“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.
“Jacob, please. Please just listen a second. It’s not what it seems.”
Jacob shook his head in disgust at the cliché and turned to storm out the door, crushing the flowers under his boot as he did. The roaring in his head was loud, but the repetitive “I told you so” screamed even louder. God, he felt so foolish… again. He’d been played like one of the many instruments Mark had mastered.
Jacob’s long legs ate up the parking lot as he moved quickly to his car.
“Just give me one minute to explain. Jacob don’t go, I’ll send Reggie away right now. Please let me talk.” Mark jumped in front of Jacob’s path, almost making him fall for the second time today.
Jacob growled in his face. “Move, or I’ll move you myself.”
“No. I don’t care. Not until you let me explain.”
“Explain! Explain what? That you’re fucking your best friend behind my back?”
“No! I swear, I’m not!” Tears ran freely down Mark’s red cheeks and his voice was hurting Jacob’s head the more he tried to convince him he hadn’t seen what he did.
Jacob gripped Mark’s biceps and yanked him into his chest. “Then why are your goddamn pants undone, huh? You let him touch your dick, Mark? You let him touch what you promised was mine?” Jacob’s voice was low and lethal as he pushed Mark away, but his heart ached so deeply. He grabbed at his chest and another wave of agony washed over him when he realized what his hand was pressed against. The cry he let out was one of pure suffering. “You proposed to me, goddamnit. What the fuck was that… a joke?”
“No, I swear to god. I am yours, Jacob.” Mark cried louder. Jacob moved around him and Mark must’ve realized he was almost out of time because his pitiful explanation began to fly out of his mouth like projectile vomit. “I called Reggie just to talk. I was upset about the way I proposed and how you wouldn’t answer me. He came over and said he just wanted to keep me company. I don’t know… I don’t know how we started kissing. I was just so lonely. I’m always by my fucking self! I miss you all the time.”
“I was just here this past weekend. Well, I guess I know now who warms your bed when I’m not in it. All I asked was for a little patience.” Jacob refused to sob in front of this cheating bastard. Whether he believed Mark or not, he could never fully trust him again. Once a cheat, always a damn cheat. When he became a lawyer, he may spend long nights in the office or days at a stretch out of town on a case, and he refused to have to worry if his husband was being faithful at home.
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When I read the blurb for this one I was intrigued. I do love a mc that is surly, scowly, and has sworn off love all together. And maybe this makes me a tad awful, but I like a character that has been hurt so deeply in the past like Jacob has. Why? Because I love seeing them get put back together and FINALLY get their happy ever after. And man oh man, Jacob has seen a lot of hurt in his past. From the very beginning of the book till a few chapters in, I wasn’t sure Jacob would ever let love in his life. And I will also admit, I kinda hated him for a good chunk of the beginning of the book. He was just so harsh, so impenetrable, so unwilling. He has closed every one off, and honestly I thought it was for good reason.
Then there is Wylde, the eternal optimist. He truly believes he will find love and his own happy ever after. And why wouldn’t he, he is constantly surrounded by love, two people starting their lives together, it would be hard not to believe. So you can see how these two opposites might clash. I really loved Wylde and his positive attitude. But what I loved about him even more than that, was his ability to look past Jacob’s gruff exterior and know there is a reason behind it. I knew right then that these two men were going to be very good for each other.
Oh, but it wasn’t an easy won battle. No, Jacob for all his tough guy attitude, isn’t use to someone putting him first. Someone caring so deeply for him that they would do anything to prove that, even if it means taking thing slowly. Watching these two tread lightly into the relationship game was wonderful to be a part of. Seeing Jacob shed those layers and Wylde right there beside him left me with happy butterflies in my heart. And the heat between these two? Well lets just say it was through the roof.
This author will take you on a ride with these two and you will experience their hurts and their joys, their ups and their downs, their failures and their successes. She writes a solid story with a wonderful background where you feel you are on the journey to Jacob and Wylde’s happy ending. Because when they do get their happy you won’t be able to wipe the silly grin off your face.
I highly recommend this book if you want a bit of opposites attract, hurt and comfort, some angst, some forgiveness and a whole lot of moving on and seeing love does exist and it’s ok to want those things.
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.
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