Thanks to the publisher & Netgalley for the complimentary ARC. All opinions provided are my own.
The two previous books I’ve read in Alexandria Bellefleur’s Written in the Stars series have this sense of fun, of effervescence for me. I think that’s what I missed the most when reading the upcoming release, Count Your Lucky Stars.
In this second chance, childhood BFFs-to lovers-to estranged BFFs story Margot & Olivia are inadvertently reunited when wedding planner Olivia takes on planning Margot’s friend Brendon’s wedding.
Forced proximity comes into play when Margot & Olivia end up living together, giving them a chance to strike up a friendship again—even if neither wants to pursue the reason for their estrangement, which each woman attributes to a different cause.
Maybe my favorite thing about this romance is how Margot & Olivia reminisce about the memories that tie them together. It’s obvious there’s a real bond between them & that adds nice emotional nuance to the story, especially as they navigate not only sex but a renewed friendship.
But the tone of this romance feels different to me, heavier, & without the playfulness I associate with the author.
Setting aside that series comparison, the main conflict is somewhat confusing to me & the portrayal of friendship—excluding Elle, who as always, is a delight—is another heavier note. I didn’t quite feel the love as much as I wanted to between the friends.
Alexandria Bellefleur is writing beautiful contemporary romance & I can’t wait to see what characters & friendships she writes next. But this one misses the mark somewhat for me.
4 ⭐️. Release date: 02/01.
Give me that HEA, please.
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