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Poor Sumi Kitamura… Her irresponsible older brother Eisuke keeps bringing home orphans for her to take care of even though they can barely afford their own basic needs! Just when Sumi's financial problems become dire, wealthy Soichiro Ashida enters her life with a bizarre proposition: he'll provide her with the money she so desperately needs if she agrees to marry him. But can Sumi fool high society into thinking she's a proper lady? Moreover, is it worth giving up everything for this sham of a marriage?
玫瑰契約 裸足でバラを踏め ก้าวย่างบนดอกกุหลาบ Hadashi de Bara wo Fume Stepping on Roses Stepping on Roses Barefoot
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I still love sensei's work.
Although true enough it's quite cliche...but also true enough it's not predictable and I do find myself surprised at times. However...characters do go to such unbelievable lengths sometimes and I feel like everyone just wants to make the main pair miserable. And argh, I love Sumi, she's cute, pretty even...she had me liking her more when she had her first Shougi match with that old man. But...most of the time she's just like the typical-annoying-weak heroine...so I'm always wondering "when will she EVER learn?" And not just that...can't she just be true to herself and decide who she really loves? I've become restless over the fact that
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she seems to already love Souichirou but won't admit because of their contract. /facepalm. And she still won't not think about Nozomu when he've done ALL these unbelievable STALKER-ish things to her... If I were her, I'd have slapped him every time he tried to get close. Lmao. Srsly, that guy, I thought he was gonna be fair when he wanted to take away Sumi from Souichirou so I was fine when he first came out as a rival in the story. But now, he just SCARES me. It's FREAKY! Orz
It's quite exhausting to see the two main characters go to so much misery every other chapter or two. I wish Souichirou would soon honestly say out his feelings...even if just in a monologue - while trying to smex Sumi up or something along the lines... /cough. JK. lmao
But all in all...even as I can sit here and would find more of the series' faults and complain about it...I still really like the story. I think the art's a plus aside from the setting. Although the relationships and reactions are rather a bit complicated...I do hope Rinko-sensei do something about it. I understand she's trying something out with this work but I do hope she tries something a lot more exciting and would make the readers relieved for the main protags for once.
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And I hope Koumai-san's just playing with Souchirou and Sumi and he didn't really mean to abandon Souchirou...after being there for so long serving him. And the things he said to Sumi...after he said so much before how he was glad she was there for Souchirou.
It's getting confusing now so I hope Rinko-sensei's just having him ACT... Deceiving his friends first before deceiving the enemies...like that!? ^ ^;
Anyways...Will only rate this when the manga's finished :'o
... Last updated on October 8th, 2011, 5:34am
Review and rating for complete series (9 volumes)
A wonderful, page-turning romance in a very Radway-shoujo mixed style. It is melodramatic fabulousness! Not realistic by any means, but I was transported enough to not care.
The art is smooth bishounen, roses and sparkles shoujo, and cute children, but the historical aspects of the illustrations added a fresh, interesting element.
I recommended it to my younger teen daughter, and she loved it.
... Last updated on May 19th, 2013, 1:21pm
It Had Potential.
It wasn't a complete disaster, but it was far from being great. I really liked the story, it was just the characters that infuriated me. They were like children! It was like a bunch of bratty kids getting married, running companies and playing pretend. It was annoying.
Sumi, although one of the most infuriating types of shoujo characters, was my favorite character. Only because she was whole-hearted and had an excuse to be whiny and naive. Everyone else: BLEH to hell with them!
I think the story would have been sooooo much better, like top level manga better, if the characters were a bit more mature. If Souichirou acted more like the head of a company, if Nozumo wasn't so damn pathetic(not that I didn't like the rivalry, he just didn't have to be boarder-line crazy), and if Sumi was a bit more assertive.
The storyline was great, the drama was great, the romance was...ok. But, geez, those characters were so darn annoying. Sumi and Komai and occasionally Nozumo (when he wasn't being stalkerish he was pretty badass) were about all I could take (not that there are that many characters...)
The story had sooooo much potential, like the storyline and characters were created be completely different people. They just don't fit. Sensitive, bratty kids in a dramatic and mature story were an awful combination.
I demand a redo! I will not revisit this story in the future, but it wasn't a complete waste of time. Maybe if it was shorter I would have been able to tolerate it, but dealing with those idiots for 57 chapters was too much.
If you haven't read it, give it a try. Like I said it wasn't a complete disaster, but it probably will not be a memorable read for many people.
... Last updated on May 14th, 2013, 4:46pm
I know how this story ends but I still think she and Nozumo are perfect together.
And....I know I am the minority on that one, but I also really disliked Soichiro. He is a real jerk from the beginning and he is not honest to Sumi at all, as well as very scheming into getting the Injunn finances and what not. He betrayed one of his close friends and didn't care. (maybe a little towards Sumi, but he actually grew up with Nozomu!)
Anyway, to stay on the actual point (lol got a little derailed XD) I totally saw the revelation coming, about half way through the story I got a feeling. I don't really care about incest though so to me it didn't seem to matter. Whoops, I guess that's another kill joy to a lot of people.
The ending, however, was way to simple. I think I would have liked more depth. I am glad everyone is trying to find peace in the end, but it still it felt plastic to me, and rushed.
