Small Town Scandal by Daisy Prescott
Series: Wingmen #5 (Can be read as a standalone)
Publication Date: June 27, 2017
Genres: Contemporary Romance
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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
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. You do not have to read the other novels first.
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.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
USA Today Bestselling Author Daisy Prescott writes romantic comedies with heart.
Her Modern Love Stories feature characters in their thirties and forties finding and rediscovering love in unexpected and humorous ways. Her Wingmen books star regular guys who often have beards, drive trucks, and love deeply once they fall. Look for her new Rom Com series, Love with Altitude, in 2017.
Born and raised in San Diego, Daisy currently lives in a real life Stars Hollow in the Boston suburbs with her husband, their rescue dog, and an indeterminate number of imaginary house goats. When not writing about herself in the third person, Daisy can be found traveling, gardening, baking, or lost in a good book.