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Lucia grew up not knowing she was a princess.

But when her mother died, she entered the palace and had the chance to see her entire future in a dream.

In her dream, when she reached 19 years old, she was auctioned off to the bidder who offered the highest dowry. Her life became miserable from then on.

When she woke up from her dream, she was determined to reshape her future, realizing that she had plenty of time before the crucial turning point.

Thus, she begins her journey to change her dark future.

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272 Reviews

New Aklesia
Nov 29, 2023
Status: Completed
Ok I have 3 things to say

1. The main characters story ended beautifully

2. Not much is known about the next generation's life after their son turned 18 (I wish we had learned more about it)

... more>> 3. There are to many regretful things about their ancestor (I cried and it was a beautiful conclusion but certainly not all happy more like they had a closure but that was not fulfilling. I wish there was either a different lifetime or if they had an encouter like lucia/vivian)

All in all it was a great story. I know for sure not everyone will like it but for me it made me cry also made me so happy (and I skipped all snu snu parts so no comment in that). What I want to say is give it a try. And if you started the manhwa read till ch 155 and wished to continue like me start at ch 50 (If you want to get back to the flow start from the 40's) <<less
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New aguapa
Nov 29, 2023
Status: Completed
This novel is lovely. It is really worth spend time reading.

The tags explain well so you can wait for smut & tons of love by the ML and FL side.
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May 27, 2017
Status: c77
I'm the translator for this and I read the whole novel. The length is about 64 chapters long with a couple more epilogues and side stories. Honestly, you can't properly review this book until you finished reading it because I don't want to spoil it. There is so much character growth and it's one of the rare novels I see so much dimensions of love. There are so much they talk about through a comedic but serious way. I'm really happy to translate this story because I want to share... more>> this with everyone. <<less
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Sep 08, 2017
Status: --
There are a lot of plot problems with this novel. Most of us grow in a society with non-arranged marriages and even a smaller percent of the population are actually royalty and don't understand the importance of bloodline, the reason why kings marry off female courtiers, etc and why Lucia is really just a lazy bum who acts like she's on a vacation for the rest of her life.

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First take a look at Lucia's mother, Amanda. Amanda snuck Lucia and herself out of the castle and decides to hide in the country's capital, probably only a few hundred miles/km away from the imperial castle. Yes they were able to successfully hide in the capital but that also implies that the jobs that they did were not outdoors because outdoor labor would risk them being found by the members of the royal family which also implies that they probably didn't do any hard labor. The arthor writes that Lucia and her mother lives with some foster family for a short time and then her mother dies from a plague that spreads throughout the city. Lucia is later found after Lucia delivers a letter written by her mother, before her mother is about to die to the royal family, which results in Lucia to be brought back to the castle to start her supposedly new dream as noted by the synopsis. Lucia then reenters the imperial court as a courtier except she does nothing a courtier would do and instead hides in the castle like she is leveling up her sneak skills like she is going to be a master thief. What is most impressive is that her sneak skill is so high that she even manages to be invisible during church service, a public function that all royalty is pretty much required to participate in. In fact, Lucia's sneak skills are so good that she is even more elusive than a WIMP, Weakly interacting massive particles (quantum physics), and since there is no Large Hadron Collider (LHC) in that day in age, no one but God, aka the author, is able to prove that she exist which is what literally happens; She only shows herself when the writer says so; More details will clarify this fact later.

What the people around Lucia perceive about her at first is that she seems autistic but Lucia, being the legendary-tier thief that she is, doesn't do anything about it. I don't know about you but having autism isn't really going to help you in finding a spouse. Maybe you can argue that there are many stages of autism but the fact is that the rumors of her having autism have already spread and she makes no effort to disprove these rumors, like showing up at social events and actually holding a conversation with anybody.

Lucia is also born out of wedlock, which means her mother didn't marry the king, no church-held ceremonial service took place to declare the union of Lucia's mother and the late king (unless the church does postmortem marriages) which means she is a illegitimate child, aka bastard child, which means she isn't even a princess but at most a legitimized bastard. To be clear, being born out of wedlock implies that Lucia's mother isn't even a concubine, wife, or consort of the king.

