My Secret Romance

My Secret Romance (2017)

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Cha Jin Wook is a son from a wealthy family who runs a large company. He usually only pursues short-term love, but when he meets Lee Yoo Mi, who has never had a boyfriend before, he changes. In a dating world full of busy people who tend to flirt and chase “some” relationships rather than having meaningful connections that allow them to show their true feelings, this couple has a one-night stand. read moreThey meet again three years later, whereupon they kick off a shaky push-pull romance that’ll keep them on their toes as they fall in love.

  • Native title:

    애타는 로맨스
  • Also Known as:

    Aetaneun Romaenseu; Frustrating Romance; You Drive Me Crazy;

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22 days ago
  • Overall 7.0
  • Story 5.0
  • Acting/Cast 8.0
  • Music 4.0
  • Rewatch Value 5.0
This is the kind of drama you watch strictly to get a your romance fix! If you're not a romcom fan then don't even bother with this one, but If you are a a fan this could be worth watching if you keep your expectations realistic. This one is like a romcom snack. There are enough likable characters, cute moments, and a decent enough story to keep it entertaining, but there isn't read more really much substance. What really matters is that the 2 leads make a good pair, and that's what kept me watching.

Song Ji Eun is cute as the shy and repressed Yoo Mi, and Sung Hoon is perfect as the "sexy and he knows it" typical spoiled chaebol's son Cha Jin Wook. Of course their paths keep crossing in the expected ways, and their chemistry goes from annoyance to playfulness and then escalating quickly... VERY quickly. I think that's what initially got me hooked. Still, it was obvious pretty early on that there wouldn't be much to this story. As cute as they were as a couple this love story got repetitive pretty quickly, and towards the end was so unrealistic and overly cheesy that I stopped being interested in them at all. Their inner monologues tried so hard to be deep but they seemed really shallow, and the stakes just didn't seem as high as their reactions made them out to be. The more dramatic it got the worst their acting got.

I think the drama did have some entertaining supporting characters. I enjoyed the mom, even if she was a frustrating mess, and Nam Ki Ae is always good at playing a mess of a mother. I liked the second lead, although he didn't have much of a story to work with. My favorite was the Secretary, who's suits made him an instant scene stealer, and his boo in the kitchen staff. The supporting cast helped to make some of the most repetitive moments easier to sit through.

Even though this drama is shorter than most, I still think it was too long. It could have easily been 10 episodes, or maybe even less. I still found myself eager to watch more moments between the two characters, but in the last episodes it was like they just gave up and started to rely on flashbacks! Ugh! The flashback abuse in this drama is pretty epic. Not only does every episode end with recaps that were super literal, extra cheesy, and felt completely unnecessary, but the final episodes almost seemed like music videos strung together with fan compilations of all the cutest scenes. The last 4 episodes are almost unwatchable because it was mostly everything I already saw. They repeated scenes so much that they lost all of their previous charm, including the kiss scenes.

The music is also super cheesy, which matched the show well, but it was driving me a little nutty. There was even a moment where Yoo Mi sings for so long I though it was turning into a musical. So I give the music a 4 for simply not being my taste. Not to mention the damn sound effects. Someone got a little too happy with the sound effects machine!

Would I watch this again? Maybe. I would probably skip the last episodes 10-12, but it's entertaining enough to watch if I need another quick romcom fix. The ending is such a let down, so I'd really have to have run out of other things to watch.

Overall this is a quick romcom you can easily binge watch, but I say keep your finger on the fast forward button for those repetitive flashbacks. If the idea of literally falling into someone's arms sounds too corny, or if a boss using abuse of power to flirt with an employee sounds like a reason to visit HR not a premise for a love story, then maybe you should watch a different kind of drama instead. I really wish they would have put more effort into the story, but for what it was, I was entertained enough to keep watching. For those not scared away by these mediocre reviews I'd say lower your expectations, and enjoy this cheesy romcom snack. (get it... she makes food :( sorry! )
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24 days ago
  • Overall 4.0
  • Story 4.0
  • Acting/Cast 4.5
  • Music 3.0
  • Rewatch Value 1.5
This started out cute and fluffy, but the last few episodes were miserably drawn out.
EP 10-12 were painfully slow, they could have been cut and pasted into 1.5 episodes.
13 was ehhhh.... This isn't a masterpiece, the writing is loosely constructed and poorly executed. The story has little depth or substance to hold it together for 13 hours. I can't connect with the female lead's choices (especially in the later half) read more or her pitiful deer lost in headlights expression...I was hoping it would be a drama somewhat like 1% of Something since the director is the same, but it doesn't even come close in comparison. I Liked Ep. 1-9 but Ep. 10-13.5 are a hard sell.
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Both dramas explore the impact of the past on an individual. While MSR focuses a lot more on the romance between the two leads, the other is much more touching and heartfelt in its message.
Recommended by Tenshinyan
-they both have hot kisses, the cutesy feel and heart-pounding, fluttery moments.
-have the same director and some similar cast members
-if you disliked the last 3 episodes of My Secret Romance, Something about 1% will make up for it because it stays enjoyable until the end.
-rich guy poor girl theme and one parent forbidding their relationship
Recommended by bishh

