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A Business Proposal Vol. #02 Manhwa Review

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Hari's cover goes from femme fatale to part-time hired escort.

Hari gets hired to be Taemu’s pretend fiancée to appease his grandfather – but Taemu is taking the couple act way too seriously!

Creative Staff
Original Story/Art: Haehwa /Perilla
Translation: Tapas Entertainment

What They Say
On a romantic evening date with the young, rich, and unbelievably handsome Taemu, Hari is the envy of all women…but little do they know―it’s all fake! She has been trapped into playing the part of his girlfriend to appease his meddlesome grandfather, all the while desperately trying to hide the fact that she is actually an employee at his company! How long can she keep up this nerve-wracking double life?

Content: (please note that content portions of a review may contain spoilers):
After being coerced into becoming Taemu’s fiancée for hire, Hari’s got a dilemma: how does she pull off this gig without her employer-who-hates-being-lied-to discovering she works for his company? Thus Hari switches her femme fatale persona for another fake identity. Meanwhile, Taemu’s not being completely truthful himself. He’s still actually set on marrying her and using the “fiancée job” as a means to convince her to agree.

Sounds like a pretty good strategy for Taemu to accomplish his goal, but unfortunately, he is his own worst enemy. In keeping with his strict, single-minded personality, he regularly calls Hari at 4 AM as if it is normal, demands that she meet up with him with little to no warning, and nitpicks if she is a single minute late. Hardly charming behavior, and Hari runs herself ragged switching between her office drone and sexy escort look and avoiding Taemu in their workplace.

While watching Hari freak out is funny, the vibe isn’t exactly romantic between our main couple. On Taemu’s end, he seems more weirdly obsessed then smitten, and considering all the lies that Hari has thrown (and continues to throw) at him, it’s hard to tell what he finds attractive asides from maybe her looks.

The one who is basking in a romantic glow is Hari’s friend Yeongsuh. She’s found her Mr. Right, and she’s not particularly remorseful about the suffering she’s brought upon (and continues to bring upon) Hari. Between Yeongsuh and Taemu, this title is really painting rich people as awful, self-centered jerks. However, things can’t go TOO well for anyone in a Korean drama, and Yeongsuh’s blind date proxy scheme comes back to bite her in a big and personal way, LOL.

In Summary:
The lies continue… Hari’s cover goes from femme fatale to part-time hired escort. And unfortunately for her, Taemu forces her to take a gig as a pretend fiancée. While some of the setup is implausible, it is entertaining to watch Hari frantically switching between personas. And then it’s REALLY satisfying when rich girl Yeongsuh, the cause of Hari’s troubles, gets bit by her own proxy blind date scheme.

Content Grade: B
Art Grade: A-
Text/Translation Grade: A-

Age Rating: 13+
Released By: Yen Press
Release Date: August 22nd, 2023
MSRP: $20.00