I’m in Love with the Villainess (Volume 2) – Just What Are You Thinking?

I'm in Love with the Villainess Volume 2 Cover

Now that Rae has become one of Claire Francois’ maids, she is going out of her way to ensure that she doesn’t accidentally activate one of the love interest storylines involving the princes. That way Claire will be all hers!

I’m in Love with the Villainess (Volume 2) – Just What Are You Thinking?

What happened?

In order to keep the princes from falling for her or Claire, Rae is going to make sure not to activate their storylines. This is an otome game after all! However, she seems to be going about things all wrong. The first prince, Rod Bauer is known for his ability to play chess and is pushed to his limits by Rae. However, he could tell that she was holding back and that intrigued him even more.

Then there was the second prince, Thane Bauer who was determined to prove his worth as a king and was tricked into playing the King Game which ended with Rae telling him to kiss Claire. Of course, she rigged the game so she knew who was who, but it was a strange move all the same. And then, there was the third prince, Yu Bauer who appeared to be quite the whizz at cards, but Rae realised he was cheating and he knew she knew, and that piqued his interest.

The action concluded with Claire and Rae taking the entrance exams to become school knights which are the equivalent of the Student Council body. Things were going well until they reached the final stage which was a series of head-to-head duels. And you guessed it, Claire and Rae were going to have to fight!

I'm in Love with the Villainess Volume 2 Rae Taylor versus Claire Francois

What did you think?

So, the first volume didn’t really catch my imagination and this one did even less. Once more, it’s kind of fine but never really gets going. Rae’s actions are becoming more and more unpredictable. I’m not sure what she was thinking when she told Claire and Thane to kiss. It seemed to go against everything she had worked towards up to this point.

Thankfully, there is only one volume left in this series and while I’d like to get it out of the way and knock this series off, I’m certainly not planning on running out and finding a copy. I’ve got far better things to focus on. I will finish it at some point because I can’t leave it like this, but I am not in any sort of a rush to do so. Fine just isn’t good enough when you’re competing with so many other stories.

I'm in Love with the Villainess Volume 2 Rae Taylor tells Claire Francois and Thane Bauer to kiss

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  1. I can understand that ILTV’s beginning arcs follow the typical fantasy rom-com tropes with the twist that Rae is rooting for Claire getting together with Thane. The reasons behind Rae’s reasonings and mindset will be revealed slowly though that’s based on the anime adaptation I’m currently watching. It has become one of my fave watches of this season. I’m just sad that the latest episode has anime-only viewers & several LN readers feel salty about a certain scene when it’s not even that controversial. I can’t tell what it is since it’s a huge spoiler & one that strays from the romcom storytelling route. While I’ve no clue how the manga adaptation’s earliest volumes turned out to be, hopefully the next volume is able to interest you as there’ll be scenes that somehow reflect some of the author’s personal life seeing this is a pro-LGBTQ series.

    • I like Rae and want her to succeed which is why that scene felt so odd to me. The one where she explained why she likes girls was great and did a wonderful job of being as nonchalant as possible about it. I think I just want Rae to really go for it, but she seems to be blocking herself. I think there are only three volumes in the manga so hopefully it’ll give me a conclusion that will leave me much happier about the series.

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