Book Review (and a Freebie!): Flower Boy Tour Guide by Shannon Kent

Posted April 28, 2019 by meezcarrie in contemporary, romance, Shannon Kent / 2 Comments

about the book

SERIES: My Korean Crush #1
GENRE: Contemporary “Clean” Romance
RELEASE DATE: July 17, 2018
PAGES: 166

Flower Boy: noun 1. slang for a really hot guy

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.

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One review on Amazon said “Only a k drama fan would sit through the hour or so it takes to read this…” Au contraire.

Confession 1: I have never heard a K-pop group.

Confession 2: I have never seen a K-drama.

Confession 3: I never plan to.

But now I’ve been given a crash-course in this quirky subculture through a cute romcom that I admittedly felt very old while reading haha!

If you take away the reason for Hannah’s trip to Seoul – the K-drama tour – and all its strange vocabulary (who knew ‘my bias’ meant ‘the one I fangirl over the most’??? I have a couple of authors in mind that I’m totally calling ‘my bias’ from now on 😛 ), Flower Boy Tour Guide is at its heart an adorable, sweet romantic comedy with diverse and sometimes-hilarious characters. The scene where Jae has to help one of the allergy-med-sedated (ahem) middle-aged ladies back to the bus had me laughing out loud (because it hit a little too close to home lol), and the great romantic moment had me swooning.

Hannah is a cute heroine, and Jae is quite a yummy hero in his own right. He’s a little snarky, a little hard to figure out, a little Darcy-ish… but deep within he’s much more layered than first appears. Same with Hannah – and our inner fangirls (whether over books or favorite authors or #myJames … or K-dramas) will relate to her on that deep-within squeal that unites us all.

Bottom Line: Whether you could write a primer on flower boys and aegyo and bias and backhugs…. or if you (like me) just blinked in complete ignorance at those words & wondered when you got so old… you can enjoy Flower Boy Tour Guide as a cute, quick read with fun characters and a sweet romance. Not sure it’s for you? It’s FREE today, so now’s your chance to grab it and give it a try 🙂

(I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book which I received from the author. All views expressed are only my honest opinion.)

My Rating: 4 stars / Cute novella

KissingBook Level: 3 / May forget to breathe on occasion

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about the author

When Shannon Kent earned an M.A. in Journalism, she never imagined her first published work of fiction would be inspired by TV shows from a faraway land. She loves the wacky, romantic world of Korean dramas and likes to share her opinions with fellow fans under the pen name Dramarookie at the Dramas with a Side of Kimchi blog.

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What about you? Have you ever watched a K-drama? Listen to K-pop? Feel old like me? 😉

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