Let's just assume that the king gave out the title in advance, well he's not dead at the time he receives the letter but he obviously can't marry a dead women unless the church allows a union between dead people which could be done in some religions, Lucia still had opportunities to go to meetings, festivals, balls (dance events), and even church service to show off herself; The importance here is to show potential suitors that she isn't autistic but nope, Lucia is too busy leveling up to be a sorceress leaving the rumors of her being autistic well in circulation. Maybe the king married Lucia's mother in their last seconds? But that would mean that Lucia would have to be present at the wedding which is held by the church which is a pretty big event since her father is literally the king of the kingdom and would give Lucia a huge amount of presence/publicity. Maybe said event does happen but Lucia acted like she was autistic which lead to the rumors of her being autistic? To be clear, said event might not of happened, I made it up to fill plot holes but the author does state that Lucia seems autistic at first when she enters the castle.

I know females act reserved when it comes to romance but there is a clear line between acting reserved and not even telling people you exist and the latter is what Lucia clearly does at her stay in the castle. I'm not sure how anyone is suppose to find her if she hides in her room all day. Maybe if Lucia does some singing, some prince might come along and at least hear her singing which would be a pretty good start even if she can't sing well; Rapunzel reference for those who don't know. When it comes time for her to be married off, she is disappointed that her brother, now the 9th King of Hesse is going to marry her off to some hedonist count after said count won the auction. The fact here is that even if the king was still alive, the current king is the 8th king of Hesse and Lucia's father, would still have to marry her off. Lucia's father might not use an auction system but the fact that he wasn't able to find any suitors means that either he was too busy, no suitors wanted her, or Lucia couldn't compete with the competition, or a combination of said options; Maybe she is waiting until the internet to be invented so she can just use dating sites? Her brother marrying off siblings in his court is proper and something he is required to do anyway, unless you think that Lucia can just leech off the royal family forever or maybe she really is trying to be wizard; If you're going to be a wizard, you better be a F-ing wizard. As stated earlier, her brother and potential suitors all think she is autistic or rumors of her being autistic make it really hard for Lucia to get arranged with suitors that are par/sub-par so she has to settle with the worse of the worse, some hedonist count. If her father, her brother, and suitors knew that she was not autistic that would greatly increase the chances of them trying to find a good match. I don't know about you but I'm pretty sure you would use a reporting agency when you are about to purchase a car from a re-seller and this is exactly what the bidders do, they ask around for the historical equivalent for CarFax and probably learn about rumors of Lucia being autistic, not a very good trait for your children if you ask anyone. Maybe if Lucia actually appeared at social events which would build her presence/popularity, and also serve to disprove the fact that she is autistic then none of her problems, problems that she caused herself, would of happened. Also, if Lucia's mother did not take her out of the castle then Lucia would of had time to educate herself, be known among peers, advertise herself, and maybe even get a suitor to ask for her hand in marriage in front of the king.

I feel like the novel has no consistency. The author makes Lucia's value during her time in the royal castle next to nothing by giving Lucia the curse of silence, it's like the same curse that happens to the Islamic version of Mary Magdalene (True fact and you can read about it by Googling the search phrase "First Miracle of Jesus in Islam", make sure its the Islam version because the numbers don't match in the Christian version) except there is no talking baby Jesus and Lucia's curse also comes with autism, Thanks God!

Lucia spends all her time doing nothing and just relaxes all day and just expects handsome men to come ask her hand in marriage. It's like she read Sleeping Beauty and expects something similar to happen to her; Fun fact, the original version of Sleeping Beauty and variants include either the prince having s*x or raping the sleeping princess, maybe Lucia is into sleep fetish?, which results in the sleeping princess bearing children so maybe she expected that too; Disney wasn't even born yet so the G-rated version doesn't exist yet or maybe it does exist and she hopes that the G-rated version happens to her. She clearly does nothing to change her fate while at the castle despite the synopsis saying she does something; Maybe she does some closed-door cultivation while in the castle to become a Taoist Immortal? Anyway, no surprise later when all her dream of just chilling and relaxing every day for the rest of her life, her foster family were clearly Timon and Pumbaa from Disney's the Lion King, "hakuna matata", It means no worries for the rest of your days; is crushed after no one really wants her and when her brother tries a last resort option of auctioning her off to be married, far better value than just having her eat, sleep, and do a good job at being a liability, the next thing you know, she is all healed by some divine being (cure for autism found!), she suddenly changes her behavior, gains a ton of awareness, and actually has an ambition for self-improvement. I wouldn't be surprised if she uses her legendary-tier higher invisibility to sneak out of the castle since it seems to be a hereditary trait/skill. The story would also be more believable if Lucia died from the thought of marrying a hedonist count and someone transmigrated into her body thus dramatically changing her character because this is what exactly happens.

