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Guarding Shadows

(Save Me #5)

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An emotional rockstar and military romance that can be read as a standalone.

Her demon stalks her.
His demons haunt the shadows of his head.

Internet star turned rocker Quinn Wylder never asked to be famous. So when she starts receiving disturbing messages while on tour with her new band, her reluctant dream quickly becomes a nightmare.

Army veteran Tanner Clarke never asked t
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Published 2021
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ItaPixie
Apr 16, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 5-stars

Guarding Shadows is amazing, beautiful, engaging and emotional.

Tanner Clarke was a military, now he is struggling to get used to his new civilian life, his family is not welcoming and he feels broken and hopeless until fate makes him meet Quinn Wylder and her band.
Quinn Wylder is a rising rock star and her new fame attracts the attention of so many people, unfortunately lately she is receiving some menacing messages and she is in need of a bodyguard. Tanner accepts to protect Quinn bur from the

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Lindsey  Domokur
Mar 25, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arc, 2021-reads
Just one more chapter.. just one more chapter.. then I finished the book in one sitting. All the stars. Quinn and Tanner were everything. This book came to me right when I needed it. Tanner is dealing with his demons and Quinn is dealing with an internet stalker.
After a meeting on an overseas tour, Quinn and Tanner meet again and this time Tanner is a civilian trying to make it out of the military. When he comes home, his support system is lacking, at best, so he is forced to figure things out o
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M.E. Carter
Do. Not. Miss. This. Book.
It's absolutely stunning. I still have chills.
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Aly Stiles
Apr 23, 2021 is currently reading it  ·  (Review from the author)
Eeek it's live!!! We hope this one touches you like it got to us. ❤

Read Guarding Shadows: http://mybook.to/GuardingShadows


A haunted veteran.
A hunted rockstar.
Who’s saving who?

An emotional rockstar and military romance that can be read as a standalone.

Her demon stalks her.
His demons haunt the shadows of his head.

Internet star turned rocker Quinn Wylder never asked to be famous. So when she starts receiving disturbing messages while on tour with her new band, her reluctant dream quickly becomes a
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Melinda Knight
Mar 30, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Wow. Just wow. I just finished this amazing book and I am shook! There is more than one hero in this book. Tanner and Quinn have a story that I am so happy it was told. I am so thankful that I was able to read this book early. I needed this story.
It’s such a great story of triumph, self worth, love, and finding your bravery when you need it most.
I’m in awe of their words. It will stay on my heart forever.
It’s simply perfect.
Thank you so much to you both for allowing me to come into this worl
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Erin Lewis
Apr 19, 2021 rated it it was amazing
5 star review of  Guarding Shadows (Save Me #5) by Aly Stiles & Hazel James
 
Wow, I am not sure where to start with this review. Guarding Shadows was at times an emotional roller coaster of a read that was well written and drew me in and held me captive from the start. I have read both Aly Stiles and Hazel James separately but together these to are a fabulous writing duo. I have no idea where one stopped and the other started or who wrote what, such was their seamless style of writing.
Quinn Wyld
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Brenna
Mar 31, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I’m so in love with each of these authors separately, and together, they are a force to be reckoned with! You’d never know this was co-written, it was done so seamlessly.

Guarding Shadows had all the depth, all the emotion, and the beautiful voice that I’ve come to covet with Hazel and Aly’s books, with some angst sprinkled in as an added bonus.

It’s like the love child of Ashton Morgan, Genevieve Fox (Breaking South), and Chased/Saved. These authors have created something truly special and uniqu
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Chrisann
Apr 12, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Wow. Just wow. I'm part of a military family, and the PTSD stuff is spot on. So is the medical marijuana stuff, which I have to say is fantastically written. It all is, but that part really helped me understand why it is truly needed from a medical standpoint. As far as the story itself, the entire thing was phenomenal. ...more
Comfy Couch Book Reviews
I was waiting in great anticipation for the arrival of Guarding Shadows and as usual Aly did not disappoint me with this incredible and special story co written with Hazel James. Once I started it I was totally engulfed by the emotions portrayed and though I have thankfully never experienced PTSD the story was so realistic that I was breathless as I read some scenes wondering what horrors might unfold.

I fell deeply in like with Tanner Clarke, how lucky was Quinn to have met this wonderful man.
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Stephanie
Apr 27, 2021 rated it it was amazing
All I can do is hold on. Wait. Love. Hope.

