Title: Twice in a Blue Moon
Author: Christina Lauren
Published: October 22, 2019
Publisher: Gallery Books
Genre: Contemporary, Romance
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…
So this was my first foray into Christina Lauren’s books and I’m feeling underwhelmed. It could possibly be because I read some extremely stellar romances prior to picking this one up, but after reading many thoughts on Lauren’s books, the general consensus seems to be that their books are amazing, but plenty of reviews are mediocre about this one, so at least I’m not alone.
Don’t get me wrong, I really wanted to like this one and I was enjoying the first part of the book when we meet Tate and Sam 14 years prior to the present day. But then we get to the present day and it just wasn’t what I had wanted. It seemed strange for there to be a lack of tension and betrayal, and the relationships felt almost forced, both between Tate and Sam and between Tate and her dad. If I’m being completely honest, I wanted the romance to go one direction and it went in the other and just felt flat.
The other thing that kind of irked me is that we get this HUGE chunk of backstory in the beginning and then it jumps to the present-day for the rest of the book. I’ve read books where the backstory is a prologue and then it jumps in but 10 chapters, a third of the book, is the backstory and it wasn’t even overly gripping. For me, I prefer when the backstory is weaved throughout the book and maybe I was spoiled because I had read Colleen Hoover’s Ugly Love prior to this and the backstory of Miles was presented so much better than this one.
I can’t really pinpoint what I disliked about this book — the lack of confrontation, the fact that there are huge chunks of the present told in movie script that didn’t really have any relevance, the fact that neither Tate nor Sam are all that likable. It also seemed really unbelievable that so soon after Sam and Tate part ways in the beginning, Tate becomes this amazing actress.
I finished this book quickly, mainly because I wanted to move on to something else, and in the end, it really was just forgettable and unremarkable. That being said, I do want to give Christina Lauren another chance and try another book, so fingers crossed that it will be a much better experience.