Twice in a Blue Moon
By Christina Lauren
Published October 2019 by Gallery Books
Sam Brandis was Tate Jones’s first: Her first love. Her first everything. Including her first heartbreak.
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 world’s biggest film stars—ever revealed her identity to. So when it became clear her trust was misplaced, her world shattered for good.
Fourteen 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 more 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 twice.
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Coming in off the high from reading The Unhoneymooners and absolutely adoring it, I had high, high hopes for Twice in a Blue Moon. And while I did like it, it just wasn’t my fave Christina Lauren read, and it makes me sad.
It hurt me to rate this book 3 stars, friends. It really did. But it is definitely a solid 3 star rating for me.
Our story starts 14 years earlier, with an 18 year old Tate who is going on vacation to London with her grandma for two weeks. Tate and her grandmother randomly run into another pair traveling to London, and also staying in the same hotel (on the same floor, nonetheless), and thus starts the romance between Tate and Sam.
Insta-love is not my favorite trope, and while I do like the occasional insta-love scenario, it just didn’t do it for me with this book. Tate and Sam basically look at each other, and suddenly cannot stay away from each other.
We also spend a good beginning portion of this book (like, a third of the book) going over Tate’s backstory and I found myself losing focus. It was a lot of Tate and Sam laying in the grass discussing Tate’s life.
We do eventually move on, but I dunno, friends, I just really missed the magic that is a Christina Lauren book. I am used to being utterly swept up in the romance between the characters and while I liked Tate and Sam, I guess I just didn’t connect with them the way I had hoped.
The plot felt choppier than normal too. We move from 14 years prior and then suddenly we are in the present and have to catch up with 14 years of backstory in the present day. It just felt rushed and I hate feeling rushed, especially when we spent so much time in the beginning learning about Tate.
We don’t really learn a ton about Sam’s backstory until the latter part of the book. I liked him? I guess I just didn’t find him super swoon-worthy through most of the book though. And again, I really think it’s due in part to the insta-love that occurred. I didn’t really have time to get weak-kneed over him.
I finally found myself getting swept up in the romance, but it wasn’t until near the end of the book that I really felt a connection, and by then the book was over.
I’ll read anything Christina Lauren puts out, I’ll be honest. And there’s no way I would have missed reading Twice in a Blue Moon. I did enjoy parts of it for sure, but it isn’t going to rank as one of my favorite Christina Lauren reads. And that’s ok.