More and more mangas waiting for me to screencapture them. I don’t know anymore if I’ll ever be able to screencap everything. I finish a couple of them, then a campaign on a site appears and I end up buying 10 more, increasing endlessly my waiting list. *facepalm*

Still, I’m adding today this batch to my Harlequin & Romance comic raws collection page. At least, these ones are done.

Harlequin comics

  1. [Carole Mortimer×ASO Ayumu]An Enigmatic Man
  2. [Kat Cantrell×DAN Karan]The Things She Says
  3. [Yvonne Lindsay×YOKOI Rina]Rossellini’s Revenge Affair
  4. [Sandra Marton×KISHIMOTO Keiko]ob1-The Ice Prince
  5. [Betty Neels×KATSURAGI Shizuku]A Kiss for Julie
  6. [Kate Walker(af1)×Earithen]The Twelve-Month Mistress
  7. [Lynne Graham×OKADA Junko]A Rich Man’s Whim
  8. [Maxine Sullivan×AKINO Nanami]v1-The CEO Takes a Wife
  9. [Lucy Gordon×ASAMI Satoru]bb7-His Brother’s Child
  10. [Kay Thorpe×NAKANUKI Eri]Chance Meeting
  11. [Susanne McCarthy×NAGASAWA Satoru]Satan’s Contract
  12. [Miranda Lee×MINATO Yoriko]Just a little sex…
  13. [Leslie Kelly(lb2)×FUJIWARA Akira]Wicked & Willing
  14. [Emilie Rose×ABE Tsumika]Bargained into Her Boss’s Bed
  15. [Susan Napier×KYUKA Min]Mistress for a Weekend
  16. (md5)[Meredith Webber×FUJIOMI Miyako]The Spanish Doctor’s Convenient Bride
  17. [Anne Weale×KODA Ikuko]The Impatient Virgin
  18. [Emilie Rose×KAWADA Miki]Forgotten Lover
  19. [Jennie Lucas×SAKURAYA Hibiki]The Count’s Secret Child
  20. [Gina Wilkins×AI Marito]wm2-Secretly Yours
Details and samples for each manga can be read at the following pages:
► Harlequin comics raws: A-E | F-J | K-O | P-T | U-Z | Complete multi-author series
► Non-Harlequin manga raws: Adapted from Western works | Original Japanese works

If someone is interested in scanlating a story or more in that list, you can submit a request for the raws HERE.
But I suggest for English speaking scanlators to look preferably at the non-Harlequin manga list. The Harlequin comics are consistently translated into English by the publisher. So sooner or later, the one you’re interested in will get translated. Contrastingly, the non-Harlequin mangas are barely picked by anyone.

I’m trying hard to tidy up all my previous summer purchases since it’s gonna be nearly a year they are sitting down in my accounts. So yeah, I’m slowly but perseveringly screencapping these Harlequin comics raws. Still about 20 more left before I allow myself free rein buying whichever new ones I covet.

So here, I’m adding this batch to my Harlequin & Romance comic raws collection page (details, information and samples available there) :

Harlequin comics

  1. Julia James & KAMIYA Kazumi: The Greek’s Virgin Bride
  2. Kim Lawrence & ASO Ayumu: A Spanish Awakening
  3. Margaret Mayo & HATORI Nina: A Night with Consequences
  4. Marilyn Pappano & KOSAKI Kei: Murphy’s Law
  5. Emma Darcy & HARA Noriko: The Marriage Decider
  6. Kate Walker & RYO Atsumi: Sicilian Husband, Blackmailed Bride
  7. Raye Morgan & YUIZUKI Rei: The Italian’s Forgotten Baby
  8. Elizabeth Power & MIZUHARA Fuyuki: Sins of the Past
  9. Carol Marinelli & KUREBAYASHI Tsukiko: Wedlocked Banished Sheikh, Untouched Queen
  10. India Grey & YAMASHITA Tomomi: At the Argentinean Billionaire’s Bidding
  11. Ally Blake & OKAMOTO Keiko: Falling for the Rebel Heir
  12. Meredith Webber & DAN Karan: Sheikh Surgeon
  13. Margaret Way & ICHIJU Yuko: In the Australian Billionaire’s Arms
  14. Emilie Rose & HAMADA Rieko: His High-stakes Holiday Seduction
  15. Cathy Williams & MAKIMURA Jun: Ruthless Tycoon, Inexperienced Mistress
  16. Nancy Warren & WATANABE Naomi: Whisper
  17. Louise Allen & Earithen: The Viscount’s Betrothal
  18. Kate Hewitt & KOISHIKAWA Canary: The Undoing of De Luca
  19. Tessa Radley & TOMOI Miho: Millionaire Under the Mistletoe
  20. Anne McAllister & Lucy Monroe & NANAHOSHI Sae: Finn’s Twins! / The Playboy’s Seduction

If someone is interested in scanlating a story or more in that list, you can submit a request for the raws HERE.

Here we go again with a bunch of Harlequin comics I bought this summer. There are still over 40 mangas sitting in my account at that ebookstore where I got them and that I need to screencap.

