Marriage Concerto (Small Thing Called Love)


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When they were studying, Ding Meng was a student who excelled in studies, whilst Qiao Yi Chen was a problematic student who constantly helped to raise the class average score. Every single time they took an examination, Ding Meng would scold Qiao Yi Chen like a dog.

When they got married, Ding Meng was a rookie singer who had just entered the entertainment industry, whilst Qiao Yi Chen was a golden producer who produced innumerable hits. Every single time they recorded a song, Qiao Yi Chen would scold Ding Meng like a dog.

…… The Heavens have never spared a single person from its wrath.

This is a story that details the male lead’s journey in empowering the female lead to lord over the entertainment industry, whilst conveniently capturing her heart simultaneously.

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结婚协奏曲 (恋爱这件小事)
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Sicarius rated it
January 10, 2017
Status: c15
So far so good. This novel hits a lot of familiar beats from the genre: fake marriage, secret cohabiting, black-belly male lead, etc. But where it shines is the characters. They're interesting and complex without being melodramatic. That's particularly important in the case of the female lead. Ding Meng was overweight in middle school and had a somewhat tragic high school experience (not a spoiler), but it's never treated as a 'dark past' that she continues to angst over. It's just part of how she got to where she is.... more>> Also, she's a bit naive yes, but she's not actually s*upid, which is a nice departure from the typical. Similarly, Qiao Yichen is a fairly typical black-belly male lead. He's handsome, wealthy, and known for being extremely strict and rude to subordinates. But so far, he's never actually been an as*hole to DM. He's uncompromising in his work, but actually treats the female lead well.

There's no instalove here either, the romance appears to be the slow-burn style which is always great. When the two leads have real reasons to like each other it's much more believable than 'they so pretty, lets be together forever'. All in all, this is a good one, give it a read. <<less
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dysry rated it
June 18, 2017
Status: c60
Marriage Concerto is a cute and sweet story, but like most of Ban Li Zi's works, lacks that added depth which makes a good enough story into a great one. The ML and FL enter into a fake marriage, they bicker but start to respect each other through their work/singing competition, and once they fall for each other, they OD on PDA and bicker with everyone else on WeChat (I guess most celebrities these days spend a lot of time just overreacting to everything on social media, so this bit... more>> might not be too far fetched). Even through the story isn't a carbon copy of everything else she's done (sightly different setting), the conversations, plot developments and even jokes are mostly recycled from her other works. While it's still enjoyable enough, it's too safe and unoriginal to be memorable.

Other notes - at least it doesn't include reincarnation/transmigration. <<less
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aliensan rated it
February 16, 2018
Status: c74
Lol I just binge read up to the newest release in two days. XP this story is truly adorable. There barely any drama and it's just full of fluffiness from the banter between the two leads. I loved how they practically kill everyone around them with their affection. Really makes me wish I had my own shameless ML. XP
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Umi Kumayah rated it
January 26, 2017
Status: 23
The story is so interesting. I love the way Qiao Yi Chen act around Ding Meng. Maybe he's strict but he's also sweet. I think, even in the highschool, Yi Chen had a feeling for Ding Meng. I can't wait any longer for the next chapter. I love some of Ban Li Zi's novels. I have read Just blame me for being blind in the beginning. I just realize that marriage concerto and finding glowing beauty in the book were published before JBMFBBITB
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TheLovelyRose rated it
May 20, 2020
Status: Completed
I usually dislike stories with marriage contracts because I feel that they are so cliche and overrated. But with this story, it was done well. The marriage contract wasn’t discovered by anyone, they didn’t divorce or anything like that. They just naturally fell in love and decided to give it a go and make it a real marriage. Feelings developed over time.

There was no second male lead drama or any over the top second female lead trying to steal Qiao Yichen away from Ding Meng. There were a couple of... more>> possibilities but it was handled very well by the author and it didn’t turn annoying.

Overall, this was a pleasant surprise of a story. I really enjoyed it. <<less
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Angel921 rated it
April 6, 2019
Status: c82
It started off kinda slow for me. The ML was all into the FL but she was pretty oblivious to his love for her. I felt an imbalance there. Even after she started liking him, I felt like he liked her way more.

The story was an easy ready. Translations were done very well. It wasn't too long or too short. Just perfect.

Spoiler... more>>
It was weird to me that she never once said I love you to ML. Even her actions weren't showing that much throughout the book. As for ML, he said it plus many of his actions showed he truly loved her. <<less
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LalaMarkova rated it
April 5, 2020
Status: --
Never a boring moment, I got hooked with the first chapter because I like how slow burnt and chill their relationship started minus the..

marriage contract of course.


