Leo Loves Aries (Renée’s Review)

Title: Leo Loves Aries (Signs of Love, #1)
Author: Anyta Sunday
Publisher: Self-published
Release Date: December 4, 2016
Genre(s): Contemporary
Page Count: 268
Reviewed by: Renée
Heat Level:  3.5 flames out of 5
Rating:  4.5 stars out of 5

A new person will enter your life in the early year, Leo. Look past any moments of frustration they might bring and laugh—this could be the start of a thriving friendship.

Theo Wallace usually laughs at the horoscopes his mom sends. Still hung up on his ex-girlfriend and practically friendless, this one begs him to reconsider. Because a friendship that stuck, that thrived…

Well, that would be a reason to leave past pains behind and look to the Bright Future.

When his sister Leone challenges him to find her the perfect date for a spring wedding, Theo uses it as a chance to make new friends. Theo’s ex economics tutor and newest roommate Mr Jamie Cooper seems to be a possible and convenient match. Real convenient. Like written in the stars, convenient.

All he has to do is make sure this Jamie is good enough. Could really be the one for her, and the friend for him.

But watch out, Leo, the stars have a surprise in store…

This was un-put-down-able. Seriously, I have only read a couple of shorts by Sunday, and I was hesitant to try the full-length (couldn’t explain why), but I’m an official fan now.

Theo, and his twin sister, Leone, are living together and still dealing with the betrayal of their exes. Yes, their exes, not just one of them. Theo and Leone thought they’d each found the one they’d spend the rest of their lives with. Unfortunately, Samantha and Derek discovered they belonged with each other instead.

Happening parallel to this is the start of the new year and the twins’ search for a roommate to help share the bills for their final year of undergraduate school. Through a conversation with his former tutor, Theo finds them their next roommate.

This book is an ULTRA slow burn, but in the friends-to-lovers fashion that I find so irresistible. Theo and Jamie knew each other from tutoring, but they weren’t friends before the roommate situation. They go toe to toe in many conversations, both loving to rile the other one up. Seriously, the banter in this book (while knowing what it would eventually lead to) was foreplay all on its own.

“You’re so organized. No wonder I drove you up the wall.”
A few seconds passed before Jamie responded. “That’s cute.”
“What is?”
“Your use of past tense.”

Theo and Jamie get invited to Samantha and Derek’s wedding (and, yes, I thought these two were complete douchebags for continuously trying to make THEMSELVES feel better about hurting Leone and Theo instead of considering the others’ feelings), and they vow to be over them by the time the wedding arrives and bring their own fabulous dates.

So, our main POV, Theo, is a little slow on the uptake. Bless his heart. He’s considered himself straight all his life, and thinks this bond he has with Jamie is the special best friend variety. He thinks Leone and Jamie should be together, because they’re both such awesome people, and he can’t understand why he gets a pain in his chest each time he thinks that. Once Theo begins to realize what’s really going on with he and Jamie, the feelz will punch you right in the chest.

This book has it all: best friends to lovers, Quotes of the Day, a red JLM shirt, a well-intentioned but completely clueless MC, and Theo learning that you can feel emotions during sex.

Everything about this book was fabulous. Half-star deduction only because the phrasings aren’t always American, and at one point, the pacing slowed down a bit.

I’d still round to 5 stars. Read this book!

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I love boys who love boys! I’m in my 30s, from the southern US, and my crack is m/m romance.

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