my secret romance (2017)


Drama: My Secret Romance (애타는 로맨스)
Network: OCN
Episodes: 13
Release Date: April 17 – May 30, 2017
Runtime: Monday & Tuesday 21:00
Language: Korean
Country: South Korea

Cha Jin-Wook (Sung Hoon) is a son from a wealthy family. His family runs a large company. Cha Jin-Wook only pursues short term love. He meets Lee Yoo-Mi (Song Ji-Eun) and changes. Lee Yoo-Mi has never had a boyfriend before.

Sung Hoon – Cha Jin Wook
Song Ji-eun – Lee Yoo Mi
Kim Jae-young – Jung Hyun Tae
Jung Da-sol – Joo Hye Ri


Their relationship was just so wrong and weird on so many levels i dont whether if like the couple or not. LOL. I like the start of the show – they meet in the worst circumstances, had a lot of bad moments together but then spend one amazing day with each other and had a one night stand. then morning came and Yumi ran away. They meet each other again after 3 years. The girl was surprised and embarrassed to meet him again while the guy, who was so affected by what she did, is a little angry and wanted to take a little revenge on her but also so very attracted to her still. and so that’s how the relationship goes.

Point 1 – the way he treated her fpr the most part of the series was totally crap. The girl should have at least stand up against his bullying or even report him for sexual harrassment (if this is real life), or just resign. C’mon, no matter how hot the guy is, he was such a jerk to her and there will be other better jobs for her.

Point 2 – the guy has such an odd way to showing his interest to her. i know the saying, the more the guy teases you, the more he likes you, but hello, he is not a teenager or even a yuppie- he is supposedly a mature 30 something guy. He was so awkward – had to use “business” to get 10 dates with her (why can’t he just ask her out?), he steals kisses and doesn’t even try to tell her if they’re together or not. He sent out so many mixed signals that the girl is so confused.

Point 3 – since the girl is so confused, I also got confused with her reactions. She seemed to like the kisses but she kept saying “it was just a one night stand” so i dont know if she was just denying or she really felt nothing until the end. She joined him everywhere, going on dates, with the kid, she seemed happy but she never asked or thought what they were – are we in a relationship? are we dating? any woman would have gone crazy and demand the guy to tell her what they were.

Point 4 – i could understand she was embarrassed by her mother, but i wasn’t sure why she had to hide the fact that the kid was her half brother. was she jealous of the kid (it doesn’t seem like it) or just plain embarrassed that her mother was so active and wild (i dont know how to describe it but i could understand her). The mother was cringy and a bit pathetic trying to revive her sad attempt at fame.

I loved the side characters in the show – from the nicely groomed assistant and his flirting with the cook, the super sweet best friend and his surprising romance with Hyeri. I didn’t like Hyeri because she felt like he owed her for liking him for 10 years when he didn’t even give her any hope that he liked her back. but then her romance with Hyungtae was just so cute that i was rooting for both of them to get together in the end (The actress’ chiclet teeth was a bit distracting though).

The way they got together in the end, did make up for all the guy’s mistreatment of her so it was nice to see them live happily ever after. Overall, it was a quick watch – if you are the type of kdrama watcher who likes the guy being rude to the girl (like grabbing her elbows and making her do stuff) but still find the guy so hot and irresistible, then you might like this show. otherwise, you might find the romance a bit weird but it’s worth the wait when you see them end up together.

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