WRITTEN WITH REGRET, the first in an all-new emotional duet from USA Today bestselling author ALY MARTINEZ, is available now!
Every little girl dreams of the fairytale. The one where the white knight rushes in to save her from the clutches of evil. They fall in love, have babies, and live happily ever after.
By that definition, my life should have been a fairytale too.
When I was eight years old, Caven Hunt saved me from the worst kind of evil to walk the Earth. It didn’t matter that I was a kid. I fell in love with him all the same.
But that was where my fairytale ended.
Years later, a one-night stand during the darkest time imaginable gave us a little girl. It was nothing compared to the pitch black that consumed me when I was forced to leave her with Caven for good.
At the end of every fairytale, the happily-ever-after is the one thing that remains consistent. It wasn’t going to be mine, but there hadn’t been a night that passed where I hadn’t prayed that it would be hers.
I owed Caven my life.
However, I owed that innocent child more.
And that included ripping the heart from my chest and facing her father again.
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Originally from Savannah, Georgia, USA Today bestselling author Aly Martinez now lives in South Carolina with her husband and four young children.
Never one to take herself too seriously, she enjoys cheap wine, mystery leggings, and olives. 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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WRITTEN WITH REGRET
by ALY MARTINEZ
WRITTEN WITH REGRET underscores why I love Aly Martinez so much. She is my go-to author when I’m in a slump – her books pull me out of it, only to push me into a book hangover and this story one is par for the course for this author.
Caven Hunt is a single daddy who made me smile with the way his daughter was able to wrap him around her finger. Although he is filthy rich he doesn’t spoil his daughter rotten but makes her earn whatever she wants to have. But he wasn’t always like that – in the beginning we see how much having a daughter. who was dropped at his door, scares him. He never wanted kids, he never wanted to spread his own DNA for one specific reason. Yet it happened when he had a one-night-stand with a woman who then stole from him. So to watch him fall in love with this little girl, her becoming his whole world was so incredibly beautiful. His biggest fear, what makes him rage in anger, is that the woman who gave birth to Rosie, comes back to claim her. Because there is no excuse. Or is there?
And of course she comes back. And of course Aly makes us understand, why Hadley couldn’t be there for her daughter. I thought that part was quite predictable but that didn’t diminish my enjoyment in the least. Hadley’s reasons are very, very relatable and I hope everyone feels that way because it is pretty much one of only a few reasons why I would excuse and forgive abandonment of a child.
“We aren’t given a hundred years all at once. Time is doled out one very manageable second at a time. If all you focus on is the big picture and worry about tomorrow, you lose the happiness that can be found in the seconds.” I covered our linked fingers with my other hand. “Thank you for this second, Caven. And for all the other ones you’ve given me in the past.”
Hadley is another reason why I love Ms Martinez’s stories. I really love her characters but her female leads are always strong, with a healthy dose of sass. Hadley, who has learned to live in the moment after so much darkness in her life, wants to reconnect with the daughter she had to give up. My heart really felt for her when Caven wouldn’t give her the time of day and hear her out. It was really hard to watch – she had essentially nobody and it wasn’t even her fault. There were times when I got really angry at Caven because of his pigheadedness and how he lashed out at Hadley. I had to remember that he was scared shitless that she would take his girl away.
Hadley obviously has secrets and while some of them I could guess this last one rocked my world. What a whopper of a surprise. Their pull towards one another was so palpable – Caven fought so hard but ultimately, he couldn’t resist Hadley, who got under his skin fast with her gentle personality and smart mouth. I despised the treatment Hadley received from almost everyone close to Caven – they were judgmental jerks who knew nothing about this beautiful, brave woman.
I swore to my entire family that I’d live my life in the seconds. I’m not letting another one pass me by.
Hadley’s sass and Caven’s dry humor, I suspect, are part of the author’s own personality and make a huge difference. It keeps this from becoming an angst fest. Don’t get me wrong, there’s plenty of anxiety but she balances this perfectly. WRITTEN WITH REGRET is the first in the Regret duet that left me gasping in shock, hurting for the main characters and swoon a little and laugh a lot despite the serious mood of the story. Aly Martinez knows how to captivate you with her spellbinding writing She rivets us with an impossible but beautiful romance and puts us through an emotional wringer. I couldn’t put this story down. So, can I have the next one please?
“There’s a reason time only marches in one direction. You can choose any second to start over again.”