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Made up background, fake dog blood gangster, real “dumb white sweet.” Luo Yu x Ruan Zheng

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FrostyDragon
New FrostyDragon rated it
December 1, 2021
Status: Completed
I had to reread the story a few times. Not because the story wasn't clear when I first read it, but because it's so good.

The MC and ML are both deliciously flawed. They're not even morally grey, they're pretty bad people. I don't even know who's the worst of the two, but they are so well-written. Kind of wish this story had been longer.

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The ML does something unforgivable, but the MC is just as bad in a way.

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The smut is an integrated part of the story, something I haven't come across very often.

It's not a story for those who wants something light and fluffy. It's a dark story with dark characters, but the characters are believable and engaging. The MC isn't just tsundere, he's an a*hole, even if inside he's quite soft and simping for the ML (eventually). The ML's obsession is refreshing. The plot is very intriguing. <<less
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Seafall
Seafall rated it
October 19, 2019
Status: c15
First of all, I want to say that I started reading this because of its NSFW chapters. But afterwards, I read it because I came to love its story.

Here's a short summary:

In a certain place, two of the three most powerful underworld groups, Huan An Technology and Zhen Ting Investment, had an intense rivalry; Luo Yu is the president of the Huan An's company while Ruan Zheng is of the Zheng Ting's. In Luo Yu's perspective, Ruan Zheng seems to often exploit his plans for some unknown reasons...

Then one... more>> day, a guy named "Su Jiawen" was sold to him due to his mother's debt. Everyday, they would do papapa- and that. While they slowly became intimate, Luo Yu is also becoming suspicious of him. He was about to propose to "Su Jiawen" until one assassination revealed his true identity.

Little by little, he remembered the name Ruan Zheng.

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Although this is a short story, I must say that I am contented with it. It had a part where it is

    • Action
    • Mystery: The reason why "Su Jiawen" had to come himself to Luo Yu.
    • Angst: Ruan Zheng is such a hopeless romantic when it comes for ML. He waited three years before finally meeting him, even in an unexpected place. As a reader, even though Ruan Zheng is a kind of optimistic person, I still felt the bitterness every time he was rejected or got treated coldly by the ML.
    • Romance: You see that bitterness, these pent up feelings in the readers were guaranteed to be rewarded with the sweet ending.
Though, I said earlier that Ruan Zheng is such a hopeless romantic, I did not mean that he was willing to suffer loving him if he was rejected. No, he is actually a very levelheaded person and not a masochist.

It was done for a well pace, no chapters are wasted. Almost no plot holes, those angst earlier in the part of the story has been answered or had closure at the end of the story.

So worth it.

BTW, the summary made by the author is already the clue itself of what was going to happen in the story. <<less
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Kleep
Kleep rated it
October 20, 2019
Status: c15
I truly enjoyed reading this novel.

Due to its short length, it does not go as deep as some stories, but in a way it helps cut out extraneous details. The main character is seemingly cold and unfeeling, and our love interest is gentle and mysterious. Considering the length, their relationship is developed quite nicely. I found myself drawn in and emotionally invested.

As an added bonus, there was a healthy dose of explicit scenes, which are hard to come by in many BL C-novels due to censorship.

The only drawback was that... more>> there were a few things I would have liked to get an answer for:

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Did SJW injure/mark up himself while he was gone?

Why was a surrogate mentioned at the end??

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However, those small things were not enough to take away from the reading experience, or reduce my rating. The translation was well done, and it was a good read. Thank you! <<less
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BillionJellyfish
BillionJellyfish rated it
October 22, 2019
Status: Completed
This is such a heart-wrenching short story!

After reading and rereading the story again, I honestly feel like the MC (seme) doesn't deserve the ML (shou) at all. The ML literally spent his whole life living just for the MC's affection and love, which is pitiful (one-sided love) and toxic (as in mentally straining and stressful). Even though the ML/author might not mind it, I think the ML deserves better.

