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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

    (Click on the cover to read a sample)

    Opal Clemenger’s facing bankruptcy, and the only man who can rescue her is ruthless tycoon Domenic Silvagni.
    Domenic’s filthy rich, and he thinks money can purchase him anything–including a wife. So he agrees to help Opal, but only if she consents to his marriage ultimatum.
    Opal has no choice but to marry Domenic, but then he makes another demand: she must provide him with an heir. But Domenic quickly realizes that there’s one thing he can’t buy–his wife’s love….

  2. HQcTHE ARRANGED BRIDES 1
    Stolen by the Sheikh
    Illustrated by ICHIJU Yuko

    (Click on the cover to read a sample)

    Sheikh Khaled Al-Ateeq has asked Sapphire Clemenger to design the wedding gown of his intended bride. But there’s more to Khaled’s deal than meets the eye: Sapphy must accompany him to his desert palace, and she’s forbidden to meet the bride-to-be. How strange when she’s told the bridal gown’s measurements are her own….
    Sapphy realizes that she’s been stolen by the sheikh–because she’s his chosen wife!

  3. HQcA Virgin for the Taking
    Illustrated by TODA Megumi

    (Click on the cover to read a sample)

    When Ruby Clemenger inherits half of the Bastiani Pearl Corporation, she knows that her life is about to get complicated.
    Zane Bastiani, the pearl master’s son, wants rid of Ruby–he thinks she was his father’s mistress and can be easily bought. But Ruby’s price is high. Unable to pay her off with cash, Zane decides to seduce Ruby into submission. He has nothing to lose–until he discovers Ruby is innocent…in every way….

HQcTHE ARRANGED BRIDES 2 ♦ END
The Mancini Marriage Bargain
Illustrated by ASOU Ayumu

(Click on the cover to read a sample)

“It’s a bit late to start desiring a woman ten minutes before you divorce her….”
He’d wed her to save her from a forced marriage to another man. Twelve years later, Paolo Mancini’s back to tell his wife, beautiful Helene Grainger, they can divorce at last.
But Paolo is still the passionate and gorgeous Italian whom Helene married. When they are reunited for one last night, Paolo realizes what he’s been missing–and decides that he cannot let her go!

What the…! I really dislike Asou-sensei’s art style — sorry for her fans but I just can’t stand it. Unfortunately for me, I wanted the Clemenger trilogy and was pondering whether to buy that crossover or not. I was so tempted to just ditch The Mancini Marriage Bargain but it was sold as a set with Stolen by the Sheikh at an interesting price… Ah heck, in the end, saving money was more important. But this is a waste of a nice story with art which makes me so darn pissed.

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HQcINTERNATIONAL BILLIONAIRES 7
Blackmailed into the Greek Tycoon’s Bed
By Carol Marinelli & MURATA Junko

(Click on the cover to read a sample)

Bookish heiress Karin has failed in her first act of defiance! She’s tried to take back the symbol of everything good in her life, but ruthless billionaire Xante Rossi has caught her red-handed!
Why is this shy beauty stealing from him? Xante is intrigued. Karin’s purity belies the corruption her family name represents. To save her from scandal and uncover the truth, he’ll make a proposal. If Karin wants her precious heirloom, she’ll have to earn it back in his bedroom!

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HQcMission: Make-over
By Penny Jordan & NANAHOSHI Sae

(Click on the cover to read a sample)

Wealthy, self-assured Jake Carlisle, born with the kind of looks that drive women wild, usually succeeded at everything he did. But now he d taken on a real challenge, transforming scruffy tomboy Lucianna Stewart into a temptress!
So he taught her to dress, to flirt, to kiss and Lucianna was learning fast. Perhaps too fast for Jake s liking. Because beneath her baggy clothes was a woman who could lead any man into temptation. Including him!

Gosh, this one was fun. Love storyline of the ugly duckling turning into a swan.

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HQcCAVENDISH CHRONICLES 1
Silent Knight
By Tori Phillips & HARA Noriko

(Click on the cover to read a sample)

SIR GUY HAD THE FACE OF AN ARCHANGEL
Yet his vow of silence and monkish cowl hid thoughts that would make the devil blush! For the innocent beauty of Celeste de Montcalm was a temptation that he could scarcely resist. But was his urge to protect her from the evil lord to whom she was promised an honorable one, or just an excuse to claim the lady as his own?

Urgh… another type of art style I dislike with every fiber of my being, sorry for Hara-sensei’s fans. How can I believe the heroine calling the hero handsome when I think he’s so frigging ugly and that the heroine is drop-dead ugly too?! And what’s with these standing out earlobes? They are so unattractive, I get the chills looking at them and the creepy expressionless eyes.

The good point of this manga? Well, I got it for free.

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HQcBedded for the Italian’s Pleasure
By Anne Mather & SHIMENO Tsukasa

(Click on the cover to read a sample)

When Juliet meets broodingly handsome Italian Raphael Marchese, there is an instant and dangerous attraction between them. But because of the pretense Juliet has agreed to in order to help a friend, Rafe mistakenly thinks she’s a gold-digger who’s engaged to another man!
However, the tension between Juliet and Rafe is stronger than reason, and it erupts. Raphael makes love to her—passionately and savagely. He reasons that though he can never have her, he can enjoy the pleasure of her body….

