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 . . .
This second book in Anyta's 'Signs of Love' series is frenemies-to-lovers at its finest.
Percy 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 (again), only to be rejected in the end.
Callaghan 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.
When Percy's beloved aunt dies, he returns to sell her house and begin processing his grief. What he doesn't account for, though, is that his neighbors are conspiring against his plans for a hasty departure. Well, one neighbor in particular, mostly. His nemesis, Cal.
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 and steamy times department. I mean, the first kiss didn't even happen until nearly 70% in, so yeah. Slooooooooow burn.
So while I truly love both Percy and Cal, this more subdued romance left me missing a bit of the quick one-two verbal jabs that were so prevalent in the interactions that we saw between Theo and Jamie as their relationship developed.
One of my favorite aspects of this book is when it finally clicks with Percy that you can move on and recover from loss without necessarily leaving your old life behind entirely, as he'd initially thought he'd need to do. That sometimes the best way to get past your grief is to embrace those around you that you love, and love you in return -- if you'll only open up your heart and let them.
I'd rate this one at a solid 4.25 stars and highly recommend it to any fans of the first book, "Leo Loves Aries."
My ARC copy of the book was provided by the author in exchange for a fair, unbiased review.
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