Tuesday, December 19, 2017

Gemini Keeps Capricorn by Anyta Sunday Blog Tour

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...

Gemini Keeps Capricorn serves up a double shot of cluelessness, with a side of rock’n’roll and topped with a slow burn HEA.
It can be read as a standalone.

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Book 3
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“We can’t have coffee. We have to leave. Now.”

“What do you mean, we can’t have coffee?” Lloyd sounded incredulous, as though Wesley had casually suggested castration as an alternative to daily washing.

Wesley tugged Lloyd out of the line they’d been waiting in for ten minutes. “I’m the one up at nine in the morning with a grumpy RA. If anyone needs coffee, it’s me.” He glanced across the room at a top-button-collared man weaving his way in their direction. “But it has to wait.”

“Wesley? Right now? I legitimately fear for your life.”

“I’ll get us coffee later. More than one. My treat.”

Lloyd gave up resisting, and they almost escaped the bustling café.

“Young Mister Hidaka!”

Wesley swallowed a groan and clutched Lloyd’s forearm as he turned them around to face his childhood pastor. Pastor Geoff had a gray beard, rim-free glasses, and a condescending regard—like usual.

“Your mother prays every week that you come back home.” Pastor Geoff registered Lloyd’s presence, and his face shadowed. “You’ve lost your way, son.”

That was about as much as Wesley would put up with. “I am very sure of my way, and I’ll keep walking it. In fact, I’m going to walk it right now. Vigorously. With my fiancé.”

Wesley steered Lloyd out the door, leaving the pastor gaping behind them. He didn’t stop walking or let go until they were safely ducking down behind Lloyd’s car. Well, Wesley was ducking down. Lloyd was staring at him with disbelief and amusement—and something else.

“Has he stopped watching us yet?” Wesley asked, noticing how close his face was to Lloyd’s crotch. Lloyd jerked and bumped against the car door.

Wesley took a moment to absorb Lloyd’s reaction, and a smile quivered at his lips. He straightened, keeping barely an inch between them.

Lloyd caught his elbow and helped him along, muttering under his breath. “I really need coffee.”

“Is that what they’re calling it these days?”

Lloyd closed his eyes and took a calming breath, then opened the passenger door. “Get in, flirtster.”

Wesley smirked, and jumped in.

Reviews by the Wicked Reads Review Team

Gemini Keeps Capricorn is the third installment of the Signs of Love series, and can easily be read as a standalone. A brief mention/cameo by a past couple, but the storylines do not intersect, so no confusion to be had if read as a standalone. The common denominator is the narrator's obsession with astrology.

The novel is a mishmash of several tropes: slow-burn, friends-to-lovers, forbidden romance.

Wesley is a flirty, pre-law student who is still rooming in the dorm as a way to avoid his mother. While avoiding one's mother seems like he doesn't have a sense of family, that couldn't be farther from the truth. Wesley's mother is confused by his 'gaying,' and that is why he avoids her at all costs, even though I felt she was written as missing Wesley and simply confused, rather than homophobic. Wesley is a helicopter parent to his younger brother, Caleb, who seems to always be on campus instead of at his high school, the production he's staring in, or at practice. Caleb is always around, adding another side romance as well as 'borrowed' drama and conflict.

The forbidden, slow-burn, and friends-to-lovers angle is between Wesley and his RA, Lloyd. They've been almost-friends, feeling one another since they met years ago, doing their mating dance. Lloyd is a Capricorn, which, according to Wesley, is the worst match possible for a Gemini. Between the astrology of it, and the fact that Lloyd is a rule-follower to Wesley's rule-breaker, being the floor's RA makes the budding romance impossible.

Gemini Keeps Capricorn is a feel-good, warm and fuzzy, zany comedy, with a very slow-burn romance. The focus of the story seems to concentrate on the side characters more often than the main couple, as the reader waited for their relationship to truly begin.

I enjoyed the side characters and their stories, as well as their interactions with the narrator. There was a ton of tension-filled banter. I need to say I'm a sucker for slow-burn, absolutely adoring sexual tension and will-they, won't-they but perhaps this was too slow, like the reader was waiting for a guaranteed happily ever after, so it dragged often for me.

I'm a big fan of the author's, and I've enjoyed this series as a whole, but this installment didn't resonate with me as the others had. Perhaps it was the almost chaotic feel the narrator gave off, creating a jarring pacing. There wasn't much happening on the pages, yet the zany interactions made the pacing feel less fluid/organic. While this was banterific between the characters, it was hard to become emotionally invested when it felt as if there should be an accompanying laugh track. The chaotic comedy was jarring in juxtaposition to how the pacing dragged with inconsequential scenes.

I recommend to those who are a fan of this author and series, as well as those looking for a laid-back, comedic MM romance, that's lighthearted and warm and fuzzy.

I have read all the previous books and really enjoyed them. This one missed the mark for me. I couldn't connect with Wesley or Lloyd. I was bored most of the book and found myself skimming. I really tried to get into it since the previous books were so good. I didn't even feel like this book was about Wesley and Lloyd because we heard and learned more about secondary characters. Total miss for me, but since I love the series, I will continue reading and hope this was just a one off.

Also Available in the Signs of Love Series

Book 1
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Book 2
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~  Available with KindleUnlimited  ~

For reviews & more info, check out our stop on the Scorpio Hates Virgo Release Blitz.

Heart-stopping slow burn.

Anyta is a big, BIG fan of slow-burn romances. She loves to read and write stories with characters who slowly fall in love.

Some of her favorite tropes to read and write are: Enemies to Lovers, Friends to Lovers, Clueless Guys, Bisexual, Pansexual, Demisexual, Oblivious MCs, Everyone (Else) Can See It, Slow Burn, Love Has No Boundaries.

Anyta writes a variety of stories, Contemporary MM Romances with a good dollop of angst, Contemporary lighthearted MM Romances, and even a splash of fantasy. Her books have been translated into German, Italian and French.

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