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Sweeter Than Sin

(Secrets & Shadows #2)

3.91  ·  Rating details ·  244 ratings  ·  66 reviews

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
Paperback, 336 pages
Published September 30th 2014 by St. Martin's Paperbacks
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3.5 stars

****Full Review****

I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

The first and most important thing that must be said, this story is dark, murky, and deep. If you're a fan of stories dealing with the underbelly of society and dark human nature or found yourself anxiously anticipating every episode of True Detective, even when you wanted to cringe away, then this book and series is for you.
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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 wr
Sep 27, 2014 rated it really liked it
The first thing I should say about Sweeter Than Sin is that I read it without having read the previous books (3 Novellas - Burn For Me, Break For Me, Long For Me then Deeper Than Need) and I feel this is not a standalone read but far better read after Deeper at least, to do justice to the incredible story Shiloh Walker is weaving.
It's extremely disconcerting while reading Sweeter to think that these type of horrific events and ugly patterns of human behaviour are reality to some, that while I m
Francesca the Fierce (Under the Covers Book Blog)

I was very interested in reading Adam’s story! I also expected it to be a little darker than the previous book. Since the blurb doesn’t state who the heroine is, this mystery woman that comes to town, I won’t give anything away. Suffice it say that I knew this had to happen, I thought it would happen later in the series, but I’m glad it happened for Adam. Second chances at getting the girl you always wanted, who was never yours. Yeah! I’m sold!

But while yes, we get romance, I was so much mor
A single event in the small town of Madison forced the disappearance of a girl and boy. Years later, a body is found that blows open a secret so dark and wicked, the town isn’t sure it will ever recover. A young women knows the time has come for her to come home and let the town know exactly what happen that fateful night. Sweeter Than Sin is a dark and gritty romance suspense that brings together two addicts whose childhood ties are buried beneath a twisted sea of lies, betrayal, and deception. ...more
Apr 17, 2014 rated it really liked it
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3.5 stars. ARC Review
Adam Brascum
Lana Rossi

It's Halloween and it is probably fitting that I post my review of this book today. The story embodies a haunting moodiness.

Sweeter Than Sin is Book Two in the Secrets & Shadows series. I love these kinds of Shiloh Walker stories. They are dark, creepy and chilling. This is the story of a small town, a small town with lots of terrifying secrets. The atmosphere reminds of any good Stephen King book or Alfred Hitchcock movie. This is the kind of place wh
Nov 14, 2014 rated it really liked it
This well told story is dark and chilling. Book #2 in the Secrets and Shadows series, this book continues the mystery revolving around disappearances of some of the citizens and shows you that evil lives in small towns. Adam recognizes Lana who has returned to town after being gone for years. She doesn't remember a lot of what happened years before when she ran away, but she needs to find out. Adam was not her boyfriend, she had been with his best-friend Noah, but he was just as devastated when ...more
Apr 20, 2015 rated it it was amazing
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Wow, another depressing, wonderful read.

If you like angst, tormented hero and heroine, deep mistery, sick killer, a complicated plot this is a series for you!

This is a direct sequel of the first book and the hero is Adam, the bar keeper, and the heroine is the elusive and supposedly dead Lana, Noah's lost love.

As you can imagine ALL the complications come up! And what a ride it is!

As in all Ms. Walker's book the heat is high and darkly delicious!

The plot is intricate and the twisted members of t
A.R. Von
Aug 15, 2014 rated it really liked it
Mystery/Romantic suspense is not on the top of my reading list. Yes, I've read a few, but not many. That being said, reading Sweeter Than Sin took me a bit of time to get into. Once I did, it was non stop mystery, twists, turns, sex and action.
While not my cup of tea, I did find myself getting into the story and I believe many fans of the genre will find themselves being pulled into its pages.
A 3.5 rounded to a solid 4 rating.
After the last book, I most eagerly dove into this one. The mystery and suspense and all that is going on in the small town of Madison grabbed me up. As I pushed through this one, I encountered one reveal after another. There are layers upon layers of secrets here so that even if I got a few sorted, the answers just led to more questions. And that good. I love it when I have my confidence shaken when I think I've got the answers and turned upside down by a twisty story. Shiloh Walker is ...more
Well I gave Sweeter than sin a try after struggling with the first book in the series. However I loved the novellas and I figured give it ago. Adam is now running a local bar and struggling not only what happened to him years ago but the loss of Lana. Madison is full of seriously messed up men who no one really knows exactly who is really involved and as the story continues more and more dark, twisted, and creepy turns pop up.

