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Love is an Illusion! Vol. 1

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A staplehood of yaoi/BL and omegaverse is dubious/no consent sex scenes. This obviously does not appeal to everyone and I would never say to someone who doesn't like this content that they are wrong for not doing so. However, this is definitely a taboo subject and many people, women especially, enjoy reading this content in fiction and may even have fantasies about this that are satisfied solely through this type fiction. People who are into CNC and reluctance often rely on media like this to satisfy those fantasies. Or maybe they just enjoy reading this. The romance. It's so bad. The two male leads don't have much going for them outside of sexual chemistry. Uhhh why did Dojin (Alpha ML) fall in love with Hyesung (Omega MC)? I have no idea. Dojin is... physically attracted to Hyesung. Yeah, okay. Dojin... loves Hyesung's personality...? He loves his childishness....????? Man, I really cannot tell you why Dojin likes Hyesung.

This is not a good BL. Probably an average BL. DO NOT READ THIS IF YOU DO NOT LIKE DUBCON/NONCON IT IS DEFINITELY NOT ONE OF THOSE SERIES THAT IS UNPROBLEMATIC. It's not even problematic in like... a fun way. There's nothing fun to read about the main couple which is very dangerous considering the whole manhwa is a romance??? So???? Yeah????????????/

Love is just what it is.

Immediately afterwards, you are met with Dojun and Heesoo and how their relationship is progressing, in-secret to the rest of the world, and Dojun is an absolutely stone-faced character, so we see intro into his desires through his thoughts and actions, and him bending from his lavish life to meet heesoo in his small apartment-- because he loves Heesoo and makes that compromise because he's learning new things, including how to love again, with Heesoo. Which is a better scenario than I can say for most of my one night stands.

In a later scene, Hye-sung sleepwalks into Dojin's room (they're living together by this point, for reasons) and starts throwing himself at Dojin and begging for sex. This one ends up upsetting them both. In the next couple sex scenes, it looks kind of like Dojin is going through some sort of heat cycle of his own and ends up forcing himself on Hye-sung. The very last sex scene is particularly horrible, with Dojin doing the Alpha equivalent of giving him a date rape drug (purposely releasing his pheromones around Hye-sung).the marriage scene between the first couple, where it's quite late in their relationship and have decided to stay together for the baby or Hye-sung will quite literally die. Hye-sung rejected Dojin the first time, because he didn't feel ready (being married at age 20 is very odd in Korea, its too young in your career to be worth considering unless you are lined up to marry by your parents or you're already well off,) but has second doubts on what marriage is when he sees the relationship between Dojin's parents, and worries for answering that question in Byul's future. Which is a fair assessment. The issue is this all happens within one short chapter, and every step of the way to it reads like sandpaper. Hye-sung's marriage preposal isn't really a preposal, he's again doing this just because Dojin wants to, and for Byul, while Dojin talks to him like he's someone he met at a work function and they're now sharing drinks at a bar. And so it continues on the same. You do very briefly get to see a glimpse of what could be with Dojin putting on the wedding dress and his dialogue after, but it's outweighed by the other sixty chapters to reach that point. Their baby: Byul's cute. I like the detail that Hyesung's name means Comet and Byul's name means Star. Probably not a coincidence that I tolerate the main couple the most when the focus shifts onto Byul. This quote about the concept of love always bugs me and reading this makes me feel like it is the most elusive concept in the human history. Let me tell you a little bit about what I think love is. I read the full Korean version of this and, oh boy, it’s been a long time since I have read a series so bad.

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