My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Publication Date:December 4, 2016
Publisher: Anyta Sunday
Point of View: Third Person (Theo)
Genres & Themes: Romance, M/M Romance, Contemporary, College, Roommates, Friends-to-Lovers, Slow-burn, Astrology
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…
“Leo Loves Aries” is a sweet slow burn M/M romance with HEA. This New Adult college friends-to-lovers novel can be read as a standalone.
Have you ever watched or read something that left you in a complete hangover? The type of show/book that you need because an instant favorite of yours? It’s happened to me with a few shows/movies/books and there’s always this type of nostalgia. Yeah, that’s the only word I have for it—nostalgia. It’s this feeling in the pit of my stomach, and which I know I’ll never be the same, as cliche as that sounds.
Theo: It’s destiny.
Jamie: What is?
Jamie: Come again?
Theo: It’s written in the stars.
I’d just finished watching Skam for the second time, and I did this back-to-back binge with it. And the thing is that Anyta Sunday’s Rock is a favorite of mine, and so I was absolutely stocked about Leo Loves Aries, but something kept me apprehensive. Little thing called Expectations. Except I should have had them, because it surpassed all of them.
Twins, Theo and Leone, had the worst year. Think about your girlfriend and boyfriend, respectively, breaking up with you only to start dating each other and then getting engaged, and sending you their invite. I mean, they do have to thank you for basically introducing them to each other….yikes. Well, that’s exactly what happens to Theo and Leone. With a perfectly timed Astrology newsletter from their mother, Leone and Theo are ready to move on, and ready to find dates for their ex’s wedding.
“You’re the most solid guy in the world. And not just here—” Theo squeezed the tight cods of Jamie’s arm and hummed—”but in all the ways. U want to start a petition to put up your statue so everyone will know it.”
The catch is that Leone will find Theo’s date, and Theo will find Leone’s. And when their search for a new flatmate leads to the perfect roommate—a tutor for Theo and a date for Leone, well it couldn’t have been a more perfect match, a kind of written in the stars match *wink*
From the beginning Jamie and Theo are not only a riot to read, but the flirting is almost too good. Which is not a thing that is possible, because one you have a taste of this two together, you can’t see how Theo doesn’t realize sooner, and you almost wish he wouldn’t because the slow-burn is soooo good!
“Theo said, “The answer to your question is yes. Make it memorable.”
“The whole dance so far has been memorable.”
“Keep it ip. And, yes, pressure.”
That feeling of nostalgia wouldn’t leave me alone, and I halfway through the novel I wanted to reread it. Theo’s love for his sister shines in his want to find the perfect date for Leone. He’s not only smart, but he’s genuinely funny, and sweet. His desire to find a best friend was literally the sweetest, and when he get’s jealous of Jamie’s childhood friend, and best friend, it’s so hilarious.
This was one of my most memorable *wink* (you’ll have to read to find out about this memorable memorable moment and word) reads of 2016, and I’m sure it’ll be 2017 favorite because I’m already planning a reread. Immediately after finishing it, I wanted to convince Sunday to write a sequel. Which! She will write a second book in the series, although with different pairing, but if it’s anything like the first I’m sure I’ll love it. Seeing as how they’ll have astrology as a concept and with Theo’s mother newsletter it will be perfect.
I’m not one for living my life according to astrology, but if I could get my hands on that newsletter, uhm… I would be a firm believer. Especially, if I had those predictions. Anyway, as for Leo Tops Aries—it was one of my most favorite christmas presents! I’ll definitely share this gift with everyone so they could enjoy Theo and Jamie. Go read it and fall for this two, and for astrology, and for the quotes of the days!
Also, since I’m in the feeling of recommending go and watch Skam!
Note: I did erase the GFY tag on the blurb just because I don’t want to condone this type of LGBTQIA+ spectrum erasure. Jamie never quite establishes how he identifies, but this whole GFY tag should be left behind in 2016. There is such a thing as bi, demi, pan, etc. No need to erase identities for a trope that should not exist.