Reviews: Back to the Start by Aly Martinez.

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BACK TO THE START is a collection of previously released novels by USA Today bestselling author Aly Martinez. Each of the five full-length novels is a perfect starting point to dive into one of her sexy, emotional, and twisty worlds.

FIGHTING SILENCE: Sports Romance, Friends to lovers.
RETRIEVAL: Romantic Suspense, Second chance.
THE FALL UP: Contemporary Romance, Celebrity opposites attract.
CHANGING COURSE: Contemporary Romance, Broken hero.
SINGE: Romantic Suspense, Alpha bodyguard.


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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.

I am addicted to this whole series. I have them in both e-book and paperbacks. This one is heartbreakingly beautiful, sad, poignant, and incredibly moving. Eliza and Till’s love journey is a hard one – passionate, sexy, and EPIC. Highly emotional and unique read.


I met Sarah Kate Erickson when I was twenty-one years old. I was lucky enough to keep her for seven years before a tragic accident stole her from me. She didn’t die, but sometimes I think it would have been easier if she had.

I lived in a haze for those four years after the accident. Catering to her every need, even though she hated the very sight of my face. I tried to hold on to her and the future that we were supposed to build together. But you can’t hold on to someone who doesn’t exist anymore.

It wasn’t until I met Jesse Addison, a barista at the local coffee shop, that I realized I didn’t just lose Sarah that tragic night, I lost myself as well. Jesse taught me how to let go of the past and learn to love again. But what happens when your past haunts your present, and the woman you used to love refuses to accept the woman you can’t live without?

This is another brilliant series. Brett and Jesse story is gripping, emotional, angsty. The circumstance of Brett and his ex is heart breaking but he is a good guy and deserves to be happy. Jesse lightened up the story – she is quirky, fun, and sweet. Their relationship starts slow but not lack of passion and sexiness. This one got all the feels. Well-developed characters, unique storyline and flawless writing.


The Retrieval is exceptionally unique; the likes of which I have not read in the past. The writing is brilliant, captivating – I devoured both books in two days (if it wasn’t for work and life I would have been done in one sitting).

Right from the prologue, Roman and Elisabeth were introduced to the story at the end of their marriage. We don’t know right away the reasons but we do know it is not that they don’t love each other but rather they love each other too much. You can tell they have a history and their love runs deep. I don’t want to give out spoilers but both Roman and Elisabeth were dealt shitty cards. They were both devastated from the events that transpired but in dealing with her own heart break, Elisabeth did not see how deeply it affected Roman. They fell out of love and Elisabeth decided it was time they went separate ways. Talk about angst, tears and sadness right off the bat!!!

Fast forward two years, Roman and Elisabeth unexpectedly were brought together again…at a police station … They were delivered more devastating news and once again, old wounds were forced open, including more heart break and life changes. Since their divorce, Roman and Elisabeth have both moved on with their lives professionally but personally they have been romantically dormant. They never really stopped loving each other, and this time Roman is determined never to let Elisabeth go again. So, Retrieval is a second chance romance. The characters are both fantastic, well developed, complicated. Roman is all alpha, sexy – a West Point graduate, Army Captain turned successful businessman. He is also caring, loving, and an all-around swoony hero. Elisabeth is sweet and beautiful inside and out. The story deals with some sensitive issues. This story’s got all the feels — very emotional and intense. However, let me assure you there are plenty of lighthearted, funny, sweet and sexy moments. The chemistry between Roman and Elisabeth is undeniably scorching hot. Aly really knows how to burn up the sheets in the bedroom – uber hot!

I also love the secondary characters – Roman’s sister Kristen in particular is a fire cracker. The way Roman describes her cracked me up (She has 2 speeds: bitch at me or bitch to me…). I also want to mention that I love the family feels of this book. Even though Roman and Elisabeth are no longer together she still has a close relationship with his family – that is refreshing and and a nice change.

Retrieval is just sensational. Aly delivered yet another stunning, brilliant romance. Lucky for us there is a continuation of Roman and Elisabeth’s story in Transfer which comes out Sept 27th but with the focus on a new couple Clare and Heath. Their story is intertwined so you have to read them in order: Retrieval first and then Transfer. I promise you it will not be a hardship – YOU DO NOT WANT TO MISS THIS!!!



