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Written in the Stars #3

Count Your Lucky Stars

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Following Written in the Stars and Hang the Moon, national bestselling author Alexandria Bellefleur pens another steamy queer rom-com about former best friends who might be each other's second chance at love…

Margot Cooper doesn’t do relationships. She tried and it blew up in her face, so she’ll stick with casual hookups, thank you very much. But now her entire crew has found "the one" and she’s beginning to feel like a fifth wheel. And then fate (the heartless bitch) intervenes. While touring a wedding venue with her engaged friends, Margot comes face-to-face with Olivia Grant—her childhood friend, her first love, her first… well, everything. It’s been ten years, but the moment they lock eyes, Margot’s cold, dead heart thumps in her chest.

Olivia must be hallucinating. In the decade since she last saw Margot, her life hasn’t gone exactly as planned. At almost thirty, she’s been married... and divorced. However, a wedding planner job in Seattle means a fresh start and a chance to follow her dreams. Never in a million years did she expect her important new client’s Best Woman would be the one that got away.

When a series of unfortunate events leaves Olivia without a place to stay, Margot offers up her spare room because she’s a Very Good Person. Obviously. It has nothing to do with the fact that Olivia is as beautiful as ever and the sparks between them still make Margot tingle. As they spend time in close quarters, Margot starts to question her no-strings stance. Olivia is everything she’s ever wanted, but Margot let her in once and it ended in disaster. Will history repeat itself or should she count her lucky stars that she gets a second chance with her first love? 

384 pages, Paperback

First published February 1, 2022

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Alexandria Bellefleur

7 books2,239 followers
Alexandria Bellefleur is a bestselling and award-winning author of swoony contemporary romance often featuring loveable grumps and the sunshine characters who bring them to their knees. A Pacific Northwesterner at heart, Alexandria has a weakness for good coffee, Pike IPA, and Voodoo Doughnuts. Her special skills include finding the best Pad Thai in every city she visits, remembering faces but not names, falling asleep in movie theaters, and keeping cool while reading smutty books in public. Her debut novel, Written in the Stars, was a 2021 Lambda Literary Award winner and a 2020 winner of The Ripped Bodice Awards for Excellence in Romantic Fiction.

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Profile Image for Robin.
297 reviews1,278 followers
April 1, 2022
↠ 5 stars

It’s been ten years since Margot put her heart on the line with her best friend Olivia one fateful spring break – a week that transformed their relationship and forever shaped her outlook on love. In the fallout from their teenage romance, Margot has adopted a strict “no relationship” policy, convinced that they aren’t her style. Life doesn’t wait around, however, and now that all of her friends are in long-term committed relationships, Margot is second-guessing her stance. Fate offers up a chance when she runs into Olivia while touring a potential wedding venue with her engaged friends. Since they fell out with one another a decade ago, Olivia hasn’t exactly led the life she planned, but her new job as a wedding planner in Seattle offers a promising start. When an unexpected event leads her without a place to stay, Margot offers up the spare room in her apartment. Even though they haven’t talked in years, history bears repeating, and their chance encounter may lead them to rediscover the love that they've been looking for.

Count Your Lucky Stars is the book that has solidified Alexandria Bellefleur as a romance god in my mind. Truly no one else could have me laughing out loud and screaming in sheer frustration all at the same time. Having read the other two previous books in the series, I was thrilled to hear that its conclusion would center around Margot, a character who always gravitated attention from the sidelines. Given that this third installment features tropes that I would sell my soul for: mutual pining, forced proximity, and childhood friends to lovers, it was high up on my list of anticipated releases. Bellefleur has always had a knack for creating compelling characters and I have to say that Margot and Olivia are her best to date. The banter between them was so amusing and refreshing to read and I loved witnessing the complicated history between them unravel. Second-chance romances have always been an underrated trope in my opinion, and this one had me by the throat like no other. The chemistry with Olivia and Margot was already there to explore, along with years of miscommunication and unresolved feelings. This led to so much angst and pining on both sides that was incredibly entertaining to read. As this incorporates characters from the previous books there were so many little moments between the friend group and past couples. It was so touching to see where everyone ended up, even more, to see Olivia as a new character fall entirely into place with that. The backdrop of Seattle continues to dazzle here, with new locations and meaningful moments interspersed throughout the city. Count Your Lucky Stars may be a conclusion, but it is no less impactful or delightful than the first two books in the series. For as long as Alexandria Bellefleur keeps writing the queer romances of my dreams, I will be there championing them forward.

