cover image Count Your Lucky Stars

Count Your Lucky Stars

Alexandria Bellefleur. Avon, $15.99 trade paper (384p) ISBN 978-0-06-300088-9

Lambda Award winner Bellefleur’s heartwarming third Written in the Stars romance (after Hang the Moon) sees childhood friends forced to confront their complicated past while planning a wedding. Despite Margot Cooper’s coupled friends’ best efforts, she remains happily single. That is until Olivia Grant, the childhood best friend turned lover who broke Margot’s heart after a brief affair, walks back into her life. Recently divorced Olivia is focused on her job as an event planner, and pulling off the high-profile wedding where Margot is the best woman could land her a promotion. Determined to stay professional, the women agree it’s best to ignore their history. But when a plumbing malfunction forces Olivia out of her apartment and Margot offers a place to crash, they quickly give in to temptation. Though feelings reignite for them both, neither will admit it, leading to a friends-with-benefits setup that satisfies nobody. Meanwhile, people pleaser Olivia struggles to balance caring for others with caring for herself. Margot does her best to help, but before their relationship can turn into something more they’ll have to address what happened in their past. 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. Agent: Sarah Younger, Nancy Yost Literary. (Feb.)