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.
The If Only romance line is all about wanting what you can’t have, and Mandy Hubbard’s hilarious break-up/love story is sure to captivate anyone who has ever wished for a second shot at love.
First Sentence: “I love it when you act like guys are aliens,” my best friend, Bailey, says, smirking as she tosses me a fluffy white towel.
I received a copy of the book from the publisher in exchange for a honest review. All opinions are my own and I was not compensated for this review.
I love reading romance novels. (I wonder how many of you guys are rolling your eyes at this.) Romance novels are a huge guilty pleasure of mine and as soon as I saw that Bloomsbury was releasing a new young adult line called If Only that focused on romance novels, I knew I wanted to read the new line asap. I was lucky enough to get an ARC of Fool Me Twice from them (thank you Bloomsbury!) and was really looking forward to reading it, especially since Fool Me Twice consists of a revenge plot – specifically getting back at the ex-boyfriend that dumped you. There were so many directions Fool Me Twice could go with that idea.
He flashes me a wolfish smile, the one that makes him seem half-dangerous, half-sexy. But now I know what really lurks beneath all those muscles and cowboy swagger, and his smile is no longer so attractive. (ARC 12)
Right from the very first page of Fool Me Twice, I had a problem with Mandy Hubbard’s writing. It was choppy, messy, and it just didn’t flow. The writing was awkward and that made the book itself confusing sometimes. Mandy Hubbard’s writing made me want DNF Fool Me Twice when I was just two chapters in, but the premise of the book kept me engaged enough to read on. However, the writing did become better as I read on. The writing was not as awkward toward the end of the book, but it could also be because I got used to Mandy Hubbard’s writing.
Another problem I had with Fool Me Twice was the characters themselves, namely Mackenzie, “Mack” for short, and Landon. Let’s start with the issue I have with Landon, namely the way he broke up with Mack. I don’t count this as a spoiler since the way Landon broke up with Mack (if it could even be called that) was revealed on page 11. Basically, both Mack and Landon were still dating when they left the ranch after the summer and when Mack goes back to school, she goes to greet Landon, only to see him making out with his ex-girlfriend in the hallway. To make matters even worse, Landon is well aware of Mack crying when she saw them, but he just doesn’t care. I have a very hard time believing that Mack would want Landon back after that, especially when she had a year to get over him and just move on to better pastures. To make matters even worse, Landon’s reasoning for why he dumped her that way didn’t make matters better, just worse. I can’t tell you why he dumped her that way because it’s a spoiler, but believe me, his reason for dumping Mack is so insensitive and just dumb.
He was leaning in to kiss her, while I stood there dumbfounded. He knew exactly what he was doing because mid-way through their steamy makeout session, he saw me staring, a strange gleam in his eyes as he watched the way I unraveled. (ARC 11)
Since I didn’t like Landon and what he did to Mack, I obviously couldn’t cheer for the couple. Sure, I wanted Mack to be happy even though what makes her happy was an awful guy like Landon, but I was hoping that maybe she’ll find a new, better guy, even though there would be a 2% chance of that happening. So I’m sad to note that in Fool Me Twice there is no love triangle. And yes, this is the first book where I’m dying for a love triangle to happen, but didn’t get. Anyone would be better than Landon in my opinion.
The only redeeming factor Fool Me Twice had was that it was ultimately a cute book once you reach the middle of the book. There were moments that made me smile and other moments that made me tear up. My recommendation is that you’ll definitely enjoy Fool Me Twice more if you can look pass the characters’ past actions (especially Landon) and get used to the awkward writing like how I did towards the end of the book.
Overall, Fool Me Twice was a cute read, but I did have my problems with it. (I still can’t get over Landon’s awfulness.) I’ll love to read more books with a similar premise, so if you guys know any, let me know!