There is also the option of being disowned by the royal family and marrying a lowborn aka commoner. The number of suitors may increase, obvious fact that commoners greatly outnumber royalty = more suitors, which means she can pick from a larger number of suitors but why give Lucia all the presence in the world when she is among the commoners and none when she is among royalty? Maybe she can request her brother, Lucia's brother is now the king and has the authority to request excommunication, to be excommunicated by the church, because no one ever sees her at church which is a very valid cause for her excommunication, which would allow her to marry a commoner because excommunication also is also a acceptable clause to disown and exile someone.


If you're wondering, there are a many cases of high profile princess and princes revoking their own titles to marry lowborn/non-nobles and still end up with happy lives with no one intimidating them:

Princess Mako of Akishino (Japan), King Edward VIII (England, abdicated from the throne)

Just to prove that I'm not biased, Emperor Akihito and his son Naruhito, former is the current ruler of Japan and latter the crown prince of Japan, married commoners but they are a male and they still kept their royal status. Lucia was very far in the line in succession, that's if females were even in the line of succession at all. The only point to keeping her royal status is to the ease of marrying other royalty. If she doesn't intend to marry royalty, then there would be no harm to just revoking her title to marry a commoner, the royal family would just formally disown her, and both sides can go on with their happy non-overly dramatic lives.

Bonus content:

https://www. Youtube. Com/watch?v=_Kmh4BbJPz8

The linked video is literally how drastic how Lucia's fate changes <<less
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Oct 22, 2018
Status: c60
Poor world-building explained through equally poor exposition. Basically just a tr*shy harlequin novel through and through. The heroine goes "I promise to never fall in love with you" to the horrible douchebag of a Duke while she's already been blushing and drooling all over him, and then of course she immediately falls in love with him and has to reprimand herself 200 times a day about expecting anything from him. I really hate this kind of wishy-washy, weak-willed protagonist who can't even keep a promise to themselves.

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And the Duke falls in love with her because she has a magical v*gina. A long list of coincidences leads him to find out how incredible her hooha feels. That's it. She's not skilled, not particularly beautiful, it's not even really her personality because she does a 180 part-way through when she stops pretending to be a doll. Just because she's super cute when they do it and she has the v*gina of one of those pure white lotuses.


The author also has zero understanding of how s*x and v*ginas work. The smut scenes are a mess and I tried to skip as much as I can after rolling my eyes at the first scene between the leads. <<less
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Jun 11, 2018
Status: c10
I wanted to like this novel but it's pretty boring. She acts all helpless and victimizes herself.

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She received memories of her future life at age 12. Despite having those memories, she didn't do anything for 6 years from ages 12 to 18. Instead there is a time skip that she basically wasted her life doing nothing then the story starts again at age 18 where she goes after a duke, stares at him for 5 days at a party, somehow he becomes interested in her, and then they get into a contracted marriage. I wanted to like this story but the main character is pretty weak, has basically no sense of self, and is boring. There's also a lot of s*x scenes. The plot and world building is pretty bad.

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Mar 24, 2020
Status: side story 7 part6
This novel is entertaining, but not good. Like a soap opera. You don't watch those for their good acting or well developed plot. You watch it for the entertainment value. Which is why I gave this novel 2 stars, and I know, I am very generous. Too generous some would say. But there are some things I cannot over look:

