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Written in the Stars

3.73 of 5 stars 3.73  ·  rating details  ·  352 ratings  ·  92 reviews
Bailey McMillan’s life is a mess. The general public blames him for his former employer’s nuclear pollution, resulting in professional disgrace. Humiliated, he takes a job as an editor at a science magazine run by his best friend, John. That part isn’t so bad; Bailey is fond of John, who seems to find Bailey’s abrasive nature amusing.

Unfortunately, working for John also le
ebook, 210 pages
Published April 2nd 2012 by Dreamspinner Press
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♥Laddie♥ (Lee Lee)
Smash That Formula To Smithereens!!

Bailey McMillan is one cranky scientific genius. His career and reputation were ruined by his former employer and, man, is he bitter about that. Now, he's almost 40, pudgy, balding and working at his long-time and best friend John's science magazine as an editor , columnist and fact checker. This is not where Bailey thought he would be at this point in his life.

There's one thing that Bailey loves about working at Spark though. He gets to write a scathing column
Jun 25, 2014 julio rated it 2 of 5 stars
Recommended to julio by: MostlyDelores
Overlong, but gently paced, with moments of humor and hysteria both.

A little pedantic and dull in patches—but just barely, and overall the slower tempo and repetitive date/dar complein/say-something-awkward-to-John vignettes establish a dreamy and hypnotic rhythm that was mostly mesmerizing and pleasant, and occasionally very funny.

At first I wanted to smack Bailey in the face with my cock. He became tolerable (if never completely charming), but I remain solidly #teamjohn.

With John you get less
Nikyta *Miss Forgetful*
This was my first book by Ms. Bekins and I must say I'm surprised at how much I enjoyed it. I'm always skeptical reading new authors (although that never stops me) but this story drew me in right from the start with its wit, sarcasm and fun plot.

The blurb does a pretty good job of highlighting the main points of what the story is about. The 'experiment' Bailey plays out is quite a big part of the story, actually, and not only is it hysterical what Bailey gets himself into but his wallowing in se
Awesome characters from the MC' Bailey and John to Lauren, Vaclav and ALL the dates. Entertaining story all the way through with zero nonsense. Brilliant, witty, sarcastic, fun dialogue and banter. One of the most believable friends to lovers stories I've read in a while. Click, click, click, click...wait, there's one more thing...ah, yes! Tons of coffee! CLICK!!! There they are, all the pieces clicking together and fitting perfectly for me. Loved it!
3.5 stars. This is a very slow burn romance with crackling, laugh-out-loud dialogue and great characters. I actually slowed myself down while reading so I could savour the writing.

Bailey is the ultimate absent-minded, bad tempered geek. He's totally elitist when it comes to science. His previous employer misused his work in a terrible way and Bailey was blamed by the public and his peers. He retreated to his home to lick his wounds and has only started to come back to life since his good friend
What a surprise....
This had all the right ingredients to put me - gently - to sleep but it didn`t.
A character driven story heavy on dialogue - loved the constant bickering between John and Bailey - that pulled me in from page one despite the irritating POV.At first third person POV from both John and Bailey but then John`s POV simply disappeared and till the end of the story it was just Bailey`s.It bothered me because I would have liked more of John`s POV - knowing more about his increasing jeal
Kaje Harper
4.5 stars. This book is just plain fun. There's no doubt where the story is going, but watching Bailey and John get there is a pleasure. Bailey is brilliant, a bit reclusive, prickly, abrasive and yet sweet at heart. John is also bright but more practical, better with people, and Bailey's best friend. The banter between them is the best part of the book. I know a lot of excessively bright people, and so often a line or comment just rang true. Even the line "I always suspected that a lot of the r ...more
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Edina Rose
Wonderful... if:

- You don't want romance straight away (it is slow to come)
- You don't mind reading about Hero 1 having dates and sex with other people. But RELAX, NO CHEATING. It was BEFORE he got romantically involved with Hero 2.
- You don't mind little sex as long as the sex is hot and cute.

AND if:

- You like varied and uncommon characters. You'll have a BLAST!
- You like them nerdy-smarty-grouchy and witty-funny. That's Bailey for you.
- You like when the 2 heroes bicker to death! I absolutely
4.5 stars. Very good humorous m/m romance about a prickly physicist working as a fact checker for a science magazine after a professional disgrace. When his editor and best friend bribes him to write an anonymous astrology column for the magazine, he doesn't think things can get any worse... until his editor comes up with a plan for him to go on blind dates with guys from each astrological sign...
This was a rather enjoyable, down-to-earth story. I was looking for a good, basic romance, and this book delivered.

