Regarding the Duke with Gynophobia and the Eccentric Lady Scholar


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Elsa, who taught historiography at the university, was Duke Lombardini’s 28 year old daughter. She had missed her chance to get married but she was pursuing what she liked and living enjoyably. However, there was a weird, charming intruder. He was her friend, Duke Inglacia, Luca also 28, proposed that they pretend to be sweethearts. Although Elsa undertook the role of sweethearts because he promised to aid with her research funds, Luca was more useless than she’d thought……

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New Blukookie rated it
February 10, 2020
Status: c40
It's a pretty simple story but it's quite lovely in that sense. Very fluffy, straight forward and sweet. Like, you'd read this after a tragedy/angsty novel to cleanse your palate. It's short and sweet.
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LadyBlue rated it
June 30, 2017
Status: --
Elza, a duke's daughter, is single at 28 because she prefers to spend her time working and researching at the university. Her childhood friend Luca (also 28) is the most eligible bachelor in the country; unfortunately, he's gynophobic and is tired of being ardently pursued by women. So one day he asks Elza to be his pretend lover

There are only a few chapters out, but I honestly feel that it will be a sweet story. MC is smart and level-headed. I love how instead of immediately agreeing to the ML's... more>> request, she asks what she would get in return. The ML promises to fund her research. The ML is really sweet. In fact, he says quite a few times, that he wouldn't mind marrying Elza. Unfortunately, our MC doesn't take him seriously when he says stuff like that, so she kinda just ignores him when he says stuff like that. This novel does suffer from some of the cliches and troupes of J-romance novels but I ignored them since I'm sick of arrogant, rapey males leads. I would rate it 3.5 stars.

So in conclusion, I really like this story and will be looking forward to the updates ^_^. <<less
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Fig pluckers son rated it
October 18, 2017
Status: c15
Only one reason to read this, and that is the cute interactions between the two lead characters, otherwise stories like these are a dime a dozen, though this one is definitely less rapey than some of the Chinese ones you can find. The characters besides the two leads are forgettable, the main female MC has three sisters but she might as well have one, because they all have the same reaction to every situation. The way they present the main female MC is a little random to, she comes from... more>> a cultured family, but always presents herself as uncultured, and always needing help in that category, (they really ram that home) She has family married to royalty, but she pretends to be the male MC's girlfriend for money, she debates and interacts with men all the time, but she plays the damsel in distress when the male MC is around, anyway the amount I ranted shows how much I liked it, but like I said these series are one-shot wonders. <<less
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WinByDying rated it
September 1, 2018
Status: c22
I didn't like the conversations, they felt stiff. Add to that the author plugging in some morals through Elsa, making her, her fiancé and some other characters complete goody two-shoes. Their whole environment behaved so... involved, accommodating to the main characters, unrealistically so. Overall, it gives a very unnatural feeling

Because of this, I don't feel like the relationship is developed all that well. There were no witty conversations, the first dates weren't interesting, there were no moments where I was melting away. The bonding moments where they help each other... more>> or whatever didn't do it for me either.

Lastly, I think the author botched the wonderful little tropes he started the novel off with. The transition into a couple was too easy; a little more resistance from her detached, scholarly side would've been interesting. What gynophobia? It didn't even play that large of a role, it could've just as well been a normal male noble trying to escape an arranged marriage or something.

In short, this novel isn't that well written or thought out. I'm not feeling the fluff. It's... meh. Painfully average. It's not that difficult to find better fluff, whether it's in JP or CN. Yes, CN has fluff without bothersome male leads, something some other reviewers can't imagine. <<less
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aoiclover rated it
May 22, 2018
Status: Completed
I love this one...

it is a somewhat simple with moderate pace story.

I really like how the author keeps the story going after they married, and the MC give birth XD
overall I recommend this to those who like a simple heartwarming romance~
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Ecirteab rated it
June 12, 2018
Status: Completed
A very sweet and natural love story about two people who have always been together but took a little while longer to finally realise they love each other. The flow is rather slice of life like and there's good communication between the couple, the story extends into their married life and is overall a light and fluffy read with likeable characters.
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davaling rated it
August 20, 2019
Status: c40
Cute fluffy characters and romance. No headache inducing drama at all which is wonderful~~~ Just good relationship development between our two main characters and one that makes you want to throw up sugar 😊
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Dizzcity rated it
August 18, 2017
Status: c12
This is a warm and quiet slow-paced romance between school friends turned adult partners. It starts off as a partnership of mutual interest between a cool-hearted lady scholar who needs funds and a rich young lord who's scared of all women except her. But slowly, through mutual support and understanding, what begins as a fake romance turns real. If you like slice-of-life, character-based romances within a network of family and friend relationships, then this story is for you. Translation quality is very good, and although the translation speed is not... more>> as fast as others, it has been pretty consistent so far. Looking forward to see how this story develops! <<less
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