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Carolina Days #3

Chasing Daylight

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Mitch Brooks exists day to day by keeping the world around him at arms length. There is no going back to the man he once was. That man was broken in a way there’s no fixing. Any hope outside of that is nothing but wishful thinking, until he meets her.

McKenzie Williams needed an escape. The last thing she needed was a scary beautiful man beating down her door in the middle of the night. Now, if only their paths would stop crossing, she could convince herself she didn’t feel a connection to him. Life has shown her the dreams she once held dear will never come true for her.

Mitch struggles to get past the walls he’s built around himself while McKenzie works to build hers brick by brick. When the outside world exposes the vulnerabilities in his façade she abandons her own fears to stand by him. Will she be the one to save him from the darkness within him, or will he forever be chasing daylight?

First published September 17, 2015

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Profile Image for The Romance Book Disciple (Samantha).
1,836 reviews305 followers
August 18, 2015
Oh y'all....there are so many things I love about this book (and the other books in the series) that its difficult to express it, but here we go...
1. The book is a love story in the truest since of the word. You experience the introduction, the build up, the emotions, the struggles, and then you are rewarded with love. Its so real and beautiful. I wish more books were written like this instead of writing about characters who use sex as an ice breaker.
2. The hero of the story is a wounded warrior. End of discussion. That is the baddest ass hero ever written!
3. Kenzie and Mitch's relationship is realistic. Its awkward, weird, confusing, endearing and more. When they have a disagreement, they talk about it! Its so normal! They both fight for each other instead of giving up. They don't allow the miscommunication trap to happen. Carey does a great job avoid all the cliche tropes of romance novels and I love it!
4. Zeus. Read the book and you will understand!
5. While both Mitch and Kenzie think about how hot the other is, it isn't so overly done that you feel the only thing attracting them is looks. Both appreciate each others looks with Carey being overly descriptive. I appreciate this because as a reader, you don't feel like you are unpretty because you don't look like that. When Kenzie is talking about Mitch, she discusses his hotness in general; same for Mitch when he talks of Kenzie. He isn't saying he loves her skinny stomach or other things. It allows you to not feel self conscious about what they find attractive in each other. Its beautifully written and doesn't make the book shallow like so many romance books today.

Mitch is funny and endearing even though he is still not fully emotionally recovered.
It can't be good that she dissed me for my dog.

Unfortunately my plans to win her love don't involve jumping her in my tiny stand up shower.

You know you have it bad for a girl when you can even get turned on imagining them putting on clothes.

Kenzie is cute too. When Mitch uses the excuse of needing help to figure out what to get his sister for her birthday, Kenzie is super excited to help. Mitch mentions his sister likes books...
Oh my God, was it Twilight? I loved Twilight. Did you watch any of the movies?
She immediately goes into rambling mode to help and its adorable. Then when she ponders Mitch's hotness...
I take a moment to enjoy the view. Mitch is seriously hot just existing, all shirtless and wet takes him to another love of hotness not previously discovered. Its like when they find a new species of tree frog in the rain forest. I should probably alert the media.

And then there is my favorite first kiss. Seriously, its hot and sweet!
I can smell lemonade on her breath and I dream of tasting it from her lips. Would I repulse her? Could I live with the look of disgust if she'll have if I do? In that moment I decide I don't care.
I mean seriously!! Heartbreaking and heart melting all at once!
And then there is this....
Before you came into my life I spent my time chasing daylight but the light within you is so pure and powerful the dark no longer has power over me.
. I mean seriously people! That has to be one of the most romantic lines I have ever read. Swoon!

So, bottom line, READ THE BOOK!!!
Profile Image for RJ.
652 reviews341 followers
October 4, 2015
3.75 stars!

Really enjoyed this. Hero has been celibate for years so that's always a plus, lol. It also has one of the best literary dogs I've ever come across. Zeus was awesome!
Profile Image for Aimee Crant-oksa.
471 reviews17 followers
August 17, 2015
Love this series & this book does not disappoint. Mitch & Kenzie are both broken but together they heal each other & can think about the future. And Zeus was just like another character & loveable. I connected with this series & each book just draws you in!
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201 reviews18 followers
July 22, 2020
I read the previously 2 books in this series with much joy. They were charming with a great story.

