- File Size: 1187 KB
- Print Length: 272 pages
- Publisher: Aly Martinez (February 23, 2015)
- Publication Date: February 23, 2015
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00TPY1TBQ
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #76,311 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Fighting Silence (On The Ropes Book 1) Kindle Edition
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4.5 Stars (Re-Read 6/20/17)
Overall Opinion: This was still a great read. I will keep it on my favorites shelf, even though I am dropping the rating from 5 stars to 4.5 stars. The ending was too rushed for me to justify giving it 5 stars again. While I still teared up and got emotional at times, I don't think I was moved as much by the story as I was when I first read it. That's not the book's fault though! I think it's just that I knew what to expect this time 'round. I am confident in that it still earned the 4.5 stars, and for my grumpy self that says a lot 😜
**See Goodreads.com/NMmomof4 for my full review with spoilers**
Brief Summary of the Storyline: This is Eliza and Till's story. They meet when they are young teens in an abandoned apartment trying to hide from their real worlds. They form an instant and strong friendship that eventually turns into more. After crossing the line in their friendship and facing the big changes in their lives, they are separated. When reunited, Till needs Eliza more than ever in helping him deal with his new reality. There are some sexy times, some heartbreaking events, and some laugh-out-loud sweet moments...and they get a HEA ending.
POV: This alternated between Eliza and Till's POV (with a few small sections with other's POV).
Overall Pace of Story: Good, but the ending felt rushed. I never skimmed, and I thought it flowed well otherwise.
Instalove: No, they take their time in developing stronger feelings.
H rating: 4 stars. Till. I liked him. Yes, he acted like an idiot and pushed the h away at times, but I still liked him!
h rating: 4 stars. Eliza. I liked her. She was feisty and loyal, and she knew her limits with the H and I really appreciated when she demanded more of him.
Sadness level: Low/moderate this time round, but I do remember crying more the first time I read it.
Heat level: Good. They have some good tension, chemistry, and scenes -- but not so much it takes away from the story.
Descriptive sex: Yes
OW/OM drama: Yes
Sex scene with OW or OM: No
Closure: This had decent closure with what I would call a HEA. I did feel like the ending was rushed, and we could've gotten more closure. Because I have read the other books in the series, I know that we get some of that closure in those books.
How I got it: I paid the $3.99 on Amazon for it (I originally got it through my scribed subscription, but it's no longer available).
You could also categorize it as a friends to lovers story, since Till and Eliza meet at the tender age of thirteen and remain just friends for many years before things start to get really complicated, but again, that probably misses what the central theme of the book deals with.
Even the theme alluded to in the title, Till's battle not simply to become a word champion boxer, but to face up to and deal with a diagnosis of a degenerative condition that will eventually leave him completely deaf ... to me, while important, still didn't seem to be what was most important.
For me, it was a coming of age story. Regardless of their ages, Aly Martinez' portrays for us two characters that each have their own issues, Till in particular struggles enormously with saying goodbye to his childhood fantasies ... flights of fancy that have been his solace through countless storms that have ravaged his young life, and setting them aside to fully embrace the real world as a genuine adult. The world in which Eliza has been waiting for him since she was barely a teenager.
So often on social media these days you'll see comments along the lines of "I don't feel like adulting today", and I can certainly sympathize with that notion from time to time, but Till, Till manages to suck it up and deal with all of the crap in his life, but only so long as he can retreat, even if only in his imagination, to a world where he's just a kid, and Doodle is there waiting for him.
I absolutely fell in love with this book, and the wonderful array of characters it brings, the way the various themes were interwoven, but above all with the characters of Till and Eliza themselves, it really is something special.
Writing style: 4 stars
Grammar etc: 4 stars
Story: 3 stars
Details: 1 star
Let me explain the story and details rating, at first the story starts when Till and Eliza meet at 13, it's a good set of chapters as we move forward through the years up to present day. So far so good, then as the story progresses (which both come from a very poor and sad childhoods) we NEED more detailed details but there aren't any. Now this is a book and the cover explains this as a fighting genre' so I would expect there to be an actual story detailing the events and so on of said fights or at least the BIG events but no. When there is a limited action scene it's said and done within a paragraph or two. So I ask this question: how do you write an entire story without actually delving into the theme of this book?
Story: This is a down on your luck hard knocks story with lots of lows and small wins, enough to keep you reading as this is (I'm presuming) is billed as a HEA but the knocks keep coming which will lead you into the other brothers books. I'm very conflicted, if Flint had come through the "event" especially being the hero that he is I would have seriously considered buying his book but after ALL the expected sadness and constant struggles I would undoubtedly expect after reading this one, I don't want to feel like wading through more despair but I wish Aly Martinez all the best I feel she has real potential on producing outstanding work but currently her style is not for me.
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