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A woman’s pale shoulder and back appeared in the dark. Soon, a scalding iron brand approached her skin. The iron branded her skin with ‘娼’ to indicate her stigma as a prostitute. With this stamped on her body, she was now branded as a prostitute and could no longer escape this status for the rest of her life.

Amidst the pain burning into her flesh, she remembered. The man who had ruined her family. The man who had killed her family. The man she had once loved. She would have her revenge.


EunSeo’s eyes widened in astonishment and fear.

After she had decided to accept her fate as a prostitute, she knew that she wouldn’t be able to reject anyone.

However, not this man. She would accept every other man in the world, but she could never give herself to this man.

“I…” He opened his mouth and spoke in a low, grave voice. “I bought you.”

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New Riptide1012 rated it
November 15, 2022
Status: Completed
S*x scenes: intense and hawt

Story: touching, romantic, and of course, has a tragic background to it. It's ... more>>

happy ending

, knowing this info might help you focus better if the Tragedy tag bothers you haha.

Characters: deep and emotional, as the author went into their tragic life stories and feelings. ML is crazily thirsty over FL, both romantically and sexually, which I love.

I stumbled on this story accidentally on the translator's site, mindlessly clicking the Newer Post button, looking for chapters with NSFW warning while feeling dissatisfied reading TMPW. Got hooked in by the sex, hold on this is not TMPW, went back to the beginning to get the plot, got hooked in again by the beautiful romance. What a hidden gem. <<less
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IIyich rated it
May 5, 2020
Status: epilogue
2.5 stars: Dark themes don't bother me but I despise how the author tried to redeem the male lead. I would rather this have been a tragic ending because the male lead was a f*cking idiot and their "happy" ending seemed to invalidate the suffering that occurred. I realize the author was trying to portray that revenge is a cycle that must be broken but easily could've done that with a different ending.

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EunSeo finds out that the reason her brother dies during the rebellion was really because some General Oh trapped him there when the brother was suppose to retire that day and miss the rebellion altogether. The male lead, who basically headed the rebellion, did not know her brother was going to be there and had entrusted the Oh to keep him safe. Oh also lies about EunSeo having to become a prostitute, which she ends up being anyway. Here is my opinion: what a bunch of f*cking bullsh*t. The male lead is s*upid af. You basically are the face of the rebellion but can't make guarantee the safety of one guy that was unrelated to the whole thing in the first place? He also couldn't make sure the woman whose life he just f*cked over would at least be able to escape. All because he trusted some random person to keep their word. I would have preferred for her to continue to be bitter and after killing General Oh and telling the male lead her last act of revenge was making him watch her publically get executed, to reveal that she was also pregnant with their child. That would have been better than them suddenly running away hand in hand and then bam! They have a kid in the distant future in a village they take refuge in.

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anonanemone rated it
December 10, 2020
Status: epilogue
Summary: Yoo EunSeo is a fallen woman. The beloved daughter of a distinguished family, she was sent to a brothel after the successful coup and the subsequent enthronement of a new king. Embittered by betrayal and tragedy brought on by none other than her fiancé, she vows to have her revenge. Heo SeoYoon is a man in hell. Blinded by revenge and a fierce desire to avenge his father's death, he only had his eyes on the neck of the very man who betrayed his family. By a cruel twist... more>> of fate, their paths continuously crossed, effectively weaving their lives together. Drowning in guilt and sadness, SeoYoon tries his best to right his wrongs, but is it too late?

Warning: As you can tell from the other reviews, sexual assault is a lingering theme in this novel. The novel also has very graphic deaths. The scenes are very graphic and truly uncomfortable to get through. It's just... It's very hard to get through. It will definitely be triggering. Definitely.

