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Hang the Moon

(Written in the Stars #2)

4.27  ·  Rating details ·  86 ratings  ·  60 reviews
In a delightful follow-up to Written in the Stars, Alexandria Bellefleur delivers another #ownvoices queer rom-com about a hopeless romantic who vows to show his childhood crush that romance isn’t dead by recreating iconic dates from his favorite films...

Brendon Lowell loves love. It’s why he created a dating app to help people find their one true pairing and why he’s conv
Paperback, 384 pages
Expected publication: May 25th 2021 by Avon
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    Jan 12, 2021 rated it really liked it
    Shelves: arcs
    ↠ 4 stars

    Upon hearing the sound of "there was only one bed" trope, ten years were added to my life. In this charming companion novel to Written in the Stars, we head back to Seattle with Annie, Darcy's long time best friend intent on surprising her for the weekend. Upon learning that Darcy is out of town with Elle, Annie spends the weekend with Darcy's brother Brendon, successful app creator and believer in true love, Annie is the exact opposite, sick of the modern dating scene and tired of tryi
    Feb 08, 2021 rated it really liked it
    this was really cute :)

    i’ve never read anything by alexandria bellefleur, so when i cracked open the book and saw astrology references, i knew i was gonna enjoy it. i’m not “huge” about astrology, but when i see it, this girl takes it lol.

    the story centers around brendon (darcy’s younger brother) and annie (darcy’s best friend). annie has basically given up on her love life and brendon is set on finding his true love...i know, we love that combination. the majority of the book focuses on brend
    Cat Duffy
    Dec 21, 2020 rated it really liked it
    Shelves: 2020
    Hang the Moon is a truly charming sequel to Written In The Stars. It centers on Annie, Darcy's best friend who lives in Philadelphia but recently got a big promotion and will be moving to London. She decides to surprise Darcy with a visit -- only to find out that Darcy is out of town for the weekend with her girlfriend Elle. Annie ends up spending the weekend with Darcy's brother, Brendon, who is the creator of the dating app One True Pairing. He is a diehard romantic who believes in grand gestu ...more
    Chloe Liese
    Dec 23, 2020 rated it it was amazing
    Brendon believes in your One True Love. Annie's sick of the revolving door that many who date in the digital age are far too familiar with. Do two people coming at love from truly opposite ends of the emotional spectrum have a chance at love?

    The answer—thank goodness—is yes! This was a joy to read, to return to the ensemble cast I've come to love, to get inside the mind of people-pleaser, fix-your-problems Brendon, and to meet Darcy's elusive best friend, Annie. HANG THE MOON explored different
    Dec 18, 2020 marked it as to-read
    Oh my god, what a follow-up to 2020's Written in the Stars.

    I was super intrigued by Brendon in Bellefleur's first book, and I'm so smitten with the fact he gets to win over his childhood crush in this story. I do so adore a good glow-up moment when our older love interest returns and is completely like holy heck how did you get those biceps and wow I want to now climb you like a tree, what do I do with these feelings?!

    Brendon being the true romantic who is out to convince Sagittarius Annie that
    Twice Upon A Book
    Thank you to NetGalley, Avon, and Harper Voyager for the ARC in exchange for an honest review

    Written in the Stars was one of my top 2020 reads so I jumped at the chance to read Alexandria Bellefleur's second novel and it did not let me down

    I would recommend if you're looking for (SPOILERS)

    -m/f friends to lovers
    -vacation romance
    -childhood crush
    -best friend's younger brother
    -only one bed
    -opposites attract
    -a sunshine, cinnamon roll of a hero who is also a hopeless romantic
    -a jaded, bisexual, heroin
    ☆ advanced reader copy from netgalley ☆

    4.5 Stars

    Alexandria Bellefleur is now on my auto-buy author list

    While I may not have loved this book as much as "Written in the Stars", I still absolutely adored it. I flew through this and it was impossible to put down.

    I loved seeing more of Darcy and Elle, but I also loved seeing Brendon's story unfold. We didn't know much about him from book 1, just the fact that he was Darcy's brother and Elle's friend, but his character still felt rather cookie-cut
    Dec 29, 2020 rated it it was amazing
    Shelves: sunshine-mmc
    Hang the Moon is the companion novel to Alexandria Bellefleur’s first novel, Written in the Stars. It follows Annie as she surprises her best friend, Darcy, by visiting her in Seattle. She ends up spending a lot of time with Brendon, Darcy’s brother, as he shows her around the city. Brendon runs a dating app, is a hopeless romantic, and has had a crush on Annie since he was a kid. As they start to grow closer, Annie’s upcoming move to London becomes more difficult to accept.

