Blog Tour and Review – Fighting Silence by Aly Martinez
Meet Till & Eliza
in Aly Martinez’s
newest fighter series!
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“That wasn’t yours to take away,” he exploded into the otherwise silent night. His words echoed off the surrounding buildings, each wave slicing me to the quick all over again. “That was our place. Not yours.” His voice cracked right alongside my heart.
“Yeah, well, there was a lot of stuff that wasn’t yours to take either.” I held his gaze, desperately trying to be strong, but as his eyes grew wide, I whimpered.
His long legs strode forward, stopping only inches away from me. He was crowding me, but he still leaned in closer to my face. “There is nothing in this world that was ever more mine than you,” he stated. Though it was the absolute truth, I wished with all my heart that it were a lie.
“Till,” I cried, swiping the tears from my eyes.
“Why!” he shouted, causing his muscles to tense under the force. “Goddamn it! I needed that place.”
Porch lights flashed on from the surrounding apartments, illuminating not only the dark but also my rage.
I shoved my hands into his chest. “What about what I needed? You left! I waited in that fucking apartment for weeks.”
He didn’t budge, but my bare feet slipped, sending me toward the ground. Impossibly fast, Till’s hand snaked out and caught my arm. I didn’t let his chivalrous gesture douse my fire. I had six months’ worth of words to say to the man I was irrevocably in love with.
“You took what you wanted. Then you left me.”
“Doodle,” he whispered.
I had been perilously close to the edge of insanity, and with one single word, he’d pushed me over.
I lost it completely.
Pounding my fists against his chest, I screamed at the top of my lungs, “It’s Eliza! My name is fucking Eliza! Not Doodle!” I spun to march away, but Till’s arms folded around me, lifting me off my feet to restrain me.
I was miniscule compared to him. There was no use in fighting, but I still kicked my legs, irrationally desperate to get away from him—but only because I knew I couldn’t keep him for forever.
“Stop it!” he growled into my ear. “I know your Goddamn name—probably better than I know my own.”
True confession time: I haven’t read the Wrecked and Ruined series. I’ve heard all kinds of great things, and all four books are sitting on my Kindle – it is just another series that I haven’t gotten to. From what I can gather, you do not have to have read the series to read Fighting Silence, but some of the characters from W&R do appear. I don’t feel like I was missing out on any vital information not having read them ahead of time. There was one scene that I think probably had deeper meaning for Slate and Erica, that probably harkened back to their book, but it was subtle.
Okay, all that being said…..not only do I love Till Page, but I love Till and Eliza together. They are such a good, balanced couple, even if they aren’t a couple in the traditional sense. I felt like they were true equals in every sense of the word. Eliza can, and does, take care of herself and provide for herself. As much as Till takes care of Eliza, she takes care of him right back, and that is so nice to see! Maybe I read too many “alpha as fuck” books, where the male lead character has to take care of everyone and everything and thinks he knows what is best for everyone. Till tries to stay strong and put up a good front for his brothers, but Eliza is his refuge when he needs to let his guard down and admit that he doesn’t have all the answers. And Eliza is there to help him figure it all out. I loved the family they built, with the two of them caring for Till’s brothers, and that Till was not too proud to accept whatever help he was offered (whether it was from Eliza or from Slate) when it came to Flint and Quarry.
The last few chapters before the epilogue hurt – I can’t lie, and there were definitely some tears shed. To me, the sign of a good book and more importantly, a good writer, is when I am wholly invested in the characters and their future. After finishing the book, I honestly wandered around my house for a little bit, wondering and worrying about what was going to happen with Flint and Quarry. Even though Till and Eliza’s story is told in this book, there is still a lot more story to tell. And if Aly Martinez keeps writing the way she wrote this book, I will read every last word she ever puts out.
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.
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