ROMANCE

Written in the Stars

Avon. Nov. 2020. 384p. ISBN 9780063000803. pap. $15.99. lgbtq cONTEMPORARY ROMANCE
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DEBUT Polar opposites come together in Bellefleur’s cheerful #ownvoices debut. Elle is a free-spirited social media astrologer. Darcy is a straight-laced actuary. On the surface, they have nothing in common, which is why their first blind date is a complete disaster. When Elle hears Darcy telling a friend on the phone that she thinks Elle’s a hot mess, Elle ditches the date in disappointment. But Darcy’s brother Brendon is pushing Darcy to go on more dates, so she claims she and Elle are a couple to get him off her back. Only Elle, who works with Brendon, discovers Darcy’s lie. What can they do except to pretend to be a couple so that Brendon will stop interfering in Darcy’s life and Elle can impress her family? The two sign a contract to “break up” on New Year’s Eve, and only their growing attraction stands in the way of messing up their perfect arrangement.
VERDICT A dash of Pride and Prejudice and Bridget Jones’s Diary, mixed with a fresh, millennial f/f twist of opposites attract.

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