It's fairly unusual for modern romance novels to address the practical awkward moments that may arise in relationships. This book does so- and that may be a decent portion of why I like it so much. While a number of novels may note the characters' insecurities, these character flaws are typically more dramatic and are used to further the reader's understanding of the characters. Her
If I wanted to read Stargate Atlantis fanfic, I would go read Stargate Atlantis fanfic. I don't even like the show, and I still had no difficulty recognizing the parallels, of which there were very very many. It's too bad, because the writing was serviceable and the plot relatively fun; I just couldn't get beyond mentally substituting "Rodney" for "Bailey" every time the arrogant genius astrophysicist double-PhD socially-maladapted citrus-allergic stocky balding mc with a woman's first name, a C ...more
Fan Fiction: To start, after I read this I saw several reviews that said this was a fan fiction of a show called Stargate Atlantis. I've never seen this show so I checked Wikipedia & it turns out Bailey McMIllan is identical to Dr. Rodney McKay.
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I am huge fan of friends-to-lovers stories if they are written right. Not only was this one written right, it now ranks up there as one of my favorite friends-to-lovers stories ever.

Bailey is a genius scientist who was publicly disgraced when his former employers used his work in the wrong way. He is humiliated and vilified by the science community. He is pushing 40, balding and slightly pudgy (as he describes himself). His friend, John, hires him as an editor for his small science magazine. Joh
Tami (synchro from BL)
1,5 stars.

I didn't hate it - and that is pretty much the nicest thing to say about that book. It was not funny at all and the "banter" between the two MCs was so lame it didn't deserve to be called banter at all.
I disliked Bailey, the genius, tremendously. It just grates your nerves to constantly hear how brilliant he is, how he is the smartest person in any given room, how boring all other less brilliant people are. He came across not so much brilliant but more arrogant a**. People who judge o
Apr 19, 2012 Tam rated it 4 of 5 stars
Shelves: m-m
I liked the other story I read by this author and this one has a lot of that same snarky humour which works for me. Baily is a genius scientist, however when one of his projects went bad (not his fault) he sort of got blackballed (it doesn’t help that he’s not afraid to call his peers idiots publicly and to their face) and now works for his friend John’s science magazine. However to appeal to a wider audience, he’s forced to do an astrology column in exchange for a column where he can call out h ...more
4.5 stars

I think the blurb does an excellent job as describing the story, so I won’t bore you by rehashing it again. Instead, I thought I would give the reasons why I enjoyed this book, and why I rated it the way I did.

I’ve read several of Alix Bekins books and I’ve enjoyed every one of them. When I pick up a book written by this author, I automatically know I’ll have several hours of shameless entertainment with intelligent, witty and sarcastic characters that seem to live and breathe off of th
Barb ~rede-2-read~
This was a very nice, very slow burn romance story. In fact, it was so slow burn that the MC couple, Bailey and John, didn't get together as anything other than friends until after 85% of the story was complete.

Bailey was a total geek, Mensa level genius, doctorate in physics who was hired by his friend John to be a staff writer on John's magazine when Baily was blasted by the scientific community for his work with a company that was ultimately censored for a project which Bailey led. Although
4.5 stars - I'm actually rather shocked by just how quickly I fell in love with this book and by how much I enjoyed it. Written in the Stars is an extremely slow building romance and usually that would have annoyed and frustrated me, but that really wasn't the case. The romance built perfectly and the story was entertaining enough that the slow pace didn't make it seem drawn out or frustrating. The only frustrating thing for me was when Bailey insisted to himself that John wasn't interested - it ...more
I enjoyed this story more than I expected to. It was consistently funny and enjoyable, and easily maintained my interest without being filled with serious drama or angst.

I especially loved Bailey, the main character. He is a complete mess, a neurotic genius who can never quite seem to contain the pressure of his thoughts -- which are constantly flying off in all directions at once. The author did a great job of making him both obnoxious and sympathetic at the same time, while constantly poking f
A sweet, slow-building love story concerning two best friends, who find that the love that they both had been searching for had been right in front of them the whole time. It is quirky, and humorous at times, with characters who are not the usual type featured in romances - over 40, Mensa IQ's, thinning hair and geeks. In fact, that is part of why this story works, as much of their relationship is based in their friendship rather than physical attraction (although that is present too, just not a ...more
Almost, but not quite 4 stars.

