Married to the Protagonist


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“Let’s get a divorce,” Chen Jinyao said.

She knew that she was only a supporting character in this novel world. The male lead only married her as a business relationship and, sooner or later, the female lead of the story would eventually show up.

If Chen Jinyao was indecisive about leaving, only heartbreak would follow.

Something pulled her thin white wrist, and next thing she knew, she was pushed down and pressed against a pillow. Yan Cheng’s peach blossom eyes bored into her in discontent as he declared, “Only in your dreams!”

After spending a colorful night, she was too tired to lift a finger.

When she fell asleep in Yan Cheng’s arms, she had a dream.

In her dream, she had turned 80 years old.

But can someone tell her why she still hadn’t left the marriage at that age?

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New prongsletaelin rated it
January 18, 2022
Status: c113
This is actually a good novel, by far the most realistic Chinese webnovel I've read till date, including all the real cute and mushy romance ones. Idk why there's a r*pe tag though, I don't think I've noticed any such incident yet. I'm also quite bothered by the low rating, this novel deserves at the very least 4 stars.
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New ate_gurl rated it
January 13, 2022
Status: Completed

Please understand that the genre of the story is slice of life. What do you expect, something crazy or dramatic? I am sooo pissed because I almost did not read this due to low rating. Is this novel a masterpiece? No. Is this novel enjoyable? For me, yes. Is this novel better than other novels with higher ratings? Oh hell,... more>> definitely. At least in this novel we have a rational MC (not some airhead MC who only gets with the ML due to plot armor) and an ML with a personality (not some generic ML who have CEO vibes/creepy manipulating guy who is cold and have an emotional value of a goldfish). The ML and the MC in this novel are just /chef's kiss. I do not really understand why such low rating. Please read if you want some fluff. <<less
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pastelbunnyyy rated it
November 15, 2020
Status: Completed
This novel is definitely NOT for those looking for passionate, life changing love stories. Transmigration aside - this is actually quite a good read if you enjoy realistic mature relationships.

I feel like a lot of novels deal with the ideal kind of romance. But in real life romances (especially when you’ve been burned before), it’s not as easy as just jumping into the pit of love. The narrative of slowly adapting to each other’s presence was quite realistic. There’s a lot of [sometimes irrational] fear and self doubt that comes... more>> with loving someone. And this novel tackles it beautifully. <<less
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chibiheaven rated it
November 6, 2020
Status: Completed
I went in with mixed expectations and was a bit worried about the low ratings. So I was very pleasantly surprised by the beautiful (and hilarious) relationship found here.

I really felt like Yan Cheng and Chen Jinyao were very genuine and even realistic. They very consciously put aside their past and mutually and actively tried to understand each other and bond. This lead to a lovely family that kept me smiling and giggling to myself as I read.

... more>>

I have to agree on what Paige said about the original female lead. In society you need to know how to bow down sometimes. Being righteous is not always the answer.

Actually I felt inexplicably dissatisfied with Su Yan and her attitude throughout the novel in the few fleeting moments that she appeared. In fact when she had first made an appearance, Chen Jinyao (our MC) dreamt about losing her husband to Su Yan and that made her unrealistically irrational but later realised I had actually totally forgotten that she had transmigrated. Later on in the novel, Chen Jinyao reflects on her relationship with her husband and how she felt that they had met at the right time and not late; summing it down to 'fate'. While reminiscing, she very boldly stated that the past her cannot be the current her and the current her cannot be like the past her. Somehow this really hit me and I was just always forgetting that she had, in fact, transmigrated.


Anyway it all really just boils down to me loving the sh*t out of this novel and I really felt the need to leave this review and my 5 star rating. <<less
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Gushishi rated it
November 11, 2020
Status: Completed
The story getting plain as you read further chapters.

They are, ML and FL are mature couple, but for this novel we lacked of something that getting us thrilled and wanting more to read the story's plot and narration.

Not much hoping for the next plot, we just knew the ending.

Thanks translator, the description of their situation in any particular setting is very good.


HE. The ML didn't truly love the 'FL', he made himself like really falling for 'FL' just for ruining her.


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DeuKaeBestGirls rated it
June 4, 2021
Status: c101
I really like this story! It's cute but also realistic. It's not love at first sight and ML and FL communicate to make the relationship work. Their interactions are just so cute. It's also refreshing that the FL's job isn't an actress, surgeon, or assassin.
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akiraa rated it
April 8, 2021
it’s an okay story. Not the best but it’s interesting enough to keep you reading.

i like that FL has a career that isn’t related to the showbiz in any way or an unstable job. She’s a dentist and owns a small clinic btw.

ML is well just another chinese novel male lead that follows the mould or prototype of a “perfect male lead”. What I really like about him tho is that ... more>>

he quit smoking because he doesn’t want to implicate their child’s health in case of a pregnancy. I like that he’s at least rational about it. I've seen first hand the effect of second-hand smoking during pregnancy, so I am quite sensitive about that matter :)


hard to comment about the villains. Cannon fodders at most I guess

4/5 decent story line, nothing exciting tho <<less
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Kaylee rated it
February 20, 2021
Status: Completed
I dont understand this story from the first chapter. It was a hard work trying t read what was actually happened between MC and ML. There was too much useless lines among lines.

