Also by this author: The Fall Up, The Fall Up
on February 4th 2019
Genres: Contemporary Romance
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Narrator: Andi Arndt, Jason Carpenter, Maxine Mitchell
Length: 12 hrs and 50 mins
That was all it took for me to know Elisabeth was my soul mate.
Five years, countless infertility treatments, and the loss of our only son.
That was what it took for me to lose her.
One phone call, a mix-up at the lab, and a little girl neither of us knew existed.
That was the hell it took to bring her back to me.
And this time, I wasn’t letting go.
This is the story of how I took back what had always been mine.
The retrieval of my wife and my family.
I married a monster.
What started out as romance ended in hell.
My sole job in life was to protect our daughter.
Until a police officer informed me of a mix-up at the lab.
My little girl was the only thing keeping me alive.
And I didn’t even know if she was mine.
This is the story of how I escaped the man who thought he owned me.
The transfer of my life and my family.
THE RETRIEVAL DUET
by ALY MARTINEZ
She does it EVERY. SINGLE. TIME. With every book Aly Martinez gives us she brings something new to the table. The Retrieval Duet is no different.
I had the chance to listen to the audiobook of THE RETRIEVAL DUET – the narration was amazing in the first book. I love Andi Arndt and Jason Carpenter, who I know from Aly Martinez’s Guardian Protection series. Unfortunately, Maxine Mitchell didn’t work as well for me. She had a bit of a whiny narration style with drawn out syllables that got a little annoying after a while. It wasn’t horrible, just not as fabulous as the other two. With that out of the way, let’s get to the heart of it.
In RETRIEVAL a couple, whose marriage broke apart after the son, who lived only for a couple of minutes, passed away, is at the center of attention. When both Roman and Elisabeth are getting a call from the police and are being informed that Elisabeth’s eggs were switched at the fertility clinic and she probably has a daughter the secret glimmer of hope that couldn’t be quenched even after their divorce, flares up again.
Roman’s single-minded pursuit of Elisabeth, his wooing and slow seduction was beautiful and showed his dedication and determination and I loved him so much for letting Elisabeth feel that she would come first this time. Both of them were so inside their heads when they separated that they just couldn’t express what they needed from one another but time apart has blunted the edge and finally they talk. It was sweet to see how Elisabeth opened up to Roman again and started to trust him. Retrieval switches between present and past in which we see memories of both Roman and Elisabeth and those explain the strong connection they had and why both of them couldn’t let go. They were soul mates, a once-in-a-lifetime-love, their connection palpable. I loved them so much.
TRANSFER continues the story, this time primarily from Clare and Heath’s point of view. What Clare went through until she got away from her druglord husband was horrific. Physical, emotional and mental abuse was on her schedule on a daily basis but she endured it to keep her daughter safe. She was strong and learned Walt’s MO inside out, knew what he would do and how she could manipulate him which in the showdown helped her a great deal. Heath was wonderful, protective, smart and didn’t play around for long to go after the woman he’d fallen in love with. The way he treated Clare’s little girl was adorable.
Out of the two couples I loved Roman and Elisabeth’s POVs the most. Their banter was just hilarious, typical Aly Martinez. We get come Guardian cameos which were awesome!
I went blind into this book, that’s how much I trust this author. You can’t do it better. THE RETRIEVAL DUET is a phenomenal roller coaster that has it all – tension and a little suspense, blindsiding twists, a little heartbreak and humor, a huge dose of romance and steam. The female leads of this second chance and a friends-to-lovers romance are smart and strong, and the guys swoonworthy, romantic, a little bossy and overly protective and not afraid to show their love for their women. This story is so unique and so uniquely Aly Martinez – if you enjoy any of the above and always wanted to try Ms. Martinez you can’t go wrong.