Friday, January 19, 2018

REVIEW: Thrive by Aly Martinez

Today we are celebrating the release of THRIVE by Aly Martinez. Thrive is the second book in the Guardian Protection series and it can be read as a complete standalone.

You can grab the ebook or paperback on Amazon.

Download the audiobook at Audible or iTunes.



Shel: Last year we discovered the fabulousness of Aly Martinez and we've been huge fans ever since. In Thrive we get to revisit the guys at Guardian Protection--more specifically the scowl-y, broody Jeremy--and their women (in this case a sassy Mira). Martinez weaves the early years of their story with what's going on with them now in a way that gives us their backstory and also continues to push the narrative forward. As noted in the synopsis, Jeremy and Mira's love story is not easy and did not end well the first go around. And actually, their first contact in 17 years didn't start well either. But, true to the style we've come to enjoy from Aly Martinez--humor and love prevailed. 

Court: She came out with a bang with the dual past and present point of view, though, didn't she? And I loved it, immensely because we needed all of those details. She made my heart strings tug with what could have been...and what will happen. I was in so much angst over it that I was literally not going to be able to sleep until I knew how things would I didn't. 2 am, and a finished book later, and here I am gushing about this book! It was great to be back in the Guardian Protection world, seeing a few favorite familiar faces, and really just loving every single word of it.

Shel: Not only did I find the plot with Mira and Jeremy and the craziness that throws them together, I enjoyed how they moved past the craziness and into falling for each other. Their banter had me laughing out loud in almost every chapter. I also really enjoyed how much the other men at the agency had fun teasing Jeremy (especially because we all know they're going to get theirs at the hands of Aly Martinez and that brings me so much joy). And the way the end finally comes together was not at all what I thought was going to happen and so that surprise at the end was fun!

Court: IT WAS! Nothinig went the way I expected. I thought I knew the formula, and she threw a wrench in there that had me guessing right to the end. Right when I thought though that they would fall back into being too hot headed for our story and be right back where they were in their early 20's...there was maturity and growth and character development that was real and insightful, and really rounded out these characters really well. Not that there isn't enough snit fits and alpha male shenanigans to throw around...there is a plenty, and we hope you laugh and swoon and turn these pages like they're on fire.

Shel: This series is such a nice blend of romance and angst and humor and has me hopeful that the next installment comes soon. If you're a fan of Kristen Ashley and are looking for a writer that gives that same blend of alpha romance that will put a smile on your face, Aly Martinez and this series is a definite must read.

Court: I agree 100%. Aly Martinez has us hook, line and sinker and we will do whatever it takes to read more of her books!!! You should too! 

Thrive by Aly Martinez (Guardian Protection, #2)

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Technically, you aren’t supposed to fall in love with your best friend’s girl.
But if we’re talking technicalities, he wasn’t supposed to be cheating on her every other weekend, either. The day I met Mira York, I knew she was off-limits. But after months of stealing side-glances while he ruined the most beautiful woman I’d ever seen, I realized there wasn’t a rule in the world I wouldn’t break to make her mine. She chose him anyway. I wasn’t sure how I’d ever move on, but bitterness turned into fuel for my fire. Without Mira, I thrived. Until seventeen years later, when she showed back up, begging for protection from the very same man she’d left me for all those years earlier. Now, it was my turn to choose. And she wasn’t going to like my answer. THRIVE takes place seventeen years AFTER a love triangle.

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SINGE is the first book in the Guardian Protection Series and is FREE in KindleUnlimited

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Originally from Savannah, Georgia, USA Today bestselling author Aly Martinez now lives in South Carolina with her four young children. Never one to take herself too seriously, she enjoys cheap wine, mystery leggings, and baked feta. It should be known, however, that she hates pizza and ice cream, almost as much as writing her bio in the third person. She passes what little free time she has reading anything and everything she can get her hands on, preferably with a super-sized tumbler of wine by her side.    
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