Twice in A Blue Moon

Twice in A Blue Moon

eBook - 2019
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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...
Publisher: New York, NY :, Gallery Books,, [2019]
Copyright Date: ©2019
ISBN: 9781501197437
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Athena48
Jul 31, 2020

Good but definitely not as strong a story as some of their previous books. At times it felt rushed or disjointed as I felt like I’d missed a page. Like the characters but felt their could have been so much more to their journey.

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Dee_BPL
May 28, 2020

Loved this audiobook!

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Butterfly121761
May 26, 2020

I rated one and a half stars. Half a star for the title and half a star for the cover (and this is why you should not judge a book by either :-)). Half a star for the beginning because part one was an interesting start that kept me reading and by the time I finished part one I was so far into it I thought if I plowed ahead maybe the ending would be worthwhile (my mistake).

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McAnnieG
May 25, 2020

In depth story about Tate Jones. At age 8, Tate finds herself and her Mom living in a small town with her 'prune faced' grandmother, Jude. For Tate's 18th birthday Jude takes her to London, England with a full itinerary of site seeing planned. Tate meets a fellow American at the hotel, 21 yr old Sam Brandes and his grandfather Luther Hill. Tate lives with a secret. Decisions they both make over the next two weeks change their lives over the next 14 years.

The first half of the book was very detailed and drawn out without being boring. The second half of the book was a race to the finish. Definitely felt like two authors wrote this and that has not been my experience with other books by this pair of authors. the Honey Don't List was a better reading experience.

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mynovelesquelife
Jan 17, 2020

DNF@ 20%
2019; Gallery Books/Simon & Schuster Canada

I have read three other novels by Christina Lauren (The Unhoneymooners, Josh and Hazel's Guide to Not Dating and My Favorite Half-Night Stand) and enjoyed them. Twice in a Blue Moon just started off on a wrong tone for me. I didn't really feel for Sam or Tate or their chemistry. It started out like a young adult book, but didn't morph into the fun read. I didn't want to put myself to read this because I want to read Lauren's other novels. Meaning that I did not want it to feel like a chore, and then associate that feeling with the authors. I am new to the duo writing as Christina Lauren, so you may want to read the other more positive reviews on this novel. I am looking forward to my next book by them, and already have the eARC ready.

***I received a complimentary copy of this ebook from the publisher through NetGalley. Opinions expressed in this review are entirely my own.***

RandomLibrarian Nov 22, 2019

Review excerpt: "Celebrity romance is one of my favorite tropes, so I was sure to scoop up 'Twice in a Blue Moon' by Christina Lauren. This is a first love/ second chance romance as well, and it’s set in two parts: when the hero and heroine meet for the first time, and when they reconnect fourteen years later. I really enjoyed the first part of the book, but I felt like there wasn’t as much focus on the main couple’s relationship in the second half, and there definitely wasn’t enough grovel to satisfy me. Added to that, I really loathed the character of the heroine’s father, and the amount of attention he got in the book irked me."

https://smartbitchestrashybooks.com/reviews/twice-in-a-blue-moon-by-christina-lauren/

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wordsmith8015
Nov 17, 2019

I gave this book a 1/2 star as a warning to MOVE ALONG. It starts out okay until it jumps 14 years later with a different voice taking over the story telling, that has little connection to the first plot and voice. The story line is stupid, the dialog boring and the plot is juvenile. A 1/2 star is high praise for such a poorly written book. Take heed and move along. There is nothing in this book worth reading.

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AConsolver
Nov 15, 2019

3.5 - 4 Stars - I recommend if you enjoy contemporary romance that falls more on the emotional end of the spectrum.

When 18 year old Tate and 21 year old Sam meet by chance on vacation in London they fall fast and hard. With their grandparents they spend nearly two weeks together and become inseparable. Tate tells Sam her deepest darkest secret, that she's the child of famous actor Ian Butler. When Sam disappears and the press swarm their hotel, her secret is out and she knows she's been betrayed by the only boy she's ever let in. Years later, as a famous actress, Tate is going to star in a film with her father. Despite what they want the media to think, they're not close, and before the press found her, he wasn't in her life. Filming is going to be tense, and that is before she realizes that Sam wrote the screen play for the movie she's starring in. How can she put on the performance of her life, while he's watching her every move?

I meant to read Love and Other Words before I got to this one, but I ran out of time. I didn't quite know what to expect from a more emotional Christina Lauren book. One thing I love about their writing is the comedy. I found myself enamored with young Tate and Sam, and their whirlwind romance in London. I didn't want the betrayal to happen, even though I knew that it would. I also liked Tate and Sam in the present. I thought that their conflict and romance was very slow burn, which I liked, but there wasn't as much tension as I expected. I'm not overly into plots about famous people, so while I liked the parts where they were filming the movie, all of the PR and high profile stuff wasn't my favorite. I thought that Sam was really swoony, and that his movie sounded incredible. I liked the ending, but felt like it could have possibly used an epilogue. Overall I enjoyed this one, but I was hoping for a bit more tension, romance, and drama. All that being said, it took me about a day to read, so it is definitely captivating, just not my favorite CL book to date.

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Suellen1111
Nov 07, 2019

In the "Acknowledgments", the authors admit they rewrote this book three times .... they should have gone for four times: it's still not up to Christina Lauren standards.  There's a lot of dross here, filler that's not interesting & takes us nowhere.  And, I don't like whole chapters of a contemporary romance set in the past, making it YA. We don't get to see the characters being brilliant or brave or strong: Sam is an ordinary guy with muscles & not much going for him; I can't care about Tate. While the story line is original, I miss the humor of some of CL's earlier works.  I skipped all the snippets of Sam's script .... boring! I can understand CL wanting to stretch into something darker, but it's hard to beat some of their earlier efforts, like Josh & Hazel's Guide... or The Unhoneymooners.  Three stars because it's CL but I'm not impressed.  IOTB

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RosaReads2
Nov 06, 2019

Overall, it was a nice story, simply told, and I enjoyed the intrigue that was set up after Sam and Tate's initial London meeting and start to a relationship. I also really liked the story arc and setting. I just wish the story didn't read like a slightly underdeveloped, generic romance. If this wasn't Christina Lauren, I might have gone with a solid 4 stars, but it's missing the charm and swoon-worthy romance that draws me to their books and what I've come to expect from the duo. I'm all for authors branching out and shifting away from what is expected, but I still hope for it to stand out. CL's shift to what I would call women's fiction/romance has provided some fabulous reads (ie Love and Other Words, Josh and Hazel's Guide to Not Dating) and while I haven't given them all 5 stars, they've all been original and distinctly Christina Lauren. Unfortunately, for me, this book does not stand out among others in the genre nor does it have the wit, swoon, or story development I would expect.

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