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Published by Self Published on September 27th 2016
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One story. Two couples.
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 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.
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Book Review: 3 Stars
This review is for the second installment in the “Retrieval”-Duet by Aly Martinez. You should have read book one “Retrieval” first, before starting with “Transfer”. This review is spoiler-free.
Oh wow. I actually feel like I normally do after running my 4 kilometers after finishing “Transfer” now. So much happening! Although I won’t say anything spoilerish about the plot, I can say that this story picks up exactly where book one left off in a huge cliffhanger. “Retrieval” was already a huge surprise for me, seen as I anticipated a heart wrenching second-change romance from the blurb. But I got so much more – there was suspense, betrayal, secrets and a whole lot of sub-plots going on.
Admittedly, I normally don’t like books with a lot of suspense/mystery in them, because that makes me personally forget about the romance. I try to solve every mystery that is happening otherwise and don’t feel the emotions of the characters anymore. A lot of books with much potential already fell flat for me because of this – because it’s still romance we’re talking about and so that should be the thing in the forefront always. And I can’t say it any other way than the “Retrieval”-Duet is dancing a thin line between being a gripping new read for me and simply being too much… I’m sorry to have to admit to that, because Aly Martinez is an amazing author in my opinion, emotions are her specialty therefore. But for me, there is too much else going on. Each of the books is focused on one of the two couples in this mysterious story but both are relevant.
Whereas this duet held my interest from start until ending, I wasn’t really emotionally involved in either of the two stories, not even when they slowly started to become one. But this is a very, very personal problem – like mentioned before, I simply like my romance-books more focused on the romance.
All in all, I rate “Transfer” with 3 stars and the whole “Retrieval”-Duet with 4 stars and can recommend it. My complaints are rather personal. Should be read in order, readers advised to be 18+.
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