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Wingmen #5

Small Town Scandal

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Another wingmen meets his match and this time it's scandalous.

Carter Kelso is a man with a plan. And goats.
Ashley Kingston is a woman with a reputation.
Can he earn back her love before their past catches up with them and destroys everything?

On the island, my last name is synonymous with scandal. With a notorious father and a famous brother, I've been on the sidelines of our small town's gossip circle for years. Nothing to see here. Just a man and his goats, happily going through life. Not a care in the world. Too bad it's all lies.

I'm tired of trying not to be in love with Ashley Kingston, our very own island jezebel. Some people think she's a slut. They think they know her. They're wrong. Screw them.

Reputations can be deceiving. I should know.

Small Town Scandal is a second chance romance standalone novel and the fifth book in the Wingmen series of interconnected standalones. Characters and storylines from previous books do appear in this book.

248 pages, Kindle Edition

First published June 22, 2017

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Her series include: Love with Altitude, Modern Love Stories, Wingmen and Bewitched.

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1,395 reviews246 followers
June 23, 2017
Small Town Scandal is the reason I love Daisy Prescott's writing and once again she's brought a story that sucked me right in. Second-chance romances are a staple of mine and when it's low on the angst and drama, high on the wit and feeling, throws in the odd surprise and has a Romeo and Juliet feel to boot, then you have a yourself a winner.


Both Carter and Ashley are portrayed so well and easy to relate to being flawed, imperfect people like the rest of us. High school sweethearts who were casualties of a family feud, hearts were broken and clearly never repaired. Told from Carter's POV, we're taken along for the ride as Whidbey's gorgeous resident goat herder decides to win back his true love's heart—no mean feat when Ashley has erected huge walls around it thanks to island gossip.

"Fuck expectations and other people putting their issues on me. I’m imperfect, Carter. I mess up. I won’t apologize to you or to anyone for being me. I deserve to be happy on my terms, not anyone else’s definition of happiness."

And it's that attitude and outlook that had me loving Ashley. She's exactly my type of woman; owning her actions and unapologetic for the choices she makes or for being the woman she is. She puts the straight in straight talking yet as she lets Carter in, we do see her softer side. And with a perfect chemistry between them that has an easy, slow burn which brings depth and gives you the chance to get to know them whilst at the same time building sexual tension, when they're reacquainted between the sheets it's worth the wait.

"You’re the most beautiful girl I’ve seen. Always have been. Always will be."

Overall this was an absolute pleasure to read and reinforced the fact that I really need to rewind and acquaint myself with the earlier books in the Wingmen series: after reading Small Town Scandal and Better Love, I've quickly grown to love Whidbey Island and it's residents. Whether you've read them yourself or not, this is most definitely one to grab.

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942 reviews587 followers
July 29, 2017
5+++ Small Town Stars*****

Remember your first love? Stolen kisses, butterflies in the stomach, goosebumps all over your body? Imagine getting a second chance at the great love you once lost. Friendship, romance and redemption are many of the things that make this book one I will never forget. Also, the very cute baby goats made Small Town Scandal my most favorite book of the series. A great summer read.

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Carter Kelso is tired of playing the field in hopes to forget the one girl, who even after so many years still owns his heart, Ashley Kingston.

Ashley used to be the all American good girl. Carter and her were inseparable and totally in love when they were in high school. One day the unexpected happened, making everything around them fall apart. Those painful events thought Ashley a lesson, you can't please everyone. She decided that she was going to start living her life by her own terms, even if that new resolution would give her a bad reputation.

Bad reputation or not, Carter might be the only one in the small town who really knows Ashley, and he wants another shot at being with her. He will stalk her, romance her and even call upon the help of his very adorable goats to help him on his mission to win her back. At first Ashley is hesitant by Carter's intentions but the hearts wants what it wants, and she cant hardly resist the Goat Man. It been a long time since Ashley actually listened to heart; can she let go of the past and give into her feelings?

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Ashley was once a bad girl. Remember the book, Confessions of a Reformed Tom Cat? She was that secondary character that got in trouble for being naughty. Well, I love that we got to live through her story, and I love that it actually ended up being my favorite book. Because I'm a firm believer of second chances, and hers was just spectacular. Everything about this book was wonderful, it was passionate yet tender, smart yet funny and truly unforgettable.

Make sure to check out this awesome series. They are all different and very special in their own way, but all so much fun to read. I enjoyed them all very much.

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3,063 reviews1,754 followers
May 14, 2018
Favorite Quotes:

My coworkers have horns and horizontal pupils. At least they don’t take long smoke breaks or spend their paychecks on beer. Unlike my business partner.

As I kid I compared her to Ariel the Little Mermaid with her long red hair and asked if she ever wore a shell bra. The kick to my shins proved she had legs like a girl and not a mermaid’s tail.

