Twice in a Blue Moon

Twice in a Blue Moon

by Christina Lauren

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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.

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ISBN-13: 9781501197420
Publisher: Gallery Books
Publication date: 10/22/2019
Pages: 368
Sales rank: 14,916
Product dimensions: 5.20(w) x 8.20(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

Christina Lauren is the combined pen name of longtime writing partners and best friends Christina Hobbs and Lauren Billings, the New York Times, USA TODAY, and #1 internationally bestselling authors of the Beautiful and Wild Seasons series, Dating You / Hating You, Autoboyography, Love and Other Words, Roomies, Josh and Hazel’s Guide to Not Dating, My Favorite Half-Night Stand, and The Unhoneymooners. You can find them online at ChristinaLaurenBooks.com, @ChristinaLauren on Instagram, or @ChristinaLauren on Twitter.

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Twice in a Blue Moon 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 57 reviews.
gaele 25 days ago
Tate Jones lived most of her young life ‘hiding in plain sight’, but never sharing the secret of who her father is except with her best friend, Charlie. Living with her grandmother and mother, working in their little café just north of Los Angeles, and never being allowed to just be a kid without secrets, her first trip away from home in over a decade is to London with her grandmother, leaving her mother in charge of the café. From the start, Tate and her grandmother have adjustments to make – it’s the biggest place Tate has ever been, her grandmother is unhappy with the room, and she’s planned every second of the trip for and with Tate. But, they also encounter another pair of Americans in a small café – Sam and his ‘pseudo-grandfather’ Luther. Instant sparks flash between Tate and Sam, and while he’s a bit older, the attraction is not one-sided and her grandmother and Luther seem to have things to discuss as well. But, trust and Luther’s failing health have Tate in a tight spot – especially when partway into their vacation Tate shares her secret and the feelings she has for Sam, and just a bit later he and Luther are gone, checked out of the hotel, and the paparazzi are hounding Tate. Having lost her first love and her trust betrayed in such a callous manner has Tate closing down on the ‘personal’ side of her life, although she’s been offered the chance to act, and been very successful. Fast forward a decade and Tate has been chosen for a script that seems to be tailor made for her – one that will bring critical acclaim as well as stretch her skills. There’s just one problem – the story, and person, she is to play is Sam’s grandmother – the screenwriter is Sam, and he’s there – at the first table read – without her having any warning at all. Of course there is plenty of back and forth, and more than a bit of interference from Tate’s father- always to place himself in the best light, but things do come to a head with decisions to be made by both of them. While this started out as a very YA read, the growth in both Sam and Tate when we rejoin them years later, as well as the revelations and self-awareness that is sparked during their reunion and information (or confirmation) about Tate’s father all seem to bring the story into a solid late-20’s sort of story – both characters have a fairly solid sense of who they are and who they are meant to be, and with the input from secondary characters that help to fix Tate’s challenges and worries into a more ‘familiar’ framework for her to sort through – the story is engaging, hopeful and full of the heart that one expects from a second chance at romance story. I received an eArc copy of the title from the publisher via NetGalley for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.
