The Summer Palace: A Captive Prince Short Story (Captive Prince Short Stories Book 2) eTate completely hated Sam withvery fiber of her being I also really didn t like Sam or Tate Tate felt like an The Garden of Happy Endings 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 welcomeCredit 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 sheyes 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 Campfire 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 wasxtremely 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 Line25 StarsAge Rating PG 13 Content Screening Spoilers Educational 25 Behind the scenes on film movies and acting Positive Messages 05 Violence 00 Langauge 35 Fk sht btch dmn DrinkingDrugs 35 Legal drinkingTrigger and Content Warning Loss of loved one social anxiety racismReps NONE they triedCover 35 Characters 25 Plot 25 Publication Date October 22nd 2019Publisher Gallery BooksGenre RomanceComedyThis was not funny This was not sexy This was not romantic Christina Lauren you have let me downTo take away from the pain that is back to school season I shall read a Christina Lauren novelIt 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 Pinterest LinkedIn YouTube Instagram 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 uickly 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 her next role When arrives on location to begin filming much to her surprise she discovers Sam on set She now must face the man who betrayed herIn 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 My Little Blue Dress 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 Thending 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 Hurrah For The Blackshirts!: Fascists and Fascism in Britain Between the Wars 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 thend of the story but please take my opinions loosely and check out one of the many 5 star reviews
Before Deciding For Yourself deciding for yourself this is the book for you Many thanks to the publisher for providing my review copy the only thing wrong with this book is that its WAY TOO SHORT oh what i wouldnt give for another 100 pages of this i honestly cant get nough of it the romance of a second chance at love the tender connection between tate and sam the swoon worthy motivation behind sams writing the innocence of firsts and the desire to make them lasts and the adoration For Those Who Raised You This Story Has It All those who raised you this story has it all i love christina laurens trademark snark and humour i cant help for fall head over heels and love with their serious stories it makes both the heartwarming and the heartbreaking parts feel real and this story is no xception this has literally. Ious 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 beforeBut when Tate is xposed by a crush of cameras and repo. I get the conflicting reviews about this book now I mean I will always love Christina Lauren and will dive head first when it comes to any novel they write I adore themI think this story should ve been longer There was so much development that could ve been added to make this second chance love story ven of a whirl wind I personally didn t have a problem with the insta love aspect of this story That shit is possible to me For someone to become that meaningful and close to you in a short amount of time It can t just be dismissed if one hasn t Annual Editions: Technologies, Social Media, and Society experienced it What I did have a problem with though was with how the story was fleshed out I think it could ve worked better if we got dual perspective I wanted to see how Tate and Sam managed their lives after it changed But we just got thrust into their lives years later after they ve lived so much of it and were supposed to be on board Andven though we did get moments where there lives and feelings were xpanded upon it wasn t nough for me to latch on A lot of what Tate was living was a lie and I felt the discomfort and facade that she had to live I really would ve njoyed reading about her dropping that facade and coming to terms with her truth Fully I wanted Sam s perspective with his adoptive parents and his see how his writing developed How he dealt with the aftermath of that time he spend with Tate and the passing of Luther There was so much to this story that could ve been added I don t care if it would ve been a 500 page story I would ve asily devoured it because Christina Lauren know how to fuckin write and bring stories to life But alas I Black Heart, Red Ruby enjoyed it Just didn t fall head over heels in love Need this to be sorta kindapic Buddy reading with Karima Thank you to BookSparks for sending me a copy of this book as part of their HittheBookClub Fall campaign I love my Kindle than anything that I own and I ve ven been known to snuggle it yes my husband also thinks that s weird yet this book make me seriously debate throwing my Kindle across the room with rage I hated this book so much It s been a long time since I ve felt this way about a so called romance book I want to state for the record that I m a total Christina Lauren stan I met them recently at a book con and they couldn t have been lovelier and but I wish I could go back in time and un read this book Twice in a Blue Moon starts off with a prolonged flashback which okay I always hate but I was willing to roll with it for the sake of these authors But it felt so SO juvenile Just incredibly predictable and young and not in an ndearing way So the meat of the story had to be better right Absolutely not My biggest issue which can t be ignored is the total lack of grovelling I mean what the hell Christina Lauren I know I m a total sucker for grovel porn but in a book like this one I need EXTRA grovelling I need begging pleading nose on floor style action I got literally none of that A few half hearted apologies and a I m having a bad day too and that s all we get I DON T FORGIVE HIMTo top it off the story was very one note just ho hum and predictable all the way through I was hoping for some intense New Plant Parent: Learn the Ways of Plant Parenthood emotions intense chemistry but I didn t get any of that In fact I felt like the story was vaguely familiar kind of Swear on This Life vibes and the book felt very junior not like an adult romance Twice in a Blue Moon not only didn tngage me it angered me could you tell which just compounds my negative feelings about the story Sadly my least favorite Christina Lauren to date Copy provided in Dreaming Me: An African-American Woman's Buddhist Journey exchange for an honest reviewgoodreads instagram twitter blog I wish I could bottle the feelings Ixperience when I m reading a book by Christina Lauren First there s anticipation as I ve now read ight of their books and I just love the way they tell a story Then there s xcitement as the Many thanks to Rachel
