Blog Tour with double Review: The Darkest Sunrise by Aly Martinez

July 14, 2017

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THE DARKEST SUNRISE (The Darkest Sunrise Duet, #1)

Sticks and stones will break my bones, but words will never harm me.
Whoever coined that phrase is a bald-faced liar. Words are often the sharpest weapon of all, triggering some of the most powerful emotions a human can experience.
“You’re pregnant.”
“It’s a boy.”
“Your son needs a heart transplant.”
Sticks and stones will break my bones, but words will never harm me.
Syllables and letters may not be tangible, but they can still destroy your entire life faster than a bullet from a gun.
Two words—that was all it took to extinguish the sun from my sky.
“He’s gone.”
For ten years, the darkness consumed me.
In the end, it was four deep, gravelly words that gave me hope of another sunrise.
“Hi. I’m Porter Reese.”

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This was an emotional trip that stripped me bare, and left me feeling utterly heartbroken. I knew going into this that it wasn’t going to be an easy read but I was surprised at how much I felt towards these characters. The things they went through, the all consuming hurt and grief and trying to put one foot in front of the other, was a sight to see. 

Sometimes we as human beings don’t know just how much power we have over our everyday lives. We can choose to make it better or we can just sit there in the darkness and let it pass us by. Watching these characters maneuver from the dark to the light was not an easy read but let me tell you, every tear, every stolen moment, every single one of those fears, was worth it. 

Charlotte is a shell of the woman who she once was and that’s understandable. Ten years ago, her entire world was ripped apart leaving her to be an empty person. Moving on wasn’t easy especially when all she wanted was curl up and let grief take over. But Charlotte didn’t do that because she forced herself to work hard and become one of the best pulmonologist doctors in the state. 

Getting through the day was a struggle, and smiling when all you wanted to do was to close your eyes and not be in the moment, took a small miracle. Through it all, Charlotte has managed to get through everyday life even and form some sort of normalcy. Having relationships on the other hand, now that’s a different story. But it all changes when the charming Porter Reese sets his sights on her and being alone in the dark, is no longer an option.

Porter Reese understood me. Not in sentences. But in the silence. 

Porter Reese has been through his fair share of heartbreak. Being a single father and business owner isn’t easy on most days but there’s nothing he wouldn’t do to make sure his kids have the best life possible. Tired of going through the motions, Porter finally meets someone that he wants to get to know on a more personal level. But getting in with Charlotte is not going to be an easy task because heartbreak is her first name and tragedy is her last. 

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Will Porter and Charlotte have a chance at falling in love? 

Or will their past be their downfall before they even get started? 

This really was a touching and emotional story about loss, finding love when you least expected it, and having someone who understood you on a level that was not only pure agony, but heartwarming at the same time. Porter and Charlotte’s story was not an easy one to read at times but I loved that they had a kindred spirit with each other and with all the hurt, they’ve managed to just BE in their moment. The only issue I had with this story was that it was a bit predictable and I wanted it to have that element of surprise. Aside from that, this was an enjoyable read with some of the best characters I’ve ever had the pleasure of reading about and I can’t wait for part 2!



Sticks and stones will break my bones, but words will never harm me.


Gah! I am utterly speechless over this emotional turmoil I'm experiencing right now. I'm a mess and at loss for words because my heart is so heavy, my eyes were puffy and my heart was still crying because of so much raw emotions. I didn't know what to feel, I didn't know what to say because honestly, no words can describe this book enough to give justice the way it deserves. The Darkest Sunrise is one of those books that didn't just rendered me speechless but made me feel so much I didn't have any idea what to do. This book is a MASTERPIECE in it's glory and I could kiss Aly Martinez right now because she didn't just nailed it. She hit perfection with her amazing words and lines with an epic proportions of roller coaster of emotions which in turn left me emotionally drained.

Honestly, I am blind about this book. The blurb itself is so intense and I was preparing myself over what was in store for me. But no...nothing prepared me for what I have read. I should have followed my instinct when suddenly friends wanted me to drop everything and read this book. It should have been my warning but then I confidently put myself into reading this book unknowingly it will shatter me in the end. Yes, right from the beginning my heart was ripped and stomped on. I was shocked with what I read because hell it's nothing I ever experienced from Aly. The glutton of punishment that I am, I devoured it and breathe it because there's no other way to do it. First page and I was drawn into the story. Right there and then, my heart was in it. I was not just reading. I was feeling it. Everything Aly thrown at me was absorbed in my system and I love it. It's heart breakingly the best feels and I wouldn't trade it for anything else.

Yes, Charlotte and Porter's journey consists of all the feels any reader can feel. But take note, those feels couldn't be described that all I have ever done was just savor it. Without giving too much away, I would just say I love the two of them. I pained for them. Broken, shattered, darkness lurking in on it. Lawd have mecy! For Charlotte, I felt her pain deep in my bones. No mother should experience what she's been through. I just can't imagine how she's feeling living in it all through out ten long fucking years that every time I think about it I just can't help but cry. And a husband, experiencing so much of life's greatest bump in the road is just heart breaking. Being strong not just for himself but for his family, doing everything made me love this man even more. I just adore and love them and I wanna hug them for real. The way they were written just made me feel connected to them. I did not experience any of those darkness they've been living for so long but honest to God, I could relate every.single.thing.

And the added bonus? they have this intense connection that made me even root for the story and made me even root for them more. The development of their relationship woven with passion and understanding is on point and masterfully crafted. The witty humor and banters that made me smile and laugh out loud was just artfully placed throughout this emotional jounery. One moment I was sobbing, laughing the next, swooning after, sobbing again, to being hot and bothered and then laughing to sobbing again. Yes I felt the pain but I could not deny the fact that the romance conveyed in this book made me even feel more. That's why I love everything about it. Admittedly, twists and turns was predictable but you know what made this book epic? It's the strong emotion that was seeping through the pages that made me feel and impossible to let go. You can feel it right from the very beginning and even after the end.

So overall? I will recommend this book. It's a must read. The Darkest Sunrise is a beautiful and intense story of loss, understanding, finding love and learning to let go of the past. It's raw, heartbreaking, touching, emotional yet at the same time it warmed my heart. It was captivating and I was sucked right from the very start. Aly Martinez outdone herself with this one and right about now? I can't wait for the next book. I need answers, I want closure and I am looking forward to their HEA. 

THE BRIGHTEST SUNSET (The Darkest Sunrise Duet, #2) Coming July 27th

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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.”


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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