bookbruin 28 days ago
There is just something about young love that gets me every time. The giddy feeling and invincible hopefulness that only first love can create. Second chance romances that start like this are always my catnip. Twice in a Blue Moon definitely delivers on this (as well as on the forced proximity trope), but I wouldn't necessarily classify this book as a romance. It certainly has romantic elements and a large part of the story focuses on romantic love, but an equally large part focuses on the love of family (blood related and not) and the sacrifices and lengths we will go for those we love. I really enjoyed seeing Sam and Tate's relationship begin and how the whirlwind of young love consumes them. The chapters in the past were written so beautifully that I couldn't help but be swept up in their love too. It was so relatable and Christina Lauren captured the excitement, uncertainty, and wonder of first love so well. Just as quickly as it begins though, it all comes crashing down. 14 years pass before the stars realign for Sam and Tate and circumstances push them together again. The connection they shared all those years ago is just as strong and I liked how they were able to get to know these older and somewhat wiser versions of each other. There are some wonderful (and not so wonderful) secondary characters in the book, specifically Charlie, Marco, and Ian. Charlie is the BFF we all wish we had and Marco is the rock that will see you through anything. Ian was perfectly despicable and the fact that I wanted to throttle him several times in the book shows how well written his character was. The ending of the book felt a little rushed and my greedy heart really wanted an epilogue, but I loved how the story came full circle. Twice in a Blue Moon left me smiling ear to ear. *I voluntarily read an advance review copy of this book*
wendm_ccbh 28 days ago
I'm still trying to progress what I've read and try to form the words to adequately express my feelings for this book. Twice in a Blue Moon by Christina Lauren has been my first book by the writing duo in a while. To say I was elated to have been accepted for an early e-ARC by the publisher is an understatement (just haven't been lucky previously). I have nothing bad to say about this duo's writing. As always their writing is phenomenal and cohesive, feeling as if one person were writing the story. But this story was not what I had been hoping for. I have to agree with many, the first part of the story is truly captivating. Tate Archer is 18 and young. Spending her summer in London with her Nana before she heads to college. On this trip she meets Sam Brandis. The two fall and embark in a sweet, angsty summer love until heartbreak occurs and the person Tate trusted the most betrays her. Fast forward 14 years and this is when the story started declining for me. Just when I thought Tate and Sam's reconnection would be filled with passion, and angst it never came. There is barely any romance between them and their moments together aren't as thrilling. Overall, I just needed more, especially from Sam. Those rare and small moments from him left me feeling resigned. And the ending, well the ending felt rushed. Sigh. That being said, I ask you to go completely blind into this story and experience it on your own. You may just end up loving it!
JenLaRowe 2 days ago
Twice in a Blue Moon had so much promise to be a great novel, but for me it fell short. It had great characters that I felt connected to, but it seemed like there were whole parts of the plot missing. I thought there were events in the book that should have been elaborated on, but they were skimmed over. 3 stars
Anonymous 6 days ago
Thank you to Gallery Books and Netgalley for the free ebook in exchange for an honest review. Tate and Sam meet in London when they were on vacation with their respective grandparent--Tate with her grandmother and Sam with his grandfather. The attraction was immediate, and they fall hard and fast. So much so, that Tate tells Sam a little secret--she is the daughter of one of the most famous movie actors alive. Little does she know, when they return back home, her life is turned upside down. Fast forward fourteen years, Tate is also a successful actress in her own right. She is cast in a movie in which she is the lead and her father has a supporting role. She is excited until she runs into Sam on the set, and finds out that he wrote the screenplay for the film. This is my first book by the author duo, but I know it will not be my last. The interaction between Tate and Sam was wonderful. But is there forgiveness for what happened on London? Well, you'll just have to read it to find out.
mississippimomreads 6 days ago
I must confess that this is my first book by the writing duo Christina Lauren and I'm not sure I picked the best one as my first! Twice in a Blue Moon is a tale that starts with two college aged kids on a family trip with a grandparent. It is a bit of a love at first sight moment with chemistry and intimacy and neither could imagine that they were falling in love so quickly in such a short amount of time. Their time together abruptly ends with an emotional crisis and a betrayal and that section ends and section two begins. Fast forward 14 years, and now, these same two people, who are now very different, reconnect and hardly even discuss why they didn't stay in touch all of these years (which is a huge occurrence but let's not focus on a catalyst that changed lives and all)… It feels a bit like two different books and I really enjoyed the first half when the kids were teens/young adults but then when they reunited, it felt like different people and I never really connected with their present day lives. I think the book would have been better if we hadn't skipped ahead 14 years but just continued the story - there would have been plenty of material to use without a 14 yr gap of hurt emotions and unexplained loss. The ending was gratifying but still disjointed with another emotional crisis thrown together. Others have loved their earlier works so I am going to work on the backlist for this author! I am grateful to NetGalley and to Gallery Books for an advanced copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
Kelly_Hunsaker_reads 8 days ago
There is one thing to know when you go into a modern romance. There will be no real surprises. The girl will get the boy. They will both be good and kind, warm and open. They will have something to hide but will break down the walls of the other. Another thing is that you know they will end up together in the end. Generally I like my books to be less predictable, but sometimes I just want simple and sweet, warm and fuzzy. And this book is all of those things. During a trip to London with her grandmother, a young woman named Tate meets Sam, a farm boy from Vermont who is traveling with his grandfather. They fall for one another and soon they are spending every moment together. She confides to him her truth -- that she is the daughter of a famous Hollywood actor. She has been living in hiding with her mother and grandfather outside the reach of her dad. Unfortunately her secret shared becomes the catalyst for her heartbreak when Sam turns to the paparazzi. He disappears, she is torn apart and both return to the US. Fourteen years later Tate is now famous in her own right and has signed on for a big film. She is starring alongside her father. But on the first day of Set she meets the writer -- Sam! Thus, the title of the book. The story then revolves around the question, why. Why did Sam spill her secret to the press? Why did he disappear and break her heart? And does it even matter? I think these authors did a nice job of examining the pain of love lost and how it affects us. And, how we move on from betrayal. Unfortunately, though, I didn't much care for Tate. I didn't really believe her story. I didn't find her all that likable. And because of this I never really cared whether Sam loved her, hurt her or left her. And more importantly, I never cared if they found their way back together. Thank you to Gallery Pocket books and NetGalley who provided me with a digital ARC in exchange for an honest review.
