This month’s releases have started to to be out. Wait a few more days to find them listed at amazon and other ebookstores later.

Week 1

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Well, we continue with the de Burghs, though it’s still not the first or second story of the series. There are others series along that are resumed, and we get the conclusion to the Castaldini trilogy. All in all, this batch looks nice to me.

Week 2

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What a huge release today. Some of them I already have as raws. Among those I don’t know yet, I can’t wait to read the adaptations by Takayama-sensei, Mao-sensei and Uesugi-sensei.

Released on April 16
Week 3

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I already read Vengeance is Mine in French. It was published years ago as an anthology of 2 stories, the other one being Enchantment in Venice, illustrated by the same mangaka. Despite my utter dislike of this artist’s art style, I clearly remember enjoying Enchantment in Venice, and hating Vengeance is Mine.
So this week, we get the end of Finding Mr. Right series, resume a sheikh theme series and start the Moretti legacy. I’m more interested in Senke Yu’s book in this set.

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HQcA Secret Disgrace
By Penny Jordan & INOUE Emiko

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[UPDATE 08/04/2014] Added chapter 10

I like a lot Kouduki-sensei’s art style —so lovely art!
I don’t post often about what I actually collect — aside from Harlequin and Romance comics, of course! I tend to grab whatever I find on the Internet, dump it somewhere in my hard drive and forget about it until something comes up reminding me I did get it.

I’m presently following a few series online, like the works released in the Next comics web magazine. It started because I saw one day Fleur, by Nagato Kayo. I still don’t know what’s going on in this series. So if you’d like to write a summary, I remind you that I’ve posted the raws of the first 2 volumes (digital versions) somewhere — not telling and don’t ask, if you search a bit you can find where they are. I still haven’t purchased the 3rd book though plan to.

But I’m digressing. I don’t know if anybody has already mentionned Kouduki-sensei’s sheikh theme recent work. It looks like it was out in January this year. I’m tempted to buy the digital version when there’ll be one if nobody posts scans of the physical book until then. For now, I’m sharing the free chapters I’ve collected online. Since I can’t read Japanese, I’ve often wondered if those chapters are just samples or full chapters? Sometimes, they feel uncomplete to me.

Title: Kokuyou no Sheikh wa Ai wo Sasayaku
Author: KOUDUKI Rin
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And this month first releases are out. Wait a few more days to find them listed at amazon and other ebookstores later.

Week 1

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Finally, we get to read the conclusion to the Russian Rivals duet. I’ve been waiting so long for this one. I see that the publisher is resuming the Lords of the Underwold series, but for some reason, they’ve skipped Sabin’s story. Ah, the reading order is not their forte — like many publishers — as I can see. But then, it’s not such a bad thing because I do think the art for The Darkest Whisper disturbingly weird. There are lots of new series. So I’m hoping the publisher won’t let us wait too long for them to be completed too.

Week 2

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Um… Not much interested in artists from this week’s releases. I’ll have to rely on authors I usually appreciate.

Week 3

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Alright, the publisher finished the Payback affairs series, resume The lords of the underworld — whatever you may say, I hate Fuyuki-san’s chara design for Darkest Whisper — and started the de Burghs — I love the novel series, I don’t like much Hidaka-san’s drawings, what a waste of good stories! Regarding the de Burghs series, they’ve released the 3rd story today. I often say, why start by the first book when you can begin by the second, third or even the last! LOL

I’m mostly pleased by the release of  Twelve nights of Christnmas. I bought the raws last Christmas and really enjoyed what I could see, wanted so much for it to be translated. Now, my wish has come true.

Week 4

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The last batch of releases for this month is rather interesting. We get new series and the publisher has translated the latest manga for the Lords of the Underworld series — sadly, there’s no more until a new book is adapted in Japanese.

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HQcClaiming His Chirstmas Bride

By Carole Mortimer & MAKI Akemi

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Here we go with my new acquisitions. Information and samples for these mangas are compiled in my Harlequin & Romance comic raws collection. And as usual, if someone is interested in scanlating a story or more, listed at that page, you can submit a request for the raws HERE.