I just can’t find the words to do this story justice. All the feels, all the angst, all the #RockstarRomance we love! Aly Stiles & Hazel James have taken a story and mixed in versions of reality to create a soulful, touching and heart breaking romance. Guarding Shadows combines the lead singer/guitarist for an up-and-coming band with an Army veteran. Tanner and Quinn’s journey will leave you holding your breath as you see them navigate the uncertain
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Cranky - The Book Curmudgeon
Apr 22, 2021 rated it it was amazing
5 Cranky Stars


“I’d rather sit with you in your darkness than be alone in the light.” I mean seriously?? Swoon. Who doesn’t want someone who is willing to sit in the dark with you when things are bad? Who doesn’t want someone who will love you despite the shadows? I know many who would. We all crave that interaction that connection to someone who chooses to love you every day without regrets. This is the story of Quinn, a rising star and Tanner, a medically retired army sergeant who is trying to
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Jess Ostrander
Apr 23, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arcs
I stayed up far too late because I could not stop reading this book! I cried. I laughed. I loved every minute of it. It's so real. The characters, the story, all of it.
Tanner is trying to adjust to civilian life but he's got barely any support system and he's not handling life well. I could relate to him and felt for him so much. Quinn was awesome too. Such a little ray of sunshine and I loved it. She's got such a big heart. I loved that they helped each other and grew together. And shout out t
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2OCC Reviews
Apr 23, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: marie
I knew going into Guarding Shadows that my heart and mind were going to take a hit, but the ache in my soul was devastating. So many different feelings concerning both Tanner’s history and his current situation had me in deep thoughts about what so many veterans and their families are going through.

The co-writers of this book did an exceptional job in writing all aspects of this story. The conflicts, the emotions and the chemistry between Tanner and Quinn. Especially powerful was Quinn’s reactio
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Pamela Lilley
Apr 17, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Holy Moly Guacamole!! I’m feeling a whole rollercoaster ride full of emotions right now. This story has all my favourite genres (even those I didn’t know I needed in my life), along with perfectly imperfect characters. Characters that make mistakes, characters that need to believe in themselves, that need to learn to love themselves, and to start trusting in themselves. Tanner Clarke and Quinn Wylder are two such characters, who together can fight their demons. You know how we sometimes pigeonho ...more
lowkeyreader
Apr 23, 2021 rated it really liked it
To be honest, I didn't know how this collab of authors is going to write the story. I'm pretty familiar with Aly's writings, but this is the first time I've read anything by Hazel. But it was pretty seamless. And it was beyond amazing! Tanner and Quinn's story is an emotional roller coaster. Everything about these two was just beautiful and heartwarming. Pretty sure this is my favourite book out of the series now. ...more
Sara
Apr 13, 2021 rated it really liked it
Guarding Shadows is the blend of two of my favourite genres of romance - military and rockstar.

This is the story of Quinn Wylder and Tanner Clarke. Tanner and Quinn meet shortly before Tanner is due to be medically discharged from the Army. Quinn is on a European tour with her new band and agrees to do an interview while in Germany.

Fast forward, and Tanner is now living as a civilian except thanks to his diagnosis of PTSD as well as his physical troubles, is struggling to find his way in this
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Irma *Irma The Book Whisperer*
This story is an astonishing one! Rich, but mixed with sparks of rawness. Fierce, and so very emotional.

Tanner is a man to be admired, and Quinn an insecure sweetheart.

These two authors came out blazing and have delivered this beautiful, versatile story with so much maturity! I was addicted to it and I could not stop reading. There was just so much that kept me invested from page one and all the way to the end. When I thought all was right and there was nothing else that could go wrong, I got
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Hazel James
Apr 23, 2021 added it  ·  (Review from the author)
Guarding Shadows is live! This book has a piece of my soul and I'm so proud to share this story with you. ...more
Laura
Apr 13, 2021 rated it it was amazing
ARC received in exchange for an honest review.

Thank you ladies for writing and sharing such a beautiful story with us. I’ve heard the expression write what you know so many times. That’s clearly what happened here. Some things come from research and some things can only come from life and experience and the heart.

This book was difficult to read in places so I can only imagine that it must have also been difficult to write at times.

