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.
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HANG THE MOON – Alexandria Bellefleur
May 25, 2021
Seattle, Washington – Present Day
Annie is at the crossroads of her life. Dissatisfied with her job in Philadelphia, she is on the brink of accepting a job promotion across the ocean in London. But first, she books a spur of the moment trip to her best friend in Seattle, with plans to spend two weeks with Darcy. Calling Darcy while in the airport, Annie learns that Darcy is in Vancouver, B.C. with her girlfriend for the long weekend. However, Annie can stay at her apartment and she will get Brendon (Darcy’s brother) to give her the key and let her in. While sorry she won’t get to see her bestie for a few days, Annie decides to enjoy her vacation anyway. Brendan offers to show her around Seattle.
Brendon is two years younger than Annie and he had a big crush on her when they were both younger. He runs a dating app site and believes in true love and devours romantic comedy movies. Annie is skeptical of love and relationships, so Brendon is determined to prove her wrong. He takes her on the best of the best of Seattle, where they get to know each other—and they begin to fall for each other. But Annie keeps her heart locked inside. Remember, real true love doesn’t exist, it only happens in the movies. Can Brendon get Annie to change her mind? What about her plans to move overseas? Will their buds of love turn into dead flowers?
HANG THE MOON revolves around the concept of romantic comedies, especially the ones based in Seattle. Brendon is determined to prove to Annie that it does really happen. She is skeptical yet goes along with his plans. They have several laugh out moments, such as their getting stuck on a roller coaster and Annie needing to use the bathroom facilities. It seems that just about every romantic gesture Brendon tries turns into a folly of some kind, but it always ends up with them growing closer. They can’t see it at first, but Brendon and Annie are slowly and surely falling in love with each other. She doesn’t tell him at first about her plans to move to London, but once she does, will he try to convince her to change them…and move to Seattle?
While HANG THE MOON focuses on Brendon and Annie’s romance, there are other characters who provide importance to the story. There is Darcy, the sister of Brendon, and Annie’s best friend since childhood. She is grinning as she watches her two favorite people dance around love. Darcy herself has recently fallen in love with Elle, so maybe they can provide a good role model. Margot works with Brendon and is there to act as his confidant. Will she advise him to reach for the stars when it comes to Annie?
HANG THE MOON is a sexy and enjoyable romantic comedy that will surely tickle the funny bone of readers. Grab a copy and prepare yourself to indulge in some fun reading.