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?
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!