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Keiyaku - Brand Romance (Novel)  
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A contract marriage!? Satsuki has gone to England to study acting, but it's all he can do to pay his living expenses. Just then, the handsome Count Edward offers him money in exchange for entering a fake marriage! If Edward isn't married by his next birthday, he will lose most of his assets. The two start out awkwardly, but gradually grow attracted to each other. But then a misunderstanding leads Edward to grow jealous, and he forcibly embraces Satsuki...!?


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Associated Names
A Promise of Romance (Novel)

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1 Volume (Complete)

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Average: 8 / 10.0 (129 votes)
Bayesian Average: 7.71 / 10.0

Last Updated
February 23rd 2017, 7:09am PST



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Original Publisher
Taiyo Tosho (2001, 2013)

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Licensed (in English)

English Publisher
Juné (1 Volume - Complete/Digital & Print)

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Run of the mill  
by Meganekko
November 23rd, 2013, 4:48am
Rating: N/A
I can find no better phrase to describe this novel. I generally check out the following factors when reading a novel-
1. Plot: The plot was generic and nothing to boast of. The unfolding of events was quite predictable and had all the tried and tested elements of yaoi culture:- cross-dressing, rape due to jealousy, realization of feelings after rape and an almost cheesy make-up sex. The strife between the lead pair was hardly dealt with which made the making-up part seem fake and rather rushed.
Points: 2 out of 4

2. Prose: The translation was okay however I did not like the author's writing style. The best way for me to describe my dissatisfaction is through a quote- "When writing a novel a writer should create living people; people not characters." And that is where this one falls flat. The characters do not elicit a single emotion from me. Their personalities are very one-dimensioned.
Also, one major peeve for me was when the author twice described British food as "disgusting".
Points: 2 our of 4

3.) Art: It was pretty enough. Satsuki was portrayed as a feminine-looking boy, just as he's described. Edward looks refined too.
Points: 2 out of 2.

Total points: 6
If you are looking for a light yaoi read and are willing to overlook a rehashed plot, this one is for you.

... Last updated on November 23rd, 2013, 4:50am
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One of My Favorite BL Novel  
by yuri_shibuya
November 14th, 2013, 9:45am
Rating: 9.0 / 10.0
I'm totally addicted to this novel when I first read this and I even printed the scans so that I have my personalized copy.
The manga is light hearted and sweet.
I like how Edward gave up his fortune just to be with Satsuki.
I also like their first wedding night.
This novel is truly unforgettable.
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It was ok  
by AngelCharms
July 1st, 2013, 5:02pm
Rating: 7.5 / 10.0
First off I'd like to start with the summary. Since it's a "summary" I assumed it's just an explanation of the beginning of the story, but nope. It goes into the story for about 2/3 through. That was a let down for me. Because I thought the story would process faster but it didn't. It started out slowly but I still continued reading looking for something special to happen and finally the climax happening, but sadly there was no climax since everything was just plain and predictable. However I can't deny that the story was good. The story is really unbelievable though. I mean how on earth can a guy actually marry another famous guy and no one would find out the other's situation?! At least there's a plot going on unlike most of the other yaoi which are mostly smut. Speaking of smut, there's not much in this one. There was only two scenes where they slept together and it wasn't explicit at all. The author focused more on the emotions of characters rather than the action.
Characters. That was the most frustrating part of the story. They start off good, good enough to handle...lets just leave it at that. But later on they both get so annoying. I felt like choking the life out of them. Edward is just close minded and fast to judge. He does not look at the situation and just does whatever comes to his mind. Satsuki is just plain stupid. I liked him at times when he knew the right thing to say, but most of the times he was just the "hard to get uke". Frustrating, both of them!
Over all, it was an ok read. Other than the slow pace and the annoying characters, I'd say it's a pretty good story.
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Not that bad  
by mimi639
April 9th, 2013, 3:23pm
Rating: N/A
Ok it wasn't that bad.. but i agree with the others who said that it was angst-gone-bad..and then-failed-plot
Is true... it didn't impressed me, the ending was like the
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makeup-iloveu-let's-spend-the-rest-of-our-lifes-2gether-kind of super fast resume of and ending plot
and i didn't liked it.
I liked that is detailed but not too much, (cause i get bored easily if i read one page of completely rubbish like when a writer describes a room or whatever it is that decorates it...) is just too much 4 me... but this one didn't had all that talking non stop, so i liked it!.. but i also think that it should had more talking when
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they were making up!, they had too many issues and they weren't even talking even though they were living together! that's why i think they needed a page or more to had a simple conversation in which Satsuki could've said "i forgive u" cause when never got to listen that!
I would like more drawings also! they were perfect! biggrin
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I liked it a lot!  
by witchy tay
October 1st, 2012, 7:00pm
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
The illustrations are really sweet (though as it is a ovel they are few) and I enjoyed the story. The characters are very well portrayed and they act accordingly to how they were created. The story follows a very basic line, but it is so well developed that it lingers in your thoughts. I recommend it widely.

