Thursday, February 4, 2016

~*★Blog Tour with Review★*~ Fighting Solitude by Aly Martinez

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**


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.


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.

Title: Fighting Solitude
Author: Aly Martinez
Release Date: February 2, 2016
Rating: ★★★★
Reviewer: Diane
I'm always sceptical to read a book from an author that is unknown to me, especially an ARC.  But occasionally I also like to expand my horizons in order to experience other creative work.  When I start reading a book, from the very first pages, I get a gut feeling whether or not if it's going to be an outstanding one.  Fighting Solitude by Aly Martinez went above and beyond my expectations by being an amazing 5 star review.  I was far from being disappointed that's for sure.  Copy provided in exchange for an honest and spoiler free review.

                         "You watch my back, and I watch yours."

  I was expecting to read about a macho, rough around the edge fighter who falls in love to then live HEA.  This story was so much more than that, it was a journey called life.  Quarry and Liv became best friends when they were quite young and remained that way until Quarry shattered Liv's trust.  One incident destroyed Quarry and in the after math he pushed Liv away.  3 years later, Liv reaches out in order to forgive and wanting to trust Quarry again.  Things have changed during that time.  Liv has always secretly loved Quarry all her life but has kept it to herself.  Unexpected turn of events will leave them devastated.  They will go through loss, guilt, forgiveness in order to trust again and fall in love.  It's a story about best friends to lovers.  They are destined to be soul mates.  I don't want to give to much away because I want the readers to be able to enjoy this amazing experience.

                     ”Every.  Single.  Day"

  This was such an amazingly well written story that once I started reading it, I just couldn't put it down.  The words, but particularly the characters attached themselves to my heart and soul to never let go until the very last page read.  Then I wanted more.  It's a highly entertaining story loaded with romance, drama and suspense.  It can be heartbreaking and heartwarming at the same time.  This was a well-executed seamless plot, wonderfully executed storyline with original characters that I couldn't help but love very much.  The characters are what stood out in this story because they have unparalleled characteristics that differ from one another and from other stories.  They were beautifully crafted from a creative mind.  This author had the ability to manipulate my emotions in order to make me feel what they were feeling.   I truly felt connected to them.  The prologue itself made me weep, but the epilogue made smile.  The prologue stood out remarkably because it got me hooked immediately.   Bottom line, I love everything aspects of this story.

                 ”Together- Completely alone"

  This story is told in a dual POV with a couple of other POV's at the very end.  It's a standalone with an HEA.  This is the third book in the On the Ropes series.  I can honestly say that I was nervous about reading the third book without having read the 2 previous ones.  The author did an amazing task by giving brief descriptions of the previous stories in order to keep me up to date without feeling confused.  I strongly recommend reading this story.  I will definitely read the other books from this series and also Aly's previous titles.

Additional Books In the Series

Fighting Silence (Book One) On the Ropes
ONLY $0.99

Fighting Shadows (Book Two) On The Ropes

About the Author

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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