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Written in the Stars

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This is a heartwarming romance between polar opposites. Elle is a successful astrologist who wears her heart on her sleeve and sees the positives in life, manifesting this in her cheery personality and belief in goodness. Darcy is an actuary who values order, keeps her feelings close to her chest, and hides her emotional baggage. When their first date, a set-up by Darcy’s brother and Elle’s new business partner Brendon, ends in disappointment, the last thing Elle expects to hear is that Darcy is “smitten.” When confronted, Darcy admits to lying to Brendon so he’ll stop trying to set her up and convinces Elle to fake a relationship for a couple of months.

For anyone familiar with the fake dating trope, the rest of the story follows the script: feelings becoming real, fears getting in the way, parents who are either neglectful, dismissive, or horribly misguided, preemptive heartbreak and more. The only thing that sets this apart is that it’s a relationship between two women. It used to be rare to feature a main couple who weren’t heterosexual, but major publishing houses are finally beginning to acknowledge that there’s an eager market for LGBTQ romance, including fans from the cis straight community. Bellefleur’s lovely story proves the point that, regardless of gender or sexual orientation, people who love risk getting hurt, but the heart wants what it wants.

 
I received a complimentary ARC of this book from Avon Books through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Opinions expressed are completely my own.
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really good romance novel. character's voices were really distinct and were really fun to read from the perspective of. all the plot points really rang true and I felt connected to them both. have read the second book as well and enjoyed it too. excited for the 3rd one!
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When I first started this one, I knew it would be too good to try to read on my phone with my eyes hating me for it. This book is incredibly easy to pick back up again and be right back in it after months away. I loved the characters - very grump x cinnamon bun. I'd love a sequel that's just them supporting each other as they work through their other issues. 

rep: bi mc, lesbian mc, pan sc

Thank you to NetGalley and Harper Collins for providing me with a temporary e-arc in exchange for an honest review. (full disclosure, since I was so late reviewing, I took out the published version from the library and will be reviewing that.)
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A different entry into the rom-com market, as this one sets up our heroine Darcy on a blind date her brother set-her up on with the quirky Elle.  (Yes, you are reading that correctly: Darcy and Elle are both women.)   Disastrous events ensue and we wonder if either of these vivacious gals will ever find true love.

Alternately sweet and heart wrenching, this is a great beach read for those looking for something different than the same old, same old.  Note that sex scenes (yes, there are sex scenes) are not the fade to black variety, but are a bit graphic and detailed.

A big thank you to Alexandria Bellefleur, HarperCollins Publishers, and NetGalley for providing an Advance Reader Copy in exchange for this honest review.
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This was such a cute debut romance and I, in particular, loved the Pride and Prejudice references, but ultimately this fell a little short for me in terms of chemistry. I understood that the characters told me that they felt a certain way about the other, but I felt like that wasn't necessarily clear from their interactions. Still, I enjoyed this overall and am super excited to keep reading Alexandria Bellefleur's work!
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This book was just darling. There are nowhere near enough romance books featuring queer women, and I’ll be adding this to my to re-read list. Helps that I absolutely loved the romance trope!
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LTBQIA romance - cute, but a little too graphic with the sex for YA in my opinion.  The two protagonists fake date for a while, there are a lot of cute/funny moments, and then they realize that they really care for each other.
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Oh my gahhhh this was so cuuuuute. I loved their chemistry and, duh, the astrology components! The dialogue was excellent, organic, and believable and not to mention the steamy scenes were so nice.
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I adored this! The two main characters felt so relatable and genuine, like you were hearing the story from real people that was believable. The author included unique moments where the couple was forced to interact, which were fun to read. One comment I would say is that this did not seem like a "fake dating" romance book as it is advertised. Despite that, I loved the romance where opposites attract. On a side note, I loved that astrology was used in this book as a tangible skill and spiritual practice. I involve things like astrology, crystals, etc. in my own spirituality. Often you see these elements as "fantasy" or "paranormal", so it was nice seeing them part of a person's real hobby and spirituality!
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This was a fun, sexy WLW story. I have never read Pride and Prejudice, so apart from the enemies to lovers aspect (which I love), I'm not sure how much this compares but it was fun anyway. The cover is beautiful and Bellefleur's writing style is as well. I couldn't put this one down and I couldn't wait to see how it ended. (The ending was adorable.)

The characters were well-rounded and unique, including side characters. Bellefleur recently announced that we will be getting Brendon's book next and I can't wait to see more of him and of everyone else!
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This book well it wasn’t a home run, it did the trick it was engaging I found the characters plates to be interesting enough to stick with it however it read a little slow and lacked  general excitement.
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This was a cute story of two opposite women falling in love and learning they are each other’s HEA. The story of witty fun quick read. Highly recommend
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Smart, sexy, and fun - this was a delightful romp from start to finish. Already looking forward to more from Bellefleur!
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I loved this book. It was fast, fun, and refreshing. Thank you for the ARC I've already told a bun h of people to read it!
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I really enjoyed the audiobook version of Written in the Stars. Darcy and Elle end up in a fake relationship when Darcy’s brother and Ellen’s new business partner, Brendan, sets them up on a date. Darcy and Elle are opposites and have an experation date on their relationship. However, as they play out their fake relationship, they start to have real feelings. This was a fun read, and I can’t want to read Brendan’s story.

Thanks to @NetGalley and HarperCollins Publishers for my ARC!
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Why did I take so long to read this?! I just want to hug Elle and Darcy, ugh these! I am so looking forward to reading more by Bellefleur. 

First of all, huge shoutout for a book set in my favorite state, so the book was already with me.

Normally the fake dating trope isn't my favorite, but this worked for me. I loved seeing them both come into their feelings for one another. And their hang ups with love had my heart breaking for very different reasons.

Ahhh, so much love for this one. I couldn't put it down, to the funny and sweet moments, and the steammmmmmm. Written in the Stars was a win for me!

4.5/5
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I really wanted to love this book. I found it a bit boring. The MCs weren't interesting or exciting enough to keep my attention. I didn't feel like the characters were relatable in order to really draw me into the book. The cover is great, though!
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This was so dang cute! It's been awhile since I've read an adult sapphic romance and I really love this one. Of course there was always some details that I wished we had more dialogue, but I really enjoyed Darcy and her stoicism and also her reality TV obsession. Honestly just a great book.
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I’m a sucker for the fake dating trope, and this story just made my heart happy! This one of the first WLW romance books I’ve seen and I absolutely loved it. I absolutely recommend this book to fans of romance especially anyone missing those cozy winter vibes. The characters are endearing and realistic and the romance is so tender and beautiful. The ending felt a bit rushed to me but I loved the rest of the story too much for that to detract from anything.
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I'm a fan of the fake-girlfriend romantic trope, and this fantastic romance did it very well. I found this to be a light, happy page turner that would be a good intro to the genre for new rom com readers.
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