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ARC Review: Release by Aly Martinez

๐Ÿงก๐Ÿ–ค ๐‘น๐’†๐’๐’†๐’‚๐’”๐’† ๐Ÿ–ค๐Ÿงก

๐‘ฉ๐’š: Aly Martinez

๐‘ฎ๐’†๐’๐’“๐’†: Standalone, Contemporary Romance, Childhood Friends To Lovers, Adult Enemies-ish To Lovers

๐‘น๐’†๐’๐’†๐’‚๐’”๐’† ๐‘ซ๐’‚๐’•๐’†: January. 06, 2020

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๐‘ฉ๐’๐’–๐’“๐’ƒย 

Growing up, Ramsey Stewart branded my soul in ways time could never heal.

At twelve, he asked me to be his girlfriend.

At thirteen, he gave me my first kiss.

By sixteen, weโ€™d fallen in love, planned a future together, and had our eyes set on the horizon.

Love never fails, right?

But for Ramsey, it did.

Love failed him.

I failed him.

The entire world failed him.

At seventeen, Ramsey was convicted of killing the boy who assaulted me.

Move on, he wrote in his first and only letter from prison.

Start a new life, he urged.

I donโ€™t love you anymore, he lied.

There was no such thing as giving up on Ramsey. Love may have been our curse, but he was mineโ€”then, now, and forever.

So here I am, twelve long years later, waiting for a man I don’t even know to emerge from between the chain-link gates.

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๐Ÿ–ค๐‘ช๐’๐’๐’‡๐’†๐’”๐’”๐’Š๐’๐’๐’” ๐‘ถ๐’‡ ๐‘จ ๐‘ฉ๐’Š๐’ƒ๐’๐’Š๐’๐’‘๐’‰๐’Š๐’๐’† ๐‘ถ๐’—๐’†๐’“๐’‚๐’๐’ ๐‘น๐’‚๐’•๐’Š๐’๐’ˆ๐Ÿ–ค

โ๐‘ฐ ๐’…๐’Š๐’…๐’’๐’• ๐’Œ๐’๐’๐’˜ ๐’Š๐’• ๐’•๐’‰๐’†๐’, ๐’ƒ๐’–๐’• ๐’•๐’‰๐’‚๐’• ๐’…๐’‚๐’š, ๐‘น๐’‚๐’Ž๐’”๐’†๐’š ๐‘บ๐’•๐’†๐’˜๐’‚๐’“๐’• ๐’”๐’‚๐’—๐’†๐’… ๐’Ž๐’š ๐’๐’Š๐’‡๐’†. ๐‘จ๐’๐’… ๐’”๐’Š๐’™ ๐’š๐’†๐’‚๐’“๐’” ๐’๐’‚๐’•๐’†๐’“, ๐‘ฐ’๐’… ๐’“๐’†๐’‘๐’‚๐’š ๐’‰๐’Š๐’Ž ๐’ƒ๐’š ๐’“๐’–๐’Š๐’๐’Š๐’๐’ˆ ๐’‰๐’Š๐’”.โž

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โญ๏ธโญ๏ธโญ๏ธโญ๏ธ ๐Ÿ™/๐Ÿš –ย Release by Aly Martinez is a contemporary, friends to lovers, second chance romance filled with heartache and perseverance. Martinez is a new to me author so I wasn’t sure what to expect but the blurb completely sucked me in so I HAD to check it out. I am soo glad I took a chance with Release, it was an unexpected gem!! Even though there were a few things I would have liked to have seen go differently, it was still a great read that held my interest. Plus, that plot twist, I NEVER saw it coming and that very rarely happens anymore so that earned another whole star from me right there! Told in dual POV and flashbacks between the past and the present, you will love the story of Ramsey Stewart and Thea Hull.

