February 12, 2016

Review - Fighting Solitude by Aly Martinez


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Fighting Solitude is Book Three in the On The Ropes Series by Aly Martinez and is Quarry’s highly anticipated story.


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**Each book in the series can be read as a standalone**


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Blurb


I was born a fighter. Abandoned by my parents, I spent my life forging my own path—one guided by my fists and paved with pain.
Untouchable in the ring, I destroyed everyone who faced me, but that’s where my victories ended. Outside the ropes, I repeatedly failed the few people who loved me. Including my best friend, Liv James—the one person I’d die to protect.
Even though I didn’t deserve her, Liv never stopped believing in me. Never gave up. Never let go. After all, she understood what I’d lost, because she’d lost it too.
Liv was everything to me, but she was never truly mine.
That was going to change.
I lost my first love, but I refused to lose my soulmate.
Now, I’m on the ropes during the toughest battles of my life.
Fighting to be the man she deserves.
Fighting the solitude of our pasts.
Fighting for her.
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Review

On the Ropes has been an epic series. Every book I read I love more than the last and that’s impressive because the Page brothers are pretty epic. This is Quarry’s story, the final story, the brother I have been waiting for since I read Fighting Silence. 

From that moment we learned Quarry was going to lose his hearing, too. Since the moment he broke down and ran, because he was heartbroken. Then in Fighting Shadows when we learned that his long time girlfriend was dying. I knew this book would break me, but I wanted it just the same. 

I had been a fighter from the day I’d taken my fist breath on earth. 


I wasn’t sure how Aly was going to pull this story off, I had no doubt she could, but how? The story is told in dual point of view and begins in the past. Quarry and Liv, two kids from completely different worlds, meet at On the Ropes. Liv is the daughter of Slate’s head of security. She lives in Chicago with her affluent family. Quarry is at the gym, because of his brother and is participating in the youth program. 


Quarry and Liv may come from different places and backgrounds, but they have a lot in common. They are both fighters. They are strong, loving, protective and giving. Liv and Quarry’s friendship grows throughout the years, but there are a lot of growing pains. Though we didn't really see it at the time, Liv was around through so many heartaches the brothers endured. Now we get to see their reactions and consequences from things that happened in Fighting Silence and Fighting Shadows. Then with Quarry and Liv losing Mia, they have so many things to overcome not just romantically, but in life. 


This story is so unique in the fact that Liv and Q know each other. They are best friends and have no real secrets. They don’t have to get to know each other, but they do have to let go of the past and move forward. These two are by far my favorite couple. I don’t know if it’s the fact that I have always been the guy’s best friend or if it’s because I just love Q, regardless I could feel their love. 

These two are completely sure in their love and love without condition. Their story is one of heart ache, tragedy, but they are fighters and refuse to give in. 


I am so impressed with Aly, this series has been epic and I am going to truly miss these characters. I am so attached that while reading the epilogue I was tearing up. It’s hard to say goodbye to everyone, especially when you can see and feel all they endured. You see how crazy I sound right now…I don’t even blame myself, it’s all Aly. Because when you read this series you will get it, these characters feel real. 


I hadn’t won that fight alone. I wouldn’t have even made it to the fight without them.


Obviously I recommend this book, I want to shout it from the rough top to read this book. BUT I also want to shout from the rough top that you should read them all. 


ARC kindly provided in exchange for an honest review. 


Excerpt


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Prologue

“Mia!” I shouted.
It was worthless. She’d been deaf since the day I met her.
She’d never once heard my voice.
She’d never heard the deep rumble of my laugh when she was excited, signing so fast I could barely keep up.
She’d never heard my content sigh when she barged into the locker room after a fight—just her presence soothed the lingering madness brewing within me.
She’d never heard me whispering my deepest fears into her ear as she fell asleep on top of me.
She’d never heard the reverence in which I cried her name each and every time I took her body.
And she’d never once heard the ease in which the words I love you tumbled from my lips as I stared into her deep, jade green eyes.  
But as I screamed her name while watching her petite body seizing in the passenger seat beside me, I’d never needed her to hear me more.
“Mia. Oh God. I’ve got you, baby.”
She was still thrashing violently as I made my way around to her door, yanking it open while pleading with whatever god was willing to help.
When she stilled, a whole new level of silence filled the air around us. It wasn’t the absence of sound.
It was the absence of life.
“Mia, breathe!” I roared as her chest remained agonizingly still. “Help me!” I screamed at the closed emergency room doors, but no medical savior rushed out with the miracle I so desperately needed.
My hands shook wildly as I released her lifeless body from the seatbelt.
“I’ve got you, just hang on. Please just hang on, Mia,” I whispered lifting her into my arms and sprinting through the sliding doors. “I need a doctor! She’s not breathing!”
Nurses rushed towards me in slow motion as the seconds without air in her lungs passed at a terrifying speed.
Breathe.
A doctor appeared with a gurney and quickly took her from my arms.
The immediate loss was staggering.  
Hope became my only solace.
She needed help that I wasn’t capable of giving her, but that didn’t stop me from following close behind as they rolled her away. I was on the verge of self-destructing; letting her out of my sight wasn’t an option.
I stood motionless in the doorway while doctors and nurses swarmed around her. Their mouths moved frantically, but without my hearing aids I was worthless to make out the words their faint voices carried.
I never wore my hearing aids when I was with Mia. There was no point. She rarely spoke with her voice.
We’d spent four years building a relationship with our hands.
Those hands had told me animated stories that made me laugh until my face hurt from smiling.
They’d fought with me relentlessly, but always ended the night raking down my back in silent ecstasy.
Her fingers had fluidly signed I love you more times than I could ever count—or forget.
But as I felt the nurse attempting to physically remove me from the room, my eyes became fixated on her limp hand dangling off the side of the bed. It was the only sight more frightening than watching her flail mid-seizure.
It ripped the heart straight from my chest.
That hand was supposed to be full of life.
It was the very essence of Mia.
Pale.
White.
Still.
Oh God.
Sucking in a deep breath, I held it until the room began to spin.
It provided me no relief even as it forced me to my knees.
There would be no distraction from this.
I was going to lose her.
Yet another woman I couldn’t save.  

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About the Author

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Born and raised in Savannah, Georgia, Aly Martinez is a stay-at-home mom to four crazy kids under the age of five, including a set of twins. Currently living in South Carolina, she passes what little free time she has reading anything and everything she can get her hands on, preferably with a glass of wine at her side.
After some encouragement from her friends, Aly decided to add “Author” to her ever-growing list of job titles. Five books later, she shows no signs of slowing. So grab a glass of Chardonnay, or a bottle if you’re hanging out with Aly, and join her aboard the crazy train she calls life.


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