And so I continue trying to reduce a little my screencapture waiting list of Harlequin & Romance comic raws. In a way, it’s a good thing that I’m busy with scanlation right now, so I have less time getting tempted by new purchases.

Harlequin comics

  • [Meg Alexander×MURATA Junko]The Love Child (3 books)
  • [Helen Brooks×TANABE Mayumi]The Devil You Know
  • [Kat Cantrell×KISHIDA Reiko]Pregnant by Morning
  • [Susanna Carr×NAGASAWA Satoru]bd2-The Tarnished Jewel of Jazaar
  • [Debra Carroll×KARINO Mao]To Catch a Thief
  • [Lori Foster(bb4)×JET]Jordan
  • [Catherine George×SACHIMI Riho]Husband for Real
  • [Kate Hewitt(dh1)×ASO Ayumu]The Prince She Never Knew
  • [Kate Hewitt(dh2)×SOMA Jinko]Kholodov’s Last Mistress
  • [Penny Jordan(pc1)×HASHIMOTO Takako]A Perfect Family
  • [Penny Jordan(wmeb1)×YAMASHITA Tomomi]The Wealthy Greek’s Contract Wife
  • [Sharon Kendrick×MIDORI Yukako]dmq2-Shamed in the Sands
  • (mcm5)[Jennifer Lewis×SAKURANO Nayuna]The Maverick’s Virgin Mistress
  • [Catherine Mann×TODA Megumi]lb1-Rich Man’s Fake Fiancee
  • [Sandra Marton×TAKIGAWA Eve]b1-Marriage on the Edge
  • [Barbara McMahon×KAWASHIMA Rika]Greek Boss, Dream Proposal
  • [Lucy Monroe(rb3)×UCHIDA Kazuna]The Prince’s Virgin Wife
  • (bb7)[Sarah Morgan×ARISAWA Ryo]Bella’s Disgrace
  • [Carole Mortimer×NAKAMURA Rie]ssc1-Jordan St Claire~Dark and Dangerous
  • [Susan Napier×NAKAYAMA Sara]Phantom Lover
  • [Tessa Radley×YUMI Eko]The Boss’s Baby Affair
  • [Kathryn Taylor×TAKAGI Kana]The Forbidden Bride-to-Be
  • [Anne Weale×KOBAYASHI Hiromi]Worthy of Marriage
  • [Maisey Yates×NARUKAMI Yutta]Her Little White Lie
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.

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.

I bought lots of books this month. One day, I hope to be able to get all those manga adaptations based on Western romance novels. o (◡‿◡✿)

Romance comics

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.

Now, let’s take a peek at my acquisitions.

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Ce n’est pas l’artistique qui motive mon souhait suivant car franchement, les illustratrices choisies pour l’adaptation des livres concernés ne m’enthousiasment pas esthétiquement parlant. Mais j’adore ces romans donc je serais curieuse de pouvoir lire ce que cela donne en manga.

Lorsque j’ai véritablement découvert les romans Harlequin bien après ma majorité, je n’étais encore intéressée que par les romances historiques. Mon éditeur préféré jusque-là demeurait J’ai lu avec l’incontournable collection Aventures & Passions (A&P), dont je considérais les parutions plus explicites et palpitantes que les quelques Harlequin qui avaient eu l’heur de passer entre mes mains.

Mais j’avais atteint une certaine lassitude des A&P à ce moment-là, la qualité déclinante des parutions contribuant à mon sentiment d’ennui — depuis cette époque, J’ai lu a su redresser la barre. En quête de nouveauté, je décidai de donner une chance à la collection Les Historiques de Harlequin, un jour où je suis tombée nez à nez avec une couverture fort jolie et plutôt discrète — en ce temps-là, J’ai lu usait et abusait des embarrassantes clinch covers sur fond rouge pétant et en comparaison, la sobriété des couvertures des Historiques Harlequin m’apparut des plus rafraîchissantes.

Quoi qu’il en soit, ce changement dans mes habitudes de lecture me fut bénéfique. Deborah Simmons n’a pas été mon premier auteur Harlequin Les Historiques, mais de tous les écrivains de cette collection, elle fut pendant très longtemps ma préférée et le reste encore. Par son humour et ses scènes sensuelles, elle présente beaucoup de similarités avec le style de Julie Garwood dans ses meilleures romances historiques.

Mais pour en revenir à mon souhait d’aujourd’hui, il s’agit de la tétralogie Trowbridge / Regency Quartet, dont les Japonais ont adapté en manga 3 des 4 livres la composant.

Regency Quartet

Titre anglais : The Vicar’s Daughter
Titre du roman en français : La Débutante
Artiste : Kakuko Shinozaki
Genre : Historique
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