In the realm of romance novels, the second male lead, often referred to as the SML, occupies a unique position. Standing in the shadow of the charismatic and destined-to-be-with-the-protagonist male lead, the SML is often portrayed as the kind, supportive, and understanding confidant to the female protagonist. However, there’s another side to the SML, one that often goes unexplored: his mischievous and game-playing nature.
In the novel “Once Again, the Second Male Lead Is Playing Games with Me,” this mischievous side of the SML takes center stage. The story revolves around Anika, a young woman who finds herself entangled in a web of romantic entanglements with two very different men. On one hand, there’s Arjun, the charming and confident male lead, who seems to have everything going for him. On the other hand, there’s Rohan, the seemingly aloof and enigmatic SML, who harbors a secret affection for Anika but chooses to express it through teasing and playful games.
As Anika navigates her tumultuous love life, she begins to uncover the hidden depths of Rohan’s character. She discovers that beneath his playful exterior lies a man with a deep and caring heart, one who is willing to put Anika’s happiness above his own. The more time she spends with Rohan, the more Anika finds herself drawn to his mysterious charm and unconventional approach to love.
The novel explores the complexities of human relationships, particularly the often-unseen dynamics between the female protagonist and the second male lead. It challenges the conventional portrayal of the SML as a mere consolation prize for the female protagonist, instead presenting him as a fully fleshed-out character with his own desires and motivations.
“Once Again, the Second Male Lead Is Playing Games with Me” is a refreshing take on the classic romance trope, offering a glimpse into the mind and heart of a character often overlooked in favor of the more traditional male lead. It’s a story about love, deception, and the unexpected twists and turns that life can throw our way.
Where to Read?
The novel “Once Again, the Second Male Lead Is Playing Games with Me” is currently only available in Korean on the webnovel platform Ridi Books. It is currently not available in English.
However, there is an ongoing English translation of the novel being worked on by a team of fans. You can find the translation on the webnovel platform Novel Updates. The translation is currently up to chapter 30.