A third-rate actress with leukemia becomes entangled with CEO Ling because she needs money for treatment.
In order to receive bone marrow transplant sooner and to continue her career as an actress, Xia Lin enters into a secret marriage with Ling Yi Zhou, the CEO of a company. Despite the conspiracies and misunderstandings they encounter, the two find true love.
Cast & Credits
The OTP makes this drama what it is. The main couple have instant chemistry - and it's great to see an adult relationship for once that isn't dragged down by needless misunderstandings and inexplicable logic. Every time there is a slight conflict or misunderstanding, the characters communicate that very clearly, so there isn't any prolonged angst. Despite the circumstances of the marriage, the relationship is just unbelievably healthy and normal (yes, even despite the thing, because it's not exactly as described). There isn't a power disparity even though Yizhou is wealthy and powerful, because he truly respects and loves Mu Mu. It also helps that they have amazing chemistry and the progression of their romance is just very fluid and so, so cute. Thank you for adults who acts like adults (except when they're being total teenagers in love).
Aside from how they shine as a couple, what I love about this drama is how great Yizhou and Mu Mu are individually as well. Yizhou is definitely not your typical arrogant CEO - and it's just so much fun watching him and all of his little expressions and reactions (huge, HUGE props to Xu Kaicheng). A lot of his early personality is the product of a bad childhood, but what the drama does a great job of is not using that to excuse his behavior. Instead, it's pointed out very clearly why he was wrong, and he actively tries to change that while also acknowledging he may need some time to adjust the mindset he's been ingrained to have his whole life. And he really does become a better romantic partner because of that. I just really adored his character.
Mumu is also a fantastic female lead - she's not perfect in any way, but nor are her characteristics exaggerated to show how strong she is, which I think is a big problem with a lot of modern cdramas. She's just a normal, kind hearted person who is self-aware and tries to do the best with what she's given. What I especially love is that she's smart and isn't afraid to stand up for herself and has very clear morals (she sets boundaries and is very, very clear with Yizhou on what is acceptable and what is not), but also recognizes when she may have screwed up and is willing to accept help. She's just...very normal, which I found to be quite nice.
Chu Yan was a surprise to me, because I thought we were going to go down the typical love triangle route. Instead, what we got was a great (and hilarious) friend to both Yizhou and Mumu - he brought a lot of the comedy to the show, and just had a great rapport with both leads. The dialogue and banter was also well written.
The plot is definitely the weak link of the show, but it actually doesn't drag it down as much as you would think. If you were to recall every cliche and overused trope that existed in the Taiwanese dramas of the mid to late 2000s, you might be able to find it here in some capacity. However, what's great about the show is that it is very well aware that the main selling point is the main couple, so conflicts are usually resolved within one or two episodes, and due to the drama being just 20 episodes, the pace is so fast (and sprinkled with so much cuteness) you don't really have time to dwell on the ridiculousness of the plot. The antagonists were also a bit weak here, but it is what it is.
Xu Kaicheng absolutely steals the show here - partly because of just how likable Yizhou is as a character, and partly because he does a great job of really fleshing out the character. He added little idiosyncrasies to the character that just really brought it alive, and he has this natural warmth and charisma that works unbelievably well here. Admittedly, I've always thought that arrogant CEO characters don't really require a lot of acting skills, but I found myself pleasantly surprised by his performance. I haven't seen any of his dramas before, but I know he's mostly played supporting roles before, and am really hoping with the small success of this drama that he'll be able to land more leading roles going forward.
Wang Shuang isn't bad by any means either, and her Mu Mu was cheerful without being overly perky, and soft hearted without being stupid. It's a tricky balance when you're playing this kind of role, but she handles it wonderfully. And her chemistry with both Xu Kaicheng and Ian Yi (who has great comedic timing as Chu Yan) is fantastic.
I was very unimpressed by Yang Haoming here, sadly, and he made his character very cartoonish (he was also not helped by weak writing). His scenes were when I truly had a moment to sit back (because I was no longer as captivated) and marvel on just how ridiculous the plot development was.
This is a fluffy, really cheesy romcom that excels for what it is: mindless fun. The main couple really pulls this drama to another level, and is the main reason why it's stood out among other romcom offerings we've had in recent months. Don't expect an original or quality plot here - but if you just want to watch something extremely cute with great characters and solid acting from the leads, then I'd definitely recommend this.
It had all those usual cliches, and somehow I didn’t find them annoying. They were every bit fun.
An upcoming actress is diagnosed cancer and needs a bone marrow. She happens to see a file and gets to know the match as hero. She begs him to help her and he agrees it in exchange for marriage contract.
At the beginning I found the lead to be contradictory to his character which I only understood after the plot twist. The plot twist is hard to get through, I only was able to due to the lead’s excellent chemistry.
Add in a villain plotting ways to end the hero, the second female lead plotting the female lead’s end, birth secrets, amnesia, sick grandmas.
The actors acted fairly good, I found the main lead handsome and looked a bit Korean for me. He brought the right amounts of work addicted, unsocial rich ceo.
The lead actress was very cute, being the good character who helps people but she has a backbone too. Usually all good characters become Mary Sue ish which is irritating to watch, but here she stands up for herself, has pride, respects others. She is an ideal lead a little too good to believe but we’ll take that.
Their chemistry was off the charts. The characters had such a flow of how their relationship grew, they are very rational(except for the hero lying to her that time)
He just did what he saw his father do, not justifying his actions but I love that he grew over the drama to a person who can express himself well. His was one of the best character growths .
The best friend was very supportive and her loveline with secretary was cute but at times draggy for me.
The other are of the drama is my dear second male lead, the bromance he had with main lead was very cute. Also the bickering between him and female lead, and their relationship in entirety was very cute and they had good chenistry too.
The second female lead was paper cut character of this childhood friend on love with lead, and wants to own him. She does despicable things but it doesn’t get on your nerves as much, so don’t worry.
The antagonist was well played, very cute actor with dimples and all. But his character was too one minded, potential to develop was there but they made it too unbelievable.
I’ll probably watch it again after some even after the big reveal it will be fu to watch it, especially their chemistry damn!
I would recommend this drama very much. I love it, some might hate the twist and drop the drama, but it’s a great one with cute leads , awesome chemistry, endearing side character, a bit of evil ones you can hate occasionally.