Book Review: Count Your Lucky Stars (Written in the Stars #3) (ARC)

Expected publication: February 1st 2022

Author: Alexandria Bellefleur

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?  

[Written in the Stars (#1) & Hang the Moon (#2) Reviews]

Count Your Lucky Stars is the third installment in the Written in the Stars series that feature connected characters in Seattle, Washington. After being a prominent feature in the previous two novels, Margot Cooper finally has the chance to shine as the main protagonist. She continues to run Oh My Stars Astrology Company with her friend, Elle, along with their partnership with the dating app, One True Pairing (OTP), owned by her best friend, Brandon, who is the brother of Elle’s girlfriend, Darcy. As Margot is set to be the best (wo)man at Brandon and fiancé, Annie’s, wedding, this leads her to reunite with someone from her past. She reunites with her childhood friend turned high school fling, Olivia Grant, ten years after initially losing touch, as Olivia is the wedding planner for Brandon and Annie. While there is some imagined tension before Olivia sees Margot, it is nothing compared to their first encounter where there is underlying chemistry and pining.

As Olivia is in need of a place to stay, Margot ends up offering her spare room. This leads to a fun exploration of the close proximity trope where the two of them navigate their past and learn more about the other. The story is duel-perspective, which was well done as the reader can delve into the mindsets of both characters. Each character has been through a lot in their ten years apart, which add to the obstacles they must face if they want to be together. Both of them have multiple conversations to try to communicate with each other. While there were still many bumps along the way, I appreciated their attempts to talk things out. Similar with the other two novels in the series, the characters share some steamy moments, which may or may not be for every type of reader.

This story not only provides a great tale for Olivia and Margot, but it was great to read updates from Brandon, Annie, Elle, and Darcy. Together, the group continue to provide great support for each other and I love the banter and friendships they share. The roommate angle to bring Olivia and Margot together was well done as it gave the characters many moments to get to know each other again. As a standalone, I felt myself connected to Olivia more than Margot. To me, this could be due to my prior knowledge of Margot in the other novels, so Olivia was explored a little more in this installment. I still greatly enjoyed both characters and they balanced each other well. Overall, this was an excellent addition to the series and a very enjoyable read!

**I give a special thank you to Netgalley and the publisher, Avon, for the opportunity to read this entertaining novel. The opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.**

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