Wednesday, July 8, 2015

Blog Tour & Giveaway : Fighting Shadows (On the Ropes, #2) by Aly Martinez

Fighting Shadows
On the Ropes, #2
by Aly Martinez

Release Date:
July 7th, 2015

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eARC received in exchange of honest review


I come from a family of fighters. I always thought I’d follow in their shadows, becoming unstoppable in the ring. That changed the day I saved the life of a woman I loved, but could never have. 

My brother hailed me as a hero, and my reward was a wheelchair. 

Paralyzed, my life became an inescapable nightmare. 

Until I met her. 

Ash Mabie had a heart-stopping smile and a laugh that numbed the rage and resentment brewing inside of me. She showed me that even the darkest night still had stars, and it didn’t matter one bit that you had to lie in the weeds to see them. 

I was a jaded asshole who fell for a girl with a knack for running away. I couldn’t even walk but I would have spent a lifetime chasing her. 

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

Fighting the shadows of our past. 

Fighting to reclaim my future. 

Fighting for her. 

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On the Ropes Series on Goodreads:

My Review of Fighting Silence HERE

Haven’t read this series yet? Meet Flint Quarry, Till & Eliza in Fighting Silence 
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A couple of months ago I read my first book by Aly Martinez. To this day, I still think about Fighting Silence and all the extraordinary characters that I discovered on that phenomenal reading journey. I have gifted that book to a few of my book besties because it's simply one of the best books I have ever read!! Aly Martinez delivers once again with the second installment of the On the Ropes Series. Fighting Shadow exceeded all of my expectations!!! I knew that Flint Page would still my heart! I knew it from the moment he was introduced in Fighting Silence. The Page brothers are sitting nice and comfy at the top of my book boyfriends list. Till earned himself a spot on my Masters of Swoon Club and, so did Flint! Be still my beating heart!!! Wheels took a piece of my heart and I DON'T want it back!!!!

Flint Page's world came crashing down in a flash. A bullet left him paralyzed and since that day nothing has ever been the same for him. He has no fight left in him until Ash Mabie enters his life. Her personality leaves him speechless and her smile leaves him breathless. Ash is no stranger to running away. When things get complicated she runs away from the boy who stole her heart. Flint his devastated by Ash's departure. He will stop at nothing to find her, but will it be to late to have a second chance once he finds her?

Fighting Shadows is one of my top reads of 2015. I got all the feels while reading it. Ash and Flint were a joy to follow and I fell hard for this wonderful couple.  I was cheering for them to find their HEA from the first moment that they met! They have such an intense chemistry and the steamy scenes in this book are CALIENTE !! 

Ash is such a wonderful heroine! She came into Flint's life and she made him see that even in the darkest moments there is always something to fight for. Both these characters have been through a lot at such a young age. Together they found a way to change their life around and accomplish their dreams. Ash's bubbly personality made me laugh and I loved how she slowly made Flint fall in love with her. He was very stubborn and he could not see what was in front of him, but Ash did a great job at getting under his skin. The way she smiled, talked, flirted with him made him fall hard for her. 

Don't even get me started on Flint Page!!!! Gah!!!! Just his name makes my heart beat fast!!! He was such an intense character!!! I loved how he drastically changed. He was not in a good place at the beginning of the book. You could see him slowly letting go of all the anger that was living inside him. Ash changed his life. His determination to fight for her love was breathtaking!

I loved the role that Till, Eliza, Quinn, Slate, Erica and all the other characters had in this story. With the love and support of his family and friends Flint found Ash again. Aly Martinez created a cast of characters that I simply can't get enough of! Her brilliant writing style and her fascinating characters will keep you turning the pages from beginning to end! I read Fighting Shadows in one sitting. I could not put this book down!!! Ash and Flint's beautiful love story will stay with me forever.

I got a little emotional towards the end of the book. Q is up next. His story is going to break my heart ... I know it!!! I was an emotional mess at the end of this book. I wanted to jump into the book and give him a big hug and all my support. His story can't come soon enough!!! I highly recommend this series if you are looking for books that will deliver all the feels!


I give Fighting Shadows 5 exquisite, passionate, captivating, emotional stars!


“Hey, Flint? What time is it?” Quarry asked. 

Ash’s smile actually slipped completely. For the briefest of seconds, she appeared almost ashamed. 

I dragged my eyes away from her in order to answer his question, but as I looked at my wrist, I had no answer at all. 

“Here,” she said as she pulled my watch from her pocket. 

What. The. Fuck? 

Quarry howled with laughter, and Ash chewed on her bottom lip. 

“Explain,” I demanded, wrapping my watch back around my wrist and shoving my wallet in the front pocket of my hoodie. 

Quarry filled in the blank. “She’s a pickpocket, dude. You should have seen her when she fell on your lap. It was so fucking fast. She straight-up stole that shit from you, and you had no fucking clue.” 

