Series: On the Ropes #3
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Author: Aly Martinez
Release Date: February 2, 2016
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.
You, Quarry Page, are the embodiment of my greatest fear.
Aly, I don’t know how you do it but damn but you do it well. This book was simply AMAZING. Easily my favorite in the series and my favorite the author has written to date. It was everything I had hoped it would be and so much more. I cried, I laughed, I swooned, and I fell so freaking hard for Quarry and Liv.
I refuse to let you fight me on this. I refuse to deny the way I feel about you. And I absolutely refuse to let you deny what you feel for me. You want this. I get that you’re scared, but trust me. I WILL make this work for us.
Quarry “The Stone Fist” Page. *Pervy sigh* Just saying his name out loud gives me shivers. After falling hard for the older Page brothers, I was almost afraid to read Quarry’s story. With everything that happened in the previous book, my reasons could be narrowed to two concerns.
1. I was afraid that Liv would feel like a consolation prize after everything that he had with Mia.
2. I was afraid that the author may resort to something that I’ve seen too much of in other books, and not giving Mia’s memory justice or even villainizing her to serve as the catalyst for the hero moving on.
Don’t look at me like that. You know you’ve read your share of those. Well if you were anything like me, set those fears away, oh doubtful ones, because Aly is about to serve all the feels and she will do it flawlessly.
I loved her- like family. Unfortunately my body had gotten a few wires crossed and now thought I should love her in that hey-let-me-make-you-come-until-you-forget-the-English-language kind of way.
You may remember Liv as Leo’s daughter in Broken Course. She also made a small appearance as Quarry and Mia’s best friend in Fighting Shadows. But Fighting Solitude will take you back to the very beginning. To the moment that set everything in motion and take you through the years to come. It will give the readers front row seats to Quarry and Liv’s beautiful but also volatile friendship and love. Volatile, because they were just kids when they met. And beautiful because it’s a story of soulmates unlike any I’ve read before.
My lungs burned for the exhale I refused them. I’d waited my entire life for this moment with Liv. Air could wait.
The author did such an incredible job mixing deep emotions with quirky humor that all flows together into one phenomenal romance. Yes there’s heavy emotional situations that made me cry like a baby. But with that right touch of humor, Aly took something that would have been almost too hard to read about and made it work. It just…worked.
Aly and Quarry together are absolute perfection. I couldn’t get enough of them. But truly the star of the show was Quarry. He stole my heart as a young and tortured boy and he totally enraptured me as a grown man. I don’t even have the words to describe him. The way he dealt with Mia’s death, the way he dealt with Liv’s doubts, the way he dealt with protecting his family…all of it made it impossible not to love him. I never thought anyone would top Till for me, but I have myself a favorite Page brother after this book.
Everything about Fighting Solitude worked; the pace, the writing, the romance, the emotion, the romance and did I mention the romance? I read it with butterflies in my stomach and I swear Aly’s writing was practically sizzling with electric currents in this one. It was that good. It was flawless, gripping, emotional, magnetic, and just so effortlessly done. The woman is a true rock star in my eyes. This book is exactly the reason why she’s been on my auto-buy list since the very first book I read by her. She just gets better with each new book she writes. But I think she outdid herself with this one.
My favorite book I’ve read of Aly’s to date.
One of my favorite books I’ve read this year.
One of my favorite soulmate romances I’ve ever read.
One of my favorite heroes that I will take with me for years to come.
And a book I’d recommend everyone reads if you’re looking for an unforgettable romance.
Fighting Solitude made my heart hurt and then made it feel so full it could burst. I still can’t stop thinking about it. I feel the mother of all book hangovers to follow.
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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.