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Twice in a Blue Moon Kindle Edition
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“Christina Lauren never disappoint, to an almost astonishing degree, but Twice in a Blue Moon portends new depths for the duo that they’ve only just begun to swim in – and frankly, we can’t wait for more.”, Entertainment Weekly
"This emotional, sweet, and surprising novel about first loves and second chances will leave a tender spot in your heart.", Shondaland
“[The] story… is worth the wait, and the rich family backstories add sweetness... [with] a twist that offers readers something unexpected and new.”, Kirkus Reviews
“The writing duo Christina Lauren have written another entertaining and moving romance, this time crafting a second-chance story about a couple whose intense, youthful holiday fling ends in heartbreak.", Booklist
"With a then-and-now plot similar to Lauren’s Love and Other Words, the writing duo’s latest has a youthful voice that may be a good fit for fans of new adult romances.", Library Journal
"Readers inclined toward narratives of forgiveness will appreciate this story of learning to leave the past in the past.”, Publishers Weekly
"The best-friend writing team known as Christina Lauren never fails to delight. Twice in a Blue Moon is funny and engaging [... and] strikingly poignant.", BookPage
Praise for The Unhoneymooners
"What a joyful, warm, touching book! I laughed so hard I cried more than once, I felt the embrace of Olive’s huge, loving, complicated, hilarious family, and my heart soared at the ending. This is the book to read if you want to smile so hard your face hurts." -- Jasmine Guillory, New York Times bestselling author of The Proposal
"Witty and downright hilarious, with just the right amount of heart, The Unhoneymooners is a perfect feel-good romantic comedy. Prepare to laugh and smile from cover to cover.” -- Helen Hoang, author of The Bride Test
"Heartfelt and funny, this enemies-to-lovers romance shows that the best things in life are all-inclusive and nontransferable as well as free.”, Kirkus Reviews (starred review) --This text refers to an alternate kindle_edition edition.
About the Author
Christina Lauren (coauthors Christina Hobbs and Lauren Billings) are best friends who have been swooning over romance novels for as long as they can remember. They first met while writing fan fiction in 2009 under the names tby789 (The Office) and LolaShoes (My Yes, My No). They launched a writing partnership with their popular collaboration A Little Crazy. Together they reworked The Office into the novel Beautiful Bastard.--This text refers to an alternate kindle_edition edition.
- ASIN : B07P5H13YQ
- Publisher : Gallery Books (Oct. 22 2019)
- Language : English
- File size : 10507 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 366 pages
- Best Sellers Rank: #25,280 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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This is only my third Christina Lauren book, and the previous two were The Unhoneymooners and Josh and Hazel’s Guide to Not Dating, which were zany, fun rom-coms. So I was surprised to find Twice in a Blue Moon more of a contemplative read.
The story features Tate Butler, daughter of one of the most famous actors in the world, the icon Ian Butler. Tate has been sequestered in a small North Californian town for most of her life after her mother fled L.A. with her when she was 8 after Ian’s many indiscretions. Because of that, she’s super sheltered when we first meet her in London, on a graduation trip with her grandmother. But that doesn’t stop her from meeting Sam Brandis, a college student who is also on a grad trip with his grandfather. Tate and Sam hit it off fast, spending most of their two weeks in the hotel garden talking and falling for one another. Tate spills to Sam about her famous family, the first time she’s ever told anyone about her life and her secret dream to become an actress.
And then Sam betrays her by going to the tabloids with her story.
Now it’s 14 years later and Tate is about to take on the biggest role of her career. Now a seasoned actress, Tate has never been able to trust anyone since she fell for Sam. And it doesn’t help that her father will be acting in this film with her. So it all comes to head when, on the first day on set, she discovers that Sam is the writer of the film, and she’s about to spend six weeks in close proximity with the only guy she’s ever loved.
Here’s the thing about this story: on paper, it really works. You know where it’s going, and it feels like an amazing concept. And I have to admit that the writing was super compelling the way that the last two C.Lo books I read were - you just want to know what happens, even though you kind of already know.
The mood of the book both summery and somber, bittersweet like a reunion romance is, but also really, really emotional. It’s a very in-your-head-with-issues type book, and so, for me, it read a lot more like women’s fiction than romance. That’s not a problem - it was just a surprise!
But Twice in a Blue Moon sadly fell a bit flat for me because I felt like we were TOLD a lot of things about Tate (how she’s brave, ambitious, kind, etc), but I never really SAW it. Because of the way the book works - first with Tate as a sheltered kid who mostly hangs out in the hotel garden, then with Tate and the cast and crew at one farm during the entire set - you don’t get to SEE Tate be all the things she can be. You see someone who has had a hard time (OMG her dad is such a douche), and who is emotional and fragile, but not someone who has the brilliance that she needs to have. And I felt the same thing with Sam. He just felt like an ordinary guy who didn’t have that much going for him. The only thing I really liked about him was that he was incredibly honest (most of the time, anyway).
This feeling might have been exacerbated because during the book, we see snippets of the script that Sam has written - that Tate is acting. And it was supposed to be this amazing thing, but it just fell kind of flat for me because it wasn’t.
The other thing that really bothered me about this book was the betrayal. Yes, there’s a reason for it. Yes, it makes sense, and yes, I believed and understood how Tate could move past it. But I don’t know if I could. I don’t want to get into too many details, but let’s just say that it was really hard for me to get into Sam after that.
But other than those two, I did enjoy the secondary characters, the feeling of summer camp, and the uniqueness of being on a film set. I also liked how C.Lo addressed some of the race issues that haven’t always been present in their previous work.
For me, this book is sort of like a modern-day Persuasion - it’s a reunion story with a lot of hurt feelings, it’s quiet and contemplative, and man, there’s a terrible dad. If you’re into that idea, I definitely encourage you to read it. For me, it was just okay, but I’m betting that other people will really like this one.
I don't really know where this trend of having a chunk, or even half, of a contemporary set in the past (aka making it YA) started but.. I don't want it, or like it. Is this because these books now qualify as women's fiction? Unsure. That said, if you want to write a YA romance, go for it. Flashbacks, fine. But not full, long, chapters of it. It's just not for me. Likewise, and in a related vein, second-chance romances aren't my favourite. But I thought CLo could make it work for me. And sometimes it felt like it could've, like it was almost there but, overwhelmingly, it didn't.
This story is about finding that one-true-love twice in a lifetime. And it's also about twice the betrayals.
I didn't like the hero because, let's be honest, he only served a purpose to the plot and as result had no real personality besides muscles. I only liked the heroine when she was confronted with said hero after said betrayal, and after fourteen years of time passing, and let him have it. She stood up for herself, she addressed the elephant in the room, and I rooted for her (<I>we were all rooting for you!</I>). Every other time she was just.. fine, I guess. But her family was made up of mostly frustrating concepts, and while she did have one good friend, she didn't get half as much page time as she deserved — and that's probably because so much page time was given over to the script of the movie that took up the focus of the story. And the catalyst for getting these two leads back together.
There just wasn't a lot to love here. Like many of CLo’s recent books, the heat factor is tame, they seem to only insert humour for every other release (so, this wasn't one that was funny), and nothing about it left any kind of impression. The whole thing felt kinda basic, pretty muted, and just.. standard.
Top reviews from other countries
this one was different, which is fine, but not very good.
I do not think there was enough story, depth, writing chops or detail in this this to warrant the comparative price.