  • MC is supposed to be some sort of perfect being that is ignored by the royal family because she was illegitimate and brought up outside. But I would argue that that is not the reason why, rather it's because she's a pushover and has no brains to fight for anything. That desire to not fight for anything is supposed to be seen as attractive and rare and makes us feel admiration for her. Look at how simple she is, how unfettered from the struggles of life, wow so amazing. Not. To me, this just makes her s*upid person for getting bullied and not doing anything about it.
  • Obviously ML falls for this "simple" MC because of how not greedy she is. Her eyes, so clear, her smile, so pure. Her body.. So le*d. Like a prostitute. Legit this is what the novel said. It seems that the author cannot seem to understand that people, regardless of their personalities, have s*xual needs and need s*xual fulfillment. So during multiple (boring) s*x scenes, we're constantly reminded that she is pure in spirit, but her body was so sexy and enticing and is leading ML to become a s*x maniac. This duality of saint and s*x goddess is a running theme throughout the novel. Lame. Author doesn't seem to know that you can be a woman but also still like s*x.
  • Speaking of s*x. There is much smut in this novel. And it's not even good smut. It mainly consists of ML going (͡° ͜ʖ ͡°) , and then MC moaning, no, too much *sob sob* I want to rest *sob sob* you promised me this was the last time *sob sob* *continues to have sex* *sob sob* *insert something here about ML's pen*s or how MC is so pure* *sob sob* I want to rest*sob sob.* Rinse and repeat. It's very repetitive. I would have given this novel an extra star if the smut was hot, but alas it's as hot as a broken heater.
  • Boooooo I hate MC's that say, I won't love him, and then within 2 chapters have stars in their eyes and their hearts are moved and they cannot live without him and whatnot. LAME. DISAPPOINTING. TRAITOR. LIAR. I TRUSTED YOU TO LAST AT LEAST HALF THE BOOK AND MAKE ML WORK FOR IT BUT YOU WEAK FOOL YOU LOST THE GAME FIRST. Weak.
  • Romance was meh. ML wasn't that great. He was made to be someone powerful, but why do his subordinates seem so few and incompetent? And he wasn't even able to keep one of his jilted ex-lovers in place before she almost completely ruined the MC. Also s*xual consent was dubious at times but who cares ML needs to have s*x and show off his manliness so just continue.
  • All servants admire MC for being perfect mistress but what does she do? Just sit around, buy some dressed, eat, and has s*x with ML. For some reason, just because she's not a crazy b*tch immediately makes her a good person.
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Jul 29, 2017
Status: c50
This novel is a pure diamond, absolutely perfect. I have never read anything as great and I would say, in terms of sophistication, it is on par with novels like To Be A Virtuous Wife and Mei Gongqin and others.

The premise is very similar to Doomed to be Cannon Fodder, an innocent girl tries to escape her terrible fate by intervening with history and thereby altering the course of her life. However, unlike DCF, there is no comedy, there are light-hearted moments but the novel is very mature, not... more>> dark but the tone is definitely more serious.

I really like the story so far, everything about it is perfectly made for me. The chapters are long, the content is mature, as are the characters. They are not stereotypical versions of themselves, but each of them has their flaws. Lucia is small and frail, she is the kind of rabbit you want to embrace and protect but she is also very strong. She takes things into her own hands and makes the best what she can and displays as much agency a woman in her situation can, which is empowering in her own way. But especially the male lead has few vices, but not so bad that you think he is disgusting but more like, room for improvement. Generally, it just makes it more interesting to read.

If you are looking for a novel with depth, then this is definitely something for you! I greatly recommend it! <<less
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Jul 12, 2017
Status: Completed
First time doing a review, please excuse my english, not my first language.

Seriously, this novel is a gem. I love how there is a reason for every turn of events. My worst enemy, "Mr. Plot Hole", is unable to show himself. Hurray for that.

The flow of events are quite realistic, the characters are quite lovable.

My MVP are as follow:

1. Demian (the adorable son)

2. Hugo

3. Roy (your sacrifice is fully appreciated)

The duke's family is quite intriguing. So many plot twist, so yummy!
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Aug 25, 2017
Status: c13
To be honest I really want to like this novel the set up is what I look for and the writing along with that the MC are pretty good. There's only one problem, it's a problem that many Asian romance novels have but none the less it sticks out especially in this novel. The male lead is a domineering pushy a**hole. He for me has all the wrong traits.

1. He Is a play boy who abandons women when he gets tired of them

2. Even though I can sense a tragic... more>> backstory with his family coming it does not justify his lack of empathy and strait up bloodlust


3. And this is what is colouring my opinion the most. He does not care about the feelings of the main character. On their first night married he in my opinion strait up r*ped the main character. He took advantage of the fact that she was drunk and docile to take his pleasure never stopping when she was immensely scared and in pain and (I think this is just the writer not understanding how v**ginitys work) leaving her bleeding for DAYS afterward. Not only that he then left for a month and came back and in the first five minutes of being back with the MC immediately wanted to have s*x again.


