The Male Lead’s Villainess Stepmother


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Yan Shuyu, a big fan of all sorts of cliche CEO novels, had transmigrated into a book —

In the novel, the wealthy CEO male lead has a villainous stepmother. She put up a front of being nice and tender to him, when in fact she was bullying the male lead with her son. After she had successfully driven the male lead and his father apart, her ambition continued to grow as she attempted to take away the inheritance from the male lead. In the second half of the book, the truth came out — that the father had no feelings for her whatsoever but was merely using the two of them to hone his son’s character. In the end, both the stepmom and her son were sent to jail by the male lead after he took over the family business.

Yan Shuyu transmigrated and became the well-hated villainous stepmother, but she had transmigrated to the time before everything happened, and the male lead was still a foolish child. Only a fool would want to become the stepmother of a foolish child. Yan Shuyu took a longing look at her “assigned husband”, who was pretty much like the Sleeping Beauty, before she quickly packed up and made a run for it.

After that, Yan Shuyu checked out her $250 remaining on her card. She turned to look at her son, who was clinging onto her leg and asking for milk. She wanted to look up at the sky and howl. Is it too late to go back to become the male lead’s whetstone?

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New joellyanne
January 15, 2020
Status: Completed
This a very fun read. I just cannot stop laughing in virtually every chapters. I have to read the google translated version of the story as don't have the patient to wait for the rest of the chapters to be translated. I am very grateful for the translators for introducing me to this story.
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New Fourthaid rated it
January 15, 2020
Status: c44
I've been getting into this particular sub-genre of transmigration stories with a female lead taking over the body of an original owner that either has children, or ends up in a situation with a single male lead who already has some. This just happens to be a combination of those two particular situations.

This one might be my current favorite, mostly because of the attitude of the female lead. While she is certainly good to her "instant son", she sees it as more of a relationship between an uncle/aunt to a... more>> niece/nephew rather than as a mother. It always struck me as odd in similar works where the female lead is instantly hit with this maternal instinct towards this kid they are faced with in their new reality. So it's nice to see what I assume will be a more gradual take on getting closer to both her own son as well as her future stepson.

Similarly I am liking her interactions with the boss, and figuring that her best option is to GTFO ASAP rather than sit around and wait for the inevitable retribution (as far as she is concerned) if she were to take it any further than she already has. Sure she is a bit zany and odd, as displayed when she first lays eyes on her former husband for the first time. But at the same time she does take a degree of responsibility for this instant son and herself in trying to improve their lives.

The male lead I am still unsure of. Not too much has been revealed of his inner thoughts, so for now it's a bit of a mystery why he interested in her (though I assume her flippant attitude and lack of "chase" considering his net worth is what provides the initial spark of interest for him). So far though, thankfully he is not the typical cold-hearted, forceful male lead that is the cause of Stockholm Syndrome in so many other Chinese "romance" stories. Knock on wood.

There's definitely some issues, such as the story not truly being original in any way (but then I'd struggle to find much originality left to squeeze out of any established genre, but that is a discussion for a different place entirely) But it does however use those well-known tropes and features in an amusing and interesting way and I am looking forward to seeing where it goes next. <<less
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FlufflyLittleRabbit rated it
November 13, 2019
Status: c19
Sighed. I thought this story was interesting but after I read a few chapters of this novel, I find it annoying to read because of the FMC's personality.


  • It's really unbelievable to see someone like the FMC who could adapt so quickly.
  • She's an ungrateful person. After she transmigrated she seems to not care about her parents.
    • She's lazywoman, after she graduate from college she still plan to leeching her family (they are not rich but can only considered okay since shes the only child of her parent I think).
    • Stupid and superficial.
    • Irresponsible--oh wait, let's just put it a careless woman. Why? After she took over the original owners body, she really seems not care about the safety of her instant son at all. Here's the example; she went out with her friend and have fun leaving only her 4yr old instant son alone in the house. Even if it's said that the little boy is a little matured for his age, as a child who is less than five is not safe being alone y'know!
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RheaRee rated it
October 24, 2019
Status: c54
Please refrain from writing review before you get the grasp of the story...
The story is awesome, the MC is not useless whatsoever.

