Book Tour & Giveaway : Fighting Solitude (On the Ropes, #3) by Aly Martinez
On the Ropes, #3 by Aly Martinez Release Date: February 2nd, 2016 Source Author via BT Host Add to Goodreads Blog Tour Hosted by: TRSOR Promotions eARC received in exchange of honest review Synopsis: I was born a fighter. Abandoned by my parents, I spent my life forging my own path—one guided by my fists and paved with pain. Untouchable in the ring, I destroyed everyone who faced me, but that’s where my victories ended. Outside the ropes, I repeatedly failed the few people who loved me. Including my best friend, Liv James—the one person I’d die to protect. Even though I didn’t deserve her, Liv never stopped believing in me. Never gave up. Never let go. After all, she understood what I’d lost, because she’d lost it too. Liv was everything to me, but she was never truly mine. That was going to change. I lost my first love, but I refused to lose my soulmate. Now, I’m on the ropes during the toughest battles of my life. Fighting to be the man she deserves. Fighting the solitude of our pasts. Fighting for her.
Fighting Solitude is Book Three in the On The Ropes Series by Aly Martinez and is Quarry’s highly anticipated story releasing February 2nd! Purchase Links:
Prologue “Mia!” I shouted. It was worthless. She’d been deaf since the day I met her.
She’d never once heard my voice. She’d never heard the deep rumble of my laugh when she was excited, signing so fast I could barely keep up. She’d never heard my content sigh when she barged into the locker room after a fight—just her presence soothed the lingering madness brewing within me. She’d never heard me whispering my deepest fears into her ear as she fell asleep on top of me. She’d never heard the reverence in which I cried her name each and every time I took her body. And she’d never once heard the ease in which the words I love you tumbled from my lips as I stared into her deep, jade green eyes. But as I screamed her name while watching her petite body seizing in the passenger seat beside me, I’d never needed her to hear me more. “Mia. Oh God. I’ve got you, baby.” She was still thrashing violently as I made my way around to her door, yanking it open while pleading with whatever god was willing to help. When she stilled, a whole new level of silence filled the air around us. It wasn’t the absence of sound. It was the absence of life. “Mia, breathe!” I roared as her chest remained agonizingly still. “Help me!” I screamed at the closed emergency room doors, but no medical savior rushed out with the miracle I so desperately needed. My hands shook wildly as I released her lifeless body from the seatbelt. “I’ve got you, just hang on. Please just hang on, Mia,” I whispered lifting her into my arms and sprinting through the sliding doors. “I need a doctor! She’s not breathing!” Nurses rushed towards me in slow motion as the seconds without air in her lungs passed at a terrifying speed. Breathe. A doctor appeared with a gurney and quickly took her from my arms. The immediate loss was staggering. Hope became my only solace. She needed help that I wasn’t capable of giving her, but that didn’t stop me from following close behind as they rolled her away. I was on the verge of self-destructing; letting her out of my sight wasn’t an option. I stood motionless in the doorway while doctors and nurses swarmed around her. Their mouths moved frantically, but without my hearing aids I was worthless to make out the words their faint voices carried. I never wore my hearing aids when I was with Mia. There was no point. She rarely spoke with her voice. We’d spent four years building a relationship with our hands.
Those hands had told me animated stories that made me laugh until my face hurt from smiling. They’d fought with me relentlessly, but always ended the night raking down my back in silent ecstasy. Her fingers had fluidly signed I love you more times than I could ever count—or forget. But as I felt the nurse attempting to physically remove me from the room, my eyes became fixated on her limp hand dangling off the side of the bed. It was the only sight more frightening than watching her flail mid-seizure. It ripped the heart straight from my chest. That hand was supposed to be full of life. It was the very essence of Mia.
Pale. White. Still. Oh God. Sucking in a deep breath, I held it until the room began to spin.
It provided me no relief even as it forced me to my knees.
There would be no distraction from this. I was going to lose her. Yet another woman I couldn’t save.
Fighting Solitude, by Aly Martinez, has been on my most anticipated list of 2016 since I finished reading Fighting Silence. Fighting Solitude is the third installment in the On the Ropes Series, which is my favorite series by Aly Martinez. If you have not met the Page brothers you are seriously missing out! I have been swooning since the moment I met them in Fighting Silence. I knew going into this book that it was going to be an emotional reading journey. These characters have all stolen my heart and I am so sad to see this fantastic series come to an end.
In Fighting Solitude, we follow Liv and Quarry's unforgettable love story. From the moment Liv met Q, she knew that he was going to be an important person in her life. Liv fell in love with Q at the tender age of twelve. As years go by, Liv and Q's friendship is tested. Liv's feelings for Q are more present than ever, but will she be able to let go of the past and take a step towards a future with Q?
At the end of the second book, I knew that Q's story was going to be my favorite. He's the youngest Page brother and I have seen him grow in every single book. Each of the Page brother's have found love and I could not wait to read about Q and Liv's beautiful love story. It was everything I expected and more! It was intense, passionate and emotional. Their chemistry totally captivated me and I was cheering for them to find a HEA together. Liv and Q may have started out has best friends, but their feelings were too strong and their friendship bloomed into a breathtaking love story.
Liv and Q totally stole my heart! No matter the obstacles, they always found a way to overcome the difficult moments together. Liv was the only person who could make Q take a step back and breathe. With Liv by his side, his life had a meaning. Q's past was heartbreaking. I don't want to give anything away from this story, but what I will tell you is that Q is the ultimate fighter. No matter how many times life throws him a curveball, he always fights back. His determination is remarkable. His feelings for Liv are powerful and he will do whatever it takes to keep her safe by his side and to love her with everything that he's got.
It was amazing to reunite with all the phenomenal characters from this series. I have to admit that the epilogue left me reaching for my box of tissues. I did not want to end this epic reading journey! Aly Martinez created a unique cast of characters that I will never forget. I wish I could go back in time and read these books for the very first time. This series delivered all the feels and made my bookworm heart extremely happy.
I give, Fighting Solitude, by Aly Martinez, 5 captivating, heart-pumping, unputdownable, Every.Single.Day stars!
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.