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eARC Review: Admiring Ash by Anyta Sunday

Admiring Ash by Anyta Sunday

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Admiring Ash by Anyta Sunday
Publication Date: July 29th, 2018
Genres: New Adult, Romance, Contemporary, LGBTQIA+
Format: eBook
Pages: 176
Rating: 4 Stars
Date Read: August 8th, 2018
Links: Goodreads Amazon

A is for Ash Heartford
Adorable, strong, and independent. 
Abandoned by his parents and attached to only one person—his little sister. 
Attracted to River, the sultry man who saunters onto his doorstep with startling news. 
Always yearning for more River, yet afraid to let him in. 

Should he play it safe, or claim his legacy and risk losing his heart? 

A is for Admiring Ash

Tropes: Slow burn, virgin, one true love, happily ever after, related but not, hurt/comfort, forbidden love 
Themes: Sudden inheritance, broken family, insta-dad 
Genre: Contemporary M/M Romance 

Feisty. Nerdy. Sexy. Secretive.
Greenville has them all. 
A small town with big hearts, Greenville awakens at the mercy of Millionaire Row, the wealthy neighborhood across the tracks from Poplar Low. 
Bad-tempered boys meet cheeky lovers. 
Colliding worlds spark a fire of emotion. Heat rages. Hearts mend. Love is lost. And found. 

Love Letters are playful, sexy, contemporary M/M stories that can be read as standalones. 

Welcome to Greenville. Come for the sexy boys. Stay for the HEA.

I received a copy of Admiring Ash from the Author for Review Consideration. This has in no way influenced my opinion of this book.

It shouldn’t be a surprise at this point that I love Anyta Sunday’s books. I was over the moon when I heard that she had a three book series releasing – and I’m very happy to say that all my excitement wasn’t for nothing. Admiring Ash is brilliant and captivating, and a perfect start for the series.

There’s plenty of banter; I loved Ash and River’s first meeting, because of all the banter and hilariousness of the moment. Besides banter, there’s everything a story needs; dynamic characters and relationships, hurt and comfort, family issues and coming to terms with various things. In short, Admiring Ash is a beautiful story. I couldn’t put it down. 

I thought this was a Very good start of the ‘love letters’ series. Of course, Anyta Sunday also introduces other characters whom are all intriguing. I enjoyed this book. That said, this book also left a lot out and had some timing things that were baffling. This book needed to be longer or less vague about things. I just have questions. 

The book is short and I’m glad that not a lot of time was wasted on the “conflict” part of the romance that’s always there around the 70-80% mark. It was mostly a light, feel-good read and it was also nice to first meet the protagonists of the next two books, Ben and Chance. It set up the atmosphere for the rest of the series in a nice way that makes the reader crave for more. It was fast and light.

Overall, I loved Ash and River and their story kept me hooked. I’ve already read the next two, and I’ll be reviewing the other two soon! I’ve been meaning to review these for awhile, but haven’t really had time!

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That’s it for this review! I haven’t been blogging as much recently, I’ve been busy, so this is just a quick review that I’ve been meaning to do for a while. Have you read this book or Series? If so, What did you think of it? Is it on your TBR? Have you read anything else by this author? Tell me in the comments if you agree or disagree with any of this. I’d love to know your opinion.

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Review: Gemini Keeps Capricorn by Anyta Sunday

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Gemini Keeps Capricorn by Anyta Sunday
Publication Date: December 18th 2017
Series: Signs of Love, #3
Genres: New Adult, Romance, Contemporary, LGBTQIA+
Format: eBook
Pages: 268
Rating: 4 Stars
Date Read: March 17th, 2018
Links: Goodreads B&NAmazon

Sometimes, one stubborn Capricorn is all it takes… to drive Wesley Hidaka to crazy, flirtatious lengths.

Wesley loves annoying his RA, Lloyd Reynolds. He just can’t help it. Lloyd is focused, decisive, grounded. He has this amusing ability to follow rules.
Of course Wesley wants Lloyd to break one… or three hundred.

Sometimes, one smirking Gemini is all it takes… to have Lloyd laying down the law and marching Wesley straight back to his dorm room.

It doesn’t stop Wesley teasing again. And again. And again…
But damn. Lloyd doesn’t crack easily. He’s full of principles. He’s unshakable.
He’s the perfect friend to have when Wesley needs help. Like with his truant brother and his old high school principal.

Sometimes, one little lie is all it takes… to find Wesley fake-engaged to his off-limits RA.

What can he say? It seemed like a good idea at the time…

“Gemini Keeps Capricorn” serves up a double shot of cluelessness, with a side of rock’n’roll and topped with a slow burn HEA.
It can be read as a standalone.

Tropes: friends-to-lovers, slow burn, will-they-or-won’t-they, fake fiancé
Genre: New Adult, light-hearted contemporary gay romance.

