THRIVE (The Guardian Protection Series Book 2)
By Aly Martinez
When I was nineteen years old, I was faced with a choice that changed my life.
Keep the safety of what I already knew or risk losing everything with the young, hotheaded soldier who stole my heart.
I chose the wrong man, and for seventeen years, I paid in tears, blood, and shattered dreams for that decision.
Now, there’s a man in my house, holding a gun to my head on the order of my ex-husband—given from his prison cell.
That hotheaded soldier I was too afraid to choose? He’s now a six-foot-three wall of muscle who works at the country’s most premier bodyguard agency. I’ve always wanted him, but now, I’ve never needed him more.
It’s the call I’m terrified to make.
I’m sure he still hates me… Even though I’ve never stopped loving him.
Thrive is exactly why Aly Martinez remains one of my favorite writers! I was under her spell from the first page of the book.
Mira and Jeremy Lark were destined to be together, except they weren’t. Mira belonged to Jeremy’s best friend, Kurt. Now, that didn’t stop the two of them from falling in love. Yes, it involves a love triangle, but in Aly’s talented hands, it is by far not the typical one. Jeremy spends a lot of time being there for Mira when Kurt is out with other women. The two began as friends but ended in a lot more. They should have had their HEA, but they didn’t. It ended in pain and anger.
Seventeen-years later, Jeremy and Mira are living very different lives. Jeremy is successful in his career, and despite being divorced, has a cordial relationship with his ex as they co-parent their twin girls. Mira’s life is quite different than Jeremy’s. She is divorced and saving her pennies to open up her own bar, finally realizing a dream of having something all her own and that can’t be tainted by her ex, Kurt. Mira and Jeremy are living but definitely not “thriving.” One phone call from a desperate and scared Mina will bring these two together again…for better or for worse. You’ll have to read the book to find out which one.
What make Jeremy and Mira so special is the spark between these two. They had it seventeen years ago, but with all the anger and pain, it’s liable to burn these two up. As a reader, it’s very entertaining to watch the snark between them. Along with the spark is the deep love the two still hold for one another. Martinez did a phenomenal job of showing her readers that with the flashbacks of the two of them in the bed of his pickup truck. Those were so sweet! To round out the perfect combination that is Jeremy and Mira is the steam. Yes, these two definitely have it! As with all of her books, those scenes are just the perfect balance of sweet and sexy…their deep feelings and emotions are very evident.
Jeremy and Mira are well-developed characters, and with each chapter, another layer is revealed. Both had some insecurities and trust issues, that just made them more realistic. Each had obstacles to conquer to realize their dreams. But as Jeremy says, “as long as we’re together…we thrive.” And, they certainly do!
*******As an added note: Readers, you will love the epilogue!*******
Originally from Savannah, Georgia, USA Today bestselling author Aly Martinez now lives in South Carolina with her four young children.
Never one to take herself too seriously, she enjoys cheap wine, mystery leggings, and baked feta. 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.