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I wish I could bottle the feelings I experience when I m reading a book by Christina Lauren First there s anticipation, as I ve now read eight of their books, and I just love the way they tell a story Then there s excitement, as the main characters encounter one another and begin the awkward dance of attraction and emotion, tinged with the reluctance of acknowledging their feelings Excitement gives way to complete emotional immersion, and I find myself rooting for the characters to find their happily ever after Then, of course, there s satisfaction, which quickly gives way to sadnessbecause I realize I ll have to wait at least six months for their next book Boy, am I fortunate they ve been giving us two books a year lately Their newest book, Twice in a Blue Moon , has now become my favorite There s a love story, of course, but it s coupled with complicated family issues and the added appeal of the entertainment world It s ironic, too, that a book which in part takes place on a movie set is one of the books I d most love to see adapted for the big or small screen Tate Jones and her grandmother are on a trip to London to celebrate Tate s 18th birthday and her impending departure for college Apart from the early days of her childhood, Tate has lived with her mother and grandmother in a small Northern California town, where everyone knows everyone and tourists are plentiful in season She s always longed for , but since she bears a secret that the world would die to know she s the long lost daughter of a famous film actor she has always had to live life quietly.While Tate enjoys everything about London, early on in her trip she meets Sam Brandis, a handsome college student on a similar vacation with his grandfather, who raised him Tate and Sam are drawn to each other immediately, and over the course of a few late nights spent talking and , they fall in love with each other Tate gives Sam her heart, and at the same time, shares the secret of who her father is, and all of the facts and feelings she s kept hidden deep inside Within a day or two, her truths are exposed for the world to see, and she never sees Sam again.Fourteen years later, Tate has made a name for herself as an actress She s been lucky professionally, but romantically, not so much She is set to make a movie with her father for the very first time, a movie she believes might change the course of her career, and perhaps the dynamics of her relationship with her father And when she steps on to the set, one of the first people she sees is the one who betrayed her trust all those years ago, leaving her life and heart in turmoil Twice in a Blue Moon is a story of whether love can withstand anything thrown in its path, and whether a second chance is really ever possible It s a story of the complicated relationship between fathers and daughters, particularly when both are in a business where image is everything, as well as a story of the sacrifices parents are willing to make for their children The book also explores the idea of whether there s really one true love out there for everyone, or whether you can find it in yourself to move on.Christina Lauren s books are always full of humor, emotion, steamy sex, chemistry, and an immense amount of heart, and Twice in a Blue Moon is no exception Most importantly, though, the way they tell a story Christina Lauren is the pen name for the collaboration of two writers who are best friends is so compelling that I can never seem to tear myself away, even though I know I might be left without one of their books for a while.I can t recommend this or any of their other books enough Love and Other Words was my favorite until now, mainly because, like this book, I tend to like love stories that have some emotional history to them But every single one of their books that I ve read have left me in awe of their talent and left me a little teary eyed at the end.NetGalley and Gallery Books provided me an advance copy of this book in exchange for an unbiased review Thanks for making it available This book will be published October 22, 2019.See all of my reviews at itseithersadnessoreuphoria.blogspot.com.Check out my list of the best books I read in 2018 at You can follow me on Instagram at The Magic Comes LateTwice in a Blue Moon is a second chance romance about first love, heartbreak, and betrayal I am a huge CL fan In no way shape or form is Twice in a Blue Moon Bad, it just lacked the magic of other CL books The beginning reads like a YA novel In the first part of the book, the reader is introduced to 18 year old Tate and her grandmother who are in London for two weeks, While dining at a restaurant near their hotel, they meet 21 year old Sam and his grandfather, Luther Tate and Sam quickly fall in love She confides in him her greatest secret only to have him betray her in the most awful way possible Fast forward 14 years Tate, now a famous actress, is about to begin filming her next role When she arrives on location to begin filming,, much to her surprise, she discovers Sam on set She now must face the man who betrayed her.In some ways, Twice in a Blue Moon reminds me of my favorite CL novel Love and Other Words, but there are differences in narrative structure and plot line In Love and Other Words, the tension between Elliot and Macy never waned, whereas with Tate and Sam it was lacking in intensity Twice in a Blue Moon was my Hurricane Barry read I was hoping to escape