She's quite adept in playing piano and cello and later become a music teacher.


She seemed indecisive at times but I love how it's the ML who chase her and there's no unnecessary drama in this story
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October 20, 2019
Status: --
Why is useless MC keep getting transmigrated into novel.... Can't they make it so that someone who was a manager, or even a shop assistant is also OK, I think it would have been interesting. Instead it's this talent less, jobless or boring MC getting crossed over. This MC is the same with that MC in substitute wife novel. =_=

I think this woman will probably kill her kid if the kid (the villain-to-be) was like a normal 4 y.o. kid. Instead to enable her acting clueless and cute, the author... more>> made the kid to be 'sensible'. This troupe feels refreshing once or twice now it's just boring and down right annoying ┐ (´д`) ┌ <<less
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December 17, 2019
Status: c61
This is by far the cutest story I've read! There are a few (IMO) unfairly low ratings, that I think needs some justification.

I love the family dynamics. She's not an exemplary mother by any means, but her son is turning out just fine (which is ultimately what matters right?). I this imaginary novel world, her son responds well to her style of parenting. I imagine. If he had a different personality, she would treat him differently as well (I remember the author addressing this in the novel). I don't know... more>> why there are so many people offended by her parenting. She doesn't live and breathe for her son, but he's pretty high up on her priorities. She takes care of his safety (to the person who said that he would have died in real life: my mom used to leave me at home alone when I was 5 and tell me to stay away from the windows in case the neighbors got suspicious. I turned out just fine)... I'd say she's doing well with what she's got. And frankly, I've seen much worse IRL and from really well off folks too. Sure her intentions are not the purest... (she wants her son to be successful so she can mooch off of him in the future), but she's not causing any detriment to her son with her expectations (tiger moms I am looking at you).

The MC is a little low EQ at times, but it definitely creates some hilarious situations. As the readers, we obviously see the entire story context, so her narrow view can be frustrating. I like that it builds their relationship slowly and steadily as opposed to having the usual love at first sight, then cat-fight-political-cliche stories.

Personally, I find those novels a little painful to read, but I can see how some people may find this a little bland or boring if they prefer those high-drama, intense-emotional-rollercoaster rides. I really hope that this story doesn't turn into that... It's a funny, cute, light-hearted read for anyone who is into that.

I hope that this review can sway the people who would have loved this novel but were turned off by the previous reviews to give it a chance. <<less
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Apaylia blackrose
October 16, 2019
Status: c3
It's interesting. MC is naive but vaigue. She is attracted by looks so she doesn't get attached easily. She doesn't desire for money or prestige. She just want a peaceful life with a steady income source.

Male lead is mc's novel's male lead's dad. He seems like a deepily hidden cunning person from summary. But he is yet to be properly introduced.

The story has reached the point where the MC has transmitted in between a s*x session. She thinks she is dreaming having s*x with ex boyfrnd, as she has just... more>> broken up. She than comments she must be fantasizing as boyfrnd has amazing skills in dream, even his chuckle is bone melting. She passes out.

When she wakes up she noticed the strange situation around her. The different room and the stranger on bed. She then quessed she must have transmigated. She goes to bathroom to admire her beauty and figure and thinks she has a killer body, even she as women is drooling over it.

After that by chance she remembers the stangers name and comment zhoi has performed good on bed. Lo behold. Boom. She remembers who she is and where she ia now. It's a novel world where in future she will be jailed. She realised it's first time she has bedded this zhou guy and its still 2 year early before she marry him. Being naive as she is, she decide to run from him as being with him will result in her being heroine og orange is the new black. So she hastly dresses up and flee like a typical playboy after a one night stand.

Zhou did wake up but he did not get opportunity to clarify the situation before she dash out. This was first time he was used and dumped. <<less
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January 6, 2020
Status: Completed
Personally, I really enjoyed this novel.

I read the comments that said the FL is childish, unintelligent and leeches off her parents. Howerver, I don't agree. First of all, at the beginning she is a girl who still hasn't graduated from school and experienced life. She can say whatever, but when she transmigrated, she worked hard to support herself and her child. It may not always be expressed, but if she didn't complain and remain cheerful despite having to go to work everyday with no breaks, then what's with the judgement?... more>> Anyway, I like reading stories where everything goes well for the mcs, rather than constant dogblood drama over nothing.

