Friday, July 10, 2015

Fighting Shadows blog tour and giveaway!

 Flint’s highly anticipated emotional story  is FINALLY here!  

**Each book in the series can be read as a standalone**

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. 

Christy's 5+ star review! 

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Fighting Shadows is a book I’ve been dying for. I read Fighting Silence this past February. I’ve read about 150 books so far this year and Fighting Silence is still my top read of 2015. So getting a second book in this series about the Page’s middle brother Flint is something I’ve been looking forward to. After finishing Silence, I knew that Flint’s story wouldn’t be easy to read. The Page brother’s never seem to have it easy.

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Flint isn’t in a good place. He’s pushing away the people who love him. He’s hurt, and more than just physically hurt. He loves his brothers more than anything, but he’s in love with someone he can’t have and it’s devastating. Not being able to deal with the hurt and the guilt, he gets away for a while. When he meets Ash Mabie, he’s not in a good place, but he still is a good man. He tries to help her and it means everything.

“Thanks for trying to rescue me back there.”

“Yeah, lot of help I would have been.”
“You never know. Maybe just the trying helped the most.”
Ash is a great person who hasn’t lived the best life. She’s got a crappy family and hasn’t really had anyone in her life who cared or stuck up for her. When she meets Flint, she knows he's special. She is able to see the real Flint who has been hiding away. She is able to get through to him when no one else can.

 photo 05332956-ee09-41d7-a322-9992373870c2_zpsz72j8eua.jpgThere was no pain. No ache in my chest. No pity. No hate. No bitterness. I was numb. And it was incredible. Ash Mabie was quickly becoming my own personal brand of lidocaine.  

I loved the dynamic of Ash and Flint’s relationship. Flint could be so grouchy and Ash was the perfect balance of smiles and sunshine. She was really able to open Flint up, see the real him and she loved him for it. She could care less that he was in that chair. She saw Flint. She wanted him. The man he is now. No matter what was happening in his life or how he was feeling, a smile from Ash could make everything better. She gave him a feeling of worth again. Just by smiling at him and accepting him.

 photo dd188537-e016-4b87-bf38-16179c487a4a_zpshdop4mc2.jpgI wish I could say this couple had an easy path and glided right into their happy ever after. They both deserve that. Easy love. But love isn’t always easy. Sometimes it’s rough, messy and sometimes people (*cough*FLINT*cough*) are just jerks. I thought the turn their story took was interesting. I liked how it played out.

Flint was never my favorite Page brother. And after reading part of this book, I thought… yeah. Definitely not my favorite. But he really grew on me. I loved how he changed and proved himself to Ash. No one is perfect. He was going through so much physically and emotionally it’s easy to understand why he acted the way he did. I was so happy that by the end of the story he won me over.

“I will not let you go again. You belong with me. And I will do whatever I have to do in order to keep you. I fucked up the first time. I won’t do it again. You can walk out that door, but know that I will find you.”

 photo 7f2a8406-c604-40b9-a323-3b5409103178_zpsjmu0yytl.jpgAsh on the other hand I loved from the start! She is one of the best heroines I’ve read about in a while. I loved her positive attitude. How even though her life wasn’t all sunshine and rainbows she always looked on the bright side of things. I love how she was with Flint- and with Quarry. I just loved her in general! Ash wasn’t perfect. She had some insecurities, but her reasons were real. She was real. She pretty much stole the show and made this book for me.

This series is epic. These books are absolutely perfect for a reader like me. I can’t put my finger on what I love so much or what makes them so amazing, they just are. I highly recommend this series. I can’t wait to read more books by Aly because I think she is an amazing story teller and I love her writing. And after that ending… I am dying for Quarry’s book. I know it will shatter my heart, but I also know it will be nothing short of spectacular!

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About the Author:
Aly Martinez

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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Signed Set of Paperbacks (Fighting Silence & Shadows)

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