The Secrets in My Scowl by AE Via ~ Book Review by Caroline

32072126Title: The Secrets in My Scowl

Author: AE Via

Publisher: Star Wings

Cover Artist: Jay Aheer

Rating: 4.5 of 5 Stars

Publication Date: 10/28/2016

Length: Long Novel (~ 100K+)

Genre: Gay Romance

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

My View:

This is a lighter read from AE Via and some parts were absolutely hilarious. There were laughs, fantastic snarkiness and a nice story of healing along the way as Wylde and Jacob come together.

There are no bad guys in The Secrets In my Scowl but there is a grumpy, irritating, bad tempered and just slightly self-centred man who has major abandonment issues that have carved out who he is today. Jacob Snowden has had the worst luck with love starting with his mother then moving swiftly to his father before a run of boyfriends let him down thus leaving him with severe trust issues and a closed off cold heart BUT you can’t help feeling for him and subsequently falling for him.

Wylde Sterling is the complete opposite. Although he too has had little luck with love he is determined to keep his heart open as he truly believes there is someone out there to give him his HEA. Wylde was such a fun character too – he is a wedding planner and gets really pissed off when people assume it’s something he does rather than something he loves. He has great friends, a supportive family and an inquisitive crush on the man across from the new office he has just opened.

Whilst Wylde plans weddings Jacob deals with the divorces – the irony was not lost on me. Wylde starts by offering support but it’s clear there is attraction there even if both men are too afraid to act on it at first. I loved watching Jacob slowly open up and by the end of the story his character is unrecognisable. There were a couple of timeline issues that seemed wonky and a few editing issues but overall this was a great story and with two more great characters from a favourite author of mine.

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I would like to thank the publisher for providing me with the eARC of this title in exchange for my honest opinion.

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