Book Review: Hang The Moon by Alexandria Bellefleur (ARC)
"In a delightful follow-up to Written in the Stars, Alexandria Bellefleur delivers another #ownvoices queer rom-com about a hopeless romantic who vows to show his childhood crush that romance isn’t dead by recreating iconic dates from his favorite films...
Brendon Lowell loves love. It’s why he created a dating app to help people find their one true pairing and why he’s convinced “the one” is out there, even if he hasn’t met her yet. Or... has he? When his sister's best friend turns up in Seattle unexpectedly, Brendon jumps at the chance to hang out with her. He’s crushed on Annie since they were kids, and the stars have finally aligned, putting them in the same city at the same time.
Annie booked a spur-of-the-moment trip to Seattle to spend time with friends before moving across the globe. She’s not looking for love, especially with her best friend’s brother. Annie remembers Brendon as a sweet, dorky kid. Except, the 6-foot-4 man who shows up at her door is a certified Hot Nerd and Annie... wants him? Oh yes.
Getting involved would be a terrible idea—her stay is temporary and he wants forever—but when Brendon learns Annie has given up on dating, he’s determined to prove that romance is real. Taking cues from his favorite rom-coms, Brendon plans to woo her with elaborate dates straight out of Nora Ephron’s playbook. The clock is ticking on Annie’s time in Seattle, and Brendon’s starting to realize romance isn’t just flowers and chocolate. But maybe real love doesn’t need to be as perfect as the movies... as long as you think your partner hung the moon."
I received Hang the Moon by Alexandria Bellefleur for free by Harper 360 UK as a giveaway win. Thank you so much for this proof copy! I absolutely adored Written in the Stars & I was definitely ‘over the moon’ when I won! Please excuse my pun! 😂
In Hang The Moon we follow Brendon - a true romantic who helps others find their true love but hasn’t had much luck himself in that department. However, when his childhood crush Annie, who is cynical about love, comes back into town he is determined to prove to her that romance isn’t dead & they may find some sparks along the way!
I love that we got to see Brendon’s love journey in this book! I also really enjoyed the dynamic of him being the sweet romantic & Annie being the cynic! Along with the great chemistry between the two of them it was nice to see how they balance each other out. He helps her be more optimistic & she shows him how to be more realistic - the perfect match! There is a gorgeous quote from Modern Family that fits them so well - “the dreamers need the realists to keep them from soaring too close to the sun. And the realists, well without the dreamers, they might not ever get off the ground.”
Plus it was so sweet that we got snippets of Darcy and Elle from Written in the Stars! I absolutely adore it when authors do this across their stories! It’s so special and a nice way to keep the characters with us.
The writing is absolutely fantastic and I love the bisexual representation in this book! It flows so nicely and is so engaging I don’t want to put her books down! Writing this review is seriously making me contemplate dropping my TBR and doing a reread!
If my gushing review isn’t already making you want to run and read this book then let me also tell you that it has the “there is only one bed” trope and it is *chefs kiss*
Alexandria Bellefleur is one of my favourite authors and this was one of my favourite reads of the year, I can’t wait to read what she writes next! Speaking of new books…Count Your Lucky Stars is coming out next year and Harper 360 UK if you have any spare proof copies pretty please please please may I steal a copy? 🤣 I can’t wait to read it!
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