Overall, this is a fairly angsty short story with a bittersweet ending. Some may say the ending was a happy one, but... more>> I still feel sorry for the ML. The MC doesn't deserve the ML! Q_Q <<less
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emiliers
emiliers rated it
March 12, 2020
Status: c15
Oh man, against all odds, I really enjoyed this. It honestly really helps that the author doesn't exactly make it a secret that Su Jiawen is really not who he appears to be.

On the whole, I wouldn't exactly call the two main characters' relationship healthy, but the author never devolves into r*pe territory either. In fact, with the climatic reveal, the power dynamics become extremely muddled. (There's dubious consent, but probably not in the way you'd expect.) I usually prefer romantic fluff over everything else because this kind of push-and-pull... more>> complicated relationship dynamic is really difficult to get right, but the author basically nails it here. I love how she skirts the line but never actually crosses it.

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I think what I really like about this is how the power dynamics gets inverted and skewed as the narrative reveals that, yes, Su Jiawen is in fact (as everyone probably already expected at that point) Ruan Zheng, Luo Yu's enemy, and that Ruan Zheng has been lying about his identity all along. This completely flips the dynamic, because while it initially starts with the audience believing that the dubcon happens because Luo Yu essentially "buys" Su Jiawen as a bed partner, that whole thing becomes moot as it's revealed to have been purposely engineered by Ruan Zheng. The dubcon-ish moment then becomes the fact that Luo Yu was unaware of Ruan Zheng's identity when he slept with him, and probably wouldn't have slept with him otherwise. In other words: delicious, delicious identity p*rn.

It also helps that, while Ruan Zheng (albeit obliquely) has been the pursuer previously, Luo Yu, having fallen in love with "Su Jiawen", ends up pursuing him. I really loved the flipped script here. And their relationship definitely equalizes a lot with these final chapters, with Ruan Zheng standing on equal footing with Luo Yu as a crime boss, and Luo Yu coming to love Ruan Zheng just as deeply.

The only real criticism I have is that there are certain things that are never really explained, such as: "Su Jiawen"'s time with Jiang Qi. I know it's implied that Ruan Zheng did all those things to himself to generate sympathy/love from Luo Yu, but it's never really explained how he did it. The chains? The "hickeys" on his body? The (fake?) s*x he was having with Jiang Qi over the phone? In the grand scheme of things, these aren't a big deal, but they're kind of noticeable shortfalls in an otherwise well-paced and well-constructed story.

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Overall, this is one of those stories that made me want to reread it the moment I finished because it hit all my guilty pleasures. It's the perfect degree and combination of angst and fluff, and while the relationship isn't exactly healthy (and I don't think the author characterizes it that way either), it's certainly an equal one in the end, which is plenty good enough for me. <<less
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dee_ism
dee_ism rated it
May 19, 2020
Status: Completed
"NOT ANYMORE." This sentence will hit you hard 2 times in the novel.

I totally love the story. At first you will think that the novel will be your typical cliche gangster fall in love with white lotus, but YOU WILL PLEASANTLY SURPRISED!

It's wrapped beautifully despite the short length. It has a bit angst but sweet, and a bit wicked (?) lol
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katiethairu33
katiethairu33 rated it
March 19, 2020
Status: c15
Relationship dynamic switches

That about sums up the story. It is surprisingly deep for how short it is. I originally thought it was going to be like a silly gangster trope like in those mangas and anime. But this one gave me a shock. I was so shook a couple chapters in, mainly because all my prejudgments were subverted? Hahaha. They were real gangsters y'all. He literally bought the ML from a brothel. Both of them are not good people. We really can't expect healthy relationship dynamics from them and... more>> we don't get it. It was really intense to say the least. I was on the edge of my seat right till the freaking end! Oh my Lord, I loved reading it so much!! I loved watching MC going from a stone cold bastard to someone struggling with his own feelings to someone utterly smitten. And the character development during this whole journey was so delicious. OwO

