Review: The Darkest Sunrise duet by Aly Martinez

Review

“I assure you I have zero interest in commiserating with you. I wouldn’t understand your demons any more than you would understand my personal circle of hell.”

Her sad eyes flicked back to mine. “Then what do you want?”

I sucked in a deep breath that did nothing to calm the eternal storm brewing within me.

“Just a little company in the darkness. No questions. No judgments. No faking it.”

With The Darkest Sunrise duet, Aly Martinez delivers a heart-wrenching, deeply moving story of two people finding happiness after living in the dark fog of grief for so long. Evocative at every level, the narrative explores situations with no easy answers.

The story of Charlotte and Porter is felt in the gut, in the heart, in a way that unbearably tightens even as the story unravels. Although it’s best to go into these books blind, I’ll say that they explore the aftermath of tragedies, the feelings of anger and heartache that come with the loss of control, the fractures these events can trigger, and the path to healing that often seems obscure.

These two people—Charlotte and Porter—discover what it means to love vigorously and relentlessly. How to fight for it despite feeling caught in the unimaginable.

While decidedly heartrending, Aly skillfully adds levity to the story with the perfect balance of humor and sexiness.

You’ll devour both books, and you’ll be sad to finish when you do—count on that!

“It’s always darkest before dawn, Porter. We just have to wait a little longer. The sun always rises, baby.”

About The Darkest Sunrise

Sticks and stones will break my bones, but words will never harm me.
Whoever coined that phrase is a bald-faced liar. Words are often the sharpest weapon of all, triggering some of the most powerful emotions a human can experience.
“You’re pregnant.”
“It’s a boy.”
“Your son needs a heart transplant.”
Sticks and stones will break my bones, but words will never harm me.
Lies.
Syllables and letters may not be tangible, but they can still destroy your entire life faster than a bullet from a gun.
Two words—that was all it took to extinguish the sun from my sky.
“He’s gone.”
For ten years, the darkness consumed me.
In the end, it was four deep, gravelly words that gave me hope of another sunrise.
“Hi. I’m Porter Reese.”

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