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She was my nightmare. Every time I closed my eyes, I watched her fall into that inferno. Over and over, I failed to save her.
I hadn’t been able to reach her, and the guilt only burned hotter over time. Four years later, I was the unreachable one.
Heroes aren’t always saints. Sometimes, we’re nothing more than jaded sinners driven by sleepless nights and hearts full of darkness.
And then I met her. She was a dreamer who managed to soothe my scars and heal my wounds.
But, as the flames closed in around us, I feared I wasn’t the right man to save her. That is until I realized she was the one woman I’d burn the world down to protect.
*****5 Unforgettable, Emotional, & Real Stars*****
Aly Martinez continues to be an author that blows me away with the power, emotion, and unadulterated intensity and distinctive personality she perfectly weaves together in all of her stories. When I read a book by her, her words aren’t just letters on a page. They’re real, raw, consuming words that I live and breathe a feel every single ounce of. They’re honest and heartbreaking in the most enrapturing way. They make you smile and cry and ache for her characters something fierce, and through every single page of her stories you know you’re getting it all. And then some.
Every single one of her books has been like this, yet with each new book she so thoughtfully crafts, she adds a new and distinctive layer to what she’s creating that pushes your feelings, your heart, and your very soul right along with her characters. She puts you right in the thick of it in every single unforgettable story she creates, and through every turn of that page you sink further into the literal amazingness she is creating.
The way that Aly Martinez weaves this all together through all of her books, yet makes it feel phenomenally different and unique with every new story she creates exemplifies the power and magnitude of her writing and storytelling.
Aly Martinez’s writing is a league of its own. Each new story, each new world, and each new set of characters she lets me so fully experience continue to blow me, my mind, and my heart away with all they have. With the most amazing blend of all-feeling emotion, searing heat and connection, dynamic characters that burrow themselves so deeply into my heart, and a story that just doesn’t quit, her books continue to give me everything.
Singe, the first book in her new Guardian Protection Series, continued to build upon the love I have for all of Aly’s characters and stories. This book opened up a whole new world of characters for me to love and claim, along with some old faces that tugged at my heart in that special way. This book brought this world to life in the fiercest and most emotional of ways, with a story of what happens when two people are reunited with their biggest dream and their most unforgettable nightmare in the same moment.
What ensues in this book is a story exceptionally singed with the deepest of fears and regrets, the most authentic honesty and hope, and two unforgettable characters who would do anything to protect what they both feel so truly.
From the very first word of Singe you are put right in the heart of what Rhion and Jude share together. You are shown and given the chance to experience every step of their journey in this book. From the intense moment they first meet that changes their lives forever, to what happens when they come face to face again for the first time, to what they both go through as they navigate their world of feelings, their pasts that are currently crashing full force into their presents, and their deeply felt connection that equally brings them to life and threatens to tear them apart in the same breath.
Every single word and moment of Singe allows you to feel and experience what Jude and Rhion go through in this story as they try to make their way through what this reunion of theirs means. Aly Martinez allows you to dive deep into the minds and hearts of her characters in a way that gives you them in the most honest, vulnerable, and authentic way. She allows you to see the real them, to understand their fears, doubts, and worries, and she allows you to understand exactly why things have gone the way they have for both of them. She lets you get their highs and how much they let these two soar, she lets you get the heartbreaking lows they’ve had and continue to share, and she gives you every single second in between that pulls your heart to theirs as they share what they do.
Singe is a story of second chances, do overs, and equally hopeful and harsh realities. It’s a story of who you were, who you want to be, and who you ultimately become through the fight of your life. It’s a story of what happens when you experience a moment that literally takes you to your knees and eviscerates you in the most burning and emotional of ways. It’s a story of how the ashes leftover of your heart, your soul, and your very life can ultimately rise again if given the right spark to bring you back to life.
It’s a breathtakingly emotional and intense story of what could’ve been, what should’ve been, and what will be with Jude and Rhion as they attempt to put themselves back together in the way they always needed to be.
Their story isn’t easy. In fact I think it broke my heart more times than I could count because of how emotional and real and aching it was. Yet through every single moment I cried, and every single moment that threatened to break me along with them, I felt how much these two shared, and what could be. Along with that dark emotion that runs through these pages is the most alluring spark, brimming with hope and feeling and connection that pulls you through it all with Jude and Rhion.
