“For the first time, Elle didn’t need a maybe, didn’t need to hope because she knew.”
Written in the Stars is basically everything I want in a romantic comedy:
Enemies to lovers ✔
Fake dating ✔
Quality smut ✔
What is this book about?
Elle Jones is one of the free-spirited social media astrologers behind Oh My Stars, who just wants to find her perfect person. Darcy Lowell is an analytical actuary who recently moved to Seattle for a fresh start after a bad breakup. When Darcy’s brother—Brendon, the creator of successful dating app OTP and recent business partner to Oh My Stars—sets the two of them up on a blind date, it ends in disaster. But when they realize they can help each other, both women agree to a fake relationship through the holidays to stop Darcy’s brother from setting her up and get Elle’s family to see that she has her life together—except neither of them expect to develop real feelings. Pitched as a nod to Bridget Jones and Pride and Prejudice.
This book is for you if you’re into tropey sapphic rom-com goodness.
Content warnings: Mention of loss of a loved one
Rep: bisexual main character, sapphic main character, pansexual side character
This was such a fun read. I absolutely devoured it and wanted more. Alexandria Bellefleur’s writing style immerses the reader in the story with funny and descriptive prose. As an avid fanfiction-reader, reading this is like when you find that perfect fic with the right balance of tropes and banter, “angst and arousal” (in Darcy’s words)—and I mean that as the highest compliment.
I love Elle, I love Darcy, and most of all, I love their dynamic together. Elle is your typical sunshiny foil to Darcy’s storm cloud personality. They complement each other well and have instant believable chemistry, making you root for them as soon as you meet them. It’s so satisfying to read as Darcy opens her heart to Elle and the possibility of love.
Brendon and Margot, Elle’s best friend, are also extremely lovable characters. Brendon means well and wants to take care of his protective older sister for once, and Margot wants what’s best for Elle. I’m excited to read Bellefleur’s next novel in which Brendon finds love.
Something else to appreciate about this sapphic rom-com is that it doesn’t focus on coming out or homophobia. While those topics certainly have a place in queer lit, it’s refreshing to read a swoon-worthy love story about two queer girls falling in love and grappling with family expectations without turning it into trauma porn. Let sapphics have love stories!
Overall Written in the Stars is a fun, high quality rom-com with just the right balance of angst, smut, and humor—perfect for the holiday season.
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Thank you Avon Books for providing a free ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review.