I thought I would have a mad case of the second lead shakes in Flower Boy Next Door due to my love for Kim Ji Hoon but that hasn’t materialized. I usually ship characters based on narrative and this time is no different. Yoon Si Yoon‘s character of Enrique Geum is just too precious for words, already showing us that there is a substantive individual with perceptive insight tucked inside a happy-go-lucky goofy exterior. There is nothing wrong with Kim Ji Hoon’s Jin Rok, who in fact is interesting and really appealing all on his own. It’s just that in the context of this drama, he’s so far not in contention to get the girl as far as I’m concerned. But that doesn’t mean I, and all the viewers of FBND, can’t enjoy his scruffy sexiness to our heart’s context. I love his grumpy surly exterior, which sorts of gets all awkward and self-conscious the moment he gets in proximity to Dok Mi. Of all the characters he’s played, Jin Rok reminds me the most of his Go Eun Tak from Flowers for My Life, a criminally underrated drama where I got to experience super smexy Kim Ji Hoon in a story that wasn’t too lightweight (like Love Marriage) or rather stupid and fell apart at the end (Wish Upon a Star). I don’t think his performance in FBND will touch his brilliant sageuk turn in Joseon X-Files, but so far I’m pleased as a peach that he chose this as his first post-military comeback project. I can’t wait to delve deeper into Jin Rok and see what else lurks inside that perfect package. While Park Shin Hye and Yoon Si Yoon have graced magazine pages already, Kim Ji Hoon did a solo shoot for Sure Magazine this month that captures his essence perfectly. Take me camping with you, cutie pie!