into the blissful world that CL oftentimes creates, but I wasn t able to get completely pulled in While I liked Tate and Sam during their younger years, I didn t feel the love of your life chemistry that was supposed to have developed It wasn t until I was at the 95% mark that I finally felt the magic I should have been feeling from the beginning The ending saved it for me This is probably just a case of me and not the book ignore my review and TIABM for yourself I received an ARC of this book from NetGalley and the publisher in exchange for an honest review. I m kicking myself for not loving this as much as CL s previous novels Perhaps it s just me It s not a bad book by any means, it simply lacked the particular brand of charm I ve come to adore when I pick up one of the duo s novels The publisher stated ahead of time that Twice in a Blue Moon would have a different feel than their zany humorous vibe as of late, but it seemed still worth taking a chance on, and I m glad I read this book My main issues lie within my trouble connecting with the characters and not feeling that special spark until nearly the end of the story, but please take my opinions loosely and check out one of the many 5 star reviews before deciding for yourself whether this is the book for you Many thanks to the publisher for providing my review copy. Many thanks to Rachel at Gallery Books for sending me a copy in exchange for an honest review I want every wish he ever makes to be for this A penny in a fountain The first star An eyelash Eleven eleven Just for one time Dear god, this book fell flat on its face We all know that I LOVED their recent novel, The Unhoneymooners And so I was obviously disappointed when I ended up not enjoying this It didn t have any of the humor, romance or smut that The Unhoneymooners did So, what s this book about When on a vacation in London, Tate Jones meets a charming young man named Sam Brandis Over a few days, they become closer than friends cough theyhavesex cough But then, Sam betrays Tate by revealing her celebrity ish status to the media, breaking Tate s heart A decade later, Tate has embraced her celebrity lineage and is now a successful actress When she joins a new project, she is horrified to find that Sam is working on it as well She does her best to avoid him but troubled to find that she still has feelings for him That may sound romantic and funny but it is not Don t get me wrong I love the enemies to lovers trope in rom coms It s probably my favorite trope in the entire genre because it s so easy to do well and is super funny and entertaining In Twice In A Blue Moon, Sam and Tate s relationship was not only underdeveloped but also annoying With the ETL trope, there is always an underlying feeling of love or appreciation but Tate completely hated Sam with every fiber of her being I also really didn t like Sam or Tate Tate felt like an exact copy of Olive from The Unhoneymooners but without any of the charm, wit or overall lovability Sam wasn t dislikable but I just couldn t care about him Sure, he was hot Here s what he looks like inside my head your welcome Credit Eric LeBlanc but I couldn t find any reason to care about him The only good characters were the side ones Nana, for instance I was having flashbacks to the time walked in on me and Jesse tangled on my bed, shirtless, and chased him out of the house with a spatula Or Charlie Knocking back the rest of her drink, she eyes me shrewdly before reaching my hand and pulling me toward the door Follow me, young lady See, that s the humor I m looking for in a Christina Lauren novel but the line from Nana was the ONLY line in the book that made me laugh Even the sex fell short Now, I know that Christina Lauren has been watering down their sex scenes lately, which is fine but I ve seen raunchier stuff in YA books Every time it felt as though the scene was getting pretty smutty, it ended The only good aspect was the movie and filming parts It was super interesting to get a behind the scenes look at the process of filming and how actors do what they do Overall, I was extremely disappointed by this novel but I m hoping and praying that it was a dud A fluke Their next one will be better I m sure Bottom Line 2.5 StarsAge Rating PG 13 Content Screening Spoilers Educational 2 5 Behind the scenes on film, movies, and acting Positive Messages 0 5 Violence 0 0 Langauge 3 5 F k, sh t, b tch, d mn Drinking Drugs 3 5 Legal drinking Trigger and Content Warning Loss of loved one, social anxiety, racismReps NONE they tried Cover 3 5 Characters 2 5 Plot 2 5 Publication Date October 22nd, 2019Publisher Gallery BooksGenre Romance Comedy This was not funny This was not sexy This was not romantic Christina Lauren, you have let me down To take away from the pain that is back to school season, I shall read a Christina Lauren novel It s crazy to think that a year ago, i didn t know who Christina Lauren was now, i would trade a limb for their books Goodreads Blog Twitch Pinterest Reddit Buy 3.25 Ho Hum Stars Do you remember that moment when you met and got to know your first love Those looks you exchanged, the heart stopping moments, the minute your breath caught and you got that that jittery feeling in your stomach that amounted to butterflies I do it was a very long time ago but I remember it like it was yesterday Twice in a Blue Moon by Christina Lauren almost made me remember what it felt like to fall in love almost Tate is eighteen years old when she and her