Mars knows that nothing will stop him from tracking down his wife, Chantal, who'd betrayed him and sent him to prison for a crime he didn't commit. Chantal had died--or so everyone said--but Mars knew she'd merely transformed herself and reemerged into the spotlight as supermodel Mischief Jones.
Mars was a hard man, a bitter one, who'd survived by shutting off his emotions. But when he finally captured the woman he'd been hunting, the bewitching seductress with the luminous eyes denied everything. He was falling under her spell. Who was she really --an angel... or a cunningly brilliant counterfeit with an agenda of her own?
Based on Ann Major's novel, "Secret Child".
Disclaimer: First off, let me get this straight-- I don't really write reviews. In fact, I think this might be my first review on something. I'm not sure. I come and go on this site. But I felt like I had to write one for this manga. There were several things that I liked and disliked, which lead me to give it the score that I gave it. Also keep in mind that this is my opinion, so be gentle. Keep an open mind. I will try to refrain from spoiling anything as best as I can, but, before you read, just know what there is a high chance there will be some mild spoilers in here, depending on what you consider as spoilers.
So, this manga wasn't particularly bad. If it were, I wouldn't have finished it. I didn't particularly enjoy this manga, but I didn't absolutely hate it, either. The art was pleasant, especially the cover art. However, some things in this had the thought "This is ridiculous" running through my head. But, that might be because I read /a lot/ of manga. For some, like those new to manga, it might be a fresh and enticing concept. But for me, not so much. For example, the way the characters were depicted. While there was some character development, I still felt that these characters were very cliche.
Mars, the silent brooding bad-boy with humble and lonely roots who doesn't find love until he meets Bronte, the angelic and submissive opposite of his wife, Chantal, and becomes a somewhat better man and works for the top when he finds love. The love triangle in this was something that i've seen before. Man marries someone he hates, finds a girl who is the complete opposite, and falls in love. The gravitational pull that everyone had towards Bronte, the angelic opposite, which adds more people to the love triangle, was very cliche as well. Bronte had no faults besides continuously falling into the hands of evil-- which happened a lot, and often had me irritated, although that's what kept me reading, to see if she'd mess up again. This story has enough of that drama to keep the reader reading, which is an upside I suppose, but to me, it was all very repetitive.
The plot twists were a surprise at first, but are then used repeatedly, and becomes old. Plus, there were times when the characters reacted to certain things in the way that, realisticaly, a normal person would react differently.
There were some problems that the characters went through that were realistic and that the readers could possibly relate to, but overall the drama really was over the top. But that might be what keeps you reading.
Next, was the setting. This story is set in New York City. I doubt that's much of a spoiler. But what bothered me, is how they depicted The Bronx. The Bronx is a borough of New York City. Admittedly, there was a period in time in the past where The Bronx really was the most dangerous part of New York City-- but that was mostly in the 70s, and mostly in the South Bronx. It definitely isn't how it used to be. I was born and raised here in the Bronx. Now, before you go and say "Oh, then you're bias!" trust me, I'm not. I'll admit that The Bronx isn't the most perfect place to live, and can be very dangerous depending where you are and the time of day, but doesn't that apply to lots of places nowadays? Every place is good and bad. It has it's upsides and downsides. But the way that The Bronx is depicted in this manga, is that it's residents are rabid, evil creatures, which will rape you and kill you the first time they lay eyes on you. Which, come on, how can that be true? You can definitely walk around in The Bronx without that happening. It's ridiculous to depict a place as a dump full of scum. I'll admit that it isn't the most beautiful and safe place, and definitely isn't a place that tourists would want to see, but it's not as it is depicted in this manga.
But, overall, this manga is okay. It's a good read for someone who is bored, or has nothing else to read. It's one of those mangas that isn't "Holy smokes, this is so good! So original!" but one of those mangas that will make you want to read more simply because you want to know what will happen next.read more
Let me get this straight first- i usually dont read josei romance manga. What the hell, I generally only like manga that has a bunch of random crap . . . so when I found myself captivated by manga, I surprised myself. However, now that I've finished reading Gold, I don't see why I was so surprised. In fact, I should be ashamed of assuming that all romance manga were cliche and crappy. While Gold undoubtedly has cliche moments, the plot is definitely unique, and the characters help make it a lot better- bad guys included. However, I still love how realistic it remains and now I'm wondering if I'm only this excited because I don't read that much josei romance mangas and don't know what to expect. But then again, it's not like I havent tried them before. . .
I really mean it- the characters and the story, after you read a bit, will keep you hooked. Even if you find a way to abandon it and leave it aside, theres a constant nagging in the back of your head that screams, "I want to know what happens next! What does the main character do?! How does it end up?!" While the characters indivually may not be too special, with the plot, they blossom. In addition to the fantastic art (not to mention that this manga isn't exactly some recently released thing. . .
Anyway, there are undoubtedly mature parts (sex scenes) and even though I'm still underage *coughcough* I still found myself intrigued in the story and the "inappropiate parts" weren't really used like some kind of ero-manga, it was used to boost the plot and develope the characters. To be honest, explaining this is hard- what the hell, explaining the manga is hard. You have to read it to understand it, otherwise you'll just stay biased and think this is some stupid manga for old women with no taste.
>>>>>>> i know this review isn't really helpful, but there wasn't any (reviews) and i just wanted to at least encourage a couple of people to read Gold. read more