Rivals in Love


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Wildly popular young heartthrob Xiang Ke finally met his match after over twenty years.

Cheng Zhengyan was taller than him, a better actor than him, and even the actress that Xiang Ke liked had a crush on him.

The relationship between the two was so tense that their fans would immediately start fights upon seeing each other.

Then one day, Xiang Ke was cast in a literary film.

About a gay couple.

There were kissing scenes……there were bedroom scenes.

The other male lead……was Cheng Zhengyan.


Xiang Ke: My crush likes milk candy! I’ll buy it for her~

Xiang Ke: My crush likes suave and mature little wolfdogs? I’ll shave my legs and put on lotion to impress her!

Cheng Zhengyan [during a kissing scene]: Why do you taste like milk candy?

Cheng Zhengyan [during a ?? scene]: Did you shave all your leg hairs off……to seduce me?

Cheng Zhengyan [guessing]: Are you secretly in love with me?

Xiang Ke: *angry crying*

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Love Rivals
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Immersed in the Act (1)
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04/20/22 Goblinslate c34
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New resepnin rated it
January 31, 2024
Status: complered
If you are looking for short fluffy light hearted story, this is for you!

Handsome famous actor ML x Pure & naive (from being pampered) child actor MC. For me, MC isn't annoying. I just want to take him home

Cute and super sweet story. Just read it with empty head.

There is only 12+2 chapters. (The latest chapter that is c34 is wrong.) I think the length of the story is perfect for that. If they were longer, I might just skipped to read the end when they fell in love.)
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rhianirory rated it
September 6, 2020
Status: Completed
those who like naive and child-like MC and care-taker/babysitter ML will probably love it. If nothing else its a quick read and can serve as a palette cleanser or hours' mental break in between longer stories (I'm off to read Hell App after this).

the MC here reminds me a little of Honey Sempai from OHHC for some reason, but he doesn't have the same redeeming qualities and isn't nearly as manly as Honey. I felt a bit sorry for the ML, but he did chose that path himself so feeling... more>> sorry only went so far. I think if this had been much longer I would have dropped it, 14c is about my limit when it comes to this kind of MC. <<less
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twobada rated it
December 28, 2020
Status: --
Short, cute, funny, and sweet mindless fluff.

The comedy is from MC's cluelessness (because supposedly he's been babied and coddled since young). If you don't think too much about it, you'll find MC cute and the people around him, pitifully funny.

I rated it 4 because it's good for mindless dog food intake.

Note: Aside from chapter 1, the chapters are MTL-ed. It's not so atrocious but for those who are picky with translations, you have been warned.
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Devrai rated it
November 2, 2021
Status: extra 2
Is it a sin to give this a 5 🌟 rating just because I'm lying on my sofa grinning like the Grinch and wish to have another 20 to 50 chapter of this?

Yes, this novel has no profound depth, the MC is childish and all the people have some brain holes... but it is soooooooooo sweet!

The best is the ex-girlfriend group!

MC is a child star but was pampered and shielded to the extreme so he is a 25 year old with the naivety of a 10 years old. An innocent... more>> youth. He is munching all day long on snacks, his manager makes his life cozy as possible and he likes to drink milk. Everyone around indulge him, pets his head a lot and takes care of him even if they just met. Imagine like he has a spell going on or like small animals that everyone loves. Even his ex-girlfriends banded together and are like a mother group keeping checks with him and giving (love) tips. Just hilarious.

ML is the cold germaphobe type but soon falls under the onslaught of milk candy and big sparkling eyes and before you know it he starts to pamper MC while falling in love.

Usually I don't like reading short novels cause the story seems rushed. I tend to read them only in between when I need to decompress from high intensity novels or boring ones. But this small piece of novel was just perfect. It wasn't overly rushed and gave me a sense of completeness.

