As An Adventurous Send Off To Her Childhood, Eighteen Year Old Tate Jones Travels With Her Grandmother From Their Small Town In Northern California To London But The Vacation Of A Lifetime Is Wonderfully Derailed By The Appearance Of Two Charming Vermont Farmers Grandfather Luther And His Handsome Grandson SamSam And Tate Fall Hard And Fast For Two Glorious Weeks, The Couple Share Their Hopes, Dreams, And Secrets Sam Admits He Suspects His Grandfather Is Dying And That This Could Be The Last Trip They Take Together, And Tate Reveals That She Is The Hidden Daughter Of One Of The Biggest Film Stars In The World A Secret She S Never Told Anyone BeforeBut When Tate Is Exposed By A Crush Of Cameras And Reporters, She Knows She S Been Betrayed By The One Person She Thought She Could Trust She Is Forced To Decide Whether She Will Return To Her Quiet Life Or Embrace Being In The Public Eye So When Sam Reappears In Her World Than A Decade Later, Can Tate Forgive The Past And Rekindle The Passion They Shared On Their Magical Trip Abroad And Does She Even Want To SINGLE TAKEN READING ABOUT CHRISTINA LAUREN S FICTIONAL CHARACTERS FALLING IN LOVE The Magic Comes LateTwice in a Blue Moon is a second chance romance about first love, heartbreak, and betrayal I am a huge CL fan In no way shape or form is Twice in a Blue Moon Bad, it just lacked the magic of other CL books The beginning reads like a YA novel In the first part of the book, the reader is introduced to 18 year old Tate and her grandmother who are in London for two weeks, While dining at a restaurant near their hotel, they meet 21 year old Sam and his grandfather, Luther Tate and Sam quickly fall in love She confides in him her greatest secret only to have him betray her in the most awful way possible Fast forward 14 years Tate, now a famous actress, is about to begin filming her next role When she arrives on location to begin filming,, much to her surprise, she discovers Sam on set She now must face the man who betrayed her.In some ways, Twice in a Blue Moon reminds me of my favorite CL novel Love and Other Words, but there are differences in narrative structure and plot line In Love and Other Words, the tension between Elliot and Macy never waned, whereas with Tate and Sam it was lacking in intensity Twice in a Blue Moon was my Hurricane Barry read I was hoping to escape into the blissful world that CL oftentimes creates, but I wasn t able to get completely pulled in While I liked Tate and Sam during their younger years, I didn t feel the love of your life chemistry that was supposed to have developed It wasn t until I was at the 95% mark that I finally felt the magic I should have been feeling from the beginning The ending saved it for me This is probably just a case of me and not the book ignore my review and TIABM for yourself I received an ARC of this book from NetGalley and the publisher in exchange for an honest review. I wish I could bottle the feelings I experience when I m reading a book by Christina Lauren First there s anticipation, as I ve now read eight of their books, and I just love the way they tell a story Then there s excitement, as the main characters encounter one another and begin the awkward dance of attraction and emotion, tinged with the reluctance of acknowledging their feelings Excitement gives way to complete emotional immersion, and I find myself rooting for the characters to find their happily ever after Then, of course, there s satisfaction, which quickly gives way to sadnessbecause I realize I ll have to wait at least six months for their next book Boy, am I fortunate they ve been giving us two books a year lately Their newest book, Twice in a Blue Moon , has now become my favorite There s a love story, of course, but it s coupled with complicated family issues and the added appeal of the entertainment world It s ironic, too, that a book which in part takes place on a movie set is one of the books I d most love to see adapted for the big or small screen Tate Jones and her grandmother are on a trip to London to celebrate Tate s 18th birthday and her impending departure for college Apart from the early days of her childhood, Tate has lived with her mother and grandmother in a small Northern California town, where everyone knows everyone and tourists are plentiful in season She s always longed for , but since she bears a secret that the world would die to know she s the long lost daughter of a famous film actor she has always had to live life quietly.While Tate enjoys everything about London, early on in her trip she meets Sam Brandis, a handsome college student on a similar vacation with his grandfather, who raised him Tate and Sam are drawn to each other immediately, and over the course of a few late nights spent talking and , they fall in love with each other Tate gives Sam her heart, and at the same time, shares the secret of who her father is, and all of the facts and feelings she s kept hidden deep inside Within a day or two, her truths are exposed for the world to see, and she never sees Sam again.Fourteen years later, Tate has made a name for herself as an actress She s been lucky professionally, but romantically, not so much She is set to make a movie with her father for the very first time, a movie she believes might change the course of her career, and perhaps the dynamics of her relationship with her father And when she steps on to the set, one of the first people she sees is the one who betrayed her trust all those years ago, leaving