Written in the Stars by Alexandria Bellefleur

Written in the Stars by Alexandria Bellefleur

Alexandria Bellefleur comes to the blog with her debut LGBTQ romantic comedy with nods to Pride and Prejudice, Bridget Jones and astrology with  

Written in the Stars  

Perfectly imperfect Elle is one of the contributors to a wildly successful twitter account of astrologers, Oh My Stars, but has never quite lost her hopes of finding “the one’. Loud, eclectic and certainly marching to her own drum, Elle just has little to no confidence in the romance department.  Her best friend has been pushing his sister forward as a date option for Elle, and in a weak moment she agrees.  

Darcy is about all one could expect from her namesake: a bit withdrawn, pedantic and more than dry. She’s a control freak and an actuarial – a job that suits her obsession with ‘everything in its place.  Their date is awkward to say the least, and while there’s a bit of attraction – the two are hardly going to sign on the dotted line anytime soon.  No one is more surprised than Elle when Darcy tells her brother (and Elle’s bestie) that she’s smitten.   

Cue the ‘fake romance’ trope – which sets these two up perfectly to discovering one another and working on each other’s confidence and issues. While Darcy is meant to help Elle navigate her family and their occasional overbearing push for her to find “the one”, they’ve decided to go through the holidays with an end date to their ‘dating’ – New Year’s Day.   

And the moments are lovely as the two start out at holiday gatherings, sharing themselves and learning one another as a friendship starts to develop. Of course, there’s more – that underlying spark doesn’t go away, but as the two navigate the fake relationship, real and deeper feelings start to develop – and it just may mean that they both get their ‘one’.  Compatible and sweet, Elle and Darcy are both loving at heart, determined to succeed, and romantics deep down. With plenty of laughs, several awkward moments, and plenty of time together – they bring out the best in each other, making this a hard to put down story.  

Written in the Stars by Alexandria Bellefleur

Title: Written in the Stars
Author: Alexandria Bellefleur
Genre: Comedic Elements, Coming of Age, Contemporary Elements, Contemporary Romantic Comedy, Family Saga, Female / Female, Friendship, Holiday Themed, Humor elements, Romantic Elements, Second Chance
Published by: Avon
ISBN: 0063000806
Published on: 10 November, 2020
Format:eARC
Source: Publisher via Avon Addicts, Publisher Via Edelweiss
Pages: 384
Audio Length: 11 Hours: 11 minutes
Rated: five-stars
Heat: One FlameOne FlameOne Flame

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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?

A copy of this title was provided via Publisher via Avon Addicts, Publisher Via Edelweiss for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.

 

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