Author: Anyta Sunday
Series: Signs of Love #3
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…
I need to start this review thanking the author for creating once more a book that has become a refuge where the bad stuff of life is banned. Somedays, reading this book was the only bearable moment of the day. I can’t wait to return to normal life, because this mandatory isolation at home is driving me insane in the bad way. On the other hand, this story has also driven me crazy… but in a really awesome way. Let’s grab the reviewer’s rulebook and see what loopholes can we find!
This time we follow the misadventures of Wesley, a law student who lives in somekind of building for college students. Even though he is not a bad student, law is not really his passion. His main interests are coffee and Lloyd, the RA of the before mentioned building. Lloyd is the eye candy of the building and Wesley loves flirting with him, but rules are pretty clear about that kind of relationships. Although the grumpy RA doesn’t seem interested at all, always keeping Wesley clearly in the friend zone. Will they risk the ire of the RA Brotherhood in an attempt to explore their attraction or will they be stuck in the same situation forever?
You like Anyta Sunday’s books or you don’t. She is very loyal to her style, so if you dislike slow romances with a very sweet coverage, you better avoid her books. Some people could say the books of this saga are becoming a bit repetitive, but I wouldn’t change a comma from them. They are a true jewel in a genre where usually love is a consequence of sex instead of the opposite. Wesley’s and Lloyd’s relationship is the reward of a hard fight to accept their feelings. It is as sweetly frustating journey for them as it is for us, which shows how easy is to forge a rapport between those characters and the readers. It may sound sappy, but I feel these guys like friends I didn’t know I had. This is the kind of story that feels like home.
Even though is marked as the classic “fake fiancé” schema, it is not really an important part of the story. Most of the characters were aware that Wesley and Lloyd weren’t offcially engaged and it was just a tool for some people who don’t have a lot of time in the story. That is maybe the only complaint I have with this book. I was eager to read a full-on faking story with Anyta’s wittiness, but what we get is far from that. Though it is a superb story of the also classic “friends to lovers” schema. Nothing unexpected there, because if I have learned something about this author’s style is that she is a master at building friendships.
As always, the main couple is a blast to read. This time the crazy role is filled by Wesley, a guy who has no shame and flirts as much as he talks. But in the inside we soon learn that the poor guy wears the weight of expectations at his back, something that gives him plenty of layers to develop and the perfect ingredient to spark the relationship with Lloyd. Because the grumpy RA is a proud problem solver. And I don’t mean the kind that is constantly yelling “I will fix it” because they think they are the only ones who can. No, Lloyd is a honest help lender. A professional shoulder to cry. He is simply a good guy with a heart made of gold. And if that doesn’t convince you to crown him as a book boyfriend, Wesley is more than eager to mention very often how well Lloyd’s body is shaped. Too bad he is a bit stubborn about rules and insists on keeping his distance from Wesley. Too bad for them, but great for the readers!
The rest of the character are also a great amenity. Caleb and his flute are the stars of possibly one of the funniest scenes from the book. I missed a little bit that sense of humor in the second book, but with this third story we again have a bunch of moments that will make you laugh happily. Granted, Theo’s sense of humor is unbeatable; but I’m glad there are still contenders.
This time I have chosen an informal term as a new English word:
hanky-panky: improper sexual relations
Curiously, it is not the rule hugger who uses that term…