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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.
Holy. Shit! What did I just read? The moment I finished this book, I promptly messaged Ms. Martinez and GUSHED. I am thoroughly convinced this author is a genius.
As an author myself, I am picky as hell. I don’t try to be, but I think, for me, I know what I put into my own books, so I tend to expect it from other authors. Aly Martinez’s writing is abso-freaking-lutely amazing. I could perfectly envision every single scene as if I were right there with the characters.
And the characters? Relatable and loveable. The struggle of conceiving, the agony of miscarriage after miscarriage, and Roman and Elisabeth’s shared torment was so real. The pain they suffered with the loss of their child was palpable. I could FEEL it. The way in which their marriage ended, and each person’s point of view on the situation, was perfectly executed. Roman’s tenacity when it came to winning Elisabeth back was incredible. I FELT their love and passion for one another. That was what I loved most about Retrieval. Ms. Martinez made me feel everything.
There was not a single word wasted in this story. Each sentence meant something. Every story arc went somewhere. And she intertwined it all with witty humor that often had me laughing aloud.
This was a quick read, which was perfect because I didn’t want to put it down, and when I had to, it was all I could think about!
So much happens in this book. I’m not sure where book two is going to head, but I am counting down the days until it is in my hands.
Five AMAZING stars for me.
Transfer is book two in The Retrieval Duet. It is not to be read as a standalone.
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 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.
Because this is a duet and the story is not complete until you read both books, it’s hard not to compare book one to book two. Where Retrieval was a phenomenal read for me, if I’m being completely honest, Transfer was a bit of a let down. I think Ms. Martinez set the bar so high with Retrieval I was expecting to be blown away by Transfer. What I got was still a good, entertaining read, but it was not, in my opinion, on par with its predecessor.
Though Heath and Clare were good characters, I didn’t feel the connection I instantly felt with Roman and Elisabeth in book one. But Heath was a sexy alpha male, and I could see how much he cared for Clare, even in such a short amount of time.
Retrieval is beautifully written—the kind of writing that makes you sit back and sigh at its perfection. I forgot I was sitting on my couch reading because Ms. Martinez put me inside the pages with Roman and Elisabeth. That is not what happened with Transfer. It felt a little rushed, full of quick summarizations explaining what happened as opposed to showing us key moments and allowing the reader to get fully pulled into the story. I never felt completely immersed in the book, and man, I really, REALLY wanted to. I loved Retrieval so much, and I set it up high on a pedestal, so I think a lot of my issue was my own expectations. There were still plenty of good things about this book, but that’s the big difference between Retrieval and Transfer for me. One is an epically amazing book, and the other is good. But please don’t get me wrong. This duet is enjoyable and definitely worth your time.
Both books are very quick reads, and you need to read both to have the complete story.
Four stars for me.
About Aly Martinez:
I’m a wife and stay at home mom to four wild kids under the age of six. My life is pretty much crazy at all times. I’m a proud wino. Reader. Author. Ice cream hater. Olive lover. Southern girl. Did I mention wino already?
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