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Written in the Stars

(Written in the Stars #1)

3.96  ·  Rating details ·  8,067 ratings  ·  1,979 reviews
With nods to Bridget Jones and Pride and Prejudice, a charming #ownvoices queer rom-com debut about a free-spirited social media astrologer who agrees to fake a relationship with an uptight actuary until New Year’s Eve—with results not even the stars could predict!

After a disastrous blind date, Darcy Lowell is desperate to stop her well-meaning brother from playing matchma
Paperback, 384 pages
Published November 10th 2020 by Avon
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Alexandria Bellefleur Darcy is a Capricorn sun, Pisces moon, Taurus rising. Elle is a Pisces sun, Scorpio moon, Pisces rising. 😀

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Miranda Reads
4.75 stars

Just released my Top 10 Books from 2020 BookTube Video - now that you know this one made the list, click the link to find the rest!
The Written Review

Astrology and magic and soul mates.
Darcy has had to deal with her overprotective younger brother for all her life...and recently, he's become more meddlesome than she can handle.
"Quit trying to marry me off like I'm some Regency spinster in one of your favorite Austen novels."
"Your name is Darcy."
"And I might be a sing
chai ♡
I’m gay, and I’m a sucker for the fake-dating trope. This book is sapphic, and has the fake-dating trope. It was a match made on the kindle app.
Lex Kent
4.75 Stars. I loved this! What a great holiday romance that just made my heart happy. It’s funny but I was just looking back on the WLW books that I have read this year and I realized I have not had the best luck with contemporary romances. I have read some great crime/mystery-romances, paranormal-romances, and even fantasy-romances, but plain romance has not been as strong for me as usual. Well, talk about the perfect time for this romance to come along. This was exactly what I needed and every ...more
4.5 stars
I love this book so much. I love the characters, I love the talk of astronomy and astrology and I just related so hard to Darcy and Elle for different reasons. I’m a Capricorn like Darcy, so I related to her soooo much in that sense.

Here’s the reading vlog where I read this book:

Also, if I made a bookish playlist for this book, it would include these songs:
dress - taylor swift
drops of jupiter - train
mirrorball - taylor swift
yellow - coldplay
guarded - flor
mina reads™️
Jun 23, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: wlw, romance
In a remarkably cruel twist of fate I didn't absolutely adore this book like I thought I would.

Written in the Stars follows two women, Elle, aka sunshine incarnate who believe in soulmates and stardust and makes her living as an online astrologist and Darcy, a no nonsense actuary who probably takes life just a smidge too seriously. These two meet on a disastrous blind date and from there they decide to start fake dating just to get their families off their backs in time for the holidays.

Now don
"Never before had Elle met someone so pretty that it pissed her off."

Sapphic fake dating Pride & Prejudice loose retelling. Like, what else could one say to possibly get me to read something? This was very fun, and very enjoyable, and a quick read, but ultimately I just don’t think it is something that will stick with me. Mostly, because I really disliked Brendon, the brother of the love interest and the inventor of a dating app (who I’m sure will get a spin-off soon)!

But basically,
Chelsea (chelseadolling reads)
Nov 24, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: queer
CHRISTMAS GAYS!!!!! In Seattle!!! In all seriousness though, this book was an absolute delight. Even though Darcy and Elle were about as opposite as it is possible to be, they had SO MUCH chemistry and I was rooting so hard for them from page one. This book was exactly what I was hoping it would be and honestly you all just need to read it, like, yesterday. Also extra bonus points for the sexy scenes bc they were A+++++++++
Oct 07, 2020 rated it really liked it
A fake-dating wlw romance with nods to Pride & Prejudice and Bridget Jones (although not at all a retelling) featuring an astrologer? Honestly what’s not to love. This was a delight. The characters were opposites that complimented each other so well. The astrology bits were great Easter eggs for those who are familiar with it, but not so much that people who don’t care will be lost or pulled out of the story. And although is a book set around the holidays that doesn’t need to be read around the ...more
Feb 09, 2021 rated it really liked it
Elle is a free-spirited astrologer about to enter into a new agreement for her astrology business. Brendon, her new business partner, sets her up on a date with his sister, Darcy, who just relocated to Seattle and is a pragmatic actuary — In other words, starkly opposite of Elle.

Darcy and Elle have a less than stellar first date but strike a deal to temporarily fake a relationship in order to appease their families and tone down the pressure. They put on a good front, double dating with Brendon
Susanne  Strong
Jan 06, 2021 rated it really liked it
Sparks Galore!

