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K-drama Recap: Romance is a Bonus Book ep 13 and 14

Kdrama

Second last week, everyone! And this week’s episodes hit me right in the feels – I was a teary mess, I admit it. But looks like the writers are going to keep us guessing right until the very end. So let’s go ahead and recap episodes 13 and 14 of Romance is a Bonus Book. Spoilers ahead!

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K-drama Recap: Romance is a Bonus Book ep 11 and 12

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We are more than halfway through Romance is a Bonus Book and there’s still so much we don’t know. Things definitely escalated in this week’s episodes – especially after last week’s cliffhanger! So let’s get this recap party started. Remember – spoilers are ahead, as always!

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K-drama Recap: Romance is a Bonus Book ep 9 and 10

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Woah. How are we all after the end of episode 10? There was a lot packed into this week’s episodes, although a lot remains a mystery, doesn’t it? Let’s dive in, anyway. Remember – spoilers ahead!

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K-drama Recap: Romance is a Bonus Book ep 7 and 8

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Here’s what I’m hoping for in this week’s episodes of Romance is a Bonus Book: more jealous Eun-ho, some realisation from Dan-i that she’s in love with Eun-ho, and some sort of confirmation that Seo-jun is either a creep or a nice guy. Regarding Seo-jun, I’ll take either possibility – I just want to know either way. So, without further ado, let’s get into this week’s episodes. Spoilers ahead!

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K-drama Recap: Romance is a Bonus Book ep 5 and 6

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Well. Having seen episode 6, I’d say episode 5 almost qualifies as a ‘filler’ episode – where nothing much really happens because there’s going to be some big reveals in the following episode. And reveals there were! Let’s dive in to this week’s recap. Remember: spoilers are ahead!

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K-drama Recap: Romance is a Bonus Book ep 3 and 4

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I’ve got to say this show is making me want to wrap myself in chunky knitwear, curl up with a book for a week and eat kimchi stew. Anyone else? I’m in Australia where we’ve just come out of a heatwave (so knitwear isn’t really appropriate), and while I might have access to books all day, I certainly don’t know how to make kimchi stew. Anyway, enough about me and what this show is doing to me. Let’s dive into episodes 3 and 4 of Romance is a Bonus Book. Beware: spoilers ahead!

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K-drama Recap: Romance is a Bonus Book ep 1 and 2

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K-drama fans, there’s a new release on our Netflix screens – and Aussie fans, this includes us! Romance is a Bonus Book just started airing in Korea and it looks like we will be getting episodes just one day later than Korean viewers.

I’ve been eagerly anticipating the release of this drama. As an editor and book nerd, anything set in a publishing house immediately draws me in, and Romance is a Bonus Book didn’t disappoint. I’ll be recapping the episodes weekly. So spoilers ahead, and let’s dive in!

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The Best K-dramas on Netflix

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Here at Cactus Pop we cannot get enough of binge-watching dramas on Netflix. And following on from our telenovela addiction, comes our K-drama addiction! Korean dramas are practically perfect. They’re generally about 16 episodes long – perfect binge-watching length and don’t drag out the plot too much. They have the romance factor turned up to the maximum. And most have a pretty killer soundtrack. Plus if you’re into K-pop like we are, if there isn’t at least one K-pop star in the cast, you can bet there’s going to be one on the soundtrack. So, here’s our favourites so far!

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10 Reasons to Watch Good Morning Call

Good Morning Call

The word that comes to mind when I think of Netflix’s Good Morning Call is obsessed. I watched this so quickly, it’s almost embarrassing to admit. But this is one highly addictive Japanese rom-com series. Not sure if it’s right for you? Read on and prepare to be convinced. *Mild spoilers ahead

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Book review: From Manhattan with Love series by Sarah Morgan


Sarah Morgan

I can’t even remember how I came across Sarah Morgan’s books, but I am so glad I did. She has a style that reminds me of two of my fave romance authors – Julie James and Nora Roberts. Needless to say, I have been greedily reading through her backlist ever since. ‘From Manhattan with Love’ is the series I’ve started with. The first three books centre around Paige, Frankie and Eva – coworkers and besties who start their own events business, Urban Genie, after they are all fired from their jobs. They live in this fabulous converted Brownstone where they all live on different floors, and have a rooftop garden where they can drink cocktails and have romcom marathons. I mean, this is seriously aspirational chic lit here. Who wouldn’t want that?

One of the things I love in a good romance series is where the books are all connected through the characters. They could stand alone well enough, but those who read the whole series know all the back stories of the other characters, and get to check in with characters they’ve met previously. With that said, the second half of the series focuses on siblings Daniel, Fliss and Harriet – who are also linked to the Urban Genie business.

While I loved all six books, there were definitely some stand-out favourites for me. So without further ado, allow me to count down to my favourite. But be warned: spoilers ahead!

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