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  1. HQcReady for Romance
    By Debbie Macomber & KARINO Mao

    (Click on the cover to read a sample)

    At the age of fourteen, Jessica Kellerman was wildly infatuated with Evan Dryden. But that was just a teenage crush and now, almost ten years later, she’s in love—truly in love—with his older brother, Damian. But everyone, including Damian, believes she’s carrying a torch for Evan!

  2. HQcReady for Marriage

    (Click on the cover to read a sample)

    Mary Jo Summerhill is the woman in love with Evan. But her background’s blue-collar, while Evan’s is blue blood. So three years ago she got out of his life—and broke his heart. Now she needs his help. More than that, she wants his love. She wants a second chance with Evan….

The first story looks quite fun whereas the second one is more dramatic. I like stories of heroines falling in love with the guy they couldn’t get along when they were kids. It’s even more interesting when it involves 2 brothers, one you liked in the past whereas you couldn’t stand the other. But at the present you love the one you disliked though people around believe you still have a crush for the other brother.

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HQcSister Swap
By Lilian Darcy & SAYAKA Yumi

(Click on the cover to read a sample)

Wealthy businessman Gino di Bartoli couldn’t put his finger on exactly what was different about the high-profile horticulturist he’d hired to landscape his villa. But somehow “Rowena” seemed warmer, sexier, more vivacious…and he was suddenly attracted to her! Even more, she’d connected with his troubled, motherless daughter. Hearing his little girl’s laughter was music to his ears. But as he tried to find out the truth about “Rowena,” dare he risk his baby girl’s newfound happiness? And dare he believe that the impostor under his roof was actually the right woman who could transform his house into a home?

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HQcDesert King, Doctor Daddy
By Meredith Webber & TSUYA Satomi

(Click on the cover to read a sample)

Sheikh Surgeon, Royal Bride
As a powerful ruler, Sheikh Yusef Akkedi is certain his kingdom will benefit from Doctor Gemma Murray’s renowned approach to medicine. As a single father, he’s amazed by the immediate connection between Gemma and his tiny daughter. And as a red-blooded man, he can’t resist her deliciously tempting beauty.
Gemma has fallen head-over-heels for the desert King and his little girl. But Yusef isn’t offering marriage, and Gemma has no desire to be simply his royal bed-mate. Can this guarded Sheikh ever open his heart enough to ask the one question Gemma most wants to hear?

I’m really starting to fall in love with Tsuya-sensei’s art style, with its hint of old-fashioned touch and all. It has so much charm and cuteness, I forget having thought it wasn’t totally fitting the storyline at first.

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HQcThe Maid and the Millionaire
By Myrna Mackenzie & KUBOTA Naoko

(Click on the cover to read a sample)

How do you make yourself needed by a man who only wants to be alone?
Anna Nowell loves her job—living rent-free in a fabulous mansion for an absentee landlord has perks she’d never imagined. But when her boss returns, her dream job is in jeopardy☺—unless Anna can convince him she’s indispensable
Wealthy, cultured Donovan Barrett was a renowned physician until the tragic death of his son. Grief-stricken, he craves solitude. Consorting with the help isn’t on his agenda, but Anna, with her compassion and laughter, has a way of changing all his plans and bringing him back to life when he thought he’d never love again.

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HQcThe Italian’s Pregnant Mistress
By Cathy Williams & Ogura Tsukushi

(Click on the cover to read a sample)

She rejected him once…
Italian millionaire Angelo Falcone always got his way. But when he suggested to stunning model Francesca Hayley that they make their affair permanent, she turned him down— for reasons she couldn’t tell Angelo…
Now he’ll make her pay!
Three years later, the anger still rankles. Now Francesca is in Angelo’s power—and in his bed. And this time Angelo won’t let her go…especially when he discovers she’s pregnant with his child!

I wanted to like this manga. The art could have been cool… but what the…?! Ogura-sensei must be a young shoujo artist usually drawing high-schoolers. I’ve noticed the fashionable way she draws the characters’ outfits. But… they look underage!!!!!

For the girls, we can always pretend they are of age, disguising in their mom’s stylish clothes. And well, girls always look young in manga. But the hero! I don’t want a Harlequin manga in which the hero looks like he’s not even yet in junior high! It’s so ridiculous how the suits don’t fit him! They look suspiciously like trendy school uniforms instead of professional suits. But the worst, the suits are at least 2 sizes too big for the male lead! Come on, draw us some adult male! It’s so grotesque to see a Harlequin gangly baby-faced hero who can’t even fill out his suits!

I previewed another recent HQc by Ogura-san and she has improved. Her characters look more mature and could pass as adults. Argh, such a pity for The Italian’s Pregnant Mistress! Honestly, the art in this one would have been neat for a shoujo manga targetting young girls. It’s stylish and sharp. But for older audiences, the characters’ faces look like kids who won’t graduate anytime soon! The characters in the novel are adults, but how can I take the manga seriously when visually, the drawings show me kids cosplaying as adults?!

