The Male Lead’s Substitute Wife


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When Su Yaya awakened, she found herself in a novel world as the CEO’s Substitute Wife–-a mere cannon fodder. Knowing that divorce and a tragic ending was awaiting her once her look-alike, the President’s first love returns, Su Yaya only trusted one thing: Money.

She curried favor with her husband each day, saved up resources, and served him as a faithful wife. It was better to leave a good impression on him before separation so she could avoid her death flags.

The overbearing President was very satisfied with her and personally gave her his platinum card: “Take it and buy anything you’d like!” Su Yaya happily accepted. Of course she would take advantage of his pampering before the female protagonist appears!

As the CEO unexpectedly falls deeper despite this transactional relationship, he never imagined that his wife would one day disappear from his side.

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New Surumalhotra rated it
February 23, 2020
Status: --
Story is good and MC is very likable and smart, she is not a stupid white lotus but a very smart person who know when to compromise in relation, I like it alot.

This book was really good in the first few chapter, even if I didn't like ml, I could atleast accept the plot of MC struggle in a novel drama, but than it actually destroyed everythings, male leads father was scum who had already destroyed his marriage by having affairs but male lead still blames his mother and... more>> than that dog abuse which started in later chapter, but I still like this book because of authors realistic theory in the begining, at the end which was destroyed by huge story twists it actually changed into a huge dissappointment at the end, but it is still good for enjoying, there interaction is sweet and lovely. <<less
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New chocolatechipcookie rated it
February 2, 2020
Status: --
Mary-sue ish.

Im not very fond of the MC and the ml, both are shallow.

I mean shallow people are okay sometimes, but they just dont clicl with me.

... more>> Was gonna give it a 2 but well, I read c141-148 and boy was the fluff real. To make it clear, others are saying that it’s the life of the MC if she did not transmigrate which is W.R.O.N.G.

c141-148 displays what happened when villainous Su Yaya transmigrated into the real world in our mc’s body

note : there are two Su Yayas

Real world su yaya = our mc

so called villainous su yaya = the side female character that was originally married to ML, our MC transmigrated in her body

its not really that much of a spoiler lol

The story shown in those few chapters is the life of og villainess (the original soul of the body which the MC transmigrated into) in the body of our MC.
(Basically, since MC transmigrated into a body, the soul of the body transmigrated into mc’s body. In short, their souls switched)

Anyways, before the c141, we learm how wronged and miserable the villainous was. The ML sucked ass.
villainous Su Yaya’s was definitely wronged.

c142-148 showed the happy ending that villainous Su yaya deserved. She was able to find true love after working hard in that world. Her ending was so cute, she got married to this guy and had children. If anyonw wants to know the full details, yall should visit the spoiler forum for this novel


I would‘ve given this a 2 star, but reading c141-148 just made me so happy. That little side story there was much better than the main story, no joke. <<less
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DarkAngel268 rated it
November 29, 2019
Status: c17
Stars: 2.5

Generic and no different from most of the Chinese romance novels on here. Poor female lead whose only characteristic is her beauty and a rich, over-bearing male lead.

The female lead doesn't really have a personality, the only quality that the author has really put stress on is her beauty. Is that what defines a woman? I guess it does, for a Chinese author, that is. She's cute, adorable, and all that jazz. Nothing different to note here. Her personality only ever consists of anything that would make the novel... more>> "fluffy" and make the ML (and only him) think that she's adorable.

The male lead isn't any different from most Chinese romance novels. Rich, handsome, commanding, arrogant, blah blah blah. Nothing new here, either.

I can summarize the novel in a couple of incidents which keep on repeating again and again with slight variations:

    • People underestimating the FL but the ML interacts with her, so she's not as useless as they thought she was because a rich man's presence validates her worth. Nice.
    • People admiring her beauty. That's all there is to admire about her. A woman's beauty is what defines her. Also, she must be 'submessive' and 'obedient'. You'll see the word 'obedient' being used a lot when the ML thinks of her.
    • 2D villains (women) who are either in love with the ML or jealous of her so they're always provoking her but don't worry, the ML is here to save the day! How brave, totally something a woman can't be! Saying this because the FL never solves her problems herself. Never.
    • The original FL of the world (AY) becomes the villain, predictable.
It's not something revolutionary but an alright read to pass the time. Nothing impressive for me because the author has such patriarchal ideas integrated in there, it's so very obvious by how the characters think and interact. <<less
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potatosince1992 rated it
December 8, 2019
Status: Completed
Rating: 1.5/5

I have to say, the real story is only 20% and the fillers are up to 80%. So many things that happened that have no correlation to character development, or conflict resolution.

