Tuesday, October 22, 2019

Twice in a Blue Moon by Christina Lauren - ARC Review

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.

With 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.

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 and Tate met in London, 14 years ago.  Sam was responsible for some big changes in Tate's life...the kind of changes that your life will never be the same after...and, it seems like it will be something she will never be able to forgive.  I liked that it was a big deal, that it was a betrayal, and that it had a reason that was tough to stay too mad at.

And, I really liked that about this book.  I liked that there was enough of their past story to really relate to them in the present, to see why there just might be enough of a pull toward one another for them to get past the events in London and form a lasting relationship in the present, and within their new lives.

Overall, I bought into it.  I believed the relationship in the past, and the one in the present...although the one in the present felt like it was a little too easy, a little too simple to get to the forgiveness part.  I don't know if I wanted more, exactly, but I felt the connection more strongly in the London scenes than I did in the scenes that happened in the present.  I also wanted a little more to the relationship with one of the main side characters, as I felt the ending of that storyline didn't have the payoff that it could have.

All this said, I liked the story.  I liked the way it was written and the way it flowed from character to character and the way the past and the present did meld together in a lot of ways.

I did enjoy this title, and I do recommend it.

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