Review: The Darkest Sunrise by Aly Martinez

Posted on July 14, 2017 in Review

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Review: The Darkest Sunrise by Aly MartinezThe Darkest Sunrise by Aly Martinez
on 13 July 2017
Genres: Contemporary Romance
Published by Self Published
Source: Inkslinger PR

Copy for review provided by Inkslinger PR in exchange for an honest review.


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.”

4 – “Right now, it’s just me and you in the dark…” Stars!

My first foray into the writing of Aly Martinez was definitely a good one. The Darkest Sunrise offered up two broken characters, trying to find their way back to the light, and although pretty heavy in its themes, the story didn’t get bogged down with drama and angst.






Like. Me.

This is one of those books that you cannot say a huge amount about the actual content of the storyline, for fear of giving a massive chunk of the plot away or what will ultimately turn out to be a spoiler.

“Life sucks sometimes…”

The author has definitely got the knack of interweaving the lives of her characters and pulling all the plot points together seamlessly so that the journey you take with them, although emotional is a pretty smooth ride for the reader, even though for the characters is more of an out-of-control rollercoaster.

I’d finally gotten so lost in the darkness that I couldn’t find my way out…

Porter Reese; single dad, a widower, struggling to keep his head above water and juggle all the facets of his life, while dealing with the crushing guilt of actions from his past.

Hiding in plain sight…

Charlotte Mills; single woman, mother, struggling to keep herself out of the darkness, acting fine, in the hope that her friends and family think she’s not as close to the edge as she is while dealing with the crushing guilt of actions from her past.

It was easier to stay in the darkness than it was to brave the sunlight…

The connection between them is instant, the banter and verbal sparring sweet and funny, the issues that they are both trying to deal with, and start to share with each as they gain trust are dark, desperately sad, and it is difficult to see how either of them will every truly be happy again.

When your entire world was pitch-black, even the tiniest flicker looked like a lighthouse…

That dynamic between the two of them is what kept me reading, the author has set this duology up so that this is a couple, that as a reader you are desperate to see get their happily ever after (together), but ultimately and at the point the book finished, don’t know if they will actually manage it, with everything that has happened, and is likely to happen in the next book.

What do you want..?

Just a little company in the darkness…

No questions.

No judgments.

No faking it.

I am dying to see how this plays out though, and thankfully The Brightest Sunset is due for release on 27th July, so we don’t have too long to wait.


About Aly Martinez

Originally from Savannah, Georgia, USA Today bestselling author Aly Martinez now lives in South Carolina with her husband and four young children.

Never one to take herself too seriously, she enjoys cheap wine, mystery leggings, and olives. 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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