Thank you to NetGalley and the publisher for providing this arc in exchange for an honest review

Trigger Warnings: infidelity, death of a parent, alcohol consumption
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1,209 reviews26k followers
March 18, 2022
While I didn’t love this one quite as much as I was expecting to, I still really enjoyed myself reading this. I adore both Olivia and Margot, I’m just not a huge fan of the second chance romance trope. Here are some quick thoughts I had:

•Not my favorite in the series but still cute
•Love Olivia’s relationship with her Dad
•I am just not a huge fan of second chance romance, which is why I didn’t love this one as much
•I especially hate when the reason they didn’t work out in the first place is a silly miscommunication issue
•But this book had some really cute moments and it was the perfect conclusion to this really cute series, I’m not mad about it

I included this book in a romance reading vlog I did here: https://youtu.be/eQNXgEKbdWY
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1,682 reviews8,609 followers
February 5, 2022
4.25 Stars. This was a very fun romance. I was a huge fan of book one, Written in the Stars. In fact, it was one of the best romances I read in 2020. I was really excited that it ended up being a series and while I skipped book two (I was not a Brendon fan) I could not wait to read Margot’s story. While Margot is not an ice queen, she is definitely prickly on the outside, but sweet on the inside, which is a character trait I love in romance. In the end, I did not enjoy this as much as Written in the Stars, but that was a tall ask anyway. This was still a very good rom-com that I expect a ton of people will enjoy.

This book had a little going against it, for my tastes, since it was a second-chance romantic comedy. Two out of those three types I can have some issues with so this book had to work a little harder to win me over. Firstly, second-chance romances are not a favorite of mine since they normally have lots of flashbacks, and we miss seeing and really experiencing the two characters falling in love for the first time. I have to give Bellefleur big points for not putting in any flashbacks (yay!) I did think the romance moved at a quicker pace than I would have liked, since they were already infatuated with each other, but it didn’t bother me as much as it could have since the chemistry was so well written.

Secondly, comedy is the other type that I can struggle with but I think that again, Bellefleur really did an excellent job here. There were some very funny and sweet moments that put a big smile on my face. In fact, there were even a few laugh-out-loud moments that were really fun. I don’t want to spoiler anything so I will just say that the ‘cat moment’ absolutely got me. If more authors could write rom-coms, like Bellefleur, I would no longer have problems with comedy in books.

While Bellefleur impressed me a lot, there were a few things I was not crazy about. Once again, the ending was too rushed. Bellefleur also did this in book one so I was bummed to see it happen again. Luckily, the epilogue that I desperately wanted, at the end of Written in the Stars, finally happened here, but unfortunately while it was cute, it was not enough to save the rushed ending. All in all the ending is fine, but with two great couples of Ella-Darcy and Margot-Olivia, the ending could have been amazing.

Quite a few other reviewers mentioned the other issue I had, so I won’t go into it much. There was hardly any communication, which being a bit annoying, and then the one fight moment just felt really odd to me. It seemed like a fight about nothing, but was it really a fight even? The whole thing just didn’t match the rest of a really great book so it was a head scratcher.

My final small issue, and it makes me feel like a bit of a prude, but I wasn’t crazy about the sex scenes. There was a ton of “dirty” talk going on and it started to distract me from the scenes. I didn’t count the amount of time the word “wet” was used but I started to think that maybe Margot needed a rain slicker.

TLDR: This was a well written rom-com that I expect people to really enjoy. It was hard for me, comparing it to a book I just love, Written in the Stars, but it was impossible not to. This wasn’t quite on that level but Bellefleur is an excellent author who proved that again with this final installment. Yes, this had a few bumps, the worst being too much miscommunication and a rushed ending, yet it didn’t ruin my enjoyment. Bellefleur, was able to make me actually laugh, which many comedy authors fail to do. And while I wanted a longer ending, I was happy to finally see Darcy and Elle’s HEA. I think Bellefleur has really found her calling with sapphic romance so I hope we get to read many more of hers to come.

An ARC was given to me for a review.
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1,474 reviews19.2k followers
June 23, 2022
2.5 stars. If I'm being honest, this was a bit of a lackluster conclusion to this series for me and I am BUMMED. I really appreciated how sexy this was, but the plot of the book as a whole I just found to be a bit... boring??? I can't put my finger on what exactly it was about this one that didn't quite click for me, but I think it had a lot to do with this book feeling really long. Plus, as the book went on, I feel like the suspension of disbelief was just a little too high for me to enjoy this as much as I was hoping to. Overall this wasn't bad, it was just... pretty dang underwhelming for me. I will definitely still read more from Alexandria Bellefleur in the future because I do love that her books are always extremely queer, but this one in particular just wasn't quite the right fit for me. Womp :(

CW: divorce, cheating (not between the main couple)
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1,157 reviews36.5k followers
August 18, 2021
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Oh, Drat! How I wanted to love this and count my lucky stars, but alas, Count Your Lucky Stars by Alexandra Bellefleur was not quite for me. Stop the presses, however, as it wasn’t the plot or the characters I didn’t love, it was something else altogether..

The fact of it is, that “steamy details” don’t do it for me. In fact, “steamy details” make me cover my eyes and run screaming and the details in this one were a doozy.

