5 Stars for Book 1 in Aly Martinez’s Darkest Sunrise Duet!

5 Stars for Book 1 in Aly Martinez’s Darkest Sunrise Duet!

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.
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.”


How do you review a book you can’t say anything about?

First, you could remind readers that The Darkest Sunrise is part of a duet. This means it goes hand in hand with The Brightest Sunrise, which will be available on July 27th.

Then, you can mention how perfect it is. The Darkest Sunrise is perfectly perfect.

  • The romance is beautiful and the suspense/mystery is clever, so much so that Aly Martinez had me thinking constantly, trying to put things together. Plus, it’s emotionally gut wrenching. Martinez bravely writes a story where there is a loss of a child which can’t be easy thing to do and, in my experience reading, not always handled well. She nails it.

As a reviewer I could just talk about the romantic portions of the story, leaving the mystery for the readers to figure out on their own.

  • Porter and Charlotte are amazing together. They immediately recognize that they share the darkness that each has lived in since separate tragic events changed the course of their lives. Despite this darkness, they bring light to each other through flirting and laughter and heated kisses. I had so much fun watching them become a couple that I frequently forgot that there was sadness lurking.

But, there is a mystery out there…

  • I’ve recently broaden my reading a little, picking up a few romantic suspense novels and mystery books. I love the challenge of a mystery though I’m rarely surprised. Martinez is quite brilliant with the mystery shrouding The Darkest Sunrise. I can’t remember the last time I was so excited to read the next book in a series.

How about great family dynamics?

  • Martinez surrounds Porter and Charlotte with family and friends that I fell in love with. Porter’s easy relationship with his family tells us everything we need to know about him and why he’s the man that we fall in love with. Not to mention, his brother Tanner stole the spotlight every time he’s on the page. Charlotte’s support system is just as wonderful, but there’s nothing easy about it as those that love her do so with kid gloves.

This is my first Aly Martinez book and as I’m writing this I’m scratching my head wondering why I’ve never picked up one of her books before. The Darkest Sunrise truly has all the things I love in a book. I wish I could say more, but this is one of those books that you have to read without knowing too much ahead of time.

5 stars for The Darkest Sunrise. Heat level: 3

I received a copy of The Darkest Sunrise from InkSlingerPR and the author in exchange for honest feedback.

The Darkest Sunrise was published in July 2017 by the author.

The Darkest Sunrise (The Darkest Sunrise Duet Book 1)

Buy the books:

The Darkest Sunrise is available now for sale and on Kindle Unlimited!

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The Brightest Sunrise is available July 27th!

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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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