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 booksThe 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. 3.5 stars Twice in a Blue Moon is a second chance romance that I couldn t put down Tate and Sam are two Americans traveling with a grandparent who meet in London It s like it s meant to be for them to meet Tate has just graduated high school and is completely smitten with Sam In a short time, they find them selves falling hard for one another Tate spills all of her secrets, telling Sam things she s never told anyone And it backfires in a huge way, shattering her trust completelyCan you believe me, though he asks quietly That the worst thing I ever did was for the best reason I ever had Sometimes people do really bad things for good reasons, and that was the case with Sam Sam was a likable character, as well as Tate I really loved their time in London so so much I also enjoyed the movie set Hollywood aspect I could have done without Tate s dad, but I understood why it was necessary to the story I absolutely loved the first half I was completely hooked The second half I didn t love as much It felt rushed, especially the ending, and I wanted from Sam s character I just needed There was such a huge gap in time around 14 years I think and things weren t concluded the way I needed them to be Honestly the first half was at least a 4 star, but the last half was a 2 3 for me I wanted to love it, but I was let down Overall, I liked a lot of this book, but it wasn t my favorite from this fantastic writing duo I think an epilogue would have made it so much better Still, I did enjoy a lot about it and I think it s a book a lot of readers will love. I m kicking myself for not loving this as much as CL s previous novels Perhaps it s just me It s not a bad book by any means, it simply lacked the particular brand of charm I ve come to adore when I pick up one of the duo s novels The publisher stated ahead of time that Twice in a Blue Moon would have a different feel than their zany humorous vibe as of late, but it seemed still worth taking a chance on, and I m glad I read this book My main issues lie within my trouble connecting with the characters and not feeling that special spark until nearly the end of the story, but please take my opinions loosely and check out one of the many 5 star reviews before deciding for yourself whether this is the book for youMany thanks to the publisher for providing my review copy. 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 Another Christina Lauren book with the second chance at love trope Quick Someone CALL THE AMBULANCE NOW 3.25 Ho Hum Stars Do you remember that moment when you met and got to know your first love Those looks you exchanged, the heart stopping moments, the minute your breath caught and you got that that jittery feeling in your stomach that amounted to butterflies I do it was a very long time ago but I remember it like it was yesterday Twice in a Blue Moon by Christina Lauren almost made me remember what it felt like to fall in love almost Tate is eighteen years old when she and her grandmother take a two week trip of a lifetime to London There, she meets twenty one year old Sam As soon as their eyes meet, it s kismet Sharing their most intimate hopes and dreams, they fall for each other And then Sam does the unthinkable, he breaks her heart, in the most unbearable way.Fourteen years later, Tate is a movie star She s about to make it big Working on a movie set, with her best friend Charlie and her absentee movie star father This should be interesting Unfortunately for Tate, it s about to get even interesting in fact, it s about to get real As in really difficult The screenwriter of this movie is none other than Sam, her first love Will Tate face her fears or run far away from them What could have been a sweet, romantic novel that made me connect with the characters, left me wanting It wasn t until I got to about 90% that I got that feeling where I almost remembered what it felt like to be young and in love I had high hopes for this one but in the end think I was simply the wrong reader for this novel.This was another buddy read with Kaceey Thank you to NetGalley, Gallery, Pocket Books and Christina Lauren for an arc of this novel in exchange for an honest review Published on Goodreads and NetGalley on 9.1.19. Many thanks to Rachel at Gallery Books for sending me a copy in exchange for an honest reviewTo take away from the pain that is back to school season, I shall read a Christina Lauren novel It s crazy to think that a year ago, i didn t know who Christina Lauren was now, i would trade a limb for their books Goodreads Blog Twitch Pinterest Reddit Buy 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 Sam Brandis Was Tate Jones S First Her First Love Her First Everything Including Her First HeartbreakDuring 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 GoodFourteen 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 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 TwiceWith 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
Christina Lauren is the combined pen name of long time writing partners besties soulmates brain twins Christina Hobbs and Lauren Billings The coauthor duo writes both Young Adult and Adult Fiction, and together has produced fourteen New York Times bestselling novels Their books have been translated into 30 languages Some of these books have kissing Some of these books have A LOT of kissing.
- 368 pages
- twice in a blue moon
- Christina Lauren
- 14 December 2019 Christina Lauren