February 04, 2016

Fighting Solitude by Aly Martinez ~ BLOG TOUR & REVIEW

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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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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.

Review by: Sam 
Seriously, where do I even start? I am still at a loss for words over how AMAZING this book is. This was one of my most anticipated books because it is QUARRY'S STORY!!!!!! AHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!!!!
Altogether now, let's start a chant and gear you up for this FREAKING INCREDIBLE STORY...

From the first book in this series, I already knew that Aly Martinez would bring something BIGGER each and every time. I have loved every addition to the series, but this one, oh my sweet lord, it met every single one of those cravings I have for a romance novel.
This is so much more than just a story. This book is FAMILY, it is FIERCE, and it is FOREVER. 

Quarry has overcome a lot of obstacles in his life already. In the previous books, we were able to see those struggles, things a ten year old shouldn't have to face. But going through all of those things, only made him stronger. In this book, we get to see his growth, I loved both the past and present flip and a few things he never lost are that BAD MOUTH, his LOVE for his family, and how protective he has been from the very beginning. 

The trip through Quarry's story both ripped my heart out and mended it again. I won't tell you what this means, you have got to read it to find out. He is one of the most gorgeous book boyfriends I have had the pleasure of reading. He made me laugh, he made me cry, he charmed the panties off of me and well, stole my soul right along with that older brother of his. These Page boys... SOUL-SNATCHERS! 

I didn't just fall into this book, I practically collapsed into a heap of emotions that cannot even be described. 

We meet Liv, Quarry's best friend since childhood. The sassy little señorita who has more attitude than half of the guys Quarry spars with, who can bring on the tears faster than blinking, to prevent her getting into trouble with her Daddy. She is one of my favourite heroines to date, from beginning to end, I felt everything she experienced, I laughed with her, I cried with her and I LOVED with her. I adored how real Aly made Liv's character. I loved her thoughts, I loved the lengths that she went to, I love the risks she took. 

Supporting characters, both from the previous books and new additions add beautiful creativity and depth to the story. I loved the ladies and their chats with Liv. I loved Leo and his... "TALKS/THREATS/HILARIOUS ATTITUDE" towards Quarry, I also loved that Quarry gave Leo as good as he got. 

This is a connection between not just two, but three characters, twisted and turned into a book that readers can only dream of. Aly Martinez has touched on so many life lessons, that can be felt deep in your heart and soul. Her writing is breathtaking, the book has been on replay in my mind since finishing and I know, without a doubt, I will be returning to this book again, like, as soon as I finish typing this review. 

THIS SERIES IS ABSO-FREAKING-LUTELY AMAZING! If you haven't read any of them, you need to bump them straight to the top of your TBR, actually, scrap that, you need to go and one click, right now, and collapse in a heap of emotions with me. You will not be disappointed! 




Fighting Solitude

“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.
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.
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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