The Retrieval Duet is a two part story by Aly Martinez that needs to be read in order, it features two couples that are linked in the most unbelievable way.

One story. Two couples.

retrieval1Title: Retrieval (The Retrieval Duet #1)
Author: Aly Martinez
Genres: Contemporary Romance
Release Day: September 13th 2016

I proposed on our first date.
She laughed and told me I was insane. Less than a day later, she said yes.
It was a whirlwind, but we were happy…
Until we got greedy and wanted a family.

It was a life I couldn’t give her, not for lack of trying. Fertility just wasn’t on our side. We sought out doctors and treatments. Spent money we didn’t have. Lied to our families. Smiled for our friends. Put on a brave face for a world that didn’t understand.
Finally, we were successful…
Until we were forced to bury our son.

We were left broken, battered, and destroyed.
They say love is in the details, but it was the details that ruined us.

This is the story of how I took back what had always been mine.
The retrieval of my wife and our family.

5 stars! 

“I will fix us, Elisabeth,” he vowed. “Mark my words. I will not spend my life without you.”

OMG this story! I don’t even know where to begin. This is not my first book by Aly Martinez, I’ve read her Spiral Down series – which is amazing – so I knew I would at least enjoy this because her writing is pretty good. But no; this story was not just good. It was mind-blowing! Retrieval is the story of Roman and Elisabeth and their struggle with infertility. They are at a point in their marriage where they can’t be together anymore, their problems seem impossible to overcome, their problems are just tearing them apart and Elisabeth walks away.

“Something had broken between us. But, in the process, something had also been repaired.”

Flash forward, the two are living separate lives, Roman refuses to let go of her completely and Elisabeth is fighting to get her life back on track; until they are both called in for questioning and the plot delivers the most amazing, shocking but so utterly thrilling twist. I won’t spoil, you have to go in knowing as little as possible. What made this story so captivating was the intensity of Roman and Elisabeth’s love story. This is a couple that was – and is – very much in love.

“I love you… I never stopped, and I never will.”

Roman is so amazing, he is among the best book husbands I’ve read and my mental list is pretty strict; he was swoon worthy and I could feel his anguish and his pain over his marriage falling apart. Elisabeth was by far one the strongest characters; what she had to go through, unbelievable! And the story took it’s time to get us to connect with them and feel so protective of their story. Their problems only bent them a little but they didn’t break under the pressure, they kept going and everything in this story is so transfixing. It won’t let you blink, pause, put the book down for a single second.

“I proposed on our first date.
She laughed and told me I was insane. Less than a day later, she said yes.”

Now, normally the above quote would be enough to make me roll my eyes, close the book and never open it again, but truth is, it didn’t. You’ll get it, you’ll absolutely get it! Hands down a must read, not to be missed!

transferTitle: Transfer (The Retrieval Duet #2)
Author: Aly Martinez
Genres: Contemporary Romance
Release Day: September 27th 2016

I fell in love with a man who didn’t exist.

What started out as romance ended in hell.
His words turned to razor blades.
His kisses converted to fists.
His embrace became my cage.
His body transformed into a weapon, stealing parts of me until ultimately….
I broke.

I hated him.
My sole job in life became to protect our daughter.

I wasn’t sure I’d ever escape the prison he’d skillfully crafted from my fears.
Until the day our savior arrived.

This is the story of how I escaped the man who thought he owned me.
The transfer of my life and my family.

4 stars! 

The Duet features 4 POVs but loosely the first one is forced on Roman and Elisabeth and the second one on Clare and Luke so I’ll review them as individual couples.

In the Retrieval, we get a few scenes from Clare’s POV but we don’t know why until THAT moment when the story clicks and everything makes sense. Clare is in an abusive relationship, trying desperately to protect her daughter from her abusive husband but since he is involved in the mafia, she has no one to turn to who can help her.

I can’t spoil the way the two couples are connected but when the plot clicks – insane!

What this book lacked was the connection I had with the characters. The first book takes time to build a romantic background for the main couple but this one jumps right into the insta love pool and the further the story continues, the more the romance sinks into the insta love pool; it was not believable for the heroine – with her abusive background and all – to fall in love so quickly and utterly, to trust her life to someone else (yes, a guy who saved her, but her abusive husband saved her too back in the days, so…) just like that. I get the romantic connection, I just don’t get the love.

Other than that, this duet is amazing and a must read, Aly Martinez continues to deliver strong stories with captivating, lovable characters. Looking forward to more of her books!

about the author

Born and raised in Savannah, Georgia, Aly Martinez is a stay-at-home mom to four crazy kids under the age of five, including a set of twins. Currently living in South Carolina, she passes what little free time she has reading anything and everything she can get her hands on, preferably with a glass of wine at her side.

After some encouragement from her friends, Aly decided to add “Author” to her ever-growing list of job titles. Five books later, she shows no signs of slowing. So grab a glass of Chardonnay, or a bottle if you’re hanging out with Aly, and join her aboard the crazy train she calls life.




4 thoughts on “The Retrieval Duet by Aly Martinez”

  1. I’m seeing so much buzz for the duet but I was feeling kind of meh after reading the synopsis of the first one. I love romance, I love plenty of angst, but a story revolving around fertility issues and the loss of a child just does nothing for me. I tend to avoid stories that strongly focus on children or the desire to start a family or similar. I just can’t connect with it. Maybe it’s not even focused on that so much and I’m not giving it a fair chance but the synopsis just kind of put me off. 🙁
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