The Retrieval Duet by Aly Martinez – Review

Posted March 28, 2017 by FMA in 5 Stars - It fed my addiction!

The Retrieval Duet by Aly Martinez – ReviewRetrieval five-stars
by Aly Martinez
on September 13, 2016
Genres: Romance, Suspense
Pages: 202
Series: The Retrieval Duet #1
Series Rating: five-stars
AMZ US B&N Kobo Audible
Reading Challenges: Conquer My TBR

One story. Two couples.

I proposed on our first date.
She laughed and told me I was insane. Less than a day later, she said yes.
It was a whirlwind, but we were happy…
Until we got greedy and wanted a family.

It was a life I couldn’t give her, not for lack of trying. Fertility just wasn’t on our side. We sought out doctors and treatments. Spent money we didn’t have. Lied to our families. Smiled for our friends. Put on a brave face for a world that didn’t understand.
Finally, we were successful…
Until we were forced to bury our son.

We were left broken, battered, and destroyed.
They say love is in the details, but it was the details that ruined us.

This is the story of how I took back what had always been mine.
The retrieval of my wife and our family.

The Retrieval Duet by Aly Martinez – ReviewTransfer five-stars
by Aly Martinez
on September 27, 2016
Genres: Romance, Suspense
Pages: 221
Series: The Retrieval Duet #2
Series Rating: five-stars
AMZ US B&N Kobo Audible
Reading Challenges: Conquer My TBR

One story. Two couples.

I fell in love with a man who didn’t exist.

What started out as romance ended in hell.
His words turned to razor blades.
His kisses converted to fists.
His embrace became my cage.
His body transformed into a weapon, stealing parts of me until ultimately….
I broke.

I hated him.
My sole job in life became to protect our daughter.

I wasn’t sure I’d ever escape the prison he’d skillfully crafted from my fears.
Until the day our savior arrived.

This is the story of how I escaped the man who thought he owned me.
The transfer of my life and my family.

I LOVED THIS SERIES! So much, in fact, I want to do a reread right now.

Good grief, this author knows how to pull the tears from my soul! She manipulates my feelings and plays with my heart, ripping it out of my chest and tosses it around for good measure. I know she laughs the entire time, too (because she’s an evil genius). My chest still aches. I must be a sadist because I loved every minute of it.

I am going to review this as the duet, rather than each book. Partly because I didn’t stop to absorb the first book, Retrieval before I dove into Transfer but mostly because I can’t separate the story in my head.

One story. Two couples. 

Roman and Elizabeth, Heath and Claire. One couple is torn apart by their fertility journey another brought together by a marriage torn apart at the hands of a mad man.  All four are intertwined by a web of lies.

This story was original. It is not often these days that I can say that about a book. I’ve read so many that, unfortunately, the only thing different about some books is the name of the characters. With The Retrieval duet, Martinez reminded me why I love reading. I was wholly invested in these characters and totally captivated by her storytelling. (This is nothing new for me, though, what held true in 2015 holds true today, read about that here Authors I’m Crushing On and Why.)

This duet was about unconditional love, a love so pure and so true, you will feel it to your core. It was also about survival, both in marriage and in life. It was about living. It was utter perfection!


About Aly Martinez

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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