My grandma saw me wearing shorts and called me a Lolita. Whatever that means. Said she’d pray for the wickedness to leave my body to make room for Jesus.

Do you ever look at old people and try to see their younger versions? Like reversing a film? … No, someday you’re going to be an old man in thick-soled sneakers and a cardigan. Probably a jaunty cap on your head and a cane you like to twirl. You’ll always be you. I bet the little widows will chase you around and get into catfights over who will bring you your favorite pudding. Good thing you’ll have the cane to beat them back. Except for the ladies on the motorized scooters. Watch out. You won’t be able to outrun those frisky girls.

My Review:

I adored this refreshing and smartly written tale from beginning to end. The writing sparkled with cleverly dealt levity and crisp visuals; I wore a near-constant smirk while reading. This was my first experience reading Daisy Prescott and although the book was touted as a stand-alone volume in a series, I have a strong desire to go backward and read each installment as well as all other books penned by this talented scribe. I savored her snarky humor, colorful insights, and clever observations. The witty banter and quips tossed off by these quirky and adorable characters were record book worthy. And who could not love a story with baby goats, in pajamas? I mean really? Daisy Prescott is a comedic genius with mad skills. I want to be her when I grow up.
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3,466 reviews472 followers
May 20, 2020
this could be also considered second chance
didn't enjoy it as much as previous ones...
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1,164 reviews101 followers
June 25, 2017
When I finished Small Town Scandal, I realized two things: I don't know how to rate this. And I couldn't find words to review it.
I am attempting to write a review 5days later. I have settled for 4stars, just because it feels right. And that's where I am stuck. I mean this book made me feel, a lot. It's not your huge drama and insta-love story. No this is typical Prescott. It's slow romance that is steady that somehow digs deep and settles into one's heart. It's a subtle thing and utterly beautiful.

I should admit that I haven't read all the books in the series. I kinda just hopped in and read this one. But the good news is, this works as a standalone. I am going to catch up with the rest of the series however since I wanna know what happened to the other couples.

The storyline is sweet. It's full of humor, plenty of romance, some nice smut and some interesting twists. Steady, yet captivating.
But the character building is what makes this so wonderful. I mean I really adore the cast. I love the relationship between the sibling. Found the families dynamics, interesting and realistic.
The entire story is written from Carter's POV. And it totally fell in love with him. He is a great male lead, I could relate to his insecurities, loved his humor, adored his "plans" and totally swooned for him generally. Ashley is a strong independent female, who is intelligent and loyal. I could totally see myself being friends with her. The two of them together? SWOON! They fit. In the messiest and perfect way. It feels real.

All of that is tied together with beautiful descriptions. Prescott's writing style is fun, clever and absolutely beautiful. And the bow on top of that? The descriptions of the island. Just mindblowing. I feel like I've been there. I felt the sun on my skin, the breeze in my hair. Absolutely gorgeously done.

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2,756 reviews
June 27, 2017
Small Town Scandal is the fifth book in the Wingmen Series, but can totally be read as a stand-alone novel. Small Town Scandal was a quick and easy read for me. It was smartly written and the story-line pulled me in from the very first page. I really enjoyed the writing style and liked how well the story flowed. I thought the characters were great and I really liked Ashley and Carter. I thought the two of them had great chemistry and I was excited to see how their story was going to play out. The road to happily ever after was not an easy one for these two. Not only did they have their own demons to worry about, but they also had to deal with their history and the past that doesn’t want to let go.

Overall, I thought this book was a great read. I easily finished it one day. I am a sucker for second chance romances and difficult characters and this one definitely delivers.

*I was provided an ARC copy of this book, in exchange for an honest review*
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1,167 reviews306 followers
July 2, 2017
Who's the next one??? I need more of them! I'm ready to pack my shit and move to Whidbey. The Wingmen are like my family! So this can't be the last book!! PLEASE!
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2,035 reviews95 followers
June 23, 2017
If you've read Confessions of a Reformed Tom Cat, book 2 in this series, then you may remember Ashley Kingston. Specifically, the meat incident. If you didn't read that book, no worries, just know that she played the role as the crazy ex.

Going into this book, I had to wonder if she deserved a HEA. I mean, she's the villain, right?

It wasn't long into this book that my opinions on Ashley changed. Tom has become a distant memory, and as things are revealed, you come to realize that there is no lost love there. Because there is another man who has always owned her heart. That being Carter Kelso, aka Goat Boy.

" . . . soon I'm going to make you mine. And this time, I'll never let you go."

Despite their history, or maybe because of that history, Ashley and Carter haven't gotten along for some time. Initially, the bicker endlessly about meaningless things. To note: this isn't annoying to read, it's handled in a more playful, who-can-insult-the-other-more, type deal. But what's interesting, and what ultimately brings them back on the same page, is Ashley's degrading view of herself. Raised with ultra-strict parents, in a small town where everyone knows everyone’s business, Ashley quickly gained the reputation as a slut. Whether that title is earned or not, she seems to embrace it, and when Carter's persistence to get back into her life wears her down, she has no shame in pushing for sex.

