Count Your Lucky Stars: A Novel (Paperback)
"Bellefleur has a droll, distinct voice, and her one-liners zing off the page, striking both the heart and funny bone... There's a sparkling quality here, one that mirrors the starry title. Bellefleur writes as if she's captured fairy lights in a mason jar, twinkly and lovely within something solid yet fragile." – Entertainment Weekly
Following Written in the Stars and Hang the Moon, Lambda Literary Award winner and 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?
Alexandria Bellefleur is a bestselling and award-winning author of swoony contemporary romance often featuring loveable grumps and the sunshine characters who bring them to their knees. A Pacific Northwesterner at heart, Alexandria has a weakness for good coffee, Pike IPA, and Voodoo Doughnuts. Her special skills include finding the best Pad Thai in every city she visits, remembering faces but not names, falling asleep in movie theaters, and keeping cool while reading smutty books in public. Her debut novel, Written in the Stars, was a 2021 Lambda Literary Award winner and a 2020 winner of The Ripped Bodice Awards for Excellence in Romantic Fiction.
"A warm hug of a queer contemporary romance with sparkling prose, heartfelt dialogue, and delicious dirty talk." — Library Journal (starred review)
“Bellefleur continues on her dazzling trajectory with another completely charming, achingly romantic love story. This tale not only delivers an abundance of wit-infused writing and some scorchingly hot love scenes, it also gracefully illuminates the importance in life of family and the friends we hold most dear.” — Booklist (starred review)
"Margot and Olivia are a perfect grumpy/sunshine pairing. The chemistry between them is palpable immediately and ramps up throughout the book; Bellefleur doesn’t shy away from letting her heroines yearn for one another, which is a delight... I loved how this book put Margot’s friends (and their budding friendship with Olivia) directly in the action. The genuine investment Margot’s friends had in her happiness made the happy ending all the sweeter." — USA Today (four stars)
"For romantic comedy fans, you can never go wrong with an Alexandria Bellefleur novel. Laugh-out-loud funny with the sweetest romantic scenes, this book will welcome you with open arms." — Buzzfeed
"a charming second chance romance about former best friends who reenter each other's lives in the most unexpected way." — Popsugar
"Spellbinding, gut-wrenching and absolutely swoon-worthy. . . Bellefleur writes everything effortlessly, whether it’s laugh-out-loud banter, steamy sex or heartfelt platonic relationships. Even though she constantly pushes the envelope by digging into new themes and dynamics, her books always feel safe and cozy. Her celebration of all ways and modes of love makes her series stand out.” — Bookreporter.com
“This extremely sexy rom-com is full of lingering glances and fiery love scenes. . . Bellefleur also makes the sincere observation that the person who sees you the clearest is often the person who scares you the most. Thoughtful conversations about relationships balance the comedy in this ultra-satisfying read.” — BookPage
“Heartwarming. . . Bellefleur’s lively characters charm from start to finish. This is a perfect pick for readers looking for a light-hearted romance centered on emotional growth.” — Publishers Weekly
"features her trademark wit, heartfelt friendships, and steamy romance." — Kirkus Reviews
“Alexandria Bellefleur's writing is as sparkling as champagne, bubbling with taste in every word… Bellefleur provides sweet, bubbly romance, each romantic moment providing depth, excitement, and balance. Upon finishing, I found myself wearing a huge goofy grin on my face.” — Buzzfeed
"Bellefleur has a droll, distinct voice, and her one-liners zing off the page, striking both the heart and funny bone. She has a gift for comedy, possessing more style and panache than a debut writer has any right to... There's a sparkling quality here, one that mirrors the starry title. Bellefleur writes as if she's captured fairy lights in a mason jar, twinkly and lovely within something solid yet fragile." — Entertainment Weekly on Written in the Stars
"This book is a delight." — New York Times Book Review on Written in the Stars
"[A] distinctly modern frolic, charming and effervescent and entirely itself." — Washington Post on Written in the Stars
"Alexandria Bellefleur is an author to watch. Her writing is joyful and heartfelt, and her voice sparkles with a delightful mix of wit, humor, and good-natured sarcasm. I can't wait to see how she wows us next!" — Mia Sosa, USA Today bestselling author of The Worst Best Man
“Smart, sexy, and sweet. Readers will be over the moon for this rom-com.” — Kirkus Reviews on Hang the Moon
"[A] delightful rom com that once again gives us the beloved fake relationship trope — and the fuzzies you didn’t know you needed." — Shondaland (5 Best Books of November)
"Everything I want from a romcom: fun, whimsical, sexy." — Talia Hibbert, New York Times bestselling author on Written in the Stars
“With perfectly woven vulnerability and playfulness, Written in the Stars is a riotous and heartfelt read. I was hooked from the very first page!” — Christina Lauren, New York Times bestselling author
"If you love the fake-dating trope, you won't want to miss Written in the Stars." — Bustle
"A delightful, heart-warming romance, Bellefleur's novel shows eloquently how two characters can fall in love more deeply than either dared to dream." — NPR on Written in the Stars
"Written in the Stars abounds with optimism and empathy for its characters, its wit always undergirded by sweetness. This is a comfort read, at a time when many of us need one badly, and a sparkling debut for Bellefleur." — Olivia Dade, author of Spoiler Alert
"Written in the Stars had me hooked from the first page. It's an adorable and heartfelt romance with everything I adore: a killer meet-cute, loads of cute banter, steamy love scenes, all the feels, and a happily ever after that left me in happy tears. I fell head over heels for Elle and Darcy's love story. Alexandria Bellefleur's debut will have readers seeing stars in the best way.” — Sarah Smith, author of Faker & Simmer Down, on Written in the Stars
"A dazzling debut! The perfect combination of humor and heart really makes this book shine.” — Rachel Lacey, author of Don’t Cry for Me on Written in the Stars
“Written in the Stars is what you might get if your favorite Instagram astrologer wrote you an adorable romance novel. Delightful, funny and sweet, with just the right touch of woo-woo.” — Scarlett Peckham, USA Today bestselling author
"Bellefleur brings her immersive capabilities as an author to the latest in her Written in the Stars series... If you’re looking for a romance novel that blends modern-day sensibilities with the kind of epic pining that defines all sense of time, then let yourself settle in for the searing chemistry between Margot and Olivia and enjoy the fireworks show that results." — Paste Magazine