At this point My Secret Hotel is lucky leading lady Yoo In Na kissing her two equally hot leading men in alternating episodes. Then the random and randomly funny both add to the off-kilter feel this drama delivers, always making me wonder what the heck is really going on while enjoying the little bits dribbled forth. Episode 8 ended on an intense moment when Sung Gyum was so close to realizing he may have lost Sang Hyo even before he really won her, then the drama picks up with a bit of a lull until the action kicks into gear and Sung Gyum learns just how much a short business trip cost him. I still find him alternatively smexy and shady, and the shady increases exponentially here with tiny throwaway moments where I think he’s restraining this fierce anger inside of him. Whether it’s anger from a thwarted romance or more than that, we’ll have to wait and see and the waiting is starting to worry me since I like Sang Hyo’s interactions with both her guys so much. I have no problems with Sang Hyo kissing Sung Gyum and trying to move on from the crazy that happens whenever she’s around Hae Young.
That might be true love but it has proven absolutely devastating in the past and fell apart majorly at the seams. Sang Hyo is not being bitchy when she doesn’t give Hae Young a chance again, learning more about their break up reveals that it was immaturity on both their parts but Hae Young was the one who made the decision to put career over marriage when push came to shove. Sang Hyo’s hesitation and fear is understandable and there is nothing wrong with giving the hot sexy smart new guy in her life a chance. Hae Young has major work to do in winning back Sang Hyo’s trust because the love is still there but the worry of repeating the same mistake is the overriding wall between them. I loved everything about episode 9 from Sung Gyum and Hae Young’s epic mano-a-mano showdown in the hotel room to Soo Ah bonding in her way with Sang Hyo and then calling her unni. Soo Ah may have the brains of a sea urchin but she’s not manipulatively cruel and her self-absorption could be channeled to learning humility through the struggle for true love. I think Sang Hyo and Hae Young need more than his solo effort alone to succeed, it might actually take an entire hotel to bring this divorced couple back together. Continue reading