Today, we are celebrating the release of THRIVE by Aly Martinez.
Thrive is the second book in the Guardian Protection series and it can be read as a complete standalone.
Thrive by Aly Martinez (Guardian Protection, #2)
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When I was nineteen years old, I was faced with a choice that changed my life.
Keep the safety of what I already knew or risk losing everything with the young, hotheaded soldier who stole my heart.
I chose the wrong man, and for seventeen years, I paid in tears, blood, and shattered dreams for that decision.
Now, there’s a man in my house, holding a gun to my head on the order of my ex-husband—given from his prison cell.
That hotheaded soldier I was too afraid to choose? He’s now a six-foot-three wall of muscle who works at the country’s most premier bodyguard agency. I’ve always wanted him, but now, I’ve never needed him more.
It’s the call I’m terrified to make.
I’m sure he still hates me… Even though I’ve never stopped loving him.
Thrive is defined as one’s ability to prosper; to be fortunate or successful. 2. to grow or develop vigorously; to flourish
Any way one looks at the word, whether its denotative or its connotative meanings, it’s clear that if one’s life ‘flourishes’ then s/he is leading a good life…one filled with positivity and success.
Based on this definition, it would seem that the hero and heroine in Aly Martinez’s newest release would live charmed lives, reaping the benefits of a fortunate life and reveling in all the happiness that has come their way.
And that kind of life might have happened…and perhaps in some ways both Mira and Lark did have times of joy and prosperity, but overall, especially in regards to Mira’s life and circumstances, thriving would not be the word to describe all that’s happened in the 17 years that these two have been apart, all because of Mira’s decision when they were both young and naive.
Based on how both Mira and Lark are described as well as how they react and what actions they take when Mira returns, some readers, understandably, will not know how to feel about the hero and heroine of Thrive. Miscommunication between them seems to be the leading cause of their separation all those years ago, and while a certain amount of it makes sense, the fact that the path of their lives was irrevocably changed due to their inability to honestly communicate is frustrating to witness, especially because of the damage it has caused.
The cause of Mira and Lark’s reunion is where the series’ title, Guardian Protection, comes into play, and while the danger Mira’s in and the extenuating circumstances and outside forces that she and Lark have to contend with definitely play a role in whether or not the love these two feel for each other stands a second chance, the couple also needs to deal with the past and what forced them to spend 17 years apart and be with other people while their hearts were still with each other all along.
I definitely enjoyed the wild ride Aly Martinez took me on in Thrive. Mira and Lark’s story has suspense, drama, steam, and a whole lot of heart, and while I found some of the hero and heroine’s actions and reactions problematic, I still eagerly waited for them to figure out their shit, put the past behind them, deal with the current drama, and be together like they were supposed to be from when they were teens.
4 Poison Apples
Purchase the previous book in the Guardian Protection Series
SINGE is the first book in the Guardian Protection Series and is FREE in KindleUnlimited
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.