When A Snail Loves


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In this world, there is the beautiful mutual and telepathy love.

“I’ve been pursuing you for so long, what do you think?’

Xu Xu could feel her heart pounding in her chest; however what he said wasn’t logical.

“You’re pursuing me?”

Ji Bai raised his black eyes looking at her quietly.

“Every morning I exercised with you, personally taught you how to shoot, prompted the police team to call you sister in law… If this isn’t pursuing, then what is it?”

She took a deep breath stabilizing her heartbeat.

“You don’t need to pursue me anymore.”

Ji Bai totally did not expect her to say that. His heart sank, coldly said: “What do you mean?”

Xu Xu looked into his eyes: “I also like you so you don’t need to pursue.”

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Nếu ốc sên có tình yêu/ Khi ốc sên yêu
When A Snail Falls in Love
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New Lupin rated it
March 23, 2021
Status: --
Im not usually to write review but this story is amazing. It doesnt focus solely on the FL and the ML romance but still there's a hint of romance gradually starting. I like the FL because of her nice temperament. Not over domineering, especially, not s*upid, quite the opposite actually. Its very hard to create a detective story because you really need to think of the plot and the characters but I think the author did a great job of this. 😊
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Shio rated it
December 2, 2015
Status: --
If this is not the definition of cute, I don’t know what else is.

Xu Xu is downright adorable, without being a klutz or overly dense. Her EQ is pretty low (that’s how the author describe her) and is often oblivious to other people feeling, but she did realize those feeling. When her brain is not too focused on cases, that’s it.

Ji bai (male lead) is sensible and is direct with his feeling. Best part? He gave some space to Xu Xu and respect her opinion. Both Xuxu and Ji Bai... more>> are able to separate their feelings and work, a rare trait in chn romance novel.

It’s a great read for those who enjoy romance. My only regret is that the story was not yet finished when I picked it up. Now I have to wait for updates ;-; <<less
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perucool rated it
January 8, 2018
Status: Completed
Highly recommended ??The people who rate this novel as 1 star I don't understand their test or may be they really don't have any test like seriously this novel is so goooooood

?romance is just perfect and most importantly relatable. You can relate to it not like some novel where leads fall in love in first chapter. And crime ceases, is also good not too draggy. The lead couple's chemistry is on another level?. And BIG BIG thank you to the translators ??
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Chewy rated it
December 27, 2016
Status: c44.1
Don't let the title or the synopsis fool you. It sounds thoroughly boring and sappy but no!! It ain't!

Both main leads don't lose their minds over love. They're impeccable police officers that balance duty and feelings carefully, but that doesn't mean they have a boring romance! The increasingly dangerous missions they embark on allows both of them to realize each other's irreplaceable existences as they rely on each other's strengths to push through each case!

The setting of each scene is absolutely on point, as each crime scene is clearly illustrated... more>> down to the last footprint. All the characters, their preferences, the neighborhood, workplace... is thoroughly visualized.

There is an emphasis on relationship building in the novel but it's so much more than that. There is no emotional roller coaster ride. It's a steady snail-pace build up of the emotions between the lead characters. But it's doesn't take a long time for their feelings to blossom. It's more like,

The male lead realizes his feelings first and seemingly guides the female lead to fall for him.


What really hits the spot is how both leads crack the cases they're faced with. It's ingenious! The author meticulously fleshes out the personalities of each character. Their characters have a lot of impact on how it leads them down their respective paths.

I love how we see how the foibles of some characters steers them down the wrong path until they come to a point of no return. Although the author paints a merciful world where second, third or even fourth chances are given, however, some characters keep pushing their luck and end up reaping terrible ends.

These side characters go through the ordeals they invite upon themselves, but through Xuxu's rippling existence in their lives, they retrieve the strength to rectify their wrongs. And, once again, they stand on the path they should be on.

