- Series: On The Ropes
- Paperback: 334 pages
- Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform; 1 edition (January 21, 2016)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1523635185
- ISBN-13: 978-1523635184
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.8 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars See all reviews (308 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,247,640 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Fighting Solitude (On The Ropes) (Volume 3) Paperback – January 21, 2016
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Quarry has been following in his eldest brother’s footsteps for years. Just like Till, Quarry has a real shot at the championship title. And also like Till, Quarry has been diagnosed with a degenerative hearing disorder that will eventually render him deaf. Having lived with this knowledge from a very young age, Quarry has since come to terms with his impending loss. Inspired by his brother’s ability to fight against the odds--coupled with the unwavering support from his girlfriend Mia and his best friend Liv---Quarry accepts his future and all that awaits… right up until the moment that the UNIMAGINABLE happens!!
Quarry Page is a fighter--not just in the ring, but outside too. His entire life, he has endured one punch after another. But with one devastating blow, Quarry is swiftly brought to his knees. Suffering a life-altering event, Quarry’s world is suddenly turned upside down—and this time, it might be impossible to pull himself back up!
Switching between alternating points-of-view, “Fighting Solitude” gives us an in-depth look at Quarry and Liv’s relationship, both past and present. A glimpse back in time, shows us a side of Quarry that isn’t exactly pretty—an ugly side to his personality that resulted in a 3-year lapse in this pair’s (otherwise) devoted friendship. Drawing on events that occurred in the first two books, the author showcases how much Quarry internalized every ugly hand that his family has been dealt. Previously focused on how these events had affected Till, Eliza and Flint, I was now privy to the demons that Quarry had been forced to battle on his own.
There had been moments throughout this book that ripped me open and left me feeling raw. In contrast, there were lighter moments that had me laughing right out loud. There was even an “OMG” moment that caught me totally by surprise! But by far, my favorite moments were comprised of cameo appearances made by all the players of the past—Till, Eliza, Flint, Ash, Leo and Sarah. The “girls” in particular, always guaranteed to put a smile on my face.
In order to avoid unintentional spoilers, it is nearly impossible to write about Quarry’s story in any great detail. For those of you who are already familiar with the “On the Ropes” series, then you already have a good idea as to the direction in which Quarry’s story is heading. But for those of you who are new to this series, I would strongly urge you to start at the very beginning. Despite the fact that “Fighting Solitude” can be read as a stand-alone, familiarizing yourself with the Page brothers’ back story will only serve to enhance your overall reading enjoyment.
Truthfully, this is one of my all-time favorite series, and I just can’t recommend it enough--in fact, if I could shout it from the rooftops, I would! As for "Fighting Solitude," the final book in this series, author Aly Martinez has (once again) knocked it out of the park!! With a totally heart-warming and inspiring ending, this is one story that you won’t soon forget.
To sum it all up… I absolutely LOVE, LOVE, LOVE this series “EVERY. SINGLE. DAY.”
And to Quarry and Liv: “Later, Q. Later, Rocky.” '
**See goodreads.com/NMmomof4 for my full review with spoilers**
Brief Summary of the Storyline: This is Liv and Quarry's story. Liv's dad is the head of security for Slade, who owned On The Ropes gym and mentors the Page brothers. Liv and Q meet when she is fighting some boys in the back ally of the gym, and they formed a strong connection from then on. Over the years they became best friends. I won't say much more in hopes of not ruining it -- but there is a good bit of tragedy that the two face and get through together. Some sexy times, some funny times, some sweet times....and they get their HEA ending.
POV: This alternated between Liv and Quarry's POV primarily, and there were some other parts that had other side characters POV as well.
Overall Pace of Story: Good. I never skimmed, and I thought it flowed well -- a little too well since I got sucked into reading until the early morning hours!
Instalove: No. They had a good amount of time to develop their feelings.
H rating: 4.5 stars. Quarry/Q. I liked him a lot. I've liked him in every book of this series, and it was fun to see him become a man in this book. He truly cared about Liv, and I loved their first date and the little ways in which he showed her that he loved her. I think his having the other girlfriend actually made him recognize that what he felt for Liv was the real deal and something to cherish. And since he was so young going through what he did with Mia, it actually helped him grow up and be ready for the relationship with Liv.
h rating: 4.5 stars. Liv. She was pretty amazing. She was the best type of friend, and I really liked how she loved Q. My only issue was the little bit of pushing the H away she did out of guilt.
Sadness level: Moderate. I did tear up a few times, but it never turned into an ugly cry.
Heat level: Moderate. They have some great chemistry and sexy times.
Descriptive sex: Yes
Safe sex: Yes and no. Mentions of birth control, but no mention of past sexual practices or std status.
OW/OM drama: Minimal to me - but might be a big issues for others
Sex scene with OW or OM: No
Closure: This had good closure with even the other brothers from the other books in the series, and I would call it a HEA ending with a cute jump ahead epilogue.
How I got it: I paid the $2.99 on Amazon