Lana is back to put a stop to what she thought was over and done with
Sep 26, 2019 rated it really liked it
what does it mean by "first time in print" ...what does that mean? was it online first? Mystery/Romantic suspense, i got to go into a thrift shop in KS ... found 6 books ... for like gosh was it .25 cents a piece? i think that was, what it was??! this was one of the six i did pick ... cool cover ... the book cover got me, i mean look at that, ... what a read. new to Shiloh Walker's writing. well done. will read more soon enough. i am truly shocked there are not more reviews, none here, does that ...more
Feb 21, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A romance is found amidst the darkness of their lives…

This is the second full length novel in the Secrets & Shadows series. Revelations pertaining to the depth of the depravity in the town of Madison, Indiana continue to surface and someone is out for vengeance.

Lana Rossi left town twenty years ago at the age of seventeen amidst dire circumstances. She thought she was doing the right thing by leaving but unbeknownst to her she was betrayed. She’s been hiding ever since and life has not been easy
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Aug 26, 2014 rated it really liked it
An early review posting for upcoming Shiloh Walker's newest Secrets & Shadows books. (Release date 9/30/14) Sweeter Than Sin continues the traumatic story surrounding the quiet little town of Madison, Indiana. The revelation of the Cronus Club and it's pedophile raping of their own sons has rocked not only the whole town but the nation, with widespread news of it's depravity. Their is a quote out there that says some thing like their is light in the dark if you remember to leave a light on, I th ...more
Shirley Frances
Adam has had a rough past. A recovering alcoholic that takes refuge in women to try to keep his demons at bay, Adam can't seem to find the peace he so needs. Especially now that his bar serves as the go-to place to gossip about the latest findings into the investigation that has turned the sleepy little town of Madison upside down.

It doesn't help that the one woman he has never forgotten returns to Madison bringing with her dangerous secrets that can harm him and her as well.

Secrets. Danger. Pa
Aug 16, 2014 rated it it was amazing
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Sweeter than Sin is absolutely amazing!!

I loved it is a deep understatement. It’s an incredible story, exceptionally well written, brilliantly created.

Shiloh Walker is an outstanding writer. I admit this is the first book I have read from her, but her talent is beyond obvious. Her writing is effortless and beautiful. It’s captivating and highly intelligent. She manages to not only keep the readers her captives, but also seduce them and blow their minds.

Sweeter than Sin is one of the most captiva
Aug 09, 2014 rated it really liked it
* I received this book from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

I'll try to give a brief synopsis without giving too much away

The small town of Madison is shocked by a series of murders and the discovery of a child abuse/rape ring. Adam grew up in Madison, and took over the town bar after his parent's death, despite having had a previous problem with alcohol abuse. He hears all of the town gossip, and sees how it's all affecting the people in the town as everyone tries to discover who all
Christi Snow
Jul 29, 2014 rated it really liked it
My Review:
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
Angela Goodrich
While I enjoy reading romantic suspense, I don’t read a lot of it because it tends to be difficult to find authors who can achieve the right combination of romance, action, suspense and sex in the way that appeals to me. I am not the kind of reader who tries to figure out “who done it” before the reveal. I enjoy following the evidence, seeing where it leads, and being surprised as the facts come to light; I don’t enjoy it when an author leaves so many clues or the story is so predictable that I’ ...more
Aug 18, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I could not wait to read Sweeter Than Sin after reading Deeper Than Need. This is a great series that deals with some very dark issues. Shiloh Walker is a very talented author that has created a great mystery that left me on the edge of my seat wondering what was going to happen next and who was going to do it.

