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Edward, an English nobleman, is every bit the handsome prince, except he doesn’t have a damsel in distress. Edward’s relatives have been trying to arrange a marriage for him after finding out that his late father’s will stipulates that Edward must be married by the time he reaches the age of 26 or he risks losing control of the family estate and fortune. Rebelling against ...more
Paperback, 186 pages
Published May 27th 2008 by Digital Manga Publishing (first published March 15th 2001)
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Trin
Oct 11, 2020 rated it did not like it
I was so happy to get to go back to my favorite Japanese bookstore for the first time in months, and this goofy fake-dating cross-dressing yaoi novel was $5, so I bought it to be a fun amusement. For the first two thirds, it was exactly that: bad, but enjoyably bad. It had all tropes, the occasional moment of the characters actually seemingly bonding, and a truly hilarious and hilariously incorrect take on English culture. Look kids: racism is bad, but a book depicting British people as big blon ...more
Isana
Sep 13, 2008 rated it liked it
With a slightly interesting story but frustrating classic ending, "A Promise of Romance" is an average yaoi story.

The plot is an interesting one. It is not over done but finely thought out. The characters are entertaining and the couple passable. However, there is that side unrequited love that may cause some people to express dissatisfaction. So, if you usually never like main pairings, you probably should not read this.

The only problem with plot is the existence of that "I will be poor for yo
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Reader17 Der
Oct 02, 2008 rated it really liked it
Shelves: yaoi-read
It is about Edward who is an English Noble and he is suppose to marry someone by the time he reaches age 26 or he loses his inhertance. Edward seems to not care about his inhertance at first on being matched up with anyone. Until something happens and he decides he will go out and find his own bride. He meets Satsuki a young male Japanese exchange student who is trying to become an actor. Edward and Satsuki make a deal that Satsuki dresses as a girl and they get married only to divorce right aft ...more
Yue
The only good point about this awful book is that it is short. The rest.. terrible. At the beginning, it was going fine. Handsome blond English seme; beautiful Japanese uke (I pity the Japanese guys; they always have to be the uke in a relationship with a foreign guy... it is inevitable). Satsuki has an agreement with Edward; to pretend be his bride for a lot of money. Hmmph, I love a Japanese hottie cross-dressing... cannot deny that. But then Edward commits the biggest crime and the story turn ...more
T.
May 17, 2016 rated it it was ok
Stereotype. Boring. Or maybe the translation doesn't do the novel justice, I don't know.
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Melissa
Aug 13, 2018 rated it did not like it
So bad in so many ways. It's a cute set-up with a male actor pretending to be an English lord's fiancee. But the writing is so bland, it's like the entire book is a detailed summary (but with no commentary) of some actual work lost in the sands of time. There is nothing in the setting to make us feel like we are in London except random mentions of well-known places without any description.

There is nothing to save you from the cliches; they are just painful, and not in a so-bad-it's-funny way. B
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S.
Sep 28, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: yaoi, light-novel
Honestly, the story could have done without the assault entirely. If you ignore that, then you have a pretty cute version of “My Fair Lady” to enjoy. 🤷‍♀️
Tumema Maina
Aug 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This web is so amazing it does have alot of book you love to read and I cant wait to read more.
Serith
Jul 29, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: lgbtqai, own-print
This is a novel that tugs at your emotions. Once you have taken the bait, this book is hard to put down. I found the characters likeable and honest in the sense where they have their perks and flaws, making it interesting to see them adapt to each obstacle thrown at them. However, this novel was translated from Japanese, thus the writing style is a bit simplistic and straightforward... but the plot is intense enough to keep you hooked! Not only that, but the illustrations are beautiful; done fro ...more
Nekobot01
Aug 21, 2014 rated it really liked it
Really enjoyable boy love story that had everything I loved--cross dressing, fake marriage plots that turn real, and sociological asides. The characters are fully rounded and you can really understand why they end up loving each other.

Two caveats:

There is one disturbing scene that could be triggering for some but I didn't mind it.

The translation is functional more than artistic but the language flows very well.

Luke Farr
May 05, 2011 rated it liked it
GUILTY PLEASURE GUILTY PLEASURE GUILTY PLEASURE
asama Nyx
Aug 06, 2011 rated it really liked it
i love yaoi manga but i finally read a yaoi novel ( this one) and it was wonderfully and it had a detailed plot but i did miss the images you have in the manga but it was still a very lovely story
D2130
Sep 10, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Really good plot and caracters. It was very intresting to read it and I love it.
Christina
Dec 12, 2014 rated it liked it
I expected better from Kyoko Akitsu. A disappointment in the least.
Marlo
Nov 28, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: homo
Just as expected.
Usagi
Nov 08, 2012 rated it it was ok
Es war leider nicht das Beste was ich gelesen habe, aber als Snack zwischen durch war es okay.
Ich hatte mir was anderes erhofft.
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Mar 22, 2012 added it
Shelves: once-is-enough
Terrible. The only good thing about this book was the art.
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