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Monday, February 8, 2021

Book Review: Twice in a Blue Moon by Christina Lauren

Twice in a Blue Moon by Christina Lauren
Genre: Adult Fiction (Contemporary Romance)
Date Published: October 22, 2019
Publisher: Gallery Books

Sam Brandis was Tate Jones’s first: Her first love. Her first everything. Including her first heartbreak.

During a whirlwind two-week vacation abroad, Sam and Tate fell for each other in only the way that first loves do: sharing all of their hopes, dreams, and deepest secrets along the way. Sam was the first, and only, person that Tate—the long-lost daughter of one of the world’s biggest film stars—ever revealed her identity to. So when it became clear her trust was misplaced, her world shattered for good.

Fourteen years later, Tate, now an up-and-coming actress, only thinks about her first love every once in a blue moon. When she steps onto the set of her first big break, he’s the last person she expects to see. Yet here Sam is, the same charming, confident man she knew, but even more alluring than she remembered. Forced to confront the man who betrayed her, Tate must ask herself if it’s possible to do the wrong thing for the right reason… and whether “once in a lifetime” can come around twice.

With Christina Lauren’s signature “beautifully written and remarkably compelling” (Sarah J. Maas, New York Times bestselling author) prose and perfect for fans of Emily Giffin and Jennifer Weiner, Twice in a Blue Moon is an unforgettable and moving novel of young love and second chances.

From the New York Times bestselling author of The Unhoneymooners and the “delectable, moving” (Entertainment Weekly) My Favorite Half-Night Stand comes a modern love story about what happens when your first love reenters your life when you least expect it…

Twice in a Blue Moon by Christina Lauren was a super cute second chances romance. I love how we got both halves of the story. We saw how they met originally and how things ended. This first part was basically a coming of age story for Tate. Then, we saw how they met the second time, with Sam and Tate grown up and established in their careers. I liked getting the full story all around. It really immersed me into their world. I listened to this book on audio while I cleaned the house for Christmas. It was perfect, because it kept my attention. and made time fly by.

I don’t like it.

Nana sat by the window while I shoved all my clothes back in my suitcase. Her purse on her lap and the packed suitcase at her feet told me she’d already decided to trade rooms, she just needed to make a show of protest. Who offers to give up a view of the river and Big Ben for a view of the street?

They seem nice.

"First, we don’t even know them. Second, even with nice men you don’t want to be obligated."

Obligated? Nana, they’re trading hotel rooms with us, not paying us for sex.

Nana turned her face toward the window. Don’t be crude, Tate. She fingered the organza curtain for a few quiet beats. What if they find out who you are?

There it was. Reason number one I’d never traveled east of Colorado before today. I’m eighteen. Does it even matter anymore?

She started to argue but I held up a hand, giving in. It mattered so much to Nana that I stayed hidden; it wasn’t worth pushing back.

I’m just saying, I said, zipping up my bag and rolling it toward the door. They’re being nice. We’re here for two weeks, and glaring at that street will drive you crazy. Which means it will drive me crazy. Let’s take the room. She didn’t move, and I returned a few steps closer to her. Nana, you know you want the view. Come on.

Finally she stood, saying, If you’d be happier with it, before leading me out. We fell silent as our suitcases rolled dully behind us, wheels rhythmically tripping over the seams in the sections of thick carpet.

I just want your vacation to be perfect, she said over her shoulder.

I know, Nana. I want yours to be perfect too.

She hiked her JCPenney purse higher on her shoulder, and I felt a pang of protectiveness. It’s our first trip to London, she said, and—

It’s going to be amazing, don’t worry. The café did well for a café in a small town, but it was all relative; we’d never been rolling in cash. I couldn’t even fathom how long it must have taken her to save for all this. I mean, I’d seen her itinerary and it was packed: museums, Harrods, shows, dinners out. We were going to spend more in two weeks than Nana probably spent in a year.

I’m already so excited to be here, I said.

Sam and Luther emerged from their room; Luther was rolling a bag behind him, and Sam had a duffel slung over his shoulder. Once again I experienced a weird physical leap inside at the sight of him. He seemed to completely fill the hallway. He’d pulled a worn blue plaid shirt over the T-shirt he wore earlier, but at some point he’d taken off his green Converse, and now padded his way down the hall only in socks. It was oddly scandalous.

Sam lifted his chin in greeting when he saw me, and smiled. I don’t know if it was the smile or the socks—the hint of being undressed—but a shiver worked its way down my spine.

I’m here for museums and history.

I’m here for the adventure and experience.

I’m not here for boys.

Sam was right there, four, three, two feet away. He blocked out the ambient light coming in from a row of narrow windows—I barely came up to his shoulder. Was this what it felt like to be a moon orbiting a much larger planet?

Thanks again, I mumbled.

Are you kidding? His eyes followed me as we passed. Anything to make you smile.

Check out my review of other books by these authors!

Yes, there are two of us! Lauren (on the left) and Christina (on the right).

Christina Lauren is the combined pen name of long-time writing partners and best friends Christina Hobbs and Lauren Billings. The #1 international bestselling coauthor duo writes both Young Adult and Adult Fiction, and together has produced fourteen New York Times bestselling novels. They are published in over 30 languages, have received multiple starred reviews, won both the Seal of Excellence and Book of the Year from RT Magazine, been inducted into the Library Reads Hall of Fame, named Amazon and Audible Romance of the Year, a Lambda Literary Award finalist and been nominated for several Goodreads Choice Awards. They have been featured in publications such as Forbes, The Atlantic, The Washington Post, Time, Entertainment Weekly, People, O Magazine and more. Their third YA novel, Autoboyography was released in 2017 to critical acclaim, followed by  Roomies, Love and Other Words, Josh and Hazel’s Guide to Not Dating, and the Publisher’s Weekly, Kirkus and Library Journal starred The Unhoneymooners, out May 2019.

To learn more about Christina Lauren and her books, visit her website.You can also find her on GoodreadsFacebookInstagramTumblrPinterest, and Twitter.

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