Did they have s*x life while they're in honemoon or not? What's ML real face actually? Did he really pretend from the moment he meet the other woman and dig a pit for his business/school rival? What contract was MC and ML draen and acted upon? Why'd MC still feel shy even when they've married and willing to... more>> put the effort to build a harmony marriage life?

I love slow pacing romance, but what these two are doing imo is not that. At least, with the way the author wrote them, it felt so much bland, pointless and boring. One time she acted lovey dovey with her hubby, then tomorrow will turn into the usual 'we are only room mates' feel.

The author failed to build solid personality for both of them and the support characters around them.

And the most important: there was nothing thrilling there to make me anxious and giddy to read further. That's how this novel is bland for me. <<less
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darkelf01 rated it
February 10, 2021
Status: c29
A cute, but bland story. It gets plainer as you read, the couple's interactions were understandable from their situation but those implied couple growth was so dull. What you get are half-baked strings of sentences laden with 'nuance' and 'maturity'.

To be honest, this novel is just an adult-ish version of the cliche C-novel ML and mannequin MC trope.
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Dragon_Reader rated it
October 18, 2020
Status: Completed
A very mature love story. A wonderful, warm sort of romance that builds up with companionship and time and effort rather than an unreasonable, illogical instant flash. MC is strong, speaks her mind and honest. ML is open and equally honest. They don't hide anything from each other. Their families are also really really nice. Not too interfering but not neglectful either. A definite 5/5. T/L has done an amazing job as well. T/L - 5/5
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PaigeTheParrot rated it
October 13, 2020
Status: Completed
This is my second experience when I kept smiling throughout the novel (The first one was Novle wife wants no love). This is a realistic story of how an arranged or contract marriage/blind date led to love. One of the unique point of the novel was that the ML wasn't a cold domineering president; but actually had a character and the bickering between the couples felt genuine/ realistic. I also liked that fact that that the supporting characters weren't 2-D but actually had their own thoughts and notions and acted... more>> on them.

The oriFL wasn't bad persay, but just was an inexperienced college student. She didn't like to be a tutor because it required a lot of effort, but she couldn't understand that the salary of a barmaid was only high because they should have the EQ to handle mild harrasment from potential clients. In the end, she didn't have a satisfactory job but understood that sometimes lowering your head is required in a job.

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smlsqshy rated it
December 14, 2021
Status: c187
you might expecting a story full of schemes and drama from the description, which I did. But it's the complete opposite, it's more like a fluff healing story, a warm chocholate on a rainy days. Some readers said it's bland and boring, but I don't think so. It's quite realistic in how the author potraying the married couple's life.

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well, in other story where it's an 'arranged marriage' or marriage without love at first, they will just stay out off each other's bussiness while maintaining the respect they'd agreed upon, or act like sworn enemies or complete strangers. But CJ and YC decided to try their best for this marriage to worked out with steady and natural development. Some readers disliked the 'hypocrisy' regarding their interaction, but I think this is how it's supposed to be. What can you expect from a couple who married out of love when there's a rumour that they'd marry each other bcs their (two) 'true love' got married.

i think that's the charm of this story, sweet slice of life interaction between them. Maybe because I read too much (and might be your case too) story with many schemes, bloody drama, and so on, I came to like this story for a healing time.

cons [so far I read the story] :

  • there's a little conflict in the story, just a little. but it's fine I guess, since it's slice of life story.
  • the author didn't give an explanation about the transmigration or reincarnation or the original CJ and the novel's world setting. It's focused on the present of this couple. CJ and YC is the main couple here, so the others is just a bystanders to fill the story. Lol.
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panko-san rated it
July 3, 2021
Status: c118
first of all, if you doubt the male lead, please hold out. He is wonderful. Oh my god, this man!

it's a romance story between two mature, sensible adults who choose love. It’s the embodiment of the reality that marriage and love are choices that you work hard to maintain every day, and starkly shows the difference between a passionate, brightly burning but quickly snuffed out flame and a warm, steady fire tenderly stoked and cared for by both parties.

for example, the difference between the main couple and the reason the main couple got married.


originally, both have very blunt attitudes to each other and they are expecting nothing from one another. But 'familiarity breeds fondness' and they fall in love slowly. They both choose to be honest to the other, and stick to it. There are awkward, embarrassing moments. But this story is the love between two adults who learn how to communicate well. The kind of stable, secure relationship where it feel like no waves will be able to rock the boat hard enough to affect the people on board.

as a side note, there are a few sexist comments (in the narration) that annoyed me, as well as other expected outdated behaviours but I came for the romance and was satisfied. If you're here for interesting characters, or a plot-twisting story, or even just action in general, you won’t find it here. To the reviewers who said it's boring, dull, nothing to make it thrilling, well it’s tagged slice of life. The most eventful thing that ever happens in slice of life is the introduction.

tldr: it’s a fluffy romance with mature hardships and methods of overcoming them. There is little action, so far easily-resolved drama, and a lot of sweetness.

also, translation is 5/5.
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baluiu rated it
June 1, 2021
Status: c89
Amazing, its so realistic and mature yet so sweet... there is no drama and unnecessary misunderstanding, ML is great and sweet and FL is strong and smart. They are perfect for each other like a match made in heaven!!! Not just because they are ML and FL but their personalities, humor sense, view of life of life and principles are so well coordinated! It goes so well together and they fill each other gapes perfectly, like what real partners and lovers should be. Even tho the plot is really simple,... more>> it is easy to see the effort and care the author put into the FL and ML characters and their relationshi. Its worth reading but with you like the drama and little problems you may feel flustered and bored.

