For the translators who’d want to scanlate extra pages not included in the translated versions released by the publisher, here you are.

HQc The Maverick
By Diana Palmer & Karan Dan
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HQc Hot Boss, Boardroom Mistress
By Natalie Anderson & Masako Ogimaru
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HQc Prince Voronov’s Virgin
By Lynn Raye Harris & Ryo Arisawa
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HQc The Billionaire Daddy
By Renee Roszel & Sami Fujimoto
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HQc A Paper Marriage
By Jessica Steele & Saemi Takahashi
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HQc Monarch of the Sands
By Sharon Kendrick & Rin Ogata
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HQc Her Real-Life Hero
By Trish Wylie & Tomoko Sato
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HQc Seeking Single Male – The Personal Touch! 1
By Stephanie Bond & Mayu Takayama
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HQc The Marriage Adventure
By Hannah Bernard & Kasumi Kuroda
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HQc Bought: One Bride
By Miranda Lee & Kyoko Sagara
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Here we go with some of the Harlequin comics I bought this summer. There are still over 50 of them that I haven’t found the time to screencap yet.

Harlequin comics

  1. Sarah Morgan & TAMAI Makiko: The Greek’s Blackmailed Wife
  2. Jo Leigh & KOHSAKI Kei: Ms. Match
  3. Kasey Michaels & SACHIMI Riho: Bachelor on the Prowl
  4. Jessica Steele & TOMOI Miho: A Nine-to-Five Affair
  5. Penny Jordan & INOUE Emiko: A Secret Disgrace
  6. Maureen Child & BEPPU Chizuko: Have Bride, Need Groom
  7. Jackie Braun & ASO Ayumu: The Tycoon’s Christmas Proposal
  8. Roxanne St.Claire & HANATSU Yoshiko: Like A Hurricane
  9. Helen Brooks & KAMIYA Kazumi: The Bride’s Secret
  10. Sara Craven & NATSUMI Rin: One Reckless Night
  11. Sherryl Woods & YOSHIDA Yayoi: Marrying A Delacourt
  12. Ruth Ryan Langan & SACHIMI Riho: Rory
  13. Miranda Lee & JET: Love-slave to the Sheikh
  14. Marion Lennox & FUJIOMI Miyako: Rescue At Cradle Lake
  15. Betty Neels & SHINOZAKI Kaoru: The Promise of Happiness
  16. Deborah Simmons & HIDAKA Nanao: The Unexpected Guest
  17. Penny Jordan & HIMEKI Kaori: Time Fuse
  18. Metsy Hingle & IIZUKA Akiko: Wife with Amnesia
  19. Jennie Lucas & OGATA Rin: The Virgin’s Choice
  20. Lucy Gordon & TAMAI Makiko: The Pregnancy Bond
  21. Michelle Celmer & SAKURANO Nayuna: The Oilman’s Baby Bargain
  22. Sara Craven & FUJITA Kazuko: Count Valieri’s Prisoner
  23. Anna Cleary & SHINOZAKI Kakuko: My Tall Dark Greek Boss
  24. Sara Craven & UESUGI Kanako: The Highest Stakes of All
  25. Gail Ranstrom & TSUYA Satomi: Saving Sarah (2 books)
  26. India Grey & KIRISAKA Mao: Her Last Night of Innocence
  27. Nancy Warren & AMANO Nasuno: Under the Influence
  28. Anne Stuart & HASHIMOTO Takako: A Dark & Stormy Night

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.

It’s been a while and I bought a lot of mangas. There are many promos at different sites so I just grab the Harlequin and Romance comics I don’t have yet in Japanese. Here are some of those latest acquisitions. Details, information and samples are available at my Harlequin & Romance comic raws collection page.

Harlequin comics

  1. Jessica Steele & BEPPU Chizuko: A Most Suitable Wife (translated)
  2. Michelle Reid & KOHAKU Yuu: The Greek’s Forced Bride
  3. Lucy Gordon & TAKAYAMA Mayu: Married Under the Italian Sun (translated)
  4. Meredith Webber & YAMASHITA Tomomi: Sheikh, Children’s Doctor…husband (translated)
  5. Rebecca Winters & HIDAKA Nanao: A Royal Bride of Convenience
  6. Penny Jordan & JET: Wanting His Child (translated)
  7. Jane Porter & DAN Karan: A Dark Sicilian Secret
  8. Sandra Marton & NAGASAWA Satoru: The Sheikh’s Rebellious Mistress
  9. Liz Fielding & NAKAYAMA Sara: Her Wish-list Bridegroom
  10. Annie West & MOMOSE Natsu: Girl in the Bedouin Tent
  11. Chantelle Shaw & KUSUNOKI Kei: Argentinian Playboy, Unexpected Love-Child
  12. Olivia Gates & KYUKA Min: The Once And Future Prince (translated)
  13. Lynne Graham & HOSHIAI Misao: The Frenchman’s Love-child
  14. Natalie Anderson & MINATO Yoriko: Unbuttoned by Her Maverick Boss
  15. Debbie Macomber & SHINOZAKI Kaoru: Lonesome Cowboy
  16. Leanne Banks & NARUKAMI Yutta: Billionaire Extraordinaire
  17. Sharon Kendrick & UESUGI Kanako: Getting Even
  18. Jane Sullivan & HANATSU Yoshiko: Risky Business
  19. Leanne Banks & TOMOI Miho: The Prince’s Texas Bride
  20. Abby Green & YOKOI Rina: Bought for the Frenchman’s Pleasure

And the non-Harlequin mangas:

  1. KUREBAYASHI Tsukiko: Doctor ni Koi no Wana wo
  2. Nora Roberts & KOBAYASHI Hiromi: Endings and Beginnings
  3. Misaki Chihiro & SASAKI Misuzu: Yuuwaku no Wana
  4. Judith Ivory & SANAZAKI Harumo: Sleeping Beauty (2 books)
  5. Emma Holly & TAKAMURE Tamotsu: Beyond Innocence
  6. Anne Hampson & SAGARA Kyoko: A Kiss and a Promise
  7. Carole Buck & HIMURA Soraha: Intruder’s Kiss
  8. Carole Buck & TSUJI Rikako: Fallen Angel
  9. Clarence Budington Kelland & OGATA Hiromi: Mr Deeds Goes to Town
  10. MOMOKAWA Haruhiko: Sheikh to Shakunetsu no Sapphire

As usual, if someone is interested in scanlating a story or more in my Harlequin & Romance comic raws collection, you can submit a request for the raws HERE.

Maybe I’m in a foul mood, or maybe it’s that bad cold making me cough for over a month that’s turning me grumpy. I absolutly dislike Beyond Innocence illustrated by Takamure Tamotsu-san. It’s one of the rare Emma Holly’s novels I’ve read and liked. Even if I don’t expect a manga adaptation to be accurate, I barely recognize the story.

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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.

Merry Christmas everyone!

I wanted feel-good mangas for the holiday season. So part of this selection consists of sweet light stories and the other part of Christmas theme Harlequin comics.
These are only a few of my December acquisitions. Among them, there are the San Rimini series and the Princess Swap duet the publisher has started translating into English but hasn’t yet completed. In case they would forget about these pending series, I at least have the raws to get an idea of what’s going on for other characters.

Harlequin comics

As usual, 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.

Princess Swap
The first story of Jessica Hart’s Princess Swap duet is already translated and published. I still wanted the raws for both books while waiting for the publisher to release the second story in English.
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