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.

Here we go again with a bunch of Harlequin comics I bought this summer. There are still over 40 mangas sitting in my account at that ebookstore where I got them and that I need to screencap.

Harlequin comics

  1. Myrna Mackenzie & SHINOZAKI Kakuko: At The Billionaire’s Bidding
  2. Robyn Donald & KAMIYA Kazumi: The Stone Princess
  3. Michelle Celmer & ASO Ayumu: An Affair With The Princess
  4. Susan Stephens & EIDA Kyoko: Count Maxime’s Virgin
  5. Lynne Graham & HASHIMOTO Takako: A Mediterranean Marriage
  6. Christina Hollis & OGURA Tsukushi: The Count of Castelfino
  7. Lindsay Armstrong & UINO Rio: The Billionaire Boss’s Innocent Bride
  8. Kathryn Jensen & SATO Tomoko: I Married A Prince
  9. Abby Green & NANAHOSHI Sae: The Legend of de Marco
  10. Sarah Holland & HAMADA Rieko: Red-hot Lover
  11. Alaina Hawthorne & TAKAKURA Tomoko: Make-believe Bride
  12. Maggie Cox & EIDA Kyoko: The Rich Man’s Love-child
  13. Jessica Hart & YONETANI Takane: Newlyweds of Convenience
  14. Kim Lawrence & YUMI Eko: Mistress by Mistake
  15. Emilie Rose & ICHINOSEKI Rinko: Scandalous Passion
  16. Marie Ferrarella & TODA Megumi: The Bachelor
  17. Vicki Lewis Thompson & KODA Ikuko: Every Woman’s Fantasy
  18. Sarah Holland & OGOSHI Natsue: The Dominant Male
  19. Jackie Braun & HIMURA Soraha: The Game Show Bride
  20. Kim Lawrence & OGATA Hiromi: Under The Spaniard’s Lock And Key

And the non-Harlequin mangas:

  1. Olivia Christine & HIDAKA Nanao: Oujo to Bodyguard
  2. SANAZAKI Harumo: Prince to Ai no Kaori
  3. YANAGIWARA Ichihi & TOMOI Miho: Counterclockwise Waltz
  4. Julianne Maclean & SASAKI Misuzu: Be My Prince
  5. SAKAI Miwa: Gouman Sheikh ni Goyoujin
  6. Zoe Akins & Katherine Albert & Dale Eunson & TAKAYAMA Mayu: How to Marry a Millionaire
  7. Barbara Cartland & SAGARA Kyoko: A World of Love
  8. Lynn Kurland & TSUJI Rikako: A Dance Through Time (2 books)

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.

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.

Here we go with my newest purchases.

Romance comics

  1. Lee Williams & KAWAKAMI Chikako: A Little Night Music
  2. AYABE Mizuho: Prince and false bride
  3. Isabel K. French & HIDAKA Nanao: Beauty and the Sheikh
  4. Diana Morgan & HASHIMOTO Takako: The Wedding Belle
  5. Anne Hampson & OGATA Rin: Payment in Full
  6. Linda Howard & HARA Noriko: Open Season
  7. HIBIKI Naomi: Flower Thief Prince
  8. John Taintor Foote & MINATO Yoriko: Notorious
  9. Anne Hampson & UESUGI Kanako: Where Eagles Nest
  10. Yohna: The Morning I Met Goddess
  11. Barbara Cartland & HANABUSA Yoko: A Nightingale Sang
  12. Jasmine Craig & ISEZAKI Towa: Imprisoned Heart
  13. Claire Williams & KANA Azumi: Ougon no Sheikh to Toware no Hanayome
  14. SACHIMI Riho: Emerald Queen
  15. SANAZAKI Harumo: Sheikh wa Koi no Miyako de
  16. TSUJI Rikako: The Sheikh and a Desert Pearl
  17. Carole Buck & KARINO Mao: Love Play
  18. Margaret Channing & TACHIBANA Kaya: Nessa no Ryuu ni Koi wo Shite
  19. Barbara Cartland & SHINOZAKI Kakuko: A Gentleman in Love
  20. Anne Hampson & NATSUME Aiko: Desire

There were promos at a place where I buy digital raws so I was quick to make use of the campaign to grab these Romance comics. I got a few surprises, the biggest one being Jasmine Craig’s Imprisoned Heart, illustrated by Isezaki-sensei. It’s the first Harlequin novel I remember reading in French. I was a teen at that time, around 11 or 12 years old. I never got hooked to Harlequin books before my 20s. But I do remember this one because among the 2 or 3 Harlequin books I read back then, it was different. And reminiscing about the story over 20 years later, I’d like to find again this novel and re-read it.