Lighthearted, funny and sweet romance. I loved Bailey, it was fun to read about all his quirks. His banter with John was great.

The book dragged a bit (with all the dates and all, even if some of them were really, really funny) and I wanted more "fireworks" between Bailey and John when they finally got together. I wouldn't mind learning more about John. But, overall, this was angst-free, sweet read that I enjoyed very much.
Jun 12, 2012 Elspeth rated it 3 of 5 stars
Shelves: mm
I really loved the banter in this book, it made me smile so much.
The romance was okay, more warm fuzzies than hot dayam but that was enjoyable too.
So if you are looking for a smart and sassy book that will make laugh out loud pick this one up!
Jess Candela
4.5 stars
I loved the humor, the dialogue, the relationships...basically, I loved the whole book! And I only noticed one typo in the whole thing (a true rarity these days!).
The witty banter back and forth and the dates Bailey went on, it was like a movie and I was waiting to have the happy at the end. I was not disappointed.
Oh I v much enjoyed grumpy Bailey, and my respect for John grew the more patient he was.

Good fun, and lots of science-y interesting bits.
Mar 15, 2014 Amber rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommended to Amber by: Holly
This wasn't a book I wasn't really excited to read. I don't know why I put it on my shelves to read, so I wasn't expecting much when I started. By the first few pages I was laughing, I could completely picture Bailey crying in his beer at the injustice of having to write an astrology column. I highly enjoyed the wit and sarcasm of both Bailey and John through out the book. I could clearly picture both characters and really loved them both. Bailey's reactions to his various dates and the analysis ...more
Adrienne -kocham czytać-
Way better than I expected! It started off right into Bailey and John's "old, married couple banter," quickly had me laughing at Bailey's curmudgeonly personality and the things he and John said to each other, and kept me loving the plot all the way through the story.

Bailey, Bailey, Bailey...he got some sympathy from me right off the bat for the undeserved downfall of his career. And then his grumpy, biting attitude and the eccentric, "genius" way his mind works had me fondly alternating betwee
Julia ♥Duncan♥
Awww, this book was so sweet and funny! Bailey and John were totally adorable together, although I wish the book had spent a bit longer on them actually being together. The last 10% of the book was not enough. That foot rubbing scene, I could have read that forever. Love me some cuddling. And there was so much funny dialogue in this! The banter between John and Bailey frequently made me smile. I enjoyed Bailey's various dates, and although I was a bit impatient for more actual romance, it was fu ...more
So, I love building, slow-burn romances. Love them. Thus my choice of this book...which was, hmmm, okay. And I strongly like and prefer realistic characters. Really do. Thus, again, my choice of this book...and these characters, well they were *sigh* okay.

So first things first, there was no burn and no build. Yes, Bailey and John are friends and Bailey believes that he has a crush on John, much the same as he 'suffered' at the beginning of their friendship years ago, though he thinks he's gotten
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Alix lives in the coastal mountains of Northern California with her partner and their dog. She’s been writing for as long as she can remember in a variety of genres, including fiction, erotica, poetry, and nonfiction and has even managed to get some of it published from time to time.

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“For once in his life, Bailey felt like he couldn't keep up. He was blaming the long week and the relaxed interactions with Dan that had thrown him off his game, but still. The man was clearly not making any sense. First he was making a move on Bailey, and then he was probing about his stupid crush on John, and then he was offering to have rebound sex (not that Bailey had "bounced" against John, or however the analogy went; sports were definitely not his thing). And now Dan wanted to brainstorm seduction tactics so he could "get" John.

"Who the hell are you?" Baily asked, mystified.

Just like in the beginning, Dan gave hime one of those million-dollar smiles. "I'm the man who is going to get you a boyfriend.”
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“For once in his life, Bailey felt like he couldn't keep up. He was blaming the long week and the relaxed interactions with Dan that had thrown him off his game, but still. The man was clearly not making any sense. First he was making a move on Bailey, and then he was probing about his stupid crush on John, and then he was offering to have rebound sex (not that Bailey had "bounced" against John, or however the analogy went; sports were definitely not his thing). And now Dan wanted to brainstorm seduction tactics so he could "get" John.

"Who the hell are you?" Baily asked, mystified.

Just like in the beginning, Dan gave him one of those million-dollar smiles. "I'm the man who is going to get you a boyfriend.”
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