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Snakes Among Sweet Flowers

3.75  ·  Rating details ·  365 ratings  ·  126 reviews
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 neighborly citizens of Hog Mountain thwarting his dirty dealings at every turn with their kindness. Anothe ...more
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Published June 20th 2016 by Dreamspinner Press
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No official rating. I'd rather review than rate it. Review posted June 28, 2016

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“Man, I don’t know who you banged last night, but it must have been epic. I’ve never heard anybody that loud during sex. If you do that chick again, I suggest a ball gag or something. People are trying to sleep, you know?”
Tom seemed unconcerned and gave a large yawn that showed sharp fangs to convey his sentiment.
“Look, I feed you, asshole. At least act embarrassed that I had to be privy to your man-whorin’,” Cam sc
Move along, move along. Nothing to see here.

Really, move along!

One of the first things you realize about the book I’ve just read is that my kindle is totally hightlighed. And if you begin reading all those quotes I decided to emphasize, you notice very few are emotive sentences or poetic paragraphs. They are not at all wise nor epic. No, what I underlined here were thoughts, dialogues, actions… that really made it for me. Because they were clever, spot-on, neat and they followed my train of thou
~✡~Dαni(ela) ♥ ♂♂ love & semi-colons~✡~

I am most definitely in the minority here, but this book didn't really work for me.

Cam, a former petty criminal, moves to a small town, buys an old garage, and begins working as a mechanic. He scams people because he's a smooth operator and doesn't think much about anyone but himself.

Jackson, a police officer, gets word of Cam's magical repair jobs, not to be confused with magical blow jobs, and begins to check up on Cam. Jackson is a nice guy but judgmental. He decides Cam is no good bef
Heather K (dentist in my spare time)
As I'm seeing dozens of 5-star reviews for this book, I can't help but wondering what I'm missing. I mean, I enjoyed this story, but I'm not raving over it like some of the other reviewers.

I love a book that features an antihero, and that is certainly what we have here. Cam is a small-time crook who moved his con to a rural town in the hopes of escaping his enemies and starting over. He isn't looking to reform his bad boy ways, and at the start of the story, I promise you that you will want to
4.5 stars. I loved this book! Set in a small friendly southern community, Snakes Among Sweet Flowers tells the story of two men from very different backgrounds - Cam Sanders, who had an abusive childhood and spent most of his adult live in jail and Jackson Rhodes, raised by two loving parents and following his beloved daddy's career in law enforcement.

When Cam moves to Hog Mountain, Jackson has a hard time believing that Cam has turned over a new leaf ... and at first he's partially correct. Ca
*J* Too Many Books Too Little Time
3.5 Stars!

I liked this one. But I don't think I loved it.

I found this to be a sloooooooow burn. And up until around 50% the MCs only have a handful of interactions with each other.

And even after the 50% mark, they aren't a "couple" until the very end.

I liked the story-line - and the second chance theme. But I really felt like this book was more about that then the actual romance between Jackson and Cam.

There is very little steam in this book. maybe 2-3 scenes....with the big finale happening
May 24, 2016 rated it it was amazing
If you think the covers good...wait until you read the book!

I admit it. I took one look at this cover and it was lust at first sight. My brain screamed that I needed to read this book and then I did the worst thing I could possibly do I read the blurb...well that was it, I was finished. I needed this book. Sometimes cover lust is a good thing and in this case it was an awesome thing.

'Snakes Among Sweet Flowers' is a book about second chances, finding love where you least expect it and learn
Jun 02, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Can I tell you a secret?
I was afraid of this book. Which sounds completely irrational when I say that out loud, but we’re all friends here, right? So I know you won’t judge me when I tell you I really really wanted to read this story but I was chewing my lip before chapter one was over. I was nervous it might be too dark for my mood; I was scared I wouldn’t like the tarnished MC, and I figured it was going to swerve sharply one way or the other at the love hate intersection. Barely a quarter in
Don Bradshaw
Received from the author for an honest review.

This was one of the best books I've read this year. It's a story of redemption set in small town Hog Mountain. Written with a southern style and charm, it just invites you to set spell, kick your shoes off and grab a glass of iced tea. Camden Sanders has been a con man and a thief all of his adult life in Atlanta. Spent two terms in prison, he is looking to avoid a third stay by breaking from the gang he ran with. Hog Mountain seems just like the per
I’d read the authors short stories previously and was really anxious to get my hooves on his debut novel. His writing is incredibly smooth and easy to read (the kind where you don’t even realize you’re reading because you’re so engrossed in the story and then you look up and two hours have passed) and his style transitioned from short story to novel easily. I couldn’t believe how quickly the 240 pages went by and I wasn’t even close to ready to let the characters go.