I think this is my favorite among Ban Li Zi's novels. I also like the bickering couple of I Seem Unsuited for Dating and the straightforward MC of Falling for Chang Kong.

If you're looking for a simple fluffy everyday romance with no blood shedding, go for Ban Li Zi's. I suggest you stay away from her books if you are a type of reader in need of "depth and plot", (pun intented)

thank me later.
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potatosince1992 rated it
February 9, 2020
Status: Completed
It was honestly so-so.

How should I say this, I guess to me it lacked substance?

Halfway through I was reading it, I was already wondering why am I still reading it. Since it's obvious that nothing is to be resolved anymore. There's also no character development. It seems to me like, after they've consumated their relationship and made it official, the rest of the chapters are just fillers.

It was very stagnant.

But I love the dialogues, FL is pretty witty. Love it.
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sara123 rated it
December 22, 2019
Status: c82
goshhh, such a cute couple. Mostly, the novels that I read were all smut.. But reading this gave me a new feeling/experience that I could not explain through words. You won't shed a single tear reading this instead you will get a stomach ache because of laughing.

All I could say the entire time was "aww soo sweet" " awwwso cute"

thumbs up to the translators

lol rip grammar
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wintercherry rated it
November 24, 2019
Status: Completed
I enjoyed reading this novel its a cute, fluffy and light hearted romance story. The banter between both leads are very cute and sweet overall a good read.
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mielru rated it
October 24, 2019
Status: Completed
My 3rd novel reading from the universe. Overall, the novel is somewhat similar to the other, it's cute and fluffy without any troublesome. The plot is simple, no much drama.

I skipped some of the epilogue. Overall, it's a good light reading :)
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ike_00000 rated it
October 22, 2019
Status: Completed
Not bad. Their relationship progressed slowly enough that it didn't feel like love at first sight and yet fast enough that it didn't feel like it was dragged out by misunderstandings or unnecessary drama. I appreciate that for the most part the story didn't have any. The only thing I will say is that the MC is a lil too OP, like she got too amazing too quickly, but oh well it was still okay. I would've liked to see more of the friendships in the story.

Also, I absolutely did... more>> not read that last extra, hmph.

Gu Xin x Sima XiaoXiao!!! And they'll have a baby for Qiao MuHan!!!

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storybookknight rated it
January 15, 2019
Status: c82
Fluffy, lighthearted, and saccharine sweet. Not a bad love story in the beginning, but very quickly loses dramatic tension and becomes nauseatingly monotonous in its lovey-dovey atmosphere after the relationship successfully launches.
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JRose.092x rated it
September 12, 2018
Status: c82
I loved it. Yes it had a marriage contract in it, but once it was signed it was more or less quickly dealt with. There was no heavy drama involved whatsoever. I couldn't help but smile at my screen while reading about our MCs antics. Nothing in this novel is made to bust your brains while trying to understand a deeper meaning. It's just about the blossoming love between a rising singer and her producer husband. So it's a very easy read. I would definitely read it again.
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timma rated it
July 17, 2018
Status: c71
Sweet, but hard to care about characters. They pretty much embody easy mode.
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SweetShireen rated it
March 11, 2018
Status: c76
Cute, fluffy, and a lovely read. I'm not one for overly sweet or cheesy novels, but despite the showbiz factor there was something endearingly genuine about this one. I smiled through the whole thing.
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shouahang58 rated it
March 16, 2017
Status: c71
Went and read the raw using Google translation, the ending was good! I enjoyed it but also wished there was a bit more drama to the story. But overall the novel is good and I think the couple are cute!
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Jecaye rated it
June 25, 2020
Status: Completed
5/5 stars!

Wow! This is the first book I've read from this author and I really liked it. Would recommend to everyone who likes a fluffy and sweet read, I really had a hard time placing this book down.

The male lead is a little bit different (in a good way) from the typical male lead you normally read from other novels as he is still kinda unapproachable due to his back-to-back insults *BUT* he still interact with other characters politely (except for the other characters he deemed as his... more>> rival in love). The female lead is also pretty good, the flow of the story is excellent.

All in all, this is one of my fave reads ever. Will re-read this again in the future.

Lots of love,

Jecaye <<less
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Saphie rated it
June 5, 2020
Status: Completed
Ah, my second most favorite Chestnut novel after GMMG. The arange marriage part makes you think it will be that kind of cliche novel. But its not. While the setting is cliche the execution is not, it has its own charm that makes it different from other arrange marriage plot. I love it!
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Hpbq rated it
January 16, 2020
Status: Completed
I recommend this novel to everyone it's so damn good and is one of my all time favourite

The translators did a wonderful job translating it

you will surely love it don't think much and go for it 😄
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