So to conclude only read if you like your men to not care about your feelings or needs at all! <<less
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Jul 03, 2019
Status: v1c20
Firsly, translation is really good. TRANSLATERS, YOU HAVE DONE EXCELLENT WORK!!!THANK YOU! Well, honestly I started reading this after seeing the manhwa and thought it would be pretty cool so here am I. I don't even know what to say. The story line is pretty interesting at first until

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The female lead married the male lead and spent their first night together. It was really (I mean it) detailed and thought it would end there but boy I was wrong. You can still see lots of stuff about that in the following chapters and it got to the point where I would roll my eyes and skipped all of it. The first few chapters of the Novel led me to think that female protagonist is strong? Absolutely hardworking, pure, kind and innocent. The last three adjectives might match her in the following chapters but the word" hardworking" doesn't suit her at all in the following chapters. You can also see the side characters admiring her every now and then but I think she is not that wonderful like they were describing. All she does all day was have s*x with duke (yes you heard me right) , sleep, eat and other boring things. And like a female protagonist she is like every other female characters who say "I promise I won't fall in love with you", she fell for him really really quickly that I seriously want to remind her what she said when signing a contracted marriage. In other words she is super weak, easy to please, low key expecting her husband's love although the words describe her in a different way. The duke's personality also changed quickly from cold hearted and supposed-to-be cool to a man who is curious about his wife and who is h**ny 24/7 (*glass crushing sound*there goes my dream) . I don't even expect anything from this novel anymore. She is lazy, weak and pretty easy and I get confused sometimes because her dream would pop up suddenly that I have to think if it was a reality or not.

P.S.P don't recommend this to those who suspect a strong female lead or a cold hearted male lead falling slowly for her at all!!! Your dreams might be crushed just like mine?Things were took to another level on the first night after all?So read the reviews before you read the novel which is over 100 chapters!!!It depends on a person taste so and I am just writing out what I thought so don't take it seriously too?thz

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Miss Ruby
Miss Ruby
Jun 10, 2020
Status: side story 7 part6
Ha. I finished translating this entire novel and forgot to post a review. I'm a bit bias as the translator but I truly adore this novel and the relationships within. The smut was something cringy but I couldn't help but fall in love with the characters, both main and supporting.

All in all, I'd gladly recommend this to anyone 18 and up.
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Dec 16, 2018
Status: c48 part1
Came for the smut, stayed for the story, the pace of the story with progression and character development is just right for me, even later on, even thought I was the one coming to seek for some smut content, got irritated a bit with the long smut scene because I wanted an emotional progression between the characters. Quite a lovely balance between romance and naughty smokey content.
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Apr 15, 2020
Status: Completed
I gave this novel a chance because it has a lot of good reviews and it was a smut story but MC and ML we're very disappointing af. MC is a d*mb bit*h while ML only likes her because of her magical v*gina. He gave his attention to her because he thinks that she's the best s*x partner he ever had.

MC promised not to fall in love with ML, but she still did without even ML doing any efforts. So disappointing. She also demanded a lot for someone who propose... more>> a contract that she's fine being only a wife in name.

ML is like a typical ML who is cold, scary and have a lot of girls who are willing to have s*x with him. I know in real life that men like him exist, but it's still uncomfortable reading that he has multiple partners. I find him dirty. Lol. <<less
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Jun 07, 2017
Status: c3
Review as of Ch.3

The MC is not your typical protagonist. She's not whiny or annoying and she isn't the complete opposite either which is a very strong woman. She's a "normal" girl who has genuine feelings. She gets confused, scared, and happy. Her decisions are somehow believable considering her circumstances. The story isn't predictable. I was truly surprised by the big revelation at the end of Ch.3 although considering the male lead's actions, perhaps I shouldn't have been surprised about it.

Anyway, I'm glad that I got to know this novel... more>> and I will definitely be following Lucia's story. <<less
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Jul 09, 2018
Status: c34
I normally don't like female romance stories. But I do like female MC's and always have issues find stories with Female MC's that aren't all about love and romance.

This story is no different sadly. The story has lots of nonsensical things happen and the one trait that always appears in female Romance stories is in this, Of course I'm talking about having a Douche Male Lead.

Don't know why. But this is so easy to find that it's annoying. This dude isn't really nice. You get moments when it's just him... more>> and the MC and you might think " Oh that's sweet" or " Aw he's not that bad of a guy" Then you start remembering that he is an as*hole that will just use a girls body and throw her away as soon as he's done with her or shows the slightest bit of affection to him. He kills families without mercy. A Nobel that did something he doesn't like not only loses his life. But so does the Wife and Children and it's not needed.