This sadly lacks a bit on what the other 2 books had: charm. I can't put a finger on why, but the "magic" within the other books lacks here and the book feels very rushed.

Also it's way to dramatic, if you concider is part of the CD series.

As a stand alone, its an ok cute easy to read book, but compared.. it just dont match up.
August 20, 2015
**I received a copy of this book, from the author, in exchange for a honest review.**

When I decided to read Chasing Daylight, I went at it blind. The description gives very little away and I haven't read any other books in this series. So I read this book without any preconceived notions. At first I had my doubts with this book. It wasn't really grabbing me from the beginning. I knew I needed to give it a chance. I'm glad I did because it was a very good book.

The story is about McKenzie, Mitch and Mitch's dog Zeus. Mitch ex Air Force, injured in duty. He is a loner because of his injuries and the PTSD he lives with. His dog Zeus is his lifeline. Zeus knows when he is having a panic attack and calms him. With out him, Mitch couldn't live his life. When Zeus gets sick, he runs to McKenzie for help in the middle of the night. They don't exactly hit things off. He scares her and she's weary of men because of a past relationship. Thanks to her good friends and a tragic event, they are thrown together. McKenzie slowly breaks down her walls and sees that there are decent guys in the world. It is a wonderful story of two lost souls finding love.

I loved that Heywood brings Zeus into the story. I myself suffered from PTSD and my dog was my lifeline. Most people don't understand the bond that you have with a pet. In situations, such as PTSD, the bond is even stronger. So I applaud the author for bringing this to the readers' attention.

Mitch's character is one I loved and hated. I think mainly because her kind of creeped on McKenzie. I understand that being ex military he has a hard time letting that go. I also understand that his being there is what saved McKenzie. So that's why I have a love/hate thing for him.

Heywood is a fantastic storyteller teller. She focused on the characters and their development. It allows the reader to get to know each character and become connected to them. I loved that the book wasn't over sexed. Yes there are a few love scenes but they don't overtake the story and steal all of the attention. The author has great balance with everything. I liked that Heywood talked about issues such as PTSD and didn't water down that part of the story.

This is a wonderful story that is definitely worth reading.
Profile Image for Angelique.
31 reviews4 followers
August 19, 2015
I have been in love with the Carolina Days Series by Carey Heywood since reading book one, The Other Side of Someday. While book one hooked me, book two, Yesterday's Half Truths, brought out a whole new range of emotion for me. Ms Heywood goes to great lengths to make sure her characters and stories are realistic and believable. These are just a few of the reasons I was so anxious to read Chasing Daylight. Since 'meeting' Mitch in YHT, I have been anxious to learn his story, and this book did not disappoint.

Mitch is fiercely independent and doesn't need any interference from the outside world. He's content in his job that gives him the freedom to have his therapy dog, Zeus, at his side and a schedule that adapts to his needs. Aside from work, his only interactions with the outside world, is with his trainer, at the gym. He spends his days maintaining an apartment complex, and spends his nights chasing daylight as the memories flood in. Zeus is the one thing that keeps him grounded.

McKenzie is looking for a fresh start after escaping a volatile relationship. A lifetime of bad relationship decisions has her swearing of men forever, and she's happy. She's finding her way in a new town with her amazing friends and the business they are starting, when a stranger comes to her door late one night...An emergency with Zeus has Mitch banging down her door, expecting to find a vet, but their clinic isn't open yet and if she doesn't help him, he could lose the one thing that truly matters to him.

That late night emergency trips something in Mitch and suddenly he finds himself chasing more than daylight. Mitch soon realizes that there is more to life than existing, but can he save McKenzie from her self imposed dating exile. Can these two damaged people find the missing pieces of themselves in each other? Will they survive the forces determined to destroy them? And can Carey Heywood possibly bring out even more feels in this book than in the previous two??? Grab some tissues and find out!
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429 reviews27 followers
August 30, 2015
I received this book as an ARC, in exchange for an honest review.

I give this book 5 stars.

Although the book is well worth waiting for, I am SO glad I didn't have to, because OMG, it was AMAZING!!!

It doesn't surprise me that this book drew me in and stole my heart, I think everything I have read from Carey Heywood, pretty much felt the same way.

