Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Release Day Post - Right By Your Side by Christi Snow!!!!

Title: Right By Your Side
Author: Christi Snow
Series: Martin Men
My Rating: 4 Stars

About the Book: 

Best Female Country Artist. Sold out world-wide tour. Record-setting album sales. It’s been a stellar year for Skye Taylor and it’s left her exhausted. All she wants to do is go home to Oklahoma, curl up in her little house, and veg out in pj’s with a pile of junk food. But when her tour bus crashes in the middle of West Texas, her priorities suddenly shift. Now she’s sitting bedside hoping her best friend and bodyguard, KC, survives. For Scott Martin, he simply wants this horrible year to end. After the murder of his brother, his family is falling apart. With one crisis after another pulling him back to the family ranch, he’s put way too many late night miles on his truck between his family home and Lubbock, where he works as a paramedic. When he comes upon the wrecked tour bus, he has no idea this is one emergency which will change his life forever. Skye and Scott quickly form a friendship which hints at possibilities of more. But as these two dodge paparazzi, over-zealous label executives, and stalker fans, they soon discover that everything is easier when you have someone you trust RIGHT BY YOUR SIDE. And that becomes even more important when they discover the bus wreck wasn’t an accident…

My Review: 

Ever since Christi Snow’s When the Mission Ends series, I have been patiently waiting for the Martin men series to come out and I have to say – it was worth the wait!! Scott Martin is an EMT and one of the older brothers of the clan. He feels guilty for leaving his father and youngest brother’s care to his oldest brother, Andrew. But, his busy job and schedule have kept him away from the family ranch. While traveling to the ranch to check on his ailing father, Scott comes across a horrific bus crash scene. The bus is in pieces and the two survivors need his help. 

Skye Taylor is the nation’s bestselling country artist, so things have been going really well for her and her best friend, KC. But, her life is shattered and changed forever when her tour bus crashes with her, her driver, and KC in it.  Skye was belted into her seat, but KC was in the rear bed and was thrown around. Trapped underneath the burning back of the bus, she is relieved when an off duty EMT stops to help. Scott gets KC out from danger and eventually convinces Skye to go to the hospital to be checked out and he’ll check in on her the next day. He follows through and gets pulled into the dangerous world of Skye Taylor while helping her to recover and stay safe. 

What can I saw about Scott Martin? He is sexy, sweet, helpful, and full of so much guilt for not being there for his family as much as he could have. His father is ill, his youngest brother is mixed up with drugs, and his oldest brother is a zombie for taking on all the responsibility on his own. Add in the death of their other brother, Thomas and there is a whole lot of heartache in this man’s world. But, he sees Skye and there is an instant attraction between them that he never thought he would feel with anyone else. Skye is sweet, but troubled. Everyone she has ever loved has left her, so she guards her heart with an iron fist. KC is her only constant in her life, so she is devastated when he is hurt so badly in the bus crash and has long road of recovery ahead of him. Facing danger, she allows Scott, the detectives, and the security firm to protect her. She feels the intense attraction to Scott, too, but if afraid of committing because everyone she loves goes away. 

I really enjoyed the pairing of these two. Scott is all alpha male, but with a sweet and caring side. He just wants to protect Skye and keep her safe. Skye allows him to do so, but she is also independent and used to doing things on her own.  Together, they complement each other so well! I really adored this story and the suspense, love, lust, and twists and turns throughout it. The best part? Brian makes an appearance!!! That make this Brian fan so happy!! Thank you, Christi! 

Overall, this is one amazing book to being this series of hunky alpha male stories. I can’t wait to see which Martin man is next and read about his adventure. 

Tuesday, September 15, 2015

Brightest Shadow by Candice Gilmer Release Day!!

Title: Brightest Shadow
Author: Candice Gilmer
Series: Mythical Knights Book #0.5
Heat Meter: Hot
My Rating: 5 Stars


The darkest shadows sometimes have the brightest moments. 

The Mythical Knights, book #0.5 

Losing a father is always hard, losing a father who’s a pillar of the community is harder. 

Losing a father who’s the alpha of your werewolf pack is harder still, yet that’s exactly where David Drigan finds himself--lost and rudderless after the death of his father. 

Nonetheless, the final transformation to turn David into the leader has yet to come to him, leaving him and his family wondering, will he ever be strong enough to lead his pack? 

Trying to step into his place in society, David meets Kelsey. 

Blonde. Curvy. Attitude. 

And a little dark. 

There’s just something about her that makes David’s beastly desires surface unlike ever before. The need to take her and protect her, if only from herself, overwhelms him. 

Not that Kelsey would let him. She doesn’t need anyone to take care of her. Never has. An absentee family taught her one thing--take care of yourself, because no one’s going to do it for you. 

But this David guy? There’s just something different about him. At first, she thought it was because his family actually likes each other--a foreign concept for sure. 

One night at her favorite decrepit amusement park, she learns there’s a lot more to David than she ever expected. 

There’s a lot hidden in the shadows. 

Can they find the light, lost in the dark? 

My Review: 

Wow! This was a fantastic beginning to Candice Gilmer’s Mythical Knights Series! Kelsey has been on her own since she was young. She watched her mother depend on man after man and owe them for their help. She vowed to not be that kind of woman, so she tolerates her boss and his bad attitude because she doesn’t want to depend on anyone but herself for income. After organizing a company event for her bosses, Kelsey quickly gets dressed in one of the upper offices before going down to make sure things are running smoothly.

David’s father just passed away and now the title of Alpha falls to him.  Unfortunately, the Alpha has not come to him, yet, and so he and his family have been waiting to see if it would or if it skipped over him. Meanwhile, he and his family were being honored at a corporate event and he goes into an office to escape and find some quiet. He walks in on Kelsey changing and instantly feels a spark when he helps her zip up her dress. From that moment on, the two of them get together, again, when David goes to her office to sign some paperwork. Her boss sees David there and instantly goes off on Kelsey, blaming her for ruining the deal and having access to confidential information. David lets her boss have it, and Kelsey quits her job, not knowing where her next paycheck will come from or how she is going to survive on her own.

Kelsey takes David on a date to an abandoned amusement park, but they are ambushed and have to run and hide to save their lives. David reveals his secret to her and she takes it much better than he thought she would. Unfortunately, they have to escape through some air vents, but manage to get a message to David’s brother asking for help before they are killed.  Kelsey becomes enveloped in David’s world and must make an important decision that impacts both of their lives forever.
Brightest Shadow is easily one of my favorite stories of 2015! The author’s world building and storytelling abilities are phenomenal!  Candice Gilmer is becoming one of my favorite authors with her writing style and ability to tell an interesting and unique paranormal story while keeping the reader engaged and entertained. There was not a moment where I felt like I had to put the book down because I needed a break. I could not get enough of this story and these characters!!
I can’t wait to read more of this series! I HIGHLY recommend it to anyone that enjoys a good paranormal story!