Review: I can't tell you how many times I had to stop reading this novel in order to take a few deep breaths. The plot slowly suffocates you with the grief and tragedy oozing out of its characters. The male lead isn't the sharpest tool in the shed. From the very beginning, I could tell that this man was drowning. Bumbling around, gasping for breath, struggling to stay afloat... but he's slowly sinking deeper into the murky waters. Everything he does is futile, like trying to hold water in your hands. As for the female lead, she's a trapped bird. Having had a taste of happiness and love only to be thrown into the confines of a brothel, she has understandably become very, very bitter. Objectively, a tragic ending would make more sense and flow better with the story. But... you can't help but want these two to find happiness. All in all, I found this novel very poetic and thought-provoking. The desire for revenge is a very human reaction to tragedy and injustice, but this novel definitely questions its effectiveness. In the end, is it worth it? Looking back on this novel, it's not a happy read. However, I think this novel and its message will definitely stay in my heart for a long, long time. <<less
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cheelchan rated it
April 17, 2020
Status: --
The person who gave a 1 seems pretty judgmental, given that only the prologue has been uploaded so far. By the way the plot was introduced by the translator, it seemed very promising and interesting. Furthermore, this was chosen after the translator gave us options to choose which novel she should translate next. If it weren’t the case, I’d change my review in the future. For now, I’m giving it a 5 bc it’s unfair to give it a 1 when it hasn’t even started yet.
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Kurobito rated it
April 29, 2020
Status: Completed
This novel is definitely not my cup of tea. Not because of the rap*. Not because of the translation. But because of how short it is that it didn't give me time to accept ML and felt like he is redeemed. If I were MC shoe. I would definitely torture him. I don't feel he is redeemed at all. The other part that I find it nonsensical is how easily she killed general oh. Like wth man. That is a general. Not some p*ssy guy. The other question in my... more>> head would be, what the jesus christ happen to the maid of MC. Died? Missing in action? Like author just make her disappear after MC ask her to look for a man.

All in all, an unlikable novel for me. <<less
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YoriMei rated it
July 8, 2020
Status: Completed
It's a pretty short story, but a very good one. If you're in to heavy tragedy and regret romance stories, this one is for you. I truly enjoyed seeing both perspectives of the ML and MC, the contrast of their happy past vs the fury tinged tragedy of their present is delicious. I really like MC, how happy and cheerful she was in the beginning and how she proactively went for her revenge, even her revenge plan is quite smart. ML has a lot of mixed opinions but honestly I... more>> like him, and his mindset made sense to me. It doesn't justify why he r*ped her and its still absolutely wrong, but I can understand at least his mindset on why he does it.

The author was fantastic in her way of writing emotional punches and the vengeful fury. That said, I do admit as great the emotional punches and writing was, the plot is a little threadbare. Although it's still very good, it barely touches on the politics and the scheming is mostly off screen. It heavily focuses on the how MC and ML's relationship, while the plot is more just a backdrop of why they're so torn apart.

Overall, it's a fantastic story and if you like tragedy romances with a happy-ish ending, this one is for you. Do heed the warnings, there is r*pe. The ending does divide people, because some feel she should never have forgiven him or completed her revenge to the end, but I was satisfied. <<less
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Sonata123 rated it
June 22, 2021
Status: Completed
It's not the stuff I usually read, I just clicked it randomly but I was interested. I think I find the first half of it really powerful, even though very bitter. It would be great with a tragic end. But then they reconciled? Just like that? I don't know, it seems to me a bit... disgusting. The guy is scum, and if the heroine is okay with staying with him... good for her, whatever, I don't care anymore. Anyway, I think it might be perfect stuff for those who enjoy... more>> such things. <<less
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adz rated it
October 16, 2020
Status: --
Never have I ever been more infuriated with a work of fiction. I was beyond disgusted with the r*pe scene, which I don’t mind the usage of r*pe for plot development as long as the trauma is being depicted correctly. The author has done a wonderful job of writing this, don’t get me wrong, but you can’t ever justify or “redeem” the ML when he’s a rapist. Let’s call him for what he was. A rapist.

Him leading the rebellion which accidentally led to her family’s death be damned, he should’ve... more>> die from just being a rapist. <<less
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Bardura rated it
April 29, 2020
Status: epilogue
The translation is amazing and the story is ok but I hated the ML and the r*pe scenes. I mean he didnt even apologise for the r*pe. I dont care what you went through dude, you were a beast and a bastard. All that humiliation, disgrace, and hatred and what MC forgives him?!! I HATE HIM TO THE CORE. The author totally white washed this guy!!

I cannot appreciate this story because it was so twisted. I mean, its not even the good kind of twisted. Its about pure love turning... more>> into a twisted love, ML satisfying his selfish desires and MC forgiving him.

For the first time in my life I wanted a tragic ending : ( <<less
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June 19, 2020
Status: Completed
Lmao I just started and the first thought that came to mind after the first chapter was "what the f*ck am I doing here, I spent the whole day looking for fluff, how did I end up here?". Oh well. Gonna continue. It's very well written and the translation is amazing. I still don't know if the author can redeem the hero bruh.

Edit: Nope. I hate the hero. Period. (I wrote a much more longer edit but It disappeared and I'm too lazy to retype).
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jenniilex3 rated it
April 25, 2020
Status: Completed
I went and bought the korean OG ver off google playbook and read the MTL version of this

I have really complicated feelings about this story...


