The Heart of a Smith


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Lu Shang picked up a dirty teenager while discussing work at a bar. It was merely happenstance, but memories from ten years ago resurfaced when he saw the gunshot scars on the teenager’s back.

Lu Shang asked him, “What is your name?”

“Xiao Li… My surname is Li, so they all called me Xiao Li.”

“You don’t have a name?”

“I don’t remember.”

Lu Shang said, “Then I will call you Li Sui. From now on, you will be with me.”

From that day onward, a young “lover” was always by Lu Shang’s side.

Years later, Dr. Leung teased Lu Shang, “You didn’t get his heart, instead your heart caved in; boss Lu, that doesn’t seem like a bargain.”

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Chuki Yuuki
New Chuki Yuuki
June 23, 2020
Status: Completed
Honestly, it took me a long time to read it, like in between I read other novels. Maybe because I just wasn't really in the mood to read this kind of story and I still pushed myself?

Anyway, the story is slow paced to me. There were signs of infatuation at the beginning, but since I've read other reviews and the synopsis-so of course I'll know that Lu Shang and Li Sui will end up together- maybe it played a role. But there were signs.

The story at the beginning has a... more>> very mild tone for me since obviously it's still building up for the climax but it wasn't enough to hook me into it deeply that will make me read it continuously. The MC and the ML also took their time being honest with their feelings but considering their circumstances I totally understand. (Li Sui and his abandoment issues will make your heart melt, I swear.) It wasn't until sh*t started going down that I finally found myself being truly invested in the novel--- though, if to be honest, my favourite part and the most scenes were my heart really pounded is chapter 52-60. And dang, so worth it. Also, the extras are very short (including the translated excerpt from another of the author's novel provided by the translator) but still full of dog food HAHAHA <<less
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New Melange rated it
June 16, 2020
Status: Completed
If I hadn't known that this was a HE novel I might not have read it, cause there was a looming sense of tragedy throughout the novel. I honestly felt stressed reading through some of the chapters.

There's a lot of development on behalf of the two MCs in this story, and although both of them are "cool presidents, " they each have differing approaches and distinct personalities. Sprinkle in a bit of misunderstanding (not bad) as well as treachery, and you have the a pretty good amount of angst.

I appreciate... more>> the efforts the author went through to research cardiac diseases, although I wouldn't say the medical events were terribly realistic.


I mean, the guy was walking around a few days after major surgery. My dude, you need to stay home for a few months at least... And every time he got on a plane while his condition was poor it was like nooooo NOOOOO.

Also, when the younger MC was lost in the mountains for 5 days and survived off of eating bugs and frogs but was okay after some rest and good food? Please, you'd be hospitalized. Lucky if your kidneys didn't fail...

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earlgreyt rated it
October 12, 2019
Status: Completed
Very impressed by the amount of research the author did for realistic seeming medical procedures and corporate procedures. (゜ロ゜)
That said, this is a fantastic book. ♥ (ˆ⌣ˆԅ)
Main characters are both strong and caring to each other. Despite the story starting as one person essentially adopting/raising the other, the relationship ends up incredibly balanced and mature. The reader really gets to experience the growth of the younger ML into a truly outstanding young man, both emotionally and intellectually.

There are a lot of beautiful details... more>> in the story that show how each main character changes and develops over time.

The older man becomes less guarded over time and turns from workaholic into someone who realizes that life can offer other things. The younger man turns from naive codependent child to a masterful young man who helps shoulder his partner's burdens.


Lots of great side characters and well-thought out plotlines (corporate negotiations, takeovers, training camp, etc.), tight writing, good pacing, balanced fluff and angst moments, and last but not least, a very satisfactory ending.

Highly recommend! <<less
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Lascie rated it
June 30, 2019
Status: c17
MC pick up homeless teenager ML and they start living together. At first they have a platonic but still affectionate relationship -like they sleep together that's cute- but as the teenager became a man he starts to see his life saver differently... Problem the said life saver is not only a powerful buisnessman but also a weakened ill man. Good translation !
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en_en rated it
November 3, 2019
Status: Completed
Wow! I wasn't expecting such a well written and emotional story as I went into this.

The characters are well fleshed out, and you can see the struggles that every one goes through as their character grows and changes.

The novel has a good mix of romance, angst, corporate intrigue, fluff and character growth.

... more>> The love story is beautiful and warm, and both the MC and ML stand equally in the relationship, with a healthy give and take on both parts.

The chapters are quite long and the translators have done a fabulous job with it.

Definitely worth a read for BL lovers! <<less
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BillionJellyfish rated it
December 1, 2019
Status: Completed
This is so good! There's a bittersweet feeling throughout the novel, but the ending is a happy one!

The top (Li Sui) : is younger than the bottom (Lu Shang) and was saved by Lu Shang. After saving Li Sui, Lu Shang decided to raise him almost like a child.

The bottom (Lu Shang) : a wealthy, but sickly CEO. Lu Shang is the model gentleman we all need; he's considerate, understanding, and kind, the perfect hubby material!

