I see “f/f rom com” in the synopsis, I add it to my tbr With nods to Bridget Jones and Pride and Prejudice, a charming ownvoices queer romcom debut about a freespirited social media astrologer who agrees to fake a relationship with an uptight actuary until New Year’s Eve—with results not even the stars could predict!After a disastrous blind date, Darcy Lowell is desperate to stop her wellmeaning brother from playing matchmaker ever again Love—and the inevitable heartbreak—is the last thing she wants So she fibs and says her latest set up was a success Darcy doesn’t expect her lie to bite her in the assElle Jones, one of the astrologers behind the popular Twitter account, Oh My Stars, dreams of finding her soul mate But she knows it is most assuredly not Darcy a nononsense stickinthemud, who is way too analytical, punctual, and skeptical for someone as freespirited as Elle When Darcy’s brother—and Elle's new business partner—expresses how happy he is that they hit it off, Elle is baffled Was Darcy on the same date? Because awkwardWhen Darcy begs Elle to play along, she agrees to pretend they’re dating to save face But with a few conditions: Darcy must help Elle navigate her own overbearing family over the holidays and their arrangement expires on New Year’s Eve The last thing they expect is to develop real feelings during a fake relationshipBut maybe opposites can attract when true love is written in the stars? When the holiday decorations go up and you start looking for happy holiday reads, remember this book that will come out November 10 Opposites attract Elle is an astrologist and Darcy is an actuary Oh yeah and that's an Austen shoutout. sapphic fake dating rom com, let me live i want my hand hELD After a series of unsatisfactory dates, Elle (Elizabeth) is looking for someone special, and her friend Brendan thinks she needs to meet his sister, Darcy (Elizabeth and Darcythat sounds familiar.) Their first date is a disaster, with astrologer Elle showing up late, annoying the punctual actuary Darcy, and spilling wine all over Darcy's dress Brendan will keep setting up dates until his sister meets someone, so the two very different women who don't like each other very much decide to pretend to be in a relationship If you have ever read a romance, you can guess how that will end A cute, if predictable story Thanks to Netgalley and the publisher for the ARC. This was presented to me as a FF Pride And Prejudice retelling but it’sinspired by Darcy and Elizabeth’s personality types than the plot, for which I am grateful Faithful PP retellings have their place but I’m muchinterested in seeing the character archetypes in other settings than I am in, say, reading about an updated Wickham take off with spoiled Lydia In this version, Darcy is a buttoned up actuary and Elle is a social media astrologist Darcy’s brother Brendon is Elle’s business partner—his dating app One True Pairing has just hired Elle’s company to provide an astrological component He wants nothingthan for his sister to find love and he’s constantly setting her up on blind dates and she’s had enough of it Darcy and Elle start off on the wrong foot and the date goes poorly and that should be that Only Darcy decides fake dating Elle will get her brother off her back for a while Elle’s not completely convinced but she would love for her family to think she’s not a complete mess and Darcy is exactly the kind of person they admire They come up with rules and then it’s only a matter of time for the rules to get chucked out of the window.This was a very enjoyable 4 star read about halfway through and then I'm not entirely sure what happened but I could not get enough of the story and tore through the rest of it I absolutely loved it! This is entirely because of Darcy and Elle They were so fully drawn and I really empathized with their respective hopes and fears and the way those things got tangled up in one another Darcy is terrified of falling in love after a bad breakup She doesn’t want to give anyone a chance to break her heart again but Elle makes her feels things no one else ever has Elle, on the other hand, has dreamed about finding her person her whole life and she’s all in once she and Darcy to give their fake relationship a real shot, even though she’s worried Darcy doesn’t believe in love.There were so many cute details They have different texting styles! Elle bought Darcy a scraggly Christmas tree to cheer her up! The way Elle sees the stars! Elle drags Darcy into a thrift store! Darcy’s secret soap opera fandom! Brendon’s dreamy eyed romanticism! Plus, I loved Elle’s relationship with her best friend and business partner Margot There was only one aspect I didn’t like and it’s a testament to the author that I understood why she did things that way Elle’s family treats her horribly Her parents push her to get stable jobs with benefits, in spite of her massive success with astrology Her siblings are alternately smug and condescending passiveaggressive jerks I could not understand why she still spent time with them Why put yourself around toxic people? But this speaks to Elle’s optimism and her hope for things to change If only the people we love would magically treat us the way we want them to Instead, Elle has to stop pushing her hurt feelings down and call them out Only then can lasting change happen It’s not perfect—and it’s not a chance I’d give my own family members necessarily—but it’s incredibly true to who Elle is and in the end, I respected the development of this particular arc.A few last notes First, while this is marketed as a romcom and has a breezy tone, I never laughed out loud It’s a very cute, very enjoyable story and perhaps it’ll make other people laugh I’m a tough customer when it comes to what I consider a romcom Don’t get me wrong: I love books that get me to laugh out loud and I came in primed to do so here But alas, the humor was too subtle Second, this is set during Thanksgiving and Christmas but I wouldn’t call it a holiday romance However, it’s perfect if you want some holidayadjacent reading Finally, Elle is bisexual and her brother is married to a man, Margot is pansexual, I did not note Darcy identifying as a particular sexuality I’m a cishet woman so I’ll defer to LGBTQ readers on how the representation fared but I thought it was a lovely FF romance.CW: toxic family, past death of grandmother, heroine's ex cheated on her, heroine’s mother dealt with depression after divorcing, heroine’s father cheated on her motherDisclosure: I received an advanced copy from Avon in exchange for an honest review. 4.5/5THIS BOOK MADE ME VERY HAPPY!! The ship is so SHIPWORTHY!RTC Wow, this was a great book I have not read a lot of Jane Austen, but I do enjoy the modern takes on her books This was an amazing F/F hate to love relationship I read this in the span of a few hours, and I was so sad when it was done because I liked it that much This is a book full of wonderful women, a love story, astrology, a bunch of hate to love, and all of it is just perfection to me Elle is outgoing and Darcy is straight laced They are the total opposites, which is why they clash at first It was fun to see how they learned to get along and fall in love Watching that change is my favorite thing in romances Their fake relationship was so much, and it was like omg I know they will be together But the tension was a lot Still It was fantastic I adored this book to pieces, and I can’t wait to get my hands on a final copy.Thank you NetGalley and Avon Books for the ARC in exchange for an honest review All thoughts and opinions are my own. WAIT you're trying to tell me this is an adult sapphic romance with fake dating and dislike to love with nods to bridget jones and pride prejudice??? hellooooo I NEED IT NOW???? This was one of my most anticipated romance releases of the year, and maybe I built up the anticipation too much in my head, or maybe I'm just picky, but this book fell really flat for me I didn't have any real issues with it and I think many people will end up loving it, but I just really didn't vibe with it for whatever reason I think my main problem was that I didn't love the main characters very much, so the romance didn't quite work for me as I wasn't very invested I was also hoping forin terms of this being a Pride Prejudice retelling.