Top it off with this being translated by one of my favorite translators with amazing quality and you can literally see me floating on clouding 9. The view is so great from there! Anyway, this novel is in my favorite pile~ You should give it a try. I won't ever regret recommending this! <<less
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earlgreyt
earlgreyt rated it
December 13, 2019
Status: Completed
Very entertaining short story with two very very messed up characters (͡° ͜ʖ ͡°) . Haha

MC is one of the three big conglomerates/gangs that have control over Ping City (port city). They deal in the underworld: weaponry, prostitution, drugs (mentioned, not MC's thing) etc. There's a lot of what would typically be categorized as dubcon/rape/explicit scenes in the beginning, and all the characters shown are not "good/regular people" with "good/regular people morals." MC is not someone who is a white knight and saves people from horrible outcomes, so I... more>> don't recommend this if those tags are sensitive.

ML is utterly devoted. So devoted that he's willing to completely change himself and go along with anything the MC wants just to spend a little more time with him. So devoted he's willing to self-harm, manipulate, put himself in danger just to get a reaction from the MC.

I thought the story was very entertaining, especially the twist, and I do think the power dynamic evens out quite a lot and their relationship becomes very sweet as a result.

Spoiler

In the end, ML succeeds in getting the MC to fall in love with him and not only that, succeeds in making the MC love him despite of all the things he hid, lies and manipulations.

90% of the story is the MC doing whatever he wants to the ML and the ML submitting to him. But, when the two get together at the very end, the ML has become very willful too (their positions have reversed and MC is now doing the chasing) and the ML is no longer afraid of suppressing his own desires because he's successfully won the MC's heart. Very sweet!

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izayaYY
izayaYY rated it
November 14, 2019
Status: --
A good short gangster story with plenty of smut and some minor angst. It reminded me a little bit of the yaoi series 'Finder' with Asami and Akihito ❤

The plot is fast-paced but did not feel lacking or incoherent. There are some minor inconsistencies but since we are dealing with a light-hearted novel, no need to delve too deeply into the 'why' and 'how'.

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The only thing that annoyed me was the fact that Luo Yu sold off Su JiaWen but Jiawen never showed any reaction to it, nothing, not a word. That just does not seem believable or even consistent with his character. No matter how much of a sexual M Su Jiawen is, it does not automatically translate to being an M all the time

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takame
takame rated it
November 4, 2019
Status: c15
A lot of other reviewers were saying this is angsty but IMO it's not really?

I'll say this; I'm a huge fan of dog blood drama and I do not find this story that dramatic like the rest of what I've read. There isn't any deep and frustrating misunderstanding but I see more of the sweetnees all around the couple. I love seeing them trying to stop from being affectionate from each other after the identity reveal. It's so cute. It is angsty ONLY at the middle and it didn't really... more>> stay that way.

Very lovely, an enjoyable easy-to-marathon story to read. I recommend. <<less
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Catnel
Catnel rated it
September 17, 2021
Status: Completed
A very good short story. Love the twist in the middle. The love story is aggressively sweet. Very enjoyable.
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Smtha
Smtha rated it
April 16, 2020
Status: Completed
This story is real good. Short and sweet read. The smut is good, even abit rough. ^^ Why I did not give 5 stars is because

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RZ was train as a hard boil tough next in line gang leader (and because of his sweet delicate look his father train him more harshly.) But when he with LY he become soft and delicate (can't even hold his liquor) I find it abit ooc. But maybe because he mainly uses his brain rather his brawn (and in love) makes him like that? Lol maybe I think too much.

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It's a very recommended read. Just enjoyed the mystery and fluff. Tq <<less
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numba1nobody
numba1nobody rated it
April 13, 2020
Status: Completed
Spoiler below
The story...
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I like how it started I really do...

But I feel The story became so messed up after the fake ML and the real one.I feel like the romance here is two sided and it doesn’t give that feeling of 1v1 ugh...

I’m so confused at the story someone explain it clearly because Like who is the ML the fake or the real one like during when he was at home with the MC who was it, the real or fake?

Just what the hell is happening.

Im so confusedddddddd

it was so good but just....

