I feel like an utter failure. Don’t laugh but despite my efforts to scan the Harlequin comics purchased a year ago, there are still some left unattended. I’m terrible, buying more and more and unable to find the time to screencapture them all in my greed. I try, I swear that I try!

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

Harlequin comics

  1. Jill Shalvis and INOUE Emiko: Blind Date Disasters
  2. Kim Lawrence and KUREBAYASHI Tsukiko: Luca’s Secretary Bride
  3. Olivia Gates and TODA Megumi: The Sheikh’s Redemption
  4. Jennifer Taylor and WAZUMI Fusako: Jungle Fever
  5. Karen Templeton and IDE Chikae: Honky-tonk Cinderella
  6. Michelle Reid and AI Marito: House of Glass
  7. Sharon Kendrick and ASO Ayumu: The Greek Tycoon’s Baby Bargain
  8. Amanda Browning and KOBAYASHI Hiromi: His After-Hours Mistress
  9. Christine Rimmer and HOSHIAI Misao: Prince and Future… Dad?
  10. Sandra Marton and TODA Megumi: The Greek Prince’s Chosen Wife
  11. Jennie Adams and NATSUMI Rin: Nine-to-Five Bride
  12. Linda Goodnight and NOWAKI Nei: Her Prince’s Secret Son
  13. Betty Neels and ISHIKAWA Mami: Love Can Wait
  14. Jennie Lucas and IKEZAWA Satomi: To Love, Honor and Betray
  15. Chantelle Shaw and KOHAKU Yu: The Greek’s Acquisition
  16. Jane Donnelly and KUREBAYASHI Tsukiko: Max’s Proposal
  17. Sharon Kendrick and NANAHOSHI Sae: A Tainted Beauty
  18. Chantelle Shaw and HORI Erio: Untouched Until Marriage
  19. Kate Hardy and NAKAMURA Chisato: The Doctor’s Royal Love-child
  20. Heidi Rice and HASUMI Toi: Unfinished Business with the Duke
  21. Lynn Raye Harris and UCHIDA Kazuna: Revelations of the Night Before
  22. Jacqueline Baird and OKAMOTO Keiko: A Husband of Convenience
  23. Jessica Hart and FUMIZUKI Kyoko: The Convenient Fiancee
  24. Sarah Morgan and SAKURA Haruhi: A Bride for Glenmore
  25. Kim Lawrence and TSUYA Satomi: Maid For Montero
  26. Cathy Williams and SHINOHARA Masami: The Italian Billionaire’s Secret Love-child
  27. Heather MacAllister and KOBAYASHI Mine: The Paternity Plan
  28. Carol Marinelli and HANATSU Yoshiko: The Italian’s Touch

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

But I’d really like for scanlators to look at the Romance mangas instead of the Harlequin ones. It’s not that I don’t like Harlequin comics. It’s just that they are now consistently translated and released by the publisher. So sooner or later, the Harlequin manga you’re interested in will be officially translated. In comparison, the Romance mangas are hardly picked up by anyone so far.

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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!