Title: The Villainess's Dark Side Author: G_Adeline Rating: M Genre: Romance Status: Complete Library Category: Original Fiction Summary: When she finally understood, she was already too late. The protagonists had already fallen in love with each other and planned for a marriage. Maybe she was still lucky though, for she narrowly avoided a situation of certain death. A long, painful and agonizing death. However, she couldn’t let this be. There was inside her a growing anger that had yet to disappear. She had yet to vent. It was a need. One that may lead her to death’s door too, but if she died by this person’s hands, certainly, it would be in a quicker way. She just never thought that his revenge would come in the form he chose to give it. He was quite a… bewildering man. Link: Royal Road So, I blame @Selethe for putting me down this rabbit hole, but it's actually, surprisingly good. First, it's completed, which is a rarity among Chinese based novels. Second, it kept its story short (perhaps even too short), which is even rarer among Chinese based novels. Clocking in at around 70-90k words, it's a relatively self-contained romance. While it starts off quite classically for the genre (bad woman goes back in time to fix things), it doesn't try to portray the villainess as some misunderstood person. She's a bad person who lost and got a second chance. Now, this story is strictly a romance and is quite smutty (kinda meh on that one), but the romantic development between the female and male leads is quite something to read. It's the definition of a love-hate bodice ripper, just well-executed in my opinion. By the end of it, the story was actually capable of making me feel something, which is rarer and rarer these days. (I may just be a massive slut for villainess stories, YMMV). 3.5/5, rounding up.