Updated: Jan 10, 2020
Set in the early 19th century. Goo Hae-Ryung (Shin Se-Kyung) works as a historian. Female historians like Goo Hae-Ryung are generally looked down upon because of their gender. Yet, Goo Hae-Ryung fulfills her duty as a historian. She gets involved with Prince Lee Rim.
Feelings: First Episode
I was hooked immediately just from the story. Very politically appealing with today's trending issues, so that was cool. Production quality was A1 (due to that Netflix money I'm sure), but everything was just gorgeous to watch. Sometimes quality can be forgotten when its all about the romance but this show proved to me it does matter. If Ashes of Love had this level of production budget, my eyes would of fell out of my head.
Cha Eun-Woo as Prince Lee Rim
Oh man what a cutie patootie! I thought he was a bit too young looking for me but man was I wrong. His height certainly helps adding to his masculinity but the rest is all him. He is adorable and innocent but isn't afraid to stand up for what he believes in. His fall for Goo Hae-Ryung was charming, pure, and nothing short of delightful. Every time he smiles an baby angel is born. Literally!
Shin Se-Kyung as Goo Hae-Ryung
What a babe! She is pretty and she knows it - and I love that. She's honorable in nature and her strong will to do what's right in the name of honest history is admirable and very attractive. She is definitely out of the Prince's league but that is what is so great about their love.
Park Ki-Woong as Lee Jin
This guy's poor wife. He was mister cool guy everywhere else but couldn't buck up for the crown princess. Otherwise I thought he was a great character.
Park Ji-Hyan as Song Sa-Hee
I thought she was up to no good but she was just trying to attain her independence and got duped. Her crush on Lee Jin humanized her a bit because she was pretty emotionless for the most part but she was just keeping it all in so no one can give her shit. The ultimate observer. But like overall she could of straight up been beheaded for her actions so she was lucky.
Kong Jung-Hwan as Goo Jae-Kyung
Aw dad-bro! Poor guy was punishing himself for such a long time for a mistake he made when he was a punk kid. He and Hae-Ryung portrayed, what I thought, was an accurate sibling relationship that over time graduated to an unspoken father daughter relationship. Very heartwarming.
Both hilarious and both matched their younger masters very well. They were cracking me up!
Lee Kwan-Hoon as Kak-Soe
This good looking sour puss. He was cool though. He recognized real quick that the prince and shawty were fancying each other. He switched it up real quick to older brother figure.
Kim Min-Sang as Lee Tae
All these kings are straight up clowns....but he was alright I guess.
Post Feelings: Finishing the Series
Excellent excellent excellent. I will be 100% be watching again very soon, as I do every series I love. I think Cha Eun-Woo gets sexier everyday, so I'm struggling with that real-time crush hard. If his shoulders get any beefier -- LAWD help us all! And Shin Se-Kyung is so gosh darn beautiful, she comes off so humble. These two have a new fan!