I keep piling the raws purchases and still have no time to screencapture them all. Today is a rare opportunity for me to update a little my Harlequin & Romance comic raws collection by adding a few Romance mangas that have been waiting in my hard drive for months, some of them for over a year. Yeah, I’m the laziest of the slackers.

Romance comics
First we have the Romance comics based on Western novels:

  • [Patricia K. Azeltine×SAKURAYA Hibiki]Temporary Husband
  • [Barbara Cartland×HANABUSA Yoko]Paradise Found
  • [Barbara Cartland×HANABUSA Yoko]The Wings of Ecstasy
  • [Barbara Cartland×KOBAYASHI Hiromi]The Innocent Imposter
  • [Barbara Cartland×MIYAMOTO Karin]Love in the Dark
  • [Janet Daily×HARADA Makiko]The Second Time
  • [Aimee Duvall×KISHIDA Reiko]One More Tomorrow
  • [Liz Grady×KOBAYASHI Hiromi]Reclaim the Dream
  • [Anne Hampson×MOCHIZUKI Reiko]Sweet Second Love
  • [E. M. Hull×HANABUSA Yoko]The Sheikh
  • [Valerie King×HASHIMOTO Takako]Wicked and Wonderful
  • [Jayne Ann Krentz×HASHIMOTO Takako]Trust Me
  • [Connie Mason×SAITO Chiho]Sheik
  • [Nora Roberts×HANABUSA Yoko]Tonight and Always
  • [Elizabeth Thornton×HASHIMOTO Takako]The Marriage Trap
  • [Patricia Waddell(gc4)×SANAZAKI Harumo]He Said Never

Then the original Japanese works:

  • [HAMAGUCHI Natsuko]Boku dake no Princess
  • [Kate Field×HANASATO Hikari]Kamen no Sheikh
  • [Sharon Andrew×NAGASAKI Maoko]Matenrou no Sheikh
  • [SAKAI Miwa]Millionaire lawyer likes redhead+A night at the ball
  • [SANAZAKI Harumo]Sheikh ni Koi no Hanataba wo
  • [Margaret Channing×TACHIBANA Kaya]Sabaku no Ou ni Dakaretara

Plus these 2 that are completing the Sheikh to ai no daiya series:

  • (sad2)[OGATA Rin]Aoki Hoshikage no Chikai
  • (sad3)[MAKI Shoko]Aoki Ryuusa no Kuchizuke
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.

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My wide screen monitor broke about a month ago. I can’t buy a new one right now and am using a spare smaller monitor. It takes me four to six times longer to screencapture a manga. But for now, I have to make do. This is forcing me to slow down my manga purchases, only buying those I absolutely want.
What a pain as campaigns and bargains fly out of my reach for lack of time.

Here are the latest additions to my Harlequin & Romance comic raws collection (details, information and samples available there) :

Harlequin comics

  1. Emma Darcy & KOSAKI Kei: The Bedroom Surrender
  2. Kat Adams & AKINO Nanami: The Ace of Hearts
  3. Liz Fielding & MAKI Akemi: His Little Girl
  4. Penny Jordan & KONO Wakana: The Blackmail Baby
  5. Susan Napier & TAKAKURA Tomoko: Honeymoon Baby
  6. Michelle Reid & BEPPU Chizuko: The Ranieri Bride
  7. Lucy Gordon & OKAMOTO Keiko: Plain Jane in the Spotlight
  8. Karen Leabo & ORIHARA Mito: Beach Baby
  9. Debbie Macomber & SHINOZAKI Kaoru: Wanted: Perfect Partner
  10. Charlotte Lamb & HANABUSA Yoko: Desert Barbarian
  11. Susan Wiggs & KURODA Kasumi: Cinderfella
  12. Trish Morey & SASAKI Misuzu: Forced Wife, Royal Love-child
  13. Shari Anton & INOUE Emiko: Christmas at Wayfarer Inn
  14. Rebecca Winters & MAKI Akemi: The Duke’s Baby
  15. Diana Hamilton & FUJIWARA Motoyo: Bought: One Husband
  16. Melanie Milburne & TACHIBANA Mieko: The Fiorenza Forced Marriage
  17. Rosemary Carter & KISHIDA Reiko: Daredevil
  18. Catherine Spencer & MINATO Yoriko: The Costanzo Baby Secret
  19. Miranda Lee & JET: The Boss’s Baby
  20. Penny Jordan & NARUKAMI Yutta: A Savage Adoration
  21. Judy Christenberry & TAKAYAMA Mayu: The Bride’s Best Man
  22. Christie Ridgway & HANATSU Yoshiko: The Bridesmaid’s Bet
  23. Elizabeth Bevarly & OCHA Machiko: The Virgin and the Vagabond
  24. Jennifer Mikels & SHINOZAKI Kaoru: The Marriage Bargain
  25. Ann Major & HASHIMOTO Takako: Seize the Moment
  26. Emma Darcy & FUJIMOTO Sami: His Bought Mistress
  27. Heather MacAllister & HIGASHIZATO Kirico: Mr. December
  28. Nancy Warren & TAKAI Mio: Indulge

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 with my newest purchases.

Romance comics

  1. Lee Williams & KAWAKAMI Chikako: A Little Night Music
  2. AYABE Mizuho: Prince and false bride
  3. Isabel K. French & HIDAKA Nanao: Beauty and the Sheikh
  4. Diana Morgan & HASHIMOTO Takako: The Wedding Belle
  5. Anne Hampson & OGATA Rin: Payment in Full
  6. Linda Howard & HARA Noriko: Open Season
  7. HIBIKI Naomi: Flower Thief Prince
  8. John Taintor Foote & MINATO Yoriko: Notorious
  9. Anne Hampson & UESUGI Kanako: Where Eagles Nest
  10. Yohna: The Morning I Met Goddess
  11. Barbara Cartland & HANABUSA Yoko: A Nightingale Sang
  12. Jasmine Craig & ISEZAKI Towa: Imprisoned Heart
  13. Claire Williams & KANA Azumi: Ougon no Sheikh to Toware no Hanayome
  14. SACHIMI Riho: Emerald Queen
  15. SANAZAKI Harumo: Sheikh wa Koi no Miyako de
  16. TSUJI Rikako: The Sheikh and a Desert Pearl
  17. Carole Buck & KARINO Mao: Love Play
  18. Margaret Channing & TACHIBANA Kaya: Nessa no Ryuu ni Koi wo Shite
  19. Barbara Cartland & SHINOZAKI Kakuko: A Gentleman in Love
  20. Anne Hampson & NATSUME Aiko: Desire

There were promos at a place where I buy digital raws so I was quick to make use of the campaign to grab these Romance comics. I got a few surprises, the biggest one being Jasmine Craig’s Imprisoned Heart, illustrated by Isezaki-sensei. It’s the first Harlequin novel I remember reading in French. I was a teen at that time, around 11 or 12 years old. I never got hooked to Harlequin books before my 20s. But I do remember this one because among the 2 or 3 Harlequin books I read back then, it was different. And reminiscing about the story over 20 years later, I’d like to find again this novel and re-read it.

As usual, info and details about these Romance comics can be found at my Harlequin & Romance comic raws collection.
And if someone is interested in scanlating a story or more from 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.