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โ๐‘ด๐’š ๐’‰๐’†๐’‚๐’“๐’• ๐’ƒ๐’†๐’‚๐’• ๐’‡๐’๐’“ ๐’‰๐’Š๐’Ž. ๐‘ด๐’š ๐’๐’–๐’๐’ˆ๐’” ๐’‡๐’Š๐’๐’๐’†๐’… ๐’‡๐’๐’“ ๐’‰๐’Š๐’Ž. ๐‘ด๐’š ๐’—๐’†๐’Š๐’๐’” ๐’ƒ๐’๐’†๐’… ๐’‡๐’๐’“ ๐’‰๐’Š๐’Ž.โž

๐Ÿ”ฅ๐Ÿ”ฅ๐Ÿ”ฅ๐Ÿ”ฅ I would have liked a bit more steam. If there had been, this would have been a five-star read for me. The chemistry, the tension, and the buildup were all there but the sexy scenes fell a bit short for me.

โ๐‘ฉ๐’†๐’„๐’‚๐’–๐’”๐’† ๐’˜๐’‰๐’†๐’ ๐‘ฐ ๐’˜๐’‚๐’” ๐’•๐’†๐’ ๐’š๐’†๐’‚๐’“๐’” ๐’๐’๐’…, ๐‘ฐ ๐’Ž๐’†๐’• ๐’‚ ๐’ƒ๐’๐’š. ๐‘ฐ ๐’‰๐’‚๐’•๐’†๐’… ๐’‰๐’Š๐’Ž. ๐‘ฉ๐’–๐’• ๐‘ฐ ๐’๐’†๐’†๐’…๐’†๐’… ๐’‰๐’Š๐’Ž ๐’๐’Š๐’Œ๐’† ๐’Ž๐’š ๐’—๐’†๐’Š๐’๐’” ๐’๐’†๐’†๐’…๐’†๐’… ๐’ƒ๐’๐’๐’๐’…. ๐‘ฏ๐’† ๐’ƒ๐’“๐’๐’Œ๐’† ๐’Ž๐’š ๐’๐’†๐’ˆ. ๐‘ฏ๐’† ๐’ƒ๐’“๐’๐’Œ๐’† ๐’Ž๐’š ๐’‘๐’‚๐’•๐’Š๐’†๐’๐’„๐’†. ๐‘จ๐’๐’… ๐’†๐’—๐’†๐’๐’•๐’–๐’‚๐’๐’๐’š ๐’‰๐’† ๐’ƒ๐’“๐’๐’Œ๐’† ๐’Ž๐’š ๐’‰๐’†๐’‚๐’“๐’•. ๐‘ฉ๐’–๐’• ๐’•๐’‰๐’†๐’“๐’† ๐’‰๐’‚๐’”๐’โ€™๐’• ๐’ƒ๐’†๐’†๐’ ๐’‚ ๐’Ž๐’Š๐’๐’–๐’•๐’† ๐’•๐’‰๐’‚๐’•โ€™๐’” ๐’‘๐’‚๐’”๐’”๐’†๐’… ๐’•๐’‰๐’‚๐’• ๐‘ฐ ๐’‰๐’‚๐’—๐’†๐’โ€™๐’• ๐’๐’๐’—๐’†๐’… ๐’‰๐’Š๐’Ž ๐’˜๐’Š๐’•๐’‰ ๐’†๐’—๐’†๐’“๐’š ๐’”๐’Š๐’๐’ˆ๐’๐’† ๐’ƒ๐’“๐’๐’Œ๐’†๐’ ๐’”๐’‰๐’‚๐’“๐’….โž

๐ŸŒช โ„‚๐•๐•š๐•—๐•—๐•™๐•’๐•Ÿ๐•˜๐•–๐•ฃ ๐•Ž๐•’๐•ฃ๐•Ÿ๐•š๐•Ÿ๐•˜ – Nope, no cliffhanger. Thea and Ramsey finally get their happily ever after… after YEARS, and an unexpected twist that is!