Chasing Daylight was more than I expected it to be.

I loved all the characters; except for one. And you will see who she is towards the end of the book.

Mitch was O-so-perfect. Great guy, big heart, loving, compassion, helpful, strong, and could do just about anything. At first glance you wouldn't think that of him; because it took a stronger woman to pull all those feelings through that thick skin of his.

McKenzie was another great character. I truly adored her. She was perfect; after she sent the trash to the road, which I almost forget is another character I really didn't care for. You will also see why he wasn't a fan of mine as well.

Alec and Rachel are some of the greatest people/friends that you can ever have in your life. True to the heart.

Zues, well he was awesome as well, whoever trained him needs a hero badge. He was just awesome.

I think we also need a number 4 in the Carolina Days series, because I am so nosey I just want to know more. We have to know more. There is more. PLEASE give us more, LOL
Sorry for begging, haha, I just can't get enough of this series, I guess. Are shall I say I can't get enough of Mitch and Kenzie, as of now, :)

Thank you Carey for trusting me with the ARC, I truly, truly enjoyed this book, and I am hoping you will be bringing us more, from Mitch and Kenzie. You can't just end it like that, LOL

Loved it.
Profile Image for Amanda Jones.
511 reviews23 followers
August 20, 2015
I was lucky enough to receive an ARC of this book from the amazingly talented Carey Heywood. So I will try my best to articulate what this book means to .. and that's HOPE. Hope of a better future for these two beautifully broken souls.

McKenzie Williams is a simple down to earth girl that is just trying to get her feet back on the ground. After a relationship troubled past she decides to start fresh with her best friend Rachel and her husband Alec. Together they make a close tight knit family but deep down Z longs for her Alec in this world .. and she never sees Mitchell Brooks coming.

Mitch Brooks is a beautiful man of very few words. After a terrible accident that causes him to lose his leg he believes he is unworthy of love. Content to live his basement life alone he pushes everyone away. All he needs is his dog Zeus. He doesn't realize he may be missing something until he meets McKenzie. And well .. he doesn't see her coming either.

When a unfortunate circumstance brings them together both are forced to realize that maybe just maybe going at it alone is not an option anymore.

This trio Mitch, McKenzie, and Zeus are so perfect for each other. This book gave me all the warm and fuzzy feels almost from the very start! I have been a fan of this series from the start and with each book it just keeps getting better!! I loved this book!! Loved. This. Book. It has definitely earned pride of place on my love shelf!! I hope this is not the last we see of these three!!

Thank you Carey Heywood for graciously sharing this wonderful man that is Mitch with me!! Can I please keep him???
Profile Image for Cyndi.
336 reviews218 followers
October 12, 2015
There were parts of this book that I loved and parts that were just too much. I enjoyed the way Mckenzie and Mitch met and the way their relationship progressed. Mitch was all in from the start and I love that. Zeus the dog was a terrific addition to the book- loved him. I also liked Mckenzie's friends Rachel and Alec. The bad parts were the multiple attacks and a kidnapping- over the top drama for the sake of drama. The OW that took part in kidnapping Mckenzie had known Mitch for 5 years and never made a move on him. In fact they had barely spoken because he avoided people, but suddenly she will turn into a criminal because she has to have Mitch? I didn't buy it. Also, Mitch was engaged when he was injured in the war and she broke it off because of his injuries. This issue was completely glossed over and they barely discussed it. I totally believe that Mitch would still be with the ex fiancée if she hadn't dumped him. Mitch even says at one point when Alec is caring for Rachel that Olivia should have taken care of him like that after his injuries. I didn't like that. We never heard one word of how Mckenzie meant more to him than Olivia or that his love for Mckenzie was different and more. Major spoiler- in the epilogue Mitch proposes and I thought "well he's done that before" and because we never hear reassurance that if there was a choice it would always be Mckenzie it just wasn't as sweet for me. I don't like to feel that the h is the H's choice because she is the one to accept his injuries when the OW wouldn't. Safety gang safe
Profile Image for Kim Miller.
126 reviews2 followers
August 16, 2015
Two broken souls. Two battered hearts. One last chance at love!!!

