Book Review – Hang the Moon by Alexandria Bellefleur

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Title: Hang the Moon (Written in the Stars #2)

Author: Alexandria Bellefleur

Publisher: Avon

Publication date: May 25th, 2021

384 pages

4/5 stars

Goodreads Synopsis

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.

Review

“The way I see it, you can’t rush something you want to last forever.”

Alexandria Bellefleur, Hang the Moon

Okay sibling’s best friend is one of my favorite tropes out there. I love watching feelings of barely contained annoyance or friendship evolve into an intimate attraction over time with some spicy additions. I’ve never personally felt attraction to a friend’s brother but I fall in love with these books every time and Hang the Moon is no different.

Brendon is a romantic who is looking for the other half of his OTP and is desperate to find it like his sister did. When Annie, his sister’s best friend and long time crush, arrives unexpectedly for a visit his crush is renewed and he sets out to win her over. But Annie is only there for a short trip before moving to Europe for work and isn’t looking for a relationship, no matter how much she is now attracted to Brendon.

First off, my favorite part about Brendon is how his sweet personality and romantic side turns into a dominant force in the bedroom. Steamy, steamy, steamy. He is the perfect combination to melt Annie’s shell and show her what life can be like when you share it with someone else, even if it is someone you’ve known since you were a kid. There are also funny scenes, like the ferris wheel!! I was laughing out loud during this book.

Next up is the final in the series, Count Your Lucky Stars, coming out soon!

Happy reading, folks!

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