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BACK TO THE START is a collection of previously released novels by USA Today bestselling author Aly Martinez. Each of the five full-length novels is a perfect starting point to dive into one of her sexy, emotional, and twisty worlds.
FIGHTING SILENCE: Sports Romance, Friends to lovers.
RETRIEVAL: Romantic Suspense, Second chance.
THE FALL UP: Contemporary Romance, Celebrity opposites attract.
CHANGING COURSE: Contemporary Romance, Broken hero.
SINGE: Romantic Suspense, Alpha bodyguard.
The Webster dictionary defines it as “good, acceptable, or satisfactory,” but based on its societal use, we learn to see fine as anything but – more so said as a way to avoid getting into anything too personal, but clearly indicating that life is not good at the moment and the person who said it doesn’t want to go any further than that even though it’s clear that things are not well.
For Levee Williams and Sam Rivers, those feelings of being fine lead them both to a cross roads in their life, unsure of how to rebuild, refocus, and reenergize when all they feel like doing is succumbing to the pain, the pressure, and the sadness by falling into the darkness.
From an onlooker’s perspective, Levee and Sam’s lives are wonderful. She’s a pop princess with droves of fans and more money than she can spend, and he does something he loves by repurposing furniture and selling it at a high price. But beyond the façade…beyond the smoke and mirrors, are two people who are consumed with sadness and depression…two people who don’t know where to turn in order to feel something besides pain because that’s what’s wrapped around them, refusing to let go and taking them further down in the process.
Can Levee and Sam be each other’s great? Or are they destined to keep plummeting, free falling without any chance of survival?
How does one Fall Up? Well, if everyone had a Sam Rivers in their lives, they would easily understand how it’s done and why Levee never questioned giving in and climbing up. But the way it’s described is not easy, which is clearly illustrated through Levee’s internal conflict and quick reactions as well as her struggle to admit that she needs help.
Aly Martinez does a fantastic job of putting readers inside both Levee and Sam’s heads and forcing us to feel every single emotion and hear every single dark thought. Martinez gives us the insight into Levee’s mind that no one else can see because if they did, they would have stepped in long ago because she is anything but fine, and the only way that Sam can recognize Levee’s pain is because he feels the same way albeit due to different circumstances, but it’s still something that defines him as much as it defines her, and Sam’s recognition and caretaking attributes are the only things that can catch Levee, but she has to be willing to walk back down with Sam, which is a decision that Levee won’t be able to make until she’s ready to admit what’s going on and deal with it head on, and that’s the journey that Aly Martinez takes readers on, and it’s a ride we’ll never forget.
I absolutely loved the message of The Fall Up! Everyone who reads it will definitely feel a connection to what Sam and Levee go through, even if only in small ways. Aly Martinez is such an extremely talented writer because her words mean more than she probably even realizes, which is why she’s one of my favorites!
Can’t wait to see what Aly gives readers next…maybe a book for Henry???
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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.