Title: Scorpio Hates Virgo
Series (name + # in series): Signs of Love #2
Anyta Sunday (self published)
Release Date (Print & Ebook): September 1st, 2017
Length: 245 pages
Subgenre: Contemporary M/M gay romance, friends-to-lovers
The title includes: sarcasm, sexual content, and a slightly sappy HEA
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…
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“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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I am not even exaggerating when I say Scorpio Hates Virgo was my most anticipated m/m novel of 2017. The very second after I finished reading Leo Loves Aries, the first book in Anyta Sunday’s Signs of Love series, I was already on Goodreads trying to find out as my info as I possibly could on the sequel. And when I finally got my hands on a copy?? I guess you can say a few screams of excitement were involved.
Scorpio Hates Virgo has quite a deceiving title; this is not a book about hate – it’s a slow-burn romance between semi-nemeses who are only nemeses because they’re both too stubborn to admit the burning sexual tension between them that expresses itself in sarcasm and banter.
Percy is the Scorpio and has not had a good few months: his boyfriend broke up with him for someone else because he wasn’t “family material,” his beloved aunt – who took him in when his parents disowned him for being gay – has died, his cousin hates him because their aunt left Percy her run-down house, and now he is trying to sell said house because there are too many memories for him. But despite the sadness permeating his life, Percy is an amusing protagonist, and incredibly funny – but most importantly, sympathetic too: his entire life, the people he has loved have left him, so he has resounded himself to keeping people at a distance for his own safety. Returning to the cul-de-sac is hard for him, made doubly so by the appearance of his nemesis, Cal, who just will not leave him alone.
Aside from the fact that Cal is a grammarian – which is reason enough to love him – he is also one of my favourite Anyta Sunday characters so far. And why? Because he wears dinosaur t-shirts, he left his Masters in order to care for his family, he is super sarcastic, and he’s demipansexual. He spends a majority of the novel trying to support Percy as much as possible, and coming to understand his own feelings and sexuality.
Unlike a certain Leo from Leo Loves Aries, Percy and Cal aren’t oblivious to the blossoming romance developing between them – they have always known it was there, simmering beneath the surface of their banter, but have been too afraid to bring it to the light. Especially Percy who has had far too many heartaches and is terrified of falling for what he believes is a straight man.
What tides the reader over is the incredibly prolonged slow-burn romance that, not even exaggerating here, takes up 90% of the novel. But I love slow-burns – the slower the better in my opinion – and was blushing at all the flirting, rapid-fire wordplay, lingering looks, “innocent” touches, massages … it was too much.
I burst out laughing when Crystal, Theo and Leone’s mother, is revealed as one of Percy and Cal’s neighbours, and then squealed in excitement when Theo and Jaime make a brief cameo. It’s so heartening to see them together and even more in love than they were in Leo Loves Aries. Oh! And MINOR SPOILER: we also got acknowledgment that Theo is bi, which was the only issue I had with Leo Loves Aries, so thank you Anyta! (Please give us more short stories about Theo and Jaime, Anyta!!! 🙏🏼)
Scorpio Hates Virgo is not the book I thought it would be, and that is most certainly a good thing. I expected a lot of hate and angst, and instead the book was tender and soft and super nerdy, with dinosaurs and dictionaries and two headstrong, lonely men. I was in my element.
Please read this adorable novel, and follow my lead in endlessly badgering the author into continuing the series. It has everything we could ever want in a Romance: humour, mischievous, longing, sarcasm, whimsy … I can’t get enough. Sunday has outdone herself once again!
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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