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 Silence (Book One) On the Ropes
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Fighting Shadows (Book Two) On The Ropes
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REVIEW – This Booknerd’s Thoughts:
Oh man. I don’t even know where to start with this. I have been sitting on these thoughts and emotions for almost two weeks now. I was dreading this review because I didn’t know if I would be able to deliver a spoiler-free one and NOT bleed and yell and cry all over this damn post. So, I decided, YES, this will be SPOILER-FREE reivew but to fully and honestly share with you how I feel about this book, I will be assisted by the help of gifs. Yes…all the GIFS. Here we go.
First, let me say; when I read book one, ‘FIGHTING SILENCE’ (which I LOVED), I was shocked by what a wizrd storyteller Aly Martinez was. I tell everyone, I feel like I lived a full life through that book. SO MUCH HAPPENED, beautifully and perfectly fleshed out that I thought, for sure, we were nearing the end of the book. I check my kindle and lo’ and behold, we were only at 25%. TWENTY-FIVE PERCENT! How the hell was that possible? It was miraculous and I loved it!
Going into book three, ‘FIGHTING SOLITUDE’, I wondered if it was a one-time magical fluke in book one. NOPE! Here I am, feeling the SAME thing about the book probably nearing it’s end and when I check, ironically enough, AGAIN, it was only at 25%. There was still so much story left and I was giddy and shocked. Aly Martinez is a wizard!
If you read book two, ‘FIGHTING SHADOWS’, then you know our Quarry and the tragedy epilogue/prologue at the end leading up to his book. Book two was about his brother, but we saw Quarry and his relationship and friendships in book two. Well, book three finds us looking at an adorable nine year old Liv and beastly looking ten year old Q. From the beginning, their unique friendship had me tilting my head and happy sighing.
As they grew older, I was loving the bond and care for one another they were forming. Oh, them hugs.
Then…well, then the teen years struck and someone from book two makes their actual first appearance into their lives and let’s just say, I was NOT a happy person.
I literally felt the pangs that Liv felt.
And well…things just got worse.
And, I hated the world for Liv.
Then, tragedy struck and everything shifted. They shifted in directions I didn’t want them to go.
So many times in this book, I literally felt my chest squeeze. My eyes watered and i didn’t know how to feel about Liv’s position. I was mad at Q. In all logic and retrospect, I get it. I get why certain things happened but I wish the outcome were different. Even if they were better for it as individuals and together.
By the end, I felt so conflicted. I LOVED Q AND LIV! I LOVED THEIR STORY. But there was one MAJOR factor to their story I just couldn’t reconcile with. It hurt too much. No it wasn’t cheating. All was right and fair. I apologize for lack of clarity but I need to vent while equally keeping it spoiler free. LOL
You see, every time Q said, “Every. Single. Day.” All I could think was, “LIES! Stop saying that! Because you didn’t EVERY. SINGLE. DAY. Liv did! You didn’t!” Again, apologies. You’ll understand after you read.
Here’s the crazy part. Liv and Q ARE meant to be. I ship it, so hard! It’s the ONE unreconcialable factor that stayed heavy with me. She never loved another. She watched while never loving another. But their love turned beautiful. Their ending was heart-warming. I have never felt so conflicted about a couple’s journey as I did with Q and Liv.
Do I recommend this read? ABSOLUTELY! Aly Martinez, as I said is a wizard. She’s a fantastic writer who will make you FEEL! Even feel things you may never have wanted to feel. Ha.
This was a 4.5 stars for me. Only because of that one factor that was a huge plot piece in their story that just killed me. All the same, I will definitely read anything Aly publishes next.
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.