A Case of Mistaken Identity

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Jessica joins the internship program at Haneul Corporation in the hopes of securing a letter of recommendation at the program’s end. Elijah is forced into an executive-in-training intern training program at the same company in order to prepare to one day take over as CEO for his father. Coincidentally, both have the Korean name Lee Yoo-Jin and, in a case of mistaken identity, they are each ushered into the other’s program. But when the two figure out the mistake, they decide to stay switched allowing Jessica the ability to set herself apart to secure her future and Elijah the ability to live out from under the thumb of his overbearing father.

A classic case of mistaken identity, but so much more fun! The switch is a little hard to believe (seriously, how and why is no one double checking?!), but it’s easy to ignore because the story that comes from it is so wonderful.

On the surface, Jessica and Elijah both seem like characters that are easy to figure out, but each of them has a hidden depth that reveals itself as we read more from their respective POVs. They each learn a lot throughout the story, about each other, about how the other half lives, and especially about themselves. It feels a bit magical to be able to watch them blossom into their own and step into the life they want, even (and especially) when they are carrying such a big secret from everyone around them.

Though I am not usually the biggest fan of slow burn romances, it didn’t bother me at all in this book. The friendship and trust between Jessica and Elijah is at the center of their relationship and Susan takes time to develop that first and foremost, leading to the reader feeling a deeper connection between the two when they finally act on their emotions.

The story leads up to a big event put on by the interns and that is when everything comes to a head. While the lead up felt perfectly paced, everything after felt a little rushed. It is a subtle, but noticeable, shift - though I found that it also kind of worked for the story that was being told.