The Bird and the Golden Cage

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Mr. Yan kept an obedient little thing around. At first it was just for fun, but now he doesn’t want to let the other go.

Gentle CEO gong X Soft cute shou

An ordinary sugar daddy-baby into true love relationship.

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Chim Tước Cùng Lồng Vàng
雀鸟与金笼
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Review
37 Reviews


earlgreyt
earlgreyt
Dec 16, 2020
Status: Completed
Overall fluffy, smutty and cute. However, there was a strange undertone to the story that was almost satirical and kind of dark.

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Especially the suicidal side couple that acted as foil to the main couple. The only good advice the MC gave ("Maybe you should let him go, " I'm guessing was how that sentence would have ended) was utterly flat-out rejected by the wealthy side character in power. He would rather this partner die with him than find relief or escape.

Coincidentally, the MC proceeds to almost turn into an equally crazed psychotic yandere, several times, equally unwilling to let the ML go, equally the wealthy one with all the power...

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And then there was the art show of the ML, showing his body contorted in super painful and awful ways. While it was under the context of "fine art" and also provided a great reason for the ML to be concerned with his body image, I can't help but think why the emotions expressed in the statues were all about pain and bending out of shape.

Coincidentally, those physical contortions exactly matched how the ML would psychologically contort, hiding and changing his wants/needs to do anything for the MC just to remain his partner.

There's also that bit of irony that all the money the MC gave the ML provided both for the rival artist AND this semi-masochistic art show.

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And then there's the title of the story, the bird in the golden cage. The meaning of the phrase is to live in the lap of luxury without true freedom...

Of course the ML was very willing in this story, but there were a ton of flashbacks of how the MC spoiled the ML with his wealth, such as frequently fly him to different countries to experience art, etc. like spoiling a bird with gems and jewels so it will not remember its freedom.

Did the ML truly have any choice in this relationship? We shall never know.

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I did like how cute and progressive MC's fam was (and how realistic MC's friends were). Great healing for my soul. <<less
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nctzen
nctzen
Nov 26, 2020
Status: Completed
A short journey that has everything a 100 chapter novel do but with no terrible rushing going on. The story flows nicely and the love and affection between the main couple is just so highlighted. The little chapters only allows the spotlight for the main characters but I felt like this is still right and the whole story is perfect as it is. If this has been a 100 chapters novel then it will not feel as sweet as it is.

Overall, recommended to be read and the translation is also... more>> great. <<less
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judeiiro
judeiiro
Dec 24, 2020
Status: Completed
Have you ever felt a craving for something sweet and spicy but never found one quite right? Well, fellow rotten child, you've come to the right novel!

This is honestly a great novel. Short and sweet. The storyline and pacing is just right, neither rushed nor lagging. The characters are logical and misunderstandings are minor. The writing and translation are simply exquisite! This will probably be my favourite for a long, long, long time.

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The story of MC and ML traces back to unwritten 4 years of past. From just 26 chapters, we can see how they've grown and developed into the pair we read of now! I loved that they both knew that their relationship wasn't the healthiest (especially MC, who has witnessed the ongoing aftermath of an unhealthy relationship thanks to his unfortunate close friends) and broke up, albeit through miscommunication and misunderstanding.

While they only officially got together in the last 3 chapters, the earlier portion of the novel and the extras aren't lacking in super sweet and spicy dog food. The smut was pretty great. The s*x isn't extreme and the teasing between MC and ML are just (chef kiss) lord help me im depraved

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Definitely recommend reading this! <<less
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mikumiku_100
mikumiku_100
Jan 18, 2021
Status: Completed
It was cute and a little bittersweet *sniffs*. At first, I was afraid it would turn too dog-blooded (as the circumstances have the potential to turn that way) and my heart wouldn't be able to take it but phew thankfully they know how to talk hahaha. Communication is really necessary *nods in contemplation*. Anyways, thanks author and translators for this lovely story. Also the amount of smut is satisfying~ *mlem mlem*.
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Chiaroscuro
Chiaroscuro
Nov 14, 2020
Status: Completed
Simple, but fluffy and heartwarming. Kind of dog blooded but not overly so. Misunderstanding only from MC's side.

