Review: Hang the Moon by Alexandria Bellefleur

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…

Cover Design: Ashley Caswell

Synopsis

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.4

My thoughts

I want a Brendon to romance me like he woos Annie in Hang the Moon. (sigh)

“You’re like…Lay’s potato chips. You can’t eat just one.”

Brendon to Annie, p. 144

I love this sequel in the “Written In The Stars” series. Alexandria Bellefleur gives a story heavier in romance and heat with Brendon and Annie. I love the heat. (chuckle)

I will say that for me, I could totally relate to the sentiment of other online daters of feeling “frustrated rather than hopeful…more pessimistic than optimistic” (p. 9). I am in the online dating world and it is harsh out there. Bellefleur takes this fact and gives us up with Brendon. He is waiting for his perfect one and is willing to go on date after date to find her. He isn’t willing to settle. Love this as I am in this exact headset.

Hang the Moon focuses more on happiness and where you are in life. The overall message is to not settle whether it is in romance or work. Happiness is important and not worth being sacrificed to just survive. 

Bellefleur gives us a first kiss worth reading over and over again. (sigh) It made my heart go “pitter patter”. Everything is more detailed in this book and I love it.

Hang the Moon reminds of all of the great rom-coms while creating its own. Brendon and Annie are worth your time. Bellefleur gives us a romance that will want you to look to moon for your own chance at love.

I got this book from my library. I love my local library and you should check out yours too. Request LGBTQ+ books and they will stock them! #ebooksforall 

Rating: 5 out of 5.

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Further Details:

Publisher: Avon, 9780063000841, May 25th 2021

Cover Design: Ashley Caswell; Illustration: Elizaveta Rusalskaya

Editor: Nicole Fischer

Narrator: Lauren Sweet

Series: Written in the Stars #2; Settings: Seattle, WA, U.S.

Pages: 384

SC: Pansexual

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