Right away you feel for the two main characters. Allie is trying to leave town to escape a troubled past; and Nick is trying to settle into a new life that was thrust upon him by a cheating wife. Both want to forget what happened and move on. Yet neither could help the tingling attraction for the other. The fun part was sneaking a peak at the good doctor and his “man-snake.” Full of sweet and sensual moments, the two grow closer.
Overall, the story was well-written with enriching detail of country living, but it had a few lagging areas that slowed the pace. What picked it up for me, however, were the potential threats of the past coming to ruin things for the sweet couple: an old flame known as “The Travis Tragedy” and a malicious ex-wife refusing divorce. This is the good stuff, but, again, it takes a while to get there.
As indicated by the title, story is “sweetly scandalous,” showing an earnest, beautiful, and smoking-hot love blossoming in the midst of terrible secrets and vile corruption in a small town. Full of excitement, vengeance and blackmail, this novel takes the reader on a long, winding road through heart ache, love, and recovery.
My rating: 4 stars