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HQcWESTERLING 3
The English Doctor’s Baby
By Sarah Morgan & ARISAWA Ryo

(Click on the cover to read a sample)

Alex Westerling is a brilliant doctor. He’s committed, dedicated and has a magical touch with his patients. He’s also never out of the newspapers and celebrity magazines, as he’s an aristocrat with a string of women lining up behind him….
That’s until beautiful nurse Jenny Phillips turns up on his doorstep—claiming that her late sister’s baby, cradled in her arms, is his child! Alex is certain he has never, ever set eyes on Jenny or her sister before! But Jenny is sure Alex is the father—until he can prove otherwise.

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HQcTHE MEDIEVAL BRIDES 1
The Bride of Windermere (translated)
By Margo Maguire & MAKI Akemi
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(Click on the cover to read a sample)

WHAT COULD THE KING WANT WITH AN UNKEMPT URCHIN?
Even one as sensuous as a fairy queen? Wolfram Colston could not fathom the royal command to bring Kathryn Somers to Court. A hoydenish sprite, she was nothing like the noble ladies of London—yet everything like the woman of his dreams!
No matter what was whispered about her heritage, Kit Somers refused to go off with Sir Colston, a lone wolf of a knight pledged to Henry V, for how would her betrothed ever find her? And what would be her fate if she road away in the arms of such a brooding, darkly handsome man?

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  1. HQcOutback Boss, City Bride
    By Jessica Hart & TAKIGAWA Eve

    (Click on the cover to read a sample)

    Meredith West
    Likes: coffee shops, nice shoes, London
    Dislikes: spiders, the Outback, Hal Granger!

    Hal Granger
    Dislikes: cool, unflappable, distracting city girls
    Likes: one city girl in particular…

    Meredith’s been forced to take a job on a remote cattle station, with a boss she can’t stand! It should be easy to keep things professional– except their office is under the blistering Outback sun, and Hal’s work attire is a bare chest and thigh-hugging jeans! Although they’re worlds apart, it’s getting harder to keep things strictly business…

  2. HQcAppointment at the Altar

    (Click on the cover to read a sample)

    Three steps to the altar!
    Monday–Buy stylish suit

    Bubbly Lucy West has always thought she can handle anything. That’s before she meets charismatic and utterly irresistible tycoon Guy Dangerfield, who challenges her to find a “real” job for a change!
    Tuesday–Find proper job
    So, determined to prove she has what it takes, Lucy secures a top job–working for Guy!
    Wednesday–Fall in love with the boss!
    Lucy thrives in her new role…and it’s all down to her gorgeous boss. Lucy has a smile on her face, a spring in her step–and maybe, just maybe, Guy will put a ring on her finger!

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HQcTHE ROYALS OF MONTENEVADA 1
The Prince’s Secret Bride
By Raye Morgan & SACHIMI Riho

(Click on the cover to read a sample)

Prince Nico can’t walk by when he sees Marisa needs his help; she’s confused and lost and clearly has no place to go. So he sweeps her back to his royal palace. Seeing that she’s pregnant brings out Nico’s protective instincts, feelings he thought had frozen years ago…
Until Marisa came along, normal life seemed shallow and frivolous. Now it feels as though Nico has something to live for. But with his royal realm torn apart by war and rebellion, can he afford to fall in love with this pregnant stranger?

I’m not too fan of Sachimi-san’s art style. It’s nice overall, but I dislike the way she draws eyes. They look creepy to me. But in this one manga precisely, the most ridiculous thing for me is the heroine’s outfit. What’s with all those frills and headbow?! I like gothic lolita fashion, really, but the story is written by a Western lady. That outfit Sachimi-sensei has chosen for the heroine makes her look like a little girl from the 19th century. I don’t know anymore what kind of context this manga is supposed to illustrate. Is it contemporary romance or historical? Are we with adult characters or with a kiddie porcelain doll heroine, in a vintage kiddie dress — and supposedly pregnant at that!—, surrounded by adult males? Yeah, this is getting visually absurd!

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HQcTEXAS CATTLEMAN’S CLUB: MAVERICK COUNTY MILLIONAIRES 6
Lone Star Seduction
By Day Leclaire & IWASAKI Youko

(Click on the cover to read a sample)

He’d been the housekeeper’s son, foolish enough to fall for the boss’s daughter. Kicked to the curb, Alex Montoya had become a self-made millionaire with one agenda–revenge. Now he had Rebecca Huntington exactly where he wanted her…paying off her father’s debts by being his housekeeper. Alex vowed he would not feel anything but cold disdain for the woman now at his mercy. But some memories were hard to erase, just as some desires were impossible to resist.

Ah, maybe I’m in a bad mood and felt like ranting against everything and anything. So to lighten my mood, I wanted to conclude this post with an art style I absolutely love. Whatever this manga is about, Iwasaki-sensei makes it a pleasant work for the eyes. I’m very curious to see this one translated, partly because the illustration is wonderful, but also because the story really looks interesting.