Book Review – Written in the Stars by Alexandria Bellefleur

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Title: Written in the Stars (Written in the Stars #1)

Author: Alexandria Bellefleur

Publisher: Avon

Publication date: November 10th, 2020

384 pages

4/5 stars

Goodreads Synopsis

With nods to Bridget Jones and Pride and Prejudice, a charming #ownvoices queer rom-com debut about a free-spirited social media astrologer who agrees to fake a relationship with an uptight actuary until New Year’s Eve—with results not even the stars could predict!

After a disastrous blind date, Darcy Lowell is desperate to stop her well-meaning brother from playing matchmaker ever again. Love—and the inevitable heartbreak—is the last thing she wants. So she fibs and says her latest set up was a success. Darcy doesn’t expect her lie to bite her in the ass.

Elle Jones, one of the astrologers behind the popular Twitter account, Oh My Stars, dreams of finding her soul mate. But she knows it is most assuredly not Darcy… a no-nonsense stick-in-the-mud, who is way too analytical, punctual, and skeptical for someone as free-spirited as Elle. When Darcy’s brother—and Elle’s new business partner—expresses how happy he is that they hit it off, Elle is baffled. Was Darcy on the same date? Because… awkward.

When Darcy begs Elle to play along, she agrees to pretend they’re dating to save face. But with a few conditions: Darcy must help Elle navigate her own overbearing family over the holidays and their arrangement expires on New Year’s Eve. The last thing they expect is to develop real feelings during a fake relationship.

But maybe opposites can attract when true love is written in the stars?

Review

“Elle loved herself, but what a feeling it must be, being loved by someone else exactly as you are, quirks and warts and all. She wouldn’t know.” 

Alexandria Bellefleur, Written in the Stars

Written in the Stars features an opposites attract, fake dating, and sapphic love story and it was amazing. Elle is a social media astrologer who wears her heart on her sleeves and has no filter. Darcy is an actuary, incredibly buttoned up and proper. When the two meet on a blind date, it’s clear how different they are and it doesn’t go well. But when Darcy needs to convince her brother she’s dating, she hatches a plan to fake dating with Elle and get her brother off her back for awhile. What she doesn’t see coming is actually falling for Elle.

After recently coming out as bisexual, I’ve been really gravitating towards love stories that feature bisexual characters so I can see more of myself represented and so far it’s been amazing. Most characters in this book are on the LGBTQIAP spectrum somewhere so it’s great with representation. It also includes several fairly steamy open door scenes for those of you who like/don’t like that in their books.

I can’t say enough about how cute I thought this one was, and I am looking forward to continuing reading the series. Next up is Hang the Moon!

Happy reading, folks!

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