I keep piling the raws purchases and still have no time to screencapture them all. Today is a rare opportunity for me to update a little my Harlequin & Romance comic raws collection by adding a few Romance mangas that have been waiting in my hard drive for months, some of them for over a year. Yeah, I’m the laziest of the slackers.

Romance comics
First we have the Romance comics based on Western novels:

  • [Patricia K. Azeltine×SAKURAYA Hibiki]Temporary Husband
  • [Barbara Cartland×HANABUSA Yoko]Paradise Found
  • [Barbara Cartland×HANABUSA Yoko]The Wings of Ecstasy
  • [Barbara Cartland×KOBAYASHI Hiromi]The Innocent Imposter
  • [Barbara Cartland×MIYAMOTO Karin]Love in the Dark
  • [Janet Daily×HARADA Makiko]The Second Time
  • [Aimee Duvall×KISHIDA Reiko]One More Tomorrow
  • [Liz Grady×KOBAYASHI Hiromi]Reclaim the Dream
  • [Anne Hampson×MOCHIZUKI Reiko]Sweet Second Love
  • [E. M. Hull×HANABUSA Yoko]The Sheikh
  • [Valerie King×HASHIMOTO Takako]Wicked and Wonderful
  • [Jayne Ann Krentz×HASHIMOTO Takako]Trust Me
  • [Connie Mason×SAITO Chiho]Sheik
  • [Nora Roberts×HANABUSA Yoko]Tonight and Always
  • [Elizabeth Thornton×HASHIMOTO Takako]The Marriage Trap
  • [Patricia Waddell(gc4)×SANAZAKI Harumo]He Said Never

Then the original Japanese works:

  • [HAMAGUCHI Natsuko]Boku dake no Princess
  • [Kate Field×HANASATO Hikari]Kamen no Sheikh
  • [Sharon Andrew×NAGASAKI Maoko]Matenrou no Sheikh
  • [SAKAI Miwa]Millionaire lawyer likes redhead+A night at the ball
  • [SANAZAKI Harumo]Sheikh ni Koi no Hanataba wo
  • [Margaret Channing×TACHIBANA Kaya]Sabaku no Ou ni Dakaretara

Plus these 2 that are completing the Sheikh to ai no daiya series:

  • (sad2)[OGATA Rin]Aoki Hoshikage no Chikai
  • (sad3)[MAKI Shoko]Aoki Ryuusa no Kuchizuke
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 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.