Aly Martinez’s new book ‘Thrive’ has Lark getting a second chance at first love


THRIVE by Aly Martinez


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When I was nineteen years old, I was faced with a choice that changed my life.

Keep the safety of what I already knew or risk losing everything with the young, hotheaded soldier who stole my heart.

I chose the wrong man, and for seventeen years, I paid in tears, blood, and shattered dreams for that decision.

Now, there’s a man in my house, holding a gun to my head on the order of my ex-husband—given from his prison cell.

That hotheaded soldier I was too afraid to choose? He’s now a six-foot-three wall of muscle who works at the country’s most premier bodyguard agency. I’ve always wanted him, but now, I’ve never needed him more.

It’s the call I’m terrified to make.

I’m sure he still hates me… Even though I’ve never stopped loving him.

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Lark may be one of the older guys around the Guardian agency, but he is certainly not someone that you want to mess with. He has had his heart broken and stepped on when he was a teenager and it broke him all the way until he is a man. But all that gets thrown away when she enters back in his life in need of help.

Mira has made a lot of mistakes in her life and the biggest one is letting Lark go. It was intriguing to see how one bad decision led into the cluster that became her life. Things just kept getting worse and worse no matter what she did. And the life that she thought she knew was only a façade for something that was so much bigger then her.

There is a lot of back and forth in the beginning for this couple as we see how they fell and love and how they broke up. I liked seeing glimpses of that. We got to see more of the dynamic of their relationship and explain how they got to be to where they are. I wish we would have seen more of that because I definitely would like to have seen more of Lark’s past, especially how he got with his ex wife and his two daughters. There is a great story there that we don’t really get to see.

Mira knows that Lark is the man that she should have been with her whole life but it’s one of those things that she didn’t think that they could be happy together. I found it rather annoying that she didn’t choose him as a young adult and I wish that we could have seen more of the reason why she stayed with a man that abused her instead of going with Lark. I think that I can figure it out, but I would have like to have seen Martinez elaborate on that in the story.

There are a lot of things that were left unanswered or qets quickly glossed over that I didn’t like, but overall the story was good. It wasn’t one of my favorite books of hers, but definitely a good addition to this story. If at the very least, it made me very excited to read Johnson’s story.



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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