu's. There are some slight spoilers for that novel in this, but not serious ones.

And FYI -- the best parents in the world can be found in this novel. <<less
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JackieChu
JackieChu
Jan 05, 2021
Status: Completed
One of the best novels I've ever read.
I won't explain in detail but I strongly think it's worth the read. It's soft, sweet, and fluffy. It also maked me cried a lot.

Their parents are good and considerate....

Something I really like about this novel's that there's no s*upid villains or huge face slapping moments. I mean this's about two ordinary boys that grow up under the same roof together, so there weren't many eventful every single character.

The difficulty they have to face because of their feeling for each other,... more>> and the decisions they have to make through out the journey of growing up. The situations they're in before and after becoming lovers... over all the authors handled it very well.

The MC is sooo cuteeee!! He's nice but not a weakling. As for the ML, he had my full respect! Salute.

Oh yeah, the s*x scenes.....

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videocall....

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thecrivens
thecrivens
Mar 17, 2021
Status: c104
It's very good and quite realistic in my opinion. Not all fluffy, there were also internal conflicts and sad moments even after they were together, but the overall tone is warm. There was secret relationship, but not with minor which is a huge plus. There was no mind games, both of them were quite sincere and tried to be good influence to each other. The supporting characters were not brainless or cannon fodders. No vicious love rivals to get the plot going, betrayal, etc. Easy to MTL with several explicit... more>> smutty scenes that made me blush. <<less
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BanniNotBunny
BanniNotBunn
Jun 13, 2021
Status: c104
I MTLed after chapter 58. Understandable

It's a good novel.

MC and ML are not real brothers, MC is living with ML's family since he was 3years old.

MC is a cute, adorable baby. Everyone loves him. He has a serious brother complex. He is allergic and becomes sick easily.

ML has long been in love with the MC. MC is his allergen.

Confession : ... more>>
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Chp 55
Even though YZ was the first one to say He liked him (SY) but it was not one sided at all.
SY is not a typical tsundre ML, he told Le Le honestly about his feelings that He (SY) had liked him for long long time right after YZ's confession. Even though ML has cat like personality but he express his feelings to the MC.

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The focal point of the novel is
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the complexity of their relationship. Both MC and ML are raised as brothers and everyone around them consider them as such. But they fell in love with each-other and are afraid of disappointing their parents mainly.

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One of the most supportive parents of BL novel.

The novel has no angst, just slice of life. One of the most emotional moment was
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when they came out to their parents and the draft letter by the ML. The letter is so touching. It is around 90th chapter

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The smex scenes are explicit. But MTL *sigh*
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ML has serious 'bullying during sex' kink not that the MC minds, his speech is cold even during sex

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A good amount of written content about food.

The novel doesn't live a deep impression but it's a good one.

Note : Author has explained the reason of MC and ML's insecurities and behaviour which is reasonable. Very understandable. <<less
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ApolloAresZues
ApolloAresZu
Apr 19, 2021
Status: Completed
I read up to the translation and then continued with the mtl, which is very easy and readable. Theres a lot to like about this novel, it's very cute.

It's about childhood friends that eventually develop into lovers... more>>
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with the ML ofc being in unrequited love for years

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. I would say this is way less angsty then most childhood friend novels that have a lot of dog blood misunderstanding. This one ofc has that but its focused on being sweet and further cultivating the relationship as they attend school.

MC is a cheerful character with some sadness in his background but he absolutely loves and adores the ML, his "brother" who grew up with him. He thinks ML is the best and can do no wrong. ML in turn pampers and spoils him, while consciously restraining himself and never interfering with MCs decisions. Even when
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they get together, it's all MC initiative, MC confessing, and MC pushing for the relationship. ML in fact was very scared that he affected MC way of thinking as ML is all he knows, so he makes sure to never influence MCs thinking and leave it up to him. This addressed any possible power imbalances that could've come from their "older bro/younger bro" relationship. It was handled well

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To sum, nothing felt dubious to me consent wise and the MC was very very willing. The relationship felt two way rather than one person putting all their energy in. The backdrop of the school setting and watching them both grow up was a bonus. I liked their relationship dynamic alot in this one. MC was so spoiled and ML was so indulgent.

