Molly Reviews: The Secrets in My Scowl by A.E. Via

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.

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A wedding planner and divorce attorney have offices next to each other. Sounds like the start of a punch line but it’s the basis of this great story. I really enjoyed the journey Wylde and Jacob took getting to know each other and falling in love. There were times I worried they weren’t going to make it or would be able to get past their hang ups. But I wound up loving these two more as the story progressed.
Jacob hurt my heart right from the beginning. He was dealt such a crap hand and the hits kept coming. It was sad seeing him lose faith in himself and love in general. His pain was so real and I struggled to read some of those emotions because of how I felt them with Jacob. Once he started to open up and show his true heart to Wylde I knew Jacob would get there. Jacob was such a dynamic character. From his ruthlessness in the courtroom, to his desolation at realizing a child was hurt; from the pain at his father’s death to “don’t give a fuck” attitude about that father’s friend, he ran the whole gamut of emotions throughout the story and did so genuinely. I liked how real he felt because of all those emotions.
Wylde. Sweet, beautiful Wylde. He had such a tender heart but was still hurting from his past at the same time. I adored how he continuously showed Jacob he was perfect just the way he is. How Wylde didn’t want Jacob to change in any way. Wylde continuously boosted Jacob’s confidence and showed him love could truly be unconditional. Wylde was so bubbly throughout the story, you couldn’t help but be happy as you read. Everyone deserves someone like Wylde in their life so they can know no matter what they are worthy of love and affection.
I had one issue in the book. While I get everyone has their own preferences and hard limits in dating, I wasn’t a fan of how Wylde’s dislike for anyone bisexual was presented in the story. It was a quick, throw away comment that held deeper hurt for those of us that identify as bisexual/pansexual. If his comment came from past personal experience, that’s one thing. But it wasn’t explained in the story. And not all people that identify as bi/pan want someone else to join them in bed or will cheat.
I adored the characters around Jacob and Wylde. I loved Patrick’s unwavering support of Jacob even when he was a jerk. I would love Patrick’s story. Dennis was such a fun character and I want to see him expanded and to get his own story. The way he had Wylde’s back from the moment they met was such a pleasure to see. The way all of the character supported Jacob and Wylde made me happy. Jacob and Wylde are so good together. Their happy ending is so freaking perfect. They are definitely going to be together “until death do they part” and seeing that full and complete happy ending just gives me all the warm fuzzies.

About A.E.:
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 spicy 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. I’ve contracted and successfully published a couple authors – whose information can be found on my website – who can tell you that my passion is giving other writer’s stories the love and care it deserves so it could be a gift to another.

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