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Novel Rec List: Male Lead Grovels before the Main Character

Last updated on January 18, 2021
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Mute Slave

哑奴 | aka “Silent Lover” on NU

Rating: 4 out of 5.


MC’s situation makes you feel hopeless and frustrated. Things will get better, but first, MC has to go through different kinds of torment where he, having no voice, cannot fight back at all.

What makes “Mute Slave” stand out among similar novels is that the MC is no mere caged canary that flies away later on. His identity actually plays an active role in the overarching plot, and he becomes way much more even without the ML.

As for the male lead, I personally don’t like him. Later, however, we see him go through a situation that allows him to experience MC’s suffering, and because of that, I can’t help but forgive him a bit.

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Blind Concubine


Rating: 5 out of 5.


This novel is quite simple, having only one definite conflict, yet it executes it to perfection. No scene is superfluous. Its literary way of telling also gets to pack in a lot of slow-killing angst, making for a very emotional experience.

Unlike most novels here, MC is unyielding to the very end. MC may be physically weak, but his mind is firm and his heart is not easily swayed by honeyed words. He knows what is right and stands by it.

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Turns Out I’m Crazy


Rating: 5 out of 5.


This one is a… bizarre case of grovelling. Chen Qianqing, the original abused shou, no longer exists when Lu Zhengfei is reborn and takes over his body. So whom could Lu Zhengfei ask forgiveness from? Who will pardon him for his mistakes?

This novel is an absolute psychological ride, with Lu Zhengfei questioning his identity and the purpose of his rebirth. And its message is simply profound—abusers can only ever love themselves. They don’t have the right to say they love someone when they’ve hurt them.

Creatures of Habit


Rating: 4.5 out of 5.


Not really ML grovels before MC, but the other way around. I wasn’t going to include this in the list, but since its main theme is about groveling, I made an exception.

Creatures of Habit has a very, very simple plot, but it executes it quite well. I started reading it expecting to see lots of papapa, and although there’s definitely lots of it, it wasn’t focused on it at all.

This novel is more about how love really makes you want to improve yourself, and how love is also forgiving enough to accept your flaws. Jiang Yishan is a vain and impetuous man, and Qin Shaosheng is gonna make him a better person through force.

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Professional Body Double

职业替身 | 188

Rating: 3.5 out of 5.


This is a good story, but unfortunately, one that is not structured well to bring out its strong points. The author could’ve made it more tense and mysterious by concealing in the beginning the reason for Zhou Xiang’s death or just writing the entire thing chronologically and have the rebirth as a big surprise.

Because the author “spoiled” everything right from the start, it immensely lessened the enjoyment for me. Some stories work well with a Present Timeline-Long Flashback-Present Timeline structure, but for Professional Body Double, it just doesn’t work. Why do I have to go through 40 chapters of flashback when I already know how it’s gonna end? Can’t we just go back to main plot?

In regards to plot, Zhou Xiang’s choices in his second life are really infuriating. Although the drama and tension it ensues would keep you at the edge of your seats, it would also make you want to pull out all the hair in your head. I also find the gong abuse too short in this one, and I wanted to see more of Yan Mingxiu suffering.

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Dear translator,could u give me the link of the promised sealed with our lips vol 2…i’m very longing for this story,but the one who translate it seem to drop it.i’m trying to MTL it if i’ve the link..


Uwaah, the original site where I read it took down the raws, but good thing I found it again here: http://www.95dushu.com/90/90930/

I actually mtl-ed a bit on volume 2, and although it’s readable, I honestly would not recommend it 😭. We desperately need a good translator to pick up this novel


Thankyou so much for the link


you’re welcome!


Wow, our taste is very similar. Some of the ones you listed are in my top 10 favorite BL novels. I’m a sucker for angsty novels. The few that have not been translated are ones I haven’t heard of so now I want to see it so hopefully someone will pick them up. Thanks for the list!


Aah, I plan to translate the first few chapters of those as teasers so that other translators can find them and hopefully pick them up \( ̄︶ ̄*\))