Monday, September 17, 2018

ARC Review: Pisces Hooks Taurus (Signs of Love #4) by Anyta Sunday

Pisces Hooks Taurus (Signs of Love, #4)
It’s a time for searching, and a time for finding, Pisces: keep casting your line and you will hook what you’re looking for.

Zane has it all planned out: land the perfect Meet Cute, fall in love, and live happily ever after.
Should be simple enough if he put his mind to it. A little creativity and some thinking outside of the box, and voila, he’d be married to the woman of his dreams.
It would be perfect.
And it would be before his visa ran out.

But why are his feelings running wild now that the pressure’s on? Why is his picture-perfect plan turning into a muddled mess of morphed metaphors he can’t make sense of anymore?

Just as well he’s met an English professor to help. And even though their first meet is anything but cute, this down-to-earth teacher may just be the realist Zane needs to ground him and give him a shot at love after all.

Don’t cast your line too wide, Pisces. Your perfect catch may already have bitten.

Todd's rating:

Awww, this latest chapter in Anyta Sunday's "Signs of Love" series was everything that I love about M/M romance.

Twenty-three y.o. New Zealand native Zane was determined to find true love, and find it quickly, in order to remain in the United States. Mainly so that he could be there for his favorite brother and his newborn niece, the same way that his brother had been there for him. Well, that and... LOVE, because he's a hopeless romantic.

Then he met 30 y.o. literature professor and divorcee Beckett, who after being cheated on and having his heart pulverized to a fine pulp, no longer believed in love, thinking it a "big, beautiful lie".

I loved the dynamic between extremely-naive Zane and overly-cynical Beckett. Their playful push and pull dynamic completely worked for me.
“Why are you chasing after a green card?”

“I’m not.”

“Let me rephrase. Why the deadline to marry?”

“A deadline to
fall in love and marry. If I’m not 100 percent head over heels, I will go back and stay back. But I’m just . . . determined to be head over heels.”
But Zane's time was running out, with only a very short time remaining to find the perfect Miss Right and seal the deal.

If I'm being completely honest, I wasn't initially sure how well I was going to mesh with Zane. He came across as insanely unrealistic as to how those first online dates might turn into something real. Also, he seemed pretty... simple.

Yet leave it to Anyta to transform Zane into someone I quickly found myself rooting for, becoming his biggest fan.

As Beckett's attraction to his new house guest's young Chris Hemsworth looks and eternal optimism grew, while Zane cluelessly dated a string of overly-amorous female suitors, with disastrous (and often scary) results, well, I got sucked in pretty quickly.

I also loved Darla, Beckett's wise and seemingly all-knowing next-door-neighbor, who also happened to be Theo's beloved grandmother.

Anyta brought the slow-burn BIG TIME in this latest story, leaving Zane pretty damn clueless until probably 70 percent into the story, while the rest of us saw where things were going pretty early on.

And I absolutely LOVED the ride.

It did take a while to finally get to the steamy bits, which were very steamy indeed, but events unfolded at what I felt were the right time, with an adorable and hopeful "soon-to-be HEA" on the horizon as the book ended.

Theo and Jamie's book, the first in the series, is still my absolute favorite, but folks, this one came in a damn close second, which is nothing to sneeze at in this feel-good, fun and flirty series.

This story had tons of banter, but not really much of the snark found in Theo and Jamie's story, which was probably why this book came in just *behind* book 1 for me.

I'd rate this one at around 4.5 stars and highly recommend it to any fans of the series.

** Note: This story is loosely tied to the previous series, so it 'could' be read as a standalone, but for full enjoyment, I'd recommend at least reading book 1 before this story, as Theo and Jamie did make a cameo appearance here.

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

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