Book Review: “Count Your Lucky Stars” by Alexandria Bellefleur (ARC)

***Thank you to Netgalley for providing this ARC in exchange for an honest review.***

“I don’t know how to be anything but all in when it comes to you.”

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?

February 1, 2022

You cannot even imagine the unearthly squeal I let out when I saw I’d been approved for this ARC on Netgalley. I am obsessed with Alexandria Bellefleur’s books— she’s easily my favorite romance writer. So I went into this book with super high hopes.

While I wouldn’t say I was let down, I do like it just a teeny bit less than Written in the Stars. However, it’s still my second favorite of the series, so. 

I mean, childhood friends to lovers is my weakness. Even if the lovers part doesn’t truly come until eleven years later. That’s fine, because I’m also a sucker for a second chance romance. Heck, this book even made me not mind the miscommunication trope! And they were roommates! Oh my god, they were roommates!

Margot and Olivia really bring out the best in each other. They have difficult conversations, which I really appreciated. They also have really hot sex. This is easily the hottest book I’ve ever read.

Honestly, even though Margot is totally my type, I found myself liking Olivia more. I feel like her inner world and backstory is more fleshed out, while Margot’s almost presumes you know her from the previous two books (which I do, but still). 

So yeah, I absolutely recommend this book. I recommend this whole series. Bellefleur knows how to write a perfect romcom. Okay, maybe not perfect, but she’s come the closest that I’ve seen. And I count my lucky stars for that. February 1st cannot come soon enough!

Pansexual MC, sapphic MC (no sexuality specified), two bisexual women, & lesbian

Emotional abuse from a former partner, divorce, & fear of abandonment

Rating: 5 out of 5.

Have you read Count Your Lucky Stars by Alexandria Bellefleur? What did you think? Let me know in the comments!

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