"But I own who I am. If I feel shame, it's for my own messes, not who I am."

This story gives us some of the backstory, in what drove them apart as teenagers. I'm not sure why Carter suddenly gets the epiphany to pursue her again, but he goes to great lengths to win back her heart. And despite the temptation, holds back Ashley's sexual advances as best he can. Until he can't.

Like the rest of the books in this series, this story is light on the angst and more on the sweet side of romance. If you've read other books from the author, a number of characters make reappearances, and it was fun to see how their own personal relationships have progressed, and how they've matured enough to provide good advice to the second chance couple. In addition, this book gives some closure to the drama between Ashley and Tom.

So if you are looking for a fun read, with guy chasing the girl of his dreams, along with a whole bunch of goats, look no further.

*An ARC was received for an honest review.

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184 reviews7 followers
June 26, 2017
A Perfect Summer Read

Daisy Prescott's books are the perfect blend of in-depth, character-rich stories with humorous banter and situations, vibrant locales and memorable storytelling, and Small Town Scandal is no exception. The author weaves in an important life lesson throughout this beautiful, slow-burn romance, which actually, turns into something more - It's about how appearances and first impressions can be deceiving, and if we just take a minute to look under the surface, we find out the truth and so much more.

Small Town Scandal is written in male POV, and Ms. Prescott excels at this storytelling feature, but this book is just as much the hero's as it is the heroine's. On the surface, Carter seems like a cocky self-assured guy with no worries, yet underneath that exterior, lies a man with a heart of gold who sacrifices for his family. At a first glance, Ashley is seen as the island Jezebel, but she's a smart, career woman who owns her sexuality. Both main characters hold their vulnerabilities close - Carter doesn't feel he is good enough for Ashley and Ashley uses her sexuality as a defense mechanism to keep out emotions. These two have a lot to rediscover about one another, and Ms. Prescott has created a patient, hero who sees and excepts Ashley as she is - a passionate woman with a heart of fire.

The banter between Carter and Ashley is perfection. At first they are like are like porcupines when they are in the vicinity of each other - their quills come out ready to fight and defend, but gradually, layers are peeled away and the reader is able to see these two underneath their tough exteriors.

This is the fifth installment in Ms. Prescott's Wingman series and all of these books take place on Whidbey Island off the coast of Washington. I love how Ms. Prescott has made this island its own character in each of these books. I love settling down and taking another visit to this small-town island each time I pick up a book in this series. I enjoy seeing my favorite characters from previous books. The secondary relationships in this book are just as good as the romance. I love how close Erik and Carter are as brothers, how Dan gives out advice and how John is the peacemaker - all of these characters feel like old friends.

Even though each book in the Wingman series are interconnected, they each can be read as a standalone book. Ms. Prescott has created a deep, character-driven romance mixed in with just the right amount of humor to keep the reader smiling - I mean who doesn't smile when the main character is a goat herder? There is just enough conflict, though, that the story never feels weighs down or contrived. It's just right. It's a beautiful love story which shows that everyone deserves a second chance at life, love and happiness. I can't wait to see who is the focus of the next book in this series!
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360 reviews56 followers
July 11, 2017
Small Town Scandal is a second-chance romance about former high school sweethearts, Carter and Ashley, told from the perspective of Carter. I enjoy the Wingmen series because all the books in the series are told from the perspective of the hero, as opposed to the heroine.

I’ve read 3 out of the previous 4 books in this series. I enjoyed the first two books in the series, but unfortunately I found this installment in the Wingmen series a bit disappointing. Carter and Ashley haven’t really talked in 13 years - since they broke up/had a falling out in high school. The reader isn’t told what happened until later in the book. I understand the reasoning, there has to be some mystery, you can’t lay it out on the table right away. However, when Carter finally goes up to Ashley, he kisses her. I didn’t find it believable that Ashley would go off with him after years of avoiding each other and bickering whenever they did interact. I get that there was still attraction between the two of them, but I just found Ashley’s willingness to be a bit difficult to believe.

The progression of some of the dialogue was confusing. I’d find myself getting lost during their conversation, not understanding what was going on.

I know this was told from Carter’s point of view, and this may be an unfair critique, but I felt like I didn’t get information about Ashley’s feelings and train of thought. I don’t know what changed for her - to go from not wanting to be around Carter, to practically dating him. Was it really just the fact that he was being nice, finally ope and honest with her?

Overall, I was disappointed. I have enjoyed other books by Daisy Prescott, so it pains me to say that. I think Small Town Scandal is a nice story, but I think the characters and the plot could have been better developed.

