Saturday 21 December 2013

My Heart in Seoul by Sydney Arrison - Book Review

From the Blurb:

Jasmine Sinclair is a successful New York reporter. She’s used to reporting the news, not making the news. After she finds herself in the middle of a major scandal; and relentlessly pursued by the press, she flees the country with her father, United States Senator John Avery Sinclair.

Intoxicated by the night life in Seoul, Jasmine dares to approach a mysterious and handsome stranger. The encounter leads to an unforgettable, passion filled weekend, but upon returning to New York Jasmine soon realizes; that nothing will quell her yearning to be with the man she loves. Will distance, ambitions and family-ties keep them apart or will they find each other again?

The Review:

After a bad break up, Jasmine travels to Seoul where she gets drunk at a nightclub and kisses a stranger. To her mortification, the stranger is the nephew of her father’s friend who she is staying with. Far from judging her, however, Wen is captivated by Jasmine and is determined to win her over. The two explore Seoul and begin to fall in love, but can their romance last once Jasmine returns home to New York?

This is a very sweet romance novella. I really liked Jasmine and she is easy to relate to. She has had a difficult history with men with a bad breakup that ended up making headlines, and makes mistakes like getting drunk and making out with a stranger. She is also caring, for example, becoming upset about the situation of children in orphanages in Seoul.

Wen is lovely. Nick-named the ‘bronze god’ by Jasmine and her friends, he’s sexy too. I felt a little like he could have used a flaw or two, since he seemed a little too perfect and too godlike, concerned about saving orphans, a black belt in martial arts and a successful business man, but his devotion to Jasmine made him a charming hero.

Together Jasmine and Wen are a gorgeous couple. I felt like the novella could have done with a few more chapters with more conflict to increase the drama of the relationship, since while it was a beautiful romance, it wasn’t the most passionate. That said, although this isn’t the steamiest of romances, it is an incredibly sweet story.  

One of the bonuses in this romance is the great cast of diverse characters, which was a refreshing surprise that provided a nice addition to the story and helped to flesh out the main characters via their secondary relationships. 

My Heart in Seoul is a short and sweet feel-good read.

My Heart in Seoul by Sydney Arrison was released by Front Porch Romance on October 15, 2013, and is available from Amazon.

This book was given to Love Reading Romance in exchange for an honest review.