Sweeter Than Sin (Secrets & Shadows #2) by Shiloh Walker

Right off I feel the need to tell you that this is a bit darker subject matter than I expected. It deals with adults who were, in different ways, victims of a child abuse ring in a small town. The story unfolds bit by bit and can be very heavy reading at times. Also, this is book two in a series, and if you haven’t read book one it’s okay; however I found myself lost at times and I am sure that reading book one would have cleared up a lot for me. So yes, I recommend reading book one first.

The write up and blurb is mostly about Adam. For me, though, it felt more about Lana. What she has been through in the last twenty years to keep a friends secret safe and believing she is responsible for the death of another.  Coming home isn’t what she wants to do, but it’s the right thing to do when the past resurfaces.

Adam has pined for the girl he loved in secret for years, so when she comes home and he realizes who the beautiful stranger is, all bets are off. Both have suffered with addiction trying to forget. But now, not only do they give each other peace, they also work together to solve the mysteries of the past horrors that have eaten them up inside.

I am excited to read the next installment and finally give these people closure in some way. It’s heavy, exciting, mysterious, and heart breaking. An emotional read that will stick.

4 Stars

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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.


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.

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