Seoyoon sends off his younger brother to live elsewhere with his war booty so his brother could live comfortably...

Seoyoon wanted to stay with eunsoo so he didn't leave

they both survive and do get together in the end but they're outlaws on the Run...

Eunsoo's revenge was to kill General Oh who helped aided the rebellion and kill the bad Current evil Emperor and make the young prince take over the throne

But General Oh had a grudge against Eunlib because he wasn't there to guard and protect the late emperor (father of rebellion leader prince)

Eunsoo learned that General Oh manipulated the events so that he could get Eunlib involved in the rebellion seige and therefore Seoyoon and Eunlib had no choice but to fight against one another...

If general Oh died, eunsoo would surely be executed and this was her revenge against seoyoon

In the end eunsoo and seoyoon run away and they manage to escape

I think Eunsoo sort of ended up forgiving Seoyoon and they live in a super rural village with one child years later

In a way it's a happy ending but considering all the tragedy it took to get there the novel has a rather bitter remorseful ending IMO

They're together and living somewhat normally as wanted fugitive criminals and I don't know if Seoyoon ever gets to see his little brother again....

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darkcrystal rated it
April 28, 2020
Status: c5
Honestly I like it as a short story and characters are not that extraordinary op unlike unnecessary long stories with unbelievable op characters precisely to say the story and characters is very much down to reality there is no reincarnation or second chance whatever it is in current lifetime only it's merely on the main characters decision what kind of life they want in the end happy or tragedy and yes it's happy ending both FL and ML deserves it I know many rant over the fact of r*pe but... more>> read the novel first u can understand the situations unlike many novel where r*pe or tortured used as first step of love or showing off ml's pride it's not the case here from the sypnosis FL is suffered a lot but ML himself is pitiable but he truly loves FL (their 1st sight in love) to the point can do anything for her sake even before taking his revenge he planned everything for fl's family's protection but poor him don't know he falls for someone's trap n from their revenge plot of FL started. But yes both of them equally deserves happy ending. And obviously don't just fall for negative comments tried it 1st to read complete novel and judge urself plus translator really done a appreciating worth job. <<less
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July 3, 2020
Status: Completed
This story is quite heavy plot wise. The romance is very subtle in comparison to the dark themes. I find ML pitiful. Like the translator said he wasn't the brightest yet also the most realistic. I wish ML did things differently though but whatever not my story. I seriously thought the ending would be super tragic surprisingly I was wrong.
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HitchHiker rated it
May 9, 2020
Status: Completed
What I really liked about this story is that it talks about all the innocent people who get killed in the name of collateral damage. The political stories usually focus on the Kings, Princes and Generals and ignore the soldiers who know nothing about the conspiracies and get killed simply for doing their jobs.

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I don't understand people claiming that SeoYeon shouldn't be forgiven coz he killed EunLib. We already saw that's not what happened. SeoYeon did not strike EunLib until he was practically dead with multiple arrows and a spear stuck on him and one arm cut off. SeoYeon did everything he could to make sure EunLib will not be there when the rebellion takes place and when he found him there, he took off his mask and tried to calm the situation down. But there was nothing he could have done from the very beginning since General Oh had made sure EunLib will be there and placed archers with arrows on the roof to take him down.

The only thing you can blame SeoYeon for is him joining a rebellion just for his personal revenge and not caring enough to fully understand what General Oh was after, who will become the next King or what that King would do once he comes to power. He didn't care about all the other soldiers who would be killed protecting the current King or the people who would be killed just for being there at the wrong place at the wrong time.

It's a good story, but I have to say the r*pe in the beginning was totally uncalled for. I feel like the writer added it just to create interest in the story. <<less
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nouhr99 rated it
December 7, 2020
Status: epilogue
I had to give to give a 5star rating because it was a short, intense and complete (if I may say) story. At the end of the day all we can feel for the main characters is pity because life was fair and easy for none of them and we can't blame any of them not even the male lead because he was used.

r*pe is never justifiable but I still can't bring myself to hate the ML because he has suffered more than anyone else.

I felt suffocated reading through the... more>> chapters because it was so painful and pitiful but the ending was good and satisfactory. <<less
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Novelana rated it
July 10, 2020
Status: epilogue
Bravo! It was a really good read. I got a little bit emotional with some parts especially when they've talked about their true emotions.

No complaints here on my part~

Well if you say so there's one, guess I want the handmaiden to fell at ease and know Eunseo's alive.

... more>> That's all!!!

Thank you very very much translator-sama and your team! And especially author-sama!!!

