Title: Sweeter than Sin
Author: Shiloh Walker
My Rating: A-
Genre: Romantic Suspense
Series: Secrets & Shadows #2
Main Characters: Lana and Adam
Release Date: September 2014
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
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Sexual Intensity: hot
It 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 PLEASURE
Nothing 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.
Wow...this series gets more and more twisted and suspenseful with every installment. The suspense line is through the roof, it's so good and I can't tell you how many times I set down this book to marvel at the twists and turns. The suspense line for the series flows through all the books and gets deeper and more twisted with each story. But each book follows a separate couple. In this book were Lana and Adam.
Lana and Adam had a pseudo relationship 20 years ago. While they were never romantically involved that didn't mean that Adam didn't want her. He did in the worst possible way and he blames himself when she disappeared without a trace 20 years ago. He's spent those 20 years trying to bury the gaping wound she left, but he's never gotten over her.
The reasons Lana left fall into the suspense story line and are deeply confusing...especially for her because she doesn't remember the details of that night well. She just knows that somehow it's all tied to what's happening now and she has to fix it. She gave up 20 years of her life thinking that she had fixed it all then. To have that not be the case is crushing her.
What happened then. What's happening now. It all boils down to a group of men in this small town who have done atrocious things and created a vicious circle of abuse and torture. No one knows who all is involved and with every new revelation, the horror for this small town becomes deeper and deeper.
This is NOT a light-hearted read. The events are horrific and the unknown...David...breaks my heart with pain for him. Lana was trying to save him. She had the innate ability to see his pain when no one else could see that something was happening to him. She saw it and worked to fix it at a VERY high cost to herself. Caught up in Lana's disappearance were both Noah, her boyfriend at the time, and Alex, the guy she called for help that night. Neither one ever forgot her or gave up hope that someday they'd find out what happened to her. The book is so good as Lana's appearance in town slowly becomes known.
Then there's the romance between Lana and Adam. Both have deep mental and physical scars from trying to recover from what happened 20 years ago, but I love how instantly and deeply they connect immediately. They were hurt because part of their soul was gone and it's truly a testament to soulmates at seeing how much more at peace they are together.
The overall suspense story line isn't quite over yet. This book was stunning...over and over again with the revelations. I can't wait to see how it all plays out in Book #3.
I received a complimentary copy of this book in return for an honest review.