* 2022 Golden Comic Award (Best Editor)
A kind-hearted department head falls for his adorable subordinate, kicking off a gay office romance that rings true to the minutia of intimate relationships, from the everyday joys to the inevitable misunderstandings.
Even-keeled and even-tempered, Shih Tung-Yun is the head of the planning department at his father’s company. He is also the apple of the eye of his newly arrived subordinate, the energetic and thoughtful Hua Hsiao-Fei. Though both men do their best to hide it from their colleagues, they are, in fact, in the early stages of a relationship. Their workdays are marked by stolen expressions of affection and secret gifts (and the occasional fit of jealousy). After hours they enjoy spending time together, and indulge in the sweetness of their budding romance.
While the young couple clearly cherishes their partnership, there is still the critical hurdle of their respective families to overcome. After seeing a picture of Shih, Hua’s mother is a bit too eager to meet her son’s handsome new boyfriend. On the other hand, when Shih’s half-brother, who also works at their father’s company, discovers that Shih is in a relationship with a subordinate, the path to family acceptance suddenly becomes far more complex.
This wholesome and heartwarming white-collar love story is assembled from comic-strip-style episodes illustrated with clean lines and a soft palette, lending the work a light and pacey feel. The appealingly distinct main characters, along with the depth and humor of their dialogues, capture the patience, affection, kindness, and understanding we all long for in relationships, providing a reassuring dose of steadfast commitment for readers feeling disillusioned by a world of fast food romance.