It’s Better to be the Empress Dowager


Author: September Flowing Fire


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Tang Shishi was the number one beauty in the court. She was arrogant, domineering, and aggressive. She accidentally picked up a book and learned that she was just a vicious female second lead in a palace struggle. Later, she would fight for favor with the female lead, and eventually, she was ruined and died miserably.

Now, they have just entered the fief of Prince Jing, and the first meeting of the male and female leads has not happened yet. There are two paths before Tang Shishi. The first is to hold the heroine’s thighs tightly and join the female lead camp early; the second is to please the male lead and steal the favor of the female lead.

Tang Shishi chooses the third way.

Tang Shishi knew that the male lead’s adoptive father Jing Wang seemed to be low profile, but he was overly ambitious. He will invade the capital and proclaim the emperor before the imperial court in the near future, but it is a pity that he passed away before passing the throne to the male lead.

This year, Jing Wang is twenty-four years old, still young, and has yet to marry a wife.

Anyway, she is already in the Imperial Palace. Instead of being the concubine of the male lead, it was better to be his adopted mother, the empress dowager in one step.


Zhao Chengjun had no intention to get married, so he adopted his subordinate son as his heir. He thought he would be with his army in his whole life.

Later, the imperial family sent a team of beauties to Jing Wang, and the leader was named Tang Shishi.

His young, adopted son and his subordinates also persuaded: Your Highness, this is a beauty trap.

Jing Wang: I know.

The so-called beauty trap was merely bait for those who wish.

Table of Contents:

Chapter 1 Chapter 2 Chapter 3 Chapter 4 Chapter 5

Chapter 6 Chapter 7 Chapter 8 Chapter 9 Chapter 10

Chapter 11 Chapter 12 Chapter 13 Chapter 14 Chapter 15

Chapter 16 Chapter 17 Chapter 18 Chapter 19 Chapter 20

Chapter 21 Chapter 22 Chapter 23 Chapter 24 Chapter 25

Chapter 26 Chapter 27 Chapter 28 Chapter 29 Chapter 30

Chapter 31 Chapter 32 Chapter 33 Chapter 34 Chapter 35

Chapter 36 Chapter 37 Chapter 38 Chapter 39 Chapter 40

Chapter 41 Chapter 42 Chapter 43 Chapter 44 Chapter 45

Chapter 46 Chapter 47 Chapter 48 Chapter 49 Chapter 50

Chapter 51 Chapter 52 Chapter 53 Chapter 54 Chapter 55

Chapter 56 Chapter 57 Chapter 58 Chapter 59 Chapter 60

Chapter 61 Chapter 62 Chapter 63 Chapter 64 Chapter 65

Chapter 66 Chapter 67 Chapter 68 Chapter 69 Chapter 70

Chapter 71 Chapter 72 Chapter 73 Chapter 74 Chapter 75

Chapter 76 Chapter 77 Chapter 78 Chapter 79 Chapter 80

Chapter 81 Chapter 82 Chapter 83 Chapter 84 Chapter 85

Chapter 86 Chapter 87 Chapter 88 Chapter 89 Chapter 90

Chapter 91 Chapter 92 Chapter 93 Chapter 94 Chapter 95

Chapter 96 Chapter 97 Chapter 98 Chapter 99 Chapter 100

Chapter 101 Chapter 102 Chapter 103 Chapter 104 Chapter 105

Chapter 106 Chapter 107 Chapter 108 Chapter 109 Chapter 110

Chapter 111 Chapter 112 Chapter 113 Chapter 114 Chapter 115

Chapter 116 Chapter 117 Chapter 118 Chapter 119 Chapter 120

Chapter 121 Chapter 122 Chapter 123 Chapter 124 Chapter 125

Chapter 126 Chapter 127 Chapter 128 Chapter 129 Chapter 130

Chapter 131 Chapter 132 Chapter 133 Chapter 134 Chapter 135

Chapter 136 Chapter 137 Chapter 138 Chapter 139 Chapter 140

Chapter 141 Chapter 142 Chapter 143

24 thoughts on “IBTBTED”

  1. Hey, thanks for translating & hosting this gem of a story. Each chapter is better than the last, & your translation is a joy to read.
    Such a refreshing story! Our TSS is so lovable, the other characters are very balanced too, their back stories made me understand why they behave like who they are.

    1. You’re welcome. I’m glad you enjoy this novel as much as I do. I tried my best in the translation. 😀
      I love to see TSS eccentrics which is really fun to read and also the bantering between ZGJ and TSS. 🙂

      1. Thanks for your hard work translating and for sharing! Very enjoyable read and good translation quality.

  2. Thanks for your hard work on the translation. I am really enjoyed the story and looking forward to see next episodes everyday with excitement.
    Love TSS and Wangye so much.

    Thanks again!!!

  3. OMG! you made me addicted this novel. Thank you to bring the good story and shared to us. Please continue to the next chapter and let’s me go to the bed plssss….

    Fan from Bangkok, Thailand

  4. OMG! I loved this novel and thanks for you sharing this novel to us. Anyway am waiting the new chapter and wishing to see the ending then i can go to the bed with sweet dream.

    – Fan from Bangkok –

  5. ขอบคุณที่แปลนิยายเรื่องนี้ให้อ่าน ฉันชอบมาก 😊😁

  6. ขอบคุณที่แปลนิยายเรื่องนี้ให้อ่าน ฉันชอบมาก 😊😁

  7. Just wanted to pop in here to thank the awesome translator for finishing this amazing gem! Honestly it’s hard work and the fact that you finished this for others to enjoy is beyond kind!

  8. chinesefanreader

    Thanks for this excellent story🙏 I look forward to reading more translations from you 🤞

  9. Hi there, thank you for your hard work in translating this funny romantic ancient novel.
    I absolutely love reading it ~ the relationship between Zhao Cheng Jun and Tang Shi Shi. They’re just an adorable cute couple.
    I plan to read it again in the very near future.

  10. I really enjoyed reading this wonderful novel so I thank you for your hard work and translating this story.

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