Kelly_Hunsaker_reads 8 days ago
There is one thing to know when you go into a modern romance. There will be no real surprises. The girl will get the boy. They will both be good and kind, warm and open. They will have something to hide but will break down the walls of the other. Another thing is that you know they will end up together in the end. Generally I like my books to be less predictable, but sometimes I just want simple and sweet, warm and fuzzy. And this book is all of those things. During a trip to London with her grandmother, a young woman named Tate meets Sam, a farm boy from Vermont who is traveling with his grandfather. They fall for one another and soon they are spending every moment together. She confides to him her truth -- that she is the daughter of a famous Hollywood actor. She has been living in hiding with her mother and grandfather outside the reach of her dad. Unfortunately her secret shared becomes the catalyst for her heartbreak when Sam turns to the paparazzi. He disappears, she is torn apart and both return to the US. Fourteen years later Tate is now famous in her own right and has signed on for a big film. She is starring alongside her father. But on the first day of Set she meets the writer -- Sam! Thus, the title of the book. The story then revolves around the question, why. Why did Sam spill her secret to the press? Why did he disappear and break her heart? And does it even matter? I think these authors did a nice job of examining the pain of love lost and how it affects us. And, how we move on from betrayal. Unfortunately, though, I didn't much care for Tate. I didn't really believe her story. I didn't find her all that likable. And because of this I never really cared whether Sam loved her, hurt her or left her. And more importantly, I never cared if they found their way back together. Thank you to Gallery Pocket books and NetGalley who provided me with a digital ARC in exchange for an honest review.
kstokes 9 days ago
I'm a huge fan of second chance romance and this book absolutely has that and I've come to love Christina Lauren books but this one was just okay for me. I struggled to relate or even like Tate or Sam throughout the book. It also seemed that some things just weren't really well explained, there were several times that I went back and reread to see if i had missed something only to discover I had not. With the way the book ended I felt it really could use an epilogue, there was no real resolution to things discussed. #TwiceInABlueMoon
Becka 9 days ago
Thanks go to NetGalley and the publisher for the opportunity to read an advance copy of this book in exchange for my honest review. I’m a big fan of Christina Lauren, so I was excited to read their upcoming book. While it was an okay read, it wasn’t up to par with previous books by the duo. I found myself struggling to relate to Tate and Sam, both at the beginning, when they’re 18 and 21, and in the remainder of the book, which takes place 14 years later. There was major insta-love in the first section and as the story progressed, I never became invested in their relationship. I didn’t find myself rooting for them to end up together, which is something I want in a romance. The story was by no means poorly written, and I’m sure there are many readers who will love it, but for me, it was just okay.
MaBiche 11 days ago
I went up and down with my rating for this book. I love this writing duo and my experience with their past work has been excellent but these latest two novels (Unhoneymooners and Twice In A Blue Moon) do not meet the high bar they’ve set with Roomies and Josh & Hazel. The endings were not satisfactory. They were not quite enough. For Twice In A Blue Moon, I enjoyed the London (past) part better than the Ruby Farm (present) half. Young love in a foreign country—I appreciate the thrill of that. Everything up to the betrayal was well done. Then it all went downhill from there. I guess I don’t find movie actors relatable. I just didn’t care that Ian is a douche or if Tate and Sam get back together. The creative choices were predictable and that was a pity because I know the duo can do better. I wanted to like this book better than I actually do. I’m sad that I don’t.
