Series: Wingmen #5
Published by Self-Published on 06/27/2017
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. You do not have to read the other novels first.
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.