New Release + 6 Star Review + 2017 Favorite: The Brightest Sunset by Aly Martinez – The Darkest Sunset Duet – Book 2



The Brightest Sunset

The Darkest Sunrise Duet – Book #2

By Aly Martinez

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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.”

Michel’s Review

Spoiler Free Review

After reading The Darkest Sunrise by Aly Martinez I was counting down the days for the sequel, The Brightest Sunset to release.  I can honestly say I haven’t been this consumed by a story in quite a while.  I devoured The Darkest Sunset the moment this book downloaded on my tablet.  I thought the first book was an emotional rollercoaster but the second book was an emotional explosion where every character was affected by the monumental life changing revelations. Once the revelations tore them apart, trying to rebuild new lives is literally impossible without hurting others more in the process.  There were no right or wrong answers.  There were no villains or heroes.  Just ordinary people trying to hang onto their family as they know it. In the middle of all the chaos is an innocent and seriously ill child trying to survive the devastation of it all.

Dr. Charlotte Mills, a respected Pulmonary specialist in the Atlanta area, lost her six month old baby when he was abducted in plain daylight.  She has lived with the guilt for ten years hoping that her baby somehow survived the ordeal.  The odds were against his survival because of a defective heart condition.  She has spent the last ten years buried in her grief, shut off emotionally from the world, and dedicating her life to her work.  When she met Porter Reese she found a man who understood her darkness and was willing to share her pain.  He understood the pain because he was a widower and single father trying to survive his own painful world.

Porter Reese almost lost his children when he lost his wife.  He shoved his grief aside to make sure he gave his children a stable, loving home environment.  His eleven year old son’s health has been declining and he needs the best doctors to treat him.  When he sought out Dr. Mills he never imagined meeting a woman who touches a different part of his soul.  He’s met a woman who understands his pain and is willing to share the darkness with him.

Charlotte and Porter never expected to find light in the darkness.  They never expected to find unconditional love in their dark painful world.  This dark world doesn’t want to let them go and throws another horrific, painful situation that will ultimately destroy their lives.

Their lives are falling apart and their worlds are colliding.  They are plunged into a world of pain that breaks their trust in one another.  The overwhelming suspicion and broken trust are not the only things motivating their actions.  Both are willing to sacrifice everything in their lives to hang onto what is rightfully theirs.  Finding middle ground and compromising solutions seems impossible because they are not the only people making those decisions. Their intentions are the same but all the viable solutions are painful.  It is going to take a miracle to put everybody’s lives back together and forge a new future.

Aly Martinez did a remarkable job with this story.  She clearly thought out this plot from every physical and emotional angle. Every character had valid reactions and emotions in every part of this story.  I could sympathize with them all.  Their story touched my soul and will stay close to my heart long after the book is closed.

The Brightest Sunset Duet by Aly Martinez is my absolute favorite 2017 books.



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

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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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