her life and heart in turmoil Twice in a Blue Moon is a story of whether love can withstand anything thrown in its path, and whether a second chance is really ever possible It s a story of the complicated relationship between fathers and daughters, particularly when both are in a business where image is everything, as well as a story of the sacrifices parents are willing to make for their children The book also explores the idea of whether there s really one true love out there for everyone, or whether you can find it in yourself to move on.Christina Lauren s books are always full of humor, emotion, steamy sex, chemistry, and an immense amount of heart, and Twice in a Blue Moon is no exception Most importantly, though, the way they tell a story Christina Lauren is the pen name for the collaboration of two writers who are best friends is so compelling that I can never seem to tear myself away, even though I know I might be left without one of their books for a while.I can t recommend this or any of their other books enough Love and Other Words was my favorite until now, mainly because, like this book, I tend to like love stories that have some emotional history to them But every single one of their books that I ve read have left me in awe of their talent and left me a little teary eyed at the end.NetGalley and Gallery Books provided me an advance copy of this book in exchange for an unbiased review Thanks for making it available This book will be published October 22, 2019.See all of my reviews at itseithersadnessoreuphoria.blogspot.com.Check out my list of the best books I read in 2018 at You can follow me on Instagram at We are so blessed to keep receiving 2 books per year from the ladies of Christina Lauren. Another Christina Lauren book with the second chance at love trope Quick Someone CALL THE AMBULANCE NOW 4.5 STARS Netgalley ARC He s shaking, shaking under my palm at the back of his neck and my other hand pressed to his chest, feeling his heart under there It s like a treasure in a fortress, this heart I wonder what it s felt, how many times it s beat painfully enough to make him wonder whether he s dying He did that to me.Christina Lauren are one of my most beloved writing duos I actually started reading them when their fan fiction version of Beautiful Bastard was out in circulation Basically, there isn t anything that I wouldn t read by them TWICE IN A BLUE MOON is a heart aching and angsty tale of first love, innocence lost, gut wrenching betrayal, and second chances.While on a trip to London with her grandmother, Tate meets the gorgeous and charismatic Sam, who also happens to be on vacation with his grandfather Tate has never had a connection in her past relationships the way that she does with Sam Something draws her to him and she finds herself confessing her hopes, fears and deepest secrets to him She even loses her virginity to him, but soon after, Sam breaks her heart and commits the ultimate betrayal that changes the trajectory of her life Fourteen years later, Tate is one of Hollywood s most popular actresses She s starting a new project that has Oscar winning potential She s also about to have her world flipped on its axis when the screenwriter turns out to be Sam Fourteen years have done little to ease the pain of her broken heart Will this be her chance for closure Can this be an opportunity to start over for Sam and Tate Sam isn t the only man who has let her down in the past Her relationship with her Hollywood actor father has been non existent since her parents divorced when she was a young girl Her struggles with feelings of abandonment and the deep need for a connection with her father made my heart break for Tate.Here are my overall ratings Hero 4Heroine 4Plot 4.5Angst 4.5Steam 4Chemistry Between Hero Heroine 4.5 TWICE IN A BLUE MOON will be available on October 22nd This was one of my most anticipated books of the year and I am so grateful to Gallery Books for sending me an ARC, but this book was not my jam.This should ve been right up my alley because I love books that follow actors working on sets and the behind the scenes of Hollywood vibes but this book was such a snooze fest I couldn t connect with these characters at all, and this book reminded me a lot of the only other Christina Lauren book I didn t enjoy Love And Other Words.This book starts with Tate and Sam when they are teenagers, and the first 120 pages feels like a YA novel as they fall in love within two weeks while on a trip in London I was immediately bored because it felt very insta love from the beginning, and I didn t sign up to read a YA romance this is the same problem I had with Love And Other Words The YA sections take up way too much of the story and I lose interest Then after 120 pages we finally get the present day when Tate is a successful actress and Sam finds his way back into her life And to be honest I still didn t care about these characters I didn t care about the movie set and the Twitter drama, and Tate s complicated relationship with her super famous Dad I love Christina Lauren s writing so much, and I still think this book is beautifully written, but I didn t give two shits about these characters sadly I also realized something about my personal taste is that I usually don t enjoy romance novels about first loves reconnecting They just aren t my jam I m still sad I didn t love this book though because I really wanted to.
- 368 pages
- twice in a blue moon
- Christina Lauren
- 08 March 2019 Christina Lauren