Book Tour (Book Review& Excerpt): Fighting Solitude by Aly Martinez



Title: Fighting Solitude (On the Ropes #3)
Author: Aly Martinez @AlyMartinezAuth
Reviewer: Grace
Genre: Sports Romance
Length: 340 pages
Rating: 4.5 stars

Fighting Solitude is Book Three in the On The Ropes Series by @AlyMartinezAuth and is Quarry’s highly anticipated story.

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I was born a fighter. Abandoned by my parents, I spent my life forging my own path—one guided by my fists and paved with pain.

Untouchable in the ring, I destroyed everyone who faced me, but that’s where my victories ended. Outside the ropes, I repeatedly failed the few people who loved me. Including my best friend, Liv James—the one person I’d die to protect.

Even though I didn’t deserve her, Liv never stopped believing in me. Never gave up. Never let go. After all, she understood what I’d lost, because she’d lost it too.

Liv was everything to me, but she was never truly mine.

That was going to change.

I lost my first love, but I refused to lose my soulmate.

Now, I’m on the ropes during the toughest battles of my life.

Fighting to be the man she deserves.

Fighting the solitude of our pasts.

Fighting for her.

Grace Review

WARNING: There will be spoilers for book two so reader beware.

After the ending of Fighting Shadows, I think every reader was wary of reading this final installment of the series.  The worst kind of heartbreak isn’t something you look forward to reading.  And while I was nervous to begin this book, based on early reviews, I knew the author handled the subject well and wouldn’t destroy me in the process.

With the death of a loved one, particularly the first love of the hero, there’s always some uncertainty about the next woman.  Is she just the consolation prize?   What I didn’t expect that second woman to actually mean more than the first.

Since we already know Mia’s fate, this book doesn’t repeat too much of those tragic times.  Instead we are given BM and AM, or Before Mia and After Mia, as I’ll refer to it.

Liv was a part of Quarry’s life well BM (I’m cracking myself up typing these acronyms).  She was his life.  His first true friend, who just happened to be a trouble-making spitfire.  She was there for him through all of his tough times.  When tragedy strikes the Page family, Quarry pushes her away in the harshest of ways.  Strangely enough, it is Mia who brings them back together.  But that one moment, when Quarry proves he can’t always protect her, comes back to bite him later.

Usually when there is a woman before the heroine, they are painted in a bad light, so that you, as the reader, are cheering for the heroine.  This book was very different.  Not only was Mia loved by Quarry, she was loved by Liv as well.  Under the strangest of circumstances, Mia and Liv become best friends.  So Mia’s death hits both the hero and heroine hard.  But years of friendship and a love for one another, proves vital as they try to get through their personal suffering.

The source of my heartache was no longer Mia.  It was Liv.

I loved Liv’s devotion to Quarry.  Other that their three year separation, she has always been there for him.  A true best friend.  But he has always meant more than that to her.  So when Quarry finally wakes up and realizes that he too is connected to Liv on a deeper level, I DID NOT get her resistance.

“Losing you is frightening.  Trusting you not to break me is petrifying.”

She gives in and then pushes away.  Over and over and over.  She goes into full freak out mode and in my opinion, was a bit of a drama queen.  This was the only part of the book that I didn’t like.  I get that there would be some immediate resistance, some fear of ruining their friendship.  But her fear seemed to be for a whole other reason and it was a ridiculous one.  THANK GOD for Quarry.  He doesn’t give up on her and doesn’t let her overthink things, although she tries repeatedly.  He pushes her to open up and give them a chance.  Had he not pushed so hard, their new relationship would be over before it started.

“Every. Single. Day.”

Till, Flint and Quarry have literally had everything thrown their way.  Poverty, poor education, hearing loss, kidnapping, disabilities, and the sudden loss of a loved one.  With the support of the women in their lives and a growing family, they have come out stronger.  This series has you cheering for the underdog, and seeing that faith and love can be enough to win it all.  I’m sad the series is over, as I’ve come to love these three boys/men.  I loved how hard they fought against the odds, and found their soulmate in the process.


*An ARC was received for an honest review.



Fighting Solitude


“Mia!” I shouted.

It was worthless. She’d been deaf since the day I met her.

She’d never once heard my voice.

She’d never heard the deep rumble of my laugh when she was excited, signing so fast I could barely keep up.

She’d never heard my content sigh when she barged into the locker room after a fight—just her presence soothed the lingering madness brewing within me.

She’d never heard me whispering my deepest fears into her ear as she fell asleep on top of me.

She’d never heard the reverence in which I cried her name each and every time I took her body.

And she’d never once heard the ease in which the words I love you tumbled from my lips as I stared into her deep, jade green eyes.  

But as I screamed her name while watching her petite body seizing in the passenger seat beside me, I’d never needed her to hear me more.

“Mia. Oh God. I’ve got you, baby.”

She was still thrashing violently as I made my way around to her door, yanking it open while pleading with whatever god was willing to help.

When she stilled, a whole new level of silence filled the air around us. It wasn’t the absence of sound.

It was the absence of life.

“Mia, breathe!” I roared as her chest remained agonizingly still. “Help me!” I screamed at the closed emergency room doors, but no medical savior rushed out with the miracle I so desperately needed.

My hands shook wildly as I released her lifeless body from the seatbelt.

“I’ve got you, just hang on. Please just hang on, Mia,” I whispered lifting her into my arms and sprinting through the sliding doors. “I need a doctor! She’s not breathing!”

Nurses rushed towards me in slow motion as the seconds without air in her lungs passed at a terrifying speed.


A doctor appeared with a gurney and quickly took her from my arms.

The immediate loss was staggering.  

Hope became my only solace.

She needed help that I wasn’t capable of giving her, but that didn’t stop me from following close behind as they rolled her away. I was on the verge of self-destructing; letting her out of my sight wasn’t an option.

I stood motionless in the doorway while doctors and nurses swarmed around her. Their mouths moved frantically, but without my hearing aids I was worthless to make out the words their faint voices carried.

I never wore my hearing aids when I was with Mia. There was no point. She rarely spoke with her voice.

We’d spent four years building a relationship with our hands.

Those hands had told me animated stories that made me laugh until my face hurt from smiling.

They’d fought with me relentlessly, but always ended the night raking down my back in silent ecstasy.

Her fingers had fluidly signed I love you more times than I could ever count—or forget.

But as I felt the nurse attempting to physically remove me from the room, my eyes became fixated on her limp hand dangling off the side of the bed. It was the only sight more frightening than watching her flail mid-seizure.

It ripped the heart straight from my chest.

That hand was supposed to be full of life.

It was the very essence of Mia.




Oh God.

Sucking in a deep breath, I held it until the room began to spin.

It provided me no relief even as it forced me to my knees.

There would be no distraction from this.

I was going to lose her.

Yet another woman I couldn’t save.  


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Born and raised in Savannah, Georgia, Aly Martinez is a stay-at-home mom to four crazy kids under the age of five, including a set of twins. Currently living in South Carolina, she passes what little free time she has reading anything and everything she can get her hands on, preferably with a glass of wine at her side.

After some encouragement from her friends, Aly decided to add “Author” to her ever-growing list of job titles. Five books later, she shows no signs of slowing. So grab a glass of Chardonnay, or a bottle if you’re hanging out with Aly, and join her aboard the crazy train she calls life.

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