A.E. VIA The Secrets in My Scowl Book Review

The Secrets In My Scowl Book Cover The Secrets In My Scowl
Gay Romance
Via Star Wings Books
October 28, 2016
Kindle Edition

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.

The Secrets in My Scowl Book Review

By A.E. VIAThe Secrets in my Scowl


Wow!!!  I came across The Secret in My Scowl when I was browsing to see which one of A.E. Via’s books I have yet to read. This book’s blurb caught my attention, so I added it to my October TBR list. I am so glad I did because I thoroughly enjoyed this book.  A.E. VIA did such a great job with these two characters, as she does in all her other books.

I recommend this author because her series is amazing.  This book is her best work–in my opinion, and one of my favorite books in this genre.

This is a story about two men, Jacob and Wylde.  Jacob, a divorce lawyer, has had some heartbreaks since high school, starting with his mom leaving him and his father to fend for themselves without a word.  Then his first love broke his heart, then his relationship with his father happened…then he found out that the man with who he is in love cheated on him—one heartbreak after another.  So, it’s understandable that he would swear off love forever.  He created this wall around his heart. He never smiles, he is rude to everyone, he appears to be an all-around horrible person.

Wylde, a wedding planner, has had one heartbreak, but he is willing to move on from it and find love again. When Jacob first saw Wylde, he is instantly attracted to him, and although he was rude to both Wylde and his staff, Wylde could see through Jacob mean scowl because he knew there must be a reason for it.

The boys started a very slow relationship after Jacob’s friend with benefits told him they could only be friends because he found someone with who he is in love.

Wylde saw Jacob broke down, so he knew then that he is just a broken man, not the heartless jerk that every one thing he is–and what he wants everyone to believe–he wanted Jacob to trust him.

This story broke my heart over and over again. It was a gut-wrenching read from the very beginning–I had my stomach twisted up in knots.  It is a story of love and heartbreak for both characters. The only difference is that one gave up on love and the other did not. The Secrets in My Scowl is jam-packed with romance and hot steamy scenes.  As a matter of fact, this is the most romantic book I have read from this author.

Jacob and Wylde are the perfect couple.  They complimented each other so well.  There was so much chemistry between the two characters from the moment they met.  Wylde is the perfect guy for Jacob because he understands him and goes out of his way to prove to Jacob that he is loved and that he can be trusted.

I was a little worried when they started their relationship because of how jaded Jacob was. I thought there would be some conflict in their relationship having to do with miscommunication or misunderstanding. Still, I was glad to see that Jacob and Wylde’s relationship was strong right from the beginning.

I love the difference between Jacob before he met Wylde and after.

Two things that confused me, though…I didn’t understand the whole mom reappears so many years with a convenient reason that made no sense. The second thing is his father.  How did the town drunk have all those pictures of many important moments in his life?  If his father was drunk and sleeping on the day of his graduation, how did he get those pictures of him at the event?

I was a tad bit confused about these two things…it could be just me.

I completely recommend this book if you are looking for a fantastic gay romance jam-packed with romance.

You can read my review of another great book, but the author here=⇒Nothing Special His Heart’s Command Book Review His Hart’s Command

Have you read this book?  Did you love it?  Have you read any books from A.E. VIA?  If so, which is your favorite?  Please let us know in the comments.

Rating Review 4.5 🌟 🌟🌟 🌟

(1) Attention Keeper: 5 🌟 🌟 🌟 🌟 🌟
(2) Digging deep in Character Development: 5 🌟🌟 🌟 🌟🌟
(3) Danger-Drama-Friction-Suspense Fulfillment?: 5 🌟🌟 🌟 🌟 🌟
(4) Edit to Perfection!: 5 🌟🌟 🌟 🌟 🌟
(5) Feeling the Words: 5 🌟🌟 🌟 🌟 🌟
(6) Give me more please factor: 5 🌟 🌟 🌟 🌟 🌟
(7) Going with the Flow of the Story: 5 🌟🌟 🌟 🌟 🌟
(8) Grammar Police: 5 🌟🌟 🌟 🌟 🌟
(9) It’s all about the Chemistry, baby: 5 🌟🌟 🌟 🌟 🌟
(10) Laugh out loud funny: 3 🌟 🌟 🌟
(11) Love connection: 5 🌟 🌟 🌟 🌟 🌟
(12) Plot Worthy: 5 🌟🌟 🌟 🌟 🌟
(13) Show me Entertainment: 5 🌟🌟 🌟 🌟 🌟
(14) The Writing speaks for itself: 5 🌟🌟 🌟 🌟🌟
(15) The Wrap Up of all loose ends in a tidy bow: 5 🌟🌟 🌟 🌟 🌟

(16)  Steam O Meter 4 🌟 🌟 🌟 🌟

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