Author: Anyta Sunday
Rating: 4.5 stars
Buy Links: Amazon
Received from Publisher
Blurb: 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
Review: Percy Freedman does not need his neighbor Callaghan Glover helping him. Cal is not helpful. Cal is Percy’s nemesis. Percy just wants to sell his late aunt’s house and move on. Moving on is going to be best for everyone and Percy doesn’t want to deal with neighborhood attachments. Unfortunately, the whole Glover family is not only nice but they’re dealing with their own problems. Percy finds himself in close quarters with Cal on a regular basis. Percy needs to keep reminding himself Cal is his nemesis. There is not now nor has there ever been attraction between Percy and Cal! When the neighborhood starts a Secret Santa type of game during the summer Percy goes ahead and joins in. It may be one of the last things he does before he sells the house. Being part of the neighborhood community feels better than Percy realized it would. Being near Cal also feels better than Percy realized it would. Being near Cal feels better than it should and Percy fears letting himself get close when so few people stick around long term.
I liked this book much more than I expected to. I mean, the title is a little kitschy and new agey, NA is always a risk for me, and books that promise sarcasm can too easily go overboard. I can now safely say the title is so not the point, NA is a risk I take because when it’s good it’s really good, and the sarcasm was just right. On top of that I have to admit I love the characters who think they have built their defenses perfectly and they won’t be caught unawares by falling in love. Whatever happened between them Percy wasn’t going to fall in love with Cal. Ha!
My biggest hang ups in the book were about Cal. He’s almost a little too good to be true. He’s a dutiful son, a great brother, a kind and giving neighbor, and potentially the perfect guy for Percy. It was a lot of really good. Not that I don’t like really good guys, but he just felt too good. I’d have loved for him to have a nice, juicy fault. Of course he may have and the reader simply can’t see it. That’s a danger of books with only one perspective. Since the book mainly focuses on Percy overcoming his own issues and allowing other people to get close enough to him to form a relationship, we only see Cal through Percy’s eyes. And Cal is perfect for Percy. This ends up being a circular complaint for me where I justify why he was too perfect, but wind up back where I started with Cal being too perfect.
I tend to prefer books that show rather than tell and this book did not disappoint in that regard. Percy and Cal’s relationship took time to develop slowly, and it was really charming to witness. These guys fell in love in front of my eyes and it was so good to see as opposed to being told it was happening. And the book was just the right amount of charming with just the right amount of drama and fears Percy and Cal may not make it as a couple. I finished with a big smile on my face and a happy sigh completely sure in the knowledge I’d read this book again at some point.
I’d recommend this book to anyone. It’s NA but the characters have some life experience and maturity, it’s cute but not fluff, it’s got drama but isn’t dripping with angst, and it’s got characters who steadily work to make each other happier people. This book is straight up good and an enjoyable read.