I highly recommend this novel if you look for fluff and sweetness (without too much realism). 🌟 🌟 🌟 🌟 🌟 <<less
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natsuluv rated it
September 12, 2021
Status: c1
I loved this story. My head was empty and in bliss with the fluff and the hilarity of everyone suffering because of MC.

that said the author had an interesting moment where they talked about how liking someone is you putting yourself first and loving someone is putting them first.
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sansans rated it
August 15, 2021
Status: Completed
this is my first time writing a review on this site. I generally like keeping my comments to myself and just continue with another story but for some reasons this time I keep itching to say sth regarding this shortnovel.

firstly, anyone who likes short, lighthearted story with nothing to think about and put their minds to rest, I absolutely recommend this! (sometimes I'm so tired with complex stuffs in reality and in fiction, I purposely search for stories like this to have a relaxing reading time).

that said, few... more>> things I wanna address here, I personally doNOT find any problems with MC being 'baby'. I cannot comprehend what's wrong with MC acting cute. From my understanding Xiang Ke was a child actor so its natural everyone around him took care of him which remained till he became an adult. However, what left me unsatisfied is, I wish the author explored a bit more on why he was so dotted on Also I would have liked if the president of MC's company was keke's relative. And Another thing I must mention is when his behavior started inconveniencing? People around him I wish there was some sort of reprimanding him/making him a bit more professional esp. In movie set. He can act cute outside but in official setting I wish keke acted a bit more like a 25 yo actor.

I understand that it's a short, not to be thought seriously story, but I think with little adjustments here and there it would have deserved 4stars.

the one thing I liked most it how there was no unnecessary angst. I like that in that sense the very 'child-like' MC acted like an adult and immediately acted on his feelings instead of continue being 'childish'/ignorant about it (maybe cus its a short story idk) sometimes, even realistic dramas added to plots make me so :/ cus I know those things exist, I know they are troublesome but always having real life incidents even in fiction makes my brain hurt especially in light novels like this. so overall the story is 3.5 stars from me.

again, it is a good read to everyone who doesn't mind simple plots, and reading with two brain cells. <<less
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amruta rated it
June 13, 2021
Status: Completed
4 stars 🌟. Cl**ked 3 by mistake.

Cute MC treated like a baby by everyone, including his ex girlfriends. So of course, he IS a baby. Spoiled and naive.
ML is cold, handsome, etc.

A great read if you wanna relaxxxxxx
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earlgreyt rated it
December 26, 2020
Status: Completed
Cute and fluffy entertainment circle novel.

MC is a very pure, very spoiled, clueless, somewhat childish character. Very very very innocent (but at least very straightforward), so there's no excessive gay panic or virg*nal child scene.

ML is very very stereotypical ML; tall, cold, abstinent, germaphobe, top/best actor, award winner.

... more>> Humor is based on how innocent and childish the MC is despite being 25 (all his ex-girlfriends treat him like a baby, his agent does as well, and he doesn't know what a french kiss is, etc.)

My favorite line and scene has got to be the the street reporter who was interviewing people about the difference between "like" and "love." The last answer as well as the reflection in the following scene with the ML... fantastic setup.

Other than that, the rest was extremely predictable, but not a bad read.

Translation is okay; edited MTL that was mostly grammatically correct. Difficult to understand in the beginning, I almost read the raws (which I'm still considering because the author might have had very good writing.) <<less
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nctzen rated it
December 25, 2020
Status: Completed
A very cute and short story. If you are tired and are not in the mood to read dog-blood novels then take a break and read this really cute and sweet story. The MC is pretty much a child considering how he and everyone around him act. The story is nothing new but still a good read
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dday0425 rated it
September 29, 2021
Status: Completed
The MC is really very very cute! Baby-like cute! I want to squeeze his cheek and rub his head. Gosh, he is so cute!!!

This novel is very light-hearted. As someone who has a friend working in the entertainment industry since young, I have a soft spot for child actors who can still protect themselve from dirtiness of that society. 🥲 Even though it's just a novel and everyone in MC's circle seems like a good person. The ML is very nice too, he's like someone who is tailored made for... more>> the MC. Very caring! I like him a lot too! <<less
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Xiu_er rated it
May 10, 2021
Status: Completed
It's a cute story, but not really up my alley. That's mainly because I don't dig the dense, silly and naive Gary Stu shou type of MC. Boy has the mental capacity of a ten-year-old and is being treated by everyone as such, including the ML. This leads me to the question whether the ML is just a pe. do with a legal target or not. He seems to be raising/grooming a child that he likes to screw. At least he is gentle, cold to others but gentle to his... more>> love interest.

