The Way to Protect the Female Lead’s Older Brother


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I accidentally took possession of someone in a 19+ reverse harem novel.

The problem is that I became Roxana Agriche, the older sister of the sub-villain. My damn father kidnapped the heroine’s brother. Now, is the only thing left to meet a terrible end from the vengeance of the heroine?

But what if I can avoid that horrible development?

“I’m also interested in this toy.”

“I’ll protect you until you can get out of here safely.”

The heroine’s brother, Cassis Pedalian, will definitely be able to pay me back later.

Kidnapping, mu*der, and risqué relationships! Within the scandalous pages of The Abysmal Flower, the downfall of Roxana Agrece’s criminal family is already foretold. So when Cassis Pedelian, the heroine’s older brother, is kidnapped by Roxana’s father, she can either wait for the heroine’s revenge… or take matters into her own hands, since Cassis is the key to her survival. But with deceitful characters on all sides, can Roxana and Cassis trust each other enough to bring down the brutal Agreces?

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How to Protect the Heroine's Older Brother
여주인공의 오빠를 지키는 방법
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CN_Cyanide rated it
March 10, 2021
Status: Completed
I had my issues with the last arc, but I really liked the side stories and the first 2/3 of the story, so 5 it is.

As always, i'll give my complete thoughts in the story with hidden spoilers (for those who didn't read them on the forum spoiler threads).

About the portrayal of the characters psychology...

Spoiler up to chapter 25 (on the webtoon)

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I got to know this story through the webtoon. And its the first time I have to say that this aspect was better exposed in the drawings than in the writting, since here we can see much more of the inner monologue of the characters, and yet it was still well done.

I'll just talk about the most vivid example, Roxanna, our MC. She is a woman that in the beginning of the story shows the many facets of her character. She IS an Agriche, nevermind she had a previous life, she was molded into the beautiful and strong woman we see. She is someone who unconsciously lives as a manipulative and ruthless character but that tries to keep the goodness of her heart from her previous world. She became hardened by her environment and can only show her feelings in a distorted way, but her contradiction attracts the many characters around her - be it her brothers, Cassis or the other guys in her life.

You can see it clearly when Cassis is first held a captive and she often thinks about saving him... of course, in the she often says its because of 'survival', but the destructive way she is living and her lack of overall care about her own well-being makes the reader wonder "just how reliable is this narrator"? You can see how much she despises what she became, and how hellbent she is into doing 'something', which is not survival, but destroying everythind Land Agriche constructed. She's in for vengeance, but this vengeance is not so "blood-boiling" as we normally see around us. This is a carefully planned vengeance, an apex predator eyeing his prey carefully. Roxanne tolerates no failures.

She likes to talk about earning Cassis trust, while instead of making him trust her she is trying to instill dominance and show who is the boss in their relationship. She puts him into dangerous situations just so he would feel helpless and depend on her... (anyway, we all know that her plans don't go very well, and Cassis ends up softening to the weaknesses she lets out in front of him).

The girl that got nauseous only by reading a book as dark as "Hell's flower" is now a woman who doesn't flinch in the face of madness. Her new life has changed her, forever.


What I like about characters in the story (this spoiler goes beyond webtoon chapter 25...)


Although Agriche looks like your standart villanous family, all the other families are dark in their own way. You can see that on how the dealings between the other 5 families and the Agriche is exposed here and there. And you can see on the heirs and leaders of the other families too.

And you can see, a character can be judged as bad in a scene and good in the next scene. Its just a matter of perspective and situation. The only reason why Land Agriche (Roxanna's father) is seen as a total evil bastard, its because he has no principles. He's a dark whole that destroys everything around him. Even Mary or the other Agriche children are depicted in the gray area despite their weird hobbies.

Cassis Pendelian, the judge, was also not completely good - he is so mu*derous and over-the-edge for anything that tries to grab Roxanna's attention from him, but he is ofc excellent at repressing himself, a lesson from his childhood. (His relationship with Roxanna, from the POV of a person in a healthy relationship with their partner is very problematic. But this doesn't change my ship, I really like their scenes together).


About the romance - I DON'T GET THE SHOUJO TAG!!!


I think it bloomed quite well, for such setting. And when they got hot with each other... damn, it was like a bomb going 'boom' and they didn't stop xD;

They were not very descriptive, but we are gifted with dialogues and meaningful actions between them. They test each other's boundaries and they try to possess each other in all aspects of their lives. They both represent to each other, something they lacked previously in their lives. Cassis and Roxanna pair is a more extreme case of bad boy x good girl, except that the roles are reversed. And yes, good boys are extremely attracted to bad girls in rl life too. haha.


