Monday, November 5, 2018

Review: The Retrieval Duet by Aly Martinez

The Retrieval Duet by Aly Martinez
Book 1: Retrieval
Book 2: Transfer

Book 1: Retrieval
One story. Two couples.

I proposed on our first date.
She laughed and told me I was insane. Less than a day later, she said yes.
It was a whirlwind, but we were happy…
Until we got greedy and wanted a family.

It was a life I couldn’t give her, not for lack of trying. Fertility just wasn’t on our side. We sought out doctors and treatments. Spent money we didn’t have. Lied to our families. Smiled for our friends. Put on a brave face for a world that didn’t understand.
Finally, we were successful…
Until we were forced to bury our son.

We were left broken, battered, and destroyed.
They say love is in the details, but it was the details that ruined us.

This is the story of how I took back what had always been mine.
The retrieval of my wife and our family.

Book 2: Transfer
One story. Two couples.

I fell in love with a man who didn’t exist.

What started out as romance ended in hell.
His words turned to razor blades.
His kisses converted to fists. 
His embrace became my cage.
His body transformed into a weapon, stealing parts of me until ultimately….
I broke. 

I hated him.
My sole job in life became to protect our daughter.

I wasn’t sure I’d ever escape the prison he’d skillfully crafted from my fears. 
Until the day our savior arrived. 

This is the story of how I escaped the man who thought he owned me.
The transfer of my life and my family.

My review: 5 stars!
This duet was AMAZING! Aly Martinez is the queen of angst and romantic suspense and The Retrieval Duet did not disappoint. Each book somewhat focuses on a different couple, but their stories are woven together and connected. Although dark, the payoff is worth it- the emotions that Martinez captures are both heart-breaking and love-affirming. The first book ends in quite the cliffhanger, but this is to be expected knowing it's written as a duet. This duet was a one of my favorites of 2016 for sure! 

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