I honestly don't get this. Is this something that woman actually enjoy? Having a d*ck of a man being your lover? Cause I know my friends that are girls wouldn't even associate with someone like that.

The thing with the MC reliving her life seems interesting. Except it's so badly done. It's shown as a dream making it feel a lot less special or cool. It would've been so much better if we got a chapter or two of her spending her days in her original life. Showing her regrets or anger, Then one day she wakes up in the body of her 12 year-old-self. The story doesn't even do anything of interest like having the MC react in a funny way or her having issues just keeping balance after suddenly turning into a 12 year old with such a different body such as the Center of Mass or that her muscles aren't as developed or that her legs are shorter. There is potential here for funny or interesting stuff. It's just the story takes this scene as nothing more then a passing moment

to escape her previous fate. She never tries doing anything differently like trying to be more social (Remember she has the mind of at least a 40+ Now) She does little to nothing with this knowledge. In fact, She doesn't even seem like she's lived through a life of trials and errors. She has no hate for the Count that bought her. She doesn't want to get back at anyone that wronged her or even take care of people with malicious intent that she knows from her previous life. It get's to the point where it doesn't seem human. She doesn't even really have that much of a motivation to do anything besides just live somewhere else and is even willing to marry to a Duke she knows to be a dick. Kind of defeats the entire purpose of wanting to escape her previous fate.

I think the son of the Duke should've been a girl instead.

Hell, I think the idea is fairly interesting. But have her instead of just reliving her life almost the exact same tell she's 18. Have her have a little sister that was killed in her previous life due to whatever reason. But in this life she stops that from happening and is able to live with her sister she wasn't able to do before. I think the story should've started before the mother died and the MC saves her mother. She still ends up being entangled into politics but now she's taking care of her mother and making sure she lives a nice life for the struggles she's gone through

. It's just eh. I feel the story has potential to be good but is just so generic. Kind of a disappointment. Hell, I thought the story was pretty good tell the love interest appeared. I like the idea of a not wanted Princess sneaking out and socializing with commoners. I like the Norman Character and wish we got more of that. I can even see a different story where Norman moves away and has the MC come with her. Both Norman and the MC now live together and as time goes on. Have her have to be careful and not have the Royal family find her otherwise she will be taken back. Hell, it'd work best if she was actually wanted by the Royal family. I really just like the Norman character and if this was a Yuri novel then I'd put them together. <<less
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Oct 16, 2019
Status: Completed
I thought for sure that Hugo was going to stay one of those jerk contract marriage husbands for a long time but he turned into a doting real fast. He's decisive, doesn't overcomplicate/misunderstand. He's quite funny sometimes too.

Lucia on the other hand is neither a typical ditzy girl or a calculating cunning girl. She does what she needs to to survive, she's dignified, fairly aware. She handles high society women well. As for the initial deal she was a princess with no backing and even if she did try to... more>> go network nobody would've paid any attention to her. She'd also expose herself to danger. She chooses Hugo specifically because she knows it worked for someone else in her last life. Realistically in that world if she were to run away from the royal family she wouldn't be able to fend for herself.

The side characters are also fairly lovely like the ducal family's son Damian and the head butler of the house.

The conflicts of the story are not ridiculous or boring + elimination of the villains was satisfying.

Side note. The smut is not bad, it's not super cringe-y. ^ Initial review was for the main story and a little bit past that.

[edit] Update. I reread it with the manhwa too and I think I too optimistic about this ahaha. I still stand by that it's kinda fun. Kinda tr*shy romance has its place. The novel is definitely the better of the two. Damian + Lucia are the best part of the story.

I loved the story a lot and the last side esp the last ss. Thank you Miss Ruby, you were brilliant! <<less
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Jun 18, 2019
Status: c110
Quite honestly, I don't know why the reviews are so low! I've read the complaints, but I got a different impression from reading the story.

I actually really like the ML; he's cruel and thinks little of killing people, but the premise is a lot of his madness is due to his genetics, and he himself even hates that side of him and wants to end his entire lineage. You see him changing as he goes through life with the MC (although frankly I feel like it was a biiit fast,... more>> and the catalyst was that he liked her body, but it's not that bad). Honestly, the whole thing with his genes and thus in*est needs to happen for his lineage to continue is weird but it's easy to ignore since it's not the focus of anyone's relationship. He is possessive, as MLs in novels tend to be, but personally I love such characters as long as they don't go overboard. Furthermore, I really appreciate the way he handles woman; yes he's arrogant, but he's made it clear what he wants and he doesn't and he never forces a woman to follow his way. If they fell in love with him and he couldn't return the feelings, I think it's better to just cut it off right away.

