Twice in a Blue Moon – Christina Lauren

four stars black
Genre: Romance 
Release Date: October 22, 2019
Pages: 368
Publisher: Gallery Books

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.


Twice is a Blue Moon is a cute romance that you will devour quickly.

Twice in a Blue Moon follows Tate as she goes on a European adventure and meets Sam where they fall in love in a whirlwind romance. Sam then abandons her only for them to meet years later.

What makes Twice in a Blue Moon work as a second chance romance is the time Lauren takes to develop the romance in the beginning. Readers spend a considerable amount of time with Tate and Sam as they explore London and quickly begin to fall for each other. With many second chance romances, the connection and chemistry between the characters is assumed and not earned. Fortunately, the chemistry between Tate and Sam is instant and all consuming.

The first half of the novel was my favourite and the reason I rated it four stars. However, the second half of the novel that follows Tate and Sam’s reunion years later fails to deliver palpable chemistry. Hence, the four star rating.

Tate and Sam in the future lack the chemistry they had when they first meet. Tate spends a lot of time in her head second-guessing and musing on what Sam is thinking, etc. There are too many hurtles for them to pass that would have been easily cleared had they spent a little more time talking to each other. I understand, for the sake of tension, that they can’t immediately fall into each other’s arms, but a long drawn out affair with hurtle after hurtle is tiresome.

Overall, Twice in a Blue Moon is a solid second chance romance with a Hollywood twist!


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