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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    Weirdestone May 24, 2017

    Omg.. Episode 7... I can't.... it was just soooo clever!!!! <3 <3 <3 I have to rewatch again....

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    Lily2PM May 24, 2017

    Episode 11's karaoke scene XD "Farty tonight!" HAHAHAHAHAHAHA

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    kdramasinpajamas May 24, 2017

    Anyone else think the music at the beginning is odd? It reminds me of a 1970's game show.

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    Frenchii May 24, 2017

    Would have been more interesting if she turned out to be a single mother

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    4winkay May 23, 2017 - edited

    whaaat? they added another episode? gosh its boring me since ep 9. cant bring myself to watch the remaining ep.

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    tinuvip May 23, 2017

    typical romcom kdrama

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    WowCreations May 23, 2017 - edited
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      Panda May 23, 2017

      Down the road, take a left, it might be there or probably not

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      WowCreations May 23, 2017


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      K-Sun May 24, 2017
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      Lily2PM May 24, 2017

      Guinness XD

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    green_tokki May 22, 2017 - edited

    Did they air 2 eps yesterday? So will they be airing another 2 eps today then finishing this drama on ep 13???

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    Neatsku May 22, 2017 - edited

    Did they add one episode? Wasn't it 12 eps before? :O

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    Savi May 22, 2017

    Sooo cute..

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    coolcancerian May 22, 2017 - edited

    Hate her mother grrr

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      Frederica May 22, 2017

      I think she's one of the funnies kdrama moms

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    patie May 21, 2017 - edited

    i'm having so much fun watching it!

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    Domi May 21, 2017 - edited

    Objectively speaking, this is not the best drama out there, but I personally love it! It is exactly what I need right now and I'm enjoying every minute. :)

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    Rainy May 20, 2017 - edited

    I officially dropped this drama . Yeah at the beginning it was interesting,but to me there's no excitement. It's like I don't feel like I'm waiting for the next episode​ or wondering what is going to happen. Sorry...

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      Kizzofdeath May 21, 2017

      Ow Really sad to saw your comment. anyway Sung Hoon Much better after 4 episode he can act better that the first 3rd episode.. all thou the story is predictable but bearable to watch...

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      3ngin33r May 22, 2017

      Because its like the mini romance dramas/specials which run for like 4 episodes is drawn out for a longer period

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    Kroxy May 20, 2017

    Where can I watch Ep 10 with eng subs?


  • Country:

    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 5,079 users)
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