Friday, September 4, 2015

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One accident. Four lives. Forever changed.

"It was only a single moment, but it destroyed us all."
Changing Course After a tragic accident robs him of a future with his wife, Brett Sharp must let go of the past and learn to love again. But what happens when the woman he used to love refuses to accept the woman he can’t live without?
Stolen Course After the loss of his fiancée, Caleb Jones is angry and numb. His only goal is to make the woman who killed her pay. But what happens when everything he knows to be true explodes around him? Who will be left to pick up the pieces, and who will need to be saved from the wreckage?
Among The Echoes After being stripped of her identity, Dr. Erica Hill has long since stopped living. The day she meets celebrity boxer, Slate Andrews, her life drastically changes for the better...and the worse. She's on the run, determined not to take him down with her, but absolutely unable to let him go.
Broken Course After the fated accident that killed her best friend, Sarah Erickson is left consumed by guilt and self loathing. But can a second broken soul be enough to fill the voids of her own? Or will such scarred pasts prove too much for love alone to overcome?

Among the Echoes
(5 stars)

Among the Echoes is no fluff. It was raw, gritty and realistic. It depicted a story of a damaged woman who was living in fear and a man who was so protective and understanding that he will do anything to keep her safe.

Riley who used to be Erica Hill had endured a life changing tragedy that resulting in her living in paranoia for years. During this time, she only had one friend, Leo James. He saved her on that awful day and now the only one who vowed to keep her safe. But Riley is not living, she is invisible and hiding behind shadows.

Slate Andrews is a seasoned celebrity boxer who hates being in the limelight. He flew back to his old apartment after every fight to lay low for a month. But this time, he came across his new neighbor, the skittish and fearful Riley. One look at her, he knew she had been abused. Due to his own past, Slate had a sudden protective instinct to know Riley and over-concern about her well-being. 

The prologue of the story intrigued me and leaving behind a hint of mystery. We knew what happened to Riley exactly, but never learn why. Three years later, when Slate came into the picture and disrupted Riley and Leo's carefully crafted life, she totally freaked out and having a hard time to deter him away. Slate was so persistent and adamant that something is wrong with this two so-called 'cousins' who are living together.

The only part that felt unnatural to me is how fast Riley started to trust Slate, but the romance part was progress much slower and more believable pace. Is funny that Leo was acting like a total Slate advocate and encouraging Riley to live for once.

Talking about Leo, initially, when Leo acting like a dark hero saving her and subsequently living with her, I thought he was the hero of the story. But nonetheless, this guy is amazing and I definitely looking forward to read his story. 

"You know... girl talk. I read an entire Cosmo in preparation for this moment. My manhood is in serious jeopardy right now. I think I can pull off the BFF role if you hurry up and start talking before I remember I have a dick" ~ Leo 

As time pass, even though Slate and Riley got closer, he knew she is hiding her past and who she truly are. It frustrated him, but he was patience in giving her time to open up. However, when Riley and Leo's past finally catch up with them, she might just need to make the decision to forgo what her heart desire.

"Fuck your fairy tale. I just want you. I'll make my own God damn happily ever after. You'll be at the end of that story, beautiful. You either come willingly or you force me into the dark after you. It doesn't matter to me, because either way, I'll find you." ~ Slate

Slate might seems like a cookie cutter hero, who is honorable, protective and understanding, but he do had his own past that make him the man he is today. He seems so nice most of the time, but when Riley starts feeding him bullshit about leaving and etc, he will make his own stand. When he starts to open up and told Riley his past, that was a very touching moment.

"My mom sat me down and told me that I wasn't an accident, but that I was a gift sent to protect her." ~ Slate 

Towards the end Riley and Leo had to deal with what happened three years ago and they are adamant to put a stop to it once and for all. The suspense is picking up and Slate was in it together with them. He wants to get rid of whatever is it so that he can have a future with Riley. There are some heart pounding moment and wondering how the trio gonna pull this off. 

In regards to the cameo of a certain character from Changing Course series, it was really small and only towards the epilogue. It didn't make any significant impact on this story. This one definitely works as a standalone, with you longing to read Leo's story next. The HEA in the end was a beautiful one and truly deserving. Highly recommended if you enjoy a more raw and gritty romance without the fluff and isn't too dark.

"The echoes are gone, beautiful. And the woman left behind is even more incredible than the one I fell in love with." ~ Slate

Changing Course

"Sarah, don't do this. Damn it! Stay with me." I reach over and gently brush the blood-soaked hair off her forehead.
Even in this horrific moment, I'm in absolute awe of how beautiful she looks. Bleeding and broken, unmoving in my arms, she is still the most mesmerizing woman I have ever laid eyes on. Deep down, I know this is just the husk of my wife. My Sarah would never have done this to herself. More importantly, she would have never done this to me. Maybe it takes this level of madness, but I finally realize that I have lost her completely.
Whether she lives or dies, Sarah is gone. This is not the woman who made me laugh more in seven years than the rest of my life combined. She definitely isn't the woman I spent years planning a future with, a future that now no longer exists. I feel a heavy weight in my chest at my silent confession, but oddly enough, I also feel a weight lifted off my shoulders. I have watched this woman disintegrate in front of my eyes for almost seven months. Every day, losing her a little more. The light in her eyes fading, while piece by piece and bit by bit, she lost grip of reality. Mentally, emotionally, and now physically, she's left me.
My Sarah died seven months ago on her way home from dinner, and I will never see her walk back into my life. Suddenly, I can't breathe. I'm terrified—and not only because Sarah might finally succeed in taking her own life. I'm paralyzed by the realization that my life is spiraling down in a free fall headed straight for misery, and the only thing I can think to do is anchor myself to this dying woman. I love Sarah with all my heart, but I am not clinging to the woman in my arms. Rather, I’m clinging to the life I thought we were going to have together. I have to accept that she isn't there anymore. Her heart might still be beating, but the bloody, confused, emotionally lost woman I am holding now is only the shell of my first and only love.
"Where the fuck is that ambulance?!" I yell as loud as my cracking voice will allow. Stroking the little bit of her unmarred skin I'm able to reach, I whisper in her ear, "Hang on, baby." Then I repeat the one sentence I have said almost daily since the tragic event that stole her from me. Maybe I say it for her, maybe just for me, but I know that it’s the biggest lie I have ever uttered. "Just hang on, baby. It’s all going to be okay."  

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.