Release Date: October 28, 2016
Genre: Contemporary Romance, MM Romance
Review Date: December 26, 2016
Rating: 4 bookmarks
Synopsis: 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.
Disclaimer: I received this book in exchange for an honest review.
The secondary characters, mainly Wylde’s staff, were also cute. It was nice to see how his employees had his back against the rude acting business owner across the hall. I always like when the supporting cast as value to the story instead of wasting pages. Via does a great job making the leading guys more interesting and adding more depth to them both by using the secondary characters.
The Secrets in My Scowl, not only had lots of romance, but it was quite humorous at times as well. The way that Wylde handled Jacob's meanness was funny at times. Wylde's character was a gem. We the reader got a sneak peek into his disastrous past dates that also provided lots of comic relieve and a bit of cringing, For anyone that's experienced online dating, his story is complexly relatable.
This title was a very quick and engaging read and I'm glad that I got the opportunity to read it. Have you read The Secrets in My Scowl or any other titles by A.E. Via? If so, please share if you enjoyed this title or what books you've enjoyed by her.