This was a very fun romance
4.25 Stars. This was a very fun romance. I was a huge fan of book one, Written in the Stars. In fact, it was one of the best romances I read in 2020. I was really excited that it ended up being a series and while I skipped book two (I was not a Brendon fan) I could not wait to read Margot’s story. While Margot is not an ice queen, she is definitely prickly on the outside, but sweet on the inside, which is a character trait I love in a romance. In the end, I did not enjoy this as much as Written in the Stars, but that was a high order anyway. This was still a very good rom-com that I expect a ton of people will enjoy.
This book had a little going against it, for my tastes, since it was a second-chance romantic comedy. Two out of those three types I can have some issues with so this book had to work a little harder to win me over. Firstly, second-chance romances are not a favorite of mine since they normally have lots of flashbacks, and we miss seeing and really experiencing the two characters falling in love for the first time. I have to give Bellefleur big points for not putting in any flashbacks (yay!) I did think the romance moved at a quicker pace than I would have liked since they were already infatuated with each other, but it didn’t bother me as much as it could have since the chemistry was so well written.
Secondly, comedy is the other type that I can struggle with but I think that again, Bellefleur really did an excellent job here. There were some very funny and sweet moments that put a big smile on my face. In fact, there were even a few laugh-out-loud moments that were really fun. I don’t want to spoil anything so I will just say that the ‘cat moment’ absolutely got me. If more authors could write rom-coms, like Bellefleur, I would no longer have problems with comedy in books.
While Bellefleur impressed me a lot, there were a few things I was not crazy about. Once again, the ending was too rushed. Bellefleur also did this in book one so I was bummed to see it happen again. Luckily, the epilogue that I desperately wanted, at the end of Written in the Stars, finally happened here, but unfortunately, while it was cute, it was not enough to save the rushed ending. All in all the ending is fine, but with two great couples of Ella-Darcy and Margot-Olivia, the ending could have been amazing.
Quite a few other reviewers mentioned the other issue I had, so I won’t go into it much. There was hardly any communication, which was a bit annoying, and then the one fight moment just felt really odd to me. It seemed like a fight about nothing, but was it really a fight even? The whole thing just didn’t match the rest of a really great book so it was a head-scratcher.
My final small issue and it makes me feel like a bit of a prude, but I wasn’t crazy about the sex scenes. There was a ton of “dirty” talk going on and it started to distract me from the scenes. I didn’t count the amount of time the word “wet” was used but I started to think that maybe Margot needed a rain slicker.
TLDR: This was a well-written rom-com that I expect people to really enjoy. It was hard for me, to compare it to a book I just love, Written in the Stars, but it was impossible not to. This wasn’t quite on that level but Bellefleur is an excellent author who proved that again with this final installment. Yes, this had a few bumps, the worst being too much miscommunication and a rushed ending, yet it didn’t ruin my enjoyment. Bellefleur was able to make me actually laugh, which many comedy authors fail to do. And while I wanted a longer ending, I was happy to finally see Darcy and Elle’s HEA. I think Bellefleur has really found her calling with sapphic romance so I hope we get to read many more of hers to come.
An ARC was given to me for a review.