Twice in a Blue Moon by Christina Lauren
Narrated by Erin Mallon
Standalone Contemporary Romance
NOTE: The blurb for this book has spoilers!
Christina Lauren is an auto-buy author duo for me. I love their romantic comedies, and I was so excited for this. I listened in October/November, but it was while my life was kind of falling apart (I got divorced in November) and the book just didn’t do it for me the way their other books did. I thought it must be my state of mind, and came back re-listen to it last week and remembered that I really just didn’t love it enough to re-listen.
The first half book read like a YA novel. 18-year old Tate Jones travels with her grandmother to London and meets a grandfather traveling with his grandson Sam. Sam and Tate have a whirlwind love affair in those two weeks until Sam betrays her in the worst way.
Fourteen years later they end up working together and the same attraction is there. Can she forgive him?
“He’s the one who taught me what love looked like and felt like and then taught me it’s a lie. I have never been able to come back from that.”
There were some lovely moments in Twice in a Blue Moon, and I was still compelled to listen, but I found that it just didn’t make me fall in love the way Christina Lauren’s other books have. It was missing the charming quirkiness I have grown to love from this duo.
- I love a second chance romance.
- When they fell in love in London when they were young was so sweet!
- I loved his grandparent’s story.
- It is well-written and edited.
- The first half of the story was very well-developed.
- The Hollywood setting.
- Missing the usual quirkiness from this duo.
- The second half of the story felt a little rushed.
- First person only from the female is usually OK, but I felt like we were missing something from him.
- I never really got to know Sam in present time and didn’t see any reason to take him back in the present.
- I felt like we needed an update on what happened to each of them in the 14 years.
- It desperately needed an epilogue.
Erin Mallon is my favorite female narrator, especially when she does the male voice. She carried the book well and I couldn’t have wished for a better narrator, but it needed a male POV!
The Down & Dirty:
Rating: 3 Stars, 3 heat, 4.5 Narration
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