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Love Strikes Back – Guo Jianan, Yang Xue’er

Love Strikes Back is a romantic drama directed by Guo Yanan, led by Guo Jianan and Yang Xue'er, co-starring Deng Jinghong and Wang Jiali.

It tells the story of Xiao Mo and Lin Yan's contractual love, and their encounter with exclusive sweetness on the road of revenge.

Details

Love Strikes Back

English Title: Love Strikes Back
Chinese Title: 反击罗曼史
Other Titles: Romantic
Genre: Romance, Drama, Urban
Tag: Revenge, Faking Amnesia, Contract Relationship, Bodyguard Male Lead, Marriage of Convenience, Amnesia
Episodes: 22
Duration: 12 min.
Director: Guo Yanan
Producer: Man Peihao, Qian Lanlan,, Wang Feng
Released Date: 2023-09-15
Broadcast Website: Youku, youku.tv, 优酷

Cast

Synopsis

Lady Lin Yan, the daughter of the Lin family, experiences betrayal from her fiancé, Ma Chengjun, and her best friend, Wen Lili. Devastated, she accidentally falls from a building and becomes a vegetative state patient.

When Lin Yan, who has no real power, awakens, she pretends to have amnesia as part of her plan for revenge. She signs a contract with her silent protector, bodyguard Xiao Mo, to jointly execute a plan to reclaim the company.

Unexpectedly, a series of emotional entanglements ensue, and Lin Yan's icy heart gradually begins to thaw as she and Xiao Mo become closer.

Recap

Lin Yan had just awakened from her sickbed when she heard the sound of men's leather shoes in the corridor. She was extremely frightened and immediately forgot about her injured foot. She hurriedly escaped from the hospital room. Xiao Mo entered the room and found the hospital bed empty. He quickly got on his motorcycle to chase after her.

Lin Yan had been worried about someone chasing her. When she came across a car, she didn't hesitate to stop it and begged for help from the scar-faced person inside. To her surprise, the scar-faced person showed a sinister smile and tightly gripped her neck, intending to send her on her way. At a critical moment, Xiao Mo arrived and rescued Lin Yan. At this point, Lin Yan had no idea what had happened because she had already been choked unconscious on the ground.

The scar-faced person and Xiao Mo got into a fight. The scar-faced person had a knife on him and didn't hesitate to pull it out and slash at Xiao Mo. However, Xiao Mo was skilled and not only avoided the knife but also managed to overpower the seemingly strong scar-faced person. Lin Yan woke up again, finding herself lying on a sofa. She cautiously observed the surroundings in this unfamiliar place and noticed Xiao Xuan taking a shower. When she saw him about to come out, she quickly hid, but there was nowhere to hide in the room. Lin Yan suspected that Xiao Xuan posed a threat to her, so she quietly picked up a knife from the table and lunged at Xiao Xuan. Xiao Xuan seemed to have eyes in the back of his head and accurately dodged Lin Yan's attack, pinning her down on the bed.

Three years ago, despite her late father's opposition, Lin Yan believed that Ma Chengjun truly loved her and wanted to marry him. Unexpectedly, she caught Ma Chengjun and her best friend Wen Lili having an affair. Amid the argument, Lin Yan was pushed off the rooftop by Wen Lili.

Ma Chengjun saw Lin Yan falling off the building and instinctively reached out to grab her. Lin Yan thought she was being saved, but to her surprise, Wen Lili jumped out and warned Ma Chengjun. Lin Yan already knew about their affair and was determined not to let them off. After weighing the pros and cons in his mind, Ma Chengjun decisively let go of Lin Yan's hand, and Lin Yan could only despairingly fall to the ground.