This is my first experience of Aly’s writing but I am well versed
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The Book Lover
Apr 16, 2021 rated it it was amazing
This book took my breath away, I'm in awe of this story and its characters! it hit close to home, so I cried for a good part of it, I read it in one sitting because I just couldn't put it down! I need more of this incredible series! ...more
Luisa Rivas
Apr 22, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites-2021
This book broke my heart and mended it too. Reading about the travails of a veteran who has been medically discharged from the military and is in the situation of jobless, homeless, no prospects and a disinterested family who won’t come to his rescue is very distressing. After sacrificing mental and physical health for their country, you’d expect more gratitude from the country that took so much from them. I was especially horrified by the stigma attached to having PTSD, as it he were a harmful ...more
Angela's Book Addiction
Guarding Shadows by Aly Stiles and Hazel James is a contemporary rockstar and military romance told in first person dual POV. Although it's book five in Aly Stiles's Save Me series, it can be read as a standalone. So far, it's the only book I've read in the series, and I didn't feel like I was missing anything or in need of any additional information to understand and enjoy the story.

Army vet Tanner Clarke has recently been medically retired from the military and is having a hard time adjusting
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Aaly
Apr 24, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arc




An emotional journey that took my breath away.
Gut-wrenching, gripping, inspiring and so beautifully written story with amazing in depth characters. This book is so special and unique, exploring the deepest scars of the main characters, showing a range of emotions that made me feel so much.

Quinn Wylder was living the dream until she needed protection when someone seemed to be too invested in her. A shining soul, raising star who didn’t have any viciousness on her soul in spite of thi
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Jackie Wright
Apr 22, 2021 rated it it was amazing
You know you are reading a very special story very soon into a book and Guarding Shadows is one of those reads, it’s a beautifully written, emotional love story that will stay with me long after I read the final words. I love Aly Stiles and Hazel James stories when they write separately but together they took this book to a whole another level. I honestly have no idea who wrote what and that’s a sure sign of a wonderful, powerful writing duo.
Quinn Wylder has reached rock star status and that me
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Nicole
Apr 24, 2021 rated it really liked it
⭐⭐⭐⭐.5

This rock princess meets military veteran romance is stunningly honest and extremely relevant. The approach taken by these two authors regarding real issues facing career military members who are transitioning to civilian life is intelligent and impactful. The glimpses of the lives of members of a rock band rising in the music world are insightful and intriguing.

Quinn and Tanner are polar opposite on the spectrum of personalities. Their connection is critical and central to their existenc
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World Of Books 65
Guarding Shadows is a unique 5* read that has beautifully woven a rockstar romance with a gut-wrenching story of life after servicing your country. It is the first story that I truly felt the pain and frustrations that Tanner was going through, but this only enhanced what is a truly wonderful book. The light-hearted moments are given to us courtesy of Colton love this guy.

'How can a person you met once punch you in the heart so hard?'


When Quinn Wylder and her new band Detour Wlyde pu
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KS
Apr 21, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Powerful, gripping, and seamless.

Wow - this writer duo made sure the Save Me series didn't skip a beat. I expected it from Aly Stiles, it's her series after all, but it was positively seamless with Hazel James who I will be checking out her other books for sure.

Tanner and Quinn are imperfectly perfect together. Tanner - wow - what a story and such a testament to how far we still have to go to treat our veterans fairly. Quinn - her heart is in the right place, she just needs to have the confidenc
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Cathy
Apr 21, 2021 rated it it was amazing
I love where this story took me. Aly has always had a way of showing the depth of emotion and struggles a person may have and this is apparent here. Tanner is protective and strong and honorable but is fighting demons only he knows. The story highlights how veterans are not supported once they leave service and suddenly have to deal with situations which are alien and unexpected.

Quinn is like a little ray of sunshine and although everyone loves her, there is an undercurrent of tension that need
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Carol Seymour
Apr 23, 2021 rated it it was amazing
I have read stories independently from each of these authors but let me tell you, together they are a powerhouse, a force to be reckoned with.
Tanner, a medically returned veteran who had hopes of being a lifetime soldier. Tragedy and PTSD shattered those dreams and when he returned to the states, he found himself jobless, homeless, almost penniless and quite without a family.
Quinn became an overnight sensation and now is a blooming rock star. Sadly along with stardom comes fans who seem to push
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FunUndertheCovers
Apr 23, 2021 rated it it was amazing
I have read stories independently from each of these authors but let me tell you, together they are a powerhouse, a force to be reckoned with.
Tanner, a medically returned veteran who had hopes of being a lifetime soldier. Tragedy and PTSD shattered those dreams and when he returned to the states, he found himself jobless, homeless, almost penniless and quite without a family.
Quinn became an overnight sensation and now is a blooming rock star. Sadly along with stardom comes fans who seem to push
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