Feb 27, 2015

Blog Tour & Review-- Fighting Silence by Aly Martinez


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.

Meet Till & Eliza in Aly Martinez’s newest fighter series!



"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."

My Review

"What I needed was the dream that only existed inside those four walls.
I needed her"

My goodness!!! This book had me from the get-go! I wanted to know Till's story. He captured my attention so fast. 

I really enjoyed how this book truly started at the turning point of Till and Eliza's lives. Then, you went back in time to where it all began. Showing them as kids, and the innocence of it all, was beautiful. They were cut from the same cloth is so many ways.

They shared the same haven...a run down apartment. Inside those four walls, they were free--free from the lives they tried so hard to forget. Both of their stories were so heartbreaking, but Till's hurts to the bone. Having parents-and I use that term lightly-rarely around, and having to pretty much raise his two younger brothers, was nothing that a young teenager should have to handle.

"Till always made things hard for me, but in some strange way, he always made them infinitely better as well."

Watching them grow up was great, but watching them grow together, was even better. They knew they loved each other from the first moment they met, and that love knows no bounds

Even when things got rough, they couldn't really let go of each other. There were so many times where my heart hurt for these two! Till was facing many demons, and in that, he was slowly losing Eliza. But she knew she could never stop loving him.

When Till starts going to On The Ropes boxing gym, I got really excited! I love when characters realize what they are made to do. Till was made for boxing! It was when this story really took flight, and you saw the man he could be.

"My life was a never-ending cycle that both began and ended with On The Ropes-with Eliza."

Another thing I love about this story is the relationship between Till and his brothers, Flint and Quarry. As well as, Eliza's relationship with them.
"I might have been in love with one Page man, but I absolutely loved all of the Page boys."
They were the only thing the boys had to a real family life. The bond these four had was amazing. 

This book takes you on an emotional journey of heartbreak, love, unbreakable bonds, suspense, and the loss of something people take for granted everyday. 
I loved every character and each role they played. I can not wait for the next book!! I was left with questions unanswered! I neeeeed to know!!!

Great Story!!!!

"He was the only thing I'd ever had that I honestly thought I couldn't live without. Till Page was my soul mate on every level."

"I'd never had anything I could call my own, but Eliza Reynolds would always be mine."


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.

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