Character development is nil, zero, non-existent.

... more>> Resolution to the conflict was so sloppy. It gave me pain to finish the novel without getting anything out of the story.

Why is the author so obsessed with Netizens opinion is beyond me. Like, the main characters are the netizens. As if their entitlement to the lives of the ML & FL is valid.


Can the author leave the female lead to fix her sht alone without dumping a pregnancy arc? She's not even given the time to process her feelings for ML, and then ML just has to coerce her into living with him again because she's pregnant.

It's a cheap trick to move the plot and hinders character development.

Plus, rape. Is there really no other way? R*pe is NOT romantic and it is NOT a punishment for wrong doing. R*pe is rape, and victims are victims. Period.

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November 6, 2019
Status: --
KEEP AWAY SINGLE PEOPLE! Theres just too much dogfood here that I think you'll vomit blood! Lol! But I LOVE ittt! Every chapter is just too sweet! ML is very doting on MC and MC is just too cute even if she acts too spoiled and a bit childish at times its not annoying.

One thing I want to criticize here../incoming rant

is why do transmigrators always turn to the entertainment industry even if they have a rich family/husband background? Especially if you're one who usually read this kinds of novel like... more>> MC is? Ive read enough novels that I already know that the plot will always be full of white lotuses, green tea b!+ches, scheming, drugging, public humiliation if the setting is the ent ind. If I were a transmigrator I think I would be paranoid everywhere I went to. If you have the money, why not try a different route like doing a business, learning a new skill or sth? Just stop with the ent industry pls! 😫 /End rant (゚∀ ゚) <<less
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Dizaster rated it
November 10, 2019
Status: Completed
If I honestly have to, I would give this novel a 4 🌟 review. The reason I give it 5 🌟 is all because of that one dialogue in this movie, "Yaya, I've burnt my fingers". 💘 You won't understand the true emotions behind this one line unless you've read that part.

This story is of two girls named Su Yaya living in two different worlds who swapped their bodies (and lives) to heal their scarred souls. While one is thoroughly scarred with a romance in a (dog blood drama) novel, the... more>> other is tired of dealing with a sad, unfortunate and impoverished life. They are able to live a happy life with good husband's after they've worked hard to improve their lives by applying the bitter lessons they've learnt in their past life.

The entire novel is mainly filled with lots of fluffy romance between the main pairing (SY x CEO Shen). And how SY who knew of her Cannon Fodder identity strives for a better life while trying to avoid the death flags (mainly by buttering up the arrogant CEO).

Though the story is great and I've finished it in 1 sitting with no breaks, like another reviewer said I do not like how women empowerment for ladies in novels is only described through the film industry in the modern world (and by being a doctor or Assassin in ancient world). I mean they can be so much more than just actors. Besides the story is pretty light hearted with very little angst. It's a good read.

Edit: so after going through other review I'd like to add something to my original opinion. A lot of other readers have criticized the MC for having no other prominent characteristics besides her beauty. I agree, however I must mention that if she wasn't beautiful, the ML won't be marrying her because after he spent so much time and effort to create so much wealth why must he wrong himself by marrying someone who's not pleasing to himself. Secondly, her beauty is her strength and there's nothing wrong with capitalise on one's own assets. The choice MC made is pretty realistic, as no one would throw away the gold tree at hand and go to suffer on streets with no money unless he's masochistic. And I believe it takes a whole lot of effort to please someone 24/7 as that means you've to cater to evey whims and needs of someone regardless of your opinions or emotions. It's a tough job. I approve of her plan of utilising the resources at hand (the ML) to gain a strong foothold in the industry while polishing her skills and strengthening her own foundation so she live a stable and happy lifestyle post separation.

She has nothing to be guilty of. She didn't ruin anyone's marriage/ relationship, betrayed or harm anyone. She is legally married to him and enjoys the benefits from it while equally satisfying ML'S need of a sweet, understanding yet sexy wife. <<less
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Blueraven rated it
January 20, 2020
Status: c124

I really liked it in the beginning but I just really couldn't stand the misogyny. Like I was really looking forward to this plot where the protagonist hones her acting skills and leads this life where she plans out her future where she can depend on herself while also trying to build a relationship with the ML which makes him grow into a good man/husband but I guess not.