I also appreciate his attitude in bed. The novel emphasizes, especially during their first night, that he hates forcing a woman etc. Although a lot of the scenes highlight the MC's lack of stamina to keep up with ML, and so has some refusal, he really does respect her and her health so it's never a situation where she genuinely doesn't want to. From the ML's PV, it's also clear that he's holding himself back a lot in order to not hurt her, and admonishes himself whenever he does and whenever he thinks of his frivolous past self. It does resemble the captive situation that happens a lot in novels, but it's more because the MC just doesn't want to go out. Of course, it makes him happy that that's the case, but he doesn't really refuse her.

I enjoy the pacing of the story itself. It's not driven by drama (lmao), so there's not a lot of crazy things happening but it follows their daily lives and I feel it's quite interesting although it's inarguably quite slow. Definitely targeted to the female audience. I really like all the characters as well, which is something rare. Particularly Damien, Roy, and Jerome (he's really the best butler hahaha). Frankly my least favourite character would be the MC, but even then I wouldn't say I actually dislike her. I also like that they don't drag on situations that could potentially be super messy and dramatic.


For example in the case of Anita, the Countess of Falcon, you see her plotting starts early and the novel does talk a lot about it. But at the climax of the event, Roy handles it super cleanly and doesn't even leave a trace for something dramatic to drag on. Even the Countess of Wales, during the party break arc, it didn't go on for too long and show all sorts of plotting and petty schemes.


Smuttiness-wise, there is quite a lot, but I didn't read the novel for that. To be honest, I just skipped most of it so I can't really judge the quality (although a lot of relationship-building occurs during it, so I read the important dialogue and thoughts). I feel like it would be enjoyable for someone that likes to read it but even the people who don't would be able to ignore it? It does happen quite a bit though, but I'd say it's always consensual.

Anyway, I really liked this novel. It enraptured me pretty early (I read the webtoon, which at this time has 11 chapters) so I would recommend trying it out. <<less
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udon princes
Feb 22, 2019
Status: c90 part2
I actually quite like this novel, and I feel a bit guilty about it after reading some of the other reviews LOL. But, well, it's still a pretty good read. (A bunch of spoilers ahead as I'm discussing this and I'm too lazy to add tags, so read at your own risk.)


First of all, the romance between the leads. There's hints that he's interested in her beforehand (he DID agree to the marriage proposal after all, though whether he accepted because he was interested in her is debatable) but their relationship is pretty much solidified through s*x. (I laughed at extremelypokeable's review that described it as her magical "hooha" and I can never stop thinking about her v*gina with a different term ever again) Honestly though, as I was reading the novel, I didn't feel that it was unnatural. It's one of those romances where the leads sort of just gradually fall in love with each other (emotionally, since all this is happening in-between massive bouts of sex) until one day you're reading it and you realize it has somehow become normal for the two to be extremely affectionate in public, and you just pause and go, "how did we get here?? the s*x was too good I guess (her pu*sy be fukin LITTT" Whether or not this invalidates their relationship is up to you, but I'm personally of the opinion that it's fine. His love for her is definitely real at this point, and it's definitely based on more than just her magical hooha. They took a different path, but they still ended at the same destination. Isn't that fine? Her magical hooha is still her, so it doesn't matter if he wouldn't have begun loving her if she hadn't had that f*ckin out-out-of-this-world v*gina. Idk, again, it's up to you what you think. I kinda got off track LOL but their relationship/romance is honestly pretty sweet to me. He's pretty much the typical male lead -- possessive, good at like everything but emotions, over-protective, etc etc -- but he has an interesting backstory that was a maybe little predictable.

