The Heartbeat at the Tip of the Tongue

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The vastly differing world views of the male and female lead –

The purpose of food:

Female lead: To fill my tummy!

Male lead: Art!

The impression they have of each other:

Female lead: Impossible!

Male lead: Too stupid!

Is there a possibility that you would date the other party?

Female lead: Who, who wants to get together with this peculiar weirdo!

Male lead: She’s so stupid, I’m the only person capable of accepting her.

This is a story about how an arrogant and cold male idol successfully PKs the female lead’s black-bellied childhood playmate before bringing the female lead along in his domination over the world of gourmet food. The male lead is an extremely talented chef; however, he suffers from blindness – thus, his other senses are all hypersensitive with the exception of his sight. With his perfect sense of taste and his ability to accurately determine people’s attitude and feelings through their vocal tone and their breathing, he is better able to discern the truth and people’s real underlying intentions when compared to the common man.

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舌尖上的心跳
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Prtba
New Prtba rated it
April 11, 2019
Status: Completed
This novel is awesome and unique in its own way.

It also shows that life goes on and people grow. Jiang Qian overcame his hurdles and lived the life he wanted. Song Yi Ran loved Lin Ke Song but not enough to give up everything for her, he wanted everything.... her as well as his power over business. But how much a person can wait without any assurance and confidence, Lin Ke Song loved Song Yi Rang and waited for him but his numerous love affairs and his lack of commitment... more>> made her doubt his feelings for herself and she herself even didn't love him enough to be brave and stand for her love. Whereas Jiang Qian was aware of his priorities and Lin Ke Song was one on top and marriage was not a business deal for him. His love made Lin Ke Song move on from her feeling toward Song Yi Rang and love Jiang Qian and herself in the way. <<less
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Kieukieu
Kieukieu rated it
July 19, 2017
Status: c43
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Heartbeat at the tip of the tongue is a delightful modern romance novel. The story in a nutshell is about two people who are polar opposites of one another who are brought together by chance to compete in a culinary contest. The female lead Lin Ke Song is an endearing character. I found her pragmatism, and witticism refreshing and charming. Ke Song recently graduated with a degree in hotel management. When we are first introduced to her she unemployed with a string of unsuccessful employment in her... more>> wake. With little to no prospect or plans for her future ku song spend her days keeping her childhood friend and long time crush Song Yi Ran company, but her days of leisure is short lived when her uncle offers to bring her over to new york to help manage his flourishing restaurant. Initially Ke Song was taken aback by the offer but the prospect of gaining experience in management, and the possibility of procuring sufficient income to further her education in the states appealed to her tremendously. Nonetheless the conspicuously deciding factor for her to accept the offer was the excuse to follow her childhood friend Song Yi Ran to New York.

Not soon after settling into her new life in New york City, Ke Song was offered the opportunity to participate in a culinary show. Weeks prior Ke Song and Song Ki were out sightseeing when they stumbled upon a cooking contest. Impelled by Song Ki to participate, she grudgingly accepts but purposefully sabotaged her tomato omelette dish to make it astoundingly inedible to tease and torment the judges. Unbeknownst to Ke Song this particular cooking contest will determine the competitors for Masterchef, an upcoming cunlinary show. The participants is chosen not for their notable cooking skills but rather they select the participants who produced the worst dishes, and her's left a deep impression on the judges. Ke Song has no particular interest or affinity for cooking, her only talent as far as food is concerned is her ability to accurately guess the ingredients used in any particular dish. Ke song enjoys food but views it as nothing more than a way to satiate and appease the appetite. She was rather disinclined to accept the offer, however she was won over by her uncle's enthusiasm and enticed by the prize money. Cautiously, she accepts the offer although with a lingering sense of foreboding. Ke song apprehension turned out to be spot on when her mentor was revealed to be none other than Jiang Qian Fan. Professionally Jiang is known for being a renowned three star michelin chef, who is both respected and admired in the western and eastern culinary world, but to Ke Song, Jiang is the arrogant, critical, and socially inept man she played food tour guide to, for a day back in china. Needless to say her experience with Jiang left her with a singular impression of him and one she is wary of experiencing again. Discourage not only by her past experience with him, she also silently questions his capability as a chef since his vision impairment must be a disabling hindrance to cooking. Jiang for his part was preparing to voice his objection to this absurdity when he sensed her doubts and skepticism. Greatly offended by her dismissals of his skills because of his lack of sight, he decides to accept her as his pupil and train her to represent him in MasteChef. With much reluctance and wariness on both their ends is the partnership formed, but this atmosphere of dread does not last long. On the surface Ke Song and Jiang may appear to be polar opposites but food as they say is a way to any mans or woman's heart.