They are the couple with more chemistry and realism I have ever seen in a novel. <<less
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Ihartkimchi rated it
April 18, 2021
Status: Completed
I'd rate this story as pretty average as it doesn't really have a plot persay other than 2 people making their relationship work but it definitely has its charm. Its more of a feel good fluffy story.

But I must say that I am quite surprised about the quality of characterization in this novel. ML actually has a personality that isn't the domineering CEO trope. He's actually pretty lazy and ran a frivilous lifestyle before getting married and seeing him trying to be a better person for his wife and future... more>> kids is really charming. Also I love how he isn't CEO but rather a bar owner (his older bro is the CEO and he's the youngest so he's the spoiled one), its definitely a refreshing change.

MC is also running her business as she's a dentist with her own clinic. Its really refreshing to see different occupation for MC honestly lol.

This novel portrays a very realistic take on the arranged marriage trope. MC and ML are actually communicating with each other (which surprised me) and are working together to make their marriage work. It make sense, they may not love each other at the start but in the end marriage is a form of companionship and they can work towards love later on.

Really enjoyed this story! Highly recommendeed if you just want to chill with a fluffy story. Not recommended if you want a meaty plot since there's not much plot honestly lol. <<less
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Miao Meow Liz rated it
April 3, 2021
Status: c76
Probably one of the few realistic relationship novels out there. The synopsis on top is a dramatic lie (lol). The real story is better, and the ML isn't a cold, mega-rich CEO. He's a silly andd spoiled and develops into a good husband.

The MC is also really fun and calm, not crazy emotional but not cold either. The best part about this couple is that they always eventually talk about whatever is bothering them or what they need. The have fun talking to each other and support each other.

The extras... more>> are also funny. <<less
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DemiUchiha rated it
January 9, 2021
Status: c23
The MC is just so dull. I can't continue reading. It's like she's not even trying to work on their relationship. It doesn't matter that they got married quick, what matters is what happens afterwards. If this is the person you're supposed to spend the rest of your life with, why would you not put any effort into having a good healthy relationship? It makes absolutely zero sense.

3/10 would probably not recommend.
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October 11, 2020
Status: c6
I clicked on this novel cause the translator is Kitty Jiu and started reading it after seeing the novels in recommendation. It's still too early to rate this novel. But I have to say it has an interesting start.

There's not much said in these few chapters about the leads. The FL seems like a cat lover and is quite calm and really not the least bit interested in the ml. Actually, she looks like she disdains him a bit for falling for the og FL cause she has princess syndrome... more>> (not sure if she roasted her or it's real due to insufficient info). She's also a popcorn eater. She reminds me a bit of the FL from IRTBASC.

The ML looks a bit narcissistic, with a bigger than average ego and reminds me of the ML of COTVB. He looks promising. I was apprehensive cause of the summary. It looked like the summary of a wife-running-away-with-the-bun kind of novel where the ML falls for the FL and kinda forces the FL to stay with him (I'm allergic to those). But the FL here doesn't seem like one who can be forced to stay. So it's just there to make the summary seem comedic.

Anyway, read it if you just want some realistic, down to earth, non-dramatic, peaceful slice of life with romance. Literally NO drama. <<less
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February 28, 2021
Status: Completed
I love bickering couples, both ML and MC are two level headed smart people who want to try their best in their arranged marriage. They know that honesty is the best way to start their relationship hence they never tried to hide their ture feelings or their tangled past rumours. It was fun to read such mature couples falling in love with each other as their days goes by.

Their smart come backs at each other was so funny. Definitely recommended for its short sweet and fluffy and less drama. Go... more>> for it.. <<less
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Piyon rated it
November 10, 2020
Status: --
This is actually good, I wonder why it has a low rating. The writing of this novel seems different from other transmigration novel and feels more mature. There are lots of detailed nuance of what the characters were feeling during a situation which was a very novel experience for me.
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Forest_misty rated it
December 8, 2021
Status: c182
I really like the interaction between both leads, I like the fact that even at the beginning of it even though it was an arranged marriage, they communicated like an old couple 😂 and I like their journey alot. I read this in one sitting and for addicted, please update soon and thank you for translating so far
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Ivy rated it
November 14, 2021
Status: c174
It’s less then OK story.

It took me 2 an half hour to reach up to chapter 40 & up until here it’s quite boring. After 40 it’s got better but still quite bit of nonsensical explanation.
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