While I love this author and the main characters of Margot and Olivia (and Elle, Darcy, Brandon, and Annie) and this series so very much, this book made me duck and cover.

What I did like, however, were the friendships and relationships between all of the characters and how everyone communicated. The issues brought up by Margot and Olivia when trying to figure out the ins and outs of their relationship are what romance is all about! If only this book had been less risque. Truth be told, if this author’s books were less racy, then I personally would enjoy them more as the storylines and her writing style is fabulous.

A romance for everyone, who loves love. If racy, steamy details are your thing, this book just might be right up your alley.
3.5 Stars

Thank you to NetGalley, Avon, and Harper Voyager for the arc.

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169 reviews48 followers
July 29, 2021
This was such a lovely conclusion to the Written in the Stars series!

I, like most people who read it, was totally taken in last year when Alexandria Bellefleur came out with Written in the Stars. I was super into that book, all of the characters it introduced, and the astrological themes that went with it. I'm not THAT into astrology but it is kinda fun and I loosely follow it, and it is very ingrained into LGBT culture so I enjoyed having a book series with it as a reoccurring theme. And when this book came out I was super excited to read it! After loving the first book, I put off the second book Hang the Moon as it had an M/F pairing, and frankly that's not my cup of tea when it comes to fiction. But I read it quickly when I saw the third book is going back to F/F, and this was so fun!

This book follows Margot, who finally gets her story after Elle and Brandon get theirs! Just when Margot is starting to feel like a 5th wheel in her friend group, her childhood best friend Olivia Grant falls back into her life. Olivia happens to need a place to stay and Margot offers her extra room. Olivia and Margot have a lot of unresolved feelings for each other from their childhood and adolescents together, but also there is some chemistry between them that needs to be figured out.

I love second chance stories. They're probably my favorite trope in lesfic because the chemistry is already there, and as I've said before I really enjoy the juxtaposition between feelings for each other, and knowing why things ended causing you to stay away. It all leads to lovely amounts of angst. And this was really fun! There is some angst to this but not altogether too much at the same time.

Margot is lovely of course as has been in every book. And I loved seeing her meet her match too in Olivia. And Olivia is wonderful and open and I could tell she just brings out the best of Margot. Both have their own demons, partially caused by each other, and partially not and seeing them try to help each other was nice.

And this book being a series, all of our other favorite characters are back, Elle, Darcy, Brandon, and Annie all have large rolls. And unlike last book which I felt had some slight characterization issues, I didn't feel that here.

Also for anyone worried about flashbacks in second chance stories: no flashbacks here. The past is discussed but that's it.

The story was fun and also this book was really funny! I found myself laughing and grinning multiple times though the book. The REAL icebreaker for Olivia and Margot killed me! This is a romance novel so you can kinda guess the pace of things happening and what will be the final conflict towards the end but it didn't take away from my enjoyment at all. And I loved seeing Annie and Brandon, as well as Elle and Darcy's conclusions be told as well!

And another thing about this book I really appreciated was how this book discussed communication issues between people, but also miscommunication in media. I think it handled that issue well, and I appreciate that. I also liked the subtle dig at people that judge people who read romance!

One mild thing, and it's mostly related to having and uncorrected e-proof ARC on my Kindle, but when it showed characters texting, none of the emojis showed up. So I just had to guess at the tone of their tone conversations. Not a big deal, but something to note. Anyone that gets physical books, it will probably be fine.

Anyway, I liked this a lot. It's fun, steamy, funny, and a good conclusion to the series. 4.5/5

thank you to Netgalley and Avon and Harper Voyage for this ARC in exchange for an honest review
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662 reviews963 followers
July 19, 2022
➥ 2.5 Stars *:・゚✧

"God, Margot. What - what brought this on?" Margot's hand slipped between Olivia's thighs and cupped Olivia over her leggings, pressing hard agains't Olivia's clit with the heel of her hand.

"Are you complaining?" Margot asked, pressing a little harder.

Lip still trapped between her teeth, Olivia shook her head.

"You sure?" Margot slid her hand higher, fingers teasing the elastic band of Olivia's leggins before slipping beneath, lower, before pausing, the very tips of her fingers framing Olivia's clit, not quite touching. Margot's lips twitched. "Because I can stop."

Olivia shook her head so fast she went dizzy.

"Good." Margot dragged her lips back up Olivia's throat and rewarded her with two fingers sliding along Olivia's slit before sinking inside her. A stuttered gasp escaped Olivia's mouth, and her head thunked against the door. "Because I'm just getting started."

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I'm on a roll with shit reviews lately, so here's another one for you all 😘😊😉. What you need to know about this book is that everything is absolute garbage apart from the smut.

