Meet Till & Eliza in Aly Martinez’s newest fighter series!
"That wasn't yours to take away," he exploded into the otherwise silent night. His words echoed off the surrounding buildings, each wave slicing me to the quick all over again. "That was our place. Not yours." His voice cracked right alongside my heart.
"Yeah, well, there was a lot of stuff that wasn't yours to take either." I held his gaze, desperately trying to be strong, but as his eyes grew wide, I whimpered.
His long legs strode forward, stopping only inches away from me. He was crowding me, but he still leaned in closer to my face. "There is nothing in this world that was ever more mine than you," he stated. Though it was the absolute truth, I wished with all my heart that it were a lie.
"Till," I cried, swiping the tears from my eyes.
"Why!" he shouted, causing his muscles to tense under the force. "Goddamn it! I needed that place."
Porch lights flashed on from the surrounding apartments, illuminating not only the dark but also my rage.
I shoved my hands into his chest. "What about what I needed? You left! I waited in that fucking apartment for weeks."
He didn't budge, but my bare feet slipped, sending me toward the ground. Impossibly fast, Till's hand snaked out and caught my arm. I didn't let his chivalrous gesture douse my fire. I had six months’ worth of words to say to the man I was irrevocably in love with.
"You took what you wanted. Then you left me."
"Doodle," he whispered.
I had been perilously close to the edge of insanity, and with one single word, he’d pushed me over.
I lost it completely.
Pounding my fists against his chest, I screamed at the top of my lungs, "It's Eliza! My name is fucking Eliza! Not Doodle!" I spun to march away, but Till's arms folded around me, lifting me off my feet to restrain me.
I was miniscule compared to him. There was no use in fighting, but I still kicked my legs, irrationally desperate to get away from him—but only because I knew I couldn't keep him for forever.
"Stop it!" he growled into my ear. "I know your Goddamn name—probably better than I know my own."
Sound is an abstract concept for most people. We spend our lives blocking out the static in order to focus on what we believe is important. But what if, when the clarity fades into silence, it's the obscure background noise that you would give anything to hold on to?
I've always been a fighter. With parents who barely managed to stay out of jail and two little brothers who narrowly avoided foster care, I became skilled at dodging the punches life threw at me. Growing up, I didn’t have anything I could call my own, but from the moment I met Eliza Reynolds, she was always mine. I became utterly addicted to her and the escape from reality we provided each other. Throughout the years, she had boyfriends and I had girlfriends, but there wasn't a single night that I didn’t hear her voice.
You see, meeting the love of my life at age thirteen was never part of my plan. However, neither was gradually going deaf at the age of twenty-one.
They both happened anyway.
Now, I'm on the ropes during the toughest battles of my life.
Fighting for my career.
Fighting the impending silence.
Fighting for her.
Every night, just before falling asleep, she sighs as a final conscious breath leaves her.
I think that's the sound I'll miss the most.
Right from the jump, when reading the prologue, you are thrust in a fast paced action ride within the life of Till Page. The boy from the wrong side of the tracks. The boy who had to carry the weight of the world on his shoulders because the two people who should have been taking care of him and his brothers couldn’t find the way to do it. It was Till who had to fight for everything, that is until he met Eliza. The girl from the same side of the tracks he was so accustomed to, the girl who stole his essence, that one person he would die for. It was she who finally fought for him. OH MY GAWD I can’t even really say how much I enjoyed this story. Everything that Aly Martinez has written I enjoyed but this book here, this grabbed me by the hands, sat me down, and said you will listen to these words while loving every moment of it!
Fighting Silence has that easy flow that instantly transports you into the world of fiction, but gracefully done so the reader feels like its home. In the beginning of the story we are in the lives of teenagers who are just starting to find out who they might be, while knowing the real obstacles of having to fight hard for what they want out of life because no one is going to hand it to them. Till Page through the years gets stronger as he grows into the man he will become and it’s his mission not to be held back by the tragedies he has to face. But Eliza. Eliza for me has stolen the entire book. As she grows into the woman she’s meant to be, she has a strength in her that was surprising! I think I am in love with her spirit more than Till and that’s a rare thing for me. Heroines have to be pretty special and Eliza’s take no prisoners attitude coupled with her overwhelming love for HER Till and all things Page, is a quality to be admired.
As I said before, I loved every moment in Fighting Silence. You will be surprised in many ways in this story as well as fall in love with the fairytale of a once in a lifetime bond that nothing can shake even when devastation occurs. When you start reading get ready for an incredible journey that will completely take over your day and leave you in a true book hangover! Enjoy it as I did! Thank you Aly for gifting my advanced readers copy in exchange for an honest review. You have solidified your place in the Bestseller category.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
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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