Title: Sweeter Than Sin (Secrets & Shadows, #2)
Author: Shiloh Walker
Genre: Romantic Suspense
Release Date: September 30, 2014
CAN’T FORGET THE PAIN
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.
“I think right now the one thing you need to do is sleep, darlin’.” He nuzzled her neck, pressing his lips where it curved into her shoulder. “It’s late and you never look like you sleep as well as you should. Tomorrow is soon enough for you to worry about how somebody else’s tragedy has to ruin your life.”
“It’s already ruined mine.” Slowly, she turned around and lifted her hands, curling them in the soft, worn material of his shirt, pressing her head against his chest. The smell of him flooded her head. Warm man, something spicy—the soap he wore or aftershave—she liked it. Rubbing her cheek against him, she murmured, “It’s ruined my life for years and I’m tired of it. I don’t want to let it ruin my life anymore. That’s why I’m trying to figure out what to do next.”
“I already told you. Sleep.” He rubbed his lips against hers and then said quietly, a thread of steel in his voice, “Tomorrow, we find answers. For now, though…”
He slid his hands down her back, cupped them around her hips. He boosted her up and when she twined her legs around him, it was a sweet, sweet bliss. “Maybe the answer to that is think about you.
You’ve lived your life day by day, always thinking about keeping your secrets. We need to figure out how you can reclaim your life, but you can’t do that in the dead of night. So for now…think about you. What you need.”
He dipped his head and caught her lower lip between his, bit her lightly.
“What do you need?”
A slow shudder wracked her body and he decided he liked it. As he lifted his head to peer down into her eyes, she stared up at him, her eyes cloudy and heated. “Are you suggesting that maybe the answer to this lies in getting naked?”
Lana and Adam are both just existing, both just shells really after the things they were witness to 20 years ago in the town of Madison. When Lana disappeared she was with Noah but Adam always had a torch burning for her. Noah has since moved on with Trinity and Adam had turned to alcohol to numb the pain for years and has now turned to other vices to deal with his loss of Lana.
When Lana disappeared almost 20 years ago she ended up homeless and a drug user for years, but was taken in by a helpful man who believed she could clean her act up. The tragic events that drove them to these actions start to resurface and are beginning to rip the town apart so Lana decides it is time to return home and help to end the horrors and put things right. While everyone is trying to put their lives back together however, someone has started killing the remaining members of the Cronus Club. To find out what happens next you need to grab a copy of the book!!
This is my first Shiloh Walker book and I must say I’m hooked! I was unaware that Sweeter than Sin was part of a series (whoops and yes I have since bought the first book which deals more with Adam, Noah, and Trinity) and even though I hadn’t read the first book I was able to grasp onto what was happening. It is a darker read so if you are looking for something happy go lucky, this is not it. I loved the mystery and suspense that flowed throughout the book and how the characters flowed together. I enjoyed how Adam & Lana’s romance is slowly rekindled and how together they move on to bury the demons that have haunted them both for years. I loved the way Shiloh weaves this story, it was absolutely seamless and I can’t wait to climb into book 3 when it is released!!
Shiloh Walker is an award-winning writer…yes, really! She’s also a mom, a wife, a reader and she pretends to be an amateur photographer. She published her first book in 2003. Her newest series, Secrets and Shadows, launched with Deeper than Need, followed by Sweeter than Sin and Darker than Desire.
She writes romantic suspense and contemporary romance, and urban fantasy under the name J.C. Daniels.