➥ Margot (h) is a really badly written character. She has this whole complex where she's insecure because she's not nice (Joshua Templeman who?) and she thinks everyone hates her because she's not sunshine and rainbows. Even though she kind of is LMAO. It's just so dumb and unnecessary. She's hot in bed but unfortunately her bad characterisation made it less enjoyable. She talks dirty and good but I struggled to take her seriously because I knew who was talking; a pathetic character I don't like. Anyway, her character was super bland, pretty annoying and also dumb. I also hate her name idk.

➥ Olivia (h) was okay. She's not the hot one, she's the one who kinda just takes it. And I mean good for her, who doesn't wanna be her. But she was also just kind of bland. Also, her name being Olivia is kind of annoying for me because my wife, Olivia, from Tryst Six Venom is also called Olivia is way better. So when her nickname was Livvy I got mad because like what. That is not for you!!!! She fr could have picked any other name but anyway. She was also nothing special and she also had this complex where she cares about everyone else more than herself and I just did not care. I've had enough of pitiful characters atp.
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2,048 reviews13k followers
September 14, 2022
This was such a fun second chance and friends to lovers romance! Margot and Olivia were best friends in high school, and that turned into something more over spring break their senior year. But after their week together, things turned weird, Olivia got back together with her boyfriend, and they haven't seen each other since. Ten years later, Olivia is divorced and runs into Margot again at a wedding she's planning. The two are constantly thrown together and forced to confront what happened all of those years ago. I really loved how Olivia and Margot had this undeniable chemistry that they both couldn't forget from their short time together in their past. Now, they still have that chemistry but their lives have become a lot more complicated. It was fun seeing them thrown together for wedding things and I loved seeing some of the characters from the previous books! This was a sweet romance where the two characters had to learn to communicate, open up, and confront their past if they wanted to make it work. I'm really loving this series and I'm excited to read more from Alexandria Bellefleur!
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412 reviews99 followers
February 20, 2022
4.25 stars. This book has exactly the right dose of humor for me, creating a perfect balance between lightness and seriousness. It’s a testament to Bellefleur’s writing how much I actually liked this considering that all angst in the book comes down to miscommunication, or better yet, no communication, which is something I truly dislike. It still did annoy me a bit, but not as much as it would normally do. I loved all characters and the scenes starring Margot and “cat” are too funny.
Like the first book I listened to the audiobook narrated by Lauren Sweet, which is an excellent combination.
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370 reviews122 followers
February 2, 2022
“Count Your Lucky Stars” by Alexandria Bellefleur is probably one of my most anticipated reads for 2022. It’s the conclusion to her ‘Written in the Stars’ series and features a second chance romance, my favorite trope.

I’ve loved Margot Cooper since we were introduced to her in “Written in the Stars”. She’s funny and even though she’s kind of broody she really loves her friends and would do anything for them. She’s one of those characters that’s hard on the outside but a marshmallow inside. She’s not interested in a relationship despite both of her best friends coupling up. She’s in for a complete surprise when she runs into her childhood best friend and first love, Olivia Grant, while helping Brendon scope out wedding venues. Margot and Olivia haven’t seen or spoken to one another since high school. Olivia is the girl-next-door type of character that is just so sweet and will do anything for someone will she loves.

Margot and Olivia fit so well together and their chemistry was apparent from their first re-introduction. They really just get each other and are the perfect foil for the other. They were childhood best friends and had a week-long fling in their senior year of high school which neither one is completely over. Once they’re back in each other’s orbit, they quickly fall back into their friendship with old and new feelings in play.

I really loved the majority of this book! It’s steamy, cute, and hilarious. There were several scenes that had me laughing out loud and I love when that happens. Bellefleur brought back everyone including Elle and Darcy and Brendon and Annie and I enjoyed being able to catch up with everyone.

So, while I absolutely loved this, I do have two complaints that tainted my enjoyment overall. Miscommunication/lack of communication happens all over the place and the rushed ending. Margo is having an internal conflict about feeling like a 5th wheel in her friend group but she never says anything. There’s also lack of communication between Margot and Olivia that goes back to their high school relationship and follows them into their new relationship. There were several times that I wanted to yell “just talk” to everyone involved. There’s a black moment that happens and it’s so late that there’s almost no time for a real happy ending without the epilogue and that frustrated me. With it being the ending of the series, I was really hoping for a better ending of the book beyond the epilogue.

Despite those two issues, I still really loved this and highly recommend it. It’s truly funny and fun and is a terrific second chance rom-com. There is some light angst but nothing major. I will also say that this is really steamy so if that isn’t something you’re into you may want to give this a pass or plan on doing some skipping ahead.