โš ๏ธ ๐•‹๐•ฃ๐•š๐•˜๐•˜๐•–๐•ฃ ๐•Ž๐•’๐•ฃ๐•Ÿ๐•š๐•Ÿ๐•˜ – There are difficult subjects that could be considered triggers.

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๐Ÿ–คQuotes & Highlights๐Ÿ–ค

โ๐‘ด๐’š ๐‘น๐’‚๐’Ž๐’”๐’†๐’š, ๐’•๐’‰๐’† ๐’ƒ๐’๐’š ๐’˜๐’‰๐’ ๐’‰๐’‚๐’… ๐’ƒ๐’“๐’‚๐’๐’…๐’†๐’… ๐’Ž๐’š ๐’”๐’๐’–๐’ ๐’Š๐’ ๐’˜๐’‚๐’š๐’” ๐’•๐’Š๐’Ž๐’† ๐’„๐’๐’–๐’๐’… ๐’๐’†๐’—๐’†๐’“ ๐’‰๐’†๐’‚๐’.โž

โ๐‘ญ๐’๐’“ ๐’–๐’”, ๐’๐’๐’—๐’† ๐’˜๐’‚๐’” ๐’•๐’‰๐’† ๐’๐’“๐’Š๐’ˆ๐’Š๐’๐’‚๐’ ๐’‡๐’๐’–๐’“-๐’๐’†๐’•๐’•๐’†๐’“ ๐’˜๐’๐’“๐’….โž

โ๐‘พ๐’† ๐’˜๐’†๐’“๐’† ๐’•๐’๐’๐’… ๐’‡๐’Š๐’“๐’”๐’• ๐’„๐’๐’Ž๐’†๐’” ๐’๐’๐’—๐’†, ๐’•๐’‰๐’†๐’ ๐’Ž๐’‚๐’“๐’“๐’Š๐’‚๐’ˆ๐’†, ๐’•๐’‰๐’†๐’ ๐’‚ ๐’ƒ๐’‚๐’ƒ๐’š ๐’Š๐’ ๐’‚ ๐’ƒ๐’‚๐’ƒ๐’š ๐’„๐’‚๐’“๐’“๐’Š๐’‚๐’ˆ๐’†. ๐‘ต๐’ ๐’๐’๐’† ๐’Ž๐’†๐’๐’•๐’Š๐’๐’๐’†๐’… ๐’•๐’‰๐’‚๐’• ๐’๐’๐’—๐’† ๐’˜๐’๐’–๐’๐’… ๐’‚๐’๐’”๐’ ๐’ƒ๐’† ๐’•๐’‰๐’† ๐’Ž๐’๐’”๐’• ๐’…๐’†๐’—๐’‚๐’”๐’•๐’‚๐’•๐’Š๐’๐’ˆ ๐’†๐’Ž๐’๐’•๐’Š๐’๐’ ๐’˜๐’† ๐’˜๐’๐’–๐’๐’… ๐’†๐’—๐’†๐’“ ๐’†๐’™๐’‘๐’†๐’“๐’Š๐’†๐’๐’„๐’†.โž

โ๐‘พ๐’Š๐’•๐’‰๐’๐’–๐’• ๐‘น๐’‚๐’Ž๐’”๐’†๐’š ๐‘บ๐’•๐’†๐’˜๐’‚๐’“๐’•, ๐’•๐’‰๐’†๐’“๐’† ๐’˜๐’‚๐’” ๐’๐’ ๐‘ป๐’‰๐’†๐’‚ ๐‘ฏ๐’–๐’๐’.โž