“I didn’t steal it! I was gonna give it back,” she amended uncomfortably. “It was just a joke.” 

A joke. 

A. Fucking. Joke. 

And just like that, I remembered why I didn’t laugh anymore. 

“Was it funny? Stealing from the cripple? You get a good laugh out of that?” I snapped, spinning and rolling myself away. “You know, maybe my judgment of you wasn’t all that off to begin with. Like father, like daughter, I guess.” It was a low blow, but I felt completely betrayed by a woman I didn’t even know. 

“Flint, wait. I wasn’t picking on the cripple!” 

I fully realized that I had just used the term, but it enraged me that she’d had the audacity to repeat it back to me. Who the hell was this chick? I pushed a hand into my pocket, searching for my keys. Fuck the food. I’d leave her ass there. Hell, Quarry too if he didn’t get his ass to the car. 

“Get in the car, Q!” I yelled, only to close my eyes and drop my chin to my chest when my hand never made contact on the keys. “Son of a bitch,” I said as I spun back around. Quarry was laughing next to her, but Ash’s cheeks were bright red. 

“Keys.” I snapped my fingers and opened my hand, palm up. 

“Stop being a dick,” Quarry said, casually tossing an arm around Ash’s shoulders. 

She didn’t budge as she held my glare. 

“Keys,” I repeated, but she remained still. 

“It was a joke.” Her chin began to quiver.

For fuck’s sake, I wasn’t in any kind of mood to deal with bullshit from some girl I didn’t even know and was quickly discovering I didn’t care to know, either. 

Quarry’s eyes grew wide as she turned to him and buried her cries in his chest. 

What the fuck, asshole! Q signed before rubbing his hands over her back. 

Her shoulders shook as she let out a loud sob that shocked us both. 

“Come on. Let’s sit down.” Q tried to guide her over to an empty table. 

Ash refused to look up and tripped over one of the chairs. 

“Shit,” Q said, catching her around the waist. 

I was just about to roll my eyes when she glanced my way. He was still trying to get her back on her feet and over to a table when her tear-free, bright-blue eyes pointedly glanced in my direction. My head snapped back in surprise, but a smile grew on her face. 

Ash was about to put on a show, and with that one look, she had invited me to have a front-row seat. 

As she floundered all over Quarry, her hands slid between his pockets and her own. Every noise she made and each time she flailed covered up a jarring movement. She was keeping his mind too busy for it to process all the places she was touching him. Hell, I was only watching her and I could barely keep up. 

There was no denying that it was entertaining, but I wasn’t willing to show her that. However, as she accidentally lifted her knee, catching Q in the balls, a laugh erupted from my throat. He cupped his crotch while she apologized profusely and pushed him toward the same chair he’d been dragging her to only seconds before. Just before he sat, Ash swung her arm out, unwinding Q’s belt from around his body before tossing it at me. 

“Oh God. I’m so sorry!” she said as Quarry held a finger up to ask for a second to recover. She didn’t wait at all though. Instead, she walked over in my direction; her prideful smile grew with every step.

She pulled my keys out of her pocket and dropped them into my lap. They were quickly followed by Quarry’s phone, wallet, and house keys. Then she snagged his belt off the floor and tossed it over her shoulder. 

“It had absolutely nothing to do with you being in a wheelchair. It was a joke and it wasn’t supposed to piss you off.”

“Hey!” Quarry yelled. “That was messed up. You did not have to knee me in the balls to prove a point to him.” 

“Oh, that wasn’t to prove a point. That was for bullshitting me. You knew good and damn well that he wouldn’t find it funny,” she said without ever tearing her gaze from mine. “Look, I’m sorry. I don’t have a lot of friends. And I’ve mentally noted that pickpocketing might not be the best way to make new ones.” She shrugged. “Consider it a lesson learned.” 

“Three burgers all the way, onion rings, and a shake?” the guy at the counter called out. 

Ash arched an eyebrow. “You want it to go, or are we good?” 

I didn’t have to drop my attitude. Sure, she’d apologized, but while I might have had a short fuse, I also had a hell of a long burn. However, as she stood in front of me with her arms crossed over her chest and her blue eyes pleading for forgiveness, it magically fell away. 

I swallowed hard. “No. We’re good.” 

“You sure?” She leaned in, eyeing me warily, but her smile began to grow. 

I swear to God it pulled at my lips as well. I fought it. But the harder I tried to keep it restrained, the bigger Ash’s grew. She was stealing my smile. The chick was good! Finally, with an eye roll, I let out a quiet chuckle, which seemed to appease her. 

“Good. Now, help your brother get redressed and I’ll make the fancy sauce.” She waggled her eyebrows.


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. This one really looks emotional. Looks like I need to put it on my TBR pile.

  2. Haha! Love the excerpt! She is a pickpocket queen.
    I can tell by that and even looking at the teaser pic, that this would be a bit of a difficult read! Thanks for sharing!

    Naomi @ Naomi’s Reading Palace


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