    GOD this book was so
    Omg brendon and annie 🤩🤩 I NEED THIS!!
    Dec 07, 2020 marked it as no
    I read and loved Written in the Stars. But I wanted the f/f romance which is not what this is. Also I don't want to read a romance between a brother and his sister's best friend. Especially when I found the brother to be annoying at best. ...more
    Isabella | ilashreads
    Feb 23, 2021 rated it it was amazing
    Hang the Moon is a standalone novel but it features characters we meet in Alexandria Bellefleur's debut, Written in the Stars.

    I was so excited for Hang the Moon after meeting Brendon in Written in the Stars. I loved Brendon and I thought it was cute that he had a crush on Annie as a kid. I loved how open and sweet he was. When Annie first saw Brendon after years I loved how she didn't recognize him at first because he grew up and into a man. I loved how he loved romantic comedies and believed st
    Jan 18, 2021 rated it it was amazing
    First off, that cover is GORGEOUS. I just finished this and..... I loved this book SO much. This was such a smart, sexy, sweet rom-com, Bellefleur has taken several fun tropes and make it its own.

    I loved this book especially because of the characters. Brendon could literally propose to me tomorrow and I'd say yes. I just adored him so much, all his six foot four inches plus he is hopeless romantic with dimples, while Annie is workaholic who wants to avoid all matters of the heart to avoid getti
    Kari Ann Sweeney
    Jan 03, 2021 rated it really liked it
    She says romance is dead. He is out to prove her wrong.

    As soon as I finished the absolutely delightful contemporary f/f romance, WRITTEN IN THE STARS, I put in a request to read the follow up book- HANG THE MOON.

    A hopeless yet adoringly optimistic romantic hero paired with a jaded, reluctant bisexual heroine who is not only his childhood crush but also his sisters best friend.

    This book had everything I look for in a rom-com. It's sweet and swoony with some serious spice. There are endearingly
    kristen ♡
    Dec 29, 2020 rated it really liked it
    Shelves: arc, 2020
    ** Thank you to NetGalley & publishers for a copy of this book in return for an honest review! This review contains opinions that are only my own.

    A huge part of this review will be made shorter just by saying: if you want to read this you really really should read Written in the Stars before. You could get by without, but I feel like I’d be a lot more out of touch with these characters if I haven’t read Written in the Stars beforehand.

    The book did an amazing job expanding on Annie and Brendon bo
    Manon the Malicious
    *4.75 Stars*

    I was provided an ARC via Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review.

    Annie just arrived in Seattle to visit her best friend, Darcy. Thing is she wanted to surprise her but ended up being surprised herself when she learnt that Darcy was out of town for the weekend. Still, Darcy insists that Annie should stay at her place and that her brother, Brendon, can give her his spare key and show her the apartment. Annie hasn't seen Brendon in 8 years and damn has he changed.
    Brendon used to hav
    Dec 27, 2020 rated it liked it
    3.5 stars. I have to say I’m a bit disappointed because I absolutely loved Written in the Stars. Maybe my expectations were too high. I just had a hard time connecting with the characters. Brendon and Annie, especially Annie, were very two-dimensional. Brendon is too into finding love, Annie has given up on finding love, and that’s basically the entire story. The author spent way too much time repeating the same things instead of delving deeper into the characters. There was so much potential fo ...more
    Jan 10, 2021 rated it it was amazing
    This book has cemented Bellefleur as one of my favorite contemporary romance authors. This is a masterful follow-up to her first book, Written in the Stars, featuring all of the characters we know and love and Annie, Darcy's best friend. Highlights were: most of the book, including the way characters communicated, friendships that last lifetimes, nostalgic memories, consistency, and respect. Downsides were: that I finished it and it's over now.

    I was *slightly* worried going into this book about
    Alright, all you Nora Ephron fans, this one is for you-- full of references to classic romcoms, chemistry, tropes upon tropes, and some ridiculously embarrassing moments. Both main characters work corporate jobs and live in big cities.
    Annie decides to surprise her best friend Darcy in Seattle, but since Darcy is out of town, her younger brother Brendon shows Annie around. Brendon has had a crush on Annie since high school. That's really most of the plot! There's a little more external conflict
    Natalie - FerryGoodBooks
    Feb 02, 2021 rated it really liked it
    Are you looking for a RomCom with charming and witty writing, well rounded story with a great ensemble cast that showcases diversity within their little clique? Well, do I have the book for you!

    I adore any book that takes place in Seattle because I get to feel like a tourist in my own backyard. Having frequented the many tourist spots in the city I loved getting to relive them as if it’s the first time alongside the characters and seeing the city through their eyes. There’s something magical ab
    Feb 04, 2021 rated it it was amazing
    Shelves: to-review, arc, netgalley
    This was cute and heartwarming!