About the Agriche brothers.


All in all Dion, Jeremy and Asil (when Nyx appears) are developed in the story. And we get some of the background and childhood for those 3 with Roxanna.

Her relationship with Jeremy and Dion also being warped, from before she knew she was in the novel and acted normally, and after she knew what her family was and that she was in a novel. (In special with Dion, there's several SSs about that).

I didn't feel bad about Nyx when he had his ending. The dead are dead, we must learn to let them go. And so they did it.

But... I felt a bit bad for Dion. He was a character that is the representation of a person living everyday in the coldest of winters, but one day tastes a single day of spring. And since them, he has been living his life as if trying to taste this experience again... but unfortunately there's only winter. - Nevetheless, he has some development, some of his thoughts and struggles are brought each time he appears and when Sierra decides to save him and let go of her hatred. And yes, I pity him too Sierra.


Anyways, I recommend the read. Don't read in one seat, since it is impossible.... if you never dug deeply into the gray areas of "good" and "bad", you should read each chapter without judging, but by logically thinking about each character's action, thoughts and dialogues and how do they fit together, and from what perspective are they coming from.

And don't expect a scene where the hero saves the beauty, cuz here the beauties are their own heroes.

Yey to Roxie and Grizelda (my lovely Griz). <<less
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ladyartemis rated it
February 13, 2021
Status: c131
So far, the best I have read in 2021. The female MC, Roxana Agriche is one hell of a splendid villainess queen. She rocks! The plot is very good. I really like the flow of the story and the resolution of the scenarios. Furthermore, the ML is a perfect fit for her. *Sighs in bliss* On the other hand, there's a manhwa for this. The art is so legit, I can't help simping for everyone. Hoho

I am glad this has already have an English translation. Thank you Translator-nim!
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helena134 rated it
February 14, 2021
Status: --
I am so surprised that I really liked this. But then again she's a badass lady
This is another isekai shoujo, and she is reborn in the most psychopathic family in history, where the most evil child wins the favor of his father.
Roxana is amazing, she has a gray moral character, her end goal is supposed to be good, but there are so many things that could go wrong. The environment she grew up in has obviously changed her for the worse, but I really want to know what decisions she will make and which path she will choose.
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lixue rated it
August 2, 2021
Status: Completed
Have you ever wondered whats the line between love and obsession is?

Like until how far is it still counted as love and how far is allowed until it turns into an obsession?

This novel is an amazing read in that aspect. The dynamics of the characters and their personality along with their relationships will give you a whole new, fresh taste that you'd probably never find anywhere else. I would actually give it 6 stars out of 5 just for the fact that it leaves a really nice aftertaste and made... more>> me ponder on their relationship dynamics.


Our MC, Roxana, is a child of Agriche. Think Villain family, mafia kind of thing. The Agriche kids are all trained to kill, to poison, tp torture and such. During the entire novel she, too, will display her ruthless or cunning nature. She is both a seductress and a liar, she plays with the cards she has been dealt with and she is definitely not a soft, innocent kind of protagonist. She could kill her own father and schemed her own siblings to death and she didn't mind destroying her entire family either. She was not a good person, but she is also not a bad person. For this entire novel, it is best to just see her as an ambiguity.

One of the most memorable line that I think perfectly describes her is when she said:


(to Cassis) "If one day you try to leave me because you're bored or tired of me..

I'm going to kill you with my hands."

Even if she did something he would never tolerate, she still wants him by continue to hug her by her side.

Even if Casssis dries up by her side, like a plant that took it's roots wrongly, she would never let him go until her death.

Roxana knew like an instinct how she could keep this guy next to her forever. In this situation, she admits it was cowardly to use this method on Cassis. But what could she do? So she moved her lips and said the words that will bind him like shackles forever, "I love you."


If that was done by any other MC or any other person, it would being a totally different effect than when Roxana said it. This shows the strength of character the author has written. Only Roxana can say such thing making without making it obsessive or creepy.

The ML, Cassis, is also an interesting character. He was quiet but not soft, he was not cold and icy but he was not warm either. He didn't spoil her nor talk too much, but he gives in and indulge her without going overboard. He is not the common ML troupe kind of guy. He was never outspoken with his emotions towards Roxana and he never NEVER demanded anything of her. It was like he just have a tacit understanding of how she is and would accept her no matter what, but he was never giving in or blindly following her or turned into a henpecked husband kind of ML.

Another interesting thing is also Roxana's relationships with her half siblings. It was extremely complex and so real, the hatred and the grievances between them but also the slight affection and empathy they always shared as all of them are born into the Agriche.