โ๐‘ฐ ๐’…๐’Š๐’…๐’’๐’• ๐’Œ๐’๐’๐’˜ ๐’Š๐’• ๐’•๐’‰๐’†๐’, ๐’ƒ๐’–๐’• ๐’•๐’‰๐’‚๐’• ๐’…๐’‚๐’š, ๐‘น๐’‚๐’Ž๐’”๐’†๐’š ๐‘บ๐’•๐’†๐’˜๐’‚๐’“๐’• ๐’”๐’‚๐’—๐’†๐’… ๐’Ž๐’š ๐’๐’Š๐’‡๐’†. ๐‘จ๐’๐’… ๐’”๐’Š๐’™ ๐’š๐’†๐’‚๐’“๐’” ๐’๐’‚๐’•๐’†๐’“, ๐‘ฐ’๐’… ๐’“๐’†๐’‘๐’‚๐’š ๐’‰๐’Š๐’Ž ๐’ƒ๐’š ๐’“๐’–๐’Š๐’๐’Š๐’๐’ˆ ๐’‰๐’Š๐’”.โž

โ๐‘ป๐’‰๐’†๐’‚ ๐’‚๐’๐’… ๐‘ฐ ๐’˜๐’†๐’“๐’† ๐’•๐’˜๐’ ๐’๐’‡ ๐’‚ ๐’Œ๐’Š๐’๐’…. ๐‘ณ๐’๐’”๐’•. ๐‘ฉ๐’“๐’๐’Œ๐’†๐’. ๐‘ญ๐’๐’“๐’ˆ๐’๐’•๐’•๐’†๐’. ๐‘บ๐’•๐’–๐’„๐’Œ.โž

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โ๐‘พ๐’†’๐’… ๐’ƒ๐’†๐’†๐’ ๐’…๐’Š๐’”๐’†๐’๐’„๐’‰๐’‚๐’๐’•๐’†๐’… ๐’˜๐’Š๐’•๐’‰ ๐’•๐’‰๐’† ๐’ƒ๐’†๐’‚๐’–๐’•๐’š ๐’๐’‡ ๐’๐’Š๐’‡๐’† ๐’”๐’Š๐’๐’„๐’† ๐’•๐’‰๐’† ๐’…๐’‚๐’š ๐’˜๐’†’๐’… ๐’Ž๐’†๐’•. ๐‘ฉ๐’–๐’• ๐’˜๐’† ๐’‰๐’‚๐’… ๐’†๐’‚๐’„๐’‰ ๐’๐’•๐’‰๐’†๐’“. ๐‘ป๐’‰๐’‚๐’• ๐’˜๐’‚๐’” ๐’•๐’‰๐’† ๐’๐’๐’† ๐’„๐’๐’๐’”๐’•๐’‚๐’๐’• ๐’˜๐’† ๐’๐’†๐’†๐’…๐’†๐’… ๐’‡๐’๐’“ ๐’‰๐’‚๐’‘๐’‘๐’Š๐’๐’†๐’”๐’”.โž

โ๐‘ฐโ€™๐’Ž ๐’๐’๐’• ๐’ˆ๐’Š๐’—๐’Š๐’๐’ˆ ๐’–๐’‘ ๐’๐’ ๐’š๐’๐’–, ๐‘น๐’‚๐’Ž๐’”๐’†๐’š. ๐‘ฐ ๐’…๐’๐’โ€™๐’• ๐’„๐’‚๐’“๐’† ๐’Š๐’‡ ๐’š๐’๐’– ๐’˜๐’‚๐’๐’• ๐’Ž๐’† ๐’•๐’. ๐‘ฐ ๐’…๐’๐’โ€™๐’• ๐’„๐’‚๐’“๐’† ๐’Š๐’‡ ๐’Š๐’• ๐’Ž๐’†๐’‚๐’๐’” ๐’š๐’๐’– ๐’Š๐’„๐’† ๐’Ž๐’† ๐’๐’–๐’• ๐’‡๐’๐’“ ๐’‚๐’๐’ ๐’๐’‡ ๐’†๐’•๐’†๐’“๐’๐’Š๐’•๐’š. ๐‘ฐ ๐’…๐’๐’โ€™๐’• ๐’†๐’—๐’†๐’ ๐’„๐’‚๐’“๐’† ๐’•๐’‰๐’‚๐’• ๐’š๐’๐’–โ€™๐’—๐’† ๐’‚๐’๐’“๐’†๐’‚๐’…๐’š ๐’’๐’–๐’Š๐’• ๐’๐’ ๐’Ž๐’†. ๐‘ฐ ๐’๐’๐’„๐’† ๐’‘๐’“๐’๐’Ž๐’Š๐’”๐’†๐’… ๐’•๐’‰๐’‚๐’• ๐’Š๐’• ๐’˜๐’‚๐’” ๐’š๐’๐’– ๐’‚๐’๐’… ๐’Ž๐’† ๐’‡๐’๐’“๐’†๐’—๐’†๐’“. ๐‘ซ๐’ ๐’š๐’๐’– ๐’“๐’†๐’Ž๐’†๐’Ž๐’ƒ๐’†๐’“ ๐’•๐’‰๐’‚๐’•? ๐’€๐’๐’– ๐’Ž๐’‚๐’…๐’† ๐’Ž๐’† ๐’”๐’˜๐’†๐’‚๐’“ ๐’Š๐’•.โž