On to the female lead. I quite like Lucia actually. There were some reviewers that disliked her because she doesn't really do much or is a little passive, but not everyone can be a go-getter type A personality. (Also I relate so hard with not wanting to go out/interact with people/do anything other than my own thing so I can't fault her for that LOL.) Lucia might not fit the modern idea of a "strong woman, " but imo she's quite mentally and emotionally strong. She falls in love with Hugh (very predictably, despite all that sh*t of "I'll never fall in love with you!" But come on we all knew that was gonna happen the moment she said it we knew) but that is realistic. Who isn't going to fall (at least a little) in love with a man they regularly have s*x with, that doesn't treat them like shit, and also shows moments of care? The important part is that she doesn't show him that she's fallen in love with him, as per the agreement. (The amount of resolve she's shown so far for this is to the point that I'm pretty sure (and hoping) that it'll be Hugh that confesses first, or at least brings it up first) I think my one of my favourite parts of her personality is her willingness to believe that Hugh has reasons for the things he does, unlike the typical female lead who's dumb and stubbornly does the things she wants to do (that are quite obviously s*upid things to do) without considering the thoughts and feelings of their significant other. Like COME ON WOMAN, A RELATIONSHIP IS A PARTNERSHIP, A TWO-WAY STREET. Lucia very obviously wants kids but she's willing to wait for her partner to be ready to have kids before taking herself off her weird form of birth control (which leads me to the thing I MIGHT dislike most about this story but more on that later). SENSIBLE. THOUGHTFUL. MATURE. YES. Beyond that, she's not a mary-sue (though they are my guilty pleasures -- I have a lot, unfortunately). One of the FLs I like most on this site.

The magic stuff feels kinda just... jammed in there sometimes, but it's not really a huge part of the story (kinda but not really?) so I didn't mind it too much. The smut is pretty good, but requires some suspension of disbelief. (Exhibit A: MAGICAL HOOHA) Honestly, I wasn't expecting much in the first place so anything above like middle school fanfiction is okay.

The only thing I've really disliked about this novel is something that hasn't/might never happen lol. There's hints that the f*cking annoying doctor (go aWAY) is secretly drugging Lucia so that she's able to have kids again (v complex backstory behind this, but basically Hugh is a special snowflake and can only have kids through this special requirement that of course Lucia has somehow stumbled her way into meeting). Obviously, "secretly" implies no consent/prior knowledge from Lucia or Hugh. Anyways, from typical manga/novel logic she'l get pregnant for the drama and there'll be a reconcilation and yay happy ending but if this happens I'll be pretty unhappy. Like, the story will be so much more beautiful if both parties come to a consensus about having children. I just feel bad for the kid if they happen when one of the parents isn't ready. Right now, Hugh wants kids too but because of the misunderstanding/lies over the special requirement thing he doesn't want them, but... Idk. I think it'll just be more character growth if they both make an informed decision because that'll require them actually opening up and talking, both at their own pace, which makes things that much more meaningful.


I wrote an essay again WHOOPS but yeah I might add more to this in the future
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Oct 31, 2018
Status: c63 part1
Love this novel !! Although at first the romantic part was a little bit force you'll see the development. The characters aren't perfect but you will love them. Particularly to the ML and FL.

The ML at first was a topnotch as*hole and a huge flirt who love to sleep around with anything that has two legs (tho its female only) and a person who doesn't know the word COMMITMENT. But after he married the FL you can see that slowly he's changing while he's heart is getting stolen without him... more>> realizing it.

And I love the part that after he got married he stop seeing all the green tea b*tches that he had.

While the FL at first is a docile like a trembling cat she tried to brave and be shameless by offering the contract, you can see that she started to fall to the ML but is keeping her emotions intact while being oblivious that the ML itself has fallen for her too. Her character development is a little slow given that she needs to be on guard all the time and trying save her own future.

And not but the least the SMUT PART!! Oh gosh the way that the author write the smut scenes are really descriptive and hot. Really recommended! ?? <<less
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Sep 05, 2019
Status: ss1 part4
Great novel and great translator.

I love Barbara Cartland and Judy Garland. Okay it was 95% smut but I love it. The story is strong and the smut was needed. Not PWP (plot what plot style) but important background to reveal the characters.

Children stay away. Teenagers keep away. Keep your innocent. For 18+ only. I am 42 years old.
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May 23, 2019
Status: c107
I started reading this without realizing its adult and r-18 tags, imagine my surprise....

I skipped the smut, but this novel's storyline is truly amazing. It's one of those stories that are not supposed to make any sense because of the excessively intricate elements of the plot, yet surprisingly they work well. The writing style and translations are great. Needless to say, this novel has the best backstory and character development in reincarnation/time skip/second chance category in NU.
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