Sunday, December 18, 2016

Book Review: Leo Loves Aries by Anyta Sunday

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…

Jewel's rating:

Theo, Theo, Theo! What ever shall I do with you?

Leo Loves Aries was brilliantly done. Humorous, original, and the banter was nothing short of brilliant! I loved this story from beginning to end.

Theo Wallace and his twin sister Leone have been - unsuccessfully - trying to get over their last relationships. Their significant others decided they wanted to be with each other instead of with Theo and Leone! Needless to say, I didn't like them anytime they came into the story. Well, now, Theo and Leone have been invited to the wedding and as much as they do not want to go (duh), 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.

Theo is just about done with his undergrad studies, but he needs help with his economic course. He had a tutor the previous semester that he really enjoyed and could learn from (even if it didn't look like it), but the one he has this semester is abysmal! So, Theo decides to try to talk Mr Jamie Cooper into tutoring him again. And, guess what?! Jamie is looking for a room to rent. Must be destiny! Theo figures that Jamie would be the perfect man for Leone -- win win! Except that Jamie is gay and has it bad for Theo.

In Theo's experience, he's never been attracted to another man, however, Theo was not the most self-aware person, ever. In fact, the opposite is pretty much true. He was clueless when it came to his own emotions and it was really amazing, and amusing to watch him get jealous of Jamie's best friend, Sean, and flirt with Jamie when he didn't even realize he was doing it. He recognized the jealously, but was utterly confused by it. He was literally the only person that could not see what was happening. Even Leone who is mostly blind, could see it. Theo was in practically in love with Jamie before he even grokked that he was attracted. And as frustrating as I am sure Jamie found it, I frakin' loved it.

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. Sex is sex, right? No need to get attached.

Jamie shows he cares in a myriad of ways. He cooks, cleans, makes sure the people he cares about eat properly, he tutors stubborn, cheeky, students. If you need him, he's there, steadfast and sure. But he has no idea how to avoid getting hurt by falling for Theo. Danger Danger!

Things I loved:
- Theo's and Jamie's chats.
- Their first date
- A certain red t-shirt with "JLM" printed on the front
- Cooking vegetable lasagna
- Badminton
- Roller skating
- Theo & Jamie

I adored that Theo didn't angst all over the place 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.

Most definitely recommended!

Review copy of Leo Loves Aries was generously provided by the author, via Netgalley, in exchange for an honest review.

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