The protagonist becomes a pretty good actress whether instinctually or as a skill from the body itself but anyways, she doesn't do... more>> anything with it except get jobs/money and suppress a rival; kind of a let down.

The ML is an absolute a*shole! Besides the fact that he got together with a woman because they merely remind them of their ex, he secretly marries them, doesn't reveal it to ANYONE, and doesn't even publicly support them until it's absolutely imperative; da f*ck! He only starts falling for the protagonist because she cooks for him, acts coytishly, and is "obedient". "As long as her requests weren’t too demanding, he will satisfy all her requests", rather than a girlfriend/wife he was probably trying to originally raise a puppy. However, after he tastes her cooking, you could say she got promoted to maid; he demands that she cooks for him until later when I guess he realizes he's in love with her. Either way, he is a complete domineering ass that doesn't change until she finally leaves him.

Also, the male supporting characters were just filler that lasted for 4 chapters each. The protagonist was outstanding solely because of her looks, and it was just REALLY DISAPPOINTING! I was expecting this great character growth for both the protagonist and ML but nah, the MC is basically the same and the ML just became a man with regular morals and ethics. They're not good characters at all!!! <<less
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xchronicles rated it
October 20, 2019
Status: Completed
Love this! Mostly fluff, doting (not overly cheesy romance but sweet at most) and rolling on the sheet (not explicit). Drama and conflict starts when the story is near end.

Female Lead. Actress. The type who flatters, sells meng and hugs the golden thigh of male lead to avoid the death route after the divorce.

Male Lead. CEO (a proper CEO who actually works). Doting doting doting doting.


... more>>

I was hesistant to continue reading the novel because of this. The start of their relationship is very similar to a golden master and his mistress. Actually that's how they really act and think (I just assumed)

They will sleep together and then the next day, male lead would give a project or givr jewelries to the female lead and she'll happily receive it.



Showbiz. I'm not really fond of a romance with showbiz tag since most of the time co-actors of the protagonist are idiots and cannon fodder but thankly this novel is not one of those.

Of course there will be conflicts but it's realistic enough and not annoying.

🌸🌸🌸 <<less
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Anikarp rated it
January 29, 2020
Status: c45
Warning: Kinda biased.

A proud gold-digging woman turns into a transmigrated delusional gold-digging woman with less maintenance fees, but still pretty much the same deal.

I feel like 80% of the novel is just to satisfy the author's vanity. There are chapters focused on keeping a woman pretty and being the perfect wife, sucking up to the ML with an obvious motive.

This is the kind of FL that most transmigration novels use to make their characters look better. Y'know? Where they turn FL and ML around and make them the "bad guys",... more>> then some cannon fodder takes over and make the story more interesting.

It has the typical grumpy and sexist CEO ML, who's pretty much as delusional as the FL.
(For example: he gives her a credit card and she gets really happy. And he's overjoyed she's happy over a plastic card, when all other women are just interested in his money. What do you think a credit card is used for..?)

In the beginning, FL stated she had a harsh life before the reincarnation; but she really doesn't act like it. All she want all the time is expensive clothes, jewelry, makeup... It's just not expensive by the ML's standards. It feels like the way a spoiled middle-class woman who's just a little low on money "now and then" would think. She's only ever focused on looking pretty and getting nice things, and never on being practical or take care of herself in other ways, like you would if you'd lived a harsh life? For some reason, I feel like that's just a big joke. (I'm not sure why I'm so hung up on it in a novel...)

She did mention something about wanting to do something just for herself (which is getting into acting) and not just rely on the ML, but then she ends up begging him for a role right away, stealing someone else's spot...

The only thing I really liked was the translation. Kudos to them, but I really can't take either one of their personalities, and there hasn't even been any side characters so far which kind of proves how two-dimensional this story really is. <<less
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chibiheaven rated it
November 26, 2019
Status: Completed
A pretty underwhelming novel written with an unreasonably, almost childish, "fluffy" MC and ML. The story didn't set any waves in my heart, it was just a (boringly) calm story that kind of just pieces together a very Mary Sue and cliche story.

One plus point for me was the angst (if I should even call that) during their period of separation was brief enough and not overdrawn.

If you're in this just to kill some time and don't mind reading yet another one of these rehashed stories that don't have much... more>> character development then you shouldn't be too disappointed.

It may be best to take my review with a grain of salt due to the fact that I feel jaded and have read simply too many novels with a similar premise to this novel that I find it much harder to gain appreciation for the story and characters. <<less
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DaBrick rated it
November 1, 2019
Status: Completed
It was a good short read and easy to mtl too.

