Review: Written in the Stars by Alexandria Bellefleur

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Star rating: 4.5 ⭐ / 5

Synopsis: from Goodreads

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?

General information: This book was published in November 2020 by Avon Books.

My thoughts:

Ugh, this was so cute!!

God, I loved this book. I listened to the audiobook version and may or may not have taken the long way home after lunch to finish listening to it.

Sapphic fake dating loosely based on Pride and Prejudice? It’s like someone word-vomited all of my favorite things into one book.

The main characters- all of the characters, really- felt so real and vivid. I was totally sucked in by their internal thoughts and struggles. I loved getting both love interest’s points of view, I felt that it rounded the book out really well.

This was such an easy listen- though the steamy scenes were a bit awkward to listen to while I was cooking. Though that’s not the book’s fault, that’s my fault, really. I really enjoyed the narrator and how she did the character’s voices.

My only gripe is that this uses the “opposites attract” trope, which isn’t always my thing. I felt like Darcy and Elle didn’t have much going for them other than their initial attraction and begrudging respect for each other. Of course, real life relationships have been built on less, so I won’t fault the book for it.

The romance was pretty slow-burn and I felt that it was written very well. I fully believed that they had gone from dislike to mutual respect to friendship to more, which is more than I can say for some enemies-to-lovers stories I’ve read before.

My only real gripe is that I felt like the book needed more of a resolution. The ending felt a bit quick; I could have used a few more sappy pages to resolve everything.

Also, someone mentioned this on Goodreads, but this would make a perfect sapphic holiday romcom movie. If you’re out there, Netflix, I would watch the hell out of this.

Anyway, I highly recommend this book to anyone looking for a good WLW romance! I also recommend the audiobook, I really enjoyed it. I will probably end up buying a physical copy of this book and reading it again at some point- maybe next holiday season.

Written in the Stars is definitely worth a read for romcom fans!

Have you read this book? What did you think? Let me know in the comments!

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