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Twice in a Blue Moon by Christina Lauren
Narrator: Erin Mallon
Published by Simon & Schuster Audio on October 22, 2019
Genres: Contemporary Romance
Length: 8 hours, 29minutes
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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.
I love the way Tate had amazing women in her life: Nana, her Mom and Charlie. Also, I hate the men in her life or that drop in and out so quickly. Her parents divorcing when she was young and her Dad being a big movie star has to be weird. And then her Nana and Mom never talk about him and she never sees him.
Tate is very likable although a bit insecure about men. Well, that is not surprising. Sam may have reasons but I don’t like what he did. At all. I enjoyed getting to see a bit of his thoughts from the four emails he sent her. I totally get Tate being attracted to him but I hate it. Her father, well, she has experience with him and it isn’t going to help her feel secure.
Twice in a Blue Moon is two emotional whirlwinds for Tate with a decade plus between them. Each time is emotionally authentic but I don’t like the time gap. I’d also like to see how things go forward a bit from the ending point. It’s one thing to let a woman be independent enough to choose, but another when you don’t communicate anything.
I have listened to Erin Mallon before. Her female voices were distinct but I felt she had mostly one male voice. I love that male voice but it was weird coming from a couple different characters. I was able to listen at my normal 1.5x speed.
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