Lin Yan suffered a head injury and was at risk of permanent coma. Ma Chengjun, taking on the role of Lin Yan's fiancé, assumed control of the Lin family's conglomerate, basking in newfound glory. Wen Lili's status also rose along with his. One day, Wen Lili and Ma Chengjun went to the hospital to observe Lin Yan's condition. In front of Lin Yan, they shamelessly displayed their affection, wanting to enjoy all that Lin Yan possessed. Three years later, Ma Chengjun had already brought the Lin family to the brink of collapse, and with the success of this plan, all of Lin's remaining assets would belong to Ma Chengjun. Over the past few years, Wen Lili had moved into the Lin family's residence, but she wasn't satisfied. She wanted a legitimate status, but Ma Chengjun was unwilling and found her to be a nuisance. So, Wen Lili decided to arrange for the scar-faced person to kill Lin Yan.

At this moment, Lin Yan finally realized that it was Xiao Mo who had saved her and asked for the reason. Xiao Mo said he was just passing by and reminded her that she had personally expelled him in the past because she had listened to Ma Chengjun's words. Lin Yan knew that Lin's family was holding a press conference today, so she asked Xiao Mo to take her there. When Ma Chengjun saw Lin Yan appear, he instinctively recoiled in fear and was viciously stabbed by Lin Yan.

Lin Yan really wanted to stab Ma Chengjun, but her rationality stopped her from that crazy idea. Instead, she approached Ma Chengjun with a happy face, and she threw herself into his arms, saying that she had forgotten everything. Ma Chengjun immediately hugged Lin Yan and announced to the media present that it was his sincere love that had moved the heavens and brought Lin Yan back to consciousness. Lin Yan pretended to be uncomfortable with everything and asked Ma Chengjun to take her home. Ma Chengjun took the opportunity while hugging Lin Yan to signal to Wen Lili to quickly go back and cover their tracks.

Wen Lili rushed back to the villa and hurriedly packed all her clothes and cosmetics into her suitcase. The suitcase couldn't handle the weight and burst open. Wen Lili haphazardly threw a few things in and tried to leave but was caught off guard when Lin Yan and Ma Chengjun returned. Ma Chengjun had been trying to delay Lin Yan's departure, suggesting taking her to the hospital for further examination, but Lin Yan firmly insisted that she was fine. She pretended to be eager to go home and suspected that Ma Chengjun had another woman hidden at home. Ma Chengjun quickly clarified, saying that no one was living at home, and he wanted the maid to clean it for a couple of days. However, Lin Yan still insisted on going back and even offered to clean the house together with Ma Chengjun. Ma Chengjun had no choice but to agree and narrowly avoided running into Wen Lili.

A red pair of panties belonging to Wen Lili was left on the sofa. As soon as Lin Yan pointed them out, Ma Chengjun quickly grabbed the panties and crumpled them into a ball, claiming that they were a cleaning cloth left by the maid and even wiped his face with them. After he finally managed to throw Wen Lili out along with her suitcase, Lin Yan saw Wen Lili's car in the yard. Ma Chengjun quickly pretended to have official business and left with Wen Lili. Wen Lili was unwilling to let Lin Yan return and wanted to jog her memory. However, Lin Yan pressed her head into the toilet. When Ma Chengjun arrived, Lin Yan mentioned that on the day of the wedding, Wen Lili had given her a room key card to lure her, but thinking about what happened afterward gave her a headache. Ma Chengjun, hearing this, couldn't help but look at Wen Lili with resentment and quickly reassured Lin Yan not to dwell on the memories.

Ma Chengjun slapped Wen Lili hard because she deliberately caused trouble. Wen Lili then realized that she meant nothing to Ma Chengjun and that Lin Yan was the heiress of the Lin family. Naturally, Ma Chengjun wanted to flatter Lin Yan.

Xiao Mo had a packed schedule, but he had all of his appointments canceled. He rode his motorcycle to meet Lin Yan, wanting to help her, but he asked for half of Lin's family shares as his reward. Lin Yan didn't know where Xiao Mo had disappeared for so many years and was worried that he had come back for revenge because she had driven him away in the past. So, she refused Xiao Mo's proposal and reminded him that he was no longer her father's special assistant, and she could seek revenge on her own.