It’s that spark that invests you whole heartedly in these characters. It’s that spark that shows you that even though what they share might be closer to a run through an inferno filled maze, than a walk in the park, it is beyond worth the burn. It’s that spark that gives you the honest, visceral feelings these two share as they attempt to overcome the past that threatens to consume them. It’s that spark that makes this story the literal perfection that it is. It’s that spark that breaks you, makes you, and exudes from you through them as you experience their emotionally breathtaking story.
From the very start of this book Jude’s character was a force to be reckoned with. I felt so much for that man as he lived and fought through this story as everything came his way. That man has been through a lot, and in this book you get the phenomenal opportunity to experience what it’s like to feel the overwhelming amount of feeling that man does. You get to understand him, you get to love him, and you get to be there as he tries to break free of the guilt and emotion that consumes him on a daily basis. I have to say that I think what I loved most about Jude was that he was real. So. Damn. Real. He wasn’t perfect, he made some not so great choices, and he didn’t always say or do the right thing, but he tried. He fought. He persevered in a way that touched my heart again and again, and he didn’t quit, even when most would.
Jude has his fair share of demons, and every moment in Singe lets you be with him as he tries to combat them, as he tries to overcome them, and as he tries, along with the help of a special little lady, to show the world, and mostly himself, that they will not define him.
Now it is no secret to me that Aly Martinez knows how to create a character with the best amount of personality and fire. And boy did she do that with Rhion Park. The second I got in that girl’s head, I loved her with my entire heart. I loved her honesty, her vibrant charm, and how that girl was no wilting flower. Rhion has some chutzpah to her, and she isn’t afraid to say what she feels and thinks and just believes. It was that perfect combination of honesty and tenacity that showed me it all with that girl. Through every page of this book I got to see the many sides to her character that just sent my heart to her more. I got to see and experience the side of her that was real and said it like it was, the side that felt with her whole heart and poured herself into what she knew to be right and true, the side that fought with all that she had to find and prove the reality of it all, and the side that showed just how amazing she was.
Rhion has been through it all. She’s lost and won and fought more times than you can count, yet her heartfelt optimism, honest and vulnerable hope, and tangible determination shows you just what you need to with her. It exemplifies everything about her, and will have you rooting for her with all that you have as Rhion fights for the reality she knows is there.
I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again: Aly Martinez knows how to create a pull and connection between her characters that literally sparks off of the page in the most mesmerizing way. That was beyond true with Singe, and with everything that Rhion and Jude were sharing together. The ties that bind those two together were ever present through every page of this story, and the way that Aly pulls you to them as they pull closer to each other is everything. It’s raw and visceral, and coupled with the deeply felt emotion and past they share makes for an inferno level of heat that will make you melt and blush and feel it all whenever these two are together.
It’s that consuming heat coupled with the deep and true feelings they share that pulls you through it all with Rhion and Jude. It’s what gives you that glimpse and that hope of what could be. It’s what shows you that while these two might not have it the easiest, what they do share is worth fighting for, worth breaking down every wall for, and worth feeling it all if it means they get to share what they do.
It’s all of that so seamlessly and thoughtfully woven together through Aly Martinez’s magnificent writing that makes Singe one of the most emotionally enrapturing, perfectly heated, and exceptionally crafted stories that I have ever read.
Singe is a story that opens your heart and yourself up to everything that happens between Rhion and Jude, all while having you know that this new series will be one that you will LOVE. I’ve already got my heart beyond ready for what this new world of characters and set of stories will bring, and I have no doubt that Aly Martinez will continue to blow me away with each story she creates within it. She’s done it before, and I know she’ll do it again because her writing, her characters, her stories, and the emotional and unforgettable mark they leave are just that. Unforgettable. In every way possible.
Singe was a story that I felt and loved and lived every single word of. It was a story that gave me two characters, and their heart aching story that made me smile, made me blush something fierce, and made me love them both with all that I had. This book opened my heart up to them, and showed me what it was like to experience what they did together, and I can’t say enough how exceptional that was to get.
It was everything all wrapped up into an all-feeling, real, and soul touching story that I know I won’t soon forget.
If you’ve loved Aly’s others books, if you’ve never read any of her books, or if you’re just looking for your next read that’ll blow your heart away in the most amazing way, then I am telling you, you NEED this book and these characters in your life. This very second.
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.