*** This review contains some spoilers***

Sam and “Designer Shoes,” as he adoringly called her, met by chance on the bridge of San Francisco. She was there contemplating jumping in and he was there mourning his sister. The two bonded through a simple conversation – call it FAITH. A lot of times when I read a book I might connect with one character – either the heroine or the hero, but Aly Martinez did such a great job with these two characters. I FELL IN LOVE with them both. The two characters’ chemistry is incredible – it’s honest, it’s real, it’s perfect.

This story is very compelling. Levee is a troubled girl. She is lost and is suffering seemingly alone, even though she is surrounded with friends/family she trusts. In real life people with mental illness suffer alone with their thoughts and feelings of hopelessness. Levee is sweet and devoted to helping her fans. Sam also has demons of his own and is haunted with his past. Sam suffered from the guilt of losing his sister. Nothing is worse than a feeling of “what ifs” and that you should have or could have done something to help someone. Sam and Levee are virtually strangers but Sam has a heart of gold. It is so incredibly sweet to see that Sam becomes very protective of Levee and he helps Levee heal through love and trust… and she will heal him too… “Take me home and let me struggle with you”.

This story is unique and it also deals with an important issue of suicide. Having said that, this book is not all sad and depressing nor is it about a typical troubled celebrity. It really is a SWEET LOVE STORY. It is sexy, romantic, and heart-warming. Their love story is beautiful and touching. Some parts of the book are humorous with laugh-out-loud moments. The dialogue and texts are funny and sweet. Sam is a super sexy carpenter with TATS guys ….
Some of the things Sam said to Levee is down right SWOONY…

Lots of emotions reading this book – I cried sad tears, happy tears, and I laughed hard too.

This book is fast paced! I mean it in a good way because the story flows smoothly from the beginning until the end. It will keep you CAPTIVATED the whole time – hence I missed out on beach time

Aly Martinez, you are AMAZING and this book is PERFECTION!

Sam & Levee 4-eva!!!


This series has a fresh concept surrounding the boys of the Guardian security agency. Right at the prologue, my heart was already jumping out of my chest and I was intrigued by the plot. Rhion was hanging on to life with the threat of being burned alive or falling to her death. Jude was an off duty cop who had a few drinks, but he accepted the last call to check out the Park Hill estate. That turned out to be his biggest down fall. Jude made a decision to help save Rhion but what happened next destroyed Jude and haunted him for the rest of his life. Jude and Rhion were both wounded severely — internal and external injuries from the events that fateful night. Both have regrets, guilt, and things they want to say to each other but haven’t gotten the chance. Four years later, Jude found a new job at the Guardian which happens to serve one unexpected client, Rhion.

I feel sad for Rhion – she is a young beautiful young lady with scars covering her body and more importantly, a destroyed spirit. She is hiding in her apartment, fearful of being outside, of people, of life and the only people she trusts is her best friend and the boys at the agency. Jude can be frustrating at times as he thinks everything is his fault. Although I do understand why he feels solely responsible for what happened to Rhion. I love both of these characters. Rhion is a sweetheart, despite her social status she is down to earth and nice – someone you want to be friends with. She is also funny and quirky – I laughed so hard at her diarrhea mouth. God helps her she can quit talking when she is nervous. I just adore her. Jude is damaged but oh I LOVE the damaged heroes A LOT – they are my kryptonite. Jude is all alpha, protective and sexy. The chemistry between these two is an inferno, sizzling hot and a fitting theme for the book 🙂 🙂

This book is definitely sexy, raw, and contains a bit of suspense that will keep you on your toes a little. In several parts of the book I feel like the hair on my neck was standing up. I guessed that there was something going on with Johnson and Rhion because their relationship was too close. Then, I guessed there was something shady with Pete and Rhion – how she trusted him completely to take care of her finance. Of course, there is also Rhion’s creepy brother with a violent past, always lurking around the corner watching her. BUT the best TWIST EVER is at the end – I seriously did not see that coming. ALY – you are one wicked woman!!!

I don’t need to say anything about Aly’s writing – if you are a fan of hers you will love this book period!!! Her story is always unique with a flair for the dramatic hero and heroine. She has a way of captivating your attention the whole time. Wonderful new series. I am so looking forward to the next hot man of the Guardian Protection agency.



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