Advance Review by Rafa: Scorpio Hates Virgo, by Anyta Sunday

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Scorpio Hates Virgo, by Anyta Sunday
Series: Signs of Love, Book 2
Publisher: Self-Published
Release Date: September 1, 2017

Rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars

summary

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.

tropes-tags

M/M Pairing
Gay Character
Demi Pansexual Character
New Adults
Contemporary
Enemies to Lovers
Mourning/Loss
Mild Spoiler (highlight to view):
Mistaken Identity

So what did I like about Scorpio Hates Virgo? Everything. No, seriously, I adored just about everything about Percy and Cal’s story. The exquisite slow burn. Their gradual progression from nemeses to friends and finally to lovers. Did I mention the exquisite slow burn? Their verbal sparring, which to be honest was more like verbal foreplay. If you’re like me and are a sucker for any kind of chat or texting in your books (romance or otherwise) then you’re in for a treat as well. And let’s not forget the astrological theme that’s a part of this delightful series.

From the very start I was struck by the ambience of the story, which was told from Percy’s POV. Unlike the first book in the series, a significant portion of Scorpio Hates Virgo had a very quiet, almost melancholy feel to it which made the sweet moments all the sweeter. I thought the author did an amazingly subtle job communicating how solitary a figure Percy was, living alone in his beloved aunt’s shell of a home. The home that became his refuge after his family had kicked him out as a teenager. The very home which that same family picked apart and left in pieces upon her death. My heart broke for the young man who was left alone in the world and mourning the only family member who had loved him unconditionally. As time went by however, it became clear that Percy was far from alone.

Cal (or Callaghan to his Perseus) had been Percy’s nemesis from the moment he’d moved into the neighborhood in his late teens. Their sharp repartee was rife with sly digs and conversational landmines and I immediately got a sense of their complicated history. Seeing a grieving Percy having to mentally brace himself for each encounter with his pesky neighbor was painful at first. But it soon became clear that Cal’s nonstop jibes and constant (and at first unwanted) presence kept Percy grounded in the here and now. I loved how the times when he sparred with Cal were the moments when Percy looked most alive – albeit due to sheer stubbornness and refusal to admit defeat or show weakness in any way to his so-called nemesis.

And then there were the other neighbors. The cul-de-sac his aunt’s house sat on was a character all its own with its constant hum of activity, and family, a familiar theme in the author’s repertoire, featured prominently in the form of Percy’s neighbors. In their own (often sneaky) ways, including their insistence on upholding their summer tradition of parties and games, these colorful cast of characters were a vivid reminder that life goes on even as they grieved alongside Percy. And boy did they take their fun and games seriously. In addition, fans of Theo and Jamie from Leo Loves Aries will be happy to see a familiar face in the form of Crystal, Theo’s horoscope-happy mom and her astrological pearls of wisdom (as well as cameos by the happy couple and sister Leone).

Scorpio Hates Virgo was the kind of story that got under my skin unexpectedly. The author’s potent writing lulled me into the dreamy haze that was Percy’s summer, decidedly mundane if not for the unmistakable sparks of  joy that marked his time spent with Cal’s family. Despite the cheeky chapter openers throughout the book, there was no “Aha!” moment that marked Percy and Cal’s transition from enemies to lovers. It was a  slow and natural progression guided by familiarity and unexpected comfort. If you haven’t already guessed, the heat level in this book is pretty low but so worth the wait.

So why not 5 Stars? I debated even including this in my review because it could very well just be me, so read on at your own risk. While still taking into consideration the heavy sarcasm and verbal gymnastics the characters employed to constantly outwit one another… Simply put, a lot of the time, they just didn’t sound American. It sounds even worse now that I’ve said it, because obviously not all Americans speak a certain way. And unlike in Leo Loves Aries, I don’t recall any specific words that screamed Queen’s English or Aussie slang. It was a bit more subtle than that, mostly in the way sentences were structured rather than the vocabulary used. It didn’t take away from my overall enjoyment of the story, but it was distracting enough to pull me out of it at times. After a while, I just pretended the book was set someplace like Western Europe instead of the American Midwest and moved on.

So yes, back to how awesome this book is. Go read Scorpio Hates Virgo. And if you haven’t yet, pick up Leo Loves Aries and its accompanying short, Leo Tops Aries as well.

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A bit about me: I’m a big, BIG fan of slow-burn romances. I love to read and write stories with characters who slowly fall in love.
Some of my 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.
I write a variety of stories, Contemporary MM Romances with a good dollop of angst, Contemporary lighthearted MM Romances, and even a splash of fantasy.
I’m a member of Romance Writers of America.
Für deutsche Leser: http://www.anytasunday.de/
In italiano: http://www.anytasunday.it/

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I received an advanced copy of this novel in exchange for a fair and honest review.

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