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Sunday, February 19, 2023

a K-Pop's bad boy... Begin Again (Seoul Stories Series #4) by Marilyn Jeulin

Scandals seem to follow him even when he tries to lead a quiet life.
Every new headline about Tae-Hyung threatens to keep him away from the only woman he's ever loved.


Published: February 6, 2023

K-Pop's bad boy, Cho Tae-Hyung, has kept a low profile since his last scandal threatened to derail his whole career. Back on tour with his bandmates, the K-pop Second Gen group, Talisman, he's more than willing to make amends with the fans in Korea and Internationally. However, scandals seem to follow him even when he tries to lead a quiet life.

Every new headline about Tae-Hyung threatens to keep him away from the only woman he's ever loved.

Seok Sarah is ready to move on from Spencer Choi. The British Korean model is everything she wanted on paper. However, Sarah's heart gravitates toward Tae-Hyung, constantly replaying memories of their erotic entanglements. To escape the aftermath of the disaster she created, Sarah moves to Seoul to open a Tour Guide Start-up with none other than Tae-Hyung.

And to make matters worse, a visit from Spencer threatens to expose her and change how people see her.


Tae-Hyung heard her light foot-steps moving around the hotel room and frowned. He turned on his back and ran a hand through his long jet-black hair before settling his sleepy eyes on her. "Where are you going?"

A simple towel wrapped around her lithe body as Sarah yelped. She held onto her clothes. "I thought you were sleeping." She said, straightening up and then looking around the room.

"Your panties are on the desk." He pointed at them as her face flushed, and she walked back to the desk. "So, you were just going to leave?"

"Tae-Hyung-" "No, fucking way, I'm not going to listen to your this was a mistake apology." He said, standing up and walking toward her.

"Can't you put something on!" She exclaimed, shielding her eyes with her hand.

"You saw everything last night." He smirked. "And I'm sure you liked all of it."

"This is not me," Sarah said, still shielding her eyes. "I can't keep sleeping with you to make myself feel better. This needs to stop. How many more people need to get hurt?" She asked, fixing her eyes on him, and he knew then. She was definitely talking about Spencer, the perfect boyfriend she didn't want. All the time they were together, it was an open relationship, and Sarah al- ways slept with Tae-Hyung.

Tae-Hyung lifted his chin in defiance, watching as she tried hard to talk him out of sleeping with her.

"You and I are business partners. We can't throw hot sex in the mix for our company." She huffed before walking back to the bathroom and slamming the door behind her.

"So, you're worried about the company? Not about me going on tour or what the priest will say if he ever finds out?" He asked, referring to her twin brother and Tae-Hyung's band member.

Sarah didn't reply, but he could hear her typing something on her phone; the damn keyboard was loud. He took a deep breath and then took a few steps back, leaning against the wall.

Tae-Hyung waited until the door opened.

Sarah pulled her hair back, which made her eyes twice as big; she wore minimal makeup and last night's clothes. She looked delicious.

"I have to go, I have a plane to catch back to London, and I still have to talk to Adelaide about some of the clients she's taking over," Sarah said nervously, smoothing her clothes.

"Wow," he said, shaking his head. "I guess this is what it feels like to sleep with me." He frowned. "Well, played," Tae-Hyung said, a bitter taste in his mouth.

"Tae, … this isn't easy for me." "It's fine." He said, looking at her.

"I know my reputation precedes me. I know I did a shitty thing to Lorena and your brother by releasing the sex tape I made of her and me, but it's different when I'm around you." He said in what he hoped would be a sincere tone be- cause he really meant his words.

"I know." She said, locking eyes with him. "But I just don't want to be in a relationship, Tae."

"This isn't the first time you've walked out on me." He sighed. "Why don't you believe me? I would treat you right." He pleaded, moving closer, but she just took a step back.

"You should be concentrating on your comeback. Everyone seems to love you once more; that should be enough for you." She said, turning on her heels, grabbing her purse, and leaving.

Tae-Hyung stayed rooted to the spot until his phone alarm went off, and he swore. He should have never slept with her because he wanted her to stay by his side whenever she left.

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About the author:
Born in the Wild West and raised in a tropical paradise, Marilyn has always thirsted for a good story and adventure. She’s a massive fan of Anne Rice, Stephen King, and GRR Martin. And when she’s not reading, she’s an avid gamer.

She currently lives in Central Florida with the Frenchman and their two children in a house that looks relatively normal until things go bump in the night.

She also writes Young Adult Paranormal stories under the name, Marilyn Almodovar.

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Jim said...

It sounds like an interesting story

Heather said...

This sounds like a great read, especially for K-Pop lovers!