As usual, info and details about these Romance comics can be found at my Harlequin & Romance comic raws collection.
And if someone is interested in scanlating a story or more from that list, you can submit a request for the raws HERE.

Newest acquisitions. You’ll get more details and information about these at my Harlequin & Romance comic raws collection.

Harlequin comics

  1. Joan Elliot Pickart & IZUMI Show: A Wish and a Prince
  2. Lynne Graham & MOMOSE Natsu: The Sheikh’s Innocent Bride (translated)
  3. Michelle Reid & KYUKA Min: The Markonos Bride
  4. Julia James & OGIMARU Masako: Royally Bedded, Regally Wedded (translated)
  5. Jane Porter & MIDORI Yukako: Taken by the Highest Bidder
  6. Sara Craven & SHINOZAKI Kakuko: Marriage by Deception
  7. Jo Leigh & OKAZAKI Hitomi: Scent of a Woman
  8. Fiona Harper & WAZUMI Fusako: Invitation to the Boss’s Ball
  9. Jane Porter(pb1) & TANAKA Rin: The Sultan’s Bought Bride
  10. Jane Porter(pb2) & TANAKA Rin: The Greek’s Royal Mistress
  11. Jane Porter(pb3) & TANAKA Rin: The Italian’s Virgin Princess
  12. Jane Porter(pb4-end) & MIZUKI Mio: The Sheikh’s Virgin
  13. Susan Mallery & TAKAGI Kana: The Sheik and the Christmas Bride
  14. Jennifer LaBrecque & IIZUKA Akiko: Andrew in Excess
  15. SACHIMI Riho: Desert Love (scanlated)
  16. Olivia Christine & TACHIBANA Kaya: Doctor no Koi no Nayami
  17. John Dighton & HANABUSA Yoko: Roman Holiday (scanlated)
  18. Olivia Christine & HIDAKA Nanao: Koisuru Keiyaku
  19. TAKADA Yuko: Hollywood Star to Koisuru Houhou
  20. SANAZAKI Harumo: Glass no Princess
  21. Mary Orr & OGATA Rin: All about Eve
  22. UIKA & HOSHIAI Misao: Ai to Itsuwari no Giselle
  23. Patti Beckman & NATSUME Aiko: Tender Deception
  24. Barbara Cartland & SAKURAYA Hibiki: Touch a Star

Because my collection has grown so huge (there are over 350 mangas and I’m still buying more), I’ve decided that compiling all datas in 1 post isn’t the best solution. For some time already, the Harlequin & Romance comic raws collection page was taking forever to load.
So I thought about just making a text list so that the main page could appear faster and give links to pages with the detailed datas and samples. I should have switched to that text list long ago. Now that I look at it, it’s clearer for me to know what I actually have… and what I’d want to purchase in the future.

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.

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.

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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I’m getting lazy. Go to my Harlequin and Romance comic raws list for more information on the mangas listed below.

Harlequin comics

  1. Emma Darcy & TERADATE Kazuko: The Secret Baby Revenge
  2. Lori Foster & YONETANI Takane: Messing Around With Max
  3. Lynne Graham & JET: Mistress and Mother
  4. Julia Justiss & HOSHIAI Misao: A Scandalous Proposal
  5. Susan Mallery & HASHIMOTO Takako: The Sheik and the Bought Bride
  6. Deborah Simmons & SHINOZAKI Kakuko: The Vicar’s Daughter
  7. Lee Wilkinson & TAKAGI Yuri: The Padova Pearls
  8. Laura Wright & KUROKAWA Azusa: The Sultan’s Bed

If someone is interested in scanlating one or more stories, you can submit a request for the raws HERE.

I’ve noticed at other places that some people were mourning over Hanamuko no Yakusoku/The Bridegroom’s Bargain which was dropped by the former scanlator.

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I haven’t purchased the books and they aren’t in my priority list, but if another scanlator wants to pick up this project again yet can’t for lack of scans, I volunteer to provide them the raws.
You must know that I call raws the original version, meaning in the case of the Harlequin and Romance comic raws that the mangas are in Japanese. So if you don’t have a translator for that language, my raws will be useless to you.

