Many many years ago I came across a blog and couldn’t stop laughing. It was witty, entertaining, and had a unique writing style that was very engaging. Through a series of comments, the blogger and I (a noobie to the blogging game) became friends. Eventually, real life caused this blogger to no longer be able to blog full time and she decided to join the DWASOK family. During the summer you are privileged to experience this blogger’s entertaining reviews. Yup, I am talking about our very own DramaRookie. So I am equally as excited that she spent the last year working on a Kaddict themed novel Flower Boy Tour Guide. The book I will be reviewing today.
Hannah Reynolds travels to Korea in search of her own drama hero come to life. What she gets instead is gorgeous, but surly tour guide, Jae Lee. He seems determined to ruin every romantic location they visit with his snarky comments, but Hannah can’t deny the crackling tension between them.
As they travel around the country with a busload of wacky K-drama and K-pop fans, their chemistry keeps drawing the two together. Hannah sees the mountain of problems standing between her and a relationship with Jae. They live in different countries. She’s flying home in five days. And he always takes an emotional step back whenever they get closer. But her heart doesn’t want to listen to reason. All it can see is the flower boy tour guide.
I really enjoyed this book. Not only because it dealt with an average girl falling in love with a swoon-worthy drama style hero, but because it brought Korea to life. The adventures of Hannah traveling through the Korean tourist spots were actually the highlight for me. It made me want to go walking in the countryside because my bus broke down. I wanted to try the various local foods (hopefully without the angry bowel issues our leading lady experienced) and go to a norabong. Most importantly it made me want to take a tour with all my close Crazy Ahjummas and have an adventure of a lifetime. The romance was just the sweet cherry on top of the tourist dream sundae.
The OTP (One True Pairing) of this novel was also adorable. I liked that our leading man Jae Lee was anti kaddict tourist. I imagine that would be the reaction of a lot of people if they were forced to be the visual dream of a bunch of tourists. His softening to Hannah was very sweet. Not to mention I cracked up laughing when he had to do things like give a piggyback to a drunken 200 lb lady in order to keep the tour on track. It was the little moments that made these characters come to life and make me care that they ended up together.
If I had only one complaint, it would be that the book wasn’t long enough. I wasn’t ready to let go of these quirky group of ladies and our swoony OTP. I could have easily kept on reading of their adventures for another couple hundred pages.
If you are interested in checking out Drama Rookie’s (Shannen Kent) novel click the link HERE. Also, we will be choosing one lucky reader to get the book for FREE. Just send us a message in the comments and for an extra chance to win, share this post on social media (let us know you did in the comments to get the extra bonus chance).
Til the next good read,
Dramas With a Side of Kimchi
6 thoughts on “A Fangirl’s Book Review: Flower Boy Tour Guide”
Shannon I raise my hat to you. For about a decade I have toyed with the idea of writing a novel about an American Kaddict tourist that travels to Korea and finds love but have never done it. You are my hero. Congratulations.
Thanks 🙂 And it’s not too late! The world could use more than one story about a K-fan’s first trip to Korea.
I love a good yarn! Count me in!
Definitely on my reading list! Thanks for the review.
On one hand I want to read this, on the other hand, I know it’s going to fill me with even more dreams of traveling to South Korea, and I cannot afford to go for many more years, and argh, my poor heart. But the story sounds amazing Shannon. Congratulations!
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