Monday, August 4, 2014

Release Blitz: Among the Echoes by Aly Martinez

Title: Among the Echoes
Author: Aly Martinez
Publication Date: July 31, 2014
Genre: Erotic Suspense

My name was Dr. Erica Hill. I was a victim, then a witness, and then I ceased to exist altogether.
I may still be breathing, but stripped of my identity, I have long since stopped living. I am invisible, and my life depends on my ability to stay in the shadows. But he sees me. Slate Andrews is the embodiment of everything I have been taught to avoid. He’s rich and famous, and one image of him with a woman would earn millions for any paparazzi lucky enough to snap it. He has vowed to protect me with his life, yet he exposes me with his every breath. I should be stronger and walk away. I should disappear. But I’m terrified he would come after me. I’m on the run, determined not to take him down with me but absolutely unable to let him go. My name is Riley Peterson…at least for today. *Among The Echoes is a stand alone novel which contains material that may be offensive to some readers. Including sexual abuse, graphic language, and adult situations. Intended for readers 18+.*    

4.25 Star Review by Jen Hagen

Erica is no longer Erica…she is now Riley and has been on the run for over 3 years alongside Leo.  They are kept under the witness protection program in order to survive.  Erica was once an ER physician; now she is a file clerk.  She and Leo are stuck in purgatory.  They can’t go back to their old lives as that would be placing a big red dot on their foreheads, and they can’t move forward because then their secret would be revealed and more people’s lives would be in danger.  Why are they in danger?  Riley was kidnapped and raped while Leo saved her from the wrong people.  Their testimony has placed a death sentence on their lives, so Leo and Riley continue their daily routines with mundane jobs, keeping everybody at a distance, looking over their shoulder, and rating their days according to bad 80’s movies.  They are always ready to leave their current lives at the drop of a dime if their security has been breached and take up a new name in a new location.

 Their current living arrangement is in an apartment complex that is owned by Slate Andrews – the heavyweight boxing champion of the world two years running.  Slate likes to escape his celebrity lifestyle and become a nobody in his apartment.  Shortly after arriving at his secluded run- down apartment he has a chance meeting with his next door neighbor, and later when Riley feels a loss of security she runs towards Slate’s arms.  There is definitely an attraction between the two but Riley cannot allow herself to feel anything other than the fear she has been accustomed to and she does not want to put Slate’s life in danger by being associated with her.  It should be noted that Slate has kept his athletic status anonymous from her and Riley believes that Slate is an “amateur boxer down on his luck.”  Being photographed with a celebrity would certainly hinder Erica’s attempts at staying hidden. 

Slate wants Riley…Riley wants Slate…Leo wants Riley to finally have a semblance of her normal life.   Slate knows that Riley is hiding back huge parts of her life.

“I don’t know who you truly are, Riley, but tiny flashes of that woman whisper around the room between us.  I will find the real you among the echoes – and I will make her mine.”

Eventually Slate will have to tell her the truth about his identity and where they go from there depends on Riley either taking a chance with Slate or staying safe within her apartment walls.  Riley wants so bad to be free from her past and Leo may just have a plan, but it may cost him everything he has including his life.  He is willing to do this to give Riley back her life. 

Where he is going and why are still a mystery, but as I look into his eyes, I know that he has absolutely no plans of returning.

I almost didn’t read this book…I was asked if I wanted somebody else to review it as my list was long.  Since I had read the author’s previous books in the Changing Course series, I really wanted to read this book as I could be a good judge of her stories.  I knew if I passed it along to somebody else it would fall along my wayside, never to be read.  I am so glad I held firm in wanting to read this.  Ms. Martinez tells a love story while adding a level of mystery/suspense to it that always throws a twist into the plot.   The last sentence in the book gave me goosebumps and allowed me a chance to fist pump and say “YES!”.  For that I give the book 5 stars because how often do you get that shock factor??  Goosebumps…literally goosebumps and a dropped jaw.  It’s amazing how an author can weave an old character into a new story.  I’m so excited for the next book!!   Will you need to read the two books in the Changing Course series to be excited about this character crossover?  No, I fully expect Ms. Martinez to explain the identity of this character in the new book and not leave out any holes in the backstory. 

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About Aly
AuthorPhotoAlyM 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 Chicago, 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. 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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