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

July 13

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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.”

♥ ♥ ♥ 4.5 STARS ♥ ♥ ♥

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“Then what do you want?”

“Just a little company in the darkness”

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Charlotte Mills’ life hasn’t gone exactly as planned. She is a mother–something she wouldn’t trade in the world. However, life has another plan for her, one that would eventually break her into shattered pieces and filled with regret. Now, Charlotte finds herself buried in the darkness while faking that she is okay to everyone around her. She’s is coming to the point where that darkness will consume her if she doesn’t try to find a way out.

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“I hope like hell you don’t ever come to me the way you did tonight. But, if you do, I’ll always be there. Door open. Light switch poised. Darkness waiting.”

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Porter Reese has a wonderful family that he would do anything for. But, one tragic event leads him to make a life-changing decision that leads him to be riddled with guilt. He’d still do anything for his family, he lost one member, he’s not losing another. If he doesn’t try everything in his power to save the family he has left, he will drown in the remorse of that moment where it all broke apart.

What a beautiful and emotional story. I loved this pair of broken characters and wonderfully they complimented each other. Seeing how the tragedies that affected them turned them into the people they are today made this very interesting. If you have suffered any type of loss, this can be quite relatable in how quickly your mind can turn dark, and how quickly you can get lost in sorrow. Even though the subject matter is heavy with grief, I liked that it didn’t feel that way all the time. There were moments of lightness and comfort, to even moments of love and humour. I’m not going to lie, I did have tears in my eyes many times throughout the book, though.

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‘Porter Reese understood me.
Not in sentences, but in the silence.’

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I don’t want to give anything of the story away, trust me you are going to want to experience this one on your own. I quite enjoyed the banter between the main characters. I loved that from such intense pain, a beautiful connection bloomed between Charlotte and Porter. I loved them together and the pace in which their relationship developed. The whole story was excellently written. Aly Martinez did an incredible work with this book that I struggled to put this one down. The ending will leave your heart pounding and wanting so much more. I can not wait to see what part two of this duo has in store. Highly recommend this one!

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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