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- Print Length: 322 pages
- Publication Date: December 6, 2018
- Sold by: Amazon.com Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B07JZGTYRY
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- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #77,982 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Across the Horizon is a highly entertaining, emotionally satisfying and memorable page-turner. -Mary Dubé, USA Today HEA
Equal parts heart-warming and side-splitting, I love Aly Martinez banter as much as I love her emotional storytelling. Five Huge Stars! -Author M. Mabie
Across the Horizon is lighter than your typical Aly Martinez read but still angsty and intense, sexy and heartfelt. I couldn't put it down! -Angie's Dreamy Reads
In typical Aly Martinez fashion, she reels you in with excellent writing, unforgettable characters, and an addicting storyline that will stay with you long after the last page has turned! -Shayna Renee
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Hands down, Rita and Tanner had the craziest meet-cute of all time, and things just got better between them from there. Honestly, I don’t think I’ll ever think of an alligator without thinking of this couple. Things were just so easy and so right between this couple that it was literally impossible for the reader to not root for them. Rita was at the low point of her life when Tanner rode in to the rescue, and Tanner was floundering at the surface as the sharks in his life circled him. Their timing wasn’t exactly ideal, but it’s true that “love happens when you least expect it.” Their love story wasn’t exactly smooth sailing, though, and it took a lot of faith, an abundance of patience, some real work—and scaling a wall—for them to really get there.
One of the big reasons why it was so easy for the reader to buy into the fastest moving, slow-going love story in romance novel history was the unmistakable chemistry between this couple. It was present and palpable in every facet of their relationship, and it wasn’t only sexual. But they were incredibly hot together, and my Kindle was practically smoking in my hot little hands. Add to that some brilliantly timed, clever and uproariously hilarious back-and-forth bantering, and Across the Horizon officially ticks off all my boxes of what I hope for when I pick up a contemporary romance or a romantic comedy. There was just enough angst to keep me on edge without pushing me over, and that was exactly what the story called for and what I wanted. These two were simply meant to be together, they meshed in every single way. Where there is a will, there is a way, and they just needed the determination to deal head-on with their baggage and the resolve to be patient while they each worked through it.
I don’t know why I haven’t been reading the extraordinarily talented Aly Martinez before this, but I’m here to stay now. Part light-hearted romantic comedy and part emotional contemporary, Martinez aptly and accurately describes Across the Horizon as a dramedy. For me, this was the kind of story that I just couldn’t bring myself put down. I devoured it in less than a day, and unlike Tanner, I found that I could go slow because that’s exactly what I did when I realized I was nearing the end. I simply didn’t want to leave these endearingly charming characters or their world. Five smooches from me for Across the Horizon by Aly Martinez!
I loved Tanner when we first met him in The Darkest Sunrise duet and was so happy to watch him find his happily ever after. He and Rita were a mismatch on the surface, but once we got to know them more deeply both alone and as a couple, it was quite evident they were a match made in heaven. Tanner’s patience and charm were a great counterpoint to Rita’s apprehension and sass. They were so well-developed it made it easy to believe in them and want to see them whole and happy.
Across the Horizon was riveting. I couldn’t put it down once I opened it, I was obsessed with Rita and Tanner’s romance. Aly Martinez did a superb job of balancing the humor and banter between her characters with the heartache and healing they had to go through because of their pasts. I loved each moment I spend in these pages and all the heart and soul that made the ride so fascinating and emotionally rewarding.
Rita used to be a trophy wife. She gave up seven years of her life to an undeserving douchebag and lost herself along the way and she wishes nothing more than to find the girl she used to be, the one with dreams and hopes and a plan. There were so many signs that Rita had only buried them, signs that showed me that she was still her own person, even though her husband had done everything to make her his little wifey. The strength and spine to come back from the blow she was dealt is immense and the trust issues that come along with it are understandable. Did I like how she worked ultimately through them ? No, but only because Tanner was so freaking endearing and charming.
Tanner. Le sigh. What a man. He was everything a woman should look for in a man. Full of humor and mischief, smart, good to the core and so incredibly gone for Rita from the get-go. He wanted to make her happy and his determination to make it happen made him selfless. He would have walked through hell and back if it meant that Rita got what she needed. What's not to love? And when they were together? Perfection. I fell head over heels in love along with them. Their relationship may be really insta but, I've said it before, if it's well done I can totally get on board with it an boy, was it well done.
Tanner's relationship with his brother, the ribbing and good-natured competition they had going was also pretty awesome. Rita's ex-husband, however, was a piece of work I loved to hate.
I have yet to read some of Aly Martinez's books but I love that I still have catching up to do since I savor her stories. ACROSS THE HORIZON is so typical Martinez style and so not. It's got some of the angst I'm used to but mostly it's got a lot of laugh-out-loud moments that make this story a lot of fun to read. I got such a kick out of it and smiled pretty much most of the book.
THE FALL UP started my love affair with Aly Martinez's books and we have been going steady for years. ACROSS THE HORIZON is just another reason to carry on with it.
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The alternating POVs let us inside their heads, which gives great character depth. Their dialogue is fresh, original and witty- I loved that they both had a bit if a dry and sick sense of humour - it was fun to read and some of the one liners had me laughing along with them.
I loved that their story wasn't easy, that they chose to find and learn to love themselves before trying to love someone else. I was glad there was no cheating or love triangle - just 2 people trying to find their place in the world and with each other.
The epilogue set 5 years later didn't give away any spoilers for other characters, but gave us a beautiful insight into the growth of their relationship and what the future held for them both personally and professionally.
Loved it, can't wait to read Porter's book, and would definitely recommend this to anyone looking for a fun yet deep contemporary romance.
* Received an advanced copy in exchage for an honest review.
The minute I read the synopsis for this book, I knew I needed it in my life. It sounded like the perfect romance with a fair amount of drama. Going into it, I had really high expectations. And luckily for me, those expectations were exceeded.
Rita spent seven years of her life married to douchebag Greg (Tanner’s words, not mine). Those seven years were up real quick the day she discovered that he was cheating on her with one of the nurses at the practice they work for. Greg was a doctor there and Rita was the office manager. Not long after, their office was hosting a spring fling BBQ event for their patients. At that event Tammy, the mistress, so kindly decided to inform Rita that not only was there the affair, but she was also pregnant with Greg’s child.
At the same time, Tanner was at the BBQ helping his brother Porter with the catering. When he heard Greg and Rita arguing, he decided to step in and tell him to back off. Rita took that moment to pretend that she was seeing him to get back at Greg. And so begins the whirlwind romance of Rita and Tanner.
I loved both Rita and Tanner. Rita’s sass and her banter with Tanner was off the charts hilarious. I would actually be laughing out loud as I read the book. But not only was Rita hilarious, she was a strong character. She went through a terrible time in her life with her head held high and was determined to make it to the other side a better woman for it.
Man oh man, Aly Martinez knows how to write a romance that not only tugs at your heartstrings, but can also make you laugh like crazy. Her ability to write Rita as such a sarcastic little fire cracker with killer one liners is incredible. Not only that, but the chemisty between Rita and Tanner was pretty dang hot.
The story itself was great. The amount of things that Rita and Tanner had to go through, together and alone, made their love feel that much more authentic. It was obvious from their first meeting that they were meant to be together, but it was just as obvious that they each had personal issues they needed to sort out to an extent before they could truly be the couple that they were meant to be.
Overall, I would highly recommend this book. It’s the perfect mix of a dramatic romance that will break your heart at times but then provide you with comedic relief that will have you laughing so hard.
Review originally posted at A Lovely Book Affair.