Scorpio Hates Virgo - Anyta Sunday

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Scorpio Hates Virgo (Signs of Love #2) by Anyta Sunday

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

A satisfying addition to this astrology-forward m/m romance series from Anyta Sunday.

First of all, this was a wrenching kind of romance. It starts with loss and the expectation of severance, but turns into a kind-of remembering what home is and who your family is.

In this friends-to-lovers story we get a nerdy love-interest and a scavenger hunt revolving around gnomes which is not only more fun than you expect but also filled with kindness. I mean, they’re still gnomes, but it’s funny-weird.

I was really disheartened by the lack of follow-through in the previous book in this series, as regarding queer identity, but this one walks-the-walk. Cal identifies— on the actual page— as demipansexual, and it's not just an excuse for slow-burn. It makes sense. It's cute. It feels nice in the belly to see something other than gay-for-you/out-for-you romance. There is a very small amount of 'oh my god, he's straight' angst. It's an internal monologue that Percy pushes to keep Cal at arms length. I'm glad we were in the queer person's head this time, so we didn't have to deal with the awkward self-realization which leads to a 'I don't know, this dude is hot, why do labels matter?' It’s part of the disconnect between the people who write these books and the people who are represented.

A worthy successor, though the plot was less of a rollercoaster, the guys feel more real to an actual queer couple. Not only did I enjoy the romance more in this, I felt the small bits alluding to the previous book brought Leo Loves Aries from 'hot' to 'touching.' If you can, read the sequel before the first book. Why not?

The epilogue was a sweet little tidbit as well, so once you’ve read this, be sure to go to Anyta Sunday’s website and check it out.

A copy of this book was provided to me for free and which I reviewed honestly.

Pages: 245
Year: 30 August 2017
Publisher: Self-Published

Read: 10 Oct 17 to 11 Oct 17
Stars: 3.5 (charmed)