The Secrets in My Scowl (Parvathy’s Review)

Title: The Secrets in My Scowl
Author: A.E. Via
Publisher: Via Star Wings Books
Release Date: October 28, 2016
Genre(s): Contemporary
Page Count: 311
Reviewed by: Parvathy
Heat Level: 4 flames out of 5
Rating: 4 stars out of 5

Sparks ignite and tempers flare when a sexy, optimistic wedding planner moves his business in across the hall from a jilted, divorce lawyer’s practice.

“Look smart ass. This is the last time I’m going to remind you about breaking sections of the lease. If there’s a next time, I won’t stop until you and your frilly, white wedding shit is thrown out of here. Do you got it?!”
Wylde looked in Jacob’s pained eyes and answered in his deep voice. “Yeah, counselor. I got it.”

From high school, up until he became a successful attorney Jacob Snowden was convinced that love had it out for him. “Everyone left,” were the words he lived by. His mother, his high school sweetheart, his father, and his fiancé, all left Jacob just when he felt it was safe to let down his guard. Not any longer. Jacob was a determined man, set at keeping people at a distance. If his six foot one, military-made body didn’t scare people off, his permanent scowl surely did. At almost forty, Jacob’s social life was non-existent, but he told himself his work fulfilled him. He helped people get out of their loveless marriages. Jacob Snowden was one of the best divorce lawyers on the east coast and was damn proud of it. So, imagine his disdain when a wedding planner moves into the suite directly adjacent to his… an insanely masculine, male wedding planner.

Wylde Sterling had made quite a name for himself in his hometown of Roanoke, Virginia, working for a wedding planner that catered to the elite. He was known for his charm and impeccable taste. Yep, he was incredible at giving couples the wedding of their dreams. But he wanted nothing more than to plan his own. After striking out in love more times than he cared to admit, Wylde decided to start his own business in a new city, hoping Richmond would give him a fresh start. Things started out wonderfully – until he started to piss off the angry divorce attorney next door.

Wylde could see past Jacob’s mean scowl, knowing there was a reason for it. It was the man’s defense mechanism, his means of keeping people away. Everything in Wylde told him to stay away, but he believed Jacob just needed to meet a man who had been hurt as badly as he had.

The Secrets in My Scowl is a sexy, romantic, passionate, intense story which will take you on an entertaining journey and will make you fall in love with the characters. I’m a fan of this author’s books and this book did not disappoint..!

Wylde and Jacob are two wonderful characters and their interactions and the way they connected and fell in love was a joy to read. What I really liked was how they both had such opposing professions and how they made it work. Jacob is closed off,surly and hard to get along with and this persona of his is driven by his past and his sense of betrayal. What happened to him in the past became the driving force for all his action and they made him the person he is today. His past affects every relation in his life. Wylde is the sexy optimistic wedding planner who realizes that Jacob is having demons just like he is. But he proves to be the kind of man Jacob needs with his understanding and support. I loved the way the author has developed their relationship and how he gave them a deep profound love. Their love is almost insta and for some reason it really works in the story. Their sexual chemistry has also been explored in an extremely sexy and hot manner. The only problem I had with the book was that I would have liked the book to focus a lot more on the love story between them.

The Secrets in My Scowl is a sexy, intense, passionate and emotional story worth reading. If you are a fan of A.E.Via’s books, this book is a sure winner..!!

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Galley copy of The Secrets in My Scowl provided by Via Star Wings Books in exchange of an honest review.


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