Friday, January 19, 2018


THRIVE by Aly Martinez

When I was nineteen years old, I was faced with a choice that changed my life.

Keep the safety of what I already knew or risk losing everything with the young, hotheaded soldier who stole my heart.

I chose the wrong man, and for seventeen years, I paid in tears, blood, and shattered dreams for that decision.

Now, there’s a man in my house, holding a gun to my head on the order of my ex-husband—given from his prison cell.

That hotheaded soldier I was too afraid to choose? He’s now a six-foot-three wall of muscle who works at the country’s most premier bodyguard agency. I’ve always wanted him, but now, I’ve never needed him more.

It’s the call I’m terrified to make.

I’m sure he still hates me… Even though I’ve never stopped loving him.

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For a title like this to work, you have to not only believe the characters but you have to like them and want them to be happy. You have to be willing to forgive them their flaws, and their inability to act in ways they know are right. And, you have to be willing to ignore that there is cheating.

This worked overall for me. Mire and Lark/Jeremy were involved 17 years before, and life (as it often does) took off in a direction that they did not see coming and they were not able to stay together. As their relationship was technically an affair, this is probably for the best when it comes to the past.

But, in the present? Both are single and while there is some life lived and some lessons learned, behind them they are inherently the same people.

I was really drawn to Jeremy. To how hard he struggled to resist his attraction, to how badly he wanted to keep them in the past to avoid the heartache of the past becoming the pain of the present.

There were a couple of places where I thought some of the dialogue was a little melodramatic, and that is what kept this from being a 5 for me, but it was really good overall.

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Originally from Savannah, Georgia, USA Today bestselling author Aly Martinez now lives in South Carolina with her four young children.

Never one to take herself too seriously, she enjoys cheap wine, mystery leggings, and baked feta. It should be known, however, that she hates pizza and ice cream, almost as much as writing her bio in the third person.

She passes what little free time she has reading anything and everything she can get her hands on, preferably with a super-sized tumbler of wine by her side.


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