I was crazy about Leo Loves Aries. I hadn’t read a book in a long time that gave me that level of joy. It came at a time when I really needed it, and it sealed my interest in any books by Anyta Sunday. It was honestly that flipping good.
It was SO good I knew I had to immediately jump right into the rest of the series, reading them back to back. I wanted to review both Scorpio Hates Virgo and Gemini Keeps Capricorn for you. I hope someone else reads these books so we can coo over them together!
Scorpio Hates Virgo
Signs of Love #2
M/M Contemporary Romance
August 30, 2017
About the Book: 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 nemesis, Callaghan Glover.
Especially his 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‘s synopsis sounds like an enemies to lovers story, but it really wasn’t. It was more like ‘pretend enemies admit their deep love for each other’, which ended up being really cute for me. I loved how snarky Percy and Cal were with each other, and I especially loved their fake annoyance. I mean, they actually used the word ‘nemesis’, which to me implies more of a frenemy.
I especially thought it was sweet how Cal tried to hide his obvious need to take care of and protect Percy. It drove him nuts when Percy would talk about how everyone leaves him, and how he wasn’t ‘family material’. I’m not sure if everyone picked up on it, but I thought it was blatantly obvious Cal wanted to be Percy’s family. I even think Percy wasn’t clueless and had a feeling Cal reciprocated his feelings, but he was too afraid to allow himself to trust it. This is another recipe that could have played out in a very angsty way, but it didn’t. Once again you had two men who listened to each other, or were patient. Willing to wait, and not pushing. It’s so freaking sweet.
In Leo Loves Aries I was drawn to Theo, because he’s so vibrant and funny, but in Scorpio Hates Virgo I was actually more drawn to Cal, for opposite reasons. I loved how steady he was. I loved his T-Rex t-shirts and how wonderful he was with his baby sisters. I loved his commitment to his mother, and how important it was to him that Percy trust him. He was constant. He made consistency sexy.
I also loved the Sherlock Gnomes game! Man, what I wouldn’t give to live in a community with that level of love and support. I was prepared to be so upset at Percy, but in the end I understood him. He understood himself. We got a HEA.
The only reason this isn’t a 5 star read is because it didn’t hit me with the same impact Leo Loves Aries did. It was still the perfect past time and I still read it in one evening.
Gemini Keeps Capricorn
Signs of Love #3
M/M Contempory Romance
December 18, 2017
About the Book: Sometimes, one stubborn Capricorn is all it takes… to drive Wesley Hidaka to crazy, flirtatious lengths.
Wesley loves annoying his RA, Lloyd Reynolds. He just can’t help it. Lloyd is focused, decisive, grounded. He has this amusing ability to follow rules.
Of course Wesley wants Lloyd to break one… or three hundred.
Sometimes, one smirking Gemini is all it takes… to have Lloyd laying down the law and marching Wesley straight back to his dorm room.
It doesn’t stop Wesley teasing again. And again. And again…
But damn. Lloyd doesn’t crack easily. He’s full of principles. He’s unshakable.
He’s the perfect friend to have when Wesley needs help. Like with his truant brother and his old high school principal.
Sometimes, one little lie is all it takes… to find Wesley fake-engaged to his off-limits RA.
What can he say? It seemed like a good idea at the time…
Gemini Keeps Capricorn felt different to me, compared to the previous two books. So far in the series love interests have already known each other. There aren’t really any meet-cute moments. So, what I think separated this one from the others was in how Wesley and Lloyd not only knew each other, but they were already friends. Right off the bat you knew Lloyd felt affection for Wesley, because otherwise why would he put up with Wesley’s flirting and always poking his head in for a chat. It was also obvious how Wesley already feels like he’s able to rely on Lloyd as a support.
It made for a really unique start to the story, one I don’t think many other romance novels offer. It didn’t even feel like ‘friends to lovers’. I think it was obvious, to both men, there was an attraction there. It made the RA and tenant dynamic between them the crux of the story. Well, and the fact that Wesley was almost as clueless as Theo from Leo Loves Aries.
I really enjoyed Gemini Keeps Capricorn but of the three books, this one was definitely ranked 3rd. There was a sweet dynamic between Wesley and Lloyd, but it felt kind of similar to Theo and Jamie (without being as cute), and there was the same sense of comfort and consistency that was offered in Scorpio Hates Virgo, but without the adorableness of Cal and the cuteness of the secondary characters.
I also felt sad that Theo and Leone’s mom wasn’t a part of this book. I loved how the horoscope aspect of these romances all led back to her. I especially thought it would have been awesome if Wesley had been introduced to her, since they both had such strong belief in astrology. (It was also odd when Theo didn’t comment when Wesley was talking about about horoscopes and star signs. I kept waiting for his snark.)
Finally, there was a secondary story happening between Wesley’s little brother Caleb and Wesley’s best friend McDonald. McDonald did something for Caleb I’m not sure was believable for an 18 year old. I rolled my eyes pretty hard, because it felt like this was the first time the series veered just a little too far away from reality for me.
So glad you enjoyed these, Birdie. I love when books come along at just the right time.
Thanks so much! They are so much fun.
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I loved this series as well but I think Scorpio Hates Virgo was 3rd for me. I enjoyed it but it didn’t hit like the first one did. Plus it bugged me how everyone kept telling Percy to think about things from his cousin’s perspective when his cousin was the one being shitty? It worked out in the end and it turned out to be a good thing, but I wish it hadn’t fallen on Percy for that. Cal was lovely though!
Oh, I totally agree with you! I mean, I can understand having compassion for someone’s grief, but the things his cousin was doing and saying were awful. I just really loved the community, and the Gnome game, and Cal. That’s what pushed it up for me. It’s such a great series though. I can’t wait for more.
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Yeah, I could understand why his cousin was acting like that but I still think some of the things he said were horrible and I really didn’t think it was up to Percy to ‘fix’ him.
The Gnome game was really cute and Cal was such a good love interest! I think I loved him more than Percy actually.
I thought that was the last of the series! Is it continuing?
I definitely don’t think it was Percys job to fix him, or to be the first to bridge he gap. His cousin was horrible.
Anyta Sunday said there were more coming and she would be announcing the next book soon. It’s why I signed up for her newsletter, lol. I’m hoping for Pisces and Taurus.
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