It's an entertainment novel With lots of sweet and fluffy moments. But even though MC isn't the past cannon fodder anymore, she always thought right from the start she's still the cannon fodder that will be thrown away by the ML because of the ML previous love to the ex-gf.

Personally, I think that the MC is quite heartless and might even be dumb at some point to miss all the hint of doting from ML, to not even think of... more>> the possibility of changes in her life that are not following the previous story.

While for ML, he got swept up by the sweetness MC gave to him that he forgot the Crux of the problem right from the start. But he's still the more proactive one in the story, that's willing to chase MC over and over again and break through MC heart barrier which is really sweet, <3

Although this novel has some minus here and there, it's still a good story to read nevertheless because MC is not the typical got swept up by the overbearing CEO and fell in love with him forgetting the initial contract :v <<less
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Thaloe rated it
October 27, 2019
Status: Completed
I enjoyed this novel very much although novels with showbiz elements annoy me to no end. Basically, FL does something, and netizens criticise her for that. Then FL or another person clears up the misunderstandings, and the netizens apologise. Rinse and repeat. Or on another occasion, something happens in FL's private life, and it's really none of their business but she still gets bombarded with netizens' opinions. This totally ticks me off. And it's not just in this novel. Almost every novel with the showbiz tag works this way. This... more>> is why I tend to avoid novels with this tag. But I quite adore the sweetness of this novel very much that I had to bear with this gripe. <<less
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Ejsama rated it
November 30, 2019
Status: Completed
Honestly, this story is a complete rollercoaster. I mean its not too sad or depressing but just okay (?).

The book and reality Su Yaya's switched so they both got good endings.

The antagonists got what they deserved.

... more>>

There was like 4 male supporting characters because they fell for the sweet and cute SYY (I think 1 didnt really like her but just as friends and the other 1 tried) but their love got deflated when they found out her backing is ML. At least one had guts but thats because they're half brothers.

Family conflicts - thank the lord the Author didn't dwell in that.

the book ML somehow got his past life's memories. It was kinda neat I guess.

ML found out all the bad deeds the antagonists did to SYY and he had his revenge. In the story he adopted a girl but we never found out about her at the end.

I find the reality SYY kinda stupid. Like I get you're preparing for the worst when his past love comes back but like if the ML is already doing something different from the novel, you'd realized that you have already changed the story line but nooo she just gotta hurt him. She was the one who chose to yield and act cute to him. The affection she gave but turns out it was all a lie surely would have hurt the ML. She was selfish and all she thought was herself. She could have stayed and fought in a different way than novel SYY. At least she came back under the MLs begging and accidental pregnancy. Anyways, she turned for the better. I guess.


Overall, its a good story and plot twists. I agree on the person who said it had too many chapters. Author kinda made 4 or less chapters about ML playing with 3 supporting MLs which surprise! ML wrecked them :) <<less
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Sauramon rated it
November 27, 2019
Status: Completed
This story has too many chapters. It should be at most 70 chapters but it was inflated with the celebrity nonsense and a LOT of fluff (it was the first time I couldn't stand reading fluff). But even with it being this long it still managed to drop some plotlines and have unsatisfactory endings for others.

But the FL is good. Although I don't care for how skilled she is in acting just because, she has a good mindset and I appreciate that. The ML is... Tragically funny at first. But... more>> then he gets his sh*t together.

The funny thing is that I was anxiously waiting for the white moonlight to come wreck havock but the poor thing didn't even do anything and was kicked to the sidelines. Really too many chapters. <<less
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October 19, 2019
Status: c49
So far the story is very mary sue I think. The MC is really ordinary and the ML is very OP. MC plot armor is very strong.

MC is kind of cute but she's not all that special. Just I guess she's quite clear headed while being unbelievably dumb in occasion, especially when it has to do with the ML. I think it's pretty obvious ML is falling in love with her but she kept her preconceptions that ML will be together with his white moonlight, this will probably blew up... more>> on her face spectacularly. But I guess for the sake of drama the author will keep it that way. Again, the MC seems to be set as a clear headed person but she's dumb, it's weird, lol.
It's a refreshingly light story. Not really my kind of story but when you have nothing to do and want to read something brainless, this novel is okay. <<less
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clair17 rated it
November 1, 2019
Status: Completed
I really fond of this novel as it's full of sweet and happiness altho it's unrealistic but who cares! It's a novel born from fantasy for a reason.

