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 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.
APPLE BOOKS REVIEW
Two of our favorites—the second-chance love story and celebrity romance—come together in a satisfying way with Twice in a Blue Moon. Tate Jones, the daughter of a troubled A-lister, grew up away from the Hollywood spotlight, but then her first love, Sam, betrayed her to the paparazzi. Years later, Tate is a celebrity in her own right, and she’s completely taken aback when she reconnects with the man who broke her heart on a movie set. This glitzy romance captures both the giddiness of first love and the bittersweetness of an unexpected reunion—and it totally sold us on the idea that some people are destined for each other.
This solid but unexceptional contemporary from Lauren (The Unhoneymooners) tries to do a few too many things at once. When Tate Butler goes on a trip to London shortly after turning 18, she meets Sam Brandis and falls instantly into a whirlwind romance so intense that she finds herself telling him her biggest secret: she's Hollywood royalty, the "lost" daughter of heartthrob Ian Butler. She vanished from the public view at age eight, and everyone wants to know where she went. Sam almost immediately sells Tate's secret to the tabloids and launches her into the spotlight again. Ten years after Sam's betrayal, Tate realizes that her past isn't as far behind her as she thinks. Stepping into her first leading role on a film set in Northern California, she's introduced to the screenwriter: Sam. Despite his earlier betrayal, she still feels drawn to him and must decide whether to give him another chance. Sometimes awkward parallels are drawn between the love story of Sam and Tate, who are both white, and the interracial historical romance of the film they're working on. The pacing is imperfect, but the ending satisfies. Readers inclined toward narratives of forgiveness will appreciate this story of learning to leave the past in the past.
I thoroughly enjoyed the story, and overall recommend, but the ending seemed awfully abrupt to me. I felt disappointed, thinking, “That’s it? What about (XYZ)? What about (ABC)?”
I would definitely read it again, but I also definitely deducted a star for that ending.
Loved but needed more
I loved this story but seriously needed like 5 more chapters. I don’t think the ending did their relationship justice. I loved them together and needed more.
Another Christina Lauren hit!
I really enjoyed the story, but I wish it was a little more detailed at some points. It felt kind of rushed sometimes, but it is a cute love story, of “coming of age love”.