I received an ARC from Avon and Harper Voyage via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
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141 reviews1,897 followers
December 19, 2021
Alexandria Bellefleur has done it again!! This book has absolutely secured this series as one of my favourite romance trilogies of all time!!!
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136 reviews132 followers
February 28, 2022
thank you netgalley, avon books, and alexandria bellefleur for a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review! i loved this entire series and read all three books in only a couple days. they showcase the best parts of love in such a fun way and i fell in love with all of the characters.

count your lucky stars follows margot and her old best friend, olivia, that she had feelings for. fate offers them a second-chance when olivia is hired to be the wedding planner for her engaged friends and they reconnect. olivia ends up living with margot due to some unexpected events, which gives them another chance at love.

alexandria bellefleur is an amazing writer and this book had me both laughing out loud and anxious for the fate of our main characters. i never loved margot in the other two books, but i really enjoyed her in this one and learning more about her. olivia was also a sweet and relatable character. i also loved the real star of the show, cat the cat, haha! this book involves many tropes that i like, such as second-chance romance, friends to lovers, and forced proximity. the ending was definitely more dramatic than the others in my opinion and i was on the edge of my seat the entire time. it was fun seeing these two characters fall in love again and i really enjoyed it!

i also really loved the epilogue. i’m a sucker for epilogues that are set in the future and this one was super cute and made me feel nostalgic towards the other books. bellefleur intertwined the other character’s stories into this one really well and it was nice getting to see what they’re up to as well.

i highly recommend this book, and series, for romance fans! they’re some of the best romances i’ve ever read and i’ll definitely be rereading them soon.
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2,006 reviews9,928 followers
March 20, 2022
This is the third standalone in the Written in the Stars series and I’ve been enjoying the series a lot! We’ve got an F/F romance between former childhood best friends who were in love and now they get their second chance 10 years later.

Olivia is divorced and has just gotten a new job in Seattle as a wedding planner. Her new client’s best woman is none other than her old best friend Margot, and when Olivia needs a place to stay, the two end up becoming roommates. Besides the forced proximity, there are still a lot of sparks between them because of all their unfinished business. The story is a bit slower paced than the first two books and there’s a lot of back and forth between the main characters, but I did really like their story. The romance is sweet and emotional and I loved seeing the characters from the previous books here too. The whole series has such a great friend group!
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215 reviews42 followers
January 28, 2022
After loving the hell out of Written in the Stars and greatly enjoying Hang the Moon, I was so excited to read this. As Bellefleur is becoming one of my favorite authors of all time, I have high expectations for her books, and I’m happy to say this didn’t disappoint! We know Margot Cooper (~29, pansexual) from the first two books as the adorably sarcastic member of the friend group, and I loved finally getting inside her head. Olivia Grant (~29, bisexual), Margot’s childhood best friend and first love, is a major sweetheart and the perfect salve to Margot’s prickliness. The two women are just perfect together and I loved watching them rekindle the flames that’ve been dormant for eleven years, all while navigating each other’s (and their own) flaws.

While Written in the Stars is my favorite of the series — Elle and Darcy PLUS fake dating is hard to beat imo — this was wonderful too. It’s been a few days since I’ve finished the book, and I think I’m loving it more as it has time to marinate in my mind. Margot and Olivia are the kind of vulnerable, big-hearted characters I’d die for. My heart ached for Margot as she navigated her confused jumble of feelings, and I related to lots of her thoughts and insecurities. Olivia has people-pleasing tendencies and would sacrifice everything for those she loves, and she’s just so sweet in every interaction with Margot that I melted into a puddle of goo.

God, the romance is so cute — how does Bellefleur do it every time? The little touches, looks, and interactions between the two are so perfect. While the second-chance plot involves past miscommunication, I didn’t mind because communicating feelings is terrifying when you’re a teenager, especially when there’s a third party involved. Bellefleur deftly highlights the weightiness of the relationship without resorting to flashbacks. And the sex in this book is seriously some of the best I’ve ever read! Hot damn, even my ace self was thoroughly impressed!

Bellefleur is truly one of the funniest writers out there; I can always trust her to give me a good hearty laugh. One scene involving Olivia’s mischievous cat Cat (yes, that is her name!) had me gasping for air, and there was even another LOL scene in the last few pages. But aside from the big ridiculous moments, the group of characters in this series is so sparkling and whimsical that half the time I was chuckling to myself. Brendon’s at it again with his amusing antics, and those who missed their Elle content in Hang the Moon will be happy to know she’s featured more heavily in this book.

As much as I adored this book, I do have a few critiques. Firstly, Margot’s actions during the conflict were a bit confusing. Without giving too much away, it seemed that Margot was expecting Olivia to abandon the wedding planning job she worked so hard to obtain. I know that Margot was dealing with abandonment issues, but her insinuation was still very weird. Secondly, I was expecting more content with the wedding plot line, and half the time it didn’t seem like Olivia was a wedding planner at all but had instead been absorbed into the friend group too fast. The ending felt rushed and I was left yearning for more content, but not in the best way. And while there's a very cute epilogue, I wish it’d been longer and had provided us with a weightier wrap-up to this spectacular series.