Mitch and McKenzie are world weary. Each have experienced some of the worst life has to offer and lived to tell the tale. They have sworn off people. They have passed on their chance for more.

Until they find each other....

"I want her peace to sink into me and form roots. I want it to grow inside me until the anxiety that plagues me has no room left and is purged."

Mitch and McKenzie are extraordinary examples of what wonderful things happen when you least expect it. They are the hope, that what is fractured can become whole again.

If you read anything this year, read this book. I wish there was a way to give Chasing Daylight more than 5 stars!!!

I received an ARC of Chasing Daylight. Thank you so much Carey Heywood for giving me a sneak peek of Mitch and McKenzie's story!!
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46 reviews11 followers
August 21, 2015
I just love Author Carey Heywood, all her books pull me in and don't let go. I get lost in the magic of true love. Love that's not always easy. Love that can be hard to Hold on to. Love that could be my love. Her stories are believable and magical.

Chasing daylight talks about some pretty hard topics and like most of Carey's book you would not make it through with out a few tears.

Mitch is a man, who has been through hell, he is a proud man but he has a few weakness that have consumed his day to day.

Mackenzie is afraid that all men are the same and she is cursed for life. She lets her past control her.

Both of these characters are drawn to each other but will there past hold them back or will they be able to let go and find love?
Profile Image for Amanda Bouknight.
3 reviews6 followers
August 17, 2015
I was lucky enough to receive an ARC of this book and I'm so glad because it was amazing! Just like all of Carey Heywood's novels, the characters in this book draw you in from the start. Mitch lives a solitary life, pushing people away. McKenzie has been hurt time and time again and decides to swear off men altogether. When their lives crash together, they are both forced to face their fears. I have to say that I feel in love with each and every character in this book, even Zeus the dog! They are written so beautifully and realistically. There is romance, drama, some mystery and definitely scenes that will have you on the edge of your seat. A must read!
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64 reviews4 followers
August 26, 2015
I love Carey Heywood's stories. This one does not disappoint. It is the third in her Carolina Days series. The characters Mitch and Kenzie are both in a place, mentally, where they prefer to be alone. Until they meets and the sparks fly. The story is told in both character's POV, which I really enjoy in a book. Ms. Heywood's does a very nice job accomplishing the dual POV. My favorite character is Zeus. He is the reason our hero meets our heroine. If you love a good story with loss, love, heartache, fear, suspense, a war veteran and a loyal companion, you'll love this book.

My vote for the next in the series is a book about Frank. I think there's more to him than meets the eye.
Profile Image for Claudia Pinillos.
870 reviews25 followers
August 28, 2015
I absolutely LOVED this book.

First things first, if you must know any one thing about me, you must know that I absolutely, completely, incomprehensively am scared of dogs. There's no real rhyme or reason to it, but if I see a dog coming I either casually sprint to the other side of the road, or pause in panic, whichever really. Now, with all that said, I absolutely LOVED Zeus. His dedication to Mitch is amazing. The way he intuitively knows when Mitch needs him around is perfection. Never have I been captivated by a dog in a story, mainly for my ridiculous fear. But I want to think that if I met Zeus in the street I might not run away (unless he licks me, then you'll just see me on the ground, in a ball, crying).

Ok, now on Mitch and McKenzie. (Sorry but Zeus deserved to be talked about!)

These characters are so perfectly flawed. I loved both of them from the moment I met them. They've both been broken and bruised before and are hesitant to start anything with anyone. Whether by someone or by life, they've been dealt some rough cards but they ways they find to deal and move past what's happened to them are what truly make you love them.

I loved the insight into a Vet's (as in veteran, not veterinarian, I might not usually bother to make this distinction but in this book, both could be possible) life and how it is to cope with PTSD and loss of limbs; it's truly something that you or I may never fully understand unless we go through it but Carey does a wonderful job of shedding some light into what someone that has gone through this goes through on a daily basis. The constant struggle for independence and also the fight with doing certain things that in our everyday life we might not even think about.

McKenzie has had it rough in past relationships and she's not looking to get into anything new. She has to truly let go of her past and allow her heart to open once again in order to let Mitch in. She has this amazing support group in her best friend Rachel and her husband. This family she's made in them is all she needs to get through anything, but once Mitch starts to peel through her layers, she has a hard time keeping him out.

