Count Your Lucky Stars by Alexandria Bellefleur
Written in the Stars #3
LGBTQ Contemporary Romance
Published February 1, 2022, by Avon
Reviewed by Kate
Count Your Lucky Stars is an excellent follow-up to Bellefleur’s previous books, Written in the Stars and Hang the Moon.
Count Your Lucky Stars follows Margot, best friend/business partner of Elle and Brendon, main characters of the first and second books, respectively. Margot isn’t really sold on love and is content to be single until her childhood friend (who she hooked up with for a week in high school) Olivia shows up as the wedding planner for Brendon and Annie’s wedding. Cue feelings.
I mostly loved Count Your Lucky Stars. It’s adorable and a breeze to read. It’s also sexy as all get out. (Margot is a dirty talker extraordinaire.) Though I think Hang the Moon has more focus on the location (Seattle) and the friend group, both still shine in Count Your Lucky Stars and make for a well-rounded story.
One of the things about Bellefleur’s writing is that it feels so accurate to our pre-pandemic times. The cultural references make sense and it feels like I could just step into the book and be friends with these characters. They all feel like real people, and that’s just so enjoyable in a romance, to have such a well-rounded set of characters. Additionally, it’s always fun to see couples from prior books, and of course, Elle and Darcy and Brendon and Annie make appearances (as the group is literally in the midst of getting ready for Brendon and Annie’s wedding).
I found Olivia’s character to be especially realistic. She’s divorced from her high school sweetheart, and just moved to Seattle after spending time living at home after her aging father had a heart attack. I feel like we don’t see a ton of divorced characters in romance, but this is not an uncommon situation, and it’s nice to see it represented on-page.
My one complaint is that I had a hard time understanding Margot’s motivation at times. I sympathized with her feeling like the odd single person out in her group and losing her best friend to a romantic relationship, but those feelings felt more developed than her reasoning for not wanting to be in a relationship with Olivia.
All in all, I would recommend Count Your Lucky Stars. It’s super cute and such a fun read. If you haven’t had a chance, definitely check out the first two in the series as well. They have similar vibes and after Count Your Lucky Stars you’ll want to keep hanging out with these characters.