Harlequin comics

  • HARA Chieko: The Duke and I (reserved for English scanlation)
  • Nora Roberts’ Three Sisters Island trilogy illustrated by TACHIBANA Kaya:
    1. Dance Upon the Air
    2. Heaven and Earth
    3. Face the Fire
  • Deborah Hale & SACHIMI Riho: The Bonny Bride
  • Leigh Michaels & AMANE Ritsuka: Backwards Honeymoon (translated)
  • Michele Dunaway & SHINOZAKI Kakuko: Nine Months’ Notice
  • Jessica Steele & INOUE Youko: With his Ring
  • Emilie Rose & NAGASAWA Satoru: Paying the Playboy’s Price
  • Caitlin Crews & SHINOHARA Masami: The Man Behind the Scars
  • Maggie Cox & SOUMA Jinko: Brazilian Boss, Virgin Housekeeper
  • Kate Hewitt & SAKUYA Kaishi: The Greek Tycoon’s Convenient Bride

I’m no fan of Hara Chieko. In general, old school is not my cup of tea but sensei’s drawings don’t bother me contrary to other well-known mangakas’, maybe because she has a sweet understated style — old school style usually tends to annoy the hell out of me with melodrama and theatrics overuse. I wouldn’t have bought this manga on my own but exceptionally, purchased it for a scanlator who needed decent raws. In the end, I should thank them because after browsing the manga, I think the story looks nice and sweet. It doesn’t change my opinion about Hara Chieko’s art style but I’m curious to read this manga once it’ll be scanlated.

In this set of 12 mangas, I’m only put off by With his Ring. It’s a pity because the drawing is not bad, nicely detailed, and the story seems sweet. But I can’t stand the hero’s face! He has prettier and more delicate female features than the heroine. His flyaway hair is darn ridiculous and what’s with the absurdly long eyelashes for a man?! Other mangakas also draw feminine looking heros but it doesn’t bother me as much because they actually draw all characters, males and females, like that. In this case, it especially disturbs me because the other men appear decently male. Sorry but as soon as I saw the hero, I had images of Takarazuka revue flashing in my mind, otokoyakus parading with their kitschy wigs, padded suits and corny songs.

Better not dwell too much on this disappointment and instead mention the manga I’ve prefered this time: The Man Behind the Scars. The illustrations look so lush and mouth watering. And I’m a sucker for attractively drawn men with scarred faces.
Shinohara Masami is an alias for the BL mangaka Suzuhara Shino. I already noticed sensei’s art style in the past and wanted to read her recent BL works. But when I saw the previews for The Man Behind the Scars, I was a goner. The technical mastery reminds me of JET’s and Iwasaki Yoko’s though the 3 mangaka’s art styles are different. It’s something about the maturity of their drawings, the precise way they draw facial expressions and bodies like the characters are breathing and moving…

I’m hoping to see Shinohara-san’s Harlequin comics translated very soon. The biggest flaw I’ve noticed in her art is that her hero’s design screams Asian — slanted eyes, slick black hair. But I can forgive her because the vulnerable Scottish man is flat-out hot. Well, the dark looks can pass for some exotic British mix.

I don’t feel like writing a detailed post today. Anyways, information for the mangas below is compiled in my Harlequin & Romance comic raws collection. For samples, go there. And as usual, if someone is interested in scanlating a story or more, listed at that page, you can submit a request for the raws HERE.

Harlequin comics

Today I’m adding 12 mangas to my collection.

  1. Lucy Monroe & OKAMOTO Keiko: Wedding Vow of Revenge
  2. Carole Mortimer & ICHIJU Yuko: Bound by Contract
  3. Emma Wildes & OHARA Juri: Lessons from a Scarlet Lady
  4. Julia James & ASOU Ayumu: Greek Tycoon, Waitress Wife (scanlated)
  5. Kathryn Ross & AKINO Nanami: Blackmailed by the Boss
  6. Maya Banks & HIDAKA Nanao: The Tycoon’s Pregnant Mistress (translated)
  7. Catherine George & SOMA Jinko: Lair of the Dragon
  8. Emilie Rose & INOUE Emiko: The Millionaire’s Indecent Proposal
  9. Olivia Gates & MISONO Ellie: Doctors on the Frontline
  10. Jennifer LaBrecque & HASHIMOTO Takako: Kids + Cops = Chaos
  11. Jacqueline Baird & HORI Erio: Giordanni’s Proposal
  12. Lindsay Armstrong & NANAHOSHI Sae: The Girl He Never Noticed

All of them are Harlequin comics except for Lessons from a Scarlet Lady, published under the Bamboo Comics imprint. This manga was confusing, jumping from one couple to the other. It seems like the novel is just the same. It’s a pity because the main couple is deliciously spicy while the secondary couple offers your usual type of vanilla romance… without porn. Must be the lack of smut involving the second couple that caused my boredom with them. As for the main couple, fortunately, there’s plenty of smut bordering on kinky to satisfy my pervy self and catch my attention. Plus, I like romances featuring couples already married needing to deal with what happens after the marriage.

