Twice in a Blue Moon
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 ...more
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It pains me to say this but this was the pretty forgettable, and remarkably...unremarkable. It actually makes my love life seem more alluring in comparison and I don't even have a love life! I'm usually generous with my ratings when it comes to romance. It's ...more
The one constant threaded throughout Christina Lauren’s body of work, chemistry-ridden love. From meet-cute to flirty banter and the intoxicating solidification of feelings, this dynamic writing duo delivers on what romance readers crave. Storylines that unfold through the thoughts, feelings, and vulnerabilities of an easy-to-adore cast, ready and willing to steal hearts.
What’s noticeably absent this ...more
i honestly cant get enough of it - the romance of a second chance at love, the tender connection between tate and sam, the swoon-worthy motivation behind sams writing, the innocence of firsts and the desire to make them lasts, and the adoration for those who raised you - this story has it all.
while i love christina laurens trademark snark and humour, i cant help for fall head ...more
Twice 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. ...more
Excitement gives way to complete emotional immersion, and I find myself rooting for the characters to find their ...more
As a summary: I DON’T CARE about those unlikable characters!
I STILL DON’T CARE ABOUT their reunion on a movie set.
I DON’T CARE THEIR TEEN DRAMA PARTS ( nearly this part took half of the book! )
I DON’T CARE all those nonsense, immature, artificial ...more
I’m a newbie to the delightful, rom-com world of Christina Lauren, having only read three of their earlier works.
So from what I've experienced in their past reads, I was hopeful for something heart-felt to keep me smiling throughout. But lets just say, this book had a very different feel to it.
Tate and Sam have known each other since they were young. Traveling through Britain with their families. Tate, with her grandmother, and Sam with his dad. The two instantly hit it off. Sparks were ...more
Many thanks to Rachel at Gallery Books for sending me a copy in exchange for an honest review
”I want every wish he ever makes to be for this. A penny in a fountain. The first star. An eyelash. Eleven eleven. Just for one more time.”
Dear god, this book fell flat on its face.
We all know that I LOVED their recent novel, The Unhoneymooners. And so I was obviously disappointed when I ended up not enjoying this. It didn’t have any of the humor, romance or smut that The Unhoneymooners did.
It's been a long time since I've felt this way about a (so-called) romance book.
I want to state for the record that I'm a total Christina Lauren stan. I met them recently at a book con, and they couldn't have been lovelier, and but I wish I could go back ...more
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 ...more
I'll be honest, whereas I was highly anticipating Christina Lauren's previous releases like The Unhoneymooners and Josh & Hazel, my excitement for this one was pretty low. Turns out, my hesitation had no grounds because I actually thought this was beautiful, soft, and had a lot of heart.
I like that this book was told in a then-and-now format, but those sections are entirely separate rather than frequently jumping back and forth. It was ...more
See the problem I have with this book is that its supposed to be this whirlwind, vacation romance that goes wrong and then the characters reconnect years later in passion and anger and angst which sounds GREAT
but the reality is, ITS SO DAMN FORGETTABLE
So to start, we have our main character tate, who has this big identity secret that she’s hiding from the world (I won’t say bc I’m not a spoiler), going on a vacation with her grandmother and ...more
Twice in a Blue Moon‘s Insta-Love wasn’t Compelling or Endearing
First of all, Tate and Sam fall in love with each other within a week or so. I’m sorry, but I cannot take characters seriously when they say that they are meant for each other and love one another when they haven’t even exchanged phone numbers, yet. That alone made me question what I was getting into because I’m not a fan of insta-love and ...more
Tate Jones was just 18 when she met and fell in love with 21 year old Sam Brandis on a trip to London. They had a whirlwind romance for around two weeks, before Sam broke Tate's heart by revealing her identity of the daughter of a big film star to the media. Fourteen years later, Tate is an up-and-coming film star herself. When she gets to the set of her latest film, which she hopes will be her big ...more
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 ...more
Love at first sight? Well maybe. Tate can't help being swept off her feet when she meets a fellow American while on a trip to London. Tate has barely turned eighteen when she meets Sam who is twenty one. Tate finds herself completely enamored with him and he with her. Or so she thinks....until he screws her over!
Fast forward fourteen years and alot and I mean alot has changed. Tate is no longer the naive little girl hanging out with Nana Jude. Tate is assertive, ...more
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 ...more
A second chance romance that was bittersweet with some unexpected curves.
My third by the authors and while it had a very different vibe, I was still invested in the characters and their "life" choices. The beginning felt a bit like YA to me with the coming of age "love" connection of Sam and Tate. They meet while vacationing with family in London. We get to know them and their backgrounds.
Will Sam break her heart? Did she share too much with him?
Fourteen years later, Sam and Tate meet ...more
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 ...more
During a trip to London with her grandmother, Tate meets Sam, a farm boy from Vermont who she falls for, he is the first person she confides her true identity - she is the long-lost daughter of a famous Hollywood actor. As their love/romance blooms, their vacations come to an end, but little did Tate know it would end with heartbreak.
Fourteen years later, Tate is a Hollywood actor ...more
Believe it or not, I have not read a book by this duo before.
I STARTED one, earlier this summer at the urging of friends, but found the dialogue of the characters to be crude and immature, and it was a DNF for me! I know!! The “humor” is what most readers like about these romances! Which is why, several devoted fans have been disappointed by this book.
Since the publisher said that this book would have a “different feel” from the others...I decided to ...more
Isn't that the truth? When you fall in love nothing else matters and it's just you and that person that consumes you forever.
There is just something that I crave about Christina Lauren novels and I always always love their novels. I don't think I've been disappointed once in the 4 books that I've read by them. From flirting to crazy love is what romance fans will crave in this one!
I have been seeing a lot ...more
Over the last two years I've become a huge fan of all things Christina Lauren.And even though I enjoy all of their novels, I have a weakness for their more serious, thoughtful and moving novels, like Love and Other Words.
I mean, I will always love Christina Lauren and will dive head first when it comes to any novel they write. I adore them!
I think this story should’ve been longer. There was so much development that could’ve been added to make this second chance love story even more of a whirl wind.
I personally didn’t have a problem with the insta-love aspect of this story. That shit is possible to me. For someone to become that meaningful and close to you in a ...more
I'm a fan of this author's books and can usually devour a story in one sitting because i'm engaged immediately, but this took awhile to get there. I'm glad I finished the book as the ending was the best part.
Sam and Tate meet while on vacation in London. Their chemestry is immediate and they wonder if their feelings are the real thing. After all, Tate is 18 and Sam is 21, but their feelings are intense and they enjoy the time they have together ...more