Author: Alexandria Bellefleur
Series: Written in the Stars, book 2
Publisher: Avon (May 25, 2021)
Paperback, 384 pages
Romance, Contemporary Romance
Brendon Lowell loves love. It’s why he created a dating app to help people find their one true pairing and why he’s convinced “the one” is out there, even if he hasn’t met her yet. Or… has he? When his sister’s best friend turns up in Seattle unexpectedly, Brendon jumps at the chance to hang out with her. He’s crushed on Annie since they were kids, and the stars have finally aligned, putting them in the same city at the same time.
Annie booked a spur-of-the-moment trip to Seattle to spend time with friends before moving across the globe. She’s not looking for love, especially with her best friend’s brother. Annie remembers Brendon as a sweet, dorky kid. Except, the 6-foot-4 man who shows up at her door is a certified Hot Nerd and Annie… wants him? Oh yes.
Getting involved would be a terrible idea—her stay is temporary and he wants forever—but when Brendon learns Annie has given up on dating, he’s determined to prove that romance is real. Taking cues from his favorite rom-coms, Brendon plans to woo her with elaborate dates straight out of Nora Ephron’s playbook. The clock is ticking on Annie’s time in Seattle, and Brendon’s starting to realize romance isn’t just flowers and chocolate. But maybe real love doesn’t need to be as perfect as the movies… as long as you think your partner hung the moon.
I really fell for Brendon in the first book in this series, Written in the Stars, so I was so glad to see he gets his own book. And it’s with Annie! *gasp*
Another reviewer described this book as “sometimes no plot just vibes really works,” and I hadn’t really thought about it that way before but… yeah. The major conflict in this book is basically Annie going “it’s complicated” and everyone else going “but is it actually, though?” And then there’s Brendon, trying to bring the most iconic rom-com moments and tropes to life for Annie. Sadly for Brendon, life is NOT a movie and his attempts at recreating movie magic often go hilariously awry.
I really appreciated the conversation around love languages and communication in this book. Alexandria Bellefleur always seems to have something really insightful like this included in her books, and I just love it. Well researched and well demonstrated, yes!
This is the second book in the Written in the Stars series, and while it can be read as a stand alone you should really read the first book, Written in the Stars to get the full effect. There are some spoilers for the first book in this one.
A digital ARC of this book was provided by the publisher via NetGalley for review. All opinions are unbiased and my own.