Scorpio Hates Virgo by Anyta Sunday
Publication Date: August 30th 2017
Series: Signs of Love, #2
Genres: New Adult, Romance, Contemporary, LGBTQIA+
Date Read: March 11th, 2018
Links: Goodreads | Netgalley | B&N | Book Depository
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 neighbours 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 neighbours. 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 .
“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
I received a copy of Scorpio Hates Virgo from Netgalley for Review Consideration. This has in no way influenced my opinion of this book.
When his aunt passes away, Percy inherits her home – the home he took shelter in and found endless love and support as a teenager, when he was kicked to the kerb by his own parents for being gay. Percy has to decide whether he wishes to sell the house and move on, or whether being in this place – with these quirky yet lovable people – is where he truly belongs.
Scorpio hates Virgo is book two in the Signs of Love Series but it can be read as a standalone because it featur3es different characters than Leo loves Aries. But there is a nexus between this installment and book one, and that is Crystal, Theo’s mom, who now delivers her beloved horoscope to another couple. This book also features appearances from Theo and Jamie.
It’s not a secret that I love Anyta Sunday, I harbor “strong feelings” towards her stories. I am a huge fan. Her stories make me smile. With the Cute Romances and Banter between the Characters. The woman knows how to deliver well-written slow-burn romances, and I don’t usually enjoy romance novels.
So, Our MCs have been neighbours for a few years and when this story starts, Percy is dealing with grief and Cal with a breakup and some family drama. They are not enemies, they are friends. Or something similar to Friends. So we can conclude that they are neighbours who like to call each other “nemesis”.
Percy also battles with his complicated feelings towards his long-time nemesis neighbour, Cal. I particularly enjoyed all the cul-de-sac fun and games that the cast of characters engaged in over the course of the book.
“I want to feel everything you´re willing to give me, and I hope you´re willing to give me everything”
Despite Percy’s insistence that Cal is his nemesis, Percy and Cal are not enemies. I really liked the interactions between the main characters but even the secondary characters were a joy, I liked the way not only the relationship but the story developed, we had time to get to know and really understand Percy and Cal before we saw them as a couple.
Callaghan is a Virgo; he likes dinosaur T-shirts; he puts his family ahead of everything (including his education); and sometimes he lies just a little to get what he wants. Cal isn’t afraid of his burgeoning attraction to his long-time nemesis, per se, he just needs some time to wrap his head around the attraction and see if it’s something he truly wants to pursue.
Perseus is a Scorpio and doesn’t trust easily. Returning to the cul-de-sac where his beloved aunt lived, Percy wants to sell her house and move on; he can’t handle the memories. Percy is prickly and keeps people at a distance. He is thoroughly convinced that everyone will leave him. Always. So not only is he afraid of his attraction to Callaghan because Cal is straight, but also because he fears putting himself out there, only to be rejected in the end.
“Cal had helped him up, and instead of asking if Percy was okay or needed an ice pack, he’d shaken his head and delivered the first verbal grenade, ‘All elegance, that was.’”
The snark and banter in this second book felt much more subtle than it did in Theo and Jamie’s story. Also, this story is much more of a super-slow burn in the romance Department. Overall I loved this quirky, funny, and endearing story.
That’s it for this review! Have you read this book? 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.