โ๐‘พ๐’† ๐’˜๐’†๐’“๐’† ๐’‹๐’–๐’”๐’• ๐’•๐’˜๐’ ๐’‰๐’‚๐’๐’—๐’†๐’” ๐’๐’‡ ๐’๐’๐’† ๐’˜๐’‰๐’๐’๐’†, ๐’•๐’‰๐’† ๐’˜๐’‚๐’š ๐’Š๐’• ๐’˜๐’‚๐’” ๐’‚๐’๐’˜๐’‚๐’š๐’” ๐’”๐’–๐’‘๐’‘๐’๐’”๐’†๐’… ๐’•๐’ ๐’ƒ๐’†. ๐‘ฐ’๐’… ๐’ƒ๐’† ๐’…๐’‚๐’Ž๐’๐’†๐’… ๐’Š๐’‡ ๐‘ฐ ๐’…๐’Š๐’…๐’’๐’• ๐’˜๐’‚๐’๐’• ๐’•๐’ ๐’˜๐’‚๐’ˆ๐’† ๐’˜๐’‚๐’“ ๐’˜๐’Š๐’•๐’‰ ๐’•๐’‰๐’† ๐’†๐’๐’•๐’Š๐’“๐’† ๐’‡๐’–๐’„๐’Œ๐’Š๐’๐’ˆ ๐’˜๐’๐’“๐’๐’…-๐’Š๐’๐’„๐’๐’–๐’…๐’Š๐’๐’ˆ ๐’Ž๐’š๐’”๐’†๐’๐’‡- ๐’Š๐’ ๐’๐’“๐’…๐’†๐’“ ๐’•๐’ ๐’‰๐’๐’๐’… ๐’๐’ ๐’•๐’ ๐’•๐’‰๐’‚๐’•.โž

โ๐‘บ๐’๐’Ž๐’†๐’•๐’Š๐’Ž๐’†๐’” ๐’š๐’๐’– ๐’‰๐’‚๐’—๐’† ๐’•๐’ ๐’๐’†๐’• ๐’ˆ๐’ ๐’๐’‡ ๐’•๐’‰๐’† ๐’๐’Š๐’‡๐’† ๐’š๐’๐’– ๐’‘๐’๐’‚๐’๐’๐’†๐’… ๐’Š๐’ ๐’๐’“๐’…๐’†๐’“ ๐’•๐’ ๐’๐’Š๐’—๐’† ๐’•๐’‰๐’† ๐’๐’๐’† ๐’š๐’๐’–’๐’“๐’† ๐’ˆ๐’Š๐’—๐’†๐’.โž

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Aly Martinez

17098369_1815153055403624_853278425908128342_n.jpgOriginally 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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