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Baguette_010
Baguette_010 rated it
April 5, 2020
Status: c15
I love this!!!

Although it’s a short and quick story, the flow of the story is well thought-out. The characters are lovable especially ML!! He’s so cute!

The smut is very engaging and leaves you without any details. And the angst is just my taste!
I dislike the MC at first but he grew likeable gradually.

Overall, this is definitely worth reading if you’re looking for a short smut novel with a fluffy happy ending.
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Staringatastar
Staringatastar rated it
November 6, 2019
Status: Completed
Such a good smut read with fun plot that keeps you engaged. It's pretty easy to guess early on the twist, but it is still interesting seeing how the author ends up explaining it. I didn't like the main character at first, but he grew on me as his character developed.

Overall, short, sweet, satisfyingly romantic read.
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Michelle-08
Michelle-08 rated it
May 31, 2021
Status: Completed
By far one of my favorite novel. Both the ML and MC were smart and powerful. The MC is a hopeless romantic but not the pushover type kind of thing, he's submissive but also cannot be controlled by the ML in some way (you will know when you read the story). The plot's pretty much predictable but it's still enjoyable. Smut 7.5/10, story 9/10.
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Xaviera
Xaviera rated it
December 28, 2020
Status: c15
I genuinely love this story. I'm the type to get impatient when I read love stories but this one is paced just right -- not rushed and not lacking. I don't think there's any plot hole. On the contrary, it's quite detailed. It's very steamy and wholesome at the same time. Also, plus point for the absence of unnecessary drama. The amount of angst is just right. It's perfect 👌
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Killgore
Killgore rated it
October 19, 2020
Status: Completed
This was a good read and a good plot but there are some doubts I have which has never been cleared..

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Was the bruises and implication that Ruan Zheng was f*cked by Jian Qi fake? Did he self inflict it? Or were they the marks of the actual Jiawen? Was he acting depressed?

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Oxbaris
Oxbaris rated it
July 24, 2020
Status: c15
I've been debating between 4 and 5 stars, but picked 4 because I think there are some things that are not confirmed and I wish they were. You can deduce what's more likely but confirmation would have been good.

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The Whole Jiang Qi arc! Was that to test Luo Yu's feelings? Did Su Jiawen believed Luo Yu would ever buy him back? Did he gave himself bruises and chain marks around his neck on purpose? Was his depressed mood genuine? I understand that 99% it was a test that Luo Yu failed miserably, especially since in the end Su Jiawen is not able to love Luo Yu more than the bare minimum -I mean, he did sell him for some info and money after all... Still, I would have love to know more about the plan Su Jiawen and Jiang Qi came up with.

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As many said the plot twist is... not even a plot twist, you know what's going on and that's the beauty of it.

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When Jiang Qi was like "Yeah my boss is busy being in a new relationship" I laughed so hard. It would have been better only if Su Jiawen was there too.

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I do appreciate characters that can manipulate each other, so I was very very satisfied by the story. Luo Yu falling in love slowly
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and paying the price for his stubborn price

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was a delight to read.

But let me say one thing: Jiang Qi is not paid enough to deal with all this crap. Give that man a raise! <<less
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UsuiAh
UsuiAh rated it
July 14, 2020
Status: Completed
Even without explicit smut, this was good. It starts with the big boss falling for the twink he rescued trope.
But suddenly twists kept twisting haha surprise surprise.
It’s a love story afterall.

Never give up on someone you want, pursue no matter, get a new persona, pretend, lie. God knows how hard it is to find someone who stirs your heart it drives you insane.
Gong was tsundere, became bravely devoted. Shou, who was soft, was actually hard and been pining for years. ??
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I hoped there was clarification about the body marks on Su’s body. Or was it implied that it was one of his doubles?

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clxndestinely
clxndestinely rated it
July 12, 2020
Status: Completed
Its barely any plot, but I liked how it flowed. "Not anymore, " hit really hard at the end, and, I dunno, it's one of those stories that you can't help but binge-read.
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