And the first 2014 HQc books in English have been released. Soon enough, they’ll be available at amazon and other ebookstores.

Week 1

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I’m pleased to see the continuation of the Lords of the Underworld series, as well as the second story of the Park avenue scandals. It’s ironic for me to see Marrying McCabe, for which I’ve been planning to purchase the raws. And up to the end of the year, I had been pondering whether to buy the raws of Sold into Marriage. Now, both of them are translated.

I wish the publisher could sign artists whose arts are more agreeable to me, so they would draw new versions of some mangas… I avoid a few Harlequin artists, unless their works are part of a set or sold at a real bargaining price. I’m shallow, you see. With pretty art, I’m able to read the cheesiest manga to the end. It doesn’t stop me from criticizing if it’s the worst story in the world, but I can read it to the last page. With fugly art, you can have the best story in the whole world, 95% of the time, I turn crazy obsessing over what’s bothering me with the drawings, making it impossible for me to focus on the story and ending disliking the book almost every time.

Week 2

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I’m kinda amused to see the publisher releasing book #2 and #3 of the Throne of Judar series, but not yet book #1, which was coincidentally scanlated long ago. But I’m happy I can finally read the rest of the series, especially for Tanaka-sensei’s manga. There’s also the conclusion of the Princess swap series. Now if the publisher could also release the other ongoing series…

I’m glad to see another HQc illustrated by Natsu Yoshimi translated. The first time I saw the cover of By love alone, I thought I would hate it but I actually really loved it as well as the art style. It’s different but lively and very expressive.

Now, scratch my theory of the publisher selecting artists with nice or neutral art for the Western market. .·´¯`(>▂<)´¯`·.
I always wait till the very last moment before buying mangas illustrated by artists I prefer to avoid — you know, I’m the kind of person who focuses so much on the art, I can’t follow the story anymore because I just hate too much the art style. Not buying those mangas doesn’t really upset me though I feel a twinge — you can’t help it when you’re an obsessive collector. But buying them upset me big time. So between a twinge because I don’t buy them and becoming crazy annoyed because I have bought them, I often chose the first option.

Week 3

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All right, we got now the Throne of Judar trilogy officially completed. The publisher also started the Australian Playboy series. I’m pretty much interested in Matsukawa-sensei and Tsuya-sensei’s books. Especially Tsuya-sensei’s, considering the heroine is handicapped and we don’t get enough of this different kind of female lead in our romance novels!

Week 4
The Chinese New year is in a little less of a couple of days and we get now the latest set of translated Harlequin comics released by the publisher. That’s a lot!

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Quite a nice set for the last week of this month. There are a few of them for which I had been planning to purchase the raws. But now that they are out in English, I’ll save that for much later. I’m always glad to see more Hashimoto Takako-sensei’s HQc translated. Like I said before, the story could be crap, just sensei’s drawings can keep me going on reading to the last page. I like most artists from this batch. So I’m expecting to spend a nice time reading these.

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HQcMarrying McCabe
By Fiona Brand & SHINOZAKI Kakuko

“Please, God. Don’t take any more of the people I love.” Graced with beauty and wealth, Roma Lombard dreamed of an ordinary life as a preschool teacher. But the Lombard heiress has been the target of envy and jealousy since she was a little girl just because of her birthright, and her oldest brother was even killed over it. And so, her brothers bring in the “perfect bodyguard.” When she sees his muscles of steel and the noticeable scar on his cheek, Roma is frozen with horror. Ben McCabe! Anyone but him. He is too dangerous.

I love this novel which made me discover Fiona Brand’s S.A.S. series.

  1. Cullen’s Bride
  2. Heart of Midnight
  3. Blade’s Lady, ilustrated by KOUSAKI Kei
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  4. Marrying McCabe
  5. Gabriel West: Still the One
  6. High-Stakes Bride

The first books were very good but the last one was less satisfying. I heard the author’s had private problems at that time so I guess it unfortunately influenced her writing. Still, I love this series. You know, I have this soft spot for military and paramilitary heroes and if you get a bit action tossed into the romance, all the better! I know only of one more manga adaptation for this series, but it’s drawn by an artist I don’t care for.

It’s an anticlimactic let down for me, torn between my love for the novel and my aversion for the mangaka’s art style. The artist can be a good story-teller but the art just hurt my eyes so very much. I could never muster the will to buy the raws though I knew the existence of Blade’s Lady manga for a couple of years.

