This is how Hidden Marriage should have been. No matter how much more popular Hidden Marriage is, the continuous, non stop, pointless face slapping is not substantial enough for me to consider it a good story.
Here, the bad guys come and cause damage, they hurt, they make you want to hurt them back, and yes the MC here not only slaps them back, she makes sure they burn in hell and can't do anything else. It's satisfying, it's SUBSTANTIAL. everything Hidden Marriage is not; dragging antagonists out forever and ever, uselessly fluid comments and opeople that are so ignorant that you wonder how they manage to wear their clothes everyday, JUST FOR DRAMA. which makes the whole story fall down flat.
This story understands that, so each arc's antagonists are given a satisfying end and Tanqing moves one step higher.
Similarly, the MC is reasonable, he can be overbearing but rarely is it ever pointed at the MC. he is domineering but never against the MC which is a goddamn breath of fresh air and realism amongst all the shoujo style chinese literature i've read. I simply cannot imagine why so many girls, and i'm assuming its mostly girls who read those, would like that kind of rapey, gloomy, bipolar men.
The bad parts, if you consider it one, is that the romance was whirlwind at best. they fall in love way too fast, they are too perfect, too understanding, too rational and fit each like a jigsaw puzzle from the word go, but considering the kind of **** Chinese writers seem to THINK is romance in all their Wuxia and shoujo works (See earlier comments on rapey, gloomy, bipolar male MCs", this story is practically true love.