Author: Alexandria Bellefleur
Rating: 4 Stars
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.
When Darcy begs Elle to play along, she agrees to pretend they’re dating to save face. But with a few conditions: Darcy must help Elle navigate her own overbearing family over the holidays and their arrangement expires on New Year’s Eve. The last thing they expect is to develop real feelings during a fake relationship.
But maybe opposites can attract when true love is written in the stars?
Friends, this is, hands down, my favorite romance that I've read like ever! I mean - two beautiful women falling in love?! COME ON!
I loved most of all that this was a sapphic romance. I've read plenty of straight romance, and it's not bad, but it i FANTASTIC to see romance actually featuring two women. AMAZING. Give me more of this.
The characters in the book were all so so awesome and so well written. They were all very distinct in who they were and stood out to me as each unique person. Even Elle's mother, nosey and annoying as she could be, was a well done, well written character.
Watching Darcy's growth throughout the book was great - she learned a lot about herself and what she wanted, and learned that love happens even when you're not always ready for it. She really learned how to open herself up to other people, and learned that it was okay to let other people help you and be there for you.
Elle was a real treat of a character - she was so spontaneous and adventurous and through everything was just totally and completely herself. It was great to see her finally stand up to her mother and family and prove to them that she wasn't who they thought she was. I think she was my favorite character.
Watching this story develop from faked relationship to real romance was awesome. It was obvious from the beginning that Elle and Darcy were attracted to each other, and watching them both deny their attraction but then finally realize they were only hurting themselves by denying it was great. They both realized a lot about themselves and each other, and were willing through the course of the story to search and actually listen to other people and realize what they wanted and needed to be happy.
There was great chemistry between the two main characters - they tried to deny it (or at least Darcy did for a while) but it was definitely there. There was great buildup of the relationship as well as some...adult happy fun times that will definitely make you want to keep reading. The way the author developed their relationship and the chemistry between them was great.
I felt like the whole book was cohesive and all the events flowed into and with each other well. The book was well written and the story well developed.
If you love a good rom-com and the fake dating trope, this is a book you HAVE to read.
If you've already read it, drop a note in the comments and let me know what you thought of it.