Spending 8 hours at your office desk becomes so much easier when the love of your life sits a few feet away. The little breaks together, the eye contact, looking up from your desk only to find them already staring? SWOON! And while not everyone is as lucky, it’s never too late to start a binging on an office romance.
KDramas have a formula for hooking in viewers; and workplace romance in a KDrama? Chef’s kiss! And while you might think workplace romances are doomed to fail with strict HR policies restricting them, it’s hard to restrain yourself when you catch the eye of a dashing CEO in the KDramaland.
‘Strong Woman Do Bong Soon’
Strong Woman Do Bong Soon is the story of an extraordinary woman, Do Bong Soon (Park Bo Young). She possesses a superpower and an ambition. Do Bong Soon is no ordinary Joel. In fact, she’s physically stronger than a hundred of them. But she secretly wishes to be a game designer. Enters Ahn Min Hyuk (Park Hyung Sik), an ambitious, rich lad, and a supernatural office romance is born.
The couple shares an adorable bond and is honest with each other from the start. They learn to respect each other, and when Bong Soon accompanies Min Hyuk from work to home, it gives them a lot of time together and sets the stage for many adorable antics.
‘What’s Wrong With Secretary Kim’
Kim Mi So (Park Min Young) has played a right hand, AKA secretary to Lee Young Joon (Park Seo Joon), for over nine years. So when she submits her resignation, Young-Joon is shell-shocked. In a quest to find out the reason for her sudden actions, he leads them to build feelings for each other. But when memories from their childhoods strike, will they be able to hold on to each other through the storm?
A compelling love story of a chaebol and a girl he has loved for years, What’s Wrong With Secretary Kim is a fantastic workplace romance every K Drama fan should watch.
‘She Was Pretty’
As children, bold and beautiful Kim Hye Jin (Hwang Jung Eum) used to rescue her best friend and first love Ji Sung Joon (Park Seo Joon) from awkward situations. Now, years later, the tables have turned. Hye Jin isn’t as pretty as she used to be, not even close, and Sung Joon is no longer an ugly lad but a handsome, rich boy. So when he asks her to meet him, Hye Jin panics and sends her attractive roommate to meet him instead. What she does not know is that soon enough, Sung Joon is going to be her boss.
She Was Pretty is a perfect binge whenever you need a confidence boost and a love story to keep you going.
‘Romance is a Bonus Book’
Cha Eun Ho (Lee Jong Suk) has a successful career as editor-in-chief at his publishing company. However, he has a secret: he’s been harboring an unrequited crush on Kang Dan Yi (Lee Na Young), his childhood best friend, for decades. So when Dan Yi, now a divorced single mother, asks for help finding a job, there’s no way he can say no to her. But seeing her daily makes it harder for him to keep his feelings at bay.
Childhood crush, impending feelings, and a workplace situation, it’s an epic love story waiting to happen.
‘Her Private Life’
Sun Deok Mi (Park Min Young) is a talented and highly regarded art curator with a secret that can not get out. She’s a Kpop-obsessed fangirl, and it could potentially ruin her career at the museum. Things start to shift when Ryan Gold (Kim Jae Wook), an acclaimed but retired artist, becomes the museum’s new boss. A rumor spreads, and Deok Mi and Ryan must pretend to date to stop scrutiny towards the latter’s favorite idol and new museum client.
While watching Park Min Young pencil skirts for an envy-inducing array of pantsuits is reason enough to binge Her Private Lifethe arrival of Kim Jae Wook as her stone-cold boss is the cherry on top.
‘Touch Your Heart’
When a scandal destroys her career, a once top actress, Oh Yoon Seo (Yoo In Na), gets a chance to salvage her reputation by grabbing a lead role in a drama. But the position requires her to train under a lawyer. So when her agent sets her up for a job under the supervision of Kwon Jung Rok (Lee Dong Wook), the boat seems to be rocky enough to tumble over. But, as time passes, their animosity gives way to friendship and maybe, a whirlwind romance.
Based on the web novel Reach of Sincerity by Jäger, Touch Your Heart is a romantic comedy that will definitely touch your heart.
Adding a dash of action to a beautiful office romance, Suspicious Partner tells the story of Noh Ji Wook (Ji Chang Wook), a prosecutor, and Eun Bong Hee (Nam Ji Hyun), a prosecutor trainee. As they work together on a mysterious case involving a sly psychopath murderer, they discover how their pasts are heavily entrenched with one another. Soon after they give in to their feelings, Bong Hee finds herself a murder suspect.
With a strong storyline, the plot features beautiful friendships and an incredible case of teamwork.
‘My Secret Romance’
When Lee Yoo Mi (Song Ji Eun) spends a night with Cha Jin Wook (Sung Hoon) at one of her mother’s many weddings, she does not plan on seeing him again. Since she never had a boyfriend, she does not know the procedure of a one-night stand and decides to flee the following morning. Years later, she lands a job as Jin Wook’s nutritionist, but he’s no longer the same rich boy. Even after changing his ways and taking over his father’s company, Jin Wook never really forgot Yoo Mi.
My Secret Romance shows them struggle their way through the awkwardness and give way to true love.
When Shin Ha Ri (Kim Se Jeong) agreed to go on a blind date set up for her best friend, Jin Young Seo (Seol In-ah), by her father, she did not know what she had signed up for. But seeing Kang Tae Moo (Ahn Hyo Seop), the handsome CEO of Go Food, the company she works at, was not what she wanted to do. He does not know she’s his employee yet, but when he decides to pursue her further, all bets are off.
Brimming with hysterical anecdotes, Business Proposal is based on a webtoon of the same name.
‘My Shy Boss’
Eun Hwan Ki (Yeon Woo Jin) is the exact opposite of what you’d expect the CEO of a public relations firm to be. His social anxiety often makes him appear cold and rude, and his employees know very little of him. When the company hires Chae Ro Woon (Park Hye Soo), a cheery extrovert who wants to uncover his identity, to work with him, his worst nightmares come true.
With a strong female lead and a beautiful revenge plot, My Shy Boss is a must-watch for fans of workplace romances.
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