Leo Loves Aries by Anyta Sunday
Publication Date: December 4th 2016
Series: Signs of Love, #1
Genres: New Adult, Romance, Contemporary, LGBTQIA+
Date Read: March 3rd, 2018
Links: Goodreads | Netgalley |
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…
“Leo Loves Aries” is a sweet slow burn M/M romance with HEA. This New Adult college friends-to-lovers novel can be read as a standalone.
I received a copy of Leo loves Aries from Netgalley for Review Consideration. This has in no way influenced my opinion of this book.
Theo Wallace, and his twin sister, Leone, are living together and still dealing with the betrayal of their exes. 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. Theo and Leone have been – unsuccessfully – trying to get over their last relationships. Theo and Leone have been invited to the wedding and as much as they do not want to go, they also want to show them that they no longer hold power over Theo and Leone. But only if they find dates! And thus starts the mission of Operation Wedding Date. It coincided nicely with Operation Find a Roommate.
This is my first Anyta Sunday book, and to say that I’m blown away is a huge understatement. The writing is effortless and all consuming. You are cocooned in her world, with her characters, the moment you start reading.
“You’re so organized. No wonder I drove you up the wall.”
A few seconds passed before Jamie responded. “That’s cute.”
“Your use of past tense.”
A lot of the early story revolved around how both siblings had tried to move on, but couldn’t quite get there, as they were still a bit stuck in the past romantically. Enter their mother, with a horoscope for both of her darling Leos for the coming year.
“Aries and Leo are so passionate together – and the intimacy. The intimacy. There is a tendency to get jealous and possessive but it’s compensation with absolute loyalty these two have for each other. Really, you couldn’t find a better match. Aries feeds your need for attention while remaining steadfast in their own character. Both of you need to prove how amazing you are, and while doing so, Aries energizes Leo. And Leo in turn cherishes Aries. Despite the battle for dominance, the relationship flows with warmth, passion, and playfulness.”
I’m not a horoscope reader, and you don’t have to be to love this story. Although ‘ve always been quite fascinated in Horoscopes and the Star Signs. Actually the thing that interested me mostly in this book is the fact that I’m an Aries myself.
What worked for me the most was the amazing build-up between Theo and Jamie. They had a teasing, caring, evolving friendship that moved into something bigger, and I think Anyta Sunday pulled it off effortlessly. It wasn’t rushed or forced, and I loved how everything seemed so inevitable. The chemistry was wonderful.
I adored that Theo didn’t angst once he figured out that he was attracted to Jamie. I loved that once he figured out he had fallen for Jamie, he went with it, full speed ahead. Yeah, it took him ages to get there, but that makes victory all the sweeter.
The connection between Theo and Jamie was obvious to everyone but Theo. Theo went from trying to set Jamie up with his sister to pretending they were merely BFFs-with-benefits.
Theo – the Leo – is still recovering after his 2 year girlfriend dumped him to be with his sister’s boyfriend. Theo and Leone are twins, living together and trying to move on. They realized they need another roommate, and so Theo in need for a tutor, went hunting down his ex-tutor to become their new roommate.
Jamie is an Aries. He’s sure of himself, smart, patient, always right and very kind. Jamie has been burnt by roommate romances before. Well, once, anyway, and as much as he knows it is probably a bad idea, he can’t help but be drawn to the quirky guy who will do anything to get out of cooking and laundry, but seems to find reasons to hang around Jamie. And Jamie definitely wants to spend time with Theo, he just needs to find a way to guard his heart. When Theo admits he is ‘curious’, but doesn’t see himself falling for another man, Jamie says he’s not looking for love.
One of my favourite scenes in the book was where Theo went on a date with his sister’s friend, Liz, inviting Jamie and Leone along, in hopes of jump starting their romance, too. Theo really was just that clueless, but the date worked out great — for Theo and Jamie!
I loved most of these characters and the plot was never boring. Also there was some awesome representation besides the one you would normally except in a MM romance: Leone is blind and I oved how Leona’s her disability was included but wasn’t shown in a patronizing way, she’s such a great and funny character; also the Main Character never gets too caught up in labels when it comes to himself. I know some people want to see clear words like “bisexual” in a book, but for me I really like it when things are seen as more fluid and not set in stone. That’s the kind of representation I recognise myself into so I’m always really happy when I see it.
I also liked that there was no major freak out at the discovery to be attracted to a man, and to top it off perfectly, Theo even acknowledges that he has that kind of privilege since his family is extremely accepting. I don’t know, it was a nice touch that the author didn’t really need to include but I’m happy she did because it’s important.
As for the steam, this book did have some steamy scenes, but the scenes tended to happen fairly quickly, then move on, without lingering over lots of description.
Leo Loves Aries was brilliantly done. Humorous, original, and the banter was nothing short of epic! I loved this story from beginning to end.
It was a pleasure reading Theo and Jamie’s story. I found myself late at night with the need of reading more. I was hooked and I really enjoyed the development of the characters.
I recommend this to anyone who is in mood of reading a light LGBT romance read and a bunch of side characters who you will enjoy reading about as much as you love reading the banter between these two.
That’s it for this review! Have you read this book? Did you get an ARC of this? If so, What did you think of it? Is it on your TBR? What is your Star Sign? Tell me in the comments if you agree or disagree with any of this. I’d love to know your opinion.