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HQcFront Page Engagement
By Laura Wright & OGOSHI Natsue

A high-class apartment on Park Avenue looking over Manhattan. A lone working class girl amongst the high and mighty socialites, Carrie is working as a house-sitter, and she’s worried. She’s worried about her unstable employment and her senile mother. And about the neighbor, Trent! Every single one of the girls who visit her playboy neighbor, Trent Tanford, mistake Carrie’s place for his and disturb her sleep nightly. No matter how handsome he is or how much money he has, today is the day she’s going to confront him! What will happen when Carrie pays a visit on the boy next door?

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HQcExecutive’s Pregnancy Ultimatum
By Emilie Rose & AI Marito

“What? We’re not divorced?” Renee, who runs a catering business, receives unexpected news one day. The divorce papers that should have been processed seven years ago were never submitted. She is still married to her husband, Flynn! But this may be an unexpected opportunity. She doesn’t need a husband, but wants a child. Since she is still his wife, she wonders if a sperm bank where her husband’s sperm has been stored will let her use it. When Flynn learns of Renee’s plan, he reacts to it positively and offers his help.

This story is the second book of a multi-author series: Kings of the Boardroom. I could only find info for 3 more manga adaptations.

  1. Bossman’s Baby Scandal
  2. Executive’s Pregnancy Ultimatum
  3. HQcBillionaire’s Contract Engagement, by Maya Banks & AMANO Nasuno
  4. HQcMoney Man’s Fiancee Negotiation, by Michelle Celmer & AMANO Nasuno
  5. Bachelor’s Bought Bride
  6. HQcCEO’s Expectant Secretary, by Leanne Banks & TACHIKI Miwa

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HQcSold into Marriage
By Ann Major & SHINOZAKI Kakuko

Josie, who’s from a prominent family, has been living in self-imposed exile in Paris after being labeled as a whore. On a lonely Christmas night, she is startled to find a stranger watching her as she entertains herself at a window. The man introduces himself as Adam. They hit it off so well that they decide to have dinner together, which leads to spending a night. After an intense night, Josie feels content but becomes enraged the moment she discovers Adam’s identity!

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HQcThe Tycoon’s Virgin
By Penny Jordan & TAMAI Makiko

“I have to do it to protect the children.” Jodi’s passion was what got her selected to be principal of a school at her young age. The majority of the children’s parents are employed at a factory, which has now been bought over and is under threat of closure. The president of the acquiring company is a skilled and famous businessman, Leo Jefferson, whose ability paves the way in the fiercely competitive world of finance. With a decision firmly set in her heart, she knows the only way to get through to such a man is to negotiate directly with him—on that advice, Jodi decides to sneak into his luxury hotel room.

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HQcItalian Boss, Housekeeper Bride
By Sharon Kendrick & TOMOI Miho

Natasha’s a live-in housekeeper for the Italian billionaire Raffaele. Ever since delivering her from horrid circumstances four years earlier, Natasha’s carried a torch for him. Not only is Raffaele completely oblivious to her secret feelings, but he then proposes that they become engaged for show! To keep the public from finding out about his precious little sister’s hospitalization due to a nervous breakdown, he wants Natasha to help him attract the media’s attention instead. And so begins an engagement that will last only as long as it takes for his little sister to recover!

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HQc1The Darkest Pleasure
By Gena Showalter & AI Marito

VOLUME 1
Even if I’m afraid of him and hate him, I can’t forget him… Exiled from Olympus, Reyes, a Guardian of the Gods, lives in a forest in Budapest for thousands of years with a demon sealed away in his body. A tourist from the United States, Danika, meets him and her life completely changes. Not knowing the reason, she becomes imprisoned in a castle of terrifying warriors. Though she was lucky enough to escape, her life became one of wandering around in hiding. Even so, she caught herself unable to forget the Guardian Reyes who toyed with her feelings. He’s not human. He’s a man too dangerous to love, but…

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I’m not afraid! This is the man I love! Danika comes to know that the man she loves, Reyes, has been charged with living with a horrible demon. However, her desire for him did not waver. Once a spy of the human organization, Hunters, that are trying to kill them, she soon left their organization and confessed everything to Reyes. Subsequently, the Hunters marched in to recapture Danika and a bloody battle begins! She is just an American tourist, so why is she being targeted by both the Guardians and the Hunters? This is the third story of a tense series!

