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.

The Reluctant FiancéeAdding another HQc to my list. The Reluctant FiancéeAs expected from Iwasaki-sensei, the art is gorgeous and the story looks charming. I’m not too fond of Leon’s curly hair, but later on the manga, the curls are cut short… which I like better. Bea looks like a nice and strong woman. Maybe a bit young and quick to jump to conclusions, but both characters’ shared past speaks of so much love and probably explains Bea’s and Leon’s insecurities related to their age gap. The ending is lovely, with a hint of humour. -(๑☆‿ ☆#)ᕗ

If someone is interested in scanlating this manga, you’ll find the specifications and samples of the files in Harlequin & Romance comic raws collection and you can submit a request for the raws HERE.

HQcAuthor: Jacqueline Baird
Artist: IWASAKI Youko
English title: The Reluctant Fiancée

Synopsis
Second-time seduction! Bea has been reunited with Leon Gregoris, her ex-fiancé. But this time Leon won’t mesmerize her with his dark Greek-Cypriot good looks. Bea is older and in charge of herself now; she won’t be captive to sexual chemistry!
Then Leon announces they are engaged again—which is news to Bea! Before she can protest, Leon has whisked her away to his luxury villa in Cyprus. And guess what: that same mutual, intense physical attraction is as strong as ever. Bea might be unwilling to be Leon’s fiancée a second time, but it’s proving harder to steer clear of his bed!

Il y a plusieurs manga Harlequin que je rêverais de voir traduits, et parmi ceux-ci, je citerai la série des Seigneurs de l’Ombre/Lords of the Underworld de Gena Showalter qui justement est en train d’être adaptée par les Japonais. Et à ceux qui se moquent des romances, je leur dis que derrière ces écrivains qu’ils proclament auteurs de “vraie” littérature thriller ou fantasy ou paranormale, etc. se cachent peut-être des Harlequin. ^_~

Lords of the Underworld

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