grandmother take a two week trip of a lifetime to London There, she meets twenty one year old Sam As soon as their eyes meet, it s kismet Sharing their most intimate hopes and dreams, they fall for each other And then Sam does the unthinkable, he breaks her heart, in the most unbearable way.Fourteen years later, Tate is a movie star She s about to make it big Working on a movie set, with her best friend Charlie and her absentee movie star father This should be interesting Unfortunately for Tate, it s about to get even interesting in fact, it s about to get real As in really difficult The screenwriter of this movie is none other than Sam, her first love Will Tate face her fears or run far away from them What could have been a sweet, romantic novel that made me connect with the characters, left me wanting It wasn t until I got to about 90% that I got that feeling where I almost remembered what it felt like to be young and in love I had high hopes for this one but in the end think I was simply the wrong reader for this novel.This was another buddy read with Kaceey Thank you to NetGalley, Gallery, Pocket Books and Christina Lauren for an arc of this novel in exchange for an honest review Published on Goodreads and NetGalley on 9.1.19. Another Christina Lauren book with the second chance at love trope Quick Someone CALL THE AMBULANCE NOW 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 4Heroine 4Plot 4.5Angst 4.5Steam 4Chemistry Between Hero Heroine 4.5 TWICE IN A BLUE MOON will be available on October 22nd It s so crazy to think that things that I thought only lived in my imagination can be real The one constant threaded throughout Christina Lauren s body of work, chemistry ridden love From meet cute to flirty banter and the intoxicating solidification of feelings, this dynamic writing duo delivers on what romance readers crave Storylines that unfold through the thoughts, feelings, and vulnerabilities of an easy to adore cast, ready and willing to steal hearts.What s noticeably absent this time around, the snark or quirkiness fans have come to adore The heady mix of humor and romance present in some of the writing duo s past releases, have felt akin to magic ahem, the BEST to date being Josh and Hazel With that said, bliss often comes from setting aside preconceived notions or the desire for a previous experience to be emulated and fully succumbing to the journey at hand Different doesn t have to be a dirty word After all, second chance love stories of this caliber only come along every once in a blue moon.On the precipice of college and freedom from the constraints of the small northern California town she calls home, Tate learns that sometimes the most life altering things happen when we least expect it By happenstance, while on a two week trip to London with her grandmother, Tate meets Sam A small town guy from Vermont with plans to farm and a dream to write Tate and Sam s connection tempts fate, releases inhibitions and inspires that elusive L word to linger Even post heartbreak and disappearing act Fourteen long years after those impulsive London nights spent stargazing in the grass, Tate and Sam find their way back to one another Not an ideal time for Tate, considering it s on the set of the most demanding role of her acting career yet and the one chance she has to cement a connection with her Hollywood god of a father Naturally, Tate s feelings surrounding Sam are a confusing mix of disdain, assumptions, and to her complete and utter surprise, lust I won t deny, I was a little less than enthused with the Hollywood aspect of the storyline initially My tune changed quite a bit once the characters stepped foot on set and were ingrained in the process The deeper meaning behind the script and what it managed to provoke from Tate and Sam worked to pull the entire story together To reignite, and solidify, those deep feelings the lovers caught way back in London While the two plots vary vastly, there are some notable similarities between Twice in a Blue Moon and Roomies Both lack outright humor of course, there are a few one liners and dual perspectives this one is told solely through Tate s eyes , but deliver leading couples that command the spotlight In typical Christina Lauren fashion, devour able writing meets intense connection, making a binge session imminent Thank you to Gallery Books for providing a review copy. `Download ↼ Twice in a Blue Moon ↬ As an adventurous send off to her childhood, eighteen year old Tate Jones travels with her grandmother from their small town in Northern California to London But the vacation of a lifetime is wonderfully derailed by the appearance of two charming Vermont farmers grandfather Luther and his handsome grandson Sam.Sam and Tate fall hard and fast For two glorious weeks, the couple share their hopes, dreams, and secrets Sam admits he suspects his grandfather is dying and that this could be the last trip they take together, and Tate reveals that she is the hidden daughter of one of the biggest film stars in the world a secret she s never told anyone before.But when Tate is exposed by a crush of cameras and reporters, she knows she s been betrayed by the one person she thought she could trust She is forced to decide whether she will return to her quiet life or embrace being in the public eye So when Sam reappears in her worldthan a decade later, can Tate forgive the past and rekindle the passion they shared on their magical trip abroad And does she even want to