I absolutely LOVED this book and recommend you read it the second it's available in your reading device of choice!!
Profile Image for Tarina Deaton.
Author 16 books175 followers
September 24, 2015
Chasing Daylight is the third book in Carey Heywood’s Carolina Days series and can be read as a stand alone book.

Mitch is a disabled veteran suffering from PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder). His PTSD is so bad, he has a therapy dog named Zeus who helps him get through the worst of it. Mitch meets McKenzie when Zeus needs emergency veterinarian care. Mitch feels a pull to McKenzie - the first person he’s felt any kind of connection with since his injury. McKenzie is facing her own demons and isn’t ready to jump back into a relationship. Fate has other ideas and Mitch and McKenzie are thrown together, despite their own reservations and intentions.

Sounds kind of formulaic, right? What makes Chasing Daylight different from other romance books is Mitch’s struggle with PTSD. Carey states in her note to the reader at the beginning of the book where she got the idea for Mitch and Zeus. She made Mitch an Airman because her own sister served in Iraq in the Air Force. This story was very personal for me. I am a 20 year Air Force veteran and am still on active duty. I spent 19 months in Iraq over two deployments and 12 months in Afghanistan over two deployments. I experienced a very similar situation as Mitch - I didn’t lose any limbs, but I lost several close friends.

Carey’s gift as a writer is her ability to give depth to her characters. To make them real people with real problems. She nailed what PTSD is like - the anxiety, the anger, the sleeplessness, the inability to form and maintain close relationships… Even if Mitch is fictional, he is many of my friends and fellow veterans.

Add to all that, Carey is able to tell a wonderful love story based on real emotions and struggles. It would be easy to see Chasing Daylight as another formulaic romance novel, but it isn’t. It’s a great story with great characters.
Profile Image for Joy.
385 reviews69 followers
November 8, 2015
And the stories just keep getting better. I am loving this series. I was excited for Mitch because I knew he was ex-military with a prosthetic. We met him in Yesterday’s Half Truths at the gym as he is a client of Luke’s. He’s a loner. Does the bare minimum to keep his family off his back so they won’t stage an intervention. Just him and Zeus keeping each other company. Not bothering anyone that is until someone bothers them.

It has to be said that I’ve never read an animal character in a book that had such an important role and I thought Carey Heywood did a fantastic job with keeping us connected to Zeus. He’s a therapy dog and is always with Mitch. He’s never an afterthought but always in the forefront of the story. I really enjoyed this part of the story. I mean of course we have Luke’s bully Loki in YHT but Zeus was essentially as much of a main character as Mitch or McKenzie.

I love McKenzie. She’s such a spit fire but still has her vulnerable side. She sees Mitch for who he is and what he’s struggling through. But she never gives up. I love the progression of these two. There’s a little more drama in this book than the first two and that lends to how their relationship goes but I loved every minute of it. If you are a fan of this series you will not be disappointed in Mitch’s story.
Profile Image for Jessica.
Author 2 books166 followers
September 20, 2015
See more of my reviews on my blog Thoughts At One In The Morning.

My Thoughts:

When I heard there was going to be a third book in the Carolina Days series, I was so excited. I adored books one and two (The Other Side of Someday and Yesterday's Half Truths), so I couldn't wait to read book three. McKenzie and Mitch are sort of amazing together. Their relationship progresses in the best way, sweetly and realistically. They're not expecting this, but they embrace it for what it is, despite their own personal setbacks. I appreciated how both McKenzie and Mitch weren't portrayed as perfect--they had their flaws and they each were damaged in their own way, but they didn't let the past bring them down. They helped each other up, and that's pretty wonderful in itself.

Chasing Daylight was an honest and romantic story. It was beautifully written, and Carey Heywood did an excellent job with all aspects of the story and the characters, including those of the four-legged kind. There were a few twists and turns near the end, but everything fit together. I couldn't have asked for anything more in a story and I'm so glad to have read the love story of McKenzie and Mitch.

