Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Blog Tour & Giveaway : Fighting Silence (On the Ropes, #1) by Aly Martinez

Fighting Silence
On the Ropes, #1
by Aly Martinez

Release Date:
February 23rd, 2015

New Adult
Contemporary Romance

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eARC received in exchange of honest review

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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.

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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."

I can't freakin' believe that I waited all this time to read a book by Aly Martinez!!!! What in the world is wrong with me?!?!?! I learned my lesson. This stops RIGHT NOW! No more keeping books by Aly Martinez on my TBR. No freakin' way! Some vacation time is coming up and it's the perfect occasion to have a reading marathon. I am hooked! I can't even begin to describe what a sublime and breathtaking story Fighting Silence was. A perfect escapism into the lives of two of the most memorable characters that I have ever met! Make sure you have some free time to read this book because, trust me, you won't be able to put it down for a single second!!

Eliza and Till are teenagers when they first meet. A strong and sincere friendship was born between them after their first meeting. Being together is their safe place. When they are together nothing else matters. Just the two of them. Forever. As time goes by, their friendship turns into love. Eliza is everything to Till. She is the light in the darkness and the most important person in his life. Every day is a new challenge, but Till will do whatever it takes to keep the woman that he loves, and his brothers, happy and safe. 

I really don't want to give anything away about Eliza and Till's story. You have to FEEL the impact of every scene. This book took me on a roller coaster ride of a lifetime! OMG!!! The feels that I got while reading this book?!?!?! I swooned, I laughed, I screamed and I cried. I was an emotional mess when Eliza and Till were going through rough times. I wanted them to find happiness and peace of mind. They were such amazing characters to follow. I connected with them from the very beginning until the very end. Their chemistry is out of this world! It's intense, passionate and simply UNFORGETTABLE. They fit perfectly together. Both of them had struggles to overcome, but they did it together. Side by side they grew to become who they wanted to be. It was a tough road with difficult battles, but most of all it was a learning journey for all these characters. A journey that gave a meaning to the words family and love.

I want to take a moment to welcome a new member to my Masters of Swoon Club. ---> Mr. Till Page

I can't even begin to tell you how much he made my heart skip a beat. The way he takes care of not only his brothers, but of Eliza as well is simply heart-melting! He's a top-notch book boyfriend. *Swoon* 

Fighting Silence is the kind of book that will make you want to read it all over again the moment you finish. Few books have made me feel this way. I fell in love with all of these characters and I can't wait to see what happens next! Flint is the next Page sibling to get a story. He's the middle child and my heart absolutely broke for him in Fighting Silence. His book is going to be very emotional. I can feel it! There is so much he needs to say. June can't come fast enough! Gahhhhhh!!!!!

I give, Fighting Silence, by Aly Martinez, 5 spectacular, unforgettable, emotional, breathtaking stars!


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.


  1. Awesome review Mikki and OMGosh I loved the excerpt now I really want to get this book because of your amazing review this book looks and sounds utterly fantastic! Thanks for the awesome giveaway!

  2. This sounds phenomenal! I have never thought about what it would be like to go deaf, but I have thought about losing my eye sight. I have horrible vision, and it has gotten consistently worse throughout my 32 years. I can't go for long without my glasses or contacts because it causes me to panic. It is such a frightening feeling. Thinking about it, going deaf would be just as horrible. You don't stop to think about all of those little sights and sounds that mean so much to you. If they were taken from you, it would be heartbreaking. This book sounds so very good, and I am definitely going to check it out!


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