Sweeter Than Sin deals with Adam's part in the story. Adam has some issues of his own and has dealt with them in various ways. He's drank his sorrows away and then found comfort in the ar
Stephanie Collins
Oct 05, 2014 rated it really liked it
I'm loving this series so much and this entry has an amazing balance of suspense and romance. I loved the fact that we have two people who really have always felt something for one another even though one of them wasn't really aware of what the other one meant to them even back then.

Adam has buried himself in alcohol and women to dull the pain of not being there for the woman who meant everything to him when she needed him. As his town starts to unbury the past he is forced to recall the horrify
Alima Livzletlivz
Sep 30, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I’ve always loved Shiloh Walker books especially her psychic novels. In fact her FBI psychic novels were the first of the kind that I’ve read and have been hooked since then.

Her Secret & Shadow Series is another sinfully dark and dangerous series taking you into the tiny town of Madison, cloaked in dark secrets, overflowing with abuse and torment and trusting a person very well may take you to the doors of death.

The second book in the series, “Sweeter Than Sin”, (first is Deeper Than Need – Noah
Barb Lie
Oct 02, 2014 rated it really liked it
4.5 stars

Sweeter than Sin by Shiloh Walker is the 2nd book in her Secrets and Shadows series. The main focus of this series was tragic events that took place 20 years ago, with many of the men involved in this small town, and a major scandal that is beginning to rip the town apart. The sins of the fathers come to play, as revelations are discovered about the Cronus Club, and the abuse of the young boys over the years.

Noah and Adam were two of our main characters, along with Trinity in the first
Margreet Asselbergs
Sep 21, 2014 rated it really liked it

My rating: 4 of 5 ⭐️


The second full novel in the Secrets & Shadows series provides a few more answers to the dark and mysterious events that took place twenty years ago. Events that were supposed to herald the end to decades of depraved old traditions that sicken the community of Madison to the core. But they didn't stop.

Some of the answers come in the form of a woman who has returned to Madison in hopes of finishing something that should have been ta
Under the Covers Book Blog
Dec 20, 2014 rated it really liked it

I was very interested in reading Adam's story!  I also expected it to be a little darker than the previous book.  Since the blurb doesn't state who the heroine is, this mystery woman that comes to town, I won't give anything away.  Suffice it say that I knew this had to happen, I thought it would happen later in the series, but I'm glad it happened for Adam.  Second chances at getting the girl you always wanted, who was never yours.  Yeah!  I'm sold!

But while yes, we get romance, I was so mu

Jeannie Zelos
Oct 01, 2014 rated it really liked it
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So, I made a big mistake here..I’d read some of Shiloh’s paranormal works and knew I liked her writing style, so didn’t do my usual research on this book. I therefore missed that there were three novellas and a full length book prior to this one, and that its an on-going series.  I loved the story, dark and gritty, and the way it was told but....I was lost so often, having to back track to see who was connected to whom, and w
Apr 22, 2014 rated it really liked it
I absolutely love Shiloh Walker's romantic suspense books. I was lucky enough to get a review copy of Sweeter Than Sin thanks to the publisher through NetGalley. I highly recommend you read Deeper Than Need, book 1 in the series before reading Sweeter Than Sin to help understand the history of the characters and the town.

I really am loving the Secrets & Shadows series. I think I said it when I read the first book, but I really feel the town itself is one of the characters in this series. The his
April Symes
Aug 17, 2014 rated it it was amazing
**I received this book from Netgalley for my honest review***

This is a story that involves Adam and Lana.

Adam is running the local bar where all the locals gather and he hears the local stories, the gossip. Adam had a problem with drinking a while back and at times, it can be hard to run the bar, especially when he is stressed but he does it.

In comes Lana. Lana left Madison about 20 years ago to escape the death and sex abuse that rocked this small town. When she hears the murders and sex abuse
Sep 09, 2014 rated it liked it
I read this book with some hesitation. I enjoyed Walker’s handling of a recovering alcoholic ex-pastor Noah in Deeper than Need, but I found the romantic suspense plot which centered on exposing of a ritualistic child-sex abuse ring somewhat triggering. This book continues with the fallout of the abuse scandal.

Lana Rossi fled Madison as teenager when her attempt to help her friend David escape his abusive parents went wrong. She has been in hiding for decades, emotionally and physically scarred
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