Blog Tour + Dual Review : THE BRIGHTEST SUNSET by Aly Martinez

July 28, 2017


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.”

No questions.
No judgements.
No faking it.
No apologies.
I am totally blown away by this conclusion. It was not just highly emotional, but also raw and deep. Few pages in and my heart was ripped into two. I was bleeding all over and was left drowning in tears. Kudos Aly Martinez, you managed not just to make me cry, but you moved me with your beautiful words and inspiring story.

The Brightest Sunset was one of the books I am looking forward to read. With that cliffy in the first book, I am excited and at the same time scared to read this conclusion after the state I was in with The Darkest Sunrise. Emotionally drained, puffy eyes, a mess, etc..etc.. you get the idea but it did not deter me from reading it. Instead, I was so thrilled to start the book and prepared myslef for what's in store for me. But who was I kidding? Nothing prepared me for the rawness and realness the story brings. I was struck straight in the heart and few pages in I could not contain my sob. I was pained and I hurt all over and really I was touched and moved big time. 

I wasn't a mother yet but reading Aly's words as she portrayed the characters and the story, it felt like it was me being thrown heaven and hell. I could not imagine the pain they went through yet at the same time while reading, I could not help myself to be in awe on how Aly Martinez find a way for the complications and complexity of the situation gratifying and satisfying until the very end. More than that, I admire the strenght and the bravery of the characters. Their connection too made me fall in love with them even more rooting until the very end. The glutton of punishment that I am, I was basking all these feels, devouring it, inhaling it and letting it in my system because no matter how intense the pain was, I could not deny the fact that it's still the most beautiful and wonderful feeling I have ever felt. Pain? Sadness? Gut wrenching moments? Man, it's part of our lives. Couple that with this story and everything just felt so real and alive.

But you know what? What I love about this book too is the fact that I did not just cry tears of sadness, I did not just felt those painful heart wrenching feels, I did laugh and cried tears of joy. My heart was in knots because of happiness and that's why I love Aly Martinez' writing. She could make me sob and at the same time laugh and read with a smile painted on my face and more than that she could make me feel all these freaking feels inexplainable yet one of the best feeling ever.

So, without too much giving away, I will just say... Stop what you are doing and read this duet. If you haven't read The Darkest Sunrise read it and then immediately read the conclusion. You will thank me later. For this book? This story? It's EPIC in all proportions. Trust me, with all the curveballs and bumps in the road thrown at these characters, in their lives, you too will admire how Porter and Charlotte fought with bravery and strenght the road to their HEA. In the end, they proved it, 

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What a conclusion!!

From the minute I read those last few words at the end of “The Darkest Sunrise”, I was literally chomping at the bit to get to this one. This was not a easy story to read to read at times and I No one was praying harder than me for Charlotte and Porter to get the happily ever after that they deserved. It was emotional, heartwrenching, and you couldn’t help but feel everything that these characters were going through good or bad. 

“The day I’d met her, I’d told myself that people entered our lives for a reason,and I was determined to figure out why she had come into mine”. 

If you’ve read book one, good for you. You know exactly how it ends and you probably can’t wait to dive into this one. For those that haven’t, don’t worry I won’t be the spoiler chick so you can relax because I’m just going to talk about how I felt while reading this. 

I haven’t fell so hard for a fictional character in a long time as I did for Porter Reese. He was smart and genuine and just a trustworthy guy in the “The Darkest Sunrise” but for this book? He was a fighter, he was a lover, and he was strong. This man had everything stacked against him and he refused to give up and it just goes to show you that when you really love something, you find a way to keep it. 

Charlotte went through something that no one should ever have to go through. But she moved as best as she could and with that she found Porter Reese. She was a shell of a person before she met him and now she’s doing something she never thought she would do again and that’s being happy and smiling. But you know what they say: A good things must come to an end. 

How will Charlotte come back from the shock that her life will never be the same again? 

What started out as a rough beginning with an unknown ending, became a journey into finding love and trying your best to hold on to that love. With every tear, heartache, anger and frustration, Charlotte and Porter held on and I loved that they were able to make it through something that some people can never come back from. If you’re looking for a deeply emotional duet series,, this one is for you. 


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

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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.    

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