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HQcA Nine-to-Five Affair
By Jessica Steele & TOMOI Miho

Emmy keeps losing family members and in the 22 years she’s been alive, she’s learned two things: the ones she loves easily go away and she has terrible luck with bosses. She quit her job at the last company she worked for after she punched her boss for sexual harrassment. Somehow, she manages to get a temp job as a secretary at another big company. However, her new boss, Barden, is an extremely handsome playboy who always has women calling left and right. He even seems to be having an affair with his friend’s wife… Other than that, he’d be the perfect boss!

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HQcThe Secret Princess
By Jessica Hart & KAWAKAMI Chikako

Princess of Montluce, Lotty, is very introverted and has never been able to express herself. Her grandmother wants to arrange an engagement for her, and she ends up running away. She wants to see what she can do on her own, and possibly fall in love for the first time… However, she loses her wallet in some town since she’s not used to having one, and ends up working for a man named Corran as a maid. At first, she is angered by his rudeness, but she ends up smitten by the kindness behind his crude demeanor…

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HQcTemporary Engagement
By Jessica Hart & NATSU Yoshimi

Flora has just become a temp personal secretary for a big-time corporation CEO: Matt. She is as a girl who can do everything from interpretor, shorthand…even dancing. However, the innocent and at-her-own-pace Flora and her work-obsessed, perfectionist boss are like oil and water. But suddenly, they are put in a situation that leaves them engaged to be married…

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HQcThe Five-Year Baby Secret
By Liz Fielding & MORI Hinoto

Despite their families being in a long feud with each other, Fleur and Matt fall in love. They get married in secret, but on their first night together, they receive terrible news. Fleur’s mother and Matt’s father eloped, but they were in an accident and died. Matt suggests they both leave, but Fleur insists on staying with her family. Six years after they have separated, Fleur is on the verge of bankruptcy, and Matt, who she hasn’t heard from or seen all that time, appears in front of her. He coldly tells her, “I’ve come back to take my son who you gave birth to.”

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HQcThe Sheikh’s Bargained Bride
By Olivia Gates & ASOU Ayumu

The daughter of a wealthy businessman, Sabrina falls in love at first sight with Shiekh Adham. The feeling is apparently mutual, as they quickly get married in a dreamlike ceremony. However, just after their wedding, his attitude toward her changes. She ends up stuck in a giant palace with Adham not speaking to her, and even if she sees Adham, he just looks away. She didn’t know it, but there was a certain contract involved in this marriage. “You married me in return for me paying off your father’s debts. I need you to bear me a child within a year.” And from that night on, she has to endure his sweet torment…

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    By Olivia Gates & HANADA Sakumi

    “I promise to give you the best moment of your life,” whispers a beautiful, mysterious man after a passionate kiss. Those words make Farah throw all reason out the door. Career woman Farah is actually a desert princess, and had just found out that she is to be in an arranged marriage with a prince from a neighboring kingdom. Farah has always wanted to marry the man she falls in love with, and hoped that this man, who made her crazy, would be the one. Hot passion takes her over. Please, take me now! At that moment, the man’s eyes shine like a beast.

  2. HQcThe Desert King
    By Olivia Gates & TANAKA Rin

    Princess Aliyah arrives to her wedding in a black wedding dress. This is a declaration of war to her husband, King Kamal. Seven years ago, the two were in a relationship, but he messed around with her and then left her. Now, the two of them end up in an arranged marriage, and she is being forced to give him an heir. Aliyah treats him coldly during the ceremony and that resistence awakens something within him. As the drums pronounce them husband and wife, Kamal takes Aliyah into the depths of the palace into his bedroom. Unable to hold himself back anymore, he rips off her black dress…

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  1. HQcThe Desert Lord’s Baby
    By Olivia Gates & NAGASAWA Satoru

    Opening the front door, Carmen holds her breath. Farooq is looking down at her with hate-filled eyes. A year and a half ago, she met the desert prince, Farooq, at an international conference. They fell in love, and she became pregnant. But she couldn’t imagine marrying someone like him, so she hid her pregnancy and disappeared. And now that Farooq knows the truth, he’s come for her. Resistence is futile. He grabs her arm and steals a kiss, making her lose any strength in her body. There was no woman who could withstand his charm.

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HQcThe Greek’s Seven-Day Seduction
By Susan Stephens & MATSUKAWA Yuriko

Charlotte, who is a journalist, meets Iannis with sculpturelike beautiful coal-black hair on the Greek island of Iskos! With a desire to write about him, Charlotte approaches him and finds herself smitten; he has an arrogant side, but also gentlemanlike elegance. The two indulge in a passionate love affair, but one incident generates a doubt…!

