Also by this author: The Fall Up, The Fall Up
on November 12, 2020
Genres: Contemporary Romance
Tropes: Abuse, Rape, Friends to Lovers
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Choices. Everyone makes them. From mundane to unimaginable, one choice can change the trajectory of your entire life.
My mother’s choice was to abandon us with our abusive father.
My brother’s choice was to go to prison for killing the boy who assaulted his soulmate.
Camden Cole’s choice was to fall in love with a shattered girl who had absolutely nothing to offer him but heartbreak.
It was one summer beneath the trees, but with Camden, I had a place where I belonged.
A friend who was always waiting for me.
A boy who I caught staring at me more often than not.
He was mine, but when the world closed in and secrets exploded all around us, it was my choice to let him go.
Choices. Everyone makes them.
But mine would ruin us all.
Oh my poor battered heart, it hurts. I should have known that Aly Martinez would put me through the wringer before making rewarding me with a beautiful HEA.
If you have read RELEASE then you know that the characters of these books have an incredibly painful past and they try to find ways how to deal and process these events. Nora is a master at compartmentalizing but at one point every compartment is full to the brim and stuff starts to spill out. I loved how mature she was, how she really wanted to become the person her childhood sweetheart deserved, even though she sold herself so short. She couldn’t see how perfect she was in Camden’s eyes, that he saw her heart and soul underneath all the ugly things she experienced.
“Five years, five hundred years—it doesn’t matter. I want you, Nora. In my life. In my bed. At my side. Any and every way I can have you. I only want you. I don’t care if it’s messy or complicated.
Cam has to be one of my most favorite heroes ever. His patience with Nora, his absolute understanding of her character and deeply rooted issues and finally, always having her back. EVERY SINGLE TIME she needed him, he was there without failure. He was her lifeline and made her see that she was good enough, even though his issues with his family were just as bad. What a man! Growing up in a cold or violent home both of them were looking for affection. These two were soulmates who just connected on a fundamental level. I loved their friendship, their game with their ten dollar note, seeing them grow up and maintaining their spark and chemistry through the years. Their bond was so powerful that nothing could break it. And isn’t that just beautiful?
“Every day. Every night. This need for you never stops,”
I am a longtime fan of Aly Martinez’s books. Writing about broken characters dealing with tragedy is her forte and she delivers every single time. Not many authors make me choke up these days but reading about these star-crossed lovers made me tear up more often than I’d like to admit.
RECLAIM is one of those stories that will make you smile and laugh despite the tragedies you witness. It’s brilliantly written and will have you on the edge of your seat and outraged. But count on this author to make it up to you and heal your heart with a beautiful HEA and epilogue. This is one of Aly Martinez’s best book yet and one of my favorites of 2020.
I didn’t deserve Camden Cole, and I never would, but I wasn’t entirely sure anyone on the planet was good enough for a soul like his. Choices. Everyone makes them. And by some miracle I would never understand, Camden chose me.
** RECLAIM can be read as a standalone but I recommend to read RELEASE first. Some events in Reclaim are spoilers for Release. Also, it’s Aly Martinez.