I also like how FL straightforwardly expresses her feelings. If she likes, she likes - if she doesn't, then she makes herself clear. She may give in to MLs tricks a lot, but when it really counts, she can stand up for herself (

she refuses to marry ML until she is sure that her child won't end up like in the novel despite her personal feelings and the pressure from ML; when given the chance to become a celebrity she feels tempted at first, but quickly realizes that it's not for her and isn't tangled over it for long


The ML is also quite good. I can't say that I totally understand him or that the author managed to completely convey his supposed shrewdness... but I really liked how he was willing for FL to have her own career, do small things for her and spoil her. He is also good with the children, and even gets jealous (but not over the top). An ideal guy!

Finally, the novel is very sweet, with some undramatic drama, which is told very warmly. The secondary characters are also interesting and even if they appear 'evil' at first, they have their reasons.

I recommend this novel for those, who like to eat sugar ^^ <<less
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haruhi91 rated it
January 13, 2020
Status: c42
I just cant stand the MC, she is so silly, superficial, narcissist and obsessed with beauty that it hurts to keep reading, I guess the author aimed for a comic effect, but I find it only annoying. I'll give you some examples. She cant stop admiring herself in the mirror or taking selfies for so long she forgets to check what her child is doing. One time, she looks at the photo of her deceased husband and what she thinks? She regrets he didn't die after her transmigration as she... more>> didn't have the chance to ogle him, a pity as he was so handsome. WTF?

She is an adult but acts as a teenager living in her bubble. In this kind of novel where a person transmigrates as a villain, the fun part is watching him or her trying to stay away from his predestinated fate living as independently as possible. In this novel, it's clear that without the support of the ML, the MC would probably end up without money living under a bridge. She is not able to plan or think rationally and, as she says, she has no problem leeching off a rich man or waiting for her smart kid to grow up so she can depend on him.

I am not interested in reading about the life of this kind of shallow characters. <<less
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Sinking Ship rated it
January 7, 2020
Status: c41
I'm surprised how much hate this novel is getting in the review section over the MC. Personally I like the MC a lot. She feels very much like a real human with the way she doesn't instantly and perfectly step into some other woman's life and flawlessly play out that woman's various roles. Like, who exactly is the person who could be magically transported into someone else's body and from there be able to act out the role of a perfect mother / daughter to a bunch of people she... more>> has literally never seen or met before? I feel like the transmigrated MC's who are always banging on about paying their filial piety to their "new" parents and relatives and whatnot are the real weird ones.

It's not like the MC of TMLVS ever does anything particularly heinous either. She just isn't an instantly subservient yes-man to some people who she's never met before who are also nominally her parents and she isn't instantly overflowing with tender motherly love for some brat she's never seen before.

All that aside the story itself is a pretty enjoyable read just for the running and chasing going on between the main couple, if you ask me. <<less
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December 7, 2019
Status: --
There are several reviews that has me asking, did they actually read the story?

The FL is not a virgin. She is not shy. She is a bit naive and a bit lazy.
But, she knows what to do and make decisions quickly while acting on them.
note: FL does not have a degree so it does not matter how smart the FL is, they will not give management job to a middle school graduate. Also, why are people looking for Mary Sue?

FL uses her skills - piano and violin, to... more>> find a job and become good friends with the people there. This is far from useless so I’m scratching my head on some of the reviews.

There are no issues with the FL and sons interactions. They are cute and has potential for lots of fluff.

At this point, I will keep reading and give it a rating once the story is completed or closer to complete. It is interesting to read.
Had to post this after reading some reviews that are different from the story. <<less
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Chumchum rated it
November 16, 2019
Status: c61
I think this novel should be given chance even though the MC seems really useless and stupid at first. She adjusts little by little and slowly she is trying the best for herself and her son.. The interactions between her and ML is funny and the kids are so cute. Recommend.
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secret165 rated it
November 5, 2019
Status: c59
This novel is quite interesting. MC is optimistic person. I like that the ML pursue MC 'gentlemanly'.

