Fighting Solitude by Aly Martinez – Jenn’s Review

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WHY I READ IT

Aly Martinez is an automatic read for me. I’ve been addicted to the Page boys from the start.

WHAT I RATED IT

off the charts

WHAT IT’S ABOUT

I was born a fighter. Abandoned by my parents, I spent my life forging my own path—one guided by my fists and paved with pain.

Untouchable in the ring, I destroyed everyone who faced me, but that’s where my victories ended. Outside the ropes, I repeatedly failed the few people who loved me. Including my best friend, Liv James—the one person I’d die to protect.

Even though I didn’t deserve her, Liv never stopped believing in me. Never gave up. Never let go. After all, she understood what I’d lost, because she’d lost it too.

Liv was everything to me, but she was never truly mine.

That was going to change.

I lost my first love, but I refused to lose my soulmate.

Now, I’m on the ropes during the toughest battles of my life.
Fighting to be the man she deserves.
Fighting the solitude of our pasts.
Fighting for her.

leaf dividerJENN’S REVIEW

**I HIGHLY RECCOMEND READING THE FIRST TWO BOOKS IN THE SERIES, FIGHTING SILENCE AND FIGHTING SHADOWS, BEFORE READING FIGHTING SOLITUDE. There may be spoilers in this review for the other books….read at your own risk**

I have loved every single word Aly Martinez has written. I have never given a book of hers less than FIVE stars. In fact, I rate all of them, OFF THE CHARTS, because that’s what they are. Perfection. Complete and total perfection. The anticipation for Quarry’s story was also off the charts. I’ve wanted it since Fighting Silence, and I knew, deep in my gut, there was no way that Quarry wouldn’t be an incredible addition to the series. Not only was I right, but it was even better than I had hoped for.

Fighting Solitude picks up where Fighting Shadows ends. Beginning a new story by breaking the readers heart probably doesn’t sound like the best way to start, but the emotion that Aly brings to those scenes made me speechless. Even though I knew what was happening, devastation seeped out of my pores. My stomach churned for Quarry, and while I was sure I knew where the story was heading, I still has so many fears by starting this way. I was afraid that Liv was going to be the second choice; the consolation prize. I was afraid that Quarry was going to use her to mask the pain of losing Mia. I was afraid neither of them would pull their heads out and see what has been staring them straight in their faces for years.

We see the very beginning of Quarry and Liv’s friendship, and even at their young age, the chemistry is there. We have the pleasure of watching this relationship grow throughout the years, and even when they tear each other apart, they still know they are still vital to the other’s existence.

“Did you love me first?”

“…If you’re asking if, even as a kid, I felt an undeniable connection with you that I would never be able to explain, but I still recognized with every cell in my body, every breath in my lungs, and every beat of my heart that I needed to hold on to it no matter the consequences? Then my answer would have to be…Every. Single Day.”

Once thing Aly does beautifully, is slowly build you a story full of surprises and turns. We’ve been with Quarry and Liv since they were little kids, yet there is so much we don’t know about them. Aly feeds it tous piece by piece, until we are screaming at her to just give us more. I want to absorb her stories through osmosis and just find out what the heck happens, but at the same time, I never, ever want them to end. I am always fighting a losing battle with her words, completely lost in them, and it’s the sweetest death. For every gut-wrenching moment (it certainly wasn’t short on those), there are light hearted ones. I laughed hard at the group chats and family inside jokes. The humor helped balance out the sadness and angst.  I loved every single word of Quarry and Liv’s story. I never wanted it to end. You won’t either, but you will enjoy the journey.

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