Ian is a painter with a natural-born talent, but his love for painting is soon lost after being forced to work for the cruel and greedy Bardi family. No one knows that he's the genius behind the beautiful works of art that the famous family claims as their own. That is until one day, when the wealthy merchant Raymond comes for a portrait and his interest in Ian is piqued… Can Raymond help him to see the beauty in the world again? Or will Ian's true talent forever remain unseen?
Ima keep it real with u chief, this was the most frustrating manhwa I've read in a while. I'm writing this review because I've seen an incredible amount of positive reviews of the manhwa on various sites which, in my opinion, is quite undeserved. The plot itself is refreshing (for a manhwa) but the tropes are not. Ian, the painter is an extremely talented and extremely traumatized character who experiences a deep lack of self esteem and Raymond is an extremely cunning and selfish character who also suffers from trauma, they are both interesting characters and they are both a bad match for each other. Given the lengthy span of the manhwa the author expands on multiple POVs and does a very good job of making their motives understandable and therein lies the catch, I usually would never make myself sit through a 70+ chapter manhwa for the "meek uke x asshole/selfish seme" trope (for lack of a better term) but the writing was so convincing because I understood the drive of the main character that at some point I started hate-reading this manhwa from how maddening it got and also because I was so invested in how the author was going to tie it all together. The ending, plot wise was satisfying but on the romance front? Not so much. The literal lines from Raymond's last monologue are "[...] I will keep lying to you for the rest of my life, so it doesn't matter right? [...]" and that's so FRUSTRATING there's no communication or reassurance in their partnership, Raymond is still hiding things from Ian and Ian is still walking on eggshells around Raymond after 75 chapters this is not an ending I'd call satisfactory.
I am surprised that that'll be the manga's first review. It's a depressing manga that tests the main character's endurance in the first 6-7 chapters. The seme is a bit odd and I feel like the main character, Ian should be cautious around him. And I seriously want to punch that damn family for doing such a thing to Ian. I do have another problem with this manga. It makes me very, very anxious.
Nice enough story about a painter Ian who was abused by the menacingly Bardi family who “bought” him and then eventually gets rescued by the dashing uke merchant himself, Raymond. I will admit though it did drag on like it is 75 chapters but nonetheless, it’s a pretty alright read to waste time on for the happy ending..
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