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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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.