This entire novel is gray. There is no absolute good and there is no absolute evil, there are a lot of actions and decisions that questions the moral standard. Is our MC a heroine or an anti-hero? Are the relationship of these siblings hate or love or pity? Nobody, I repeat, nobody is ever black and white here. And the author managed to portray the complexity of it so well that it leads to this intriguing, alluring story that's both deep and dark but also extremely satisfying. <<less
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ylial rated it
May 10, 2021
Status: c145
The first part of the novel is saving Cassis (book FL's brother) and killing Landt Agriche. The second part is MC living with Cassis and entanglement with the book MLs. The story building is good but went downhill after the fall of Landt agariche

Most of the 2nd part is honestly boring since it is mostly monologue as well as the story the MC living in annex together with ML Cassis and Sylvia. Also, I didn't find any in*est so I'm wondering why it is in the tag

There are also explicit... more>> scenes between Roxanne and Cassis, for 3days straight!!!! In the second part, every time the MC and ML meets, they do explicit things which just prolongs the story. All characters have their own heartlessness and selfishness. That's why I feel pity for Dion and Jeremy, they seem like a cannon fodder written by author to progress the story. The MC, Roxanne Agriche is very manipulative to the bones, manipulating every characters here in the novel. She also directed her hate wrongly. The only good part here is the until Landt Agriche is captured <<less
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ConsiderableWave rated it
May 13, 2021
Status: --
Hard to find a copy of but it's deep and dark and worth the search, mostly action at the start since it takes a while for the romance to be in the spotlight. The translation doesn't have the best grammar but it's easy to overlook when you're so excited to keep reading.
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Asphyxia778 rated it
October 30, 2021
Status: --
The song, "She's sweet but a psycho" fits Roxanne perfectly and I really enjoyed reading this. I came from the manhwa and I have to say this is one of the few "Villainess noble girl" genre novel done well as MC personality is very well done. I like that there are no comically bad or good character and most of them are morally grey and you have to think of how and why the MC does the things she does.

I like that. Plus I have a weakness for badass villains... more>> so hahaha.

I recommend <<less
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kyuujunana rated it
June 9, 2021
Status: c33
Like like like! Read the manhwa and it's super duper good. Please let there be a continuation of this novel. Beloved author, translator editor & etc, keep up the good work!
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Sags1 rated it
April 29, 2022
Status: c60
The story is good but what makes it the best is the dynamics.

Every single character feels alive and there is no morally right or wrong. Just whatever you can do to live and kill.

Even the best characters have faults and even the psychos feel realistic.

Story is a 4 star but the dynamics make it 5 star.
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Creamypie rated it
July 15, 2021
Status: c120
I really love the novel and manhua. The female MC, Roxanna was really amazing from the start until the end. I love how she makes decision. Also some maybe forgot but she was transmitted in that world and become Roxana Agriched but she cope up really fast and that's make her really different to other isekai fantasy romance.
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layhas rated it
September 16, 2023
Status: Completed
I feel conflicted giving this story a 4 because everything after the Vertium mansion is really really dull. But everything from the start up until leaving the Vertium mansion is 10/10 some of my favorite writing.

To be fair, this is not a wholesome story. I did not want that out of this. Basically every character here is messed up in the head. And for me, that's a lot of fun. Roxana being hellbent on destroying her own family was the best part of the story. As of writing, I have... more>> not finished the side stories and I don't particularly feel the need to. I feel like I got everything I wanted from the story by the midway point and everything after that was just there for me. But even if I feel that way about the second half, the story was absolutely worth reading for the first half. Roxana is probably one of the most memorable villains I've read about in a Korean RoPan. Super super fun.

Also the main story is currently complete on the Radish app, which is where I read it. On Radish, the main story ends at the end of Season 7. <<less
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SleepyGrey rated it
August 31, 2022
Status: c43
As a person who enjoys seeing blood and gore, this is just perfect for me. I'm curious to see what's next! I wonder if this'll become an erot*c novel as well

because of the Pedelian's ability to heal others through intimate contact?


I look forward to this! I love the art, too!
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Marie_0720 rated it
May 23, 2022
Status: Completed
I love this novel, it easily becomes one of my favorite. The story is really good and it's an enjoyable read. Absolutely Recommend!

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I'm gonna focus on the characters because I especially love the characters in here.