    Brendon is a hopeless romantic (he even created an app for love). Annie is convinced that romance is dead and goes to Seattle to tell her best friend that she's moving to London. She ends up running into her best friend's not-so-little brother. Soon after seeing each other for the first time in 8 years, sparks fly, and Brendon starts a rom-com inspired mission to show Annie that Seattle might be the place for her to call home.

    I loved the rom-com references and th
    Stephanie Panach
    Jan 04, 2021 rated it really liked it
    This book is for everyone who adores romantic comedies and believes in happy endings. Brendon is a true romantic. Heck he even founded a matchmaking website (similar to eHarmony - but with a broader reach). He loves all things romance and wants everyone to find love and a happily ever after. He even successfully matched his sister with her girlfriend. He's been working hard at finding his own happily ever after but hasn't found anyone he feels fireworks with. Annie is Brendon's sister's best-fri ...more
    Dec 23, 2020 rated it really liked it
    Annie works for an independent human resources firm in Philadelphia and has accepted a promotion as a managing director at their London office. She books a spur of the moment trip to Seattle to surprise her best friend, Darcy, with a visit before she moves.
    Darcy’s brother Brendan is a hopeless romantic, having created a dating app, One True Pairing. He also had a major crush on Annie when he was a teenager, but now that he’s all grown up (all 6’4” of him) he’s caught her eye. When Brendon finds
    Dec 30, 2020 rated it it was amazing
    Shelves: fav-romance
    This was such a nice book to finish 2020, thank you Netgalley and Avon and Harper Voyager for giving me the opportunity to read this book in advance. I spent such a good time reading this book, I smiled the entire time reading it, it was so comforting.

    Annie thinks romance is dead and Brendon wants to prove her wrong and he knows a lot about romance since he created a dating app. The dynamic between these two was so delightful.
    There were so many movie references that were so dear to my heart.
    Jan 09, 2021 rated it it was amazing
    5/5 stars!

    A huge thank you to NetGalley and Avon Books for sending me an E-ARC for an honest review.

    I loved Alexandria Bellefleur's first romance WRITTEN IN THE STARS, so I was really excited to read her new book. I went into this book with pretty high expectations and all of those expectations were met. This was such a beautiful, thoughtful, emotional, sexy, and fun romance! I loved both of our main characters Brendon and Annie, and I thought that their romance was such a beautiful read. After
    Feb 11, 2021 rated it it was amazing
    The follow up to Written in the Stars did not disappoint. We had a glimpse of the potential chemistry between Brendan and Annie in the first book, and it was palpable from the first time they meet again in Hang the Moon. Loved Brendan was a sweet cinnamon roll, but Annie really stole my heart. I and loved the continued Bi rep into the second book, and could really relate to Annie's feelings of isolation, which was magnified by the ongoing pandemic. Readers also get an update on Darcy and Elle. I ...more
    Dec 23, 2020 rated it really liked it
    Shelves: adult
    Love! I'm so glad Brendon got to stare in his own story, while we also got to catch up with Darcy and Elle. I really liked Annie in the first book, so it was a treat getting to know her better this time around. This is everything you'd basically expect and filled with so many sweet moments it was hard to stop smiling. I literally pumped my fist in the air and whisper screamed, "YES!" when the end pages revealed Margot would be the focus of a third book. These characters are hard to beat. ...more
    This had great bi representation! I liked their casual comments about it. Also, remember kids, a bi person in a straight looking relationship is still bi!
    Jess & Jess
    Mar 03, 2021 rated it really liked it
    Shelves: romance-we-loved
    Hang the Moon is a romance but it didn’t feel overly mushy which I enjoyed. In the book, Annie tells Brendan that she believes romance is dead and Brendan, being the guy that loves love, wants to prove Annie wrong. I like that the female point of view was the skeptic, and the male view the romantic. A big thing that I enjoyed is that Brendan is pretty attractive, his character wasn’t a jock but he also wasn’t a geeky nerd that would never have a chance with the hot girl. 

    Annie was given the powe
    Jan 26, 2021 rated it it was amazing
    First, a giant thank you to Avon and Harper Voyage and Netgally for the ARC for an honest review.

    Hang the Moon is the sequel to Written In the Stars, where we first met Brendon as Darcy's brother. He takes center stage in this one along with Darcy's best friend, Annie. They haven't seen each other in about 8 years, but Brendon did have a crush on Annie when they were younger. When they see each other again, sparks are definitely flying, but Brendon is a hopeless romantic, waiting for the One whe
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