Written in the Stars by: Alexandria Bellefleur

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” 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.

Darcy begs Elle to play along and she agrees to pretend they’re dating. But with a few conditions: Darcy must help Elle navigate her own overbearing family during the holidays and their arrangement expires on New Year’s Eve. The last thing they expect is to develop real feelings during a faux relationship. But maybe opposites can attract when true love is written in the stars? “

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Content Warnings:
-Loss of a loved one
-Abandonment by parent(s)

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A few weeks ago I was contacted by a marketer, for Harper Collins/Avon, asking if I would like to receive an ARC of “Count Your Lucky Stars” which is the third book in this series. I’d always meant to start this series, so what better time to jump in than right before the release of book 3? Of course, I said yes to the ARC especially since this was the first time someone, from a publisher, had reached out to me. I’m used to crossing my fingers and hoping I either get approved through Netgalley or win an ARC through a giveaway…so this was very exciting.

Darcy, our “grump”, is tired of her brother trying to set her up, she knows he means well but she just wants to focus on work. She had a horrible breakup and no longer trusts the idea of love. Why let someone close to you when they could just shatter you? And then we have Elle, our “sunshine”, who follows her heart and believes in finding her soulmate. Her family may not understand her and find her “quirky”, but she doesn’t let that stop her love of astrology and her hope for finding the one.

Darcy’s brother sets her and Elle up on a date…a disaster of a date. Both Darcy and Elle are left feeling like they had the worse date ever. So what happens when Darcy’s brother tries to get her to go speed dating with him? She lies of course. If he thinks she hit it off with Elle maybe she’ll finally have time to breathe and focus on her career. And so the fauxmance begins.

I was a little nervous as Darcy seemed adamant to not want anything series and that’s all Elle is looking for. Luckily we saw so many of Darcy’s inner thoughts that explain she’s just afraid of getting hurt. From the start, well start of the fauxmance, you can see Darcy opening up and developing trust and feelings for Elle. Let’s just say Darcy spends quite a bit of time in denial.

Not only do we get to see their bond develop we’re able to see them stand up for each other when it comes to their families. They’re able to truly see each other and find strength in each other. This book just feels like such a warm hug, who doesn’t want to find someone who loves and accepts them for all that they are and all that they want to be?

I really enjoyed getting to know Darcy and Elle and look forward to diving into books two and three!

Published by Noelle Loves Books

Growing up, Japanese and Indigenous, it was hard to find books that showcased stories and worlds that accurately portrayed Noelle’s experiences. Fantasy quickly became her main love, as you could really be anyone, anywhere. As the years went on, and technology grew, Noelle was finally able to see more stories and authors that looked and felt like her. Noelle is open to all genre’s though she can mostly be found reading own voice, fantasy, and romance. Ratings: 5 Stars: Completely blew me away 4 Stars: Loved the story but didn't feel completely blown away by it 3 Stars: Liked the overall concept of the story but either had poor execution, had a lot of plot holes, or was written poorly 2 Stars: I struggled to understand the plot, poorly written, or just had really unlikeable characters along with a poor writing 1 Star: Horribly written, major plot holes, or extremely unlikeable characters and plots.

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