TITLE: Rewriting the stars (Bailey Brothers Series book 6 of 6)
AUTHOR: Claire Kingsley
GENRE: Contemporary romance
PUBLISHER: Independently published
PUBLICATION DATE: March 10, 2022
TROPES: Forbidden love, small town
NARRATORS: Desiree Ketchum, Sebastian York
Rewriting The Stars is the final installment in the Bailey Brothers Series. It wraps up the stories of the characters we have spent five books getting to know and solves the mystery surrounding the infamous town’s hidden treasure. In a Romeo-and-Juliet-themed romance, Levi Bailey and Annika Haven are willing to put their love on the line to defy the town’s century-old feud.
Firefighter Levi Bailey is used to being alone. Not that he’s lonely. How could he be, with a band of unruly brothers and their wives and growing families? Maybe he’s the odd man out. The one brother who isn’t destined to be with his soul mate. Besides, he has her.
She’s his Juliet, the only woman in the world he can’t ever have. To an outsider, it probably seems crazy. But the Tilikum town feud is no joke—especially now—and Annika Haven is strictly forbidden.
Annika Haven never expected to be back in her hometown, let alone as a single mom with two jobs. Add in a pack of overprotective brothers, a brewing family crisis, and a gossipy, feuding town on the brink of chaos, and life gets complicated. But at least she has him.
He’s her Romeo, a son of the enemy. He makes her smile on her worst days. Yet despite his brooding sex appeal, the one thing she cannot do is fall for Levi Bailey. They’re just friends, and that’s the way it has to stay.
But after months of secret texts and stolen glances, one soul-stealing kiss changes everything. And Levi Bailey is about to do the impossible—defy the feud.
Levi is the silent and brooding Bailey twin, the total opposite of Logan, who is outgoing and charming. Annika is the single mom and only girl among the Haven siblings. Through secret texts that started back in high school, both main characters begin to realize there might be something more going on between them.
Despite the angst and tension between them as they shared stolen kisses in the dark, I found it difficult to understand who they were outside of their relationship with each other. What is their backstory? Who are they as individuals? As a result, there wasn’t any character development to look forward to, making this primarily a plot-driven story.
One of my favorite aspects of this series, which is present in each book but particularly in this one, is the loyalty and camaraderie among the BAILEY BROTHERS AND THEIR WIVES. The underlying family theme that ties the series together is delightful to read about, and as you get to know each brother, it feels like you’re watching them grow up and start families of their own.
GRAM continues to provide quiet wisdom in the background, offering advice only when necessary. Her psychic ability to nickname the characters based on their animal spirits and who they’re destined to be with is uncanny and hilarious.
The Bailey/Haven feud and the mystery of the town’s infamous Montgomery treasure overshadow the romance in Rewriting The Stars. As these subplots needed to be concluded in the final book, the romance felt rushed, with a lot of emphasis on physical chemistry and not enough time spent building an emotional bond to make Levi and Annika’s love more believable. Once they confessed their love for each other, everything felt a bit cliché and “hallmark-ish.”
And with Annika being a single mom, there was no time spent on the bond between Levi and Annika’s son. For a child who’s wary of strangers, he was too easily won over by Levi.
Bailey/Haven Feud: The tension between the two families intensifies in this book, with previously comedic pranks escalating into possible murder and assault. This timing was well-executed, making it harder for Levi and Annika to be together. I enjoyed learning about the feud’s origin and how it was settled in the end. We also learn much more about the Haven brothers as the author sets us up for their upcoming series.
Montgomery Treasure: For centuries, the townsfolk have been searching for this hidden treasure but have been misled by clues. Although some of the sleuthing was far-fetched, I liked the unique way in which this treasure was discovered and found it to be a satisfactory conclusion.
My favorite part of Rewriting the Stars is the bonus epilogue at the end. We jump back into Asher’s perspective and see how the Bailey brothers are doing a few years later. Seeing everyone’s families, with all the babies, creates a heartwarming and touching ending. It’s definitely one of the sweetest, tear-jerking epilogues I’ve read.
I enjoyed the dual POV aspect in Rewriting the Stars but I had some issues with the writing:
Rewriting the Stars is a heartwarming and worthwhile conclusion to the Bailey Brothers series. With lovable characters and intriguing mystery subplots, this book is an entertaining and easy read. If you enjoy forbidden love, quirky townsfolk, and feuding families searching for hidden treasures, this will be a great choice for you. However, due to the lack of character development and the rushed pacing of the romance, it wasn’t my favorite book in the series.
Check out the rest of the series!
Book 2: Fighting For Us – Asher Bailey continued (second chance)
Book 3: Unraveling Him – Evan Bailey (grumpy/sunshine)
Book 4: Rushing In – Gavin Bailey (forbidden love, boss’ daughter)
Book 5: Chasing Her Fire – Logan Bailey (enemies to lovers)
Would you like to know which Bailey Brother is most likely to be your book boyfriend? Take the short quiz in this Bailey Brothers Series Guide to find out now!
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