K-Drama: ‘Romance is a Bonus Book’

romance is a bonus book


Romance is a Bonus Book is a romantic comedy directed by Lee Jeong Hyo (Life on Mars, Criminal Minds, The Good Wife) and the screenplay is written by Jeong Hyeon Jeong (I Need Romance 1, 2, & 3). It stars Lee Jong Suk and Lee Na Young. Romance is a Bonus Book will begin airing every Saturday and Sunday, starting with the first episode on 1/26/19.

Synopsis from AsianWiki:

Cha Eun-Ho (Lee Jong-Suk) is a genius writer and the youngest chief editor ever at his publishing company. He is smart and handsome. He is also even tempered at work, but he has a warm heart and a reasonable personality.

Kang Dan-Yi (Lee Na-Young) used to be a popular copywriter, but she is not anymore. She is now broke and unemployed. Even though she tries to find a job, due to her impressive career and excellent educational background, she is unable to find a new job. Finally, Kang Dan-Yi gets a job at a publishing company by lying about her background. Cha Eun-Ho is the chief editor at that publishing company. They begin to develop romantic feelings for each other.

I haven’t watched Lee Jong Suk in a drama since Wblew me away so much that I just never had the courage to watch him in While You Were Sleeping. I may have to amend that this year, though. As I’m a huge bookworm and love any and every opportunity to curl up with a good book, this drama really calls to me.

The setup in Romance is a Bonus book reminds me of Suits where one of the main character’s lies about his background to score a job at a law firm.

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My Thoughts…

I feel like Lee Jong Suk does pretty well in noona romances (I Can Hear Your Voice as an example), so I can’t wait to see how well his character and chemistry gels with 39-year-old Lee Na Young. I haven’t see anything from Lee Na Young. It looks like her dramas have been few and far between over the years.

The vague trailer from tvN doesn’t give us much, unfortunately. We have a little bit to go on so at least that’s something. I can’t wait to tune in.

I can be picky about workplace comedies and romances, so I hope this one proves to be different and engaging. We had wildly successful What’s Wrong With Secretary Kim last summer. I adored that drama so much that I feel like I have a lot of expectations for this one to do well.

If you want to try a workplace comedy and can’t wait, take a chance on What’s Wrong With Secretary Kim. Tiff and I did multiple podcasts reviewing the entire series. I’m hoping Romance is a Bonus Book will capture our hearts in the same way. I’d love to podcast review it, but I’m not sure what our next project will be just yet.

Will you be watching Romance is a Bonus Book? Let me know below! 



    1. There’s no such thing as a perfect drama, but I say all the time that What’s Wrong With Secretary Kim comes as close to perfection as you can get. It was my favorite rom com of 2018. Definitely worth a watch if you have the time. 🙂

      1. Near perfection. Sold. I MUST watch this one soon. I might even try it today. I’m currently watching Encounter, but not all the episodes are released.

        1. I really do hope you like it. I had a blast doing podcast recaps of What’s Wrong With Secretary Kim. It was just a great drama to talk about. How is Encounter so far?

          1. It was slow to begin with. The first episode did not have a lot going on, so I did not watch all of it once. It was a bit disappointing because Park Bo Gum is one of my favorite actors. But after the first episode it picked up its pace. It’s adorable, and the visuals are stunning. So glad I stuck with it. 😄

            1. Awesome, thank you! I try to give most dramas a 4 episode grace period before I throw in the towel, so I’m glad it picks up after the first episode. I will have to add this to my list as I adore PBG.

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