Title: The Darkest Sunrise (The Darkest Sunrise #1)
Genres: New Adult
Release Day: July 13th 2017
ARC was kindly provide for a blog tour via InkSlinger PR in exchange for an honest review.

Sticks and stones will break my bones, but words will never harm me.
Whoever coined that phrase is a bald-faced liar. Words are often the sharpest weapon of all, triggering some of the most powerful emotions a human can experience.
“You’re pregnant.”
“It’s a boy.”
“Your son needs a heart transplant.”
Sticks and stones will break my bones, but words will never harm me.
Syllables and letters may not be tangible, but they can still destroy your entire life faster than a bullet from a gun.
Two words—that was all it took to extinguish the sun from my sky.
“He’s gone.”
For ten years, the darkness consumed me.
In the end, it was four deep, gravelly words that gave me hope of another sunrise.
“Hi. I’m Porter Reese.”

3 stars! 

#UnpopularOpinion: The Darkest Sunrise is one of those books that got early raving reviews, everyone talks about how emotional this was and all the feels it made them feel and then… there’s me. And my cold heart. This was underwhelming at best. I’ve read a few books from the author and they always pull me in and I get lost in them no matter the book. This one left me wondering if I had gotten another copy or something. And all these raving reviews made me question everything. I was expecting something, the emotional wave to hit me at any point but nothing happened.

The story is about Charlotte and Porter – I can’t say too much because I don’t want to spoil anything but they both have tragic pasts and the story is told from a dual POV, until they meet and BAM, insta-lust. This was very similar to her Retrieval duet. Two sets of couples, each one with a tragic child centered story, only with this one all I got was a flat romance. Half way in I enjoyed Porter and Charlotte, they had a unique introduction and the way they met was actually really cute but they went too deep, too fast, way too fast for my liking. He became so important to her out of the blue. Often Charlotte had these moments were she was lost in her memories and this darkness thing? Didn’t get that. At. All.

For such a small book it sure is intense, it has a few shocking moments. I wish I could say the ending saved it but I called it from pretty much the first chapters, it was so painfully obvious I was hoping something else would happen to save it and prove me wrong but nothing. The author’s fans will enjoy it, and even if it reminded me too much of her previous work I will definitely read the next one because that cliffhanger was in intense no matter how predictable!

other books by the author

The Retrieval Duet by Aly Martinez & Giveaway

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.



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