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.
Title: The Secrets in My Scowl
Author A.E. Via
M/M GAY CONTEMPORARY / STANDALONE
Edited by: Tina Adamski
Cover Artist – Jay Aheer
PAGE COUNT – 312
Release Date: October 28, 2016
This story ends in an HEA and does not end on a cliffhanger.
I am an enormous fan of this author, ever since I read the Nothing Special series and then Bounty Hunters, I knew she’d forever be a one-click for me. This one’s a bit different and no less amazing.
First, we have Jacob, we start with his POV til about the 8th chapter. He’s very unlucky in love, starting with his parents, then his highschool sweetheart and then his first serious boyfriend after that. His parents were selfish, especially his dad but I understood why his high-school boyfriend couldn’t do the things they promised each other; it would be hard to be in that situation. The next boyfriend Mark; I didn’t trust and didn’t like from the very beginning, he was pushy and somewhat whiney and I was glad to see him go; although I didn’t like in which the manner it happened because it was dishonest and it left Jacob more jaded than he was before. I also didn’t like Reggie-and thought that Mark got everything he had coming to him with all that.
Now, Jacob is the epitome of scowling, cynical, untrusting, and everyone around him seems to suffer those consequences. He’s hard and downright a lot of the time, but it’s to protect himself from getting hurt; I think everyone who’s ever had their heart broken can understand that at least a little bit. Even if they didn’t go to the extreme’s that he did. THEN, something amazing happens….
Wedding planner, Wylde moves his office/wedding planning business right across the hall from his divorce attorney office where he’s known for being a shark… He’s got no time for love and see’s marriages ended daily and he’s amazing at his job because, life has taught him that love is crap. Match made in…. something, I’ll say. Wylde isn’t like the typical stereotyped wedding planner; he’s big, strong and intimidating in his own way; and Jacob is attracted to him immediately, even though he keeps putting his foot in his mouth and showing everyone the seriousness of his scowl; Wylde can see right through him; he knows he’s hurting and he wants to be there for him, all the while being attracted to him as well…. He’s not had the best luck either, having had his heartbroken in a betraying way, he wouldn’t wish the hurt on anyone… he’s a great guy, understanding, patient and very much the calm to Jacob’s attitude. They have a lot in common and after an embarrassing drunken night on Jacob’s part, the two become friends/ friendly/dating.
Wylde is amazing for Jacob, he teaches him to be kinder and more trusting, he gets him to open up to the people in his life who are just waiting to care about him; like his secretaries and assistance at work who also really come through for him in his times of need. There were a couple times that my heart really broke for him and I really wished that he would have been able to get closure with people like his dad, or a better relationship with his mom. But, I’m so glad he made up with his one friend and let other people in. Wylde gave him hope and love and a family that he never had and I was so glad for him. From the time we met Jacob to the time the book ended, it was like meeting three different people; the person he was in the beginning, the person he turned into and then the person that Wylde helped him to become. I was so happy with all of it. It was a hard road and I really wish I could gush and gush for a couple more hours about every nuance of this story, but I don’t want to give toooo many spoilers lol, too many more at least. If you’re a fan of A.E. Via, you will not be disappointed. It was amazing and heartfelt and hopeful and I loved every second of it.
Don’t pass it up! 5 pieces of eye candy from me!
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.
Visit my site to learn more! Go to A.E. Via’s official website http://authoraevia.com for more detailed information on how to contact her, follow her, or a sneak peak on upcoming work, free reads, VSWB submissions, and where she’ll appear next
Amazon Buy Link: https://goo.gl/4oCCZH
Author Official Website: http://authoraevia.com
A.E. Blog: http://authoraevia.com/blogfann.html
Facebook Author Page: https://www.facebook.com/aeviaauthor
Facebook (Friend me): https://www.facebook.com/authoraevia