Title: Scorpio Hates Virgo (Signs of Love #2)
Author: Anyta Sunday
Release Date: September 1st 2017
Page Count: 245
Reviewed by: Ele
Heat Level: 2.5 flames out of 5
Rating: 4.5 stars out of 5
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 . . .
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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: friends-to-lovers, slow burn
Genre: New Adult, light-hearted contemporary gay romance
Although I didn’t love Scorpio Hates Virgo as much as its predecessor, Leo Loves Aries, I still enjoyed it very much, and it’s a lovely addition to the series.
This is an enemies-to lovers story, although Cal and Percy are not real enemies. They’re more like frenemies. Their constant bickering and their fake fights, is what keeps them going, when life keeps throwing shit at them.
When his aunt dies, Percy is forced to go back to take care of the house he inherited. That’s where he’ll reunite with Cal, who’s back home to help with family matters. But for the first time ever, Percy will have to consider staying to fight, instead of running away out of fear.
I loved the banter and the one-liners the characters threw at each other. And I loved how obvious it was that underneath it all, there are so many deep feelings waiting to just burst out.
I also loved the secondary characters, especially the people that lived in the cul-de-sac. I’d love more stories in that same universe.
My favorite scene was Cal getting jealous over Josh, Percy’s ex. I laughed pretty hard, until things got pretty emotional.
What I missed here is the romance. Don’t get me wrong, I loved the slow burn -Anyta Sunday writes the best UST-, but I felt it went on a bit too long. The MCs got together at 70% but they didn’t spend much time together as a couple. I’m not talking about the steam, there’s not much of it but that’s to be expected.
Also, what happened with Cal’s parents? Did they manage to work something out? Was there some kind of resolution that I missed?
I would love another story in that series. I hope Frank gets a book too. He might have come off as an asshole but it was clear he was grieving.
You can read this as a standalone, but you’ll be missing out if you skip the first book.