Review: ‘Made For You’ by Anyta Sunday

45177210Published May 1st 2019
258 pages

Ben wants to find a new home.
Twenty-four-year-old Ben McCormick is the primary caregiver for his brother Milo after their parents’ death. A year into the job, he’s totally got the hang of it. Mostly. Sort of. Not at all?
Defeated and thoroughly chastised for his lack in parenting skills at teacher-parent night, Ben slumps away with the resolve to finally get his life sorted: be a better role model, and sell their parents’ house for a fresh start.
But first, he needs to spruce up his house to hit the market. He’s no DIY king, but Milo’s hot-as-hell woodwork teacher is…

Jack wants an old home to fix.
Thirty-nine-year-old Jack Pecker is waiting for the home of his dreams to come on the market in the summer. What better way to wait the interim months than working on a small renovation gig?
Only trouble is, the gig is for the McCormick brothers. And working in close quarters to red-haired Ben McCormick won’t be easy. Not with the attraction that simmers between them. Attraction Ben makes no effort to hide.
But Jack’s professional. Dating a parent is highly discouraged at Kresley Intermediate, and he’d never cross the lines…

Ben and Jack. Two guys searching for a home –
– a home that might just be where their hearts lead them.

The Queen of Slow Burn strikes yet again! This book was an absolute dream to read. Anyta Sunday always manages to bring light and joy to every book, and this was no exception. Ben and Milo have been dealt a dreadful hand, faced with the tragedy of losing both of their parents in an accident. So now it’s up to Ben to be a parent to his younger brother and it’s a heavier weight on his shoulders than he wants to admit.

Jack is a more mature figure in Milo’s school life, someone who can handle his attitude and misbehaviour. Someone who can understand the changes he’s going through, the grief he’s carrying, and channel it into something productive. Someone Ben can look up to as well, someone he can lean on, and when Jack can’t stop himself getting roped into fixing up Ben and Milo’s house, he can’t stop himself leaning on them too.

Anyta Sunday’s characters always have such incredible personalities that burst off the page. Ben and Milo are truly funny, they’re quirky and silly, and Jack harbours this irrepressible warmth and wonderful sense of humour. They all just felt so real. And they really were made for each other. Jack tries to maintain a professional distance from the caregiver of one of his students, but it’s simply impossible when faced with the beautiful Ben.

Ben who’s the best for so many reasons. Ben who’s trying so hard to do what he’s supposed to, who loves his brother with everything he has, who lights up any room he walks into. Jack and Ben are both exactly what the other needs, and together they’re exactly what Milo needs as well. These men, this family, will stick with me for a long time.

4.5/5 stars

Series Review: The Christmas Angel

xmasangel

In 1750, a master woodcarver poured all his unrequited love, passion, and longing into his masterpiece—a gorgeous Christmas angel for his beloved’s tree. When the man he loved tossed the angel away without a second thought, a miracle happened. The angel was found by another who brought the woodcarver True Love.

Since then, the angel has been passed down, sold, lost and found, but its magic remains. Read the romances inspired by (and perhaps nudged along by) the Christmas Angel through the years. Whether it’s the 1880’s New York (Kim Fielding), the turn-of-the-century (Jordan L. Hawk), post World War II (L.A. Witt), Vietnam-era (N.R. Walker), the 1990’s (Anyta Sunday), 2018 Europe (RJ Scott), the Christmas Angel has a way of landing on the trees of lonely men who need it’s blessing for a very Merry Christmas and forever HEA.

Continue reading

Review: ‘Pisces Hooks Taurus’ by Anyta Sunday

40784310

Published October 16th 2018
288 pages

Zane has it all planned out: land the perfect Meet Cute, fall in love, and live happily ever after.
Should be simple enough if he put his mind to it. A little creativity and some thinking outside of the box, and voila, he’d be married to the woman of his dreams.
It would be perfect.
And it would be before his visa ran out.

But why are his feelings running wild now that the pressure’s on? Why is his picture-perfect plan turning into a muddled mess of morphed metaphors he can’t make sense of anymore?

Just as well he’s met an English professor to help. And even though their first meet is anything but cute, this down-to-earth teacher may just be the realist Zane needs to ground him and give him a shot at love after all.

Anyta Sunday has outdone herself yet again. This book is solid gold. It’s a little bit cheesy, very sweet and the most feel-good book I’ve read this year. I smiled from start to finish.

The characters are everything. Zane is the sole narrator of this story, and he is simply stunning. Charming, unintentionally hilarious, and a completely hopeless romantic; working against the clock to find, fall for and marry the love of his life. He’s certainly not as unintelligent as he thinks he is, he’s more naive than anything else, but he’s so incredibly oblivious to the way his new friend Beckett feels about him. He’s even more oblivious to his own feelings towards Beckett, believing with such certainty for so long that their “bromance” is just a glorious friendship, until the truth of it smacks him in the face.

Beckett really is the “broken bull” that his neighbour, Darla (forever a scene-stealer), says he is. Divorced and jaded, he doesn’t believe in love anymore. Or more accurately, he wants to shut himself away from the possibility of being hurt by love again. So when this beautiful, brash, straight man lands on the doorstep of his neatly structured life, it turns his world upside down. Zane may be his polar opposite, but he’s the ray of light Beckett needed to see the fun and adventure the world still has to offer.

Beckett can see what Zane’s feelings are long before Zane himself does, but thankfully Beckett has the patience to wait for Zane to come to his own realisations. Yes, it takes time, but Anyta Sunday is the Queen of Slow-burn for a reason. Zane and Beckett’s journey is paced to perfection.

This is a book, and a series, that I will gladly read over and over again. Something to reach for whenever I need something warm and cozy to sink into, with characters that capture me every single time.

5/5 stars

Review: ‘Love Letters’ Series by Anyta Sunday (Books 1 – 3)

LoveLettersFromGreenville_A-C (1)

I had to jump at the chance of reviewing the start of this series. Anyta Sunday is great at what she does, and she’d lured me in with the little teasers she’s been sneaking out there. However I did only receive the ARCs of these books yesterday, and my pesky full-time job has prevented me from reading all of them before release. I happily devoured Admiring Ash in a day though, so that review is here and full of glorious praise, and the reviews for the other two will follow once I’ve gobbled them up too!

Continue reading