... Last updated on October 1st, 2012, 7:01pm
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by bluedrop
April 18th, 2012, 8:39pm
Rating: N/A
Getting past the fact that this is a 'novel' and not a manga, this is what I have to say about this:

I came in expecting manga so I was pretty disappointed at the pages but, hey, it's still yaoi, I guess. This received so much praise so I was expecting something more.

Hmm, I'm used to reading novels that are pretty freaking awesome you can actually see everything the author wants you to see in your minds eye. I also read manga because they're more visual, the author relies more on the dialogue, the expressions shown per panel and in the art itself and even if the plot is total crapapalooza in some manga, sometimes the author can totally pull it off. It's harder for a writer of a novel to convey everything in words and expressing his characters.

The first thing that hit me when I turned the pages of this novel was the utter pain creeping from my eyes to my brain. The prose was just damn...underwhelming? I guess I entered with too high an expectation because of all the other comments.

I read on since, I guess, I've read worse. The plot is...captivating? I dunno, pushing past the first few pages, I just kept reading, patiently waiting for the good parts the others were talking about.

There are so many slash fics written better than this.

I ended up getting caught up in the events but I ended up face-palming a lot. Like a lot, a lot. I still couldn't get past the name Neville, like arethusa, kept thinking about Mr. Longbottom of HP.

A line that totally caught me off guard and made me snort out loud since I decided not to take this too seriously after I got over my initial disappointment:
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"I guess he looks like Beckham before he cut his hair."--Satsuki's thoughts on Edward.

I think this is crack. I'm not entirely sure. It says drama and romance in the tags but I totally agree with MightyMaeve.

The plot is okay and you end up getting caught up with the events. I hate to leave things unfinished even if it was a pain to read. I recommend for those who aren't as picky as me at the prose. Don't take it too seriously or you might end up busting an artery or something.
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Where's her other works?  
by arethusa
September 10th, 2010, 9:38pm
Rating: 7.5 / 10.0
It was okay. The first 1/3 of the story was great, but as the story progresses, even with the nicely-written angst, it failed to get an impact. It was too fairytale-ish in the sense that you need to suspend your disbelief in how smooth the engagement and wedding went when their plan's biggest obstacle is Satsuki being a GUY. The ending was abrupt, as well.

I loved Satsuki's and Neville's characterization very much (except for the crying!uke part). Edward was just... meh. Neville made me think of Longbottom (HP). Ooh, and witty banter in a yaoi novel (le gasp!), that's a first for me.

All in all, a nice read. As long as you don't question the plot device too much.

... Last updated on September 10th, 2010, 9:41pm
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Yaoi Novel Crack!  
by MightyMaeve
October 22nd, 2009, 3:48am
Rating: 9.5 / 10.0
Very Yaoi-novel-ish! The writing style is easy to follow and its a fun, fast ride all the way through. The non-con (only to be expected in a yaoi novel!) was bang-on if you like that sort of thing - it tore my heart right out and I think of it often. *hangs head* Yes, it was incredibly angst-ridden.
The ending was a bit lacking (too suddenly sweet), but the furious jealousy resulting from seeing the uke act of his own accord to hold friendly tete-a-tete with another man, was a sight to behold as it burst forth from the seme who hired him. And of course, after the blinding rage, came the searing guilt...oh gods! Yaoi novels profiled at their finest. LOL. Much love for this story.
And Miyagi-sensei's art strangely appeals to me strongly with her boys' gangly, shockingly long and thin stick figures with painful looking contortions of the body...

... Last updated on October 22nd, 2009, 3:51am
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I wish there was some way to express how great I thought it was...oh right, Love!  
by sara_was_here24
August 26th, 2009, 3:16am
Rating: 9.0 / 10.0
Well I can't say this was the first yaoi novel I've read ('cause it isn't) but it was one of the best. I loved the main character. His (Her?) personality was perfect for the part.(Haha, ya get it. 'cause he was an actor. Ohhhh) I enjoyed readin it and for yaoi lovers you should read at least one yaoi novel. It leaves some things to the imagination. Which, at times, can intensify or detensify (is that a word?) a part. It's all about the perception of the reader.
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first yaoi novel ever read!  
by huggybear1218
November 17th, 2008, 6:55am
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
but hopefully not the last! i loved it.i think the emotions were heightened with the lack of pictures cuz you could play it out in your mind what their expressions and body movements were. at least the smexy scenes! but i do agree that it seemed rushed at the end. i would have loved it if it went on just a lil longer or gave a epilogue.
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