#ReleaseTour #Review • The Secrets in My Scowl by A.E. Via + Giveaway
Title: The Secrets in My Scowl
Author: AE Via
Editor: Tina Adamski
Cover Artist: Jay Aheer
Genre: M/M Contemporary Romance
Length: 312 Pages
Publisher: Via Star Wings Books
Publication Date: October 28, 2016
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Star Rating: 5 Stars
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.
Standalone gay romance that ends in an HEA and no cliffhanger
Review: A.E. Via knocked this one out of the park!! It has everything that I love in a contemporary romance. The slow build, the angst, a plot that was interesting that continued to climb throughout the entire story. Characters that were HOT, sexy, bad ass and fire crackers in the bed and ohh. . . the slow burn of the relationship. OMG!! I want a Wylde for myself!! I also want me a Jacob!!
Oh, poor Jacob. Gah! This man has been put through the wringer with love. From a young boy when his mother left him and he didn’t have a clue as to why—all through his adult years—he has been left at one time or another. He has given his heart and trust, over and over, only to be stomped on; so of course he has turned into a cold-hearted and bitter man. And, wow, is he ever.
All Jacob ever wanted was to be a lawyer and through perseverance, hard work, dedication, and many years of devotion, his dream came to fruition but with his success he is also a lonely man.
Everyone hates him, stays out of his way, clears the path in his presence and that’s the way Jacob likes it.
And…. when he least expects it, when he is sure he has no fucks left to give…
Wylde Sterling strolls in like the confident, bad ass, hair pulled up in a sexy-ass bun, sexy-as-sin-clothes-wearing guy that he is and lets Jacob know that he will respect him or else and trust me you will have the biggest-ass-smile plastered across your face as you read this book.
It’s fantastic & it freaking rocks!!
I could start at page one right now and read it again, that’s how much I loved it.
Wilde has been hurt too so he understands Jacob, he recognizes his hurt and he knows his pain so he’s more than willing to go slow because he knows that Jacob is going to be worth the wait. He is not intimidated by Jacob’s gruff demeanor or angry bark, quite the contrary. He’s so turned on that he’s the horniest he has been in over a year.
The Secrets In My Scowl take you on an emotional journey through Jacob’s life and he will break your heart as you witness his heart getting broken, over and over. Jacob is a survivor, he must be because he only has himself to depend on most of the time except for one friend, Patrick. The author shows you these steps through Jacob’s life that eventually lead him to meeting Wylde which changes not only Jacob’s life but the way Jacob sees himself and the world around him.
Once Wylde enters the picture, the story takes on a whole new atmosphere that literally just caused my heart to pump out of my chest with glee. The story was reaching that moment of "something needs to happen" and Wylde moves in next door and I couldn't put the book down.
I was smiling and laughing so much that I had to start looking around to see who was watching me. Jacob and Wylde are crazy good together, and it doesn’t matter if it’s in the bed or out, they are a match made in heaven. Wylde is yin to Jacob's yang. Light to his dark and it works.
As swoon-worthy as Jacob and Wylde are, there were still a couple things that seemed a little far fetched such as Jacob's mother and his ex but they didn't sway me because this is why I read. . . to feel and experience these emotions. To be swept away by the joys of romance and AE Via has done that with Jacob and Wylde. You will laugh at their banter, you will be delighted at their romantic notions, you will be turned on by their intense, passionate, raw hunger they have for each other, and you will be bawling with joy at the ending. 5+ Stars
* I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review from the author *
When he got back to his office, it only made him angrier that there was nowhere to park on the street in front of his building, because there were two trucks backed up to the newly-rented office’s window. The two men out front were carefully placing the last few touches on the logo decal. Jacob read the words on the window in elegant, scrawling script. Wylde Wedding Planning. Jacob closed his eyes and shook his head. Fucking great. “Some bubbly assed, overly-optimistic, love is grand and the world is such a great place wedding planner,” Jacob grumbled, turning into the parking lot. As long as she stays over there with all that happiness, I’m good.
No sooner than he walked inside the building, Jacob found he could barely get to his office door because of all the discarded boxes littering the hall. What the fuck! Jacob turned around, looking through the wedding planner’s glass door. He saw a woman inside with the brightest hair he’d ever seen directing some men who were rolling out a nice-sized area rug. From the looks of her, Jacob had a feeling she’d be a handful. He needed to set her straight, right away. He opened the door and looked around at all the white and silver, then glanced up at the large chandelier that was in the process of being hung over a long table covered with starch white linen. The massive flower displays made him shake his head. Who’d want such an excess display of frilly ridiculousness at their wedding? Well, weddings were usually for the women, the men only had to show up on time and keep their mouths shut.
“Hello,” the redhead called out, approaching Jacob with a huge smile. “Hi. Are you here about wedding planning?”
“Hell no.” Jacob looked down at her, his scowl firmly in place.
“Keep your boxes out of the hallway.” Jacob went in on her. “You’re going to cause an injury. It clearly states in the lease that no trash or debris can litter the common areas. Are you looking for a lawsuit your first day here?”
Her curls bounced around on her head as she looked worriedly back and forth between him and the door. “Um, no. I didn’t realize so much had accumulated out there. We’re having so many deliveries I can barely keep up and the trash pickup I requested hasn’t come yet,” she said with a nervous smile.
“Then keep your trash inside until they do come. I’m sure your biggest concern in life is keeping all your white furniture clean, so you throw your trash in the hall. It’s rude, ma’am. It’s disrespectful to this nice building and it’s especially disrespectful to your neighbors.”
“I’m sorry. I surely didn’t mean any disrespect. I’ll tell my—”
“Just keep your trash inside or in the proper receptacles.” Jacob turned, ignoring the workmen unwrapping the furniture who’d stopped to stare.
He heard her apologize again, and then call out, “Sir, sir? I didn’t catch your name.”
“I didn’t give it,” Jacob quipped right back without turning around and walked out the door, stepping over torn boxes and entering his own office.
His employees looked like they were talking about something funny because both of them had bright smiles on their faces, which disappeared quickly when he marched through the door.
“Afternoon, Mr. Snowden,” they recited in unison.
Jacob stood in front of his secretary’s desk and mumbled an emotionless, “Afternoon. Do I have any messages?”
“Yes, sir,” she said, quickly handing him two pink slips. He walked further inside and stopped at his paralegal.
“Is everything set for my meeting tomorrow?”
“Yes, sir. Also, Mrs. Zabinsky’s lawyer signed the decree and as soon as I receive it, I’ll forward to Judge Williams.”
Jacob nodded and walked inside his office, closing the door behind him.
About the Author
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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