Lin Yan wanted to return to work at Lin's family, but Ma Chengjun was concerned that her presence at the company would disrupt his plans. He teamed up with Wen Lili and brought in Aunt Three to take care of Lin Yan. Lin Yan still remembered that when she was unconscious, Aunt Three not only deliberately increased the drip rate but also slapped and pinched her. She was extremely angry. When Ma Chengjun left home, Lin Yan slapped Aunt Three, who cried and begged for mercy, admitting that she did all of this under Wen Lili's orders. Lin Yan offered a million yuan to Aunt Three as evidence against Wen Lili, which infuriated Wen Lili. They got into a fight, and Lin Yan enjoyed watching the spectacle. Afterward, she pretended to believe Wen Lili, causing Aunt Three to completely turn against Wen Lili. Ma Chengjun then voluntarily suggested that Lin Yan become the chairman because he had already set a trap for her, and Wen Lili had called some young men to try to harm Lin Yan in order to ruin her reputation.

Xiao Mo helped the heavily intoxicated Lin Yan into the car and settled her down. He then turned and approached the three young hoodlums. He directly pulled out a bank card with no password and gave them a hundred thousand yuan. The young hoodlums were pleased, thinking that Xiao Mo was capitulating. However, they soon realized that this was the medical expenses paid by Xiao Xuan for them. They quickly understood that Xiao Mo's skills were not something they could challenge.

Xiao Mo knew that Wen Lili had been causing trouble for Lin Yan, so he went to threaten Wen Lili. Wen Lili refused to admit that she had harmed Lin Yan, but she couldn't withstand the fear of Xiao Mo almost inserting a dagger into her palm. It nearly terrified her out of her wits.

When Lin Yan woke up, she found herself wearing a man's shirt and wanted to investigate further while barefoot. At that moment, Xiao Mo was giving instructions to his subordinates. When he noticed a group of men suddenly giving her fiery glances, he quickly ordered them to close their eyes. He took off his coat and covered Lin Yan's bare legs before carrying her back to the room.

Lin Yan had been saved by Xiao Xuan twice and believed that he had no ill intentions toward her. She also realized that there was no one in the Lin family who could help her. So, she extended an olive branch to Xiao Xuan, hoping that he could protect her. When Xiao Xuan learned that Lin Yan was only willing to offer him fifteen percent of the shares, he didn't immediately agree. At that moment, a female celebrity who had been pursuing him came to visit, willing to give her all just to have Xiao Mo by her side 24/7.

Xiao Mo took advantage of this opportunity to imply to Lin Yan that she should agree to one condition after the matter was resolved and then leave with him. After Lin Yan agreed, Xiao Mo had her pretend to be his lover and drove the female celebrity away.

When Ma Chengjun saw the photos of Xiao Mo and Lin Yan together, he became furious. He might not love Lin Yan, but he wouldn't allow anyone else to get involved. He immediately rushed to the parking lot, wanting to confront Xiao Mo, but ended up being beaten by Xiao Mo. He looked utterly miserable. Lin Yan felt secretly pleased but showed great concern for Ma Chengjun. She applied ice to his injuries and talked about how she had been targeted recently.

Ma Chengjun resented Wen Lili for causing trouble and attracting Xiao Mo. When he returned home, he angrily slapped Wen Lili. He mentioned that Xiao Mo had once been a mercenary and had killed an entire village of people. Despite graduating from a prestigious university, Xiao Mo was ruthless in his actions, which terrified Wen Lili.

Today was the day of the Lin Corporation's board meeting. With Xiao Mo escorting her, Lin Yan entered the Lin Corporation. Ma Chengjun pretended to welcome Xiao Mo and extended his hand. Xiao Mo shook hands with him, knowing that Ma Chengjun wanted to exert control over him. He immediately squeezed Ma Chengjun's hand tightly, causing Ma Chengjun to wince in pain. In his discomfort, Ma Chengjun quickly used his other hand to free himself, regardless of the many people present.