Probably the best part ofc was the...
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SEX. s*x SCENES. This author does great s*x scenes that feel tempting and nose bleed inducing without seeming vulgar or tasteless. Because of their dynamic, its lowkey SM play going on (not bondage, more humiliation kink and power play) which I surprisingly enjoyed as it fit their personalities. MC is very obedient in bed and ML makes his demands based on MC pleasure. Really sexy! Trust me, you'll enjoy these scenes. Theres a good amount of them too not like alot alot, but you'll be well satisfied lol.

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When I think about it this novel kinda reminded me of Slow Witted if you guys have read that, but had a much better ending.
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The ending is HE and if your like me theres no weird time skips or forced separation to make the parents accept them. At first the parents dislike the fact that they were raised together (not nessecary the gay part) but they both stand up for their love, esp the MC who in this case had more reason to feel guilty (he was raised by ML parents and felt indebted to them but technically ended up snatching their son) but he stuck by ML and they never broke up.

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This is a feel well written feel good novel with good smut. Read it if you like childhood friends turned lovers with a slight slow burn. <<less
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mYboiS
mYboiS
Jun 13, 2021
Status: Completed
YOU. HAVE. GOT. TO. READ. THIS. NOVEL!

It's just cute, cute, cute, cute!! You will see why when you read it! And No, it is NOT those cheesy cute novel where they fall in love fast and just spread their sweet love everywhere, nope!

:: Cute, loving, stubborn, naive, one tract mind MC X Cold, but caring fake brother ML ❤

... more>> About an orphan MC. Both parents died when he was 3 so ML's parents took him in.

ok.... the author did such a great job with writing about the feelings of every characters. Like..."how" and "why" the characters act and feel the way they are, are all explained clearly. Especially on MC and ML's part. I don't even know how to explain it, when you read it, you will know. Bravo to the translator too!! 👏👏

Great chemistry and relationship development between our MC and ML. Plot is lovely!

........ If you have read the high rating novel "A Certain Someone, " then Lovely Allergen is somewhat similar to it, but for now, I think I might like Lovely Allergen more. Lol. <<less
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aceuna
aceuna
Jun 06, 2021
Status: c57
I can't recommend this novel enough. The relationship of the main couple develops at a perfect pace, and the author really handles all of their characters with so much care, attention, and thoughtful realism that this novel is easily one of my favorites of all time. The writing style is beautiful and immersive with frequent comedic beats, and the translator does an incredible job at conveying that beauty and humor.

(Also Nan Jia, queen, if you're reading this please marry me.)

Note: Don't read this on an empty stomach. The... more>> author has a talent for describing food in the most appetizing, mouth-watering way possible, and our lovely MC is a foodie. The translator also provides links to photos of all the dishes mentioned, which is very helpful in terms of story-immersion but also a special kind of torture to someone who can only stare greedily at the screen <3

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Yukaa
Yukaa
May 26, 2021
Status: --
Reading again and again Lovely Allergen is become my Allergen.
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Roro97
Roro97
May 24, 2021
Status: Completed
Ughhhh my heart is on 9 clouds guys.. This novel is wholesome. So cute and heartwarming. I'm soft all over. I love both MC & ML. They're amazing and the story is great even tho this kind of plot not new, I still love it. So beautiful!!
I'm not going to dive into much cause the other Good reviewers said everything you need to know. Just like LeLe who likes to share his favorite stuffs to Song Yu, I recommend heavily especially if you're on a mood for a... more>> fluffy, cute, heartwarming, sweet novel. Oupsss forgot "Smutty" as well. And you're in for a treat. Ahahah Love it! Good luck!!! <<less
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Nana24
Nana24
May 17, 2021
Status: Completed
This is one of the best heartwarming novels I've ever read! MC is such a cinnamon bun!

I love the author in writing notes at the end of some chapters to explain why MC and ML are like that. Moreover, there are also notes at the beginning to give a warning for some explicit...
It allows us to have a better understanding of their personality and justify their actions in doing so.
This is quite realistic to describe ML's actions as his older brother (not blood-related) but was treated as one... more>> for many years. It's difficult for someone in that position to act between MC's older brother and his love towards MC.
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There was a chapter that ML's mother found out about the letter ML wrote when he was young. It was so touching when ML revise the letter 11 times to give to the future MC's lover. - from this, u can already see how much ML loves him, to try to not show his love for MC and try to be a proper older brother.
Tbh, most Chinese families are still quite conservative and are respectful to our elders currently, so it's more difficult to express a BL's relationship, especially when u are raised in a family together. So, for their parents to give their approval makes it even more touching.