I received an ARC from the author in exchange for an honest review.
This review was originally published on Books For The Living.
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Author 2 books30 followers
July 1, 2017
Reviewed on behalf of The Book Boyfriend Addict (www.bookboyfriendaddict.com). A complimentary copy was provided in exchange for an honest review.

4.5 Stars

“Maybe not today, or tomorrow, but soon I’m going to make you mine. And this time, I’ll never let you go.”

Carter Kelso is no stranger to scandal, his family is synonymous with the word on their small island. Carter’s managed to skirt the edges of it and is just trying to make an honest living with his goat landscaping business. He’s also finally through with waiting to make his move to win back his first and only love, Ashley Kingston. Ashley’s gotten her own reputation over the years but Carter doesn’t care about any of that, he knows her heart and he was lucky enough to win it once and he’s determined to do so again. And this time he’s not going to be dumb enough to let it go. On an island as small as Whidbey, it’s only a matter of time before the next scandal hits, will Carter and Ashley be able to rekindle their flame before the next one hits and threatens to ruin everything?

“Once upon a time, you gave me your heart. I was young, stupid, and the biggest idiot ever when I told you I didn’t want it. Even if I’m not worth a second chance, I want one. More than I’ve wanted anything.”

I love a good second chance romance, especially one where the hero and heroine grew up together and were each other’s first loves. That’s exactly what Small Town Scandal was and I really enjoyed it! We didn’t even get that many flashbacks to Carter and Ashley’s younger days, but the ones that we did really gave a clear picture of how sweet and innocent their teenage romance was. I loved their connection and I was rooting for them to get back together the whole time. I haven’t read Confessions of a Reformed Tom Cat yet so I never really knew Ashley as the “villain” I’m guessing she was in that book but I really loved her character in this. The book was told entirely from Carter’s POV, as is standard for this series, but through his eyes, I felt like I really got to know Ashley and I understood her. I loved how Daisy Prescott addressed the double standard of promiscuity (real or perceived) in men vs. women. Ashley had some pretty epic rants on the topic and I think she was spot on. I wanted to give her a high five on several occasions!

Carter was also fantastic! He was funny, charming, sweet and just a generally good guy. It was easy to fall in love with him. This man has pined for Ashley, his first love, for years and seeing him plot to finally man up and get her back was equal parts funny and swoon-worthy. And how could you not love a guy with a bunch of goats? I mean, come on! He was so good to Ashley, he had a few alpha/protective moments, but mainly I loved how respectful and non-threatened he was by her awesomeness. He knew she was a real catch and he was man enough to handle such a strong heroine. I loved them together!

In true Daisy Prescott fashion, this book was filled with smart, witty dialogue, clever little nuggets of wisdom, great chemistry, and relatable characters. I still can’t believe that the only other Wingmen books I’ve read is Anything But Love, I really need to go back and read John, Tom and Dan’s stories! But you know what? Even only having read the two books so far, I still love the whole Wingmen book family and I really hope there are more to come!

I have some sort of addiction. Ashley’s the fire and I’m the moth happily singeing my wings to get closer to her flame.
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1,356 reviews54 followers
June 27, 2017
*** ARC kindly provided by the authors for an honest review. ***

These wingmen stole my heart... Carter finally gets his HEA, not without a bit of a fight!
Sweet, hilarious and so swoon worthy, Carter and Ashley rocked the boat! I adore this series.


I liked the Wingmen series and reading about how they each found their match is definitely worth the read. Time to finally, yes I said finally to hear Carter Kelso’s story. It was about time right??

First, Carter is just… overwhelming, reading this thoughts, as a man still in love with a woman he grew up with, torn about all the changes and facade she was hiding behind, his place into his family, well, the name Kelso is still attached with “Scandal”, thanks to his brother, I was more than smitten. True to himself but trying in a way to find this place, in a town where everyone knows everything, I liked his ways to help his community.

Just a man with a big heart, and with a beard … le Sigh…

What about the woman that stole his heart years ago?? Ashley has quite the reputation. Enjoying life, chasing an like the was probably changing clothes, she didn't give a damn about what people think about her. If the Kelso family is sign of Scandal, well her family is really close behind, maybe more in the first place. I like this idea of this strong woman, hiding her sensitive side, wanting to be more and do more in her life. With Ashley, you can definitely say that appearances are deceiving.

She’s feisty and colorful, just my kind of girl.

Carter and Ashley’s dynamic was really interesting. From high school sweethearts to almost strangers, their story was kinda doomed for the start. A decade later and our Wingman couldn’t get her out of his mind, because she’s still captured his heart, and it never fades. His persistence and total honesty when it comes to his feelings made me feeling swoon. He learned from his past mistakes and his time, he wasn’t let it go.

