I feel like an utter failure. Don’t laugh but despite my efforts to scan the Harlequin comics purchased a year ago, there are still some left unattended. I’m terrible, buying more and more and unable to find the time to screencapture them all in my greed. I try, I swear that I try!

Well, in the meantime, I’m adding this batch to my Harlequin & Romance comic raws collection page (details, information and samples available there) :

Harlequin comics

  1. Jill Shalvis and INOUE Emiko: Blind Date Disasters
  2. Kim Lawrence and KUREBAYASHI Tsukiko: Luca’s Secretary Bride
  3. Olivia Gates and TODA Megumi: The Sheikh’s Redemption
  4. Jennifer Taylor and WAZUMI Fusako: Jungle Fever
  5. Karen Templeton and IDE Chikae: Honky-tonk Cinderella
  6. Michelle Reid and AI Marito: House of Glass
  7. Sharon Kendrick and ASO Ayumu: The Greek Tycoon’s Baby Bargain
  8. Amanda Browning and KOBAYASHI Hiromi: His After-Hours Mistress
  9. Christine Rimmer and HOSHIAI Misao: Prince and Future… Dad?
  10. Sandra Marton and TODA Megumi: The Greek Prince’s Chosen Wife
  11. Jennie Adams and NATSUMI Rin: Nine-to-Five Bride
  12. Linda Goodnight and NOWAKI Nei: Her Prince’s Secret Son
  13. Betty Neels and ISHIKAWA Mami: Love Can Wait
  14. Jennie Lucas and IKEZAWA Satomi: To Love, Honor and Betray
  15. Chantelle Shaw and KOHAKU Yu: The Greek’s Acquisition
  16. Jane Donnelly and KUREBAYASHI Tsukiko: Max’s Proposal
  17. Sharon Kendrick and NANAHOSHI Sae: A Tainted Beauty
  18. Chantelle Shaw and HORI Erio: Untouched Until Marriage
  19. Kate Hardy and NAKAMURA Chisato: The Doctor’s Royal Love-child
  20. Heidi Rice and HASUMI Toi: Unfinished Business with the Duke
  21. Lynn Raye Harris and UCHIDA Kazuna: Revelations of the Night Before
  22. Jacqueline Baird and OKAMOTO Keiko: A Husband of Convenience
  23. Jessica Hart and FUMIZUKI Kyoko: The Convenient Fiancee
  24. Sarah Morgan and SAKURA Haruhi: A Bride for Glenmore
  25. Kim Lawrence and TSUYA Satomi: Maid For Montero
  26. Cathy Williams and SHINOHARA Masami: The Italian Billionaire’s Secret Love-child
  27. Heather MacAllister and KOBAYASHI Mine: The Paternity Plan
  28. Carol Marinelli and HANATSU Yoshiko: The Italian’s Touch

If someone is interested in scanlating a story or more in that list, you can submit a request for the raws HERE.

But I’d really like for scanlators to look at the Romance mangas instead of the Harlequin ones. It’s not that I don’t like Harlequin comics. It’s just that they are now consistently translated and released by the publisher. So sooner or later, the Harlequin manga you’re interested in will be officially translated. In comparison, the Romance mangas are hardly picked up by anyone so far.

Latest Harlequin comics raws acquisitions added to my collection. Details, information and samples are available at my Harlequin & Romance comic raws collection page.

Harlequin comics

  1. Emma Darcy & TOBA Shoko: Bride of His Choice
  2. Sharon Sala & NAKAYAMA Sara: Ryder’s Wife
  3. Candace Camp & TAKAYAMA Mayu: No Regrets (translated)
  4. Rebecca Winters & KOBAYASHI Hiromi: The Forbidden Marriage (translated)
  5. Janette Kenny & KIRISAKA Mao: Innocent in the Italian’s Possession
  6. Alexandra Sellers & TAKAGI Yuri: Sheikh’s Betrayal (translated)
  7. Kim Lawrence & WAZUMI Fusako: The Carides Pregnancy (translated)
  8. Alice Sharpe & RYOU Atsumi: Make Me a Match
  9. Kate Walker & FUJIMOTO Sami: The Hired Husband
  10. Kate Hewitt & TODA Megumi: The Sheikh’s Love-child
  11. Grace Green / Laurey Bright & MATSUNAE Akemi: A Miracle for Christmas / Marrying Marcus
  12. Maisey Yates & UCHIDA Kazuna: A Mistake, a Prince and a Pregnancy

Though the only information I can get about Ryou Atsumi is that she is a shoujo mangaka, for some reason, the first time I saw her art, it rang a bell, reminding me of a BL mangaka’s art style. After looking at 3 more Harlequin comics drawn by her, I still have this nagging feeling she may be initially a BL mangaka. I usually prefer BL artists to shoujo artists for their arts but in Ryou-sensei’s case, it’s very not a compliment because her art style is typically the kind I dislike in BL genre.

First, because her characters look like teens, however old they are supposed to be. Second, when I look at her heroine’s face, I see a boy with a ridiculous wig. Sometimes, it’s okay, but in Make Me a Match, I can’t help seeing a boy in disguise, with straight short hair and a lousy fringe that I see on so many guys in BL mangas. But it’s like the artist has reminded herself she’s drawing a girl so she’s added those annoying wavy extensions to convey a somewhat girly vibe. Though, the wavy strands don’t blend with the whole hairdo.

In spite of her efforts, if her male lead design is decent, her heroine still looks male. The shape of the face, the masculine features, the thickness of the neck, the flatness and angles of the body… all this is screaming “boy” to me. You add this to the very doubtful sense of female fashion from the artist, not the kind that you think she just has bad taste but you get the feeling the artist doesn’t know what a “girl” wears. Yeah, you get the picture I absolutely dislike Ryou-sensei’s art style.

Whether you like their art styles of not, shoujo mangakas have a sense on how to draw girls, to the point that even their males often look girly. But with Ryou-sensei, she doesn’t know how to draw a girl and all her characters look like men. That’s the kind of flaw you sometime notice with BL mangakas. I don’t know if Ryou-sensei is one but I have strong suspicions.

Fortunately, I have other artists to brighten my mood. Like Uchida-sensei. She’s primarily a BL mangaka but her art style is good, consistent and mature. And she can draw pretty women!The heroine of A Mistake, a Prince and a Pregnancy is all womanly, pretty sexy in a very female way, thank you very much!
The manga looks quite fun and I hope to see it translated very soon.

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.

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.