Two-time ex-con Camden Sanders has decided that Hog Mountain—an isolated community on the outskirts of Atlanta, Georgia—is the perfect place to continue running small scams without the threat of more prison time. But there are a few problems with this plan. One is the neighbourly citizens of Hog Mountain thwarting his dirty dealings at every turn with their kindness. Another is Jackson Rhodes, a closeted Hog Mountain police officer who can see right through Cam’s good ol’ boy act and plans to catch him red-handed despite the attraction they both can feel. But the biggest problem of all is that Cam’s past is threatening to catch up with him, and it could mean trouble for more than just himself.Taken from book blurb
Okay so I had always intended to review this book because I loved it. When I first read Snakes Among Sweet Flowers, it was a highlight of the year and I gave it a re-read last year and it stood the test of time because I still loved it.
I am a big sucker for stories that feature down trodden, poor, or struggling characters. I do not know why I love them so much but I really enjoy seeing characters suffer (omg I am terrible) but still manage to fall in love. I especially love the stories where the problems of a character aren’t magically fixed by falling in love, they just have someone else to share the struggles.
Honestly, I think its because these types of narratives are more centred in reality; life sometimes sucks and it can be a struggle but it’s so much better when we have a loving support system behind us. I feel that these stories that feature almost shared misery with only partial problem resolution, offer us more as readers because there is hope that the romantic pair in the story will do better and be better.
Enough of me waxing poetic, Snakes Among Sweet Flowers is a powerful redemption story about how an individual can strive to do better, often against their own better judgement. I really enjoyed the characters of this novel; I felt so strongly for Camden and wanted him to do better – mix him with Jackson and I was just yearning for a happy ending.
Overall the story is an emotional redemption narrative packaged around an action packed romantic suspense novel. If you can, I would really recommend giving Snakes Among Sweet Flowers a read. At times it may be tough going, especially in regards to Camden’s backstory but it is a pleasure watching him blossom in his new environment.
I’m pretty sure I’m going to be giving it a third re-read some time in the future, so yeah, you should definitely give it a read!
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