Cover Artist - Jay Aheer
Title: The Secrets In My Scowl
Author: A E Via
Genre: M/M Romance
Released: 28 October 2016
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.
This story ends in an HEA and does not end on a cliffhanger.
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I love a good hearty romance when opposites attract and also a bit of an age gap so this one fit the bill nicely.
Jacob Snowden had always been let down by love, first by his mother leaving him, his father checking out shortly after, then his first love abandoned him in his hour of need and finally when he took a chance on love again, his boyfriend cheated on him just as he was about to propose.
From then on in Jacob vowed to never let love in his heart again. He became closed off and cold. He wouldn’t let anybody in except his friend with benefits, Patrick. After all those years of his life with control, he finally brought up short when a new business opens next door to his lawyer practice. But this new business couldn’t be anymore opposite than his were marriages were ended. It is a wedding planning with a very attractive boss, Wylde Sterling. All these feelings that rush within Jacob have him lashing out but when his brashness doesn’t appear to have any impact on Wylde, it starts an untethering of the binds on Jacob’s heart.
Wylde Sterling has also been unlucky with love but with a strong family to support him, he has always remained optimistic that there was somebody out there for him. His outlook of life is the polar opposite to the dark and brooding lawyer, but Wylde sees the real Jacob that others cannot see. He makes it his intention to thaw the cold surrounding Jacob.
There is nothing I like to read more than that of a hurting man being healed. I instantly fell for Jacob and my heart just ached for him. Wylde was the perfect partner for him and I loved how the love was slowly built with Jacob letting go and learning to trust again.
The storyline was an emotive ride from hilarious laugh out loud moments to those of deep despair and loss. The between the sheets time wasn’t the main focus in this story but it was all about the redemption and finally finding trust and love. Don’t get me wrong there was some hot action but I liked that it was on the back burner (literally in one part of the book!)
I have read books by this author before and I have always enjoyed them. This was not any different and I was in a bit of a book hangover when I finished it as I didn’t want to leave Jacob and Wylde behind. I loved the intensity between the pair and how Wylde made Jacob smile once again.
This was a feel good kind of read and one that I would definitely recommend. Five amazing stars. Loved it.
A.E. Via is an author in the beautiful gay romance genre and also founder and owner of Via Star Wings Books. Her writing embodies everything from hopelessly romantic to adventure, to scandalous. Her stories often include intriguing edges and twists that take readers to new, thought-provoking depths.
When she’s not clicking away at her laptop, she devotes herself to her family—a husband and four children. Adrienne Via has tons of more stories to tell, but she really would like to hear yours. Via Star Wings Books is currently accepting submissions for established and aspiring LGBTQ authors.
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