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MC tried at first to run away from the novel plot. However instead it arouses ML to chase after her. I like that ML pursue MC 'gentlemanly'. Every time MC tried to shot him down, ML will counter back that MC become speechless.

The two kids are also cute. Yan son is a 'good big brother' towards Zhou son. They become good friends because both of them are MC admirer. For now it seems that Zhou son is trying to plan for MC become his mom. LOL.

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moonmangacrazy rated it
October 16, 2019
Status: c1
I really like it! It has good potential, I think it will be a little cliche but I don't really mind it! I can't wait until they update more
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ByleeM rated it
December 22, 2019
Status: c33
I had expectations... Not too much, I didn't go in to this novel looking for the next holy grail, I was just in it for the fluff after reading some heavy stuff. But the FL ruined it for me. I think the story would have been better as a reincarnation into a white lotus than this transmigration plot it got going on. The FL has very little redeeming features and I dont think she cares about anyone but herself... Its a bit embarrassing really! For an eg, even knowing they... more>> are broke, she blew a $1000 on clothes and take out in a single weekend! Like brah... The 2 stars are for the translation and cute kid <<less
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sangmaharani rated it
December 19, 2019
Status: c77
This series could be developed as heartwarming story about family-making. It also has the potential to be a fiery romance between single dad and single mom with kids. Unfortunately, potential remains potential as the writing has never got in-depth. It's cute, but always only touching the surface. Like, everything that I want to happen on-screen, happened off-screen instead.

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Here we have little social butterfly (FL's son) that is eloquent, smart, and too reserved for his own age. We have little young master (ML's son) that is shy but slowly becoming more open. We have ML who is so busy with work, almost never seen child-rearing, but (as the narration says) he is actually better at educating and treats both kids equally. And lastly, we also have FL who is kind, beautiful, and hardworking, but slightly partial in treating the kids and has paranoia about future events.

Imagine if we get full exploration of their personal struggles, how they fix the problems, and what kind of influence that this new relationship give to each of them?? Think about how amazing it would be. However, like I said before, those things most likely happened off-screen. Here some points:

  • The narration is done from FL's side, so ML's view and feeling is very underexplored. Has he forgiven her for what she did to him at the night of pleasure, or never taken it to heart at first place? (The latter kinda weird but okay) Is he interested in her only because she ran away? Does he decide to pursue her because she's interesting or because he's falling in love? We as the reader kinda predict what he feels (because we have vast experiences in reading novels), but those things has never been confirmed inside the paragraph. Not to mention, the ML is away for business trip for like 60% of the story.
  • FL keeps talking about monetary value of everything. I get it that she is so poor and all, but can we talk about sincerity for once or twice? She accepts ML's body, ML's pursuit, gift, housing, and daily necessities provided by him. However I can't just sense a hint of gratitude. At this point, she is still scared of future events regardless his efforts.
  • The almost non-existent heart-to-heart talk.

Overall, I am entertained but so far I'm not feeling emotionally attached to the story.

Translation quality is good, though. This review is solely based on the novel, not the translation. <<less
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Platos_Redhaired_Stepchild rated it
January 12, 2020
Status: c42
I like this quite a bit. The set up is typical "transmigrated into a novel" but the MC is quite zanny. She does her best to raise a child that's not hers & she has no magical cheat and has to rely on her own talents to get a job. The ML is okay so far.

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The book version of the ML is a creep and the MC decides to avoid him at all cost.... after they hooked up. The ML is a rich boy and is quite amused by the novelty of a woman who isn't falling all over herself to 'catch' him.

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Kaylee rated it
December 30, 2019
Status: --
Hmm....... MC is not likeable at all. I forget how old is her real age, but reading her interaction with her child, it's like she's a teenager with no experience at socializing, money awareness and sense of urgency that all transmigrated character has.

It's why I also get sidetracked and stopped reading this. Too bad. Her child is cute and a prodigy or every 4year old child in novel is LOL
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zeroknight rated it
December 11, 2019
Status: c21
Honestly.... is the MC even had a tiniest intelligence left. Other than being a Shameless narcissist and a horrible parenting skills, she didnt even know how to use money WISELY.