I just want to say that I thoroughly enjoyed this novel, even though there is 40 plus more chapters to go I couldn't help but rave about what I've read so far, and it's good guys. I found the translation easy to follow and the description of the food quite soothing and entertaining to read, but do be aware you will salivate and suffer from cravings regularly throughout this novel lol. There are a couple things that I want to talk about in detail, one is the character development. I think the author did an amazing job of developing Ke Song character slowly throughout the story. In the beginning she was kind of adrift and unsure of her future. She seem quite dispassionate with her choice in career and it shows in her employment failures within that field. But as she slowly mentors under Jiang her understanding and appreciation of food broadens to encompass more than just the enjoyment of food but its selection, preparation, harmony and display as well. Witnessing Ke Song growing passion for food was as fulfilling for me as the romance. Speaking of romance, prepare yourself for a love triangle. Although it is pretty clear who Ke Song will end up with later on. I will admit I did ship her with the wrong guy for the first 5 chapters. I originally thought Song ki was the ML but I swear I had valid reasons. first off, Song ki is your stereotypical ML in romance novels. He is rich, handsome, arrogant, and charming. Plus whenever Ke song and Song ki interacted they had the most entertaining rapport and banter. I loved their relationship dynamics. They made sense to me. So when the actual ML entered the picture, I was taken by surprised. Personality wise Jiang was the complete opposite of Song ki. Song ki has a witty sense of humour, entitled but also charming, playful and carefree, whereas Jiang is rigid, severe, indifferent and austere. They couldn't be more different. It took me quite some time before I started to ship the FL with the ML. Their first several interactions with one another was quite tense, strained, and lacking, and for valid reasons on Ke Song's part. Jiang is a difficult person to befriend, he has no desire for or interest in interpersonal relationships, and he makes this fact known. Their relationship was tumultuous from the start but that's half the fun of this novel. So if you like a slow burn romance this is it!

I'll end this overly long review by saying that there were several glaring factors about this novel that I did not like. For one I absolutely abhorred the fact that the supporting and side female characters in this story are all portrayed as rivals and competitors for the ML attention. This is an overly done and abused trope, it is incredibly annoying and just didn't sit well with me. Female friendship is a thing look it up. There are also other little things here and there that did not make sense, like Ke Song's age. Her age wasn't revealed until 30 or more so chapters in. I had originally thought she was 21 or 22, since she was a recent college graduate and because of her maturity level. It was later revealed however that she was 18... what the holy hell? how ?? more than that how is it that her age was never questioned once....?? Especially given the fact that the ML is 28, I'm not being prudish about the age difference, it's fine, they are both consenting adults, but isn't it jarring the lack of attention and scrutiny her age poses? It would've just made more sense for her to be 22 honestly. But I digress, this novel while it may not be the most original or outstanding book out there I do think it is well worth the read. <<less
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Poor_Hero
Poor_Hero rated it
February 6, 2016
Status: --
it's basically about the male lead who is a "super" chef (lol, I am serious, I mean he is genius and cold) and the female lead who is pretty good in tasting food... the comedy is pure gold, for me, and the food is described pretty detailed so it makes me hungry, lol.
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C-novel fetish
C-novel fetish rated it
October 21, 2017
Status: c47
If I can, I want to give 10stars.
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This novel is top of my fav. The MC is secretly in love with her bff but dare not say bcoz she's afraid their friendship will be broken.I can understand her. This is the toughest moment. The chemistry between ML and MC is really good. And also the way the author describe in preparing food make me drooling. The second ML is also really pitiful. Although MC and second ML are in mutual in love, they dun know. And it's really painful for me to watch. But then again I don't want ML to be heartbroken. The way he love MC is absolutely and purely (ohhhhh~ I'm dying) I'm in dilemma because of author (haha)

Anyway U gotta surely absolutely hv to read this. <<less
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sayalr
sayalr rated it
June 9, 2018
Status: Completed
Gaaaahhhh!!!!

This is literally the most appetizing and the most amazing story i've read so far. The warm lingering feelings still remains even after i've read this and actually, for chapters 66 and so on, I had to rely on google translate since unfortunately, I can't read nor understand the chinese language. Actually, it's not that bad you'd probably just have to reconstruct the sentences to make it much more understandable.

but anyways, this is such a good read that even the love triangle didn't bother and frustrate me like, COME ON!... more>> This was also the very first time i've seen love triangles handled this amazingly with completely ZERO frustrations except for some slight and subtle feelings of maybe pity and sadness for the second male lead for reasons I can't explain here since I highly recommend you to read this.

and also, this is the very first time i've written such long review so this is just further proof how beautifully written this story is.