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HQcThe Brazilian’s Blackmail Bargain
By Abby Green & KOBAYASHI Hiromi

“I came to wrench everything away from you. Your house, your wealth and, of course, your virginity.” Maggie’s father has died, leaving a debt behind. At his funeral, Maggie meets a man she has never wanted to see again. His name is Caleb Cameron, a global businessman who used numerous ruthless tactics to drive Maggie’s father to the brink and his company and family to ruins. Caleb approaches Maggie slowly with a cold, cruel smile as if toying with the family’s future. Maggie knows what Caleb wants—“He’s never forgotten that night six months ago.”

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HQcNever a Bride
By Diana Hamilton & AKINO Nanami

A year ago, Claire entered into a purely contractual marriage with her boss, Jake. All he wanted was a capable private secretary, but they both ended up becoming the perfect partner for each other. Then one day, a scoop hits the papers about Jake’s romance with the daughter of an aristocrat. Claire’s ready to break up with Jake, but for some reason makes no signs of ending the charade. Is Claire merely the accommodating wife while the mistress is his one true lover? She can’t bear the thought! After all, she’s fallen for him with all her heart! She can’t keep on pretending to be the perfect husband-and-wife team. If that’s what her fate is, then she’d rather…

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HQcThe Billionaire’s Marriage Mission
By Helen Brooks & MAKI Akemi

The door behind Beth makes a small sound and closes, and she freezes The country cottage she is renting has a spring-loaded lock, and she’s gone outside in her pajamas with her dog in the middle of the night and is now stuck outside. Not knowing what else to do, she sees a car passing by and waves it down for help. The man driving the car is Travis Black, who is tall and handsome. But considering Beth has just gotten out of a relationship with an unfaithful man, another love affair sounds inconcievable…

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HQcThe Playboy’s Proposition
By Miranda Lee & NAKAYAMA Sara

A wedding invitation sent to Michelle is from Kevin, the man she has dated for 10 years. Why? They always make up right away after bickering. Michelle is in shock; the one who is there to console her is rich, handsome and too-perfect Tyler. Michelle feels hostility toward him because of his excessive perfection; but he is her best friend. Michelle comes up with a plan that Tyler agrees to. That is, Michelle attends the wedding pretending that she and Tyler are lovers!

This story is the first of a trilogy:

  1. The Playboy’s Proposition
  2. HQcThe Playboy’s Virgin, by Miranda Lee & SAKURAYA Hibiki
  3. The Playboy in Pursuit

I could so far only find a manga adaptation for the second book. But this one looks very much fun. I can’t wait to see it translated!

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HQcThe Marriage Miracle
By Liz Fielding & TSUYA Satomi

Sitting outside the dance floor at her cousin’s wedding reception, Matty notices a man beside her and says hello. His name: Sebastian. A banker from New York. They start to hit it off, and Matty decides he is the ideal companion…for now. That’s right—no matter how much Matty enjoys the relationship, she refuses to get too close to any man. That is the decision she made after her own carelessness cost her the use of her legs. Goodbye, Handsome. Little did Matty know that the man in question was determined to take the woman in the wheelchair out on a date!

I’ve really gotten used to Tsuya-sensei’s art style for contemporary romance. Now, I don’t find it weird with this story. The design doesn’t look as old-fashioned as in some other of her HQc adaptations. And though I tend to hate too girlish designs in shoujo, I like a lot Tsuya-sensei’s style. There’s something about her flowers and drawings that is more dream-like than girlish. Manga after manga drawn by this artist, I can’t help feeling this fond nostalgia for old times.

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HQcAt the Greek Tycoon’s Bidding
By Cathy Williams & UESUGI Kanako

To fulfill her dream of becoming an illustrator, poor Heather works day and night to pay off her tuition. She gave up on casual romance, and works every day without resting. But one night at her night job as an office cleaner, she loses consciousness because she hasn’t been eating. She’s had to skip meals to make ends meet. When she comes to, she is being held by the handsome CEO, Theo Miquel. To have someone like him see her in this kind of state…

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HQcThe Marchese’s Love-Child
By Sara Craven & ARISAWA Ryo

“I’m curious as to how far you’ve gone with your new lover since you left my side,” Sandro tells Polly. Three years ago Polly fell in love with him while working as a tour guide in Italy. But one day, a man calling himself Sandro’s representative showed up suddenly and told her she would have to leave Sandro. After that she wanted to forget about him, but then they suddenly meet again! He’s become even more attractive since they were together—but she won’t let herself get carried away and repeat the same mistake again!

