Title: Scorpio Hates Virgo
Series: Signs of Love #2
Publisher: Anyta Sunday (self published)
Release Date (Print & Ebook): September 1st, 2017
Subgenre: Contemporary M/M gay romance, friends-to-lovers
This year is all about healing the heart, Scorpio. It’s time to leave negative attitudes and stoic facades at the door and let others see the real, more vulnerable you.
Percy Freedman is not grieving. Absolutely not, take that back at once. No, he’s entirely sure that selling his dead aunt’s home and leaving the neighbors he’s known for years is the sane thing to do. Who in their right mind would keep the house that smells like all the hugs he’ll never have again?
Nobody, that’s who.
Well, except his cul-de-sac neighbors. They all seem to think some paint and new furniture will clean the emotional slate. They all want him to stay.
Even his old nemesis, Callaghan Glover.
Especially his old nemesis, Callaghan Glover.
Lured into a game of Sherlock Gnomes, Percy finds himself hanging out with his neighbors more than might be considered healthy. Along with juggling new and surprising verbal grenades from Cal, and his burgeoning friendship with Gnomber9, Percy is starting to wonder if selling might have been the grief talking after all . . .
That’s right, Scorpio. With a little patience, heartbreak might be a thing of the past . . .
“Scorpio Hates Virgo” contains sarcasm, sexual content, a slightly sappy HEA, and an unhealthy obsession with dinosaurs.
It can be read as a standalone.
Themes: Light-hearted, friends-to-lovers, slow burn
Genre: New Adult, light-hearted contemporary gay romance
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Anyta Sunday writes the absolute best slow-burn, UST, sweet but not overly sappy, feels-palooza books. This has the same balance of heavy and whimsy that I’ve come to expect from her. Percy is mourning the loss of his aunt, who was more like a mother to him. He inherited her house, the house he spent the last few years before college in, and doesn’t think he can stay there without her. There are too many memories associated with it, and he’s convinced the way to move forward is to leave the house. But the house is on a cul-de-sac, an amazingly tight-knit group of people who are all there for each other; especially Cal, his frenemy, who recently moved back home to help support his mom and little sisters.
Approximately 3% into the book, I was already absolutely in love with Cal. (“Cal plodded toward him in flannel pajama bottoms, the ends stuffed into mud-caked boots. He carried a dictionary that flattened his inside-out T-shirt to his chest. Blue marker scribbled up one of his forearms – the work of his four-year-old sister, no doubt. A summer breeze flustered Cal’s thick wavy hair. Hair the color of wet fox.” – Seriously, be still my heart.) Every minute he and Percy were on page together was magic. Whether they were bantering, pretending to fight, getting along, flirting… whatever. I loved all of it.
This story is multi-faceted; it’s about community and friendship and grief and love, and it all intertwines so wonderfully. Aside from Cal, who stole my heart in those pajamas, we meet a character from book one – Theo and Leone’s mom, Crystal, she of the horoscopes and match-making. She, of course, brings in the Scorpio and Virgo horoscopes for our guys, neither of which take them very seriously. The other neighbors were all delightful. We get to know them during a fun neighborhood secret-santa-esque gnome game that continues throughout the book, which was so much fun to read. There wasn’t much surprise in it for me, I pretty much nailed all the secret identities as we went (seriously, Percy, you’ve known these people way longer than I have, come on), but I never got bored. Percy was delightfully oblivious to so much. It was a great counter-weight to the heavier parts of the story. I love the way Anyta Sunday always balances the light-hearted parts with the heavy, the humorous with the grief, the flirtiness with the frenemy-ness. It’s perfect.
This is slowwwww burn, y’all, but it’s just the way it needs to be. There wasn’t a single moment that I was like, oh come on, let’s get on with this already. When it happens, it happens exactly as it should and it is so effortless and natural for them.
Head’s up: you gotta pay attention when you read this. Don’t speed-read through it. Slow down and enjoy all the words. There really are no unnecessary details. The smallest little things brought the story together. Tiny little things like the color of a t-shirt. The writing is super subtle but really beautiful. A couple of my favorite quotes:
“‘Words are mightier than the sword.’ Cal rubbed the glossy spine. ‘Particularly if they are in a thousand-page book and you have good aim.’ Percy pushed off the hood, sharply reducing the space between them. ‘Have good aim?’ Cal didn’t move an inch. He held his ground, drawling, ‘Perfect, if it means saving you.'”
“‘You’re the only person in the world with these curves and ridges,’ Cal said. ‘I might know you by the feel of them.’ ‘Please learn me very well, then?'”
I kind of went into this book expecting it to be a shoe-in for my favorites of the year shelf, and that it definitely was. If you somehow completely missed the first book in this series, Leo Loves Aries, go read it. Now. Right now. It’s not a must-read for this book at all; Scorpio can definitely be read as a standalone. But Leo Loves Aries (and Theo and Jamie) are absolutely wonderful and everyone should read them. Then read this one. Because it’s just as good. Oh, and while I’m pimping out Anyta Sunday’s books, go read rock, too. That’s one of my absolute favorites of all time. *Sigh*
Cal rocked up to his Jeep all business-casual, in form-fitting jeans, polished leather shoes and matching brown satchel, and a dark jacket that covered a beige T-shirt.
“You got a meeting or something?” Percy asked, slipping his sunglasses on.
Cal opened the passenger door and looked at him over the roof. “No.”
Sunlight did very striking things to Cal’s hair. Made it look positively copper. Not as red as his cheeks were getting, though.
A cheerful cry startled Percy and he ripped his gaze away from Cal. Crystal was waving at them from her opened kitchen window.
“Good morning,” she called.
After another restless night, he could hardly call it good, but . . . “Morning.”
She leaned further out the window, her dressing gown gaping a little too much down the front. “Are you out for the day?”
“A couple of hours. Taking Callaghan here to work, then nipping past the Home Depot.” To get the home ready to market, he needed to spruce up the place. Paint the living room and bathroom, put in a new vanity, replace the door handles of the kitchen cupboards, change the faucets and showerhead and put in a new toilet seat.
“You at the Home Depot?” Cal murmured. “Sure you’d even know what to buy?”
Percy gestured for him to get in the car. “High time I get you to work.”
As he slipped into the driver’s seat, Crystal called out after them. “Good to see water and earth spending time together!”
Over his sunglasses that had slipped down his nose, Percy looked at Cal. “See, this is why we’ll always be nemeses.”
Cal hitched his brow, and Percy turned the ignition and peeled out from the curb.
“Together we’re mud.”
Slow burn romance that quickens the heart.
Anyta is a big, BIG fan of slow-burn romances. She loves to read and write stories with characters who slowly fall in love.
Some of her favorite tropes to read and write are: Enemies to Lovers, Friends to Lovers, Clueless Guys, Bisexual, Pansexual, Demisexual, Oblivious MCs, Everyone (Else) Can See It, Slow Burn, Love Has No Boundaries.
Anyta writes a variety of stories, Contemporary MM Romances with a good dollop of angst, Contemporary lighthearted MM Romances, and even a splash of fantasy. Her books have been translated into German, Italian and French.
Member of Romance Writers of America.
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