I love the FL Roxana. I love her personality and her character. She's strong, smart, beautiful. She's kinda similar to a femme fatale character. I love her growth as a character too. She's well-written imo. And she's a great villainess. She's loving as well. She can be benevolent and deeply caring to those she cares about, but can be brutal and dangerous to others. She doesn't feel remorse 😭

In the beginning, Roxana wasn't able to adjust to her household but after her brother's death she tried climbing up to the top and reaching it. She changed a lot. She have her development in the story too, we can see it as the story goes on. She's great! She's my no. 1 favorite character. I have a lot of things to say about her character tbh (like an in depth?) but idk how to say it 😅 it's kinda hard for me to explain... Overall, she's amazing :D

The ML Cassis is one of the best imo. (I don't see much hype and appreciation for him compared to the other characters :<) He changed so much after the time skip. At first he's the type of person who's good and all, but after the time skip and also because of the influence of Roxana and his stay in Agriche, he changed a lot. I love his character. (There's something more to him I just can't put it into words rn) He's a great lover too. He cares about Roxana a lot. He treats her so well and loves her so much. He supports her and her decision but also make sure that she is safe. Ofc Roxana loves him soooo much too. They never hide to each other that they love each other. One of my favorite thing about the novel (along with the plot and characters) is the romance because it's so good! I love their relationship so much. They like doing physical affection a lot whenever they meet or have private time. Like hugging, kissing, etc. There's a lot of romantic lines that came from him in the novel that I love a lot. Other than that he's doing good as being the heir of the Pedelian's too. He's also a great brother to Sylvia. He cares about Sylvia a lot as a sister. Like giving her compliments, etc.

The side characters are great too. I love the women in this novel. Grizelda, Sylvia, Maria, Pandora, Olin, Sierra, etc. They're great and strong characters on their own as well. (Grizelda, Sylvia, Maria, and Pandora are my faves xD)

Pandora is orca's cousin


Pandora did something earlier that a lot of readers might dislike, there's that one scene where Pandora tries to scare Roxana (she likes Cassis) using her monsters (she's a Whiperion, they tame monsters) Roxana will come back on her using her butterflies ofc. But she's not really bad and she'll even apologize later on, Roxana too.


Sylvia is described as someone very lovely but she can be very strong too. Especially seen in the og novel "flower of hell". She likes Roxana a lot and supports Roxana and Cassis together. Even hoping/wanting for their marriage and children.

Grizelda, she's really cool. She helps Roxana a lot and likes her too. I like her scenes in the novel xD

Maria is kinda funny at times. She lives with Sierra. And often comes across Deon and even saving him.

About Sierra... A lot of people might say that something bad about her, especially about her being a mother but honestly I can understand her side...

The men on this on the other hand... A lot of them are shitty 😅 Lante dies, Fontaine dies. They died in the Agriche downfall. The og MLs 2/3 of them are not good. Luzark is decent. Noel isn't really horrible but he's not good either imo. (Tbh I kinda feel bad for him with what happened to Dante, one of the person who's been there with him. Dante dies, killed by Deon.) Orca being the worst.


even in the og TL he treats Sylvia like sh*t. He r*ped, kidnap and even confine her iirc. I hate him.


He's not better in this TL either, but rather than mostly on Sylvia his focus is on Roxana now.


Though he'll get something bad happening to him later on... Done by Roxana. She kissed him (she has poisonous kiss) and she even bit and rip his tongue out using her teeth (iirc) that caused him to be paralyzed and bedridden, reason why he is removed as a heir.


Nyx is another character that'll be introduced later on. He's kinda like the main focus later on too. He's a doll from Bertium, made up of Achille's body. They changed his left eye color to magenta, replacing the missing eye when he was disposed. He's different from the former Achille. He did some kinda nasty (?) stuff but he's also kinda pitiful at times. He dies in the SS (Not in the main story) where the memories of Achille is coming back to him. It was sad.

Jeremy is a great younger brother to Roxana. Start to end. He treats Roxana well and loves his sister as a sister. She's one of the only family he had left and treats him like a family. After the Agriche downfall, when Roxana is deciding to die, Jeremy and her meet and said that "I know my older sister has never sincerely laughed." "If I... ... Will you come back if I make Agriche a place where your sister can laugh?" so he tried to build Agriche again, one of the people who helped with the downfall of their house is the same person who tries to build it again. They'll meet again later on (chapter 140) he was crying in her lap, he hasn't seen his sister in a long time.

The relationship of the characters can be pretty complex as well. Especially the Agriche siblings.

Majority of the characters are in like the gray area... Few of them are just black though. (kinda?)


Not really 100% accurate and there's a lot missing since I forgot a lot of stuff already, been long.

The manhwa is great btw. Love the art, it's so beautiful. It portrays the novel very well. Excited for S2! There's going to be a lot of good things that'll happen xD especially on the romance and PLOT :DDDD <<less
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