In short, despite my critiques, I loved this book so much! I’m so sad to say goodbye to this series, but I can’t wait to meet and fall in love with Bellefleur’s future characters!

content warnings: alcohol (recreational), death of a parent (past), infidelity (past), manipulation, toxic relationship (past), graphic sex

I received an ARC from a Goodreads giveaway and am voluntarily leaving a review.


sometime in 2021:

[more sapphic goodness from Alexandria Bellefleur?? excuse me while i ascend into heaven

[edit: THAT COVER *swoons*]]
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718 reviews334 followers
February 19, 2022
Review of Count Your Lucky Stars by Alexandria Bellefleur, narrated by Lauren Sweet

This author has been on my radar after her novel Written in the Stars was one of my favourite books of 2020. I’ve listened to the audiobook, also narrated by Lauren Sweet, and absolutely loved it, so grabbing the audio for Ms. Bellefleur’s latest release was a no-brainer to me.

Margot Cooper doesn’t believe in love since her heart was broken a decade ago. But when Olivia Grant reappears in her life as the planner of her best friend’s wedding, Margot starts to have feelings again. Feelings for the same person who broke her heart. When Olivia has an emergency and needs a place to stay, Margot offers to help. As they rekindle their old relationship, will history repeat itself?

This is book 3 in the Written in the Stars series by this author which started with the book with the same title and continued with Hang the Moon which I didn’t read because I’m not into m/f romances. Don’t worry if you haven’t read the previous books as they are all stand-alone stories. The series follows a group of friends, owners of a dating app and a social media-based astrology business. As all of Margot’s friends start to pair off, she’s the odd one out, the fifth wheel in the group. This book is her turn to find true love.

Count Your Lucky Stars is a romantic comedy based on the second chances trope but in a way it could also be considered a friends-to-lovers book. Margot and Olivia have been best friends since kindergarten until when they were 18, they became lovers. Their fling lasted just one week but its consequences persisted until the present. Immaturity and miscommunication played a big role in pushing Margot and Olivia apart but, as it happens many times in real life, they both were able to resume their bond where they left a decade after. However, misinterpretation and fear of history repeating itself threatens to get in the way of their happily ever after.

This was another entertaining and funny rom-com with a little angst on the side. The novel balances humor, romance and angst as there is a bit of them all, in good proportion. Both main characters are adorably human in their strengths and shortcomings and their chemistry is off the charts from the start. The romance increases slowly but surely the level of heat until it’s scorching. The first sex scene is absolutely fantastic. Ms. Bellefleur writes the increasing mutual attraction really well reflected in little moments, shared looks and awkward chats.

The dialogues are one of this author’s strengths, this story mostly shows and doesn’t tell, giving it a very cinematographical feel, which I always appreciate in a story. Even though it’s a second chances romance, there are no long narrative flashbacks. Just some references here and there. The story develops strongly in the present not the past.

As with book one, Lauren Sweet did another fantastic job in the audiobook version. Her narrative tone is exactly what a rom-com needs. Her delivery of the funny moments and the acting of the different emotions were absolutely perfect. As a bonus, her performance of the sex scenes brings all the heat to life. Another highly recommended story. 5 stars.

Length: 11 hours
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2,068 reviews899 followers
September 13, 2021
wow my heart <3

Two childhood best friends who had one week of spring break bliss, until a misinterpretation of a text leads to heartbreak and no communication for ten years...until Olivia is assigned to be the wedding planner for Margot's best friend's wedding.

THE PINING. THE DIRTY TALK. Roommates too!?!? Stop it. I loved it all.

You get a great dose of returning characters, especially Brendon and Elle, and a fiery romance between my two new favorites.

Fully reviewed for Library Journal

Content notes: there's a cute cat named Cat (nothing bad or happens to the cat), Olivia's father had a heart attack in the past, she worries about his health. Olivia's mother died a few years ago. Margot has a little accident on a ski slope (she's fine).
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284 reviews219 followers
February 8, 2022
this book simultaneously called me out for my abandonment issues AND my inability to put myself/my needs before other people 🤍
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645 reviews424 followers
February 7, 2022
4.75 stars

you know those books where you are smiling, giggling and clutching your chest to yourself that is how this made me feel

(also side note the sex scenes are GOD TIER)
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450 reviews202 followers
June 23, 2022
✧ ↝ 3 stars | 58% |

first of all, the smut in this book is excellent, better than the smut in all the other books in the series in terms of both frequency and quality.