Nevertheless, I would still recommend this series. There is a lot of suspense, dynamic plots and turns, sexy bishes, and drama. Sumi is also always gorgeous and the art in this book is impeccable. I sometimes just have to stare (I mean those shower scenes......) Anyway, if you like romance, give it a go.
... Last updated on October 3rd, 2012, 10:33pm
I got into this series because I saw the cover as one of the advertisements to some scanlation group or something. It looks suuuper shoujo, so I wanted to check out what the hell kind of story goes with this.
Sure it is cliche and stuff, but the effed up stuff that happens in between? That's gold. It's the only reason why I bother to keep up with this series, because Soichiro's been an A-class a-hole until recent chapters and is now humbled with poverty. Also with the recent developments with Nozomu confirming that he's hella cray? It's entertaining, in the way that you can't look away from an ongoing train wreck.
rereading after dropping
I dropped this series I don't know around when there was way too much drama. I have to say things have gone a little bit better. The drama was toned down so I was really happy.
Plot: Flop Flop Flop Flop Flop Flop Flop This manga had a promising plot. It wasn't original but it was interesting but then soo much drama was added into it. This is when I dropped the manga around the part were they were homeless. After many months I picked it up again there was still drama which made me cry but it had gotten better. I laughed so much when Nozomu picked up the axe. I don't know whether it was suppose to make me scared but it was HILARIOUS!
Characters: They all have no brains Sumi was the stupidest and most naive character I have ever come across. I thought that it was planned like this: The dumb girl grows stronger throughout the series. WRONG. She has not gotten any smarter or stronger and is still the weak pathetic girl she started out to be. Souichou was you typcial arrogant rich guy who would eventually fall in love with Sumi. When he got homeless and started working like a real man I was all like 'WORK PRETTY BOY WORK! WHO'S NOT RICH NOW!!' I really hated him. Nomozu was probably the best character in the series. I thought he was a real gentleman but all changed when he tried to commit suicide with Sumi in the burning house. He got darker and more manipulative. He was the only character with development. The butler has no brain. After Souichriou I hate him the most.
Art: Was pretty Probably the best thing about this manga
I reccomend this manga to anyone who really really really really really really really loves drama.
Good Manga ...
I don't actually get why people are saying it's cr*p ... I really like this manga and it is very different from all the other mangas I've read ...
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I got sooo scared at chapter 53 at the end when I thought he nearly died :( ... but then I read the latest chapter (54) and I saw the pain in Nozomu's eyes ... I don't really know what's gonna happen and I love manga with a lot of suspense :D ... Sure Sumi is stupid and she cries too much but what can you do! ... It's a love triangle between two best friends and a girl ... that happens everywhere but not in that way :) ... ok there IS another thing that I think is weird is how Nozomu is creepy and nice the next second?? WT*!!
I didn't give it a 10 because of the stupidity of Sumi and her brother -_-" ... but after all that I think that it is quite good
Started off okay - typical shoujo, with the arrogant short-tempered rich guy picking up the sweet, naive, bordering on idiotic poor girl - and then just barreled off downhill.
No character development, especially for Sumi, very little in the way of a really interesting plot, and to be honest, I find none of the characters likable or relatable anymore, if I ever did at all.
What ended this manga for me, though, was the characters making so many decisions seemingly completely at random, with no logic whatsoever behind their actions. That got me so frustrated and annoyed I just couldn't bring myself to keep reading anymore.
... Last updated on December 18th, 2011, 9:15pm
Complete let down
After reading up to 48 ch of this, I think it's too much of a let down to continue this torture. Sumi and Soichiro are willing pawns played by just about every other character. I can't even sympathize over their plight because there is no character development, and you can't blame it on stupidity either, as they seem to know their own predicaments (Sumi loves being a martyr while Soichiro is too prideful). So you just kind of switch from loving them to despising them because they are truly unrelatable. It's like they are the bad guys in this story and you start to empathize with Nozomu, who's become a tragic hero! Also, the plot is so predictable the ending is obvious.
... Last updated on September 28th, 2011, 9:42am
It was alright. Although I do disagree with Joziess on that point:
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It was kind of naive and shallow of her, but it seems like the author's point was that it was a sort of slap in the face for him. I can't say I've been in that position myself, but I've been in positions where I was stressing out and over-thinking a situation, when in retrospect what I needed was to sort of take a look at the big picture a bit and relax. It seems consistent with Nozumo's character that that was his problem.
She caught lucky though. I can't say it would have worked for most non-Nozumo people.
Personally, I don't actually mind the female lead all that much. I quite liked the story in general, even, and read through till the end. The female lead was a bit naive, and man, she can't save herself, but I liked her alright. At least she tried.
But her husband. I could have killed him. Frankly, he doesn't deserve to be the leader of his company. He had the potential to be an unbelievably cool character, but he's unbelievably immature; he yells, throws tantrums, slams doors. He takes out his emotions on his co-workers and doesn't attempt to hide it. He's underhanded, and the whole mess with Nozumo was his fault in the first place. Really, he's just a weird tsundere mix of occasional professionalism and a lot of childishness, yet he complains that everyone sees him only as a figurehead. I'm almost sorry that he inherited.
So it was okay. A bit cliche, but I can live with that. It was good enough to hold my attention, but toward the end, I was starting to sort of shy away from it, with all the bad omen foreboding. ;_;