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Fighting Silence (On the Ropes #1) by Aly Martinez

Fighting Silence Book Cover Fighting Silence
On the Ropes #1
Aly Martinez
Fiction, New Adult, Sports Romance
February 23, 2015

Sound is an abstract concept for most people. We spend our lives blocking out the static in order to focus on what we believe is important. But what if, when the clarity fades into silence, it's the obscure background noise that you would give anything to hold on to?

I've always been a fighter. With parents who barely managed to stay out of jail and two little brothers who narrowly avoided foster care, I became skilled at dodging the punches life threw at me. Growing up, I didn’t have anything I could call my own, but from the moment I met Eliza Reynolds, she was always mine. I became utterly addicted to her and the escape from reality we provided each other. Throughout the years, she had boyfriends and I had girlfriends, but there wasn't a single night that I didn’t hear her voice.

You see, meeting the love of my life at age thirteen was never part of my plan. However, neither was gradually going deaf at the age of twenty-one.

They both happened anyway.

Now, I'm on the ropes during the toughest battles of my life.
Fighting for my career.
Fighting the impending silence.
Fighting for her.

Every night, just before falling asleep, she sighs as a final conscious breath leaves her.

I think that's the sound I'll miss the most.

Each book in this series can be read as a standalone.

Val’s Review

5 Almost Perfect Stars

So I have several “whys” here.

Why #1:

Why did this languish on my kindle for oh so long?

Sports romance? Check.
Childhood love? Check.
HOT as F cover? Check.

Many of my favorite elements, yes?


In my defense, I did start this waaaaaay back in March…and was totally drawn in by the first Chapter.

But when the second chapter threw in the ole “Five Years Earlier” plot bane to my existence?


If you know me at all, you know I loathe flashbacks.

With a passion.

My least favorite flashback being the kind where the story starts in the presents and then – BAM! – you are taken “back in time” to then spend the whole book working your way forward to…?






So when that happened, I did what ALL reasonable adults would do.


I pouted like a child and put this thing on Time Out.


Now, ultimately we didn’t have to wait until the very end to get where we started in the beginning with this one, but still.


Why #2:

Why did it finally take several good GR buddies raving about this thing to finally get me to pick this thing back up?


But then again…


And also…revisit point one.

Long story short though, I finally read this bad boy.

And LOVED it.

Till and Eliza – with their uber cute nicknames, magic windows and reality/fantasy debates – were seriously too cute.

Add in Flint and Quarry and Martinez took this awesomeness and raised it a whole awesome.

All kinds of fun, angsty stuff happened all the way until the end.

Which leads me to my third why.

Why #3:

Why the little tidbit details that led to the tone of this ending?

I get ending books with your foot in the door of the next book in the series as a segue and all that…but not at the detriment to my happy feels for book one.


I don’t want to ruin anything for anyone by going into detail here – and don’t get me wrong – the ending isn’t bad…I just felt that the tone of it could have been effected a little bit differently is all.

Ultimately, I like my HEAs tied up with a big fluffy, completely unrealistic bow of unicorns and rainbows people, not tinged with sadness glitter.

But in the end I would take that every time if it meant scoring a read this good.

Can’t wait for the next one, which just so conveniently comes out TODAY.

Why #4:

Why am I even bitching about not reading this sooner?

Now I don’t even have to wait for Flint’s story.