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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May 31, 2017
  • 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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May 29, 2017
  • 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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    Maria May 30, 2017

    easy drama to watch.after a long working day was relaxing. i liked!

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    lattebean_ May 30, 2017

    Started well but I was disappointed at the 4 last episodes.. They should have just kept it light instead of trying to add some melodrama in it <_<

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    Keren May 30, 2017 - edited

    It was horrible. The reason I kept watching it is because I rarely drop dramas.
    Now I really regret my decision not to drop it much sooner. A complete waste of time.
    My advice: run away from it while you still can.

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    neaa May 30, 2017 - edited
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      Rae May 31, 2017 - edited

      Totally agree with your rating... I gave this kdrama a 6.5.

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    Foxlover May 30, 2017

    Really bad drama. It takes a talent to ruin things to this level….I managed to finish it with lots of fast-forwarding and just as an exercise in learning Korean, since they had a lot of text messages, cliché conversations and episode recaps…

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    zza May 30, 2017

    this was painful

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    plumpy May 30, 2017

    So this was a cute show. Nothing fancy kind of on the fluff side.. If you want a cute quick romance drama this would be it.

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    Samantha Kollman May 30, 2017

    Sung Hoon is great but the writing was lazy and used way too many flashbacks.

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    aictopus May 30, 2017
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    SKhan May 30, 2017

    On episode 9 but this is getting very painful to watch. Forcing myself to keep going

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    displacedmoon May 30, 2017 - edited

    sure, this drama is meant to be light and fluffy, but that doesn't excuse lazy and predictable writing. i really wanted to like this one, but the ridiculous number of flashbacks in the later episodes, coupled with the uninspiring story that got worse as the drama progressed, pretty much spoiled it for me. the only reason i kept watching was because of the eye candy, and the fact that i could fast forward as much as i wanted, and still not feel like i had missed anything important.

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    makou May 30, 2017
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    hollywillow May 30, 2017

    Maybe it'll be better to watch if the main actress wasn't Song Ji Eun? Idk it was painful to watch her terrible acting...... Don't get me started with her awful character tho.

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    bmore May 29, 2017 - edited

    awful..just plain awful. They took a perfectly adequate fairy tale cliche ridden kdrama and ruined it. It's obvious they added an hour of flashbacks in order to drag these last episodes out. It was scheduled for 12 and now there are 13...for absolutely no good reason. Ugh. Sung more careful. This thing and the even worse [email protected] are 2 you should never have signed on for if you wanted to build a better resume!

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      ShannonKFleming May 29, 2017

      It was posted on DramaFever as 13 episodes before it even aired and they are co-producing it. It's still terrible but the show was never extended.

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      ShannonKFleming May 30, 2017 - edited

      When I looked at DF before it aired it stated 13 episodes. I know all the other websites said 12. DF is co-producing the drama so they would have the most accurate information. MDL is updated manually. I have had discussions with admins about episode counts in the past and seen the numbers change based on our dialog. I have already watched 13, It is the final episode. Oksusu divides the episodes into 3 parts, the count is 39 episodes I believe.


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    South Korea
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  • Aired:

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

    Monday, Tuesday
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  • Duration:

    60 min.


  • Score:

    7.6 (scored by 4,309 users)
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