The banter was great, sweet and fun. Besides their “heavy” history, and some a bit of drama, it worked flawlessly. It was interested to see the changes from the moment they met to the present, where I guess wasn't all they were expected at this time. In spite of the gossips, family issues, all the mess around them, it was good to see how they handled things. To live for them and not for the others.

As usual, I love the humorous tone, leaving to some hilarious and priceless moments. I smiled, I swooned and I just melt. Another Wingmen meets his match and well, it’s delightful, fun and sexy. And don’t forget the goats.


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1,936 reviews46 followers
June 19, 2017
Small Town Scandal is yet another heartwarming read from Daisy Prescott. Knowing the Kelso reputation, I was completely floored at how much my heart skip a beat or two for Carter and how smitten I was right from the start. I felt his frustration at being the responsible one, the older brother who held his family together when things got rough. And I understood his heartache at losing his girl, his Ashley, and the fight he had on his hands in order to win her back.

There is that smart humor that I simply adore sprinkled throughout this book. I was swooning at a heartfelt sentiment Carter conveyed one minute and then chuckling out loud at the one-liner he'd undoubtedly come up with next. His thoughts were the perfect counterbalance to Ashley's POV, which was often filled with self doubt and fierce comebacks to those on Whidbey Island who didn't always have the best opinion of her. But I really liked her spirit. Her determination to live her life the way she wanted, no matter what others may think of her. She is one tough cookie and is as fiery as her red hair. Getting inside her head a bit softened my opinion of her and how she handled things with Tom a few years back.

This is such a charming story and I loved how effortlessly the words flowed. However, there are also some difficult moments from Carter's and Ashley's past that rear its ugly head and threaten a possible present and future. But when they are together, nothing can seemingly stop the love that has clearly been fated for both of them since they were young. Carter and Ashley have a chemistry that is undeniable and there was plenty of steam between them to prove it. Nothing and no one will get in the way this time around, or so they hope. But with the help from so many beloved characters we've all come to cherish from previous books in the series, these two get the much needed push in the right direction.

There is something very special about this Wingmen story. I felt as if the author upped her game a bit and beautifully combined her signature wit with a sincerely tender second-chance romance that brought tears to my eyes more than once. Add to that a herd of adorable goats who steal the show more than once and you have one heck of a wonderful read.

A clear winner and exceptional addition to this series, Small Town Scandal is a 5 star must read perfect for a summer day.
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22 reviews19 followers
June 27, 2017
Daisy does it again, people.

I adored Small Town Scandal. The romance is superb, sweet and real. Whidbey is charming (as always).

Carter and Ashley were high school sweethearts - but their relationship didn't end sweetly. Both come from families with their own problems, and the stress of growing up eventually broke them up. But now, after dancing around each other for years, Carter decides he's waited long enough - he's going to go for his girl - for the only girl he's ever really loved. And while he's trying to win her, Carter's going to do his best to play the long game, though their combustible chemistry is giving him a run for his money.

Where this book really came alive for me was in the character of Ashley. I adore her. I am her. My friends are her. Women I look up to and admire are her. I was part of a conversation a few days ago about intimidating women, and how they're often told by men that they're too intimidating to be dated because they're smart and strong and know exactly what they want out of life. They know who they are, and they aren't interested in compromising themselves just to date someone. Ashley is just like these wonderful, strong women. She's uncompromising in her goals, and uncompromising about who she is as a person. I think many authors soften characters like Ashley - they give her a feminine sweet edge. They have characters deliver opinions with snark and cuteness and a teasing smile to soften the blow of a challenge. Ashley doesn't pull punches, and it's so utterly refreshing. I hope authors take cues from Daisy - I hope they want to write smart, tough, challenging women the way she does.

Of course, the romance is darling, there's a dash of humor, and the people of Whidbey shine in their own right. The book is absolutely wonderful. But Ashley is an absolute masterpiece.
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692 reviews8 followers
July 3, 2017
I really enjoyed this! I always love Daisy Prescott's writing, this was a sure thing.
I haven't actually read all of the Wingmen books, only John's book and Dan's book (a favourite). Perhaps I should have read Tom's book and Erick's books first to truly understand back story, however I found this did standup just fine as a stand alone.
Beach island romance, with a town of interesting characters and friends and family is one of my favourite tropes. I love the offbeat characters Daisy writes, the last book had the eye brow raising mix of a silver fix who owns a pizza joint, skateboards and paddleboards... but it totally made sense while reading it!! This book had a goat hearder! Loved it, the goats were adorable, and a bit of a chic magnet.
This was a great slow burning second chance love romance. I adored Carter's determination to old-fashioned courting, to win back the girl. On the one hand I was like "just bone already!!" and on the other, I was enjoying too much the banter, the chemistry, the slow burning waiting for when they were completely desperate, but also, when it really mattered to them.
This was rather lovely, had a really good secondary story about the perils of mysoginy, I found myself nodding along in agreement.
Fans of Jill Shalvis will love this series, I recommend.
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2,121 reviews5 followers
June 27, 2017
The Kelso brothers are a big part of Whidbey and this time it's Carter's turn. A second chance at the girl he let go. He and Ashley have a deep history, their story is a long time coming and made more got complicated with family history. Here we get to see their love story come together, they may have parted in a bad way but the feelings are there. Oh these two have bicker so, goading each other. Ashley herself has a notorious rep and considered a jezebel of sorts. I had a feeling their story would be more angsty than the rest. Carter may seem laid back but he has his fair share of issues. This book is both of their stories.

