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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manicmuse
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26 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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Shannon K Fleming
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28 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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    jennyweek 25 days ago

    It started great, then went downhill. Pity. Still enjoyed it though :)

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    Benedict 25 days ago

    I liked it, but didn't love it. The last few episodes are what ruined it for me. And the ending wasn't that great.Cute show though.

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    Ashleyxx 25 days ago

    This was cute. It was super cheesy and predictable but still cute. There were a few times it dragged alot but still not that bad.

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    bishh 26 days ago - edited

    I have mixed feelings about this drama. It was so adorable and gave me flutters and tingles. The thing is if they're going with a cute, lighthearted direction, they should have stuck with it (just like something about 1% 2016, they have the same directors and similar cast). From episode 10 until 13, it turned into a more serious drama with unnecessary scenes. Something about 1% stayed true to its cutesy nature up till the end and that's why the audience who enjoyed that kind of drama stayed to watch further. I felt like the last 3 episodes could have been done better but omg its SERIOUSLY ONE OF THE CUTEST dramas I have ever watched. So to all of you who did not like the last 3 episodes, please watch something about 1% 2016 edition because it has a similar feel to it and hot kisses too and stayed enjoyable until the end :D

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    SaeedKhan 26 days ago

    The drama was quite good in the beginning but then it just turned cheezy and there was no particular idea or plot behind the story and the stories of other characters that could have been told by cutting the useless scenes that wernt necessary then it would have been great

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    AoifeMcLoughlin 26 days ago

    I really enjoyed this drama... until the last few episodes when I realised it wouldn't have 16, but only 13. I felt like they were drawing out an unnecessary part of the plot because they didn't have time to start a new arc. It really ruined this show. ALSO what is up with the episode length? Excluding the repeated first few minutes (that were at the end of the last episode) and the ridiculously unnecessary "epilogue," each episode was only forty minutes! Not to mention all the flashbacks in the last few episodes! So not only was the drama short, but the episodes in it. I loved this story and characters but they were brought to screen terribly. No relationship in this drama got the chance to blossom.

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    B_ann1 26 days ago

    It's not a deep story, nor is it a particularly well-written one but it made me smile a lot and that's enough for me. This was the little dose of happiness that I needed right now.

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    Rebeccaabena 27 days ago

    AWWW I'm disappointed with this drama, it started of good, full of wit and fluff and then it suddenly became too serious, even the kisses became overbearing, but I recommend watching till episode 9.

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    supalove 27 days ago - edited

    okay i can't believe im saying this but i think there was TOO much kissing in this drama! too much and its overwhelming and its no longer has that puppy love that makes k-dramas, k-dramas!

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      Rae 26 days ago - edited
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      triptych 24 days ago

      I think a problem isn't kissing but the way how actors act.

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    Ana Baron 27 days ago

    The word cliché is not enough to describe this mess. It started very promising and fun, I even overlooked the lacking in production value. But towards the end the writer ran out of ideas and it became plain and boring. I only stayed till the end because I have a crush on Sung Hoon. Watch under your own risk.

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    I really enjoyed our leading couple ^_^ Super enjoyable relaxing watch, with cute adorable and smexy leads. A cute love story filled with tons of kisses! Seriously I wish more dramas had as many kiss scenes as this one did! ;) And a good ending to boot :)

    Apparently (judging by the comments) I'm in the minority for really enjoying this drama.

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      TeleriFerchNyfain 26 days ago

      Actually I think it did quite respectably ratings wise. Don't try to let negative opinions sway your enjoyment of a drama LOL

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    joannesmith 27 days ago

    All i kept thinking was for pete's sake GET A HOTEL ROOM...I mean he has enough of them available at his fingertips.

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    towny 27 days ago

    tfw dong goo is the best character in the show

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    Major 27 days ago

    I think OST 1 was better than the drama.

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    Maria 27 days ago

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

Details

  • Country:

    South Korea
  • Type:

    Drama
  • Episodes:

    13
  • Aired:

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

    Monday, Tuesday
  • Network:

    OCN
  • Duration:

    60 min.

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  • Score:

    7.6 (scored by 3,646 users)
  • Ranked:

    #1192
  • Popularity:

    #31

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