Lin Yan wanted to enter the board meeting, but Ma Chengjun used the excuse that Xiao Mo was just a lowly bodyguard to prevent him from entering. The board members challenged Lin Yan, attempting to force her to step down from her position as chairman by offering the land of Tengfei Company. However, Xiao Mo had already learned about the inside story and knew that it was a trap set by Ma Chengjun. If Lin Yan couldn't secure the land, she would be forced to step down. If she did get the land, Ma Chengjun would profit handsomely because the land was problematic and couldn't be developed, and Ma Chengjun had intentionally set it up to extract money from the Lin Corporation.

Wen Lili was currently having a secret meeting with Ma Chengjun. She had always believed that Lin Yan was intentionally trying to mess with her but couldn't produce any evidence. When she learned that Ma Chengjun wanted to marry Lin Yan to obtain half of the Lin Corporation's shares, she strongly opposed it. Ma Chengjun warned Wen Lili that three years ago, she was just a receptionist, but today she was the secretary, and he reminded her to remember what she had gained in these three years and not to ruin her own plans. Wen Lili was resentful but kept it to herself, plotting how to deal with Lin Yan.

Suddenly, Ma Chengjun received a call from Lin Yan. She had found out he was working late and claimed to have specially brought supper for him. This startled Ma Chengjun, and he immediately got up to rush back to the office. However, he accidentally bumped into Wen Lili, causing her to cry out in pain when she fell under the bed. Lin Yan was already aware of their affair, but to avoid alerting them, she pretended not to know and asked Ma Chengjun about the woman's voice. Ma Chengjun quickly feigned that he had bumped into the table leg and cried out in pain while warning Wen Lili to be quiet. In his rush to leave, Ma Chengjun didn't even have time to put on his underwear before being discovered by Wen Lili.

Xiao Mo felt that Ma Chengjun was not to be underestimated and would take action against Lin Yan. So, he had a customized bracelet made for Lin Yan, which contained a chip that could track her location. Lin Yan, eager to regain control of the Lin Corporation, pushed herself too hard during rehabilitation, causing more injuries. Xiao Mo took care of her attentively, which deeply moved Lin Yan. She realized she was falling for him but warned herself not to trust any man anymore. Ma Chengjun played the sympathy card to marry Lin Yan, and Lin Yan needed time to investigate the embezzled assets of the Lin Corporation. So, she devised a plan to go on vacation with Ma Chengjun.

Ma Chengjun followed Lin Yan to the hotel and only then realized that it was the same hotel where Wen Lili had checked in. He was worried that Lin Yan and Wen Lili might run into each other, so he quickly suggested that Lin Yan switch to another hotel. Lin Yan then mentioned the wonderful memories she had with Ma Chengjun at this hotel, causing Ma Chengjun to refrain from saying anything further. Just then, Wen Lili approached them, and Ma Chengjun was so anxious that he had to quickly open an umbrella to block Lin Yan's gaze.

As Lin Yan's personal bodyguard, Xiao Mo naturally came along as well. He arranged Lin Yan's room next to his own and placed Ma Chengjun's room at the end of the corridor. This made Ma Chengjun quite unhappy, and he mocked Xiao Mo for doing it intentionally but couldn't do anything about it. Ma Chengjun felt that Lin Yan had been keeping her distance from him since she woke up, so he arranged to meet her at the restaurant and prepared a surprise for her. After watching Ma Chengjun's dance performance and receiving flowers, Lin Yan prevented him from kissing her, citing the reason of wanting to take a photo together. Ma Chengjun immediately posted a picture of himself trying to kiss Lin Yan on his social media.

When Wen Lili saw the photo, she became extremely jealous and immediately threatened Ma Chengjun, who was having dinner with Lin Yan, that he must return to his room within five minutes, or she would come down to find him. Ma Chengjun had no choice but to use the excuse of his assistant Xiao Li needing him to run back to his room to confront Wen Lili. Unexpectedly, Lin Yan suddenly came looking for him, and Wen Lili had to hide in the bathtub, narrowly avoiding being discovered.

