Monday, November 27, 2017

ARC Review: Gemini Keeps Capricorn (Signs of Love #3) by Anyta Sunday

Gemini Keeps Capricorn (Signs of Love, #3)
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…

Todd's rating:

This third installment of Anyta's "Signs of Love" series was all about feel-good fun and the oooooooh so slow burn.

Wesley Hidaka was a law student, with almost zero passion for the law, but a burning passion for annoying his dorm's resident assistant, which knew no bounds. If there were rules to be broken, he was the first in line with a raised hand all but screaming, "Pick me, pick me!"

Lloyd Reynolds was studying advanced mathematics, in hopes of becoming a math teacher and, eventually, a high school principal, which was a complete fit for his serious, rule-following demeanor. If there were rules about to be broken, he was the first in line with a palm raised actually screaming, "Do NOT even think about it!"

Aaaaah, yes, a match made in heaven, right?

Yet, somehow, Wesley and Lloyd helped balance one another out and they actually, against all odds, worked. Mostly.

I adored the playfulness of this story, which reminded me more of the first book in this series dynamic-wise than the second book. Wesley lived to get under Lloyd's skin, but not in a malicious way.

Lloyd was a master at not letting his affection for Wesley show, mainly due to the university's policy against RA-resident trysts, which could have gotten him fired and given his rather nasty piece of work Aunt Tabitha more ammo to use against his loving mother.

So bring on the insanely slow burn, which was right up there with my all-time favorite Anyta story, "rock".

Although the relationship progress here sped forward at a fairly glacial pace, I was never bored, as Wesley and his brother, Caleb, were both such handfuls, losing interest was never on the table here.

Aside from the burning "will they or won't they" question, most of the drama arose from Wesley's interactions with his overly-religious, homophobic mother and Caleb's tendency for high school truancy. That tension kept things lively, but were thankfully kept in check in this moderately-angsty read.

The steamy bits were kept to a pretty bare minimum, with only a few stolen kisses and one on-page sex scene, but the UST was pretty off the charts, so I didn't really feel that anything was amiss in that department.

This story is only loosely tied to the previous books, but we do get a few cameo scenes from book 1's Jamie, one of Lloyd's professors, and Theo, my two favorite series characters to date. So yes, this story can 100% be read as a standalone.

For the fun and flirtiness alone, I'd rate this one at around 4.5 stars and highly recommend it to any fans of Anyta's slow burns, which she does amazingly well.

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

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