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Twice in a Blue Moon by Cate Masters

Do you believe in true love? Yeah, great. Now, do you believe it can come by twice?

By the synopsis alone, this book is fabulous. Here’s what I thought about Melanie and Buck.

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Can true love strike twice?

After the death of her first love, Melanie Michaels buries her grief in the risky demands of a reality show, where her extreme stunts leave her teetering on the edge danger. That’s exactly where she wants to be—until she arranges for her crew to traverse the Swedish Lapland in the dead of winter. It’s the one place she shouldn’t go, on the one day she should avoid—her would-be wedding anniversary.

Instead of romantic nights spent in the Ice Hotel or under the Northern Lights, Melanie is stuck with Joe “Buck” Wright, a snarky loner tour guide who loves his sled dogs and nothing and no one else. But Buck is also trying to numb a painful past. Can two people skilled at pushing others away find warmth at the edge of the Arctic?

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Many of us cynics don’t always believe in a second chance in true love. Melanie sure didn’t, and she held on to Pete, he lost true love until pretty much the very end of the book.

Melanie is an extreme sports daredevil, trying to numb the pain of losing Pete three years prior to when the story takes place. Arriving in Lapland with her TV crew, she’s enthralled by everything, while they only give her a hard time, wanting more daring situations.

Joe “Buck” Wright is their guide across the snowy land, and he’s by all definitions, an interesting character. Quiet and somewhat of a hermit (unless he’s on a job) he’s 100% devoted to his Huskies. He’s not appreciative of anyone dissing his lifestyle and the land he loves so much.

While Melanie is loving every single thing about Lapland, and slowly Buck is growing to be one of those things, she’s still very much living her life the way she is so that she can feel Pete and what he wanted for them. Buck is attuned to Melanie in a special way and reads her emotions, fears and frustrations very clearly. Their unique connection is throwing them both off their game, and while Buck knows exactly what he wants, Melanie still has to decide that for herself.

Twice in a Blue Moon is very well written, and there’s a great buildup with a huge romance potential. I think developing the angst, the potential for an unrequited love triangle and some more emotional depth into Buck’s past would have made this story a lot better.

My rating: 3.5star

* My thanks to Lyrical Press via NetGalley for an advance copy of this title in exchange for an honest review.

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