Monday, February 23, 2015

Blog Tour: Excerpt, Review, and Giveaway for Fighting Silence by Aly Martinez

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Meet Till & Eliza in Aly Martinez’s newest fighter series! You'll love them!

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*Sexy Excerpt*
“Hi.” I stood up off the bed as he started climbing through the window.
His eyes went wide when he saw me, causing him to momentarily lose his balance on the windowsill and go crashing to the floor. “God. Damn,” he cursed as he rose to his feet while taking in my new wardrobe. “You… I…um…” His hand went to his lip.
He was rooted in place only a few steps away, but his eyes traveled over every inch of my body and back again.
Till was speechless. I had never felt so empowered in my life.
“Are you okay?” I feigned concern as I slowly approached.
“Not even close,” he told my breasts, making me giggle.
After sliding a hand under the edge of his T-shirt, I raked a fingernail over each of his abs before dipping it into the waistband of his jeans.
“I’m sore today,” I announced, closing the distance between us. My breasts were pressed against him, but he still hadn’t even attempted to touch me yet. I had plans to remedy that. I smirked then stood up on my tiptoes, kissing the base of his neck. “Make me sore for tomorrow too.” At the last second, I darted my tongue out to the hollow dip at the base of his neck. It was meant to tease him, but as the taste of his skin hit my tongue, I was flooded with memories of taking more of him in my mouth. The moan escaped before I’d even felt it coming.
A loud rumble shook his chest, but that was the only warning I received. Suddenly, I was off my feet and sailing through the air. Just as I landed on the bed, Till crashed on top of me. His mouth roughly landed on mine.
“Tell me we can’t do this again,” he demanded as his hands found my breasts.
“We’re definitely doing this again.” I arched into him.
“It’s gonna get so messy, Eliza. Please.” He groaned as I reached into the front of his jeans.
“I’m okay with messy,” I breathed, guiding his hand from my breast and into my panties.
“Fuuuuuck” he cursed when he discovered just how thorough I’d been with the razor earlier. His finger pressed inside me as his body traveled down the bed and settled between my legs, stripping my panties off during his descent.
He added another finger in a less than gentle but overwhelmingly intoxicating, rhythm.
“Tell me to stop, Eliza. We can’t do this again.” He grazed his teeth on the inside of my thigh.
“We’re already doing it.”
“Tell me to stop.”
“It’s going to ruin us.”
“If you don’t stop talking, you’re going to ruin this.”
“I’m serious.” He kissed the inside of my other thigh, his fingers never faltering in their steady pace.
“So am I. Stop trying to talk yourself out of this while your fingers are buried inside me.” I threaded a hand into his hair and gave it a gentle tug.
“Goddammit. Tell me to stop!” he demanded one last time, but his fingers sped before twisting in the most delicious way.
I decided to give him what he wanted, but only because I knew he wouldn’t follow through.
“Stop.” I rolled my hips forcing him even deeper.
“Well, it’s too fucking late now.”
I would have laughed, but his mouth sealed over my clit and stole my breath, words, thoughts, and orgasm. My body shook as he pushed me higher even while I was falling. It shouldn’t have worked like that, but whatever voodoo magic Till Page was working with that night was all right with me. He didn’t stop swirling his tongue until I used his hair to pry his mouth away.
“Too much!” I cried.
He looked up with a wickedly proud grin. His hand disappeared, and seconds later, his cock replaced it.

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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.

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★★★★★ stars

I am so surprised I haven't read an Aly Martinez book until now.  I really enjoyed reading Fighting Silence. It reads really quickly and it's very easy to get caught up in.  I read the first half of the book in an hour and a half.  The second half took an hour. It's just that good.  

Till is one heck of a man.  He's been a man since he was a boy, taking care of his brothers and dealing with things he shouldn't have to.  I loathed his parents.  LOATHED.  I was so happy when he and Eliza found each other.  They really were two halves of one whole.  I adored Eliza too.  She too didn't have the best childhood growing up, but she had Till and she loved him the way he loved her, fiercely.  I understood Till's fear to move their friendship to the next level, but I also understood Eliza's frustration with Till's thinking. He was cutting out the one thing in his life he loved in order to feel safe.  Their love for one another and the unconditional support they had for each other was uplifting to see and read about.

I loved how Aly wove in Quarry and Flint, Till's younger brothers.  I loved them from the moment I met them.  I loved seeing them grow up and become young men, just the way I loved seeing Till and Eliza grow up.  I think the way Aly has structured this book is amazing. Both Till and Eliza told the story, and even Q and Flint got to share here and there.  I also love how Aly set up the story and the timeline.  It's like a snapshot of Eliza and Till's entire lives from the moment they met and it's not over yet, for which I'm very grateful.  I think Till's hearing loss was handled very well. Aly really did her research and I could feel Till's pain, helplessness, and rage come through the page, just as I could feel Eliza's love soothing him.  

I wasn't ready for this book to end.  I know this isn't the last I'm going to see Till and Eliza, and the boys, but I'm hoping to read more about them soon.  The book ended in with a sort of a happy ending.  There's no cliffhanger, but it wasn't left open ended either. I did end with tears down my face.  I'm hoping the next book is Flint's. I also did some looking and realized that characters from Aly's Wrecked and Ruined series made appearances.  I haven't read any of the books in that series, which means while I wait for Fighting Shadows, I have plenty of reading to do!

*Thank you to the publicist for providing a copy in exchange for an honest review.  All opinions are my own and I was not compensated for them in any manner.*

About the Author:
Aly Martinez
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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.

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