Written in the Stars

Alexandria Bellefleur

fiction lgbtqia+ romance
lighthearted slow-paced

384 pages | first published 2020

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?

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Moods

lighthearted 91%
funny 62%
hopeful 56%
emotional 48%
relaxing 14%
inspiring 10%
reflective 4%
adventurous 2%
sad 1%
challenging 0%
tense 0%

Pace

medium 61%
fast 32%
slow 6%

Plot- or character-driven?

Character: 71% | A mix: 18% | Plot: 10%

Strong character development?

Yes: 80% | It's complicated: 9% | No: 9%

Loveable characters?

Yes: 90% | It's complicated: 4% | No: 4% | N/A: 0%

Diverse cast of characters?

No: 42% | Yes: 36% | It's complicated: 19% | N/A: 1%

Flaws of characters a main focus?

Yes: 86% | It's complicated: 6% | No: 6%

Average rating

4.04