REVIEW – TWICE IN A BLUE MOON by Christina Lauren


From the New York Times bestselling author of The Unhoneymooners and the “delectable, moving” (Entertainment WeeklyMy 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 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.



*****Patty’s Review*****

*****4.5 STARS*****
{Netgalley ARC}

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 circulation. Basically, there isn’t anything that I wouldn’t read by them. ”TWICE IN A BLUE MOON” is a heart aching and angsty tale of first love, innocence lost, gut-wrenching betrayal, and second chances.


While on a trip to London with her grandmother, Tate meets the gorgeous and charismatic Sam, who also happens to be on vacation with his grandfather. Tate has never had a connection in her past relationships the way that she does with Sam. Something draws her to him and she finds herself confessing her hopes, fears and deepest secrets to him. She even loses her virginity to him, but soon after, Sam breaks her heart and commits the ultimate betrayal that changes the trajectory of her life. Fourteen years later, Tate is one of Hollywood’s most popular actresses. She’s starting a new project that has Oscar-winning potential. She’s also about to have her world flipped on its axis when the screenwriter turns out to be Sam. Fourteen years have done little to ease the pain of her broken heart. Will this be her chance for closure? Can this be an opportunity to start over for Sam and Tate?


Sam isn’t the only man who has let her down in the past. Her relationship with her Hollywood actor father has been non-existent since her parents divorced when she was a young girl. Her struggles with feelings of abandonment and the deep need for a connection with her father made my heart break for Tate.

Here are my overall ratings:

Hero: 4
Heroine: 4
Plot: 4.5
Angst: 4.5
Steam: 4
Chemistry Between Hero & Heroine: 4.5

”TWICE IN A BLUE MOON” is currently available!


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