About Kids + Cops = Chaos, I love it for 2 reasons. Reason 1: Jennifer LaBrecque. Reason 2: Hashimoto-sensei. I’ve always appreciated Jennifer LaBrecque’s stories. They are always funny, sweet and plaster a smile on your face for hours. I don’t understand the text parts in the manga but Hashimito-sensei’s drawings are expressive enough to make me laugh out loud from the start to the end. The author was lucky to have sensei illustrate her story because there aren’t many Harlequin comic mangakas who can convey humor like Hashimoto-san — personally, I think she’s the best. She draws the most impishly cute kids and paces her panels the right way to bring out the comedy. I couldn’t help cracking up at those kids’ pranks and antics. Boy, this manga is so hilarious!

I’ll conclude with a special mention for Doctors on the Frontline. This manga is different from your usual Harlequin comics, or even your standard Harlequin novel. I’ve known Misono Ellie — also spelled Misono Erii —since her manga adaptation of the BL Corsair series. It was already visually pretty back then, and when I saw the previews for sensei’s first Harlequin comics, I couldn’t wait to purchase the digital manga. The art is even more pretty than what I remember. And the story is… something different. The setting and gripping introduction scene make you really feel this is happening in a war zone. The tense atmosphere, people on edge, the urgency of the situations…

I like a lot when the heroine is truly a strong woman — hey, you have to commend this lady who uses a gun and actually shoots in the very first pages of the manga! And the hero is totally hot. I have a thing for tough looking pretty guys, unkempt with a stubble. And they look even sexier wearing bandages… Talking about sexy, the one sex scene of the manga is short but so HOT!? No no, you don’t see the dirty bits but the facial expressions are so sensual, you can well imagine those dirty passionate things they must be doing!

And a new set of HQc books in English were released. Wait a few more days to find all of them listed at amazon and other ebookstores later.

Week 1

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Heck, I already bought the raws of the Bride of Windermere. It’s… different. I’m not a medieval fan, but it’s nice to have something different from time to time. I don’t like Maki-san’s art style, bu it’s very much expressive so I kinda got used to it. It doesn’t bother me so much anymore, as I can still enjoy the story. No need to comment about Mori-sensei’s manga, I like that kind of design, so I just hope the story will be good. It does intrigue me. I’m always curious about stories of couples already married and what difficulty they have to overcome.

And heck again! Another Asou Ayumu book. Sorry for sensei’s fans but I really can’t stand this kind of art style. The design makes me think of plastic dolls, with the girl always on tip toes, and expressiveness limited to what? 4 faces? And the worst, when the heroine says the hero is handsome, I just scream in my head: “Are you kidding me?! His creepy eyes are lifeless and he’s effin’ fugly! Even more fugly than you!” Argh, I really dislike this kind of art style.

I’m amused to see a Harlequin comics illustrated by Oumi Shinano this time. I liked her BL mangas, not my favourites but they are fun and the art is quite nice. It’s sometimes a bit weird how the BL artits, being too used to draw males, have difficulty drawing a feminine female. Some of them draw very pretty females, but some draw… manly females. LOL. At least, Oumi-sensei draws a very hot scar-faced hero here.

Week 2
Only previous French releases. No new Harlequin comics in English.

Week 3

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Sweet, I wanted these books to be translated for a while. I already have Misletoe over Manhattan raws, so I already guess this one is gonna be much fun. The other 3 have nice art. Thus I’m a happy customer today.

Week 4

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I’m quite pleased by this week’s releases. I wanted to see The Marriage Debt translated for quite some time now. And overall, I like the other artists’ styles too.  The publisher treated us with the complete Bridegroom boss duet and officially completed the Carramer legacy series. But we are starting new mini-series. Just, I wish I could read in English the last book of the Russian rivals duet and it’s been a long wait already. And maybe, if the publisher could remember the rest of the Waterloo trilogy from the older digitial releases, it’d be nice.

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HQcThe Italian’s Wedding Ultimatum
By Kim Lawrence & ASOU Ayumu

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If someone is interested in scanlating one or more stories presented in this post or listed in my Harlequin & Romance comic raws collection, you can submit a request for the raws HERE.

Harlequin comics

I got the bad surprise a couple of days ago to discover my picture host replaced most of my images by a message about bandwidth limit exceeded. Waaa, how is that possible? The total of pictures I uploaded at this host server is hardly a quarter of the maximum data they allow. Argh, please bear with me for now until I can fix all my previous posts.

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  1. HQcThe Italian’s Virgin Bride
    By Trish Morey & NARUKAMI Yutta
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