What I love about this fluffy novel is that both MC & ML are making an effort for each other albeit both started from a selfish reason ... more>>

ML marry MC for inheritance, MC being nice to ML for the sake of alimony her future.

There is no cliche and time-consuming misunderstanding as they quickly tackle the main problem.

ALSO! I really love this novel as it also give readers an insight of what happened to the MC's original world/ body

and how the supposedly villainess living very well in that world

as closure for both souls and both couple.

The only minus point for me is actually the unnecessary ML's rivals (bees around MC), cuz they are really unnecessary that it doesn't really affect the plot. But, it is still worth 5 stars for me >< <<less
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hippiez rated it
November 1, 2019
Status: Completed
I MTL'ed this story.

I really like this kind of story.. It has that cliche kinda plot with MC transmigrated into a novel and join in the movie industry.. FL turns black and etc.. But all in all, the story itself is cute and sweet. There's not much twist and scheming in this story, which I quite like. The MC is cute and realistic, the ML is sweet and domineering.. Both of them are cute together.

I also like the side story about the Original MC at the end. The ending of... more>> MC and OMC are satisfactory for me. <<less
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sweetguan rated it
October 24, 2019
Status: Completed
Pretty enjoyable reading.

Mostly fluffy without much of twist. The problem with antagonists solved pretty quick, so there's no frustrated storyline.

MC is an ordinary girl who transmigrated into a novel. Original MC is a canon fodder with a miserable ending and MC trying her best to avoided that kind of ending by carrying a favours with ML.

... more>> ML is overbearing CEO who loves MC dearly. I love eventho his past lovers kept coming back to him, he still devoted to MC.

Read this if you love a sweet, fluffy, without much thinking story. It's worth it. <<less
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sofea A.C rated it
October 21, 2019
Status: Completed
The level of sweetness between MC and ML almost cost me diabetes! When MC try to please ML in everyway so she will not turnout like OMC, she was so sweet! No wonder ML fall hard for her.
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SeiraJLoyard rated it
January 22, 2020
Status: Completed
It's a cute a fluffy romance story. Very cliche, so only really worth it if you have time to kill, or you just really want Modern Day Romance with an Overbearing President that turns soft. WARNING: If you don't like FL stereotype of naive, fluffy, cute but stupid, this story is probably closer to a 1 or 2 rating.

The FL is a typical naive plays cute and isn't very strong. She has a setting of being this super gifted actress and being super realistic (Which can be seen when she... more>> first transmigrates into the body and ends up being receptive to sleeping with the ML), but unfortunately, she loses this stronger characteristic sometimes when the author wants some drama. Not to mention, her acting career/strength isn't actually every focused on.

She ends up getting the best actress award in the extra after playing this heroine in her mother-in-law's movie, because of how talented/spiritual she is at acting. Even after "withdrawing" from the Entertainment Circle. She also mostly focused on shooting advertisements for the quick reimbursement.


Most of the story is more focused on how well she caters to the ML and how FL and ML are completely on different wavelengths for like 2/3 of the novel. Its cute and funny at first, but when the ML's first love comes back, and the drama ensues, the FL's reaction was honestly kinda annoying, maybe because it was MTL so some subtlety was lost, but although there were some hints here and there that FL actually did love the ML, but it wasn't portrayed too well what was going on during that time period. She just seemed too flat. I actually ended up feeling more for the ML than the FL, which is saying a lot since most of this story is from the FL's point of view.

The Extras are cute and worth the read.

You get to see a bit of the the FL's previous body's life, where the original host transmigrated into the MCs body, which is interesting.

Only real complaint is that I felt that too many dramatic stereotypes were smushed into the last like 40 chapters. <<less
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chibiheaven rated it
November 26, 2019
Status: Completed
A pretty underwhelming novel written with an unreasonably, almost childish, "fluffy" MC and ML. The story didn't set any waves in my heart, it was just a (boringly) calm story that kind of just pieces together a very Mary Sue and cliche story.

If you're in this just to kill some time and don't mind reading yet another one of these rehashed stories that don't have much character development then you shouldn't be too disappointed.
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Isabelle rated it
October 26, 2019
Status: c5
Soooooooo cute!

The Female Protagonist is cute, a bit innocent but not idiot.

Is funny to see how she uses silly ideas to capture Male protagonist heart.

I really recommend it if you want a easy and comfortable reading.
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