Strong Offense and Defense


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This is actually the story of a teenager who, after the devastating and spartan-like training of his crazy cool/Gong teammate, turned into a super amazing point guard that could blow up the skies even though he may seem low-key on the surface.

Also, Nie Chuan is Reese’s first love.

Nie Chuan: I’ve decided to promote you to becoming my best friend!

Reese: If I can be your best friend, it just means that you have no friends.

Nie Chuan: Hey! How could you say that! Do you know what it means to be my best friend?!

Reese: I’m sleeping.

Nie Chuan: It means that when I get married, my bride may not necessarily be her, but my groomsman must be…

Reese: The groom must be me.

Nie Chuan: What– you want to snatch my bride away?! You’re too inhumane!

Reese: Sleep.

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New Changingchangie rated it
August 2, 2020
Status: c43 part2
This is currently one of my favorite BL slow burn romance-comedy/sports novel. It does not start off with anything dark but it gives you the feeling of warmth and just pure happiness while reading. The way how slow and idiotic Nie Chuan in realizing Reece Reddington's feelings are just funny.

All in all. I would wait for this to be finished since this is a good novel.
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YoriMei rated it
March 18, 2020
Status: c34 part1
MTL 'd the entire thing after I got hooked and I don't regret it. It's a fantastic basketball story and the MC was my personal favorite because he's adorable. ML and MC's interactions were hilarious and I loved how they had both the comedic and serious moments. This story really is prominent on basketball but watching the boys strive towards the championship was refreshing to see.

the annoyances are there but minor. Sometimes there's a break in immersion due to the setting, it's a Chinese story but set in USA so... more>> the usage of Chinese slang for American characters makes you pause. It's reading a white guy say "give us face vs don't step on our pride"/"lights candle in my heart" instead of "press F in the chat boys" kinda thing. Also Reece basically is the guide for MC in basketball which makes sense, but sometimes I disliked the way even the coach have nothing to say in regards to MC. The way they gave the responsibility of guidance all to ML makes him seem all knowing.

overall it's a great story, one that gets 5 stars even through MTL and I can't wait for the translation. I highly suggest giving this a shot even if you don't like basketball. MC's cute, ML's teasing is hilarious and they're cute together. I will say ML is pretty forceful and a bit of a bully towards MC (in a childish "pulling pigtails of the person you like way), since we understand that it's because ML is absolutely gone on MC, it veers towards "cute" but for some can be a bit dubious for some so take heed. <<less
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tired rated it
July 12, 2019
Status: Completed
I mtl because I couldn't wait lol. It's pretty easy to mtl.

Over all super fluffy with some hot make out session but no actual smut. MC is adorable. ML is doting but ... more>>

somewhere around chapter 95 (I don't remember it might be before) he does force MC into smut

otherwise he's okay.

Plot was kinda stereotypical lol. MC finds opponent and continually grows basically no obstacles that he can't overcome in the next 3 chapters. Everything is at a fast pace cuz it is basketball.

Supporting characters were neh. They appear and do stay but not really much care on them except for MC's Chinese roommate. That dude is a good bro.

I guess this is more of an easy read if you're in the mood sorta thing. <<less
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Delorra rated it
August 24, 2019
Status: Completed
MTL this one years back. It was already good that way. But the translation really brings out the comedy!!! Totally recommended, even for non-basketball fan! Most of the lingo went over my head but I still enjoy the book very much!
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Birdy rated it
April 23, 2020
Status: c36 part1
I was really hesitant to read this since I'm not fond of basketball and I don't know whether I would be able to incite interest while reading BUT WAIT!? I already bought basketball ball and reserved court downstairs to play! That aside, I really like it that I'm willing to camp for updates kekeke So if you're like me, I'm tempting you to click chapter one and get hooked! I'll eat my keyboard live if you don't like it.
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Front Row Raisins rated it
December 20, 2019
Status: Completed
Super duper cute!!! My little rotten boy heart was very full after finishing this! Minimal angst (except for a few chapters around the 90s) and lots of fluff. However, be warned, this is very strongly a book about basketball. If you can’t get into that, this book will probably bore you pretty quickly. But don’t worry! A lot of the character progression happens while the characters are playing, and I find that it’s always more interesting than just a recap of the playing. As for the basketball action itself, I... more>> think it is written very well, and had me very engaged and on the edge of my seat as I read. The action was fluid and gripping, which surprised me, as I figured that I would probably skip some of the basketball scenes. Nope! I was hanging on to every word!

The characters... they were pretty good overall. I especially liked how the character’s growth wasn’t limited to just the MC and ML, but also their teammates, and even their opponents! Still, I think the universe did revolve around our two boys a little much (at least it brought about some very cute and romantic scenes). The side characters definitely felt more like afterthoughts sometimes, or were just there to advance the plot. The MC is a little bit s*upid, but in his cute, weird little way. He was like a little innocent lamb the whole way through and I felt a strong urge to pinch his cheeks quite often. The ML was very domineering, not usually my favorite type of gong, but it is extremely obvious how much he cares for our family’s MC, and he does some extremely good sweet talking, so I can’t complain much about him. The one thing I will say, is that he goes a little dub-con at one point, and then it’s not really addressed... That’s definitely my biggest complaint. Luckily, it’s only really an issue once. If you move past that, he really is a super caring, super supportive, super doting gong who would never hurt his little shou (unless of course it was from over exertion during bed activities).

On the topic of bed activities, if you’re looking for something spicy, maybe look somewhere else. It does very obviously state that they engage in physical activity, but nothing really gets shown except for some passionate kissing. I do think that it is made up for in sugary scenes, though (a single dog loves his dog food). T-T

At the end of the day, it was no masterpiece, but I had a lot of fun reading it, and was pleasantly surprised at how much I enjoyed it in the end. Plenty of fluff to fuel me, and some great basketball action. What else could I ask for in a good casual read? Definitely will read the translation when it’s finished. Definitely will recommend. Definitely will read again. <<less
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CandyApples rated it
April 21, 2020
Status: --
I'm a sucker for the sports genre, so it was cool to see a BL with a bit of a sports focus. There is one thing that annoyed me though, and idk if it was just the MTL but ... more>>

I had faith in our adorable MC and ML to have a healthy, consensual relationship, but the ML does not obtain consent before their first time. Honestly triggering bc he should have waited for the MC to be ready. Since this is such a modern novel, I think it should have been different. Even if you are in a relationship, you still need clear verbal consent. It would have suited the novel more (and been a lot cuter and a lot less rapey) if the ML stopped when the MC said no, and made the MC ask for it instead. I'm actually tempted to write fanfiction where that happens ngl.


Asides from that, it was definitely worth the read. <<less
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