at Gallery Books for sending me a copy in xchange for an honest reviewThis book was Gallery Books for sending me a copy in xchange for an honest reviewThis book was of my least favorites of 2019 See the rest on my video The WORST Books of 2019 I want very wish he ver makes to be for this A penny in a fountain The first star An The Lost Art of Reading Natures Signs eyelash Elevenleven Just for one time Dear god this
BOOK FELL FLAT ON ITS FACEfell flat on its face all know that I LOVED their recent novel The Unhoneymooners And so I was obviously disappointed when I Moreno ended up notnjoying 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 coughtheyhavesexcough But then Sam betrays Tate by revealing her celebrityish status to the media breaking Tate s heart A decade later Tate has Monsieur Pain 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 thenemies to lovers trope in rom coms It s probably my favorite trope in the A Spark of Light: the fearless new novel from the Number One bestselling author entire genre because it s soasy to do well and is super funny and What If 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. As an adventurous send off to her childhoodighteen 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 SamSam and Tate fall hard and fast For two glor. ,
Checked all my boxes and i couldnt be happier that CL has done it again 5 stars Another miracle happened I m giving two disturbing annoying pissed off boiling frustrated two stars to one of my favorite romance author duos Sorry Lauren and sorry Christina My hands are still shaky after I did this but I m not sorry for thatAs a summary I DON T CARE about those unlikable charactersI STILL DON T CARE ABOUT their reunion on a movie set I DON T CARE THEIR TEEN DRAMA PARTS nearly this part took half of the book I DON T CARE all those nonsense immature artificial twitter dramaI DON T EVEN CARE Tate s complicates problematic stomach aching absurdly dysfunctional relationship with her father I still wonder whaat s this character s contribution to this incredulous artificial love story anywaysAnd of course I DON T CARE how this book The Exhaustion Breakthrough endsI always say thatven a rom com is full of cliches designed with the same formula like The Exhaustion Breakthrough: Unmask the Hidden Reasons You're Tired and Beat Fatigue for Good enemies friends lovers angsty breakup groveling part and happynding tataaaa that s how the cookie crumbles I still read them Because I keep the silly part of my brain to Supplemental Book enjoy those romances to keep my inner teenage alive and happy I feed her with selected wines and crunchy delicious snacks greasy burgers and fries But my inner annoying teenager self who sings girls just wanna have fun aloud needs some romanceI m sigh contest winner and on my special days Iven cry when I watch Farmer Insurance commercials I got Hark! The Herald Angels Scream emotional because Oscar winner JK Simmons still plays at those nonsense boring commercials But this book didn t satisfy any of my not sooo highxpectations So I recommend you to pass this one Read Unhoneymooners Beautiful Bastard series one time or my all time favorite Josh and Hazel s Guide to Not Dating I m writing a thank you letter to NetGalley for harshly rejecting me to share this meaningless ARC COPY Period 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 Colloquial Polish: The Complete Course for Beginners easy to adore cast ready and willing to steal heartsWhat s noticeably absent this time around the snark or uirkiness 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 previousxperience to be mulated 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 very once in a blue moonOn the precipice of college and freedom from the constraints of the northern California town she calls home Tate learns that sometimes the most life altering things when we least Bidadari yang Mengembara 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 thatlusive 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 Consideringtime for Tate considering 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 Red River Girl enthused with the Hollywood aspect of the storyline initially My tune changed uite 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 thentire 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 La strada delle croci 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 By now most of you probably know how much I wasxcited to read this book Well I ve read it and it wasn tgreat As you can imagine this has taken uite a toll on me Please respect my privacy during this very difficult time Thank youIt pains me to say this but this was the pretty forgettable and remarkablyunremarkable It actually makes my love life seem alluring in comparison and I don t ven have a love life I m usually generous with my ratings when it comes to romance It s like oh a love story that made me feel than a seething vaulted indifference Made me also acutely aware of the lack of wooeing and romancing I m xperiencing right now 5 stars But this wasn t it. Rters 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 uiet life or The Ballad of Dorothy Wordsworth embrace being in the publicye So when Sam reappears in her world than a decade later can Tate forgive the past and rekindle the passion they shared on their magical trip abroad And does she ven want to.