We also get flashbacks on the couple back when too. I liked Carter more here he grew up but still laid back and funny. Ashley isn't the typical heroine and it's a nice change.b Carter truly believes he did her right before letting her go but they weren't ready to weather the problems. The tension mounts with each encounter between them. I truly wondered if Carter can win back his girl with his plan. Ashley is a tough nut to crack but if anyone is persuasive and stubborn it's Carter.

Two paths that split that found finally meet again another again, settling old misunderstandings and showing Ashley she's more plus goats makes for a fun and quirky second chance romance. Breakfast Club shout out is very much a great starting point. The ending is very them and so fitting.I wonder if this is the end since only Jonah and Olaf is left. While this isn't my favorite cover out of all the Wingmen I enjoyed the inside more much like this essence of this story. Another fab romcom from Daisy Prescott with her trademark humor and heroes.

*** ARC kindly provided for an honest review ***
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7,203 reviews141 followers
June 22, 2017
Daisy Prescott sets out to make readers laugh but ends up delivering more than she or her readers could have ever imagined. Small Town Scandal has elements of humor to keep it light, but it also pulls out the big guns and delivers a lesson on humility and judgmental people. Carter is the man with a life that borders on irony, but never has a heart been more true. Ashley is the woman whose peers have branded her with a scarlet "A" despite never having given her a chance. The plotline is a bit obvious and the emotions tend to get a bit intense, but Ms. Prescott always tones the intensity down with a bit of satirical wit and a great deal of sincerity.
Author 3 books85 followers
June 27, 2017
Small Town Scandal is sexy, sweet, funny, filled with drama/scandal and an exciting romance that kept me glued to the pages!
I loved how real Ashley and Carter felt. I loved that they were passionate, strong and even infuriatingly funny. I really did fall in love with these characters because this book had a wonderful blend of humor, friendship, love and even humility with how men and women are categorized differently.

I really enjoyed this book from start to finish and not to mention the goats! LOL

4.5 stars from me.
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882 reviews6 followers
June 18, 2017
Every time Daisy Prescott releases a book, I think it can't be better than the last one, and she always surprises me. Back on Whidbey, we get a second chance story for star crossed lovers who've been entangled since childhood. Family messes, gossip, challenging sexual ideals and more all wrapped up in humor and romance. And, who couldn't love a book that begins with a quote from The Breakfast Club?
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Author 1 book81 followers
July 5, 2017
I long to live on the island and snag me a Whidbey Island man! DAISY WRITE ONE MORE FOR ME!!!! 
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741 reviews15 followers
July 2, 2017
I'm a sucker for light hearted romantic comedies. When done right, they leave you in a good mood, wanting more. Daisy Prescott is my go-to author when I'm looking for my fix. Small Town Scandal is the fifth book in the Wingman series. You could read it by itself but you fall in love with it more if you've read the other stories leading up to this one.

Carter and Ashley were high school sweethearts who go their separate ways but get a second chance later in life. Carter is the goofy misfit trying to be a respected businessman. Ashley is a successful businesswoman who can't escape a small town stereotype. It's a sweet story watching them find themselves and each other. Highly recommended.

Thank you Daisy for giving me an ARC to review. I enjoyed it so much I bought the book too.
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482 reviews168 followers
November 30, 2018
Originally posted on Slow Readers Blog

It’s no secret that Daisy Prescott is one of my favorite authors (and people). But to say I was nervous for Small Town Scandal is putting it mildly.

Ashley is a character that was introduced earlier in the Wingmen series and she is far from what would normally be considered likeable. You could probably even call her a villain. So knowing that she was going to be the main character of this book had me questioning even Daisy’s exceptional writing skill. But it was all for nothing.

Not only is Daisy really good at telling a story from a male point-of-view, but I think it’s what really lent itself to redeeming Ashley’s character. Redemption might even be a strong word, because she didn’t change, you just saw her in a different light and had a better understanding of who she was under her carefully constructed façade. Seeing Ashley through Carter’s eyes made it significantly easier to see her good qualities and how misunderstood she truly was. Once you felt what he did and saw her the way he did, you could see through to the person underneath.

Ashley is a very complex character. She has a guard up at all times and it makes it difficult to get to know her. She’s very self-deprecating, believing that if she says the awful things about herself before other people can say them, then she removes the power from the words. She developed an unwarranted reputation as a teen and really did herself a disservice by going to lengths to amplify the perception.

