The Brightest Sunset (The Darkest Sunrise, #2) by Aly Martinez


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.”


The Brightest Sunset (The Darkest Sunrise Duet, #2)

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my heart is so full …

If you’ve gotten to this point then you know that Charlotte and Porter are entering a phase in their lives that even I don’t think I could navigate. The odds are against them, for sure. I honestly thought the plot twist at the end of book one could not be topped … HA! And what a beautiful path Aly Martinez chose for them. I’ve said before that Aly is a master manipulator when it comes to story-lines and this duet is truly her best work yet.

For me, the most beautiful thing about this story is the high road that both Charlotte and Porter took. You see, they didn’t make it about themselves. NOT ONE SINGLE TIME. It was always about their son. The story was riddled with drama but not in respect to that. And I am so ridiculously pleased with Aly Martinez, I could kiss her! I’m not even playing. As I read chapter after chapter, page after page, of this story, my heart got fuller and fuller because the story was just so real and relatable. Her characters were real people in a really hard place just trying to do what’s best for one little boy.

I don’t think I’ve read a story this year yet that has captured not only my mind but my heart from beginning to end. I applaud you Aly Martinez and I just cannot wait to read all the words from you in the future!

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

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My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Let me start by saying that when I read The Retrieval Duet last year I was stunned stupid. I had no words. Nothing. I mean the story-line twist had twists! I blinked thru the entire thing AND LOVED EVERY WORD. So when the Darkest Sunrise came up to review I jumped. I jumped because I wanted the ridiculously talented words of Aly Martinez and I also wanted the challenge. I was totally like “she’s not getting me twice. i’m gonna focus and be on my game at all times with this” #challengeFAILED

This is an incredible roller-coaster of epic proportions ! And it’s only getting started. I cannot stress this enough … Aly Martinez is a force to be reckoned with #TRUTH When you think you know something she kinda makes you not trust yourself and then she swings back to maybe knowing something just to pull that rug right from under you …. you know nothing!! And that kids is the greatness she pours into every book she writes. She is a master manipulator of story-lines. I am in awe of her. I promise you that when you first start this book and when you come to it’s pause/end you will be emotionally spent on every level. Your heart will have shattered and pieced itself back together at least 10 times over. You will have have laughed and/or cried at too may points to even count. And in the end, your heart will sing so damn loud and you will have soooooooooo much hope. *sigh* #PorterReeseEffect

Do yourselves a favor and come on this journey with Porter and Charlotte. Not only because it is so well written, but because it’s real and relatable. Porter and Charlotte are two people that could be your neighbors. Their lives are marked with tragedy, each in their own right, and they are kismet to walk thru the darkness into the light holding each other’s hands …. both of their tragic circumstances happen every day a hundred times over to everyday people. This may be fiction, but it’s reality fiction. That’s all I can share with you for now. I REALLY REALLY hope it’s enough to convince you this is an epic story that everyone should experience.

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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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