Published July 13, 2017 by bookbesties

Today we are sharing the release for The Darkest Sunrise by Aly Martinez. It is the first book in a contemporary romance duet, and is it available to read for FREE on KindleUnlimited!

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

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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.”

It has taken me almost a week to come to grips with this wonderfully heartbreaking story and I still don’t have my thoughts together to write an adequate enough review to be able to do this story justice.

This is the second book I have read by Aly Martinez and I have to say that if I wasn’t a fan from the last book(which, duh I WAS) then I am a worshiper now! Aly has a way of taking two broken people and having them find each other. And I say that there are two broken people because normally in the books I have read in the past, yes there are two broken people, but one always seems more broken than the other, but not in this case.

“No Questions.

No Judgments.

No Pretending.

Just two people alone in the darkness.”

The Darkest Sunrise has two incredibly sad and real situations that no one likes to talk about but, hey, it happens and the emotions and stigmatism that comes along with it. Charlotte Mills lost her son 10 years ago and since then has been living a life of grief, guilt and self punishment. Porter Reese(kick ass name BTW) lost his wife three years ago and was left with raising two children, one of whom is deathly and chronically ill. Porter lives a life of hatred, guilt and is quite overwhelmed at times. Their paths cross on a faithful meeting and Porter sees the darkness in Charlotte that she desperately tries to hide because that same darkness, is in him too. Together they try and live in the light.

“…Sometimes, when the overwhelming weight of gravity had you pinned to Earth, 2 hours of simple conversation with no pressure to pretend was the only reprieve people like us were ever going to get.”

This book…this book was one of the most powerfully written, moving books that I have read this year. It gripped me in such a way that I didn’t think a book could! I cried, oh man I cried, so hard, but I also laughed more than I thought I would and i was a good balance. I can’t say more without just telling you the entire story and somehow I don’t think Aly would appreciate that! 6 Stars!

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The Brightest Sunset (The Darkest Sunrise Duet, #2)

Coming July 27th

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You won’t want to miss this amazing series!



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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