Sometimes, you just want a Twinkie instead of a steak – a bit of empty calories that are oh-so-enjoyable but never going to be filling or much remembered after the next hour. The same applies for books – sometimes, it’s just nice to enjoy a slow burn romance that is a quick and easy read. With Scorpio Hates Virgo, Anyta Sunday has written a slice of life slow burn romance that is sweet enough to rot teeth but worth it all the same for the guilty pleasure experience it gives.
Story: Percy returns home to his beloved Aunt’s house for her funeral – the Aunt who cared for him and believed in him after he left his family when he came out. Percy always had a fractious relationship with neighbor Callaghan but all the neighbors on the cul-de-sac are a close knit group. Now, heartbroken over his beloved Aunt’s death and the recent breakup of his long term relationship, he feels it is best to sell the house and move on. But the neighborhood – and especially irascible neighbor Callaghan, may have something to say about that.
This is your typical slow burn romance – with both main characters invested in each other but through misunderstandings, miscommunication, and the usual past baggage are unable to recognize their attraction. It makes for a lot of amusing double entendres and longings hidden within innocuous-seeming statements. These are staples of the slow burn romance and author Sunday does it well.
Admittedly, there isn’t a lot happening in the book. It’s mostly about the boys being thrown together often and the warmth and quirkiness of the cul-de-sac residents. But that’s ok – we’re reading this for the slowly unfolding romance rather than for any drama or action.
The book ends on a nice note and leaves room for more characters in the future. In all, this is a very undemanding but enjoyable read – a guilty pleasure Twinkie to lift your spirits as you watch two nice guys fall for each other all over again. Reviewed from an advance reader copy provided by the publisher.