Title: Hang the Moon
Author: Alexandria Bellefleur
Series: Written in the Stars #2
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Narrator: Lauren Sweet
Length: 11 hours (384 pages)
Release Date: May 25, 2021
Recommended for fans of: Written in the Stars
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.
This was a cute romance featuring the best-friend’s-brother trope, lots of romcom movie references, and romantic dates around Seattle. Annie and Brendon had a strong connection, and this book has maybe my favorite romcom epilogue that will especially delight Disney fans.
However, this book also includes the MOST MORTIFYING scene I have ever read in chapter 6. There was no reason for that to happen in a romance book period, and that level of secondhand embarrassment so early in a book made me almost DNF. I stuck with it because Written in the Stars was one of my favorite books of 2021, and while I enjoyed the rest of the book, that scene nearly ruined it for me. IYKYK.
I also don’t love romance books where one person is on vacation/planning to leave soon when the couple gets together. It puts too much pressure on a new relationship and usually leads to unrealistic outcomes. I know romcoms are meant to be a fun escape from reality, but that kind of plot line requires too much suspension of disbelief for me to fully get wrapped up in the story.