(ARC Review + Giveaway): Fighting Shadows by Aly Martinez

10 Jul 2015

Book Title: Fighting Shadows
Author: Aly Martinez
Series: On The Ropes #2
Release Date: July 7th, 2015
Genres: New Adult, Fighter Romance
I come from a family of fighters. I always thought I’d follow in their shadows, becoming unstoppable in the ring. That changed the day I saved the life of a woman I loved, but could never have.

My brother hailed me as a hero, and my reward was a wheelchair.

Paralyzed, my life became an inescapable nightmare.

Until I met her.

Ash Mabie had a heart-stopping smile and a laugh that numbed the rage and resentment brewing inside of me. She showed me that even the darkest night still had stars, and it didn’t matter one bit that you had to lie in the weeds to see them.

I was a jaded asshole who fell for a girl with a knack for running away. I couldn’t even walk but I would have spent a lifetime chasing her.

Now, I’m on the ropes during the toughest battles of my life. Fighting the shadows of our past. Fighting to reclaim my future. Fighting for her.


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Fighting Shadows is seriously one of my one of my most highly anticipated releases this year. I was a bit late on the On the Ropes fan-club train, but when I read Till's book, Fighting Silence I knew I wouldn't get me fill until I've read every single Page boy's book. 

 Flint Page is the middle Page boy. We remember the sh*t childhood these boys had when Till basically raised his younger brothers when he was still a child himself. Flashbacks to those days where they'd scurry around to clean the house so child protective series wouldn't take them away broke my heart all over again... 

  Fighting Shadows picks up right after the big event at the end of Till's book...Flint's injury while saving his sister-in-law Eliza. It sucks the reader in on page one with those early days when the constant vigil around Flint never ceased. Flint is in a haze due to the pain medications and I had to laugh at his Morphine-induced diarrhea of the mouth ramblings. Thank goodness for deafness on Till's part! Then the years of rehabilitation commence...and the other personality in Flint is born. I seriously wanted to hate him, he was such a Grade-A d*ck! I understand bitterness, I really do, but the way he treated his family and Eliza...I REALLY wanted to hate him! 

Enter Ash Mabie, the ONE quirky tough street kid that breaks through Flint's shell of bitterness and hate. Ash is seriously one of the most endearing heroines I've read in a long time. She too has a sh*t childhood, her father using her to do his illegal dirty work in order to make money. She's got a heart buried beneath the tough skin she shows the world and I couldn't help but feel sorry for the girl being forced to betray people for her father's gain. She befriended Quarry and Flint met her via that route. Flint had no idea such a simpleton could ride into his carefully constructed world and set it in a tailspin. She was young, but she was wise beyond her years and she saw the person buried deep in Flint and strove to drag him out kicking and screaming at times.

"The only thing that I'd figured was that Ash always made things lighter for me. Gravity didn't keep me pinned to my wheelchair when I was with her. She freed me, and back then- when it came to Eliza- I needed that more than anything else." 

 Fighting Shadows has all the elements I search for in my solid reads. We have a tortured hero, a tough heroine, hope, love....and healing. It progressed to a healthy dose of steamy and the Flint I wanted to throttle I grew to love. She was his hero...and he was her's. LOVED THAT. It was such a feel-good book that made me feel so many emotions, I couldn't help but become consumed in their love story.


I always love getting to see past heroes and heroines and Till/Eliza play a fairly decent role in this book. He still is the BEST big brother a person could ask for and I'm so happy to see he and Eliza get their HEA. Quarry...he's grown into quite the little smart a** and I cannot wait until his book. It promises to be much like Flint's with a very angsty emotional start (after that ending). I wouldn't say that this book ends in a cliffy, per say, it's just much like the ending of Fighting Silence, where events occur and you cannot wait for the next brother's book. Healthy anticipation is what I'd call it!

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 Another solid, enjoyable book from Aly Martinez who has quickly turned into an auto-love for me. If you are one of the few people in the romance world who hasn't read Fighting Silence, I highly recommend it! It took me forever to get to it and I'm kicking myself as to why! Bravo!


  ARC copy kindly provided by the author in exchange for an honest review.


Aly Martinez
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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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