MC was a virg*n and ML was his first man. Both MC and ML didn't sleep around while in contract.

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MC misunderstood idol worship as love and gradually fall for ML. But ML was too excellent and he's a sugar baby

After they broke up their sugar contract due to misunderstanding, they got back together as lovers.

MC was a model for his "boyfriend" and the "boyfriend" is just casual working relationship with MC thinking they're dating

iirc the boyfriend treated him rough as a model and caused MC to have nightmares (he's a sensitive soul)

Not sure since MTL but MC is the naked model and "boyfriend" is rough with how he handled MC. MC didn't want marks because he's Boyfriend model. I think the boyfriend situation is more of MC's "delusion" to his idol.

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Michelle-08
Michelle-08
Sep 26, 2021
Status: Completed
Short sweet story with a bit of misunderstanding. The irony is that, because of that misunderstanding they were able to clear things up.😅

ML is a doting CEO while the MC is a very obedient and sweet sugar baby. While they are in contract, both didn't sleep around with other people, which I like. The ex boyfriend is a total jerk!!!🤬

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who after using the shou to earn money for his schooling was throwing nasty words and even physically and verbally abusing him 😠🤬😤. He's both ugly in and out and doesn't deserve the shou's sacrifice and love! And not to mention giving the poor thing nightmares!ugh

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There's fluff, smut and a satisfying ending, I am just upset that the ex didn't get his retribution! Oh well, as long as my sweet shou ended with the one he loves and dotes on him, then I'm good. <<less
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Icycle
Icycle
Dec 23, 2020
Status: Completed
I don't see how this story was fluffy. I thought it was full of messed up characters and glossed over serious deficiencies, particularly in how the main CP has interacted.
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I just feel sorry for the shou; I don't care for him

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To each their own though; plenty of readers thoroughly enjoy this story.
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Blubeagle
Blubeagle
Sep 23, 2021
Status: c1
I loved this.

The only issue I had was the uncertainty of the relationship between the sugar baby and his ex. It seemed as if he had been horribly abused by his ex, but the answers to that question never came. Were we automatically expected to infer that, and that he had moved on? I was so confused by that bit.

Other than that, I loved this.
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secondthots
secondthots
Dec 12, 2020
Status: --
Frankly speaking, I came for the smut & was not disappointed.

Short, simple read. Your typical "misunderstanding as a conflict" meets "falling in love with my contracted lover". It's not bad, not great. But considering I didn't read for plot, I'm satisfied at what was delivered.
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Karamel Makkiato
Karamel Makk
Mar 03, 2024
Status: c20
Didn't finish. Read the reviews and thought it would be somewhat nice and interesting.... or at least some actual angst to eat grab some popcorn at some point but the boringness is steady....

Guess I expected too much
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Winterrz
Winterrz
Jan 11, 2022
Status: c10
I have nothing against kept people, evidenced by the fact that I was willing to read this in the first place.

There's really not much wrong with this novel TBH; I'm just not a fan of love triangles with the MC and/ or ML being the ones interested in other people. That's just a recipe for tons of unending overused dog drama that's really just going to waste your time coz at the end of the day it's just going to end with no logic at all

However I don't have an... more>> issue with this novel at all. This is what the author wanted to write so... Yeah. <<less
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SMOOCH POTATO
SMOOCH POTAT
Sep 03, 2021
Status: Completed
Sweet spicy and fluff but not my cup of tea

the misunderstanding and lack of communication (in the beginning) frustrates me but they managed to connect the loose ends so it was okay.

the characters... well for me the MC (sugar baby) is a bit bland. The ML (sugar daddy) is okay. Both are frustrating with their lack of communication and glossing everything over with spicy s*x but it worked out in the end.

I think the side characters are unnecessary. Nothing much is involved aside from the both of them. The... more>> whole story about the "ex" is not explained very well so I felt like I get it but it's still lacking at the same time.

I just felt that the story could be so much more. Lots of potential.

The translators did a very good job! <<less
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Cocole
Cocole
Jul 29, 2021
Status: Completed
Enjoyed the fluff and sweetness. Translation was great too. ❤️👏🙏
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msbwhy
msbwhy
Jul 22, 2021
Status: Completed
I LIIIIIIVE for the smut, the agegap, and the fluffiness. HOWEVER, I noticed some things that kinda irk me a liiiiiittle bit.

