February 23, 2015


Today I am flailing everywhere because it’s our stop on the blog tour for a book by one of my very favorite authors:

Fighting Silence

By Aly Martinez


Title: Fighting Silence
Author: Aly Martinez
On the Ropes
February 23, 2015
New Adult, Contemporary, Romance

Synopsis: Sound is an abstract concept for most people. We spend our lives blocking out the static in order to focus on what we believe is important. But what if, when the clarity fades into silence, it’s the obscure background noise that you would give anything to hold on to?

I’ve always been a fighter. With parents who barely managed to stay out of jail and two little brothers who narrowly avoided foster care, I became skilled at dodging the punches life threw at me. Growing up, I didn’t have anything I could call my own, but from the moment I met Eliza Reynolds, she was always mine. I became utterly addicted to her and the escape from reality we provided each other. Throughout the years, she had boyfriends and I had girlfriends, but there wasn’t a single night that I didn’t hear her voice.

You see, meeting the love of my life at age thirteen was never part of my plan. However, neither was gradually going deaf at the age of twenty-one.

They both happened anyway.

Now, I’m on the ropes during the toughest battles of my life.

Fighting for my career.

Fighting the impending silence.

Fighting for her.

Every night, just before falling asleep, she sighs as a final conscious breath leaves her.

I think that’s the sound I’ll miss the most.

**I received an advance copy of this book,
but that did not influence the review**

5 insanely flaily in love with Till Page stars

Hold me. I just finished this story and have a million emotions swirling around me. I loved this story so deeply, I swear I am a member of the Page family. The richness of this world is so special and unique, and I feel lucky to have met Till. What an amazing read.

If you read my reviews on a regular basis you know I’m a spoiler-phobe. If you like the same books as me just go in blind like I did. (I didn’t need to read it because I know I will like anything Aly writes so I gladly dove in). What Till had to go through was soul destroying, because after all, he’d been through so much already. I think it was even more touching to read it the way I did, because I didn’t see it coming at all.

Till was tough, he was sweet, he was almost broken, but he wasn’t. He was stubborn, yet loyal to a fault. I am trying so hard not to put the caps lock on, but you need to know I love Till Page fiercely. He was protective of his family and Eliza, but he needed to be protected just as much as they did. *clutches my chest* My friends, Till Page loved and needed to be loved and if you read his story and love him too that will help. Trust me, you’ll see. He is such a strong character, but with just the right amount of humility to make him the epitome of swoony.

Eliza was my favorite type of heroine. I wanted to be her.  She was independent, yet needed Till to be whole. She was strong, and it turned out she was the rock for the entire Page family. I would have loved to have known a little bit more about her parents, but at the same time it didn’t really matter because Till and his brothers became her family. She wore her heart on her sleeve and opened herself up to be hurt, but also would accept nothing less than she deserved, I couldn’t help but respect and fall in love with her too.

The romance. It had absolutely everything. Everything I tell you. This was a love story, about a deeply touching love that had all the sparks and fireworks to go along with it. I don’t know how each kissy scene was still hot, still fresh and totally made my heart flutter. Basically I must be in love with Till…that’s the only explanation.

Ms. Martinez isn’t only genius when she creates the main characters, but the secondary ones are brilliant as well. Till’s brothers, Flint and Quarry, made such an impact on my heart. I loved them and wanted to protect them. Their lives haven’t been easy and I can’t wait to hear more from them. To make this story even sweeter we got to see Slate Andrews on a regular basis and I loved that…total icing on the cake.

If you are also like me you kind of want to know if you get your happy ending. Oh man oh man oh man. I can’t spoil, and while I got my HEA, I have ALL THE QUESTIONS. I will be reading the next book the very second Aly releases it because I need more, so much more. My heart also needs to know that Flint and Quarry get their happy endings too. I cannot wait for their journeys.

Rec this? YES OH YES OH YES. with a freckle on top

Happy reading!

About the Author: Aly Martinez

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.

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