Carter is a likeable character and I was really rooting for him and Ashley. I don’t feel like I connected with him as much as I connected with Ashley, though, which is surprising since it was told from his point-of-view. It wasn’t anything detrimental to the story, but it was something I noticed.

If you’ve been a fan of Daisy’s writing in the past, particularly the Wingmen series, then I think you will definitely enjoy this book. I love the humor that she brings to all of her books. Her writing is smart, witty, and above all else, sweet. Small Town Scandal is an excellent addition to this series and I can’t wait to add a copy of it to my bookshelf.
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617 reviews56 followers
June 26, 2017
I have some sort of addiction. Ashley’s the fire and I’m the moth happily singeing my wings to get closer to her flame.

I've only recently discovered Daisy Prescott, and appropriately high on the Love with Altitude series, I jumped at the chance to read Small Town Scandal. If nothing else, it's a small town, second chance romance, and those are my addiction. My jam. My weakness.

And this one? It's charming and funny. It's hot and steamy, a little crazy and has baby goats in jammies. Think about that. BABY. GOATS. IN. JAMMIES… Holy adorable images, Batman!

It must be said, however, that I did struggle to get into this one a little. It's billed as a standalone, and while I did—around 30-35%—finally feel like I was finally warming to and understanding the characters, I could help but wonder what if.

What if I'd started at the start of the Wingmen series? Or at least with Confessions of a Reformed Tom Cat. What if I'd known about Ashley’s past, and Erik’s infamy?

To that end, I’m confident I would have loved Small Town Scandal from the first chapter had I not dived into this series with book five. As a standalone, it's a slower starter (but still an excellent book), and I would bet that loyal readers—heck, even casual readers—of this series would appreciate it even more than I did.

Why? Because they'd know and understand these characters. All of them—and the dynamic amongst of this group of friends, which is itself a character—but most especially Carter and Ashley. Because they deserve to be known. They are, both of them, flawed and hiding their true selves. Which is likely why they are both so likable. Much like this book.

Why is why, from its chapter titles to the relationships between the siblings and beyond, this book is one you, like me, should jump at the chance to read. I kid you not… (<- goat pun!!)

“Our messy, jagged edges line up. I don’t know how or why, but they do. Always have. We just had to align the pieces in the right order.”

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482 reviews32 followers
June 27, 2017

I couldn't help falling in love with Carter and Ashley!


Refreshingly captivating and an absolute wonderful surprise. This sweet, funny, sexy and exciting romance is everything I hoped it would be and more.
Carter and Ashley were real and lovely and infuriating funny, passionate and strong.
I feel in love with the story. The perfect combination of humor, love, friendship.
If you like Men and Beard this the book for you.

However far away
I will always love you
However long I stay
I will always love you
Whatever words I say
I will always love you
I will always love you
By The Cure
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2,240 reviews
August 14, 2017
I received an ARC for an honest opinion.
I really enjoyed this book and this series. All of Daisy's books have such a wonderful hometown feel to them and it's like you are there in that place and part of those friends and family. I definitely recommend this book and this series and I look forward to reading the other books in this series. I also recommend this author.
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965 reviews8 followers
June 28, 2017

It's Carter & Ashley's story!

I was excited when it was announced that they would be getting their own book.

We were introduced to them earlier in the series and of course Author Daisy Prescott delivered another couple to love in this series.

I loved how Ashley & Carter's story was full of drama, hilarious banter and gave just the right amount of romance that I've always enjoyed from Author Daisy Prescott.

This is a second chance romance that had my cherries bursting in pleasure.

I enjoyed the lessons this story showed us that you can't believe everything you hear.  You have to experience it yourself to know the true identity of it all.

Go Find out if Carter finally takes the plunge with showing his true feelings towards Ashley and if she can break down the image she has convinced everyone to believe... 

Go One click!

**ARC kindly provided in exchange for an honest review***

5 Cherries Popped

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901 reviews19 followers
June 27, 2017
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What do you get when you take a guy, some goats, and a fiery-haired vixen with a chip on her shoulder and put them all together? You have SMALL TOWN SCANDAL, the fifth book in the Wingmen series by author Daisy Prescott.

Whidbey Island might be one of my most favorite places ever. For such a small town, there sure is always something going on, and it's usually shenanigans of the very best sort. Carter Kelso is pretty much the last unattached Wingmen standing, unless you count Olaf, and, well, no...Carter, though, is ready to change things up, to show everyone that he is more than just a slacker, content to drift through life. He's got his goats, he's got his goals, and he'd really like to have another chance with Ashley Kingston.