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in Chp96, the kiss makes by MC & ML under the Christmas tree was exposed in the school, but they handled it by calling the police and find evidence about Wang Zhi.
This exposure resulted in them coming out of the closet. Yet, many ppl accepted it.

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Overall, 10/10, totally recommend! <<less
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daninikolj
daninikolj
Apr 06, 2021
Status: c32
I’m only 32 chapters in so far and this has already become one of my favorites. The characters are well fleshed out and their relationships are what make this book so heartwarming. I don’t just mean the main romance either; the family relationships are so sweet and full of depth. It’s definitely a slow burn romance-wise, but you can feel the love MC & ML have for each other from the start.

There is some angst as the characters go through the typical struggles of youth and them grappling with their... more>> feelings for each other. It also explores the obstacles MC has faced being mixed race and adopted. Despite their various difficulties, he and ML always come out stronger, their love only deepening as time goes on.

This novel is truly lovely, just like the title says. Give it a chance- you won’t regret it! <<less
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Common_people
Common_peopl
Jul 05, 2021
Status: Completed
It's good! Sweet and fluffy~. The plot is actually pretty light, but complex in emotion. the story is quite realistic. the problem is quite common, but the author develops it with a more interesting side closer to reality. especially with the conflict of feelings when it comes to choosing love or family. tbh, when you really love someone who is very close to you like family, it will be harder for you to decide what direction the relationship will take. there is a fear of ruining an existing relationship.

About the... more>> Charachter setting... MC has a gentle personality, quite innocent, but can be very stubborn when he decides. for ML, it can be said that he is a cold person, hard on himself, coward, unable to express his feelings directly. maybe because he matured and became independent earlier. when I read the smut section, I was a little surprised that the gentle ML for MC was actually quite bullied in bed. he has a tendency to have complete control over his partner. I Can't say it's sadistic, but he has that tendency.

For all, this one is good. This author always give some quote and philosophy. I like it. But still it's pretty lower than the other book that the author write. Sweet, fluffy, a Lil bit bitter and no dog-blood. I enjoy the taste. <<less
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Ainslee
Ainslee
Jul 05, 2021
Status: c59
The story was quite good but somehow I felt tired while reading it.

Their relationship was moving at turtle pace - slow. It kinda depressing for me to second guessing what road they'd chose. The slice of life tag in this novel was melancholic. Not even the protagonist cheery personality able to lift up my mood while reading.

(´∩。• ᵕ •。∩`)
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anniebeebuzz
anniebeebuzz
May 17, 2021
Status: c102
I'm writing this before I read the extras and while it's still fresh in my mind. Mtled as well so some details might be wrong.

First of all, the pacing is just right. There's a few years' time skip but the transition (of the mc) from junior high to senior high, then to university isn't rushed and there's nothing I felt I missed.

The dynamic between MC and ML gets sweeter and sweeter every chapter - toothache inducing really.

But the thing is, the author did a really good job in showing different... more>> stages of love. From figuring out their feelings, to the honeymoon period, to conflicts and building trust, about coming out, and the compromise in all of these situations. All of these are pretty standard in romance novels but the way the author wrote it is so captivating. It's like I could also feel what they felt from across the screen.

The way the characters are written is also really good. None of that 2d no character cannon fodder. (Maybe that 1 guy but he's not that important maybe lol read to find out) Everyone from friends to love rivals, even short lived charas are relatable. The MC isn't your typical 'I'm weak, I need protection' kind of shou, and the ML also isn't just that immovable iceberg 'I'm always right' kind of gong. Details in spoiler.

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Though it's written in his character setting that MC is a sickly character, he's actually pretty stubborn and brave when the situation calls for it. He's also a fast and calm thinker. On the other hand, ML is also written as a cold, unfeeling character, but he's actually holding in a lot of his feelings inside. He actually takes others feelings into account and it's not until the end that I realize how noble his career pursuits are. Which brings me to the next point.

