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Written in the Stars

3.70  ·  Rating Details  ·  405 Ratings  ·  98 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
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Published April 2nd 2012 by Dreamspinner Press
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julio
Jun 25, 2014 julio rated it it was ok
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
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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
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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
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Td
May 02, 2012 Td rated it it was amazing
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!
Mandapanda
Apr 08, 2012 Mandapanda rated it really liked it
Shelves: other-romance
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
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Simsala
Apr 06, 2012 Simsala rated it really liked it
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
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Kaje Harper
Oct 14, 2012 Kaje Harper rated it it was amazing
Shelves: m-m, light
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
Ery
Apr 23, 2012 Ery rated it liked it
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
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Feliz
May 07, 2012 Feliz rated it really liked it
Shelves: contemporary, m-m, jw, humorous
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Edina Rose
Apr 29, 2012 Edina Rose rated it it was amazing
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
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Samington
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
Chris
Apr 14, 2012 Chris rated it it was amazing
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...
Sandra
3.25 stars I liked this, but I didn't love it.The premise is a good one, two friends make a bet that one will be matched well according to astrology after blindly going on a date with each hygroscopic sign. The majority of the book consists of Bailey going on his 12 dates. We get to see each and every one, and I actually liked this. It was fun and interesting, the good and the bad. It worked.

My problem was that the actual romance with the two characters happened so late in the book. And while th
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Yvonne
Jun 04, 2012 Yvonne rated it did not like it
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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Cindi
May 19, 2012 Cindi rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: m-m, 2012
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
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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
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Plainbrownwrapper
Jul 21, 2012 Plainbrownwrapper rated it really liked it
Shelves: mm, read-again-maybe
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
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SueM
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
Tam
Apr 19, 2012 Tam rated it really liked it
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
Gabbi
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
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Camille
Aug 12, 2012 Camille rated it liked it
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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Barb ~rede-2-read~
Sep 22, 2012 Barb ~rede-2-read~ rated it really liked it
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
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Lauren
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
Marc | Rainbow Gold Reviews
May 08, 2015 Marc | Rainbow Gold Reviews rated it really liked it
I listened to the audio version of this sweet, light-hearted romance.The main character seemed to me like a mix of Sheldon and Leonard from the TV Show 'The Big Bang Theory'. A genius with difficulties to find the right person and to socialize with ppers and peoplenot as smart as himself. Still, he is portrayed in a likable way and his journey of dating men with different Zodiac signs is fun. You should know going in that due to this dating experiment, he ees with different men and even has chem ...more
Christi Snow
Jul 27, 2015 Christi Snow rated it really liked it
My Review:
Overall.... 4.0
Performance... 4.25
Story.... 4.0

Honestly, I have no idea how I came across this audiobook. I've never read this author before, so it was either an Audible rec or another reviewer that enjoyed it. Either way, I am so glad that I grabbed this one. It was a good book.

This book is entirely Bailey's book. Think Sheldon from Big Bang Theory and you have Bailey...he's just a bit more sexual than Sheldon is on the show. Bailey is a scientist who's very confident in his intellige
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Lady*M
Apr 20, 2012 Lady*M rated it really liked it
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.
Kimmy
Dec 13, 2015 Kimmy rated it liked it
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Elspeth
Jun 12, 2012 Elspeth rated it liked it
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
May 30, 2012 Jess Candela rated it it was amazing
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!).
Mary
Apr 28, 2012 Mary rated it really liked it
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.
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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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