Mackenzie and Landon were the perfect couple . . . until he dumped her and broke her heart. Fast-forward a year and they’re back where they first met—Serenity Ranch and Spa, where they are once again working together for the summer. Talk about awkward.
Then, Landon takes a nasty fall and gets amnesia. Suddenly, he’s stuck in the past—literally. His most recent memory is of last summer, when he and Mack were still together, so now he’s calling her pet names and hanging all over her. It’s the perfect chance for revenge. The plan is simple: keep Landon at arm’s length, manipulate him so he’s the one falling love, and then BAM, dump him. There’s just one problem: Mack can’t fall for Landon all over again. (Goodreads)
After a perfect summer working at Serenity Ranch and Spa, Mackenzie had her heart broken by Landon, who dumped her for his ex. This summer they’re working together again and it’s clearly not going to be a cakewalk. Mackenzie can’t stand to look at him. But Landon falls, hits his head, and ends up with amnesia. In his mind it’s last summer and he and Mackenzie are still a cute, adorably sweet couple. This is Mackenzie’s chance for revenge. She and her BFF plot to manipulate him, make him fall in love, string him along until Mackenzie can dump him in an epically awesome way. The problem is, as much as she hates what he did, as much as she wants to get him back, Mackenzie never fully got over Landon, and maybe, just maybe, she’s enjoying this whole revenge game too much.
There are some really cute elements to this book. It’s fun and light-hearted, the perfect tone for summer. But while Landon ends up being pretty adorable, and there are some really sweet moments he shares with Mack, I had trouble getting past two things:
1. How he dumped her. He never officially breaks up with her. She sees him making out with his ex-gf in the hallway at school. Harsh! And his explanation for this is really, really flimsy, in my opinion.
2. How evil Mack is to take advantage of someone with a head injury (or anyone, really). I mean, hello. This is crazy. This is reason enough for him to truly break up with her, you know, when he REMEMBERS WHAT YEAR IT IS.
Stripping it down to those basics, these two seem like terrible people, but I have to admit, they were likable and had good chemistry. Hubbard writes good dialogue and funny moments. Still, while the story is simple and enjoyable, I never fell fully head over heels.
Crush Intensity- 3/5
Special thanks to Netgalley and Bloomsbury for giving me a digital e-galley in exchange for an honest review.