Anonymous 11 days ago
This is my first Christina Lauren book, and I’m hooked. Twice in a Blue Moon is a second chance romance that’s flirtatious and fun while sharing the story of first love, betrayal, forgiveness, and the courage to trust again. Quick and fun and just enough romance and love (not over explicit) to satisfy the reader. Thank you to Net Galley and Gallery Pocket Books for an advanced readers copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.
lenorewastaken 12 days ago
4.5 stars — Well this was a strange romance. I felt so much for the crazy position that Tate was put in. She’s such a strange character, because in so many ways she’s pretty weak actually. But not completely, and that’s what made her interesting to read about. Because she’s kind of unlike anyone I’ve ever read before. Because of her childhood, and her Mom and Nana, she was so sheltered and conditioned to follow their whims and desires. It was kind of unhealthy if I’m being honest, but not, like, hugely unhealthy. Just not ideal. I almost wish she’d had more epiphanies in that direction. But anyways. So we kind of understand how she developed into this somewhat more meek character, but that doesn’t mean that there aren’t interesting things about her, that she doesn’t have an inner strength to her. She’s just sort of lost her way a bit. And the whole situation with Sam was so bizarre and kind of heartbreaking. I kind of absolutely loved that the author didn’t shy away from the difficult situation. It was uncomfortable to read, b/c he was placed in this horrible position, and while I believe he went about things wrong, I *get* why he made the decisions he made. And it was interesting to see how the consequences followed him, but yet he would still make the same decision. I loved how real that was. How real *he* was. And I LOVED her reactions to him, and the things she finds out about all of it They were so RAW and REAL and CONFLICTED. I adored that. Because frick, what a situation, you know? Like, she has every right to still be hurt and betrayed by it, but there’s so much more in all that. GAH. Noice. I LOVED the romance from their teenage years. God, it was just so real, and visceral. I felt the crush. I felt the chemistry. I felt the developing friendship. It was like, all that is good in humanity that makes me have silly smiles and tummy tingles. I hurt for Tate with her Dad. That situation may have been real, but it freaking sucked. I LOVED the secondary characters in this one! Oh man, so many great friends! From Luther at the beginning, to Charlie, Trey, and Nick later. And Marco! It was nice to see Tate have all these other support systems, you know? She didn’t live in a vacuum. I also loved that she developed friendships along the way, and it was a real friendship with Nick. Great interactions there. I loved how fierce Charlie was in her protection of Tate, but that in the end she would always support Tate and really just wanted her to be happy. I strangely loved the script and the glimpses of that story within the story. We didn’t get the full one, but enough to understand what was in Sam’s heart based on his love for his grandparents. So yeah…this one was a strange bird, but it worked for me. I was sucked in and intrigued.
Anonymous 16 days ago
fun read and i wanted more!
laur3296 16 days ago
A fabulous story. I shouldn't be surprised since I almost always love books by Christina Lauren. However, this was a second chance at love story, which usually aren't my favorites. But I fell in love with both Tate and Sam. I love how there wasn't any overly drawn out angst. I love how the "betrayal" wasn't a made up misunderstanding . I love how both characters had flaws, but accepted it in each other. I loved both the young and the nature versions of the characters. I love how sweet this story was without being overly sappy. I loved this so much im going shopping to see if there are any books by this author that I haven't read. I did receive this as an advance copy from net galley. It didn't affect my review, which you will believe when you read this for yourself.
andi22 16 days ago
I was so excited to receive this book as I loved The Unhoneymooners which I thought though predictable was laugh out loud and just plain fun. I couldn't wait to get back to reading it. This book was the polar opposite save it too was predictable. Some groan at the prose moments. ["I wanted to possess him and be possessed by him in a way that made me feel nearly wild." "My hands come to the front of his shirt... and I want to tear it off, dig my hands into the skin underneath and pull his heart free."] STOP. PLEASE!! Everything was telegraphed. And seemingly contrived. A page turner only because I felt committed to finishing the book and wanted to do it as quickly as possible. Did I even like any of the characters? I think not. Well, maybe Luther who had a very minor role and Nana. Tate and Sam--the main characters--not so much. Additionally, I found the movie set dialog [no real spoiler alert] between Richard and Ellen a disconnect/distraction/abrupt. I'm in the distinct minority here, but this book just did nothing for me. A struggle to finish. 1.5. This is my first 1* review. I was tempted to round up, but upon review, my 2* were far superior, so...
