More Harlequin Manga, this time about Billionaires

I’m sampling a few more Harlequin manga on Since I’m on vacation now I didn’t take any manga with me, so it is nice to have online access to a library of titles. This time I’m reading Harlequin manga about billionaires!

The Billionaire’s Secret Baby by Carol Devine and Masako Ogimaru

This manga opens with a funeral. Meg’s husband has just passed away, leaving her alone with her 5 year old daughter. But! All of a sudden notorious playboy and billionaire Jack Tarkenton shows up at her house! It turns out that Meg and Jack had a one night stand together a few weeks before she married her husband, an old friend. Meg’s daughter Katie is Jack’s biological daughter. Jack tells Meg that he’s had her thoroughly investigated by a private detective and now he’s determined to spend time with his daughter. He proposes to Meg, saying that she can choose to marry him or face a public and humiliating custody battle. Meg agrees to a marriage in name only, but did the initial attraction between Meg and Jack mean something more? As is the case with most incorrigible billionaire playboys in romance novels, Jack is actually a softie at heart who is great with children. Ogimaru’s art has a pleasant retro simplicity to it, capably rendering Katie’s reactions to her new family and Meg’s tension as she works through her feelings towards her unexpected second husband. This was pleasant to read, even if there wasn’t anything particularly memorable about the story.

Billionaire Bachelors: Stone by Esu Chihara and Anne Marie Winston

There’s a daddy-long-legs vibe to this story, as it opens with Faith negotiating with her billionaire guardian Stone. Faith and Stone’s fathers both died in a boating accident years before, and Stone took over managing Faith and her mother’s finances. Unfortunately his management style consisted of paying for everything to support Faith and her mother since her father was nearly bankrupt when he died. Faith just turned 21 and after learning of Stone’s generosity she’s determined to pay him back. He doesn’t want her money. She’s decided to work on opening her own business in order to be independent.

Stone has major abandonment issues because his mother left him home alone most of the time while she was forced to run a huge multinational corporation. His mother calls him up when he’s taking Faith to dinner and announces that if he gets married and lives with his new wife for a year she’ll hand over the company to him. Stone doesn’t want to lose the business and he realizes that Faith may be the solution to his problem. He asks her to marry him “in name only” and in return he’ll consider her debt to him repaid. Faith agrees, but of course she secretly loves Stone and decides she has to work on seducing him.

Chihara’s art has more of a fashionable josei vibe than the art in some of the other Harlequin titles. Faith is drawn with a mass of curly locks and bee stung lips, which gives her an appealing innocent look, while Stone is the picture of tall, dark, and handsome with straight hair constantly falling in his face. Faith keeps trying to make herself useful around the house by cooking and trying to get a part-time job. Stone spends most of his time working and stranding his wife in social occasions while being incredibly jealous if she speaks to other men.

The main thing I have learned from reading these two titles is that billionaires really love marriages of convenience, domestic women, and kids. Who would have thunk it?

One thing I didn’t realize about these manga is that there are Kindle editions of them here: Harlequin Manga Kindle editions. So that might be handy if you’d like to read them on your Kindle, or on your iPad with the Kindle app.

Access to electronic copies provided by the publisher.