second, i really liked the concept of the second chance romance with the “fell in love with ur childhood best friend and it didn’t end well” trope, although it was basically a whole miscommunication the whole time so yk how that is :/

i thought it was sweet how margot and olivia cared for each other, but at the same time i didn’t really feel like reading about all the personal issues they had idk

the ending was so dumb for no reason; like i understand that this is a romcom but seriously. like that’s so over the top you need to be stopped

if the friend group is so amazing and close and everything, why is margot constantly paranoid about being abandoned by them? like pick one; are they good friends who you feel secure with or shitty friends who make you feel left out? because you mope like it’s the second one and then go on rants about how amazing they are istg

also a lot of the jokes weren’t actually that funny and seemed rather overused.

olivia was such a bitch by the end like stfu. she had way more to improve on before she could even consider trying to be in a relationship with margot but whatever ig.

it’s not that i hated this or anything i’m just tired and feeling salty maybe because i wish this was me who knows tbh
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Author 57 books7,883 followers
June 6, 2022
Just not for me. I could not get on with the heroine Margot, who runs an astrology-based app that tells you what flavour of wedding cake or beer to choose based on your star sign. At one point a doctor from Medecins Sans Frontieres questions the evidential basis of this money-making enterprise, and is accordingly pointed up as the bad guy. Mmmph.

Beyond this, it's a lovers-reunited romcom, heavy on the amusing accidents and awkward miscommunication. It really took off towards the end, when Olivia, who is something of a self-imposed doormat to men, bails on her wedding-planner job and on Margot to go mother-hen around her father who didn't ask or want her to, and almost torpedoes her career in so doing. There's a lot of really good characterisation and chewy, difficult emotion in there, and a really fabulous illustration of how much damage women can do themselves, and it made the book and relationship very much come into focus: I'd have liked a lot more.
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572 reviews197 followers
February 6, 2022
four stars! *:・゚✧ this was literally so freakin cute 🤧 i’ve loved the first two books in this series, and i’m so glad to say that i loved this one just as much. firstly, i loved seeing all the couples from the other two in this! and the epilogue tied up everyone’s stories so nicely, it was so sweet. i’m also a huuuge fan of second chance romances, and i loved how olivia and margot’s relationship was portrayed. there was some miscommunication stuff that i wasn’t necessarily a fan of, but it worked itself out nicely in the end and that’s all that matters. i loved margot in the first two books, so i was over the moon when i found out she was getting her own book! she’s probably one of my favorite characters from the whole series. i did love olivia tenfold, though. i related so much to her character in ways i wasn’t anticipating, and she was just so cute in general, it was hard not to love her. this series as a whole is absolutely adorable, and they are definitely staple pieces on my shelves!! <3
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441 reviews150 followers
February 8, 2022
"I'm pretty sure a part of me has been waiting for you for eleven years. Just like I'm pretty sure, no matter what happens, I'm always going to be at least a little bit in love with you, Liv."

It has been over a decade since Margot Cooper let herself really feel for someone. That spring break, a whole week with her best friend, Olivia Grant, which completely transformed their relationship, and ended in heartbreak, changed Margot's view on love and romance forever. She has guarded her heart ever since. But, Margot finds herself feeling lonely. Her closest's friends are in dedicated and long-term relationships that has her doubting her worth in the friendship group. However, it seems like the universe is giving Margot a second chance at romance. When she's touring wedding venues with her friends, she meets the wedding planner and it's none other than Olivia Grant, the girl who broke her heart. Olivia Grant has been married and now divorced and she's striving to be and do what she loves. Her new job as a wedding planner in Seattle offers her a brand new start in a new city. Hoping to kickstart her career, she begs her boss to plan the wedding of Brendon Lowell and Annie Kyriakos, which then leads her to Margot, the girl who broke her heart. Even though they haven't spoken to or seen one another in years, it seems like both of them haven't forgotten their feelings for one another.

Alexandria Bellefleur has become one of my favourite romance writers. Every single book in the Written In The Stars trilogy has been an absolute treat to read. And I think Count Your Lucky Stars is, by far, my favourite. From the moment Margot and Olivia locked eyes with one another, I felt their chemistry!

Childhood friends to lovers is one of those tropes that I rarely see explored in romances as much as others, and I'm glad Bellefleur decided to include it in this final instalment. The banter between them was hilarious and I loved seeing them both coming to terms with their feelings the more time they spent together. They both long for each other, even after all this time, and their mutual pining throughout was very entertaining and just so cute to read.

They're both so soft with another, and it was really lovely to see Margot vulnerable. Margot has been a side character in the other two books that really captured my attention. She is blunt, is the sort of woman who doesn't take any shit and is a very loyal and protective friend. And with Olivia, her guard is lowered, because after all, nobody knows her quite like Olivia - who knew her when a quiet girl at school. I just found their romance to be so adorable and deep and beautiful.

I'm very happy that Alexandria Bellefleur decided to write such amazing queer romances. It's just so important - the representation throughout the whole trilogy is excellent. I'm excited to read more from this author in the future with whatever book she decides to write next.
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618 reviews812 followers
January 4, 2023
4.75 out of 5 stars.