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HQcEmergency Marriage
By Olivia Gates & IWASAKI Yoko

The woman Armando falls in love with is the former fiancée of his deceased cousin. He is a charismatic doctor in an Argentinian hospital. Laura is full of passion and excitement about her new job that she got through her lover, Diego. However, the moment she meets Armando, she is not only disrespected, she’s not even allowed to do her job. Could she really have been admiring someone like that all this time? What Laura doesn’t notice is the flame of lust hidden within Armando’s heart….

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HQcMistress: Pregnant by the Spanish Billionaire
By Kim Lawrence & TAKAI Mio

When Nel finds out her nineteen-year-old niece, who has just received a college scholarship and has her whole life ahead of her, is suddenly married, Nel hurries off to Spain to meet with her niece’s partner, Luis. But she can only find his cousin, who has the same name. He suggests to a bewildered Nel that if they pretend to be engaged for his ill grandmother, she might tell them where the couple is. Pretending to be engaged to such an arrogant man? No way! However, with no other leads on the whereabouts of her niece, Nel has no choice but to rely on Luis. So Nel reluctantly slips on the family ring that has been passed on for generations.

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HQcExpecting His Love-Child
By Carol Marinelli & MIDORI Yukako

Millie is a fledgling artist from London. She goes to Australia to put her artwork in a gallery while she works another job, but doesn’t end up selling any of her work. One night, she is outside the gallery when young, handsome millionaire Levander approaches her. When he finds out she’s returning home the following day, he asks, “Would you like to make this last night a special night?” and then shows her around Melbourne. At first she feels uncomfortable—sightseeing with a man she just met! But she’s on a nice date with a handsome man, and she can’t stop her pounding heart!

This is the first story of the Kolovsky series.

  1. Expecting His Love-Child
  2. HQcBillionaire Doctor, Ordinary Nurse
  3. Knight on the Children’s Ward
  4. HQcThe Last Kolovsky Playboy
  5. A Bride for Kolovsky
  6. HQcThe Devil Wears Kolovsky

The first time I saw Midori-san’s illustrations, I was afraid because the girl’s design reminded me of Fuyuki Rurika-san’s, especially the eyes. And Lord, do I dislike Fuyuki-sensei’s art! The way she draws those alien globular dead fish eyes creeps me out. It’s strange because when I look at Fuyuki-sensei’s older style in her first Aries series, though her drawings were rather old and far from being as stylized as they are now, she drew normal and expressive eyes.

Fortunately, I was relieved to see that Midori Yukako-sensei has a lovely touch completely different from Fuyuki-san’s: cute and pretty design but the most important of all, eyes and faces definitely very expressive. For this, I’m so grateful to her!

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HQcA Mediterranean Marriage
By Lynne Graham & HASHIMOTO Takako

Lilly flies to Istanbul to appeal to Rauf Kasabian in person, an investor in her family’s travel company. He is suing the company for allegedly failing to pay its dividends, but she is unaware of any fraud. Rauf, who has gorgeous hazel eyes, coldly abandons her right after taking her virginity because he sees her as a wicked, calculating woman. Unbeknownst to Lilly, he plans to manipulate her for his own desires, thinking she is a fraud and a crook…!

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HQcThe Marriage Clause
By Karen Rose Smith & HASHIMOTO Takako

Gina is hired as the manager of a lodge buried deep in the Alaskan wilderness known for it’s intense winters. However, just as she is heading into her first harsh winter, the owner of the lodge suddenly passes away. Clay, a pilot and the owner’s son, asks Gina to marry him. Although she learns that he only needs a wife in order to inherit his father’s property, she feels a flicker of hope and anticipation burning in her chest….

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HQcThe Carides Pregnancy
By Kim Lawrence & WAZUMI Fusako

Becca sneaks into a lavish wedding to get revenge on the groom, Alex, by exposing the truth—that he’s heartlessly tossed aside her pregnant sister. However, someone stops her right as she decides to take action. When she turns to see who it is, she is confronted by a very handsome man. She is unaware that he is Christos, the head of Alex Carides’ family. The paparazzi witness the commotion, and as Becca and Christos escape, she wonders if she has mistaken him for a security guard….