HIGHLY RECOMMENDED PEOPLE!!! <<less
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frostcrystal
frostcrystal rated it
March 30, 2018
Status: c52
What a hidden gem! I must say, when I read the summary, I was definitely not expecting a piece of such depth. I thought it was just going to be fluffy comedy.

The thing I enjoyed the most was the amazing characterization of this novel. It's a semi-love triangle; you more or less know who's going to win from the start, but on the other hand, I really liked how it was handled in this case (I don't usually like love triangles much.)

One side of the triangle, with Ke Song... more>> and Yi Ran, is a meeting of similar people - two kids who grew up together with similar humour, tastes, and hobbies. The other side is a meeting of opposites - Ke Song is young, naive, charming and careless, while Jiang Qian Fan is almost monk-like in his austerity. But what really touched my heart was the subtle differences in their relationships. Ambitious Song Yi Ran may love her, but he loves her selfishly; always hoping that he can have it all, not willing to put aside or compromise his own ambitions for her. On the other hand, Jiang Qian Fan is cold, severe and impersonal, but he is always careful and kind when it counts, straightforward in supporting Ke Song's growth and teaching her to respect herself and to find her own dreams.

I enjoyed the reading of this novel very much and eagerly await further chapters. If there is a flaw, I would say that a lack of other good female characters would be it.... but it's a flaw I can overlook. <<less
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18Yuki
18Yuki rated it
December 17, 2017
Status: Completed
10/10 my favourite modern romance novel.

The MC is sweet, loyal and imperfect, the ML is dedicated, caring and the guiding hand of the MC. The two together is simply... meant to be. At first I sympathised with the 2nd ML, his relationship with the MC is so innocent and had it been any other situation then the two would’ve gotten together in time. They were set to be a classic childhood friend turned lovers story. But with the ML it became something more. The two MLs love the MC in... more>> different ways, their relationships are very different and it makes things all the more sweeter. Both MLs are black bellied in their own ways but they aren’t perfect and if there was one thing in common between them, it was that the MC was both their weakness and their strength.

The cooking aspect of the story is very much important but what sets this apart from other cooking novels is that it’s realistic. Each description is so vivid yet not overdone, each criticism, each compliment, is all with reason and backed up strongly with logic. I don’t know much about cooking but I can imagine each step, taste each flavour... it’s made me hungry more then once. It’s highly realistic, so if you’re expecting something like Shokugeki no Soma, it’s not going to reach your expectation but it is still mouth watering.

As other reviewers have said, the MC is not an airhead, a Mary Sue, or anything like that. She isn’t stupid, to put it simply. She can be a bit naive, a bit dense and a bit innocent but she can stand on her own two feet, think for herself and most importantly, she grows with each chapter. She isn’t entirely reliant on the MLs, she is the ML’s partner in all definitions. <<less
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RannSy
RannSy rated it
June 12, 2017
Status: Completed
This isn't your usual type of light novel stories. At first, I thought this was a light hearted type of story but as it progresses, I could see the development of each characters (not only the leads) and how they learn to accept and change their views. The romance is also the best part as the female lead doesn't just suddenly jump to another boat quickly. She cherishes her feelings for her first love and the male lead squeezes his way in to the female lead's heart with difficulty. Their... more>> type of romance is totally my cup of tea. This enters on my list of top 10 modern stories. 101% recommending it for reading.

[Updated: 08/13/17]

So I read the author's other works and seriously, each of them are brimming with emotions and will pluck your heartstrings. You learn lessons and each story depicts the reality of life. I wish that someone would pick up the other novels so they could understand that overwhelming emotions I'm feeling right now after reading them. <<less
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7174PK
7174PK rated it
November 1, 2018
Status: c80
This novel is just too good. The unique love story it portrays is something you cannot find anywhere else. The love, respect, care and patience that the ML shows to FL is truly commendable. FL's trust for ML is equally admirable. You might get a toothache from the overdosage of sweetness. The descriptive writing of the author is so good that you can literally imagine every food just from his words. Don't waste time thinking anything and just read it.
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Nana (ノ◕ヮ◕)ノ*:・゚✧
Nana (ノ◕ヮ◕)ノ*:・゚✧ rated it
September 28, 2016
Status: c36
MC came out as positive and intelligent. So apparently she has a godly ability to taste. The translation is good and not awkward at all. Must thankful for NU that I can find hidden gem like this ^^

Will update soon after finishing reading all the available chapter.