BIG SPOILER YOU'VE BEEN WARNED

Near the end, an accident occurs at the site of where the ML and his group went on field work for their course. MC goes to find him and you'd see here how he overcomes a lot of his past trauma coming from the death of his loved ones. It's such a shoddy summary and I don't want to spoil all the deets, but hear me out. MC did a lot of things outside of his ability. Like both physical and emotional ability. At that point he was just so so brave and decisive I couldn't help crying my eyes out.

On ML's side, you'd see plenty of his thoughts and just about the same bravery that MC had. He pursued his career in order to avoid having any more people like MC who lost his family to natural disasters.

Some would say that it's so cliche to have this one accident in a romance novel to cement the protags' feelings for each other. But genius author did more than that. It shows acceptance and of letting go. Not in the sense of breaking up (don't worry) but that if you love the other person, let them do what they've set themselves to do and support them all the way, even if it means facing so many more difficulties up ahead.

I felt like the author built it up as a fairytale teenage love story, but the ending gave us the reality of maturity.

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It has a very bittersweet ending. Not BE, no angst, they're sweet til the end! It's just that it's a very real take on life in general and I could very much relate to their experiences that it hit my heart (in a good way!)

Very much recommended!!

Also, papapa is 👌 hehehe~ <<less
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Purple Rain
Purple Rain
Apr 24, 2021
Status: --
One of the best slice of life bl novels out there. The way the author handles the lgbtq aspect is really warm, touching, & empathetic (i saw somewhere on twitter that the author is lgbt herself: not really sure whether it's comfirmed or not tho).

The best thing I like abt this novel is its overtone throughout the whole story, which is very soothing & gives u warm fluffy feelings. Lele & Song yu are both very SOFT. It's one of those novels where u'll love both MC & ml. The... more>> romance is also very very soft. The author handled the 'adoptive brothers fall in love' theme very well too, not in a shallow & overly romantized way, but in a respectful, realistic, & heart warming way.

The translation is also excellent, so it's a must-read recommendation for me. The only thing I want to warn the readers is that u shouldn't read it when u r hungry at night, bcuz there's LOTS of delicious food in every chapter.😂 <<less
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LunaSolis070
LunaSolis070
Jun 06, 2021
Status: Completed
First of all I want to say that you can understand the MTL version too.

Second I f*ckIN LOVE THIS STORY! The author has her own logic and understanding she also has her own opinion. This author created a fluffy love story and even has a smut hehe ❤️

I love how the author showed the parallel world too! Bless this couple for life time and eternity of love!
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xiaxiqing
xiaxiqing
May 10, 2021
Status: Completed
Okay. This is probably my favorite Zhichu novel (well, I cannot decide on this one). Lovely Allergen is a slow burn that tackles a relationship between two people who grew up together. The timeline is from middle school to their college years. I really liked how the characters are fleshed out. Lele is Zhichu's cutest MC and while it may seem that he is 'fluffy', 'soft', and like a 'puppy, ' he's very strong. I remember balling my eyes out of this one.

I think Zhichu's strength in terms of their... more>> writing style, aside from poetic narrations and romantic and spicy scenes, is the way she utilizes family conflicts. You cannot help but sympathize with the characters because the family dynamics just hits close to home. This is also the strength of Lovely Allergen making it one of my favorite slice of life novels.

These are notes transferred from my Notion account. Basically, I put all the parts I liked in this spoiler. Don't open if you haven't read it.

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It's so goooood. I love it so much. Plus, the Murmansk. The Arctic Circle nickname. The parallel universe where they did not grow up together. Aaaah. My LLB babie and my Surveying and Mapping Engineering babie. They suffered but ugh, the parents are very supportive.

I am not really a huge fan of the brothers (sorta) to lovers trope but the way Zhichu made it, it is soooo good. I love how Song Yu restrained himself until the very end and took care of Lele. I also love how Lele did not treat Song Yu's parents as his own (at first) out of respect for his deceased parents and because it'll be very awkward.

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In addition, you can get a glimpse of high school Xia Zhixu, Xu Qichen, and Xia Xiqing in some parts. <<less
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Neollle
Neollle
Dec 27, 2020
Status: Completed
I’ve finished reading this and it is easy to MTL.

PS: They are not blood related. MC and ML’s father are close friends and ML’s parents is the one who take care of MC :) so no incest!

It’s good and fluffy ah~ 🥺❤️✨ Im not really good at reviews but overall I really like it.

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I tear up a bit on ML’s Letter to MC’s “future partner”. Their parents actually read it.

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