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 favourite 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 realise 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.
Hang the Moon is the second book in the Written in the Stars series, but each one focuses on a different couple and works well as a standalone. The first book is devoted to Elle and Darcy, however in this second instalment we see a friends-to-lovers romance between Annie and Brendon, Darcy’s best friend and her brother. Set in Seattle, Brendon tries to convince Annie to move to the city by showing her points of interest, beauty spots, restaurants, cafés and touristy highlights and it was really interesting visiting these places with them.
Brendon is a hopeless romantic, he’s utterly charming and totally adorable and it was great to see romance from a male point of view for a change. Annie is trying to sort out her career and has been offered a promotion in London, keeping a relationship going wouldn’t be feasible and as such she’s holding back on their romance. Brendon is determined to show her what she is missing. The character dynamics are brilliant, the regular game nights brought all the friends together, they interact so well and with some good humour and witty banter there are some lovely funny moments. Annie and Darcy have a particularly close, supportive friendship and had some meaningful discussions and conversations offering sound advice They are incredibly well connected as best friends and this was wonderful to see. Annie and Brendon are adorable together. The romance is spot on with just the right amount of build up, plenty of flirty banter and steamy moments and it was lovely watching them fall for one another. The texts back and forth between them are really sweet, particularly the humorous ones near the end with the French translation.
Hang the Moon is a delight to read, I flew through it and didn’t want it to end. Highly recommended if you want a light summer read with great characters and an adorable romance. I’m looking forward seeing where the third book takes us.
Publication Date (UK):
Series: Written in the Stars #2
Page Count: 384
Genre: Romantic Comedy/Contemporary Romance
Thank you to the publisher for the advanced copy (gifted) in exchange for an honest review.
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