This series is a pure joy to read. When I pick up an Anyta Sunday story, I know, unequivocally, that I’m about to be faced with the most perfectly-paced slow burn romance out there. In my mind, she’s unrivalled in this area. And I don’t usually like reading Romances. 

The dialogue is always fun and playful, filled flirtatiousness that knows no bounds. It serves to keep the reader fully engaged and eager to soak up the next words uttered. The characters themselves are also extremely well-developed and relatable. They’re the kind of people I want to be friends with, pure and simple.

This particular instalment is a new adult college themed M/M romance. The Main Characters , Wesley and Lloyd, have been friends for years, with Wesley being an unenthusiastic law student but passionate barista who flirts with Lloyd, his college dorm RA and (yet to be acknowledged) best friend.

There is a lot of flirty banter and plenty of romantic undertones to every interaction Wes and Lloyd share. Lloyd is a rule follower, and as an RA he is forbidden to get involved with any dorm residents under his care. In contrast, Wes is cheeky, fun-loving and most certainly not a follower of rules – if anything, he enjoys actively breaking them. He also trusts in the powers of astrological compatibility, and although he secretly adores Lloyd, he believes that Gemini’s are most certainly not compatible with stubborn and straight-laced Capricorns!

“When did you know I liked you?”

“When you realised I was your best friend.”

Wesley has convinced himself that he, a Gemini, and Lloyd, a Capricorn and the resident assistant on his floor, aren’t compatible. All this does not stop him from flirting with Lloyd though. 

24554434I really enjoyed this quirky edition to this series! It’s Probably my least favourite in this series, but still enjoyable. I loved the banter, the games, and both MC’s never failed to make me smile. Gemini Keeps Capricorn is nothing short of entertaining and it made me happy the whole time I was reading it.

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Review: 500 Kisses by Anyta Sunday

500 Kisses by Anyta Sunday

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500 Kisses by Anyta Sunday
Publication Date: June 8th, 2014
Genres: New Adult, Romance, Contemporary, LGBTQIA+
Format: eBook
Pages: 75
Rating: 4 Stars
Date Read: August 8th, 2018
Links: Goodreads Amazon

“Five hundred kisses are all it takes to steal a heart.”

Chris Montgomery doesn’t believe it, and he’d know. He’s met— and had— many a man. None of whom he’d want to share five hundred kisses with. If you don’t like someone, you just don’t like them. End of story.

No amount of kissing will change that.

Dylan Halsworth doesn’t believe it either. But Chris and his arrogant, always right, dare I be wrong attitude has Dylan challenging him to try it. And who knows, maybe watching his most loathed neighbor suffer through five hundred kisses with the same man is worth it. He’d sit back, crack open a Mountain Dew, and have a good laugh . . .

But … there is one slight snag in his plan.

Chris has chosen Dylan with whom to prove his point . . .

This is both a friends-to-lovers and enemies-to-lovers story. Dylan needs his neighbour Chris’s help when the kitchen at the summer camp Dylan runs is destroyed in a storm. This book is billed as enemies to lovers, but really it’s friends to enemies to lovers. 

Dylan Halsworth runs a summer camp. one day the kitchen’s camp gets destroyed in a storm. Dylan has one option to move the kids to a better place is to go to his neighbour’s help. When one of the camp kids says that 

“Five hundred kisses are all it takes” 

“To steal someone’s heart. Anyone’s heart”…. 

Chris, never believes in stuff like that. BUT when Dylan challenges him to have “five hundred kisses” and of-course Chris won’t say no to a dare and a kiss with Dylan… What starts out as a challenge, forces two ex friends to face their past and discover each other again.

Anyta Sunday’s 500 Kisses was adorable. Anyta Sunday always brings the cute in a big way. Now, it’s still a far from perfect 75-page short story. But it’s fresh and sweet, and there’s an endearing, amusing quality to it that made my heart happy. I didn’t expect to love this novella so much.

This is adorable. Because even though the premise may sound kind of strange, and even though the triple combo of misunderstandings, resentment and sudden forgiveness is taken a little too far, there are banter and kissing for the sake of kissing (and for the sake of proving a point) and thunderstorms, so it’s a win. 

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That’s it for this review! Have you read this book? If so, What did you think of it? Is it on your TBR? Tell me in the comments if you agree or disagree with any of this. I’d love to know your opinion.

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eARC Review: Scorpio Hates Virgo by Anyta Sunday

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Publication Date: August 30th 2017
Series: Signs of Love, #2
Genres: New Adult, Romance, Contemporary, LGBTQIA+
Format: eBook
Pages: 245
Rating: 4 Stars
Date Read: March 11th, 2018
Links: Goodreads | NetgalleyB&NBook 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.

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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.

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eARC Review: Leo loves Aries by Anyta Sunday

Leo loves Aries by Anyta Sunday

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Publication Date: December 4th 2016
Series: Signs of Love, #1
Genres: New Adult, Romance, Contemporary, LGBTQIA+
Format: eBook
Pages: 278
Rating: 4 Stars
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.”
“What is?”
“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. 

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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.