Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Book Spotlight & Review: Chasing Midnight (The Darkest Desires of Dixie #1) by Shyloh Morgan

Quinn Mason is a young Southern gentleman. Perhaps, gentleman is a stretch for how he lived his earlier years. He was the kid whose life seemed charmed, a popular athlete in high school who won a full scholarship. Life was on track for him until the death of his parents. In one terrible moment, Quinn went from having everything being everything for his young siblings. He left college, and used the money from his parent’s life insurance policy to buy a bar. The bar supported him and the kids, affording him the ability to give for them the life they were robbed of, even sending them to college. 

Mhisery Bellemy has returned to Midnight, reluctantly. Her mother died, and she is left to take care of her drunken father, and the family cafe´. She had escaped the small town’s clutches as soon as she was of age, and swore never to return. Now, her siblings have turned to her, leaning heavily on her for help. The woman who got out of town and made a life she loves is now forced, by the bonds of family, and the weight of obligation, to return and give up what she had worked to build for herself. 

These two are unlikely to cross paths, but chance throws them into the right place at the right time. Quinn’s brother is the catalyst that brings Mhisery into Quinn’s line of sight. And that’s all it took, one look and he knows he has to have her. The golden boy athlete is now drawn to the tall, tattooed woman stepping off the last bus into town. 

Will Quinn ever have the woman he desires, and make her his own, or will she return to the life she loves far away from the small town of Midnight, and Quinn, or will she stay and make a life with the man she loves? 

Chasing Midnight tells a story of love, friendship, and sacrifice. This talented duo, Shyloh & Alex Morgan, will rip your heart out and have you falling in love with the inhabitants of this quaint, quirky, town. Welcome to southern seduction, and the town of Midnight, where the Darkest Desires of Dixie become a reality. 

Overall Rating:  4.25 Rockin’ ★★★★
Chasing Midnight is the first book in the Darkest Desires of Dixie by authors, Shyloh and Alex Morgan.  It is a glimpse into the life inside a sleepy southern community and the lives of its residents.  Southern charm and slow pace seduction is common place there and life flows like thick molasses, slow and sweet.   Come sit down, pull your shoes off and dive into a love story that will warm your soul as it nourishes your heart.  This is Quinn and Mhisery’s journey home.

Sometimes you never forget a high school crush, even when you distance yourself from that crush and the place he still lives in. Mhisery Bellemy left Midnight, Georgia behind as soon as she could shake the Georgia clay from her feet.  She has created a new life for herself in the big city.  But now due to circumstances beyond her control, she once again finds herself within the city limits she swore never to return too. When it comes to family, Mhisery has never been one to turn her back on that bond.  The needs of her siblings, the death of her mother and the obligation that she feels will keep her feet planted inMidnight.

That old saying, opposites attract really hits the nail on the head when it comes to Quinn and Mhisery.  From the moment he sets eyes on her, Quinn knows that she is his.  He will use all his southern charm and alpha maleness to woo the woman that Mhisery has become.  Quinn is no longer that golden boy she remembers, but a man that has sacrificed for his family at personal cost of his own dreams.  His life has been one of commitment and obligation to his siblings. Maybe life is offering him a second chance and that chance is Mhisery.

Hero 4.25 stars
Heroine 4.25 stars
Steam: 4.25 stars 
Plot: 4.25 stars 
Cliffhanger: No

Would I recommend this book: Yes! Take a chance and enjoy this downhome, southern style romance that will keep you entertained as you become familiar with the residents of Midnight, Georgia!

Would I recommend this author: Yes! This writing dynamic duo will sway you with their warmth in portrayal of real life through their characters and the stories they have to tell!  

***Received an ARC of this book from the Author in exchange for an honest review***

About the Authors:
Shyloh and Alex Morgan are a duet of authors who have written together for years. Both come from large families steeped in alpha males. Growing up in this environment allows them to truly grasp varying personalities and create a world of seduction that will completely consume a reader once they find them in a world the two have created. 

Shyloh was born and raised in the south, and is a published author in her own right, with multiple titles to her credit. She comes from a large family in which she was the only female among all her brothers and cousins. She has a background in medicine working as a registered nurse before turning her attention to writing. She has several awards to her credit before she started embarking on this journey with Alex where have started showing readers that there is more than steamy weather in the south. 

Alex was raised in a similar family and was surrounded by alpha males, giving them a unique understanding of various male personalities. Alex's ability to turn a phrase and make, not only the reader, but the leading female in the novel swoon, has given readers a true glimpse into southern charm, as well as, southern seduction. 

Both reside in the rural south currently, and enjoy spending time with their family and friends while they each participate in the running of their individual family farms. They each love horse riding, quiet nights beneath the stars with a cold drink, and general country life. But when the two authors collide and collaborate they create a world in which demons, humans, shifters, and vampires alike take the reader on the emotional ride of a life time. 

Their characters show various strong personalities, while demonstrating the inner turmoil that is faced within the plot. They are skilled at creating characters that are multifaceted, making the reader explore the range of emotion that each character feels. Welcome to the worlds of their creation where the men are strong, powerful, charming, funny, and perfectly imperfect. Where the women are strong of will and heart, with a determination to rival any the reader has ever read. 

Welcome to the worlds of Shyloh and Alex Morgan.

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