Gemini Keeps Capricorn

4.5 Stars

How the hell does Anyta do it every time with these books? I’m obsessed with this series. Absolutely obsessed. The quirky banter, the slow burn, the endearingly frustrating characters, and EVERYTHING else that makes this series so freakin’ addicting was present in Gemini Keeps Capricorn.

“I’m Capricorn, remember? Try me.”

“I’m Gemini. I’ll break you.”

That pretty much encompasses the fabulous dynamic between Wesley Hidaka and Lloyd Reynolds.

Lloyd- RA for dorms, solver of problems, holder of infinite patience, and perpetual rule enforcer.

Wesley- Junior, student of law, chronic rule challenger and perpetual rule breaker.

Wesley and Lloyd have known each other for years. They live on the same floor and Wesley has the resident status to Lloyds RA status. Being an RA means that the residents are off limits for anything more than friendship and what a “friendship” these men have. Wes will do anything to get a rise out of Lloyd. Whether it’s frustration, humor, lust, etc., he just wants a reaction and Lloyd is his favorite law man to incite. Lloyd is a master at self-control and not showing just how much Wesley affected him. Wesley was completely over the top, cheeky and a serial flirt with Lloyd.

I LOVE Wesley and Lloyd together. They balance each other out perfectly. Although they had to remain “friends,” they were never just that. There was friendship, feelings, connection, and a deep desire to just be in the presence of the other. They had that best friend/smokin’ chemistry thing going on that you just knew would be amazeballs once they finally gave a big fat middle finger to the rules.

But…

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It took FOREVER to give in. Am I surprised? Nope, it’s Anyta. Did it bother me? Hell to the no. Not once during the super-duper long slow burn wait did I ever feel like I was bored, missing out, or frustrated. There was enough going on with Wesley’s brother and mother to keep things going. But even better than that were the fantastically entertaining MCs. I was enjoying their snarky banter so much that I could have gone another 100 pages without any sex. (No, that isn’t a challenge to draw it out even longer in the next book.) They had an intimacy that was so much more than physical.

This book had more of the same feels that book one had. Wesley reminded me of Theo and Lloyd reminded me of Jamie. I just love the exasperated fondness and cluelessness that is present within these couples. Jamie is Lloyd’s professor in this book so we get some Jamie/Theo sightings as well.

There was something confusing about Wesley and Lloyd’s relationship in the beginning. It took a tiny bit to understand their dynamic but once I did, I was ALL. IN. I laughed and had a cheesy smile on my face throughout their adventure to HEA-land. *swoon* This story has medium angst with the relationship between the MCs as well as the family dynamics at play.

Gemini Keeps Capricorn is no different than the previous two in the series; Anyta exquisitely tortures us with a slow burn but gives the perfect blend of personality, chemistry and connection between the main characters to make the torture and payoff that much sweeter. I loved the hell out of this book. 100% Recommended.

Oh, I feel like I would be remiss if I didn’t take the opportunity to say…
I’M AN AQUARIUS Anyta… *hint* *hint*

Copy provided for honest review.

Life According to Maps

4.5 Stars

*Sigh* I wish I was friends with a Maps in high school. #Missedopportunity I know they’re out there quirky as can be just dazzling the rest of the population with their unusual wit, endearing outlooks, and matter of fact way that they own who they are. Which is total fabulousness BTW. And so was the way he had complete unconditional love from his parents. Like it should be.

Book 1 had everything I love in a quirky YA with the coming of age feels. Lane was perfection puke-worthy and balanced Maps’ erratic nature.

“Lane grinned at him—that big, honest, dolt of a grin, and Maps knew why his brain had told his mouth to puke words on Lane. He was definitely puke-worthy.”

The support cast of Benji, Sprinkle, and Maps’ parents added so much. Did I mention it’s funny? Seriously, I was cracking up at Maps’ crazy ass antics.

I’m moving right along to the next one. Definitely recommended.

3.5 Stars

I liked this one, just not as much as the first. I didn’t really get a clear picture of Lane which was understandable in the first book but I would have appreciated more character development in book 2.

I loved the addition of the extremely sassy Perry and his friendship with Maps while Lane is at baseball camp. There wasn’t much happening in this book outside of Maps’ internal monologues and his silly antics. I didn’t appreciate the antics as much in book 2 because I was hoping for more growth in their relationship instead of more experiments. Still enjoyable but I liked book 1 better. On to the next.

4 Stars

AHA!!! It took until this book to figure out who Maps reminded me of. *smh* I don’t know why I didn’t see it earlier but his personality, his literal understanding of friends, their conversations, the world, and his genius nerdiness had me wracking my brain on why he seemed so familiar…

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BAZINGA! Maps is a younger version of Sheldon. It’s amazing how he makes it day to day without endangering himself and the world around him.

My enjoyment level increased in this one and I was starting to get the feels of book one back. We get to see Maps kinda sorta grow up an itty bitty bit during this book as the group of friends decide what life after high school will be while Maps plans out ways to get the “true high school experience.”

I really enjoyed these books as Maps came to life. Not gonna lie though, I was REALLY bummed that there wasn’t an epilogue. I need to know where they go from here. I also need to see what happens with Percy and Benji, if anything. So with love for Maps but disappointment because I wanted more, I’ll hold out hope that we get more Maps one day.