I gave the first book in the series 3 stars, and the second four stars.
Will this one be a 5 star read? *keeping my fingers crossed*

Also, I have one whole day to finish this book before the year ends, I hope I'll manage to finish it by then.
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2,119 reviews1,334 followers
June 20, 2022
This is the first book in the series that I read via audiobook and I guess it’s my luck that it also happened to be the hottest of the series. I BLUSHED LIKE A VIRGIN IN A HISTORICAL ROMANCE at the sex scenes and was like “MISS BELLEFLEUR, WHO ARE YOU???”.

Count Your Lucky Stars is Margot and Olivia’s love story. We’ve seen Margot before because she is close friends with Elle and I was so happy when I heard she was getting her own love story. Alexandria Bellefleur really brought all the tension to this story! Margot and Olivia were best friends when they were younger and had one steamy weekend. Unfortunately, a fall-out happens between the two and it’s years before they see each other again. Olivia is planning Brendon and Annie’s wedding and somehow, she ends up also becoming Margot’s roommate.

All this forced proximity brings back their feelings for each other. It’s messy, but laced with so much sexual tension. I’m not even exaggerating when I say that theirs was the hottest book of the series! Olivia and Margot needed to navigate communication and trust issues. They both had reasons for being as guarded as they were. It’s almost like they had these hard walls around their hearts and refused to really let anyone in. If you don’t love books that feature the miscommunication trope, be forewarned that this one does rely heavily on miscommunication. Admittedly, I did want to smack some senses into both of them, but I was also very soft for them. I like my characters flawed and all, so yeah, it wasn’t much of an issue for me.

I also loved how Alexandria Bellefleur explored adult friendships in Count Your Lucky Stars. With all of her friends being coupled up, Margot was feeling left out. I related so much to her. It can be hard watching your friends move on in life and knowing that major changes are coming into your relationship. No matter how happy you want to be for them, there’s also a tinge of sadness and fear of being left behind. Margot’s friends are fantastic though and they really go out of their way to show her how much they love her when she finally does open up about her fears. I would very much like to be part of their friend group, pretty please!!!

Lauren Sweet is the narrator of Count Your Lucky Stars and I believe this was my first from her. I loved her voice and she’s definitely an easy favorite. I especially liked how she voiced some of the secondary characters! 10/10 for her performance.

I’m so sad that the Written in the Stars series is now over. It’s been a fantastic ride and I’ve really grown to love this cast so much, so I’m going to miss them deeply. Alexandria Bellefleur did all their stories justice though, so I’m also leaving this series very happy! Can’t wait to see what the author writes next! 🙂

Content notes: on-page sex, anxiety, parent who suffered a heart-attack

Relationship disclosure: Alexandria Bellefleur & I are mutuals on social media.
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81 reviews274 followers
January 23, 2022
Thank you to Avon and Harper Voyage for the eARC of Written in the Stars.

A solid final installment to the Written in the Stars series, Count Your Lucky Stars was a cute, fast, and easy read.

I loved how easy Margot and Olivia's relationship was, which obviously stems from the fact that this is a second chance, best friends to lovers story so they settled into their old rhythm very quickly. I thoroughly enjoyed seeing all the characters from previous books have their little cameos. All of the books in this series leave me with the same feeling a cheesy rom-com on TV does. The bedroom scenes genuinely had me blushing.

This has all the hallmarks of an extraordinary romance.

One of my qualms is that, much like her previous books, the characters feel kind of flat. Not totally 2D, but definitely not 3D/well rounded. They're a solid 2.5D in my opinion. And the same goes for the relationships between the characters whether romantic, platonic, or familial.

Another issue I had is that this book is so ... white. I was hoping that there might have been more racial diversity than the past two books had but I was disappointed.

Kind of on the fence about really recommending this book. I would probably tell you to go read a qpoc adult romance instead to be honest.

EDIT: This book is also very much so giving off "white woman in her 30s who makes fun of Gen Z on TikTok" vibes and it's frankly, very annoying.
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2,694 reviews702 followers
January 24, 2022
I’ve loved all of these books and was basically beside myself when I learned Margot was getting her own book.

I’ve enjoyed Margot from the first time she stepped on the page. She’s sarcastic and snarky and tells it like it is. So, of course, it was no surprise to find out under her crunchy exterior, she’s a marshmallow. Olivia is sweet and giving and the perfect person to compliment Margot. And I especially loved seeing the other couples.

Plot wise, it was good. It did feel a bit untethered at some points, but I was so invested in the characters, it was easy for me to overlook. I loved getting to see more of Annie and Brendan’s HEA and the progress of Elle and Darcy. The angsty times are minimal, the resolution is quick, and the epilogue is everything I could have wanted.

Overall, this series has been a favorite of mine and I can’t wait to see what Alexandria writes next.

**Huge thanks to the publisher for providing the arc free of charge**
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