Title: The Secrets in My Scowl
Author: A.E. Via
Length: Novel (303 Pages)
Publisher: Via Star Wings Publishing (October 28, 2016)
Heat Level: Low
Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥♥ 5 Hearts
Blurb: 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.
Review: The very first thing I am going to say about this book is that the cover rocked. It made the book stand out and grabbed my attention right off the bat. Then there is the blurb, it made the story more striking then even the cover. I haven’t read to many stories by this author and can’t figure out why I haven’t.
Jacob’s mother took off, his father was a drunk and his high school boyfriend did not stand beside him when he found out that he wasn’t going to be able to go to the college they had chosen. That was the start of what made him the way he was. Bitter, mean and downright nasty sometimes, but it made him one hell of a good divorce attorney. That is until Wylde moved in next door.
Wylde looked like a tough, powerful football player, but he was the best wedding planner ever. He loved to watch love bloom and to go forward. He loved to give happy couples the best days of their lives. Then he meets a man who thinks he destroys love and sets out to prove him wrong.
Wylde starts off by offering support but you can feel the heat coming from these two men. I love how Jacob tries his hardest to ignore it, but you know when the bug bites. This has a serious tone to it, but there is quite a bit of humor lurking in the background. It also has some very sad moments, but there are also a lot of smiles there. I wasn’t sure when I started it, because it is a little more drawn out then I usually like, however I have to tell you that this story made me believe in love again. Well maybe for our sexy characters love happens. I would definitely recommend this story and I will be checking out the rest of this authors work.