Friday, July 14, 2017

Release Blitz: The Darkest Sunrise by Aly Martinez

THE DARKEST SUNRISE (The Darkest Sunrise Duet, #1)

Sticks and stones will break my bones, but words will never harm me.
Whoever coined that phrase is a bald-faced liar. Words are often the sharpest weapon of all, triggering some of the most powerful emotions a human can experience.
“You’re pregnant.”
“It’s a boy.”
“Your son needs a heart transplant.”
Sticks and stones will break my bones, but words will never harm me.
Syllables and letters may not be tangible, but they can still destroy your entire life faster than a bullet from a gun.
Two words—that was all it took to extinguish the sun from my sky.
“He’s gone.”
For ten years, the darkness consumed me.
In the end, it was four deep, gravelly words that gave me hope of another sunrise.
“Hi. I’m Porter Reese.”

4.5 Stars
Review by Jen Hagen

It has been a long, long time since I have reviewed a book…heck even reading a new book has been unheard of for me in the last several months.   I was stuck in a huge rut, but alas I decided to get back into the game when I saw that one of my favorite go-to authors was releasing not one, but TWO books both tying into each other.  It was time for me to pull up my big-girl panties and get back into the book world. 

The synopsis for this book is slightly vague, and I will continue to keep my review vague because, well people…this is a mind-blowing story.  From the beginning you KNOW what to expect by the end of the book, but you just don’t know when the bomb is going to be dropped.  

Charlotte is a 33-year-old pulmonologist who focuses on her work and essentially has no life and no friends outside of her private practice.  She has been living in the dark for 10 years after an unspeakable event occurred.  

“For ten years, my life had been ruled by words.  Fear.  Guilt.  Terror.  Anxiety.  Solitude.  Longing.  It was time to let some feelings in.”

So now why after 10 years of being a non-feeling hermit does Charlotte decide to open herself up and live a little.  That can be credited to Mr. Porter Rese.  Swoon.

Porter is 34 years old and has a seductive, somewhat awkward, constant chattering, personality.  You will LOVE him.  He, too, has a past that mirrors Charlotte’s; one that is filled with darkness.  But whereas Charlotte is stuck in the dark, Porter can see the light and he wants Charlotte to get there with him.  But with Porter, he is willing to take it slow so long as Charlotte is in this with him.

“Let me in, Charlotte.  We’ll take it slow and start in the dark if that’s what you need.  But I want you in the light, sweetheart.  Whatever it takes to get you there, I’ll do it.  I just need you to let me in so I can try.” 

Did I mention swoonworthy?  Holy moly… Porter won me over the minute I read his character introduction.  He is so sweet and I want to say he doesn’t have an ounce of evil in him, but that is not true.  The darkness haunts Porter, and he has a difficult time forgetting and forgiving the past that stares at him every day.   The reason he was able to conjure up the bravery to persuade Charlotte was because he saw himself in her.

Broken.  Ruined.  Shattered.  Just.  F*cking. Like.  Me.  

Now comes the part I can’t talk about but am only able to give you a very small hint.  Intermix.  There you go…That’s all you get.  I want Porter and Charlotte to be able to make it through this…It’s big…it’s huge.  

“Let’s go sit in the darkness.”
She offered me a reassuring smile so fake that it appeared as though it were made of plastic.  “Let’s stay in the light today, Porter.”

What a wonderful way to welcome myself back into the world of well-written stories and angst. The story was well told in dual points of view from both Charlotte and Porter.   I welcome the second installment…and yes it ends on a HUGE cliffhanger!  

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THE BRIGHTEST SUNSET (The Darkest Sunrise Duet, #2) Coming July 27th

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Sticks and stones will break my bones, but words will never harm me.
Words destroyed me.
“I’m sorry. She didn’t make it.”
“Daddy, he can’t breathe!”
“There’s nothing more we can do for your son.”
Sticks and stones will break my bones, but words will never harm me.
Those syllables and letters became my executioner. I told myself that, if I didn’t acknowledge the pain and the fear, they would have no power over me. But, as the years passed, the hate and the anger left behind began to control me.
Two words—that was all it took to plunge my life into darkness.
“He’s gone.”
In the end, it was four soft, silky words that gave me hope of another sunrise.
“Hi. I’m Charlotte Mills.”


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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