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Written in the stars : a novel
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Darcy Lowell (Female), Actuary, Skeptic, Analytical; punctual; skeptical
Elle Jones (Female), Astrologer, Free spirit, Social media astrologer
Gay and lesbian
Faked relationships
Time Period
2000s -- 21st century
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Library Journal Review
Astrologer and app developer Elle's new friend and business partner sets the free-spirited Elle up on a date with his buttoned-up and certified "true love skeptic" sister Darcy, to disastrous results. Darcy, tired of her brother's meddling, tells him she hit it off with Elle so he will stop trying to find her one true love, at least for a little while. Darcy's ruse is quickly discovered by a baffled Elle. Darcy pleads with Elle to consider being her fake girlfriend, at least through all the upcoming holidays. Elle reluctantly agrees; she felt a real spark with Darcy and is worried her heart will be hurt, even if they are only pretending. Darcy and Elle soon find that they are better suited than they could have possibly imagined, but must overcome Darcy's fear of commitment. Narrator Lauren Sweet's enunciation at times feels a bit stilted and overemphatic at first, but settles in once the characters have been established. VERDICT An enchanting debut romance featuring Pride and Prejudice character archetypes, banter, and sexual tension shaken together to create a perfectly delicious contemporary romance. Darcy and Elle's simmering attraction comes alive in this audiobook, making it an ideal listen for fans of Christina Lauren's early romance novels.--Elizabeth Gabriel, Milwaukee P.L.
Publishers Weekly Review
A disastrous blind date kicks off Bellefleur's excellent rom-com debut. Elle Jones, an eternally optimistic astrologist, and Darcy Lowell, a tightly buttoned actuary who's given up on love after a past betrayal, realize almost immediately that, though their physical chemistry is electric, their personalities mix like oil and water. Still, when Darcy's brother, Brendon, who set them up, asks Darcy how it went, she says it was great to get him to stop worrying about her love life. Elle resents being pulled into the lie--but agrees to play along to get her own family off her back. As the women spend more time together, ironing out the details of their fake relationship and going on double dates with Brendon, they begin to see each other's differences as turn-ons rather than turn-offs, and the line between reality and pretend blurs. Readers will be rapt by the sensuous love scenes once Darcy and Elle throw pretense aside--but Darcy's inability to admit her feelings might still keep the couple from their happy ending. A moving subplot about Elle's fight for her family's acceptance rounds out the story, while astrology memes ("What brunch food are you based on your zodiac?") and nods to Pride and Prejudice scattered throughout add texture. This is a delight. Agent: Sarah Younger, Nancy Yost Literary Agency. (Nov.)
Booklist Review
Shortly after their blind date begins, Elle Jones and Darcy Lowell know they're not meant to be. Elle is messy and laid back, Darcy is punctual and uptight. Elle is one of the astrology experts behind the successful Oh My Stars brand, Darcy is an actuary who doesn't believe in horoscopes. Then Darcy tries to prevent her matchmaking brother Brendon (also Elle's business partner) from sending her on yet another blind date by telling him that she and Elle hit it off. Darcy begs Elle to play along, and they agree to fake-date until New Year's Eve to help each other navigate the holiday season. Bellefleur's debut sprinkles amusing listicles ("What Rom-Com Are You Based on Your Zodiac Sign?") throughout the text as Elle and Darcy cautiously move from uneasy allies to friends to something more. Well-developed leads, relatable conflicts, a strong supporting cast, and opposites-attract chemistry make for an engaging read. Fans of Alexis Hall's Boyfriend Material (2020) and Talia Hibbert's Take a Hint, Dani Brown (2020) will enjoy this Seattle-set love story that reads like a romantic holiday movie.
Kirkus Review
Two wildly different women fall in love while fake dating. Elle Jones is on her way to a blind date with Darcy Lowell, and disaster seems imminent. Not only is this the latest in a string of dating disappointments, but she's running late and wearing a pair of sexy undies so uncomfortable she can "practically taste her spring-fresh laundry detergent." Despite Elle's best intentions, the evening is, in fact, horrible. Where free-spirited astrologer Elle is endearingly optimistic, straight-laced actuary Darcy is harshly realistic. Elle loves cheap boxed wine; Darcy orders a $56 glass of Chardonnay. Elle believes in soul mates and is determined to find her own; Darcy had her heart broken by her ex-fiancee and is no longer interested in falling in love. Elle writes the night off as another loss, but Darcy has different plans. Tired of having her brother, Brandon--who's the creator of a dating app that's collaborating with Elle's astrology business, Oh My Stars--meddling in her love life, she lies and says the two hit it off. When Darcy asks her to go along with the lie, it turns out that Elle has her own reasons to take part in a fake dating scheme: Her family finds her lifestyle unstable and unsuitable, and she thinks presenting herself in a solid relationship might take some of the pressure off. The plot doesn't deviate much from other fake-dating favorites--awkward first dates lead to passionate first kisses and time spent together reveals there is more to both women than meets the eye. But the plot's predictability doesn't detract from its two compelling leading ladies, and there are interesting conversations around nontraditional career paths and breaking away from familial expectations. Fans of pop culture--inspired astrology sites will love the effortless and entertaining way the author weaves zodiac memes throughout the text. The stars align in this charming queer rom-com. Copyright (c) Kirkus Reviews, used with permission.

"I was hooked from the very first page!" - Christina Lauren, New York Times bestselling author of In a Holidaze

"This book is a delight." - New York Times Book Review

A National Bestseller and winner of the Lambda Literary Award for Best Lesbian Romance! Featured on Shondaland, Oprah Mag, Bustle, The New York Times Book Review, Buzzfeed, POPSUGAR, Entertainment Weekly, Washington Post, NPR, Culturess, Vulture, and more. Named one of the Best Romances of 2020 by Washington Post, Bustle, and Buzzfeed!

With nods to Bridget Jones and Pride & Prejudice, this debut is a delightful queer rom-com about a free-spirited social media astrologer who agrees to fake a relationship with a grumpy 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 matchmaker ever again. Love--and the inevitable heartbreak--is the last thing she wants. So she fibs and says her latest set up was a success. Darcy doesn't expect her lie to bite her in the ass.

Elle Jones, one of the astrologers behind the popular Twitter account Oh My Stars, dreams of finding her soul mate. But she knows it is most assuredly not Darcy... a no-nonsense stick-in-the-mud, who is way too analytical, punctual, and skeptical for someone as free-spirited as Elle. When Darcy's brother--and Elle's new business partner--expresses how happy he is that they hit it off, Elle is baffled. Was Darcy on the same date Because... awkward.

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

"Everything I want from a rom-com: fun, whimsical, sexy." - Talia Hibbert, USA Today bestselling author of Get a Life, Chloe Brown

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