Updated (2016-09-29 chapter 36) :
A good kind of series, no stupid angst, good translation. Our MC just graduated from her hotel management and have plan to take master degree at 18 y.o (is she a genius or what?), so she somehow join a... more>> competition to finance her education. There's a bunch of descriptive food, the s*xiness of lip and fingertips, and feeling of being friend-zoned by your crush. Like she's afraid if she confess it'll destroy their friendship and left them with nothing. Male lead isn't blind from the start, but because of sickness, he gradually lost his sight. He can only perceive some light and shadow, but it makes his other ability to be enhanced (this really remind me of the winner MasterChef US season 3). Because he can use his sense to sniff out lies, he can be demanding and forced MC to face her feelings.

The story move fluently from chapter to chapter, and our cold block of male lead manage to warm quickly to our MC.

Definitely hoping for more faster release. <<less
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sleepyleaf
sleepyleaf rated it
August 11, 2016
Status: --
One word: Cute

Really love this novel so the male lead is like a big shot in the gourmet world/industry and I mean he's super genius while Lin Ke Song is good at eating I guess? Jk she also have a talent in tasting. Highly recommended to those who want to read some fluffy stuff
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amelya85
amelya85 rated it
June 25, 2016
Status: c27
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Love this. Well, I do love the cooking but I also love the romance. It's not a heavy novel and very enjoyable. I've finished reading the raw and it's a happy ending so all's good

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catshannah
catshannah rated it
June 11, 2016
Status: c26
Why does this have 5 one stars?! This story is so great tho T-T

I have spent 4 hours at the middle of night to read all 26 chapters, and they're great! The story is wonderful, I absolutely love the female lead, the male lead makes me have butterflies, and I am so looking forward to how the love triangle will be~~~~

5 stars!! Thank you author-san and translator-san!! I hope dear translator will finish this book T-T I mean it's too good of a story to waste!
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pinkmworago
pinkmworago rated it
March 7, 2019
Status: Completed
I am soooooo in love with this novel. This is actually my first time commenting here in NU though I've been here for so long. I just felt the need to because... holy shems what just happened, translators!?? Huhuhuhuhu there's clearly another chapter or at least a few more scenes after the PK ended. I loved the novel so much that I refused to believe that it ended that abruptly and I was so right after looking high and low for the original because THERE WERE INDEED MORE! Okay, this... more>> comment is not to hate the translalors hehehe I am still so so grateful for them for translating it and more importantly, for translating it so well! It's just that I want to tell the others who are planning on reading this (or those who already had but felt VERY frustrated like I was) to PLEASE PLEASE mtl the last chapter (chapter 98 in the original) because you'll be missing a VERY VERY IMPORTANT scene for our OTP. Please do youselves the favor lol because...

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Our dear Mr. Jiang PROPOSED to his beloved Ms. Lin!!! Omfg right??? I just can't believe the translators missed this part huhuhu It wasn't really a grand gesture, no flashy diamond ring etc. she was only asked to sign some documents (i really wasnt sure what it was since you know mtl sucks) like I think marriage docs? But omg he promised her a whole garden of climbing roses! His speech was just short but sweet like usual. It would've made me cry if I wasnt mtling it lol

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Anyways, the novel itself is very very good. It's a light novel but still has so many feels and has its own depth that your heart just can't help but ache. The love triangle, the relationship between the three leads? It was superbly written by the author, and was also well translated. These words by the FL pretty much sums up the three's relationship...

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"But she and he had always had a time difference. When she was looking at Song Yi Ran, he had hidden all his intentions. When she finally started flying out, he started chasing."

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The FL had a crush on the SML for the past 10 years (!!!!) but when she realized her feelings for the ML...

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"Lin Ke Song felt that her heart was very small, it could only contain one person at a time."

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This converation between the FL and ML just hits the right spots. If this doesn't convince you to read the novel, I don't know what will...

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FL: "Because you are Jiang Qian Fan, so you won't know this kind of worry that the person you like will drift from you the moment you say some things. As long as I properly endure, maybe I will always be able to stay at a place neither too far nor near him... Friends and lovers can stick together, but are of a world of difference. But to take that step takes not only courage, but drastic determination."

ML: "Not being able to have drastic determination means you don't like him enough. In the future, try liking someone that will make you brave."

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And this! This will give you a glimplse of how much the ML loves the MC, how he's the right person for her. He did not push, he did not give her pressure to make her his; no, he was just there standing behind her, silently supporting her...

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ML: "I will always be behind you. So, no matter what happens, do not be afraid."

FL: Actually, these words were much better that a thousand "I like you"s.

