Nice f/f rom-com to start off the year

Written in the Stars
by Alexandria Bellefleur

Rating: 4 out of 5.

I do not believe in horoscopes or that the stars determine my fate. So Elle does not have an easy start with me in this queer rom-com debut. A social media astrologer? Give me a break! And Darcy, an actuary, her terrible blind date, is a total bitch (at first). Gorgeous though. Anyway, here we are. Circumstances get in the way. Or maybe the stars? And we are off into a fake relationship, to get the annoying relations of each other‘s backs. My favourite romance trope! We all know where this is headed! The question is, will the trip be fun. Or will there be much overwrought and pointless angst between adults too stupid to talk to each other?

This actually developed quite nicely and was very readable. It was well written, I liked the style, it was relatable. I liked both characters well enough. From a personality standpoint I am more like Darcy, so the slightly chaotic Elle made me roll my eyes a few times. 

Brendon was nice and will come around again with his own story in the sequel. I would have wished for a more in-depth resolution of Elle‘s family situation, but that would probably have transcended the scope of this rom-com. 

The sex scenes were pretty graphic and also well-written.

We got the required drama and faulty communication towards the end, which I could have done without. I did not actually like this part (more than usual) and knocked off a star for it. I can‘t quite put my finger on it. It didn‘t match the tone of the rest of the book and was too rushed. I actually skimmed a little on the last few pages, because I just wanted this stupid part of every romance to be over with and get to the HEA. Which was very short, aka we were lacking a proper ending IMO. Pity, that we never got to the magic date of New Year’s Eve, the termination date those two had originally planned for the end of their fake relationship. That would have been a nice epilogue. Besides that this was a good one.

Oh, this is supposed to be a modern retelling of Pride and Prejudice. I didn‘t see it, to be honest. Ok, one of the main characters is called Darcy and is opposed to romance, other than that… *shrugs*

Will I read the sequel? Maybe, if I am in the right mood. Would I recommend this to a friend? Yes, pretty likely.

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