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.
Today I’m adding 12 mangas to my collection.
- Lucy Monroe & OKAMOTO Keiko: Wedding Vow of Revenge
- Carole Mortimer & ICHIJU Yuko: Bound by Contract
- Emma Wildes & OHARA Juri: Lessons from a Scarlet Lady
- Julia James & ASOU Ayumu: Greek Tycoon, Waitress Wife (scanlated)
- Kathryn Ross & AKINO Nanami: Blackmailed by the Boss
- Maya Banks & HIDAKA Nanao: The Tycoon’s Pregnant Mistress (translated)
- Catherine George & SOMA Jinko: Lair of the Dragon
- Emilie Rose & INOUE Emiko: The Millionaire’s Indecent Proposal
- Olivia Gates & MISONO Ellie: Doctors on the Frontline
- Jennifer LaBrecque & HASHIMOTO Takako: Kids + Cops = Chaos
- Jacqueline Baird & HORI Erio: Giordanni’s Proposal
- 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!