Harlequin comics

  1. Myrna Mackenzie & SHINOZAKI Kakuko: At The Billionaire’s Bidding
  2. Robyn Donald & KAMIYA Kazumi: The Stone Princess
  3. Michelle Celmer & ASO Ayumu: An Affair With The Princess
  4. Susan Stephens & EIDA Kyoko: Count Maxime’s Virgin
  5. Lynne Graham & HASHIMOTO Takako: A Mediterranean Marriage
  6. Christina Hollis & OGURA Tsukushi: The Count of Castelfino
  7. Lindsay Armstrong & UINO Rio: The Billionaire Boss’s Innocent Bride
  8. Kathryn Jensen & SATO Tomoko: I Married A Prince
  9. Abby Green & NANAHOSHI Sae: The Legend of de Marco
  10. Sarah Holland & HAMADA Rieko: Red-hot Lover
  11. Alaina Hawthorne & TAKAKURA Tomoko: Make-believe Bride
  12. Maggie Cox & EIDA Kyoko: The Rich Man’s Love-child
  13. Jessica Hart & YONETANI Takane: Newlyweds of Convenience
  14. Kim Lawrence & YUMI Eko: Mistress by Mistake
  15. Emilie Rose & ICHINOSEKI Rinko: Scandalous Passion
  16. Marie Ferrarella & TODA Megumi: The Bachelor
  17. Vicki Lewis Thompson & KODA Ikuko: Every Woman’s Fantasy
  18. Sarah Holland & OGOSHI Natsue: The Dominant Male
  19. Jackie Braun & HIMURA Soraha: The Game Show Bride
  20. Kim Lawrence & OGATA Hiromi: Under The Spaniard’s Lock And Key

And the non-Harlequin mangas:

  1. Olivia Christine & HIDAKA Nanao: Oujo to Bodyguard
  2. SANAZAKI Harumo: Prince to Ai no Kaori
  3. YANAGIWARA Ichihi & TOMOI Miho: Counterclockwise Waltz
  4. Julianne Maclean & SASAKI Misuzu: Be My Prince
  5. SAKAI Miwa: Gouman Sheikh ni Goyoujin
  6. Zoe Akins & Katherine Albert & Dale Eunson & TAKAYAMA Mayu: How to Marry a Millionaire
  7. Barbara Cartland & SAGARA Kyoko: A World of Love
  8. Lynn Kurland & TSUJI Rikako: A Dance Through Time (2 books)

Details, information and samples are available at my Harlequin & Romance comic raws collection page. If someone is interested in scanlating a story or more in that list, you can submit a request for the raws HERE.

And here comes the time for me to show 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

  • Barbara Cartland & AIKAWA Momoko: The Heart Triumphant
  • TAKAGUCHI Satosumi: Story of a flower and the prince
  • Adrienne Basso & UESUGI Kanako: A Night to Remember
  • Sharon Kendrick & MIDORI Yukako: The Mediterranean Prince’s Passion
  • Lynn Raye Harris & NARUKAMI Yutta: Kept for the Sheikh’s Pleasure
  • Anne Ashley & HANABUSA Yoko: The Earl of Rayne’s Ward
  • Jennifer Taylor & FUJIOMI Miyako: Their Little Christmas Miracle
  • Emilie Rose & AI Marito: Executive’s Pregnancy Ultimatum
  • Abby Green & NOWAKI Nei: The Virgin’s Secret
  • Justine Davis & KASUMI Mayu: A Whole Lot of Love
  • Natalie Anderson & SHIOMIYA Yuki: Bedded by Arrangement
  • Margaret Moore & IWASAKI Yoko: A Lover’s Kiss

In this set, there are 2 mangas that have obvious flaws between what the plot is promising and what the artist draws. First is Narukami Yutta’s adaptation of Kept for the Sheikh’s Pleasure. Sensei has a questionable sense of Arabian fashion. I doubt the heroine can wander around an Arabian country as scantily dressed as she is most of the time. In private, I guess it is tolerated, preferably in the bedroom for the hero’s eyes only, but it’s not much plausible that she goes out like that. You wonder how come she’s not raped as soon as she sets a foot outside, or just arrested for public indecency. Narukami-sensei’s sense of Arabian male clothes is also questionable at times. The low-cut square collar doesn’t look much manly on a man. And towards the end, there are a few scenes where I had the impression sensei was confusing Arabian fashion with the ancient Greece.

The other manga, Kasumi Mayu’s adaptation of A Whole Lot of Love, presents a major flaw to me. I’m frustrated in this case because the art style is pleasant and consistent, the story looks interesting, everything seems to be done nicely. But the synopsis says the heroine is a plus-size woman. Heck, the main appeal of the story is that the heroine is a “big” girl. But Kasumi-sensei’s design just delivers a normal figure heroine. You can’t even start to describe her as plump. She’s just an average lady, who looks tall, healthy on a rather lean side, and has a slim waist any girl would envy. So that’s hard to believe that a crowd could be laughing at the heroine for being a “fatty” when they aren’t that thinner than her. If only sensei had just drawn the heroine with say, at least 20 pounds more of excess weight, the story would have looked a little more realistic visually and the heroine would still be cute.

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!

I bought lots of books this month. One day, I hope to be able to get all those manga adaptations based on Western romance novels. o (◡‿◡✿)

Romance comics

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.

Now, let’s take a peek at my acquisitions.

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