ONE STORY. TWO COUPLES.
The Retrieval Duet by Aly Martinez is a two part series.
5 PERFECT CROWNS
Readers be warned: you will need to strap yourself in, buckle down, and get ready for the riveting adventure provided to you by the ever talented Aly Martinez.
Transfer continues the epic, seat-gripping ride of Retrieval, and it certainly starts off with a bang. It begins exactly where the previous book left off, and the pacing doesn’t let up. The threat in the air adds to the suspense of the whole novel, but there are still so many moments of love and joy. These happy moments with family and friends and the development of the relationship between the main characters balances out the ever present threat of Walter Noir. Only after the author establishes that relationships of these characters does she slam the reader with the action of the story, which only serves to heighten our investment in the characters and their happy ending. I swear I was speed reading during the last set of chapters just dying to know how it would all play out, and the ending is truly everything I ever could have hoped for for these characters and their stories. It is truly and utterly perfect!
The two main characters of Transfer absolutely make the story for me, but, of the two, Clare takes the starring role. I absolutely love every single aspect of her character. Her love for her daughter is endless, and the amount of times she sacrifices and is selfless for the benefit of her daughter is beautiful. Her open-heart and mind as she takes in all the truths about her daughter and the other characters in the novel make her remarkable. But more than all of this is her incredible fortitude and her ability to claw her way out of the darkness is truly admirable. I love every single minute of watching her character develop and become the fierce heroine she is by the end of the book.
Part of her development is helped along by our hero. He is everything she needs: kind, patient, loving, protective. He helps her grow and become stronger, almost as a guide, letting her call the shots. It is no doubt that his love of her and Tessa allows her to become the woman she is in the book. I am not sure that Aly Martinez could have crafted a better counterpart to Clare. The two of them, just like the plot, are utter perfection.
Aly Martinez also provides the reader with a secondary cast of characters that the reader will adore. They provide comic relief in stressful situations, help to develop the reader’s understanding of the main characters, and serve as an impetus to push the plot forward. Although these characters are tools used by the author for the story, she provides the readers with enough characterization that they end up loving them just as much as the main characters.
Aly Martinez is quickly becoming a one-click author for me. Not only are her stories well-written and her plots incredibly engaging, but her plots also vary. As a reader, you are never quite sure what type of story you are going to get from her. This change keeps her writing fresh and new, but no matter she tries, I can guarantee I will love the book! It will certainly keep me coming back for me, as I cannot deny myself perfection!
ARC received in exchange for an honest review.
One story. Two couples.
I fell in love with a man who didn’t exist.
What started out as romance ended in hell.
His words turned to razor blades.
His kisses converted to fists.
His embrace became my cage.
His body transformed into a weapon, stealing parts of me until ultimately….
I hated him.
My sole job in life became to protect our daughter.
I wasn’t sure I’d ever escape the prison he’d skillfully crafted from my fears.
Until the day our savior arrived.
This is the story of how I escaped the man who thought he owned me.
The transfer of my life and my family.
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I proposed on our first date.
She laughed and told me I was insane. Less than a day later, she said yes.
It was a whirlwind, but we were happy…
Until we got greedy and wanted a family.
It was a life I couldn’t give her, not for lack of trying. Fertility just wasn’t on our side. We sought out doctors and treatments. Spent money we didn’t have. Lied to our families. Smiled for our friends. Put on a brave face for a world that didn’t understand.
Finally, we were successful…
Until we were forced to bury our son.
We were left broken, battered, and destroyed.
They say love is in the details, but it was the details that ruined us.
This is the story of how I took back what had always been mine.
The retrieval of my wife and our family.
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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.