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Sunday, April 3, 2022

Review: Seoulmates by Jen Frederick

by Jen Frederick
Narrated by Greta Jung

Thanks to PRHAudio for this gifted audiobook.

Publisher: Penguin Audio
Publish Date: January 25, 2022
10 hrs
Series: Seoul #2
Genres: Contemporary, Romance

A Korean-American adoptee fights to be with the one she loves while coming to terms with her new identity in this enthralling romantic drama and sequel to Heart and Seoul by USA Today bestselling author Jen Frederick.

When Hara Wilson lands in Seoul to find her birth mother, she doesn't plan on falling in love with the first man she lays eyes on, but Choi Yujun is irresistible.  If his broad shoulders and dimples weren't enough, Choi Yujun is the most genuine, decent, gorgeous guy to exist.  Too bad he's also her stepbrother.

Fate brought her to the Choi doorstep but the gift of family comes with burdens.  A job in her mother's company has perks of endless company dinners and super resentful coworkers.  A new country means learning a new language which twenty-five year old Hara is finding to be a Herculean task.  A forbidden love means having to choose between her birth family or Choi Yujun.

All Hara wanted was to find a place to belong in this world - but in order to have it all, she'll have to risk it all.

My Review:

Oh good! I finally finished a duology, but really I just read this without realizing it was the last in a duology and I have duologies on my shelves where I've only read the first book and never finished... so do I win or lose here? 🤣

Like with most Korean-centric books, there's SO MUCH FOOD within the pages.  I'm continuously hungry and craving Korean food while reading listening to this book.  I could really relate to Hara's finding her place within the Korean community - learning the language, dealing with the girl drama. 🙄 I didn't read the first book but I don't think I need to as this book seems to sum up the first book explicitly enough that it's unnecessary.

I will say that this felt more like a YA novel to me.  I have no idea why I didn't pick up on the fact that Hara is in her mid-twenties for quite some time.  And the romance part with the weird sex scenes (especially so as I still for some reason thought this was a YA Novel), just felt thrown in.  Considering they're together/not together/stepsiblings?! Is this K-Drama?  Am I a terrible Korean for not liking K-Drama of K-Pop?

Love the representation.  Cute novel over all but I can't relate to the first book of the duology with never having have read it.  Not sure if this is *quite* in my wheelhouse but not hating that I read it.


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