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    coolcancerian 2 days ago

    The only reason I gave 8 is - Sung hoon
    The only reason to watch this drama & finish it is also - Sung hoon
    Apart from Sung hoon what is there in this drama - nothing
    Oh damn it started good but graph went down and down
    No story at all my opinion it would have been a bit interesting if that child was their's
    Lead girl is cute ..matched Sung hoon & kisses are good but lack of story made them feel like fillers !!

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    Kikka 4 days ago
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    dramaholic_piglet 4 days ago

    My tooth ached.. It's too sweet.. >_<

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    FdRyu0201 9 days ago

    i will be thankful if they make a s2 with hyuntae and hyeri

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    steph_ravita 9 days ago

    The many kisses are my favourite part of this drama. I liked it but thought it was a little too draggy especially towards the end. All in all, not bad though!

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    mickey 9 days ago

    chemistry is beyond the roof. loved it except for the flashbacks in the latter episodes.

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    katherine 10 days ago - edited

    I'd say it was enjoyable - a predictable romcom drama you watch mainly for your dose of romance and relationship drama. It isn't something phenomenal but it is okay for what it is. I do agree that the last episodes had too many flashbacks. Episodes 12 and 13 could have just been one episode if you exclude all the flashbacks.
    A 7/10 in my opinion. I wouldn't recommend it to everyone i know but it's an enjoyable show.

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    Anna 11 days ago

    Done watching this drama! i'm sad that other people don't like it as much as i do! i really do! Actually im not really a fan of rom coms as some of them were just too boring for me but this drama is an exception! i really enjoyed every single scene as much as i enjoyed the lovestory of Cha Jin Wook and Lee Yoo Mi! Hello! where in the world will you ever find a man who treasured his one-night-stand! I wish a have my Cha Jin Wook too! :)))

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    IritZriker 11 days ago

    It was too draggy at the last episodes, too many flashbacks for a 13 episodes drama. The story was really good, loved it, if it wasn't too draggy I would give this drama a 10 or a 9.5, really.

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    SarahEm 13 days ago

    Watched this for Sung Hoon, but the plot was a huge let down, other than that it was mediocre

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    BAEBunnij 13 days ago - edited

    I finished this today! I really liked the beginning left me wondering what the heck happened after episode 10 became too dramatic than cute and funny.

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    Becca 14 days ago

    There were wayyy to many flashbacks for a 13 episodes drama. Especially 12th episode! No need for that I remember everything! It wasn't long ago. I think my only reason to watch this was the car scene in the fist episode. It was downhill from there...

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    Weirdestone 15 days ago

    This was just so adorable! I enjoyed it very much!

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    joyje 16 days ago

    There's not much story to the drama and everything is predictable. The main leads have great chemistry and I enjoyed the comedy in some of the earlier episodes. I would agree with some that there were to many flashbacks thus making the last few episodes boring. The OSTs were nice though.

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    Ineta 17 days ago

    I wouldn't say this drama is as terrible as other people say it is. It had some interesting characters, but the best thing about My Secret Romance was the chemistry between the main leads.

    However, this doesn't have much of a plot, and some characters seemed pretty useless? And some plot lines / side stories sometimes ended up too boring..

    I'd say this is a good choice if you want something very very very romantic, maybe even cheesy. I don't think people who aren't looking for a rom-com would enjoy this a lot, because, well, this is not the best thing out there. :D But as I said at the beginning, this drama is not as bad as everyone says. In my opinion.


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    South Korea
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    Apr 17, 2017 to May 30, 2017
  • Aired On:

    Monday, Tuesday
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  • Duration:

    60 min.


  • Score:

    7.6 (scored by 3,513 users)
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