I received this book for free from NetGalley.com . This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Sweeter Than Sin by Shiloh Walker
Published by Macmillan on 2014-09-30
Genres: Contemporary, Contemporary Women, Fiction, Romance, Suspense
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CAN’T FORGET THE PAINIt took years for Adam to stop drowning his regrets in alcohol, and running the local bar doesn’t make it any easier—especially not when everyone he knows gathers there to discuss the shocking allegations that have shattered his hometown. When another murder rocks sleepy Madison to its core, it becomes chillingly clear that even more vicious wounds are waiting to be exposed.WON’T RESIST THE PLEASURENothing is sacred anymore, and no one is safe, least of all the mystery woman who shows up in town out of the blue, looking like every fantasy Adam’s ever had. She may have her own dangerous secrets, but she can’t ignore the urgent heat between them any more than he can. As a killer’s quest for vengeance explodes into violence, Adam is tempted to lose himself in the delicious promise of her body—until he realizes he’ll risk anything if she’ll give him her heart…in Sweeter than Sin by Shiloh Walker.
I’m loving this series so much and this entry has an amazing balance of suspense and romance. I loved the fact that we have two people who really have always felt something for one another even though one of them wasn’t really aware of what the other one meant to them even back then.
Adam has buried himself in alcohol and women to dull the pain of not being there for the woman who meant everything to him when she needed him. As his town starts to unbury the past he is forced to recall the horrifying details of what happened that long ago night and is confronted with someone that he never expected. I loved how damaged he is and how aware of his own weaknesses but still making the effort to not slip back to addiction. He’s so strong but shows such a weakness when it comes to his heroine. I loved watching him work so hard to stay within boundaries with her and truly respect her even as he wants to get the answers he so desperately needs. His need for her leaps from the pages and you’ll probably want him for your very own…. I have to admit to sighing a few times as his need shines thru.
The one thing I am not going to do is give the heroine completely away. Her journey is part of the story I wouldn’t trade because as you see her work thru her issues you get to see how much she needs Adam. She’s got so much guilt and so many secrets that you want to help her but know that she needs to do this by her own terms otherwise she won’t be able to move forward. She’s very strong and my hope is Shiloh will give us more time with her as she gets on with the life that has been in limbo for so long. She’s got a strong soul and it shines as it lets go of the secrets and embraces a future with a man that is everything to her.
The story told about this town is not a pretty one or an easy one to read. As someone who has lived with an abuser as a child it hit me a bit harder than some but I loved that Shiloh went there. I think while it is something that is disquieting and honestly disgusting in nature it is something that happens every day all over the world. Only by bringing stories to the public, even fictional in nature, it hopefully will make some people do more research to see what they can do to help victims of these horrible crimes and also bring those perpetrators to justice.
Special thanks to NetGalley.com and St. Martin’s Press for giving me the chance to read this in exchange for my honest opinion.