SEOUL-MATES by Pamela Q. Fernandes
Publication Date: December 2013
Source: Pamela Fernandes (author)
My Rating: 3.5 star
She’s a down-on-her-luck foreigner struggling to fit into a close-knit society, and he’s the heir to one of Seoul’s largest business empires. The marriage of Anglo-Indian Katia Rosario to Jihan Kwan, Seoul’s most eligible bachelor, sounds like a fairytale romance.
Except that its not.
At its heart, Katia and Jihan’s romance is a marriage of convenience, a contract designed to fulfill their ulterior motives. Their union, rather than being celebrated, is scorned by those closest to them, by jilted lovers and estranged family members.
And to top it all, a shadowy nemesis is making its presence felt, endangering both their lives in a quest for revenge.
Amidst this turmoil, a fragile bond blossoms between Katia and Jihan. Will their fledgling love be enough to overcome their obstacles?
I received an ARC copy via the source listed above in exchange for an honest review. The views and opinions that I have expressed here are solely my own and in no way a representation of the views and/or opinions of the author, publisher, and/or distributor.
First, let me start off by saying that SEOUL-MATES is not a full length novel so if you have a thing against novellas then don’t read any further! Personally I have nothing against them and find them preferable when I’m in need of a quick read. SEOUL-MATES fit that bill perfectly. I was able to read it within an hour or so and it was quite enjoyable.
The plot was well developed and I was instantly hooked. It had a little mystery and suspense weaved in and I think Pamela did a perfect job incorporating these elements into the story. The only thing story-wise that I had a hard time deciphering was the Korean culture surrounding the book. I wish some of the traditions were explained a little better because I was intrigued by it and I wanted to learn more of it. I found it fascinating!
The characters were described well and were a perfect fit for the story. I had a hard time connecting with them though because I felt there were places where they could have been developed better or their feelings could have been described more intimately. The narration is in third person so this could be the reason I felt disconnected a little bit. Don’t get me wrong though…I still wanted to know what was going to happen and I did sympathize with Katia but I just couldn’t empathize with her and so wish that I could have.
Overall this novella is a perfect quick-read with many ups and downs and twists along the way with likable characters. The world Pamela created in SEOUL-MATES was unlike any other I have ever encountered and I look forward to seeing more from her!