BLOG TOUR REVIEW STOP: The Brightest Sunset by Aly Martinez

The Brightest Sunset (The Darkest Sunrise Duet, #2) 

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Sticks and stones will break my bones, but words will never harm me.


Words destroyed me.

“I’m sorry. She didn’t make it.”

“Daddy, he can’t breathe!”

“There’s nothing more we can do for your son.”

Sticks and stones will break my bones, but words will never harm me.


Those syllables and letters became my executioner. I told myself that, if I didn’t acknowledge the pain and the fear, they would have no power over me. But, as the years passed, the hate and the anger left behind began to control me.

Two words—that was all it took to plunge my life into darkness.

“He’s gone.”

In the end, it was four soft, silky words that gave me hope of another sunrise.

“Hi. I’m Charlotte Mills.”


Porter and Charlotte’s bond began in the darkness – a place both of them know well…a place where no questions, no judgments, no faking it, and no apologies are required…a place where they can take a complete breath, at least for a moment, creating beauty amidst so much pain, grief, and anger.

In The Darkest Sunrise, Porter became Charlotte’s lifeline – the person who stood by her side, without judgment, allowing her to keep the light out and learn how to cope with her sadness, her fear, and her need to, at times, to succumb to the blackness that constantly threatens to destroy her. While their pain and circumstances differed, Porter and Charlotte’s connection was solidified because they understood so much of the other’s struggles and they allowed one another to just be what they needed to be despite everyone else pushing for more from them. 

With the events that occurred at the end of book 1 and the revelations that continued to be revealed at the start of The Brightest Sunset, Porter and Charlotte’s roles, in some ways, have changed; both are still lost and pretend better than anyone else, but this time, Porter is the one obliterated by the darkness, struggling to continue to fight when it seems like his entire world has, once again, been turned upside down, and without an amenable conclusion, he may not find himself capable of enduring this impossible situation.

Porter and Charlotte’s duet is an unbelievably complicated story line. Because there are multiple people involved in the main plot, there is no easy solution. There are too many variables at play and too many emotions to contend with, especially when it comes to the role all of the adults want to play in this little boy’s life.

Aly Martinez crafts an incredible ending to Porter and Charlotte’s emotional journey. All of Porter and Charlotte’s feelings as well as those of everyone else involved resonate from the pages of the story – they are living and breathing things – emotions that can both destroy and mend. And, even if readers get frustrated, which they undoubtedly will, with some characters’ actions and how they handle these impossible circumstances, readers can be assured that EVERY SINGLE word, act, and thought is something that can happen when so many people’s lives are categorically altered by one person’s decisions.

The Brightest Sunset is a contradictory idea that is used to illustrate just how complex Porter and Charlotte’s circumstances are. The hope for both of them is that they can bring themselves and each other out of a darkness that serves as an executioner of their hearts and souls and into one that allows them to heal their emotional wounds, which also allows them, little by little, to find a way to revel in the lightness that seems to be infiltrating the dark and to move forward, knowing that the past events will not be forgotten, but perhaps, they can be remembered as what was and the focus can now be on what is.

4.5 Poison Apples


The Darkest Sunrise (The Darkest Sunrise Duet, #1) 

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Author Information

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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