Published August 30th 2017 by Anyta Sunday (first published December 5th 2014)
Review: 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 . . .
I LOVE the snarky, witty banter between Percy and Cal! And how they call each other by their full, ridiculous names (Perseus and Callaghan) in pretend annoyance. Their witty hate banter reminded me a lot of The Hating Game by Sally Thorne (which I also adored). The supporting cast is also really great, and I marked this on my “small towns” shelf because Percy and Cal live on a cul-de-sac that is a super close-knit community of neighbors that reminds me a lot of the neighbors on my own street in suburban Minnesota. One of the women in the neighborhood, Crystal, is way into horoscopes and gives everyone their readings all the time, as well as insight into each other (and themselves).
As a fellow Scorpio, I totally understand Percy’s insecurities and tendency to throw up walls of snark to protect his heart. Percy definitely has his issues, but he is also experiencing a lot of pain and grief throughout the course of this book. He’s all sass and sarcasm and sadness and sexy-times. I love Cal and his patience, his wit, his commitment to his family, her nerdy love of dinosaurs and words, his hot bod… 😉 The verbal sparring between the two totally makes this book, and it just kills me how often they’re telling each other the truth in a tone dripping with fake sarcasm. I spent the entire time reading this book with a grin on my lips or with my heart in my throat and tears in my eyes… sometimes both at the same time.
I also love that I got this via Kindle Unlimited, because they also have the rest of the series and I am immediately going to go “check out” the first book in the Signs of Love series, Leo Loves Aries!