... more>> Overall:

The novel has a lil slice of life vibe and all misunderstandings are resolved relatively quickly. The romantic development doesn't drag out and there's a happy ending. I highly recommend this novel for a relaxing read! <<less
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Sherly_Moon rated it
August 13, 2019
Status: v1c35
I like this novel soooo much!! I'd even refreshed the page every day, every 2 hour (since I can't really use my phone when I'm at work). And when the new chapter is up, I can't keep myself from smiling, even when I don't really know what the story in that chapter would be like... I'm just happy... The plot's kinda unpredictable (thought yeah we knew from the synopsis that it's happy ending, and they will come to like each other in the end) but the process itself is beautiful...... more>> It has that rollercoaster element that makes you cry when it's sad, and smile when it's happy, when I myself don't cry easily... It's almost halfway of the whole story, so I hope the ending will be amazing though once again we knew it's happy... <<less
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Kaylee rated it
April 23, 2020
Status: Completed
In reading this, I finished off one plastic of tissue, and my eyes were swollen...

I dont know the criteria of a good novel, all I know when I'm immersed in the novel world and can feel the hurt, the anger, the heartbroken of characters that's when I know this novel is good.

I'm glad to be able to read this novel.
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amruta rated it
February 10, 2020
Status: Completed
This is a solid 3.5 rating for me.

The beginning of the novel is slow. Honestly, it’s bland. There are a couple of time skips which are very abrupt. Dealing with the antagonist was prolonged unnecessarily. All the drama in the end about the operation and the company was so contrived.

There is angst in the story. But once the couple get together officially, there’s a lot of fluff. The side character development is seriously lacking. They just pop in and out as required.

Overall, it’s a decent story. There’s a lot of... more>> sweet interaction towards the end. This story tried to give the readers some plot unlike many BL novels where everything is unicorns and rainbows. However, though the plot was good, the execution was lacking.

The translation is good. No complaints. <<less
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pinkumilkuu rated it
December 4, 2019
Status: Completed
Cute story and zero problematic scenario. Unfortunately, it's too bland. The thought is there but it isn't executed well. It had a lot of boring parts and I honestly skimmed through some of those as it was really forgettable. The side charas are just decorations, even the friend doctor isn't explored well. I did like it but I'm sure that I won't be rereading it.
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T1t4n14 rated it
November 10, 2019
Status: Completed
I really love this story. It made me cry several times but it also warmed my heart.
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Staringatastar rated it
November 3, 2019
Status: Completed
This was such a cute story. There's a lot of angst, but the characters feel authentic and I found myself sympathizing with them. In the middle of the story, I had to frantically remind myself that this wasn't tagged as a tragedy.

I love the little excerpt that the translator includes in the end from a related book. It really helps bring the book to a satisfyingly, sweet end.
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Shybreeze rated it
November 3, 2019
Status: Completed
Oh, wow... This is like mama bear raising a puppy but the puppy turned out to be a wolf.. So satisfying.. Love it!!
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whitepopo rated it
October 21, 2019
Status: Completed
The love of Li Sui and Li Shang is pure and deep bone, thrown in the business plots and at the same time, the life and death of Lu Shang, this story is about genuine love that one would wish to have. Well written story! Kudos to the author.
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SockPuppet rated it
October 21, 2019
Status: Completed
A very good bl that takes place in the backdrop of business intrigue and chronic heart disease.

The MC and ML are both strong, independant and likeable and they treat each other with respect and genuine love, even when they have drama. They hold each other up in troubled times and are happy together when things are good.

The ending is

happy! And very sweet.


Lost one star bc of some random little things that annoyed me, but overall a very good read and I def recommend checking it out!
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June 11, 2020
Status: --
if you're looking for something cute to read with a decent amount of angst as well, then this is perfect! There's quite some corporate ish drama and all which is pretty interesting. I really love the relo <3 its too cute
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Nathanfire100 rated it
June 4, 2020
Status: Completed
This novel is one of the best novels o have read in a long time! The development of Li Sui and his fears of Lu Shang leaving him is very thoroughly developed throughout the story and Li Sui’s growth in personality is really shown through the story telling. This novel is very well made and can’t wait to read it again!
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Azi Aira
Azi Aira rated it
May 30, 2020
Status: c1
I had a rollercoaster kind of emotions reading this. The plot was good and I like how the seme's character developed so as their relationship.

Worth reading!
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MysteriousA rated it
April 28, 2020
Status: Completed
Wow it's such a beautiful story😭 Their love is truly wonderful. They were literally made for each other❤

Simply loved it...!!!
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Suibian Muah
Suibian Muah rated it
April 6, 2020
Status: Completed
This is so worth it, the story is so heartwarming and the love between Seme is Uke is totally out of this earth.
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Vyathra rated it
April 5, 2020
Status: Completed
Angst is not my cup of tea, really. But I loooovee this novel so much. The ML just really love the MC so much. Their love is so pure for me. But really, if I hadn't known that this novel will has happy ending, I wouldn't try to read this, so much sadness :''
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izayaYY rated it
March 16, 2020
Status: --
A very good read. TBH, I have zero tolerance for angst and would not have read this story if I did not know prior that this is a happy end. Due to LuShang's disease and LiSui's sad past, there was a lot of angst but it is well balanced out by the fluff and love between the couple. I appreciate the amount of research invested by the author as it created a world as close to reality as possible... although some of the science is kinda questionable but I do... more>> not ask for perfect realism in my fiction... I ask for coherence. There were only one or two instances where the drama felt contrived and annoying. For e.g. when ZuoChao sulked for days because ML shut down his illegal business to save his s*upid ass... that was not only unnecessary drama, unfit from a character such as ZuoChao but also looked incoherent as ZuoChao was the one who messed up and ML worked hard to get his ass out of jail so I really don't see why MC and ML had to beg for his forgiveness... ridiculous! There were a few other little annoying things like that but they did not spoil my fun too much. Because I am totally in love with the beautiful couple. <<less
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