My Rating: Very Good
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1,512 reviews489 followers
September 28, 2015
I was lucky enough to receive an ARC of Chasing Daylight in exchange for an honest review. Chasing Daylight is a super fun, sexy, easy read. Even though this is book 3 in the Carolina Days series, it can definitely be read as a stand alone. This book compared to Ms. Heywoods other works of art is a little different. As with all of her books, they tend to be on the more realistic side of life. Her books are ones that people can relate to which is so refreshing these days. However, with Chasing Daylight, Carey added some action packed scenes that will have you on the edge of your seat. Between Mitch's and Kensies horrible past and both swearing to give up on happieness for the rest of their lives, they seem to quickly attach to one another when they least expect it. Since I am not one to give spoilers, I will leave it up to you read Chasing Daylight to see if Mitch and Kensie are able to deal with one another's past and live the life that they both deserve to have.

I am a huge fan of Ms. Heywood for several reasons, but her writing style and how her books are super fun and easy to read and the fact that she writes her characters that are down-to-earth is what pulls me in. Good job Ms. Heywood on another home run.

~ Lisa
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684 reviews17 followers
August 22, 2015
Chasing Daylight is the third book in the Carolina Days contemporary romance series. It is a very well written novel, but the ARC I was sent had a few spelling errors. Since it was an ARC these errors are not reflected in my rating.

This is a love story between two people with traumatic pasts that are understandably reluctant to get involved in relationships. He is a man haunted by his military experiences and she is running away from a bad relationship. This is the story of how they overcome their past mistakes and forge a new life for themselves. Oh, I can't forget the Hero's dog; he is a pivotal and loving character.

I love reading a novel that has intelligent, mature characters. The main characters are well developed, easy to identify with and act like adults. Their relationship overcomes many hurdles due to their maturity and ability to communicate.

CD contains domestic violence, amputation/prosthetics, and PTSD. The author did thorough research before tackling these difficult subjects. Her writing is compassionate and sensitive.

Can you tell that I loved Chasing Daylight? It is a standalone novel, even though it is part of a series. It ends with a satisfying HEA.

ARC provided by the author.
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404 reviews753 followers
October 16, 2015
I had the amazing privilege to read Chasing Daylight by Carey Heywood very early and I really liked it! Mitch and McKenzie are each recovering from tragic pasts. Fate brings them together, as they were destined to be.
“It would be better for both of us if I walked out her door and never bothered her again. The problem is I’m defenseless against her asking me to stay.”

The connection between them is intense. They are both stubborn, closed off to a certain point, and strong willed. McKenzie tries to break through Mitch’s tough guy exterior time and time again.

“Mitch is a puzzle, a beautifully complicated one.”

As they give in to each other they grow in their relationship and just wow….what these two can do to each other! It was sweet and sensual and hot and steamy.

“To bring pleasure to a the woman I feel so powerless around is the single most erotic thing I have done to date.”

^^YES please….can I borrow you Mitch, pretty please?? When faced with adversity these two shine through and are there for one another time and time again. #clickyclicky and fall in love with Mitch and Kenzie!!
Author 1 book1 follower
August 25, 2015
I haven't read many of Carey's books since I read Her and didn't know what to expect with this book. I loved it! Mitch and Kenzie are both broken but still find love with each other. Mitch is broken because of his time in the service while Kenzie is broken because of a past relationship. They're both not looking for love but end of finding it with each other anyway. It's hRd to write this review without spoiling the story and it's an amazing story that deserves to be read.

Mitch is an injured vet who had ptsd and lives a solitary life with his dog Zeus. Zeus gets sick and Mitch runs to Kenzie's business for help. Kenzie is scared of Mitch because of his size and demeanor as well as because of her own past. They start off as friends and find that they gravitate towards each other without trying to. Kenzie's past finds her and mysterious things start happening. The end of the book is suspspense filled and amazing. You need to pick up this book to see what happens because I'm not saying anything else!
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659 reviews2 followers
August 21, 2015

I've been a fan of Carey Heywood's writing since I discovered Him/Her/Them and recently devoured (and loved) the first two books in the Carolina Days series. I was excited that I'd get to know Mitch, an injured vet introduced to us in Yesterday's Half Truths, better.

The thing I love most about Heywood's writing is her conversational tone- I really feel like a friend is telling me a story as I am reading. And although I have loved her prior work, I really feel like Chasing Daylight is, well, just MORE. In addition to the romance, which is definitely quite steamy, there's some action, suspense, hospital stays, and a charming dog named Zeus. He may be the one you list as your next Book Boyfriend, he's just that sweet.