But I still can't get over the creepiness of it all...

Others who don't think too deeply might appreciate the fluff. So if you are into cute and naive shou vs. doting and fatherly gong, then go ahead and read. <<less
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HiddenHermit rated it
March 27, 2023
Status: Completed
Super sweet novel soaked in sugar and syrup. Even though the plot is based within the entertainment industry, there isn't the normal tr*sh and rivalry common to these novels.

Xiang Ke grew up as a child actor but is a pure soul and is protected on all sides (even by his ex-girlfriends... they even have a group chat. Hahaha!). Cheng Zhengyan is mature and a "walking hormone."

... more>>

Cheng Zhengyan falls in love first.


I read it on site Z's MTL, meaning translation was subpar even though translator has good intentions but it was still an enjoyable read. <<less
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LH_12 rated it
February 4, 2023
Status: Completed
Tags don't lie; it really is a cute story. There is no angst; the relationship is healthy. It's short, but the length of the story is perfect. The relationship doesn't seem too rushed, nor do things drag out. Both MC and ML are loveable, especially MC. He is a little bit naive and really cute. I loved that, for once, female side characters were not portrayed as vicious villains but as loving and supportive people. It's a light read to kill time, and it's really enjoyable.
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caicaicat rated it
January 25, 2023
Status: extra 2
Quite enjoyable.

The characters aren't the most unique but I feel like it worked just fine for a super short story to have caricatures for characters.

It's kinda like a sketching of a romance. And it's a super short read, practically flash fiction. I read it on my train ride to work, took a short nap halfway through, and still finished before I arrived.

ALSO, idk what that chap 34 is. I don't think it belongs here.
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January 12, 2023
Status: Completed
Cute. Good for quick and mindless read.

Although it's a little bit too short for me. Somehow, it feels like it's a little bit lacking in sort of ways.
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Old_Cat rated it
September 14, 2022
Status: Completed
So cute. This story is so fluffy and everything was just so cute. MC being naive isn't frustrating as well. You'll just feel a little helpless, but you'll also feel an urge to dote and pamper him like other characters bcs of it. He's just a baby omg. I wanna see him in an onesie though. Like that would be really cute.

The ending though. So silly XD. I feel for ML lol. He's just so cute, no one can even dare to get angry at him.
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Mal12345 rated it
August 28, 2022
Status: Completed
This book was soo cuteee omggg. The fluff!!!. Kinda expected some smut cuz of the movie they were filming but regardless it was a good read. I really enjoyed myself.
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yukicchi rated it
November 19, 2021
Status: Completed
It's unexpectedly cute although predictable it's still sweet. Considering it's a short story, it won't take much of your time if you're up for fluff. I'm not sure what to react about the MC's childishness cause sometimes I felt that it's a bit too much but his straightforwardness is a good point for his character tbh. It's actually a world with less worries, like it shows the most positive side of the world which felt so unreal but since it's fiction it's understandable. The chemistry between leads was there. It's... more>> a story full of pampering haha <<less
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citrus_sunsun rated it
October 19, 2021
Status: Completed
MC IS SO CUTE AND SO INNOCENT!! Lmao he wanted to hide his relationship with ML, but he cant keep his mouth shut and he keeps talking about ML all the time 🤣 When it was exposed that they were in a relationship, everyone was like "oh they're in a relationship? Ok, so what are we having for dinner?" they were so unsurprised 🤣

Overall, this is a good read when you want to take a break from all the dog blood and drama.
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September 30, 2021
Status: Completed
Lol. This story is so fluffy and without angst. A good and short read for someone who just wants a quick nice story. It will make you smile especially how silly the MC is. Don't expect character development or deep thinking. Just read it to sweeten your world. :) Summary

2 supposedly straight actors who acted in a gay film but felt in love instead.

ML fell for the innocence and sweetness of MC, MC fell for ML because he is kind? Not much explained on that part.

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kaytiti rated it
July 15, 2021
Status: Completed
It's cute and light. Enjoyed. Made me wanna try a milk candy kiss 🍬

If considering that such degree of child-like naivety and innocence as Xiang Ke could exist, sure recommended.
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