Count Your Lucky Stars
Author: Alexandria Bellefleur
Series: Written in the Stars, book 3
Publisher: Avon Books (February 1, 2022)
Paperback, 384 pages
Romance, Adult Contemporary Romance
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?
I’m normally not a fan of second chance romance, but in this case I am totally here for it! I fell for this Sapphic second chance romance as hard as an inexperienced skier falls on the bunny hill! 😉
The chemistry between Margot and Olivia is explosive! Poor Olivia is just not the luckiest person, and when her apartment floods she’s suddenly in need of a place to stay. And at least Margot knows Olivia enough to trust she won’t wake up to Olivia pooping on her shoes (a real thing to be concerned about – maybe Margot doesn’t have the best luck either!) Too bad they have a history that makes suddenly being forced into proximity a tad awkward.
The mutual pining in this book is to die for. It’s also incredibly steamy with plenty of fun dirty talk. *fans self* Whew! I loved Margot as a side character in the first two books, and it’s so wonderful to finally see her get her own story. And it’s nice to get to see the continued Happily Ever Afters for the leads from the first two books play out in this one!
I was a little frustrated that the majority of their problems could have been resolved if either one of them just plucked up the courage to TALK to the other (a point which Margot acknowledges at one point in being a lot easier said than done).
This is the third book in the Written in the Stars series. It relies heavily on the couples from the first two books (Written in the Stars and Hang the Moon) and I’d highly recommend reading the series in order, otherwise you might feel pretty lost in this book.
A digital ARC of this book was provided by the publisher via NetGalley for review. All opinions are unbiased and my own.