Friday, February 12, 2016

Fighting Solitude by Aly Martinez Blog Tour

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.

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“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.


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.




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.

Reviews by the Wicked Reads Review Team

Simply amazing and beautiful love story. Five brilliant stars for this book.

Subtle but gripping love story! I really enjoyed this series. The Page brothers are a set of alpha males that have a warm side only when it comes to the women they love. The hit hard but love harder type of bad boy every woman dreams of having for their very own. The story can be a read alone but it's better if you start from the beginning of the series. I couldn't put it down, and finished it in hours. Liv and Quarry each have their own ways but it was fun watching the heartbreak and then the mutual understanding as everything comes to light in their relationship. Great series....

I don't want to tell you about the events in this the story – they are something you should experience it for yourself. From the end of Fighting Shadows we know that Quarry is in for massive heartbreak, so going in I thought this would be an epic story. I was right.

We are taken back to when Liv and Quarry meet. At 10 years old they become partners in crime. Over the years, Liv and Quarry go through so many ups and downs and, for the most part, are inseparable. These best friends complement each other perfectly and there was no way their friendship would not become more. And when it does, it is beautiful and exciting and very hot.

Fighting Solitude is a captivating story. I recommend taking time out to read somewhere private so that you can fully immerse yourself in the story and experience all the emotions private.

I love the conclusion of this story and this series. It is wrapped up perfectly. Fighting Solitude was amazing. I highly recommend not only Fighting Solitude but the whole On The Ropes series.

...and breathe. Intense, emotional, incredibly good reading.

I recommend that you read all the books in the series and read them in order. Make sure you have a decent stock of tissues, snacks and warn friends you will be MIA for a while – and tuck into a feast of hot, sexy bad/goodness. I say this because this book is even better for having read the others – it was difficult to think that the third could keep up the standard – but instead it comes in stronger than ever.

We are drawn into the pain and the suffering and watch and wait for the redemption – and Ms. Martinez makes sure that we really get it deep in our hearts and stomachs, before slowly allowing us to crawl back into the light. And the pages just keep turning, because there is no way of stopping. I had faith, born of reading the previous two books, but how it was going to happen started to be a concern! I cannot wait until I have the time to read all these books back to back, and really indulge myself!

Also Available in the On the Ropes Series
Book 1
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For reviews & more info, check out our stop on the Fighting Silence Blog Tour.

Book 2
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For reviews & more info, check out our stop on the Fighting Shadows Blog Tour.

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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