1. I think the time setting for their relationship, which is 3 years, is too long. Plus there are some inconsistencies with it, like sometimes the author put "almost 3 years", or "almost 2 years", and "half a year[...] half a year (means it's a year) ". They've spent more than a year hooking up yet sometimes they act like they just got together for a few months, with... more>> SJX seems not used to YZ's teasing even after all those years being together.

2. The side characters are kinda.... unnecessary. Idk why but I literally just skim that one chapter explaining about YZ and his two friends.

3. I think the main problem with the ex isn't clearly explained in the story?? Like when I read it, I wait for a little drama with the ex and why SJX dreaming like he was being abused by his ex... but there's none. I know this is a short story but still... the smut and cuteness are making up for the holes.

Anywaaaaaay I suggest to give it a try! A quick read with no heavy conflict 👍 <<less
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bunnydesuuu
bunnydesuuu
Jul 06, 2021
Status: Completed
4.5/5

A short and sweet novel built upon a small misunderstanding. Lots of mild smu smu and mild angst. A kinda refreshing novel that breaks away from over-dramatic misunderstandings. MC is essentially a sugar baby while ML is the one "sponsoring" him for his art education. MC uses the money on his 'boyfriend' overseas to support that boyfriend's art career. They barely have any contact. Obviously, MC and ML, through their sugar baby contract, have lots of interaction over the years and eventually fell somewhat in love. That's essentially the whole... more>> premise and what the story is built on. Sweet happy ending! <<less
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Reyleisha
Reyleisha
Mar 06, 2021
Status: Completed
Rating: 5/5- A good mix of all romance elements in a short story. Likeable characters in a sweet and simple romance. Really nice ML.

I really enjoyed this and liked that the characters were well rounded and respectful. Very mild angst and relatively good communication. For a short story there aren't too many flaws although I would have loved to read about the friend and his mentally unstable lover. Their story seemed very interesting.

There's a really good review left by earlgreyt that touches on the potential satire and darkness the story... more>> is built on. As much as this work of fiction was good for me at face value, the points that earlgreyt mention are very valid and quite easy to see. I think it's important to keep it in mind if you want to look a bit more into this story.

Otherwise I still think to give this a try. It's quite nice at face value with a decent enjoy ability factor. <<less
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ylial
ylial
Jan 11, 2021
Status: c27
Super sweet with a touch of smut in a few chapters. This one is good. Has depth. At first I'm uncomfortable from fluff and s*x since I usually read plot focused only or smut focused only BL. But eventually, it became good when it shifted to tackle the complexity of relationships

It started as ML buying the service of MC to relieve his s*xual urges once in a while. But eventually fell in love with the obedient, considerate and lustful MC. The ML has morals and a good person. Probably,... more>> I'm uncomfortable to the feeling of being caged (not literally, more on MC is at mercy of ML). Got trauma since I've read okane ganai when I'm still new to BL 😅 <<less
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Melange
Melange
Dec 29, 2020
Status: Completed
Aww this was surprisingly cute and heartwarming. The gong's feminist family ruled by iron ladies is great too. Get 'em girls. 💪
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JieJieJora
JieJieJora
Nov 28, 2023
Status: Completed
This is the normal misunderstanding-than-turn-to-lover trope, which I love very much!!! Though short, but not too rush. 4.7/5 🌟
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CoCiaLia
CoCiaLia
Feb 11, 2023
Status: Completed
I feel like I am the only one thinking this, but isn't this kinda messed up.

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The shou had a boyfriend and was having s*x with the gong to pay for the boyfriend's something, but the boyfriend didn't know about it. Then there was something about the boyfriend being abusive which I don't remember how. Then the feminist gong being compared to his playboy friend.

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I just have been thinking about this too much. It's probably because I'm conservative when it comes to s*x, but it's messed up to do something for someone in a way that also hurts them.
The Shou was basically like I'll give you money but I'll sleep with someone else without your knowledge.
The author was pushing the feminist narrative pretty obviously (gong sister is feminist), but if this is what feminism is I don't want to be a feminist. Is feminism just a world where women do all the bad stuff that bad men have done before? <<less
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