Title: Snakes Among Sweet Flowers
Author: Jason Huffman-Black
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Length: 240 Pages
At a Glance: Snakes Among Sweet Flowers is suspenseful, dangerous, and was an absolute page turner for me.
Reviewed By: Maryann
Blurb: 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. 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.
Review: 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 in Hog Mountain, Georgia—maybe. Cam still has a little bad left in him—he has just the right amount of charm to scam people—but he finds that small town people really are nice and forgiving. Cam finds himself in a dilemma because he doesn’t understand people being nice, and as he experiences their friendliness, he shows his soft side. Along with Tommasina, Galen, Luanne, and Tony, we get to see Cam become more invested in the people around him.
Jackson Rhodes is a somewhat closeted, church going, police officer in Hog Mountain. He really cares about the people in his community and goes the extra mile to protect everyone. But he doesn’t care for Cam; he’s suspicious of him from the start. When a theft gets reported and he finds Cam is involved, he confronts Cam and it comes to blows. Jackson is frustrated to no end with Cam, but he gets some needed advice from his father, Walter, and Ida Evans.
Cam made one last mistake before leaving Harold Livey’s gang of thieves, and now he’s being tracked down, putting the people of Hog Mountain in danger. Cam has to decide to trust in Jackson and tell him what’s going on.
I love Jackson and Cam; their growing feelings for each other bring out the best in both of them. And they both have a special bond with Galen, Luanne and Tony. There are many solid characters to enjoy in this story, and I found Dr. Grant Moore, the town vet, to be just a little too creepy/stalkerish. Snakes Among Sweet Flowers is suspenseful, dangerous, and was an absolute page turner for me. Jason Huffman-Black is an author I will definitely keep an eye out for.
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