Carter and Ashley have what you might call a complicated past. Thanks to small-town gossip, Ashley has somehow earned a less-than-pure reputation, and she's happily embracing it, if only to show her fellow Whidbeyites that she's in control of her own life, thank you very much. But Carter knows the truth behind the lies, and he's ready to make Ashley his own, in a very public and very permanent way.

These stories, these characters, they have won my heart so many times over that they feel like real-life. The picture that Daisy so expertly paints is one of the unexpectedly complex and intertwined lives of people in a small town, where there is often so much more going on than meets the eye, and people are continually surprising each other with the way that they rise above expectations.

Carter's and Ashley's story has been a long time in the making, and I thoroughly enjoyed seeing them finally sort things out. This is one second-chance love story that deserves the happiest of endings, because the two of them have gone through so much to come back to each other. And, through it all, there are laugh-out-loud moments that I've come to expect and that I adore so much in Daisy's writing, characters that continue to delight because they are so darned much like the rest of us, and a place that I wish I could visit, because it just seems so magical.

This Wingman has finally settled down, and I couldn't be happier to see it. I'm not giving up hope that Daisy's got more Whidbey in store for us, though, because there's still Ashley's brother Jonah, and, well, Olaf. 5 stars for SMALL TOWN SCANDAL. If you've not read these books, you must, because they are just the best. Add them to your TBR, and enjoy.

***ARC generously provided for an honest review.***
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1,376 reviews27 followers
July 5, 2017
Living life on an island has plenty of advantages and disadvantages. For some - small town life stifles dreams and ambitions. Carter Kelso never imagined that his path would lead him to owning a heard of goats. Making an honest living from those four legged friends. This is one of those times that dreams often find themselves changing with the times.

Throughout his childhood, Carter only had eyes for one gal. Ashley was the one that Carter always imagined he would spend his future with. Then a string of circumstances changed the future that Ashley and Carter saw for themselves. Now - Ashley is running several successful coffee huts on the island with her brother. There’s only one problem. Ashley’s life is constantly under a microscope from everyone on the island.

Reputations can be based on fact or fiction. For Ashley - her reputation stems from an extreme love of gossip, and basing ‘fact’ upon fiction. Carter isn’t one to listen to idle gossip. He has received his own fair share of being the constant talk of the town. The only difference between the two is the fact Carter goes ‘caveman’ whenever someone speaks poorly of Ashley. Carter knows what’s buried deep down in Ashley’s heart. True gold. Something the ‘goat boy’ is determined to uncover once more.

Who doesn’t love a good second chance romance??? Carter and Ashley are a perfect example of young love and the possibilities that paths will cross in the future. If you are a fan of the Wingmen series, then you might remember Ashley from Tom’s story. That was certainly a barrel of laughs for me, so I couldn’t wait to see what was in store from that gal that made me laugh until I cried.

Small Town Scandal has a nice ‘twist’ compared to traditional romance novels. This book is told entirely in Carter’s POV. Each nuance is strictly from the male perspective, and I soaked up every single moment. Ashley’s character wasn’t afraid to live life on her terms. Accepting whatever gossip may have been earned or not. There is a family feud involved within this story that has left Ashley and Carter flailing in the wake. The chemistry between the two characters is the slow burning kind that is just waiting to explode.

As a huge fan of the Wingmen series, I couldn’t have loved Carter’s version of this story any more. A great testament to finding that true once in a lifetime love. Even if it has a few bumps or goats along the way.
June 27, 2017
I had been anticipating this story for a while. We met Carter and Ashley in earlier stories within the "Wingmen" series. Just when you have one opinion of two characters, you read another story and everything changes! That's what happened in Small Town Scandal. Carter Kelso is known for being a fun, casual guy who needs to grow up. Ashley Kingston is an independent woman with a bad reputation. They have been avoiding their feelings for each other (which date back to high school) for years. Carter has finally decided that wants to be with Ashley, and only Ashley, because he loves her. He sets out to convince Ashley that they should be together. Carter moves slowly, as not to "scare off" Ashley, but also because of the history between their two families (which brings drama to the story). There is also history and drama between Ashley and Tom Donnely, who is a member of the group of friends that Carter belongs to. Carter and Ashley have a lot of personal issues to get past, with each other, but also within themselves. Neither person is who they perceive themselves to be (Carter is not a "screw up" who needs to grow up, and Ashley is not a "slut" who is not deserving of real intimacy and love). All in all, I loved this story. I love these characters. As a reader, I was on their sides the entire book. This is really a great story! On a side note, I really love how the author, Daisy Prescott, gives each chapter a "name." The names are all related to the story and to a character. I won't give away who the chapters are named for (you'll have to read to find out!). Also, I love the mention of goats throughout the story (it's Carter's business, and really, who doesn't love baby goats in pajamas?). I highly recommend Daisy Prescott's books, and highly recommend Small Town Scandal. *This book was an ARC given to me for an honest review. The review is my opinion, and mine alone.
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