If you haven't yet read the first two books in the series, not to worry, this can be read as a stand-alone, but if you have, you'll enjoy catching up with characters like Clay and Luke.
September 18, 2015
I've been totally in love with this series and Chasing Daylight did not disappoint. For me this book surpassed the meaning of true love. We meet Mitch and McKenzie, two broken souls who both have traumatic past's. Both have given up on the idea of love. That is until their paths collide. Carey took this book to a whole new level in my opinion. Not only are sensitive subjects touched on, she added mystery, suspense and drama. So many times I was on the edge of my seat and screaming "no" at my kindle. I loved how raw and real this book was. It was true to life, with everyday obstacles some people face. Mitch and McKenzie both had different demons, but together they overcame those. When the right people come into your life those things no longer hinder you. Do yourself a favor and take this journey with these two amazing characters. You won't be sorry. This was by far a 5 star read for me. I can't wait to see what Carey brings us next.
109 reviews
August 30, 2015
Just when I thought I couldn't love an author's books more Carey Heywood goes and writes this one!

Chasing Daylight is the story of Mitch and McKenzie. We first get a small glimpse of Mitch in Yesterday's Half Truths as one of Luke's clients.

After Mitch loses is leg he shuts himself off from the world as much as possible with only his dog Zeus as any kind of emotional connection.

That is until McKenzie is suddenly brought into his life.

Dealing with a crazy past of her own and swearing off all men McKenzie and Mitch begin to help each other heal in ways they didn't even realize they were broken.

I love how all of the books in the Carolina Days series intertwine just enough to give you a peek at your favorite characters but can be read as a stand alone without feeling like you are missing a huge pieces of the story.

A must read book and series for sure!
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253 reviews
November 6, 2015
I received an ARC from the author for an honest review.
Confession I haven't read the first two books in the Carolina Days series. (I one clicked them and have started on book one...) Even with not reading them I wasn't confused and was able to follow this wonderful story of hope and finding love. Mitch is just going through the motions of living when he meets McKenzie. McKenzie wasn't looking for love when she meets Mitch. I was pulled in right from the beginning and fell in love with Mitch, McKenzie and Zeus. Both have history that they have to over come in order to love and have a hope for their futures. I love that Carey Heywood uses "regular" people that her readers can relate to. This book is has action, suspense, romance, some pretty hot bedroom scenes and keeps your emotions running high. I loved it from start to finish.
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580 reviews9 followers
September 5, 2015
Another amazing book by Carey!

I love Mitch and Kenzie. This book is Carey's first attempt at throwing a little suspense into it, and she did a fantastic job. The plot is wonderful, and the characters are so lovable, you want to be friends with both of them.

The issues that each one face are so real, and sadly there will be women and men who can relate to Mitch and Kenzie, and what they struggle with. That is what sets Carey's books apart. She's able to bring a sense of reality to a work of fiction. It's truly a gift.

There are no graphic scenes, some mild violence, and some major hot lovin'! When I finished the book, I was sad because I didn't want to let Mitch and McKenzie go. That is the sign of a great read.
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August 18, 2015
All it takes is for the right person to come along and change your life forever.
At first I feel bad for Mitch, even though he prefers the life of solitude he's not really living. With the exception of his dog Zeus he has no other relationships. His connection to McKenzie is immediate even if she tries to avoid it.
"It can't be good that she dissed me for my dog." I loved this part and I absolutely loved Rachel and her meddeling!
This book was HOT, suspenseful, and full of feeling. This wasn't my fist book by Carey Heywood, but it may be my new favorite!! ☺
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August 21, 2015
I LOVED this book. The characters were well developed and the story had it all; sadness, pain, romance, loving :) , courage, badass dog, and drama. I really appreciated how the author gave a little background in her research for the book. I feel it helped her nail Mitch's POV and made his character that much better. My attention issues got in the way a couple of times with some of the detail "setting the scene" but I struggled putting it down because I needed to read just 1 more chapter... The story moved along really well and hope there are follow up books for Mitch, Z, and the gang.
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