This is now a stupid running joke: me not having yet screencapped the rest of the Harlequin comics bought 2 years ago. And to make matters worse, I just keep buying more. But… I try… I really do try cleaning. It’s just that sometimes, I can’t seem to resist purchasing a manga even though I know I’ve got over hundreds waiting for me to make a safe copy, just in case the ebookstores I use keel over and disappear with my purchases.

Whatever, today I’m adding this batch to my Harlequin & Romance comic raws collection page:

Harlequin comics

  1. [Susan Stephens×SAKUYA Kaishi]The Greek’s Bridal Purchase
  2. [Helen Brooks×OGINOME Kaoru]A Heartless Marriage
  3. [Carol Marinelli×KANOKO Yuri]A Shameful Consequence
  4. [Liz Fielding×KUSUNOKI Kei]SOS: Convenient Husband Required
  5. [Diana Palmer×TAKIGAWA Eve]mmr1-Circle of Gold
  6. [Caitlin Crews×MURATA Junko]A Royal Without Rules
  7. [Myrna Temte(hw)×SOMA Jinko]Urban Cowboy
  8. [Lucy Gordon×OGIMARU Masako]For His Little Girl
  9. [Tessa Radley×NOWAKI Nei]The Untamed Sheik
  10. [Kim Lawrence×SENKE Yu]A Convenient Husband
  11. [Trish Morey(db2)×SHIOMIYA Yuki]The Sheikh’s Last Gamble
  12. [Elizabeth Bevarly×IKEZAWA Satomi]The Temptation of Rory Monahan
  13. [Lindsay Armstrong×SHINOZAKI Kakuko]The Return of Her Past
  14. [Olivia Gates×KOHAKU Yu]A Secret Birthright
  15. [Kristi Gold×SAGARA Kyoko]The Return of the Sheikh
  16. [Jennifer LaBrecque×HASHIMOTO Takako]Jingle Bell Bride
  17. [Abby Green×NANAHOSHI Sae]dp2-Forgiven but not Forgotten?
  18. [Ann Major×KYUKA Min]Nobody’s Child
  19. [Carol Devine×JET]Beauty and the Beastmaster
  20. [Sandra Marton×SHIRAI Sachiko]wb1-The Dangerous Jacob Wilde
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.

For the translators who’d want to scanlate extra pages that are not included in the translated versions released by the publisher, I’m posting a few here.

HQc The Frenchman’s Love-Child
by Lynne Graham and Misao Hoshiai
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HQc Doukakis’s Apprentice
by Sarah Morgan and Mizuho Ayabe
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HQc The Secret Spanish Love-Child
by Cathy Williams and Nasuno Amano
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HQc Expecting Royal Twins!
by Melissa McClone and Kaishi Sakuya
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HQc Lord Calthorpe’s Promise 1
by Sylvia Andrew and Rin Ogata
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HQc Lord Calthorpe’s Promise 2
by Sylvia Andrew and Rin Ogata
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HQc Passionate Fantasy
by Sharon Kendrick and Rurika Fuyuki
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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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