Fredreeca2001 17 days ago
Tate and her grandmother take a vacation to London. Tate meets a wonderful young man. Or so she thinks! In just the few weeks she is in London, she falls in love with Sam. She tells him her deepest secret. Then she is betrayed. Years later, Tate encounters Sam on the set of a movie. This throws Tate completely off her game. You will have to read this story to find out their where’s, when’s, why’s and how’s. This is not your typical story from this duo. It is missing all the snarkiness and the funny innuendos. But, it is still a good tale. I will say, when the story began, I felt like I was reading a teen love story. I will be honest, I almost put it aside. I am glad I continued reading. The connection between Sam and Tate is strong. But, is it strong enough to survive? I received this novel for St. Martin’s Press and Book Expo 2019.
Denice_L 17 days ago
A feel good story of two people who meet and fall in love, but wait, there's more. At the beginning, they move quickly from strangers to more than just friends. When secrets are shared, then sold, the two part just as quickly as they came together. Fast forward and fate pushed them together again. Can they learn to trust again? Love again? Well, it is a romantical novel. But the journey they travel is a very entertaining one that will satisfy even the most cynical reader. The ending is very good. That big sigh you heard was me, I really enjoyed this book.
ACody89 18 days ago
This book was definitely one of my favorite books today!! It's my first book by Christina Lauren, and I'll definitely be going back for more!!!! Her writing is done so beautifully and so well! I feel like I'm reading a piece of true literature. I really love when we get two parts to a story, a now and a then. Christina did this so beautifully!!!! When Sam & Tate met in London, it was so adorable. I loved the way she wrote their blooming romance. Their type of "insta-love" was so special, and so memorable. Who doesn't want to travel abroad and fall in love? Then, the insane heartbreak that followed, oh how my heart hurt for Tate!!! Each of these single moments were written as if we were a tourist traveling with them, from the moment her and Nana got to the hotel, to when she met Sam & Luther, to after Sam & Luther left. Every moment, every scene, just written so perfectly. Now for the characters, Tate blew me away. I love how she has this past that no one knows about and how Sam is this farm boy who was saved. They seemed just so perfect for each other. Fast-forward years later, I equally love them as adults. Tate has grown into absolutely everything she wanted to be, and then we get this insane wrench thrown in the works with Sam. This wrench was EVERYTHINGGGGG. The movie that we see Tate do is life-changing, career-changing, it's a piece of art. To see everything that went into it was so special, but it was also special to see Tate in the role. Sam was absolutely everything I'd hoped for. He's this rugged man, who also followed his dream. It just couldn't have been more perfect. Also, soooo aptly named title! The scenery in this book really blew me away. From the touristy things in London, to the farm on the photo shoot, to just about everything. I really felt like I was feeling the fire that Tate felt while filming, I felt like I was laying in the grass with them, I mean just everything was there! It was truly a big part of what made this book so special! I have to say, I cannot wait to read more of their books. I can't believe it took me this long, but it definitely won't be my last!
HollyLovesBooks4Us 18 days ago
Christina Lauren are a wonderful combo of authors that really do work so well together. Their work is so well intertwined. This is another terrific release from this duo. A quick and sweet romantic read that was a pleasurable change from some of the darker reads of this time of year. The story is a sweet romance of love at first sight with a wonderful setting, making the atmosphere part of the story. Their work is always great fun and with a great tone. Definitely recommend. #TwiceInABlueMoon #NetGalley #GalleryBooks #GalleryPocketBooks
courtofbingereading 21 days ago
***Thank you to NetGalley and Gallery Books for sending me this copy in exchange for an honest review*** It pains me to rate a Christina Lauren book 3 stars, but I can’t give this book 4 stars. Somehow, this book just fell a bit flat for me. If I had to pick what I think stopped me from falling in love with this story, it would have to be the romance. I didn’t fully believe it nor was I super invested in it. Let me back up a bit. As you can tell from the synopsis, this is a second chance romance book. The first few chapters take place when our main character, Tate, is 18 years old and meets Sam Brandis. Her first real love. Then, the rest of the book is told from 32-year-old Tate’s point of view. So, where did it go wrong for me? I needed more moments between Tate and Sam as adults. I wasn't completely sold on the fact that their feelings for each other never faded. However, I can tell you that the main character and side characters are fantastic. Tate’s relationship with her best friend, Charlie, is one of my favorite things about this book! I also really loved how Christina Lauren depicted Tate’s relationship with her father. They wrote it flawlessly; I truly felt Tate’s pain and annoyance with her father. That being said, I still recommend this book to fans of second chance romance and fans of Christina Lauren. This book fell a bit short for me, but that doesn’t mean it will for you. This book is so much more than a simple romance book. It’s a story about how our relationships with our parents affect us, first love, heartbreak, betrayal, and friendship. The message of this story is that love is out there for all of us. No matter how battered or cautious your heart may be, if you open yourself up, you can find love that will nurture you rather than cause you pain.
