Author: Alexandria Bellefleur
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.
[Written in the Stars #1 Review]
Hang the Moon is an excellent and sweet sequel to Written in the Stars. It takes place six months after the first novel ended and features a new couple where each was a secondary character in the first. Now that Darcy is settled into her relationship with Elle, the story shifts to switch on her younger brother, Brendon, to see if he can find lasting happiness with the girl, Annie, who also happens to be Darcy’s best friend, that he’s had a crush on for years.
Brendon Lowell runs the newer dating app, One True Pairing. He works together with the creators Oh My Stars, a social media astrology account, that is ran by his friend Margot and his sister, Darcy’s girlfriend, Elle. He is a hopeless romantic who dreams of finding the one; however, no matter how many dates he goes on, he just can’t seem to find her. After seeing him involved in getting Darcy together with Elle, it was nice to see him get his own story. After meeting Margot through their business connection, I loved how their friendship has blossomed. The thing I loved the most is how the two of them were platonic friends without any unnecessary drama with trying to force a romantic connection between them.
Annie Kyriakos is Darcy’s best friend, who currently resides in Philadelphia. She works as a human resources representative for Brockman and Brady, an independent human resource consulting firm that specializes in international mergers and acquisitions where she used to travel thirty weeks of the year. She is no stranger to travel as she was even born in Greece when her mother was a translator for the Embassy and her father was from Thessaloniki She is tired of not having solid home roots and decided to accept a promotion as the managing director for her company’s new branch in London. As a last trip before her big move, she decides to surprise Darcy in Seattle to not only see her best friend, but to break the news of her move in person.
When Annie arrives in Seattle, she discovers that Darcy is away for the weekend with Elle, so Brendon steps up to assist Annie move into Darcy’s place. The two have not seen each other in person since they last saw each other eight years ago during the summer after Brendon’s freshman year in university. Although Brendon has not been obsessed with Annie as the one that got away, she has always been a presence in the back of his mind. Together with Darcy, who is desperate for Annie to not move to London and instead move to Seattle, they try to find ways to convince Annie. Brendon does not need any motivation from Darcy as he wanted to woo Annie the moment he saw her again. Brendon decides the best way to woo Annie to not only stay in Seattle, but to be with him is to use all of his favorite movies, including Say Anything and Sleepless in Seattle, as the blueprint. As he plays tour guide to Annie, the reader travels around Seattle with the characters, which makes me greatly miss this amazing city and a great reminder that I should plan a trip to visit my friends that live there. The story goes through Annie’s trip in Seattle as her friends and crush try to convince her to stay while she is conflicted with the stability of her opportunity to move.
Overall, this was a very enjoyable read. The author has an amazing ability to write about realistic characters and stories. It feels as if these were real people that I could hang out with in real life. The pressure they put on Annie to move is a bit much at times as it seemed unfair to try and force her hand to stay; however, as someone with a best friend on the opposite coast, I may be somewhat selfish and irrational, too and want them to move here, just like they would be for me. The ending in this novel is extremely sweet! This was a fantastic sequel and I cannot wait to read all about Margot’s story in Count Your Lucky Stars! It will be a long anxious wait until it is published in 2022!