And oh my, the characters . .
Second chances. Not at love, this time, but life. And sometimes, you don't even realize you want to change, until you find yourself doing it, anyway. And that is what I loved about Snakes Among Sweet Flowers.

Camden Sanders thinks he doesn't have much of a conscience (he also lies to himself). He does have lines he won't cross, though, and because of that, Cam decided he needed a change of scenery, STAT. He's charming, but still looks like (and is) a bad boy. His specialty is small time cons. Whe
Mar 02, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Recommended to Meep by: Karen
Re-read - still hoping for more by this author.
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This book has a definite accent and once I fell into that I was hooked. Forget purple prose this is unfancy story telling though not without colour and feelings. The children for example we get to know well enough not to want harm to come to them but they don't have much in the way of individuality. From the first visitor to Cam I had an idea where I expected the story to go and was pleasantly surprised to be wrong.

Cam at the start is a crook,
After RL got in the way, I finally got to read this book one month later than I had planned. By this time, I was a bit afraid because I wanted to read Snakes Among Sweet Flowers as soon as I heard about its release and I thought that my expectations might be too high after having to wait for a chance to read it. You know what it is like, right? You are waiting (im)patiently to finally have the time to do something you desperately want to do, thinking about what it will be like, anticipating it, ...more
Jun 17, 2016 rated it really liked it
4.25 stars

What I liked most about this was watching how the town, Jackson and the kids all helped Cam transform. I love stories where people can actually change for the good. I also adored Cam and Jackson together. I especially liked how their relationship developed slowly and that they had all of that quiet time together just listening to the crickets at night.

There were a few things I didn't like as much. I thought Grant was a little OTT and almost unbelievable (like the football scene?) and I
Eli Easton
Apr 25, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed this quirky romance by new-to-me author Jason Huffman-Black. Both MCs were interesting and well-drawn and I loved the ex-con-gets-redemption hurt/comfort plotline. I thought the bit of angst involving the dangerous ex-associates was just enough to give a nice tension to the book. I'll look for more by this author.
Jun 19, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: everyone
Shelves: favorites
2nd Reread: Still 5/5 (can I give this book 6 stars?) - This is exactly what I needed. After reading a very dark and depressing book, I knew Cam would cheer me up.

Initial Read: Alrighty, let's settle in and talk about this book for a moment. I almost feel guilty for having not known who Jason Huffman-Black was. I really felt guilty over this one, because this book was soooo good that I had myself wondering HOW I didn't know of this author.


I pre-ordered this one on a whim. I didn't like the syno
May 07, 2016 rated it it was amazing
4.5 stars

This is one of the most engaging stories I’ve read in a very long time. For me to be totally awed by a story I need to feel for the characters. Jason has done a wonderful job of bring an entire cast along with the town of Hog Mountain to life. From old to young, good and bad, and I even fell for the damn cat!

My heart went out to Camden, his mother was barely a there and his father was abusive. Yay for his grandmother. Despite her having passed away years ago, I felt like I knew her too.
Jun 21, 2016 rated it liked it

THEN: A scammer mechanic excon and small town police? Must read.
NOW: I don't know how to rate this book because the story of Cam and Jackson and their scenes together are beautiful (although I would love a bit more romance).... 3.5*
BUT! Yes, is a big BUT.
*these are my personal preferences* I don't like the very explicit sex of one MC with a secondary character in the middle if the book!!!!! Err, no :(

And must add that this secondary character is hideous!!! He only thought about sex when sees a
Dee Aditya
A copy of this book was provided via Indigo Marketing in exchange for an honest review.

With a title like 'snakes among sweet flowers' I really didn't know what to expect, even after the summary. I've read short pieces by this author before, so I knew at least that I'd like his style.

But I really didn't have to worry because the book sucked me in right from the beginning. Cam has a great sense of humor, and you know he's not all bad the way he takes care of his cat. He's been a hustler all his li
Jun 20, 2016 rated it really liked it
I enjoyed this book - not for the romance or chemistry as that really wasn't a feature at all. This was a second chance story, moving from the dark to the light, Cam forgiving himself slowly and allowing some goodness surround him after a previous life of scamming and lying. I liked the old town support & care in some of the oldies...especially the fact that they looked past Cams history and accepted him. Jackson was an interestingly closeted cop who really needed to get out from under other peo ...more
Karen Wellsbury
May 31, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: prism-reviewed
Full review at Prism.

