Rae Oohashi woke up to find herself living in her favourite otome game, Revolution. There are three princes in this game, each a potential love interest, however, Rei only has eyes for the villain, Claire Francois.
I’m in Love with the Villainess (Volume 1) – Romancing the Rival
Her character in the game went by the name Rae Taylor and she was a student at a school for magic where she found herself brushing shoulders the height of nobility. However, some of them didn’t like brushing shoulders with a lowly commoner. One of those people was Claire Francois, Rae’s rival in the race to win the hearts of the three stunning and accomplished princes. However, Rae felt nothing for the princes as her heart had already been stolen by Claire.
That might work out if Claire didn’t hate Rae with every ounce of her being. She made it her mission to teach this upstart commoner a lesson she would never forget. So, as you do, she challenged Rae to a duel, however, this would be fought on three fields. There was an exam about culture, one about etiquette, and finally magical ability.
Claire was so sure she would win that she made a bet with Rae. If Claire won, Rae would leave the school. If Claire didn’t win, Rae would be allowed to request one thing from Claire. Of course, the exam was something that Rae was prepared for. She knew the answers by heart, although etiquette was a little harder. Finally, with magic, she broke the device that measures magical potential. Rae got to stay with her darling Claire and to make things even harder for Claire to escape, Rae became her maid. Now, there was no escape.
What did you think?
While this was a perfectly fine story, it didn’t do anything that grabbed my attention and demanded that I jump into the next volume. Reading so many stories simultaneously allows me to get an idea of how invested in the story I am. I’m in Love with the Villainess just kind of wanders along doing its own thing. As I said, it was fine and I will read the remaining two volumes. Hopefully, it will improve enough for me to want to rave about it, but I somehow doubt that.
I did enjoy the way Rae masochistically enjoys everything that Claire throws at her. However, it too kind of got old after a while. There just wasn’t anything that made this story stand out against the others. Hopefully, the next volume will spend more time delving into Claire’s past and showing how these two end up together. I’m assuming there will be a happy ending for Rae and Claire.
Other posts in the series
- Series Review
- Volume 1 – Romancing the Rival
- Volume 2 – Just What Are You Thinking?