If you’re looking for a cute rom-com with loads of chemistry “Written in the Stars” fits the bill!

Elle is an Astrologist who has only ever wanted to find the right gal and settle down. Unfortunately for her, she’s very unlucky in love. Darcy is a high-powered Actuary who doesn’t believe in love or in having fun. After being set up on a blind date by Darcy’s brother, sparks fly as do the drinks, and not in a good way. Needless to say, another date doesn’t seem to be in the cards fo
Katie B
With the craziness of this year, I have found myself seeking out cute and charming stories more than usual. This book provided a pleasant, escape from reality type of reading experience. The two female characters had good chemistry and it was fun rooting for them to find happiness.

Darcy and Elle are set up on a blind date by Darcy's brother, Brendon. The date is a bit of a disaster and the two go on their separate ways. That is until Darcy decides to tell Brendon she hit it off with Elle and the
Jennifer ~ TarHeelReader
I gave this book a big hug when I finished, so it’s a five star read for me. ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️

How dreamy is this cover? I LOVE IT. When this book arrived, I knew it was headed for the top of my nightstand stack. In other words, it was going to be read asap, and it was exactly what I wanted to read!

Elle is an astrologer (ok, love that), and Darcy is an actuary. Opposites, right? They agree to fake a relationship until New Year’s Eve, but, you know? Is their love actually written in the stars?

Dec 22, 2020 rated it it was ok
Shelves: lgbt-read, 2-star
I'm torn between 2 and 3 stars.

The first thing I want to say is that I really liked the story itself, recommend it to anyone who's interested, and it would make an amazing movie.

The writing style, however, almost made it unbearable to read. So much so that I read the book for more than ten days, every day wanting to dnf, just suffering through the pages. The only reason I didn't put it down for good is the sapphic relationship - I'm sorry, I need them, especially when coming out is not the plot

Written in the Stars was an adorable ff romance.

Overall I was very happy with Written in the Stars, it was incredibly cozy, endearing and charming. Thanks to the two main characters, Elle and Darcy, their attraction, and connection was heart warming.

They were such vivid characters, and although they were pretty much opposites in demeanor and interests, their attraction gave them a reason to meet in the middle. And I just loved how they, after a not so great first impression, had
Madison Warner Fairbanks
Written in the Stars by Alexandria Bellefleur

Contemporary F-F romcom. Opposites attract and fake relationship troupe.
Elle and Darcy have little in common beyond pushy family trying to create a romance. Sure, they have sparks but that’s not enough to build a relationship on, is it?

It’s the sparks that make the relationship move from physical to more.
Elle makes her intentions clear. She is looking for love and a permanent connection. Darcy has been hurt in the past and has decided she will not op
Juliana (Midnight Book Blog)
A super cute sapphic romance, coming right up!

Plot: The semi enemies-to-lovers trope was really well done! However it seemed like a lot of points were rehashed over and over (yes, we get it, Darcy thinks falling for Elle would be a bad move, and Elle doesn’t want to mess up her business deal with Brendon). There was also noticeably repetitive language. Although, my copy was an ARC, so keep that in mind

Characters: Darcy and Elle were so vivid, and I loved seeing their personalities clash, and e
Leigh Kramer
This was presented to me as a FF Pride And Prejudice retelling but it’s more inspired by Darcy and Elizabeth’s personality types than the plot, for which I am grateful. Faithful P&P retellings have their place but I’m much more interested in seeing the character archetypes in other settings than I am in, say, reading about an updated Wickham take off with spoiled Lydia.

In this version, Darcy is a buttoned up actuary and Elle is a social media astrologist. Darcy’s brother Brendon is Elle’s busin
2020 Fall Bingo (#fallintorombingo🍁): ‪Quintessential Fall Activity

B+ review (overall A- joint review with Tara but my grade is B+):

This is adorable and I shipped Darcy/Elle very hard.

