Manga Review: A Wife of Convenience by Yoshiko Hanatsu & Kim Lawrence

May Contain Spoilers

Despite some initial confusion with the story, as well as a few questions about word choices used in the translation, A Wife of Convenience was a pretty entertaining read.  At first I hated the cover, but Rosie’s slightly overwhelmed expression perfectly reflects her state of mind during the first part of the story.  This has a couple tropes I enjoy despite myself.  There’s twin sisters swapping places, the hero’s family is filled to the brim with selfish losers who try to meddle in their lives, and a marriage of convenience to keep the family business out of the hands of said selfish losers.

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Manga Review: Abby and the Playboy Prince by Riho Sachimi & Raye Morgan

May Contain Spoilers

I decided to read Abby and the Playboy Prince because of the title.  What girl can resist a prince? Especially a fun loving, playboy of a prince.  I found this to be a mixed bag.  It features a trope I love – reunited childhood friends – but there wasn’t much spark between the protagonists.  I don’t even think Mychale kissed Abby until their wedding scene at the very end of the book.  What kind of playboy is that?

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Manga Review: Wife by Contract, Mistress by Demand by Marito Ai & Carole Mortimer @emangadotcom

May Contain Spoilers

I’m glad that I didn’t read the synopsis prior to reading Wife by Contract, Mistress by Demand (and wow, that is a mouthful, like too many Harlequin titles!), because it doesn’t make any sense. What’s a money-grubbing mare??  Anyway, like most Presents, the hero is an alphahole, but the story, thanks in part to the art, wasn’t bad.  I prefer my heroes to not be such enormous jerks, but, hey, I guess the conflict has to come from someplace.

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Manga Review: Heartthrob for Hire by Sara Nakayama

May Contain Spoilers

I could not resist the title.  Heartthrob for Hire. Doesn’t that make you want to drive right into the story?  The blurb didn’t hurt either.  Kate’s family and friends think she’s gay because she hasn’t had a boyfriend, and after meeting Roy, Kate jumps to the erroneous conclusion that he’s a gigolo, because how else could a retired football player afford his luxurious digs?  It’s obvious that he’s selling his sexy body for big, big bucks so he could purchase an entire apartment building.  Kate is sadly out of touch with reality, and it took meeting Roy for her to reconnect with her family and with her life.

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Manga Review: Fatherhood Fever! by Yoko Hazuki

May Contain Spoilers

I decided to read Fatherhood Fever! because, really, who could resist that title?  I was expecting a cheese fest, and boy, I couldn’t have been more wrong.  This was a moving, intense story with beautiful art.  It is one of the best Harlequin manga I’ve read to date, and since I’ve read a lot, that’s saying something.  I wish I hadn’t read it, just so I could relive the discovery of this incredible title.

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Manga Review: Mission: Make-Over by Sae Nanahoshi and Penny Jordan

May Contain Spoilers

I decided to read Mission: Make-Over because the cover is so cute.  Seriously, who could resist Lucianna’s happy expression, or Jake’s look of adoration?  And the background colors are bright and cheerful.  I also am a sucker for make-over stories, though I prefer when it’s the guy who gets the make-over. I had high hopes for this manga.

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Manga Review: Expecting Royal Twins! by Kaishi Sakura

May Contain Spoilers

My streak of enjoyable Harlequin manga continues! (And I was worried about this after the duds I read last week.)  I chose Expecting Royal Twins! because I have read Melissa McClone titles in the past, and since they usually manage to hit a sweet spot and almost make me cry, I thought it would be fun to read a manga adaptation of one of her books.  The cover is colorful and pretty, and that didn’t hurt the decision.

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Manga Review: Marriage Material by Banana Sarusuberi

May Contain Spoilers

I decided to give Marriage Material a spin because I have enjoyed novels by Ally Blake in the past, and I was curious to see what a manga adaptation of one of her books would look like.  It looked great! I really enjoyed this one, and despite the cheesy cover, the interior art was beautiful.

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