Author: Anyta Sunday
Genre: Mm Contemporary
Summary: 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…
Review: Wesley and Lloyd are in the same dorm in their senior years. Lloyd is an RA and it’s a position he takes very seriously. Wesley is cute, flirty and fun. Lloyd is solid, serious and grumpy. Wesley loves Elvis Presley, his brother and really, Lloyd. Lloyd is a stickler because being an RA with a student will get you fired (and it happened to an RA during this time) so it’s friendzoned.
What we get then is Wesley and Lloyd being friends, being best friends. Annoying and supporting each other, being fake fiancés for each other and trying to do the right thing. There are people who are so awful – Principal Bontempo for one (and I was so glad Wesley got to confront him), Lloyd’s disgusting Aunt Tabitha and Wesley’s mother for example. But there are wonderful people as well – Caleb, McDonald, Suzy and Lloyd’s mom, Cathy. And bonus points for Cathy and Lloyd being vegetarian – appreciated!
I loved that Theo and Jamie played a part here (Leo Loves Aries) and are even more in love and more committed than before. I did feel so bad for Lloyd about his thesis though, and I shook my head at Theo’s thought that having friends to hang out with was a substitute for what Lloyd really wanted. “He likes you. He wants to be friends.” I’d have loved to make sure Professor Katzenberger would be okay for Lloyd. Such a silly thing, I know, but I was disappointed for him. I didn’t really warm to Ryan either – not sure why he was so obnoxious.
This is a very slow burn friends to best friends to lovers story that has some difficult themes in it. “The gaying” is a big one and I was sad for Wesley as he remembered his father, Judge Hidaka. “The great Judge Hidaka was the reason I wanted to be a lawyer. Dad was fair and kind, and I wish I’d come out before he died of heart failure….He would have accepted me. Might have convinced mom too.” Oh, Wesley, it was so sad. Wesley doesn’t wallow though, he just lives his life as fully as he can. But it changed his family dynamics.
There are just so many scenes that made me smile – the hot dog guy, Wesley’s driving, dancing and the obliviousness of Wesley. Heartwarming? Yes. “Just because we’re family doesn’t mean we have to like each other. Respect and tolerate for the most part, okay. We don’t otherwise have to give a flying f**k about each other. But I do. I want to.” Caleb blinked hard. “I would choose you to be my brother.” Love, love, love.
The ending was charming, as was Lloyd’s surprise for Wesley. Also, the fixation on Zodiac that proved Gemini and Capricorn were incompatible made me laugh (as did Lloyd’s data crunching!)