Ten stars

I don't know what you're doing if you're not reading this! The translation is superb, they even have a movie/drama out. It's the kind of story that focuses on character interactions and development, in turn these developments lead to fascinating events! <<less
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DubZer0 rated it
March 12, 2017
Status: c50
Starts off really slow. The characters are flat until the ending of the first case. Romance is slow but also nonexistent. There is no flirting/teasing, they start spending time with each other doing things that they would normally do considering their relationship (he teachers her to fire a gun, he mentors her, follows through on workout plan that was created before he had feelings for her, she cooks breakfast for him for working her out, one shopping trip). Once the relationship starts, she kicks her brother who helped raise her... more>> to the curb for no real reason, she just automatically chooses her first bf over her older brother. Not worth reading unless you're seriously bored. And even then, probably not. <<less
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Talyn rated it
January 5, 2016
Status: --
So far (c50) the plot has moved along steadily following various cases. The romance aspect seems slow but I feel it has been progressing at a pace suitable to the personalities of XuXu and JiBai.

Other than the relationship between the MC and male lead, I also like the way the MC and her brother interacts. The MC may not be expressive with her feelings but still shows her concern in her own way; and her brother understands her so don’t really pressure her to be more ‘normal’ or interferes with... more>> her life. <<less
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DraconisQuest75 rated it
January 7, 2018
Status: Completed
What? ? ? You haven't started? ? Read it now! Binged-read it for a day haha

The way the author wrote the novel is sophisticated. The mystery and thrill of each cases were brought forward gradually and accompanying it are pretty realistic methods on how police officers solve cases. He/she also added wordplays at the right moment and the pace of the novel is just right for me :)

The romance is sweet and steady too that's why I think their love for each other blossomed beautifully.

Kudos to the translators as... more>> well! They did a good job in delivering this masterpiece to us! :) <<less
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tanzmoon rated it
May 1, 2017
Status: c54.2
Love it. It's really good. The author can really write good stories on (referring to when he comes close your eyes). It's very gentle (although it has crime scenes and stuff but it still gives me

off a gentle feeling somehow) and I absolutely love both the male and female leads. They have such a wonderful relationship.
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Kala rated it
November 18, 2016
Status: c54
I really love this novel. And I've read this translation twice even though it's not completed : (.

I totally love the way their relationship is progressing. They seem so natural and there is no tension, nothing seems out of place. They're honest with their feelings and even though they're completely two different persons they complement each other perfectly and accept each other all flaws.

Storyline is great, I really like criminal aspect of this drama. Everything is written clearly and neatly so not confusing at all. Hope to see few last... more>> chapters translated somewhere near in the future. I'm so curious! And almost whole book is translated!! It's so sad that we're almost there but not yet. <<less
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TianTian rated it
February 27, 2019
Status: Completed
Overall, I think I finished the novel due to the fact that I’m just really fond of the drama that was adapted from say novel.

I also liked Xu Xu and Ji Bai but I just don’t like how the author executed Yao Meng and that one Zi guy, forgot his name.

As a promising criminal profiler student, the author didn’t give Yao Meng enough due respect. Yao Meng came off as s*upid, lovestruck and short sighted. She cried because she didn’t get Ji Bai to be her teacher?

Chinese authors, women authors... more>> at that need to give us women more credit. We don’t sit around scheming and calculating how to get Adonis to notice us. Then turn around and scheme on how to get rid of the female lead. We’re more than white lotus/green-tea bit*h or even female friend A B and C.

And also, lately I wonder how Ji Bai even fell for Xu Xu but considering that I read the first 50 chapters a year ago and just finished the rest today maybe that’s why I can’t rememeber. <<less
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QueenWolf rated it
September 11, 2017
Status: c68.3
Just brilliant. 10/10

Clever, intriguing writing, the translating done with care and appreciation and clear editing for a cherry on top.

This is honestly one of my favourite stories (CN or otherwise) ever.

... more>> A clever mixing of an engaging crime thriller, that always keeps you guessing and on the edge of your toes, and sweet romance. (I love crime stories and shows and have read and watched enough to appreciate the wit behind this one)

While I have seen a comment on a slow start, honestly I wouldn't not have it any other way. The female lead is clever and independent and although somewhat naïve, is not dense but rather extremely perceptive. (I must say I was getting sick of the typical dense female leads). Love the ML too

I won't say anymore - if your reading this, spend that time reading this novel instead ? <<less
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Kei-Em03 rated it
May 9, 2019
Status: Completed
This is fluffy and awesome ?

I love their interactions, especially the date part when they are both sniffing each other out if the other has feeling or if the other is a good relationship to have, etc. I love the way she is with her brother and how her brother looks out for her. Great novel if you are looking to read a mystery+romance+suspense (mild) in a chill way type of novel. If you like When He Comes, Close Your Eyes by the same author, you'll definitely like this too.