Warm hearted enemies to lovers with a terrifically snarky tattooed hero and a closeted policeman. There is a proper baddy, redemption a cat and some kids.
Fantastic cover

Pianka *call me PIU*
Snakes among flowers is a mellow, soothing and sweet story about second chances and redemption. The story is set in a small town where an ex-con relocates while on run from his former life. How this small town and its considerate/loving town folk gradually turns his life around and accept him in their fold constitutes as the main portion of the story.

Camden Sanders is the definition of a tattooed bad boy. He has a criminal past and he knows that it is a matter of time before his former life come
May 24, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: cover-me

3.5 Stars

Snakes Among Sweet Flowers contains two likeable, clearly drawn characters along with the most leisurely pace I’ve come across in a long time.

Our story zeros in on the small, southern town of Hog Mountain. A place where everyone knows your name and your business. Cam Sanders, an ex-con on the run from his ex-partner in crime, is the hot topic of Hog Mountain at the moment. He’s trying to settle in and carve out a new place and life for himself, but old habits are hard to break. Will Cam
May 26, 2016 rated it really liked it
I was pretty apprehensive going into this one but I enjoyed the story. The writing is good and flowing and it held my attention.

I liked Cam. He's a (mostly) likeable bad boy and I've always been a fan of the loveable rogue.
Jackson is also nice, if a little too cutesy and sweet. He fits nicely into the 'too good to be true' bracket but I didn't find it annoying, just a bit saccharine.
They are complete opposites yet somehow they find common ground, Cam becomes a better man because of Jackson's i
I received an advanced copy of this title as a beta reader.

Snakes Among Sweet Flowers by Jason Huffman-Black was truly a delight to read. It's the story of two men, Cam, an ex-con, and Jackson, an officer of the law. Could any two men be more different? Cam has done his time and wants the roots he's missed having in his life. Jackson is a closeted cop who is struggling to be himself within the bounds of his hometown.
As these men find a friend in each other, trouble comes to call in the form o
Loved this for the most part. I feel like the ending kind of went out with a whimper, but other than that this was a pretty amazing read. I loved Camden and his sense of humor was GREAT. I liked how he was so annoyed that he was genuinely being a good guy to the townspeople. I liked Jackson and how he saw through him, but owned up enough to stop judging and learn about the man Cam is now. The supporting cast was lovely. Ida and Dottie and Charlie and the kiddos. All love. I like that everyone ha ...more
2.5 Stars

Jason Huffman-Black is a new to me writer and though some of the scenes in this book were overly detailed, I liked the story overall.

I liked both MCs and liked reading about Camden’s change from a cold hearted criminal to someone who truly cared for people. Jackson, who was right to be suspicious about Cam in the beginning, also warmed up to him and realised that everybody needed a second chance.

I felt the thing with Harold was properly done. It kept me hooked & it wasn’t clear when/h
May 27, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: m-m
3.25 stars

This is the first book I’ve read by this author and I have to say I was somewhat pleasantly surprised. I think what drew me in the most are the unique, but well written main characters and the storytelling itself. This book was funny at times but it also had a good dose of feelings and some facts of life that were hard to swallow.

Camden Sanders is a con man; moving to Hog Mountain, an isolated and small community in Georgia allows him to continue to run his scams while avoiding any mor
Lisa The Novel Approach
Jun 20, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Snakes Among Sweet Flowers is a first time read for me from author Jason Huffman-Black, and it was very entertaining. His writing is easy to follow and the novel has very good storyline and great portrayal of characters. Huffman-Black really brings the small town warmth of Hog Mountain to life.

Camden “Cam” Sanders isn’t really a bad guy. At a young age he got caught up with a gang of thieves, which eventually became too violent for him. He served time and is now making his way for a normal life
May 07, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: love-bytes, m-m
I’ve previously read a short story that had been penned by this author, which I thoroughly enjoyed, but it was definitely not my standard reading material. So I went into this story expecting good things, but maybe something quite different. Instead I was surprised to discover a fairly conventional romance. And please don’t take that as any sort of criticism. I don’t mean that it was ordinary or middle-of-the-road, I most assuredly love everything about this story, I just meant that I think this ...more
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