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 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.
**Contains some spoilers if you didn’t read the first book**
If you though that the first book was a roller coaster ride, strap yourself in because that was child’s play compared to this book. This book matches the intensity of the first book and multiples it by a million. Clare is finally confronted by Walt and she has to once and for all try and fight for her life.
The book follows the same format that the first book did where it’s mainly on Heath and Clare, but periodically we get Elisabeth’s point of view. A part of me wished we got into Roman’s mind again because his story was always fun to read especially when his alpha male came out towards Elisabeth.
Heath to his credit is all the things that I love about a book boyfriend all wrapped into one. He can be an alpha male when Clare needs, but sweet and considerate when she needs that. He fell in love with her when he was Luke and that only grew when he finally was able to be himself around her. Clare doesn’t want to trust him (especially after he lied so much to her) but I loved how Heath wore her down and didn’t let her fear love.
Clare’s relationship with Walt is the abusive relationship that consumes your whole world that he literally wouldn’t let her do anything without his permission. While we saw that side of the relationship in the first book, we get to see the after effects of it on Clare in this book. She doesn’t want to trust anyone, especially with Tessa, and it takes time for her to start to trust Elisabeth and Roman.
The books that Aly Martinez writes are ones that you can relate to at some level. She is not afraid to push the boundaries and talk about sensitive subjects (like marriage abuse) and she creates these characters that have so many layers that an onion looks like a level playing field. The subject matter in this book is a sensitive one for those who have wanted and tried to have kids but couldn’t and had to go to other ways in order to get it. It’s a hard pill to swallow when you can’t have your dream and seeing the pain in these characters makes me hope that I never have to know what it feels like personally.
The duet is a short book series, but one that you are going to want to read. I would recommend buying both of them at the same time, because once you start one of them, you are not going to stop until you finish both of them.
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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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