A great story to be shared with a lesson to be learnt~!

Revenge can only bring heartache for those who wield it to their hearts~~~

So if you can, spread more love and less hate! Mwah! <<less
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May 22, 2020
Status: Completed
I recommend this novel for readers who don't mind a little eye-opening every once in a while.

The plot was pretty tragic. The characters were complicated in a way that could only be simple. I also didn't like how the story started out but as it progresses, you find yourself getting attached to the characters since they were built to be very humane. I love the message that it gave to the readers and I'm hoping there will be more readers that will appreciate its controversial nature.
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Binger3ader rated it
May 11, 2020
Status: prologue
I'm giving 2 stars to the plot. Not the translation. Translator-nim gets 5 stars.

I know this is a short story but it could have been executed better. There were too many plot holes and the characters were underdeveloped.

The story started off strong but went downhill halfway through. I know it was a short story but that was too rushed.

Props to the author for being able to write emotionally intense scenes during the first chapters. It's just that the consistency needs more work. And certain plot devices just did not work... more>> as well. Using the general Oh plot twist as a scapegoat was weak.

Am not even gonna talk about the main leads.

The translation was good though so it's easy to read. <<less
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May 8, 2020
Status: epilogue
Well, to be honest, many things did not sit well with me when it comes to this novel. In fact, I think the plot turned strange. It is a short novel, but it did not portray the character development well. The pacing was off and there were inconsistencies. The plot twists felt like they were more of an afterthought than something very well thought out. It had potential to be something better, but in my opinion, it felt like it reached a climax only for it to dwindle down rapidly.... more>> This is how I would desrcibe this novel. Not sure if anyone else would notice. Translation was good though, so kudos to the translator for that and also for frequent updates. <<less
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OtomeAddict rated it
May 4, 2020
Status: epilogue
One thing to describe the whole story? You will be really angry. Really angry.

Main points. It's a revenge novel. The ML is designed to be hated. Not lighthearted.

Below is my long review abt how I feel about ML, MC, and the depiction of assault + the end.

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The ML is going to be one that finishes off MC's brother. Also he ends up r*ping MC. That was awful and unforgivable. His absolutely s*upid thought process throughout most of the story made it really hard to feel bad for him. He's not super bright as he fails to consider the huge variety of ways he could've ensured all of their safety prior to the rebellion or how to protect ES and EL's wife after. He is a twisted person but you can't say he's evil. I don't hate him entirely but I don't like him at all.

The FL is actually a strong person contrary to what some people think. This is a revenge story and she resolved to survive and kept to her goal. On the other hand beneath her rage she also thought about how her brother wouldn't have wanted her to die hateful and vengeful. But she still feels anger and hate and she still proceeds with her revenge plan. I think her decision to live the way she does at the end of the story came from (a) wanting to live well for her brother who probably didn't actually die hating ML* and (b) knowledge that her brother's death was a conspiracy that would've happened anyways plus acknowledgement ML really didn't want it to happen. (He DID try to stop it when it was happening) Though I can't quite accept how she could love him as much as she once did again.
*ML saved the brothers life before. He was about to be dispatched by highly skilled bandits while unarmed but ML saved him. Before the rebels were going to kill the brother ML urged him to get away. When the rebels began to slow torment him when he refused to abandon post ML ends his suffering. Doesn't absolve ML but it makes him not the worst (?) Starting to think that the suspiciously skilled bandit thing could've been a hint that his death was probably intended by the general to occur during that event.

What I think about the assault depiction

Note. She didn't enjoy what she was going through at all, your body has a physiological response to stimulation and you can't help it. It could've been written in a more horrible way instead of using somewhat "prettier/finessed" vocabulary but I don't think it was meant to glorify the proceedings. Evertime it happened she clearly states that she hates it.

Despite not being able to feel happy for the couple, I can accept what happened. The fact that they end up together doesn't ruin the whole thing for me.


Despite my complaining it was a good story. I read it in one sitting. The translator is excellent too. I read this because I liked their previous translated novel <<less
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JLcL rated it
May 3, 2020
Status: Completed

A nice short story that made me felt the love, hatred, revenge, sorrow, a new beginning and of course a revenge that leads to nothing but regret.

They always said that a good revenge is when they see u happy and satisfied in your life that they can envy.

... more>> Don't make our life depress.

This story gave me the thought "live to your full hapiness"


(waiting for his/her another new translating story hehehe more smut 143)

Lovelots for the AUTHOR, reader JL thanking the author for this wonderful short novel that u created *mwuah* <<less
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