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HQcThe Millionaire Meets His Match
By Patricia Seeley & SHINOZAKI Kakuko

Cass panics when her cat, Crudley, is mistaken for the cat of the wealthy Emily Crosswhite and is kidnapped during a stay at the vet. If it’s known that the kidnappers got the wrong cat, Crudley could be killed! Before the criminal catches on, Cass goes to speak to Emily to ask her to buy them some time. While Emily is sympathetic to her troubles, Gabe, who works as security for the Crosswhite family, is suspicious. He thinks she’s a fraud after Emily’s money, and he begins investigating Cass!

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HQcMake-Believe Bride
By Alaina Hawthorne & TAKAKURA Tomoko

Amber has a crush on her boss, Bradley, the wealthy son of a family who owns an oil company. He seems so far above her and they haven’t even spoken once, but for Amber it was love at first sight. One day there’s an emergency and Bradley asks Amber to drive him to the hospital. His grandmother, the chairman of the board, is in critical condition. Amber waits for him in the hospital corridor, and when he emerges from the ICU his face is pale, and he asks her, “For my grandmother’s sake, will you be my fiancée?”

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HQcBittersweet Passion
By Lynne Graham & OKADA Junko

Claire has been taken advantage of as a caregiver for her grandfather, who adopted her as a young girl. When her grandfather passes on, he leaves his fortune in her hands. But there is one condition—she has to marry one of her cousins to receive the inheritance. Nothing has been left for an old couple who served her grandfather for a long time, and Claire wishes to give them compensation in some way, so she makes a bold move—she proposes to her notorious playboy cousin Dane. How will he react?

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HQcRuthless Awakening
By Sara Craven & OKADA Junko

Famous actress Rhianna visits her childhood town to attend her best friend Carrie’s wedding. Upon arrival, she finds her best friend’s cousin Diaz, who shows nothing but animosity toward her. Diaz believes Rhianna is trying to seduce Carrie’s fiancé, Simon, and warns her to stay away from him. Rhianna is hurt by Diaz’s cold and spiteful behavior toward her. It is all just a misunderstanding; Rhianna has been in love with Diaz since she was a young girl!

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HQcOne Bride Too Many
By Jennifer Drew & ISEZAKI Towa

“I can’t believe the man of my dreams is right in front of me!” At a friend’s wedding ceremony, Tess reunites with Cole, whom she secretly had feelings for in high school. To the plain and unremarkable Tess, he was as unreachable as the sun. “He’s grown more attractive, and it makes my heart beat fast, but I know that I’m not his type. I have to get rid of these one-sided emotions, fast.” But unaware of her true feelings for him, Cole makes a cruel request of Tess. “I’m searching for someone to marry. Can you introduce me to any women?”

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HQcCharming the Prince
By Laura Wright & NATSU Yoshimi

Francesca, a veterinarian working at a vet hospital in L.A, is sent to the country of Llandaron as a proxy for her boss. Her task is to deliver the puppies of the king’s beloved dog. As soon as Francesca arrives at the palace, she goes to see her patient, Glinda. A man riding a horse appears suddenly appears from the bushes! When she asks who he is, he reveals himself to be Prince Maxim, the second son of the king! The two of them fall in love at first sight, but there is one thing standing in the way of them being together!

Charming the Prince starts the Llandaron series and the rest of it consists of:

  1. HQcSleeping with Beauty (scanlated), illustrated by ARISAWA Ryo
  2. HQcRuling Passions, illustrated by HASHIMOTO Takako

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HQcThe Venetian’s Midnight Mistress
By Carole Mortimer & ICHIJU Yuko

While attending a masquerade ball wearing a sparkling gold dress, Dani meets a man with a dangerous smile dressed like a pirate. Since divorcing her abusive husband, Dani has been distrustful of men. Drunk on this dream-like fantasy, she gives in to passion. But when his mask comes off the next morning, she sees that he is the person she butts heads with the most—her biggest enemy, Nicholo. The head of both a large bank and a prestigious family, Nicholo is full of arrogance and has been cold to Dani since they first met. Now she’s become completely entangled with him without even realizing it!

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HQcFiancé Wanted!
By Ruth Jean Dale & MIURA Hiroko

“Magic wand, bring me a fiancé!” Katy waves the magic wand. She is sick of her family nagging her to get married. At this point, it doesn’t matter if he really is her fiancé or not; as long as she has a man to show her family, they’ll be happy. “Katy, I need a fiancée, too.” When Katy realizes who says this, she is dumbfounded. “Magic wand, if you were going to send me this guy, you might as well have not sent anyone at all!” Katy and Dylan have been like oil and water together ever since they were little kids. No matter how convenient it would be to team up, there’s no way the two of them could be lovers!