Thank you for coming over to take a look at my new enemies to lover’s romance story, The Secrets in My Scowl, releasing today! This book was a lot of fun to write. I loved doing a book that focused a lot more on wooing and romancing instead of police chases and fast military action. The responses are looking great and I appreciate everyone that’s already picked it up. I hope you’ll enjoy reading this one as much as you’ve enjoyed my others. I want to thank Scott for hosting me again on GGR, it’s always so much fun showing up here. I missed him so much at GRL – since I had to cancel – and look forward to seeing him at the next one.
One last thing, make sure you stick around for the giveaway and a chance to win a brand new 7” Fire tablet, or a $25 Amazon gift card, or my favorite, an advanced copy of my upcoming release from the best-selling series Nothing Special 5 – yes, God and Day’s wedding has finally arrived… or has it?
- Book Title: The Secrets in My Scowl
- Book Series: standalone
- Author: A.E. Via
- Publisher: Via Star Wings Books (October 28, 2016)
- Book Length: 311 pages
- Genre: Contemporary, Romance
- Reviewed by: Erin
- Rating: 4 Star
I am such a big fan of AE Via. She writes stories that break your heart, but put them back together again. And she can write a growly man like no other.
Jacob has been hurt. By his first boyfriend, his parents, and his second boyfriend. Because of that he no longer trusts anyone to get close to him. He has 1 friend, 2 employees and zero family. He has hardened himself to the point that people fear him, both in the courtroom and out. Except Wylde.
Wylde also had his heart broken. Enough to switch colleges in his senior year. And where it made Jacob hard, Wylde still believes in true love. He has too- he is a much sought after wedding planner. So when he moves in across the hall from Jacob’s office- which specializes in divorce, his first encounter is the man everyone is afraid of. Everyone except Wylde.
I absolutely loved how Wylde stayed so calm with Jacob. He never got mad or fought back. Was just very zen about the whole situation. Watching him break down those carefully constructed walls around Jacob was so sweet. And although Wylde had a calm demeanor, he did not let Jacob walk all over him. Not in the least. With just a few words he could knock the chip right off of Jacob’s shoulder.
This is definitely a slow burn book. The beginning dealt with a lot of Jacob’s past to explain why he is the way he is. And then Wylde takes his time with Jacob, not wanting to scare him off. So when they finally did get down and dirty, it was well worth the wait.
While the beginning was *maybe* a bit long for me, the ending was too short. I would have liked to see a bit more of them being happy together before the epilogue. But I love happy endings and I love seeing the characters in love and not afraid of it.
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.