THRIVE by Aly Martinez
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When I was nineteen years old, I was faced with a choice that changed my life.
Keep the safety of what I already knew or risk losing everything with the young, hotheaded soldier who stole my heart.
I chose the wrong man, and for seventeen years, I paid in tears, blood, and shattered dreams for that decision.
Now, there’s a man in my house, holding a gun to my head on the order of my ex-husband—given from his prison cell.
That hotheaded soldier I was too afraid to choose? He’s now a six-foot-three wall of muscle who works at the country’s most premier bodyguard agency. I’ve always wanted him, but now, I’ve never needed him more.
It’s the call I’m terrified to make.
I’m sure he still hates me… Even though I’ve never stopped loving him.
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Anytime a new Aly Martinez book releases, I get excited. She is one of my auto-buy authors and has written some of my favorite books. Thrive is book two in the Guardian Protection series focuses on Lark and his second chance love story…
Jeremy Lark fell in love with Mira York when they were young. The only problem? Mira was dating Lark’s best friend, Kurt. Now Kurt is a piece of work and doesn’t come close to deserving Mira, but still, it makes Mira off limits to him. Still, the two are close friends and that pull between them is there. As love as they have, when things break between them, it’s an ugly break.
Fast-forward seventeen years and Jeremy Lark has changed his life around. He has been working for Guardian and his life is pretty good. Mira, on the other hand, hasn’t had a good life. Kurt made sure of that by brining her down with all of his shenanigans and illegal activities. It actually gets so bad, that even though Kurt is imprisoned, his crap still reaches her. Mira turns to the only person she can trust. The man she didn’t choose all those years ago. Jeremy Lark.
Lark and Mira’s story made my heart hurt at times. Both of them came from unpleasant home lives, and they were there for each other when they needed it the most. I loved Jeremy. Even though he was angry for a long time over what Mira had done to him, he still had love in his heart for her and would do anything to protect her. I wish Mira would have made a better choice in the past for herself and Jeremy, but she was young and didn’t and she’s lived with the consequences of that choice for a long time so I couldn’t even be hard on her over that.
“It’s not always going to be this easy, baby. No matter how much we say the past is in the past, there are going to be times when resentment claws its way through our flames. And it’s going to take both of us, together, working as a team to fight that back.”
You could feel the connection between these two. Once they were back, they were back in a big way! One of the reasons I love second-chance romances so much, is that a lot of times they have that extra passion and angst, and this story definitely did! I loved feeling the passion between this couple.
If you’re looking for a book with a second-chance romance, tons of emotion, angst, heartache, healing, suspense, and one that will hook you from start to finish, pick up Thrive!
Originally from Savannah, Georgia, USA Today bestselling author Aly Martinez now lives in South Carolina with her four young children.
Never one to take herself too seriously, she enjoys cheap wine, mystery leggings, and baked feta. It should be known, however, that she hates pizza and ice cream, almost as much as writing her bio in the third person.
She passes what little free time she has reading anything and everything she can get her hands on, preferably with a super-sized tumbler of wine by her side.
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