Even if you cannot cook, Isnt it EASY just to fry something as long as the fire is not that strong and you're watching it? Did she even Know how to just boil an egg?
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December 9, 2019
Status: c27
I’m refraining from rating it as I haven’t finished the novel yet.

So far, we meet the MC, Yan Shuyu, who transmigrated into a novel.

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She is a spoiled nouveau riche child—who was seriously pampered by her parents.


Though I don’t like her personality as much, it’s more realistic than some of the other cliche bedding CEO novels I’ve read. I just hope that as the story progresses, YS personality will develop as well.

At the start:


YS wakes up and finds out that she had sexual intercourse with someone and it wasn’t a dream. She isn’t a virgin and even if she assumed that it was her ex-boyfriend or even a dream, she actively participated in the act. Some reviews call it r*pe, and I don’t want to put my opinion in there. (It is whatever you think it is.)

She then proceeds to run away as she realizes that she’s in a novel and in the body of a cannon fodder.


You get to meet her son, Zhang Yuanjia, who you’ll feel for. His circumstances is actually quite pitiful.


He’s only 4 years and I think 4 months old, when we’re introduced to him. He acts very mature for his age, trying to be self sufficient and not rely on his mother as much—not want to be a bother to her.


Many times, you’ll question the FML and her decisions but logically thinking about it, it’s a more genuine decision.


YS was a single child, she doesn’t know how to care for others. Not to mention that she hasn’t taken care of any younger kids and doesn’t have any maternal instincts, she is unable to see the child’s needs—being more selfish. When she thinks for the well-being of the two of them, it’s visibly discernible that she puts herself first before ‘her’ child.


You’ll often gets inserts of the male lead, Zhou Qinghe, who is... as you have guess: a cold-and-calculating-single-father-who-is-the-CEO-of-a-major-empire.

There’s not much information on the man, other than the description and inserts from the novel that YS remembers, but so far, he seems like the typical aloof CEO type.

Back to the story:


Since YS arrived 2 years before the start of her and her son’s downfall, she wants to change their fate. She quits the job on the spot and tries to save as much money as she can. YS asks for deposit back from the place she’s renting and the kindergarten place, but after hearing what the original had done, she has no choice but to stick with it for now.

The next event setter annoys me but reasoning that YS isn’t omniscient, it barely passes. She receives a call from her old workplace with an irrefutable offer (for someone who has been spoiled and in dire need of money). She instantly accepts and sets a date with her old manager—without even being slightly suspicious of why the rule would change for her all of a sudden.


The free to read translation (not on patreon) is only at chapter 27–where YS has gotten a job at a restaurant and has set the date to go and receive her paycheck at the hotel.


Albeit the MC’s personality isn’t very likable, the storyline isn’t so bad (kinda mediocre) and can pass as a read whenever you’re bored or have nothing else to read. I look forward to more scenes with the ML of the story, her son having more screen time, and more interactions from YS and YZJ. <<less
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manjuone rated it
December 6, 2019
Status: c25
The protagonist is just so annoying. She is kinda delusional, narcissistic and irresponsible. I keep reading with hope that she will grow up, maybe think a little 'bout her son future/safety, but I give up now....
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YoriMei rated it
January 6, 2020
Status: c74
I’ve read quite a bit of the original, and honestly the story isn’t bad; it’s your typical “pretty MC with a bun, and CEO chasing her down”, except CEO has a bun too this time. Honestly nothing about this story is super original but I’d say it’s decently written and it’s cute watching the future ML and Villain become buddies.

So why the 3 stars? Well; MC’s characterization is both refreshing and discerning. She’s so hit or miss that she makes or breaks the entire story. As a spoiled, single child... more>> fresh outta college, she’s refreshing in that she’s not automatically a good mother like everyone else who transmigrates. Her bun sticks to her immediately though. It’s refreshing to see a transmigrator who doesn’t suddenly become one of those saintly, amazing, beautiful mother characters.

the bad? She’s a terrible mother!!! For example, She pushes off her child to others to go shopping or watch movies by herself. It’s realistic in how she retains her 20’s personality even when crossing over but when you mix it with her self-confidence and self-assurance, she becomes a bit vapid and flippant. She isn’t unskilled but she can definitely become grating. <<less
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