Title: Written in the Stars
Series: Written in the Stars #1
Author: Alexandria Bellefluer
Release Date: November 10th, 2020
Page Length: 384
Genre: Romance | RomCom
Age Range: Adult
Rep: Bi, Lesbian
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?
Thanks to Edelweiss and Avon for providing me with an eARC in exchange for an honest review.
This is a case where it reaffirms that I am a mood reader. I had tried reading Written in the Stars when I first got the arc when it was first release, but I couldn’t get into it. This month, I’ve been more in the mood for romance and I’ve become even more of a RomCom book fan than I was even just a year ago.
This was a fun holiday read. This takes place over the American Thanksgiving, although interestingly there wasn’t a huge focus on it – family dinner, parties, but it wasn’t the focus. The main focus was the relationship between Elle and Darcy, and them as individuals. I felt the story was different enough and kept me engaged. I loved the fake dating trope in this one – although it is clear from the start that there is chemistry between the two. Despite being opposites, I found both to be interesting and fit well together. Although, Darcy hiding her weirdness was a little sad especially when Elle clearly showed that she embraced herself and her weird.
I found this to be a fun, quick read that fell perfectly in time with when I read it. It didn’t have deep moments, but that wasn’t what I was looking for. I think this would be perfect for those looking for a holiday read, but don’t want to be engulfed with it as the entire plot. I also think you’ll enjoy it if you’ve enjoyed Christina Lauren, Tessa Bailey (but with less dirty talk/lighter smut), or Angie Hockman (despite not being the same trope, they have very similar feels).