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There! I actually have a lot more quotes from the novel (like I said, it gives you a lot of the right FEELS) but I think those are enough to give you a push into reading this. Because I just can't believe that such a masterpiece is being slept on! READ IT PLEASE. <<less
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earlgreyt
earlgreyt rated it
September 28, 2018
Status: Completed
The author's writing is absolutely gorgeous. It's very rare to find a CN that has such excellent pacing and 'tightness' in terms of the writing. There are no rambling plots or unnecessary/filler pages. This book highlights the author's ability to create extremely beautiful emotional progressions between the characters, especially the romance and friendship between the main characters. The other highlight is the food. I was drooling and craving the wonderful food descriptions. The author definitely did their research about cooking!

Also can I just say, a ML with a (permanent) physical... more>> disability in a CNovel? AMAZING. Too many novels look down on any sort of physical imperfection and have them cured immediately. The ML's disability is written really well and his strength/determination shines brighter because of it instead of being diminished by it. (Actually I had a blind professor in college who is literally just as amazing as the ML is so his abilities weren't unrealistic at all.)

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I definitely had a strong second lead syndrome for this book. It makes me crave to read a successful romance with a childhood-friend-teasing ML! The author did a really good job making the reader sympathize with both MLs and tbh, even I can admit that the MC is best with the chosen ML.

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There were a couple of minor things, and as other reviewers have said...

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There aren't any positive examples of female friendship as all other women are written as her rivals or competing for attention for the MLs and scheming against her. But there's some redemption for the main love rival and cousin in the end, so I'll add back the star I previously removed.

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Otherwise, solid read, SUCH good writing (so hard to say this about LNs...) ! <<less
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ilnyckyj
ilnyckyj rated it
August 23, 2018
Status: --
Oh my God. This story is really heartwarming. I don't really know how to write reviews but the female protagonist is really admirable. The male protagonist is someone you will feel immense respect for. And, the female protagonist's best friend? I don't really like him but I kinda feel bad for him : (anyways, good job to the translator!! They really translated the story well. Thank you <3
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alexfilia
alexfilia rated it
August 11, 2017
Status: c43
The MC follows her childhood friend she (not so) secretly has a crush on to america in order to study... she then joins a cooking competition by accident (she was trolling initially).... Turns out her cooking instructor is the blind guy and genious chef she met in the past... He helps her a lot and is very patient

Its a very cute novel but dont read it while hungry!!!
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clueless
clueless rated it
November 30, 2018
Status: c80
This novel is good, it's about cook and romance. And unlike other romance novel out there that tend to prolonged the stories with unneeded plot, this one is well written.

The only downside is, it took a long time to translate this novel. I know the translator maybe busy with real life business, but this novel deserved better pace. So I decided to use google translates to read the raw to finished it.
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Crazy Cat Person
Crazy Cat Person rated it
August 20, 2017
Status: c43
This story was easy to get into, the character at times seems one dimensional but isn't too obvious. This is a fresh story with slow romance. Almost didn't read it because of the summary, the female lead isn't as idiotic as the summary and the main guy isn't as rude as that summary.

He changed her view on cooking while she changed his ways of living, lighting up his world little by little.
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mmel503
mmel503 rated it
December 19, 2016
Status: c31
This is sooooo good! It's a lot better than I expected, the character aren't as caricatural as they seem in the summary.

The male lead is cold but not arrogant, his coldness is a personality trait rather than a comportment.

The female lead in not stupid and the male lead doesn't actually think so, she just didn't have any interest in cooking before and didn't think further than "it's tasty", so of course she is lost, but she learns.

The characters are very human and realistic, unlike most MC who tend toward extremes.... more>> The story flows well, the "romantic" plotline is somewhat simple but it actually puts the focus on the story and it links the characters without adding complications.

For the translation, sentences tend to sound Chinese but it doesn't affect the story, I prefer it actually because some things are impossible to make grammatically correct without losing subtext. <<less
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iceymilk
iceymilk rated it
October 17, 2016
Status: c36
I like this one because it had depth to its romance, and it's really nice how it appears. The male lead isn't typical at all, although the female lead is a little typical for a chinese novel. This is written super well, and paired with a great translation, it's honestly a waste to not read this if you happen to stumble on it. (Generally if you stumble on it, I'm sure you do enjoy the genre)

This is one romance novel I reread, and it's not your average one that... more>> you can find all over in the romance section and just keep reading without actually remembering any concrete details besides the fluffy feelings your heart has. With this novel, I distinctly remember each of the fluffy moments, as well as how their romance is developing, and then how I laughed in certain spots. And I did binge read it to chapter 32 to 4 am, despite having to wake up at 8 am that day. <<less
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