Once again the title is too long for the title bar.
Time again for another round of shoujo smut. What can I say? Manga Renta is full of it, and I keep buying/renting >>;;
Rune is the daughter of a world-class pastry chef and a good chef in her own right. Her family heirloom is a gugelhuph, which looking up the word, is a German bundt cake. It’s referring to the pan, idk if the pan and the cake are the same word. The mold she has was used back when Queen Antoinette was in power. Why name it German and then use France as a time reference is beyond me. In any case, this mold is freaking old.
Rune and her friends run into her boyfriend macking on some chick that looks like an extreme version of a “party girl”. Her friends are like, “Holy shit is he cheating on you!?” but Rune confesses they broke up.
She’s still upset to see it because the girl is basically her complete opposite. She runs away in tears. She ends up at her university’s kitchen, where she delivers the pan to her instructor. He asks her to stay because she’s fluent in French and there’s a French chef coming that doesn’t know Japanese. She agrees. He puts the pan in the oven and Rune is looking inside when it makes a weird cracking noise. Before she can run away, it explodes.
And she’s in the past!
What do the men who stumble upon her do first? Err, yeap, you guessed it. But before they can take her by force, she’s rescued by a nobleman on a white horse.
Aaaand enter our green knight!
The man who saved Rune is a disgraced nobleman named Henri. He decides he’s going to train her to be an offering to the marquess. He and the duke don’t exactly get along, but Henri wants to clear his family’s name, so he keeps mum. The marquess seems pleased Henri is going to offer him a “jewel” of a woman.
Because Rune is inexperienced and has issues about her body, Henri takes it upon himself to “train” her for the marquess.
Henry is rather unique in this story because he spends most of it embroiled in his quest for revenge. Rune gets to him, and we notice that, but they don’t really tell each other their feelings until the very end. Instead, in between her training, Rune makes pastries and the like and slowly gets under his skin to the point he doesn’t see her as a tool anymore.
He helps her get over that complex she has by not being a sexy enough woman. There is a fiance mentioned, as is common in these sorts of things, but what’s nice about her is that she also has her own quest for revenge against the marquess and doesn’t seem interested in Henri at all. In fact, since their goal is the same, they’re more like “enemy of my enemy is my friend” but not necessarily close. That was rather nice. I don’t think I could deal with another “jealous arranged marriage rival” that’s all too common.
Rune’s naivete is a little annoying, especially when she doesn’t realize what’s going on around her and walks head-first into danger. Henri is there to save her, but it would have been nice if she would think a little about the world she was in and the like.
Even though Henri’s story ends on a positive note, it’s still not that positive because the book specifically mentions this occurring before the French Revolution and we all know what happened to nobility during that particular revolt.
It ends on a happy note, with Rune being back in her time and meeting a certain man who bears a striking resemblance to Henri.
It was an okay read. It wasn’t very romantic, but it was a fun little premise. But I feel like it did nothing really special, and it didn’t have enough swoon moments to make up for it. A lot of the steamy scenes are before Henri’s personality turn, so it’s a little sad to watch Rune fall in love with him when he’s using her.
My heart scale is defined as follows – 5 hearts = a story everyone will fall in love with, regardless of preferences; 4 hearts = a well-done story that people who love the concept will adore, and people who don’t may end up liking it; 3 hearts = if you like this type of story or this type of hero, then you will enjoy this, but those who do not like either of those things will probably not; 2 hearts = it had potential, it squandered it; 1 heart = just a waste of time from the get-go; 0 hearts = why was this made?
As a plus, the artwork is lovely.