I come from a family of fighters. I always thought I’d follow in their shadows, becoming unstoppable in the ring. That changed the day I saved the life of a woman I loved, but could never have.

My brother hailed me as a hero, and my reward was a wheelchair.

Paralyzed, my life became an inescapable nightmare.

Until I met her.

Ash Mabie had a heart-stopping smile and a laugh that numbed the rage and resentment brewing inside of me. She showed me that even the darkest night still had stars, and it didn’t matter one bit that you had to lie in the weeds to see them.

I was a jaded asshole who fell for a girl with a knack for running away. I couldn’t even walk but I would have spent a lifetime chasing her.

Now, I’m on the ropes during the toughest battles of my life.

Fighting the shadows of our past.

Fighting to reclaim my future.

Fighting for her.
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An Excerpt from Fighting Shadows

I dropped to my hands and knees, following the noise. “Got it!” I shouted, stretching my arm under the bed and barely catching the alarm clock with the tips of my fingers.

I quickly turned it off, and he had apparently found the second alarm, because the room fell blessedly silent. Well, that was until I heard Flint breathe, “Fuck,” from behind me.

It was then that I remembered I was naked and kneeling with my chest to the carpeted floor and my ass sticking straight up in the air. I glanced over my shoulder to find him standing, staring down at me, his already large cock thickening between his legs—a sight that had me returning his curse.

“Don’t move,” he commanded when I started to sit up.

As Flint’s heated eyes leveled me, there was a part of me that felt as though I should have covered up. But I didn’t feel insecure at all. Under his gaze, I felt more secure and wanted than I had in my entire life, and for that alone, I pressed my ass even higher into the air.

“I lied. Get on the bed, but right back in that position.”

First, I had other plans. I sat up but didn’t push to my feet. Instead, I spun on my knees and slowly crawled over to him.

“Don’t do that,” he warned, but his eyes said otherwise.

“I have a few apologies to make.” I licked my lips.

“On the bed, Ash.”

“No,” I responded.

He arched an admonishing eyebrow, which I ignored.

“You did a lot of things to me last night—things I loved. But there was something I wanted to do.” I wrapped my hand around his hard-on, steadily gliding to the tip and back again. “I’m going to suggest you sit down.”

And for once, Flint didn’t have a retort. He backed up to the edge of the bed and dropped his crutches to the floor. I smiled in victory as I followed him forward, running my hands up his thighs until I reached the base of his cock. Then I lowered my head to kiss the tip.

“Wait,” he urged.

But I was done taking his orders. I slid his length as deep as possible into my mouth. “Fuck,” he hissed.

“Wait,” he repeated as I glided back up his shaft. He pulled me upright before bending forward to kiss my shoulder. Using my chin to tip my head, he forced my eyes to his. “I said wait.” He chastely kissed my mouth and teased his hands down my sides to rest on my hips.

Then the ground below my knees disappeared and the entire world turned upside down.


A loud laugh escaped my throat as Flint flipped me onto the bed to join him. He juggled me like a rag doll until he until he found a position that suited him—kneeling over his face.

I stopped laughing immediately when his mouth sealed over my clit.

Then I cried out as his long finger found my opening. His other hand darted between us and lifted his cock toward my mouth.

With a swirl of his tongue, he dropped his head to the bed long enough to say, “Now, apologize all you like while I have breakfast.”

I gasped as his fingers began a rhythm inside me that left me unable to focus on anything else.

“Are you sore?”

“A little.” I managed to pull myself together long enough to find his cock again. But I instantly regretted my answer when he removed his finger.

“Then you come on my mouth, but you better get busy.” He swatted my ass deliciously hard before using each cheek to pull me down to hover only a centimeter from his mouth. “Because I’m coming in yours too.” He pulled me down until I completely covered his face, licking and sucking in a deep and greedy way I should have been embarrassed by.

But embarrassment would have required thoughts, and right then, every single brain cell I possessed had abandoned me in the hunt for climax.

I came on his mouth, all right. Then, when I finally got my act together, he came in mine as well. And Flint being Flint, well, he was such an overachiever that he insisted on showing me exactly how much he accepted my sexual apologies. So, before I fell asleep on his chest, I came one last time with his hand between my legs.

I decided I could live with two alarm clocks if that was the wake-up call they provided.

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My Review

This book.. GAH. I honestly don’t even know where to start….. First off, let me tell you a secret… Aly Martinez is a freaking genius. EVERYTHING she writes is flawless. I have many favorite authors. There is some stiff competition out there but let me say this once (outloud) NOT ONE OF THEM IS MORE CONSISTENT THAT ALY MARTINEZ. I think I’ve read 7 or 8 (I’m doing a quick count) now and EVERY.SINGLE.ONE. is a 5 star for different reasons.

Now back to the book at hand- Flint Page. Sweet Baby Tiny Jesus this man is saaaaaa—–wooooon worthy. I mean like -change your panties, take a cold shower, whatever it takes- swoon worthy. He’s arrogant. He’s rude. He’s an a$$ most of the time. He’s broken. He’s in love with his brother’s (who is near perfect) wife. He’s a grouch and hates the world and everyone in it. But he’s perfect.

Ash Mabie is my favorite Aly heroin to date. She’s smart. She’s nerdy. She talks too much. She’s sunny. She’s everything Flint isn’t but everything he needs. She has a way with people and Flint doesn’t even see her coming.

Flint is stuck in a bad place. Self loathing and forgetting who he is and pushing everyone he loves away. Ash weasels her way in and no matter how hard Flint pushes- she fights back. These two have some serious obstacles to overcome. I wasn’t sure how they would quite honestly. Flint is different than Aly’s other guys. He had goals set. He is SO smart. Smart is so so sexy. That was all gone in the blink of an eye and now everything he ever wanted has been ripped away. Ash is trying to be better than she has lived. Coming from a terrible family and lifestyle- all she wants is more. She’s such a fun uplifting character. When I grow up, I want to be just like Ash Mabie.

This story is an ABSOLUTE MUST READ. It will remain in my top reads of 2015. It was so moving and touched my heart so deeply.

I felt EVERYTHING reading this. Pain, love, happy, hysterically laughing, hysterically crying, loathing, more pain, more happy, more tears, OMG THE BIG FAT UGLY HAPPY TEARS. Aly really pulled it all out in this one. It’s an absolute MUST read.



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About Aly Martinez


Born and raised in Savannah, Georgia, Aly Martinez is a stay-at-home mom to four crazy kids under the age of five, including a set of twins. Currently living in South Carolina, she passes what little free time she has reading anything and everything she can get her hands on, preferably with a glass of wine at her side.

After some encouragement from her friends, Aly decided to add “Author” to her ever-growing list of job titles. Five books later, she shows no signs of slowing. So grab a glass of Chardonnay, or a bottle if you’re hanging out with Aly, and join her aboard the crazy train she calls life.