Disclaimer: I received a free e-ARC from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
Jenny (Reading Envy)
Aug 15, 2020 rated it really liked it
When the holiday decorations go up and you start looking for happy holiday reads, remember this book that will come out November 10. Opposites attract - Elle is an astrologist and Darcy is an actuary. Oh yeah and that's an Austen shout-out. ...more
Nov 11, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: lgbtq-read, f-f, 2020-arcs
4.5 stars

I loved this book so freaking much. This was such a good YAAdult f/f romance. I was hooked from the beginning by these two polar opposites. On one side, we have Darcy, a girl who doesn't have a lot of friends because her focus is on her studies/career and she doesn't take the time or want to take a chance on someone else. But her brother is set on matching her up with his best friend Elle, a free-spirited girl who dreams of meeting her soulmate and believes in astrology. When they final
Nov 14, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites, library
Elle and Darcy, both in their late twenties, meet on a blind date set up by Darcy’s brother. The date is disastrous from the beginning and only gets worse. However, she lies to her brother and says it was great and they plan to see one another again to get him off her back about dating. Darcy finally talks Elle into pretending to date and the rest is history.
Honestly, it is the perfect romance for me. It ticks so many of my boxes: mutual pining, opposites attract, fauxmance, a mini ice queen, c
Landice (Manic Femme)
Written in the Stars is probably hands down the most adorable contemporary romance I've ever read. To be fair, I don't read a ton of books in this genre, but I’ve at least read enough to know that this one is something special!

I just spent twenty minutes trying to write an analogy comparing Written in the Stars to peppermint hot chocolate that wasn’t super cheesy, to no avail, so I’ve decided to channel my inner Elle and just.. go with it: Reading Written in the Stars was like sitting down with
Jude in the Stars
4.5⭐️ – Ending my 12 lesfic books of Christmas challenge with a rom-com seems kind of perfect, even if it’s not exactly a holiday novel.

When her brother Brendon sets her up on a blind date with his work friend Elle, Darcy vows it’s the last time. The date is a disaster despite all kinds of chemistry but Brendon keeps pushing and Darcy ends up declaring it went well. Which leads to her asking Elle to pretend to be her girlfriend. Elle reluctantly agrees, hoping introducing Darcy as her girlfriend
Jan 06, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Recommended to Hsinju by: Gabriella
Content warnings: graphic sex, infidelity, loss of close family member, divorce of minor characters, multiple references of the HP series, emotional abuse from family

Never before had Elle met someone so pretty that it pissed her off.

I cried so many times throughout the read I lost count. (jk, it was three times.)

When astrologer Elle Jones (~27, bisexual) went on a date with her friend and business partner Brendon Lowell’s actuary sister Darcy (29), she thought she was finally getting her sou
This story is just perfect. Almost. My only little itty bitty complain is it's sudden ending. I want more. I want to know what happens with Elle's family and with Darcy's mom. I guess I have to wait for the sequel, due in summer 2021. Although this book is about Brendon (Darcy's brother) and Annie (Darcy's best friend). We'll see...
P.S. I'm in love with Elle.
Maja  - BibliophiliaDK ✨
Nov 30, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: lgbtq

Yeah, this year has been one of the worst one in living memory. The things we've all gone through in the past 8-9 months... So this book was perfect to take my mind of all the terribleness! It's cute, it's queer, it's fun and it's Christmas - what more could you want?!

"If I make a Yoda joke, will you kill me?"
- Brendon

👍 What I Liked 👍

Humorous: There were so many laugh out loud moments in this book and so many good quotes!

Feb 04, 2021 rated it it was amazing
I loved this book. It was on my end of year 'best of list' even though I didn't have the time to write a review.

This is what I wrote as an end of year comment:

"Honestly, this was in competition for best book of the year for me. There was just something whimsical and endearing about it. If I had a category for best character, Elle and her planet earrings would certainly win. This felt like I was watching a movie. And if Clea Duvall opened the door for more lesbian holiday movies, this should be
Larry H
Nov 23, 2020 rated it it was amazing
4.5 stars, rounded up.

Alexandria Bellefleur's Written in the Stars is just the fun and sexy rom-com I was looking for!

Ever since she moved to Seattle, Darcy’s brother Brendon keeps setting her up on blind dates that don’t seem to work. The latest one was the last straw. While she and Elle definitely had chemistry, they couldn’t have been less suited for each other—Elle is a quirky free spirit and an astrologer, and Darcy is an actuary who definitely doesn’t believe in that stuff.

In an effort
Jan 30, 2021 rated it it was ok
I’m honestly floored at some of the great reviews for this one. Ok so my mood hasn’t been phenomenal but I’m not taking the heat for this one. There are some funny moments, but that’s about it. The one character is all over the place, and that’s the good one. The other one is the more serious one but unfortunately is just emotionally crippled. There really was no great chemistry at any point. The ‘spark’ they had on a horrible first date was just completely missing for me. Constant clashes that ...more
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