Xiao Mo saw the photo of Ma Chengjun kissing Lin Yan's cheek and immediately felt jealous. He went to find Lin Yan to ask for an explanation. To his surprise, Lin Yan acted as if she didn't care at all, thinking that a kiss was no big deal. Xiao Mo couldn't help himself and leaned in to kiss Lin Yan, but she slapped him on the spot, warning him to control his emotions towards her. She said if he offended her again, she would fire him.

Just as Lin Yan returned to her room, she found Ma Chengjun in his pajamas lying on her bed, holding roses in his mouth and expressing his love for her. She immediately got a headache. Ma Chengjun believed that they should have been a couple three years ago, and this time, regardless of whether Lin Yan was willing or not, he was determined to be forceful. While Lin Yan struggled, she triggered the alarm button on her bracelet. Xiao Mo arrived in time, lifted Ma Chengjun off Lin Yan, and gave him a stern beating. Ma Chengjun got furious, thinking that this was a private matter between him and his girlfriend, Lin Yan, and Xiao Mo shouldn't have interfered. He even provoked Xiao Mo, suggesting he should continue the fight, but Lin Yan intervened and stopped it.

Ma Chengjun arrogantly demanded that Lin Yan fire Xiao Mo, but she refused, stating that Xiao Mo was only protecting her. She said she wanted to go to sleep, but she couldn't fall asleep because she kept thinking about Xiao Mo's tender care. With Ma Chengjun becoming increasingly pushy, Lin Yan asked Xiao Mo to pretend to pursue her.

Xiao Mo had long been in love with Lin Yan, and upon hearing Lin Yan's request, he couldn't help but be overjoyed. He reminded Lin Yan that if they were going to pursue this pretense, they needed to make it look more convincing and hoped that Lin Yan wouldn't regret it.

In order to drive Xiao Mo away from Lin Yan, Ma Chengjun had been badmouthing Xiao Mo in Lin Yan's ear. Lin Yan directly confronted Ma Chengjun, mentioning that she had been harassed before and Ma Chengjun hadn't shown any concern, which is why she hired Xiao Mo as her bodyguard. Immediately, Ma Chengjun called a group of men in black into the room and told Lin Yan about their capabilities, leaving her unsure of how to react.

Xiao Mo returned, and as soon as he appeared, the men in black respectfully referred to him as "Brother Xiao." Upon learning that Xiao Mo was protecting Lin Yan, they all left despite Ma Chengjun's attempts to stop them and offer money. Desperate, Ma Chengjun chased after them, trying to persuade them with money, but no one paid him any attention.

Xiao Mo had gone out to buy shoes for Lin Yan and had noticed that her current shoes were causing discomfort. He had personally chosen new shoes for her and helped her change into them. Their eye contact was almost electric, causing Ma Chengjun to urgently call out to Lin Yan, who then snapped out of it.

Ma Chengjun, worried that Xiao Mo might steal Lin Yan away, wanted to marry her quickly and took her to try on wedding dresses. The designer, Muse, thought that Xiao Mo would look perfect in his latest design and invited him to try it on. When Xiao Mo emerged in the gown, he received unanimous praise from the store staff. Lin Yan descended the stairs in a wedding dress, shining brightly, and everyone thought that Lin Yan and Xiao Mo were a perfect match. This infuriated Ma Chengjun, who declared himself as the fiancé and forced Lin Yan to choose between him and Xiao Mo.

In order to avoid this question, Lin Yan said she needed to visit the restroom, but accidentally stumbled. Xiao Mo promptly caught Lin Yan and kissed her, nearly driving Ma Chengjun to madness.

Reviews

  • 2023-09-16 08:24:40

    Love Strikes Back- well made, very tense

    "Love Strikes Back" features handsome and beautiful actors that perfectly fit their roles. Produced by an experienced team, this show combines strong character design with numerous plot twists.

    A mysterious male bodyguard protects the beloved heiress, and they embark on a journey of revenge and sweet romance together. It's a setup that combines both elements seamlessly, and it's quite addictive!

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