Anonymous 21 days ago
Loved this book, such emotions From a youthful lost first love, to an older more mature guestioning love. The hard reasoning of a child from divorced parents trying to work through tough questions about being worthy of love.
AJ_DreamComeReview 21 days ago
Twice in a Blue Moon is a delightful, heart-wrenching romantic tale that starts with a chance meeting of two starry-eyed young loves in London. Right off the bat, I liked Sam. He was down-to-earth, kind, and I found myself wishing I was in Tate’s place. I struggled a little with Tate simply because I felt like she shared her secrets too quickly. I don’t see how it could have been done differently writing-wise, it was just tough to watch and I was waiting for the other shoe to drop. And oh boy did it. The beautiful, hope-filled romance in the beginning helped carry me through the angst of the middle of the book. Honestly, I couldn’t find it in myself to hate Sam. My main complaint was the ending happened so quickly that it all came to a head abruptly and felt disjointed. I also wish we had more time exploring the adult relationships. The timeline just didn’t allow for enough growth. I don’t think I’m completely sold on the second-chance trope but I was in love with the initial romance between Tate and Sam. I also loved watching the complex relationships Tate has and her growth through the end of the book. This was an interesting departure from the light-hearted Christina Lauren books I’ve read and I’m looking forward to reading more of their work! **I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
Anonymous 22 days ago
Tate Jones was eighteen when her whole world changed. During a vacation abroad in London with her grandma, Tate met Sam Brandis, a charming 21-year old who just so happened to be staying at the same hotel. Tate and Sam spent every moment they could together, learning about one another, sharing their hopes, dreams, and in Tate's case, their biggest secrets. Tate is the daughter of one of the worlds most famous actors, who hasn't been publicly seen since her parents messy divorce. She's spent her life since being someone else and only a handful of people know who she truly is. Sam is the first person she's ever felt comfortable enough to let in on her big secret. She was very wrong. Sam was Tate's first everything: first love, first time, and first heartbreak. Now, fourteen years later, Tate, a big up-and-coming actress, just landed a major break out role and doesn't have time to dwell on her lost love. When she arrives on set, Sam Brandis is the very last person she expected to see. Tate is shocked to discover that Sam happens to be the screenwriter for the film, and he's just as handsome and charismatic as he was all those years ago. Tate is now forced to confront his betrayal head on, and must ask herself if doing something bad for the right reason is enough to put the past behind her, especially when old feelings start to stir up. Christina Lauren just have a way of making me swoon. Seriously, I would love to just live in one of their worlds. Tate feels so real and relatable, and her actions seem genuine. Sam, despite his mistakes, never stopped loving Tate and does everything he can to make her see the error of his ways. I will say that I do think Tate seemed to forgive him a bit quicker than I thought she should, but hey, it's fictional and all. My other issue was that I didn't feel any resolution when it came to the drama at the end. I feel if we saw that conclusion this would've been a full 5 star read for me. Other than that, I loved this and flew through it. I loved the setting, both London and the movie set in the woods. The humor and dialogue were spot on. I also really enjoyed how you got little excerpts from the movie script as they were shooting the film. I thought that was a nice touch. All in all, another great story by this dynamic duo.
sspea 22 days ago
When Tate's grandmother takes her to Europe her one rule is 'don't tell anyone who you are' Carrying the secret of her parentage throughout her life, Tate finally breaks and reveals her one secret to Sam Brandis, a boy she meets and falls head over heels with. When her secret is exposed and her life is changed forever Tate must navigate thought the loss of trust and her new found fame. This book was really cute. You obviously know whats happening and whats going to happen, but it was still an enjoyable read. A light and engaging read you can power through in an afternoon