Sunday, December 11, 2016

Book Review: Leo Loves Aries by Anyta Sunday

Leo Loves Aries
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…

Todd's rating:

I absolutely LOVED Anyta Sunday's latest release, "Leo Loves Aries." It was full of snark, humor and loads of banter, which was right up my alley.

Theo and his sister, Leone, were finishing up their undergraduate degrees, both heartbroken after their latest love interests had fallen head-over-heels in love. With each other!

I know! WTF, right?

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. And Theo's old economics tutor, Jamie. Well, not 'old' old, as they're around the same age, plus, Jamie's extremely attractive, which even 'straight' Theo can recognize.

I was completely enthralled by the interactions between Theo and Jamie in this story. Theo loved to get under Jamie's calm, collected skin and Jamie gave as good as he got, which was so much fun to watch. Give me a book with great banter and I'm about half sold already, which this one did.
You have to have the last word, don’t you?

Theo looked up at him and smiled. “Who, me?
This is your classic tale where the ‘straight’ guy meets another guy who he clicks with on every single level, but still can't see the forest for the trees. Doesn't see what's right in front of him or recognize his own feelings. Clueless guy is clueless.

One of my favorite 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. Sweet Jesus, Theo really was just that clueless, but the date worked out great -- for Theo and Jamie! Liz? Liz who? ;- )

Then when Jamie's best friend from Wisconsin, Sean, came on the scene, Theo's jealousy was fully ignited. But all 'straight' guys feel that way, right? God, I loved those green-eyed monster scenes.

Eventually Theo worked out what was going on inside his head and, after a small bump in the road, we get our HEA. I would've loved to see an epilogue, but the story ended on a great note, so I was happy with where it left off.

As for the steam, *yes,* the book did have some steam, but the scenes tended to happen fairly quickly, then move on, without lingering over lots of description.

There were also some feels, but not to the same extent as my favorite of Anyta's works, "rock," which is insanely highly recommended, by the way.

Overall, this one hit it out of the park for me, so I'd rate it at around 4.5 shiny, happy, feel good stars.

** NOTE: This story is now available as a *FREE* read through Kindle Unlimited (as of 2016-12-09.)

My copy of the book was provided by the author through NetGalley, in exchange for a fair, unbiased review.

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