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Clairebear rated it
March 20, 2019
Status: Completed
I've read many of Ding Mo's works that were set in the same "universe" and this novel is probably my favourite one. Ji bai and Xu xu are just so adorable and a perfect match together. I also liked how they didn't have a crazy, possesive relationship which seems to be in so many other asian novels. If you can, I would definitely recommend reading the original (chinese one) because some parts just get lost in translation. My chinese reading skills is actually not that good so I used the... more>> audiobook to help. All in all, love this novel. It has just the right mix of crime suspense, drama, and romance without being too long or draggy. <<less
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Arrange rated it
November 15, 2020
Status: Completed
I love this novel so much!

It's not my first time reading it but I finally decided to write a review about it!

The romance progress was unexpectedly smooth, but then the plot of the story said yeet you now have to deal with psychos gurl lol. It's a cute quick binge if you want some detective action and fluffy romance!
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LunaAmoreuse rated it
October 17, 2020
Status: c1
I love this. Reading this for second time. I came for the plot and stayed for the plot.

Snail maybe not referring to their romance progress. They were pretty fast and quite natural. The ML is so confident and the epitome of manly man. The FL is adequately perfect with appropriate flaws. Thats what I like about this novel, both have flaws which is realistic.
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chande rated it
September 21, 2020
Status: Completed
Initially, I want to give this novel a 5 stars but I decide to rate it 4.5 stars instead because there is still a loose end in the end.

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It's about Zhang Shiyong. After manipulating his in law's family (including his wife) to murder his mistress, he still got away with it in the end and even became more successful. Even Feng Ye (Yao Meng's psychopath ex boyfriend) got his retribution but no news about Zhang Shiyong and also Ye Zixiao. Speaking of Ye Zixiao, he's quite pitiful. I wish he gets his happy ending too like Yao Meng.

Honestly, I'm not too fond of Yao Meng's character. She often got carried away by her emotion. But after she encountered 2 psychopath's boyfriend, I feel a bit pity for her so I'm happy she ends up with Ji Bai's best friend.


Regardless of the loose end, the story is still enjoyable. I'm satisfy about how author wrapping Xu Xu and Ji Bai's story. I definitely watch the drama version next time. <<less
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ike_00000 rated it
September 19, 2020
Status: Completed
I love this story. But also, damn,

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I feel so bad for Yao Meng. It makes me feel I should get a psychoanalysis of my partner before entering in a relationship lmaooo


The mystery and detective elements in this story are very well done. There's quite a bit of very cool detail, although it's not exactly one of those murder mystery stories where the clues are available for the reader to find.

I love the character and strengths of the MC; she has a very powerful strength, but she also has and understands her weaknesses. I like her work attitude and the way she faces problems, whether in the professional environment or regarding emotions. She also has low EQ but isn't one of those dense and annoying MCs who always walk around in circles with misunderstandings and hesitancies all over the place. If she knows what she wants, she's going to try and get it.

ML is also great, he's a very strong detective captain and he's also very respectful with MC. The progress of their relationship is realistic and logical, it's very sweet to read.

Side characters are also great. I will say the way cases seem to fall around people they know is a lil unrealistic, but it's not a big deal.


In particular, I really like the way the story alludes to Ye Zixi's relationship w Xu Huan, although I wish there was more.


I really recommend this story!! <<less
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Dayang_Dyan rated it
August 31, 2020
Status: Completed
For a snail, they do progressed fast. Anyway, this was a very nice read. I especially enjoyed reading the scenes of them solving crimes after crimes. (Though the sad thing was, there were no smuts! Haha jk).

Them solving crimes was kind of nerve wracking. Them being so lovey dovey was so cute and funny especially how they straightforwardly expressed themselves.
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Onymous rated it
July 4, 2020
Status: Completed
Nice read. Very good plot. Although, I loved 'When He Comes, Close Your Eyes' better than this, it's still a good read. Both are similar genres. And the fluff are so cute. I felt so sorry for Yao Meng. But when I read the last chapters, I'm glad she got her HE.
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Suranchan rated it
December 19, 2019
Status: Completed
So, so good!

Engaging story peppered with fluff. Never a boring moment.

looking forward to reading "Our Glamorous Time" next.
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