Je connaissais les Harlequin comics, mais je ne savais pas que l’éditeur japonais Ohzora Shuppan publiait également des adaptations de romances d’autres éditeurs anglo-saxons sous la collection Romance comics (Rc). Voilà qui me réjouit et accroît encore mon intérêt pour ces manga romance. Si pour le moment, mon coeur palpite pour les romances passionnées et sensuelles, voire érotiques, je me suis rappelée que quelques mois plus tôt, une camarade du forum des Romantiques avait demandé des recommandations manga romance pour sa fille adolescente.

Vu mon âge, je suis davantage intéressée par les Ladies et josei avec une pointe de cochonceté. Ce n’est pas que je sois contre les shoujo, mais très peu sont vraiment à mon goût. Lorsque j’ai commencé à les lire, de par mon attirance certaine pour les shoujo avec plus ou moins de sexe — plutôt plus que moins —, la perception de la sexualité dans la plupart de ces manga me mettait déjà un peu mal à l’aise. On a l’impression de retrouver l’esprit des romances d’avant les années 80 — héros alpha obtus et souvent brutal, héroïne soumise façon serpillère, thème du viol prépondérant et normalisé —, sauf que dans ces shoujo, on a affaire à des collégiennes ou lycéennes alors que dans la grosse majorité des romans occidentaux de type romance, les héroïnes sont majeures. Mais bon, je ne vais pas débattre ici de la maturité du lectorat et des spécificités culturelles de chacun.

Dengeki Daisy
Pour en revenir à nos moutons, lorsque ma camarade Romantique a demandé des suggestions de romance manga pour sa fille, j’ai été bien en peine de citer un titre coquin qui aurait mon adhésion, le seul me venant immédiatement en tête — bien qu’il n’y ait pas de sexe mais que je recommande quel que soit votre âge — étant Dengeki Daisy de Motomi Kyousuke, mangaka dont les oeuvres sont des bouffées d’oxygène dans la vaste production des shoujo standards.

Limited LoversNB : Maintenant que la série Limited Lovers de Yamada Keiko est disponible en français, je la recommande aux amateurs de romance. Il y a une petite pointe de sexe, l’histoire est assez classique mais elle a l’originalité de traiter du handicap, et l’héroïne lycéenne est fantastique de force et de détermination. Voilà un shoujo mature et romantique qui emporte toute mon adhésion !

Sur le moment, j’avais déploré l’absence en France de choix en manga romance pour adolescents. J’entends par là que ce qui existe sur le marché, c’est du shoujo innocent ou coquin, mettant en scène des collégiennes/lycéennes. Sinon, pour trouver un peu de sexe, il reste les shoujo matures, ou à la limite les josei et seinen. Mais les adolescents lisent moins les 2 derniers genres. Et de toute façon, comparativement à un roman d’amour, le shoujo mature, le josei et le seinen sont souvent bien prise de tête ou pire, finissent mal.

D’où en apprenant l’existence d’adaptations manga des Barbara Cartland (BC), j’ai vite entamé des recherches. Pour moi, dame Barbara appartient au genre sentimental, en quelque sorte l’étape intermédiaire entre le conte de fée et le genre romance à proprement parler. On a chez elle tous les éléments de la romance sous un aspect plus ingénu, plus idéalisé et le sexe adopte une forme pudiquement suggérée. C’est pourquoi je suis d’avis que ces manga constitueraient d’excellents shoujo d’initiation à la romance.

Sur les 3 livres que je vais présenter dans ce billet, je crois n’en avoir lu aucun, sauf peut-être A world of love/A l’ombre de ton coeur qui me dit vaguement quelque chose mais je n’en jurerais pas. Dame Barbara ayant publié plus de 800 romans, quand on en a lu beaucoup comme ce fût mon cas à l’adolescence, on finit par tous les confondre et au final, les oublier… à part peut-être une dizaine d’entre eux que l’on retient parce que particulièrement originaux par rapport au style habituel de l’auteur ou juste parce qu’ils sont inoubliables.

Barbara Cartland

Titre anglais : A world of love
Titre du roman en français : A l’ombre de ton coeur
Auteur : Barbara Cartland
Artiste : Kyouko Sagara
Genre : Historique
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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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