Fighting Shadows by Aly Martinez

Fighting Shadows - Aly Martinez

Book – Fighting Shadows (On the Ropes #2)

Author – Aly Martinez

Publication Date – July 7, 2015
Genre – Romance
Type – Companion Series
Cliffhanger – No
Rating – 4.5 out of 5 Stars


Complimentary copy generously provided by the author in exchange for an honest review.


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.

My Thoughts - Story
Damn, this book blew me away…I honestly didn’t think that after reading “Fighting Silence” I would love a book as much as that one, but this one definitely compares. After the first one…I couldn’t wait to get my hands on this one and as soon as the ARC hit my Kindle…I was all over this bad boy.



Oh, and don’t get me started on how pissed off I got at Flint for...almost fucking up his relationship with Ash because of his feelings for Eliza.


I love how Ms. Martinez writes her characters; they are complex and have so many layers to their personality. One minute we can hate them and the next be madly in love with them.


Ash’s character is on the top of my 2015 list for ultimate heroines…she just kicked ass and was the perfect match for Flint.



Now Flint on the other hand was messed up and a total jerk until Ash was able to draw him out of his shell and give him a reason to live and fight to walk again. His is a journey of self discovery and growing up.


I think I found a new “one click” favorite author!!


And Quarry’s story?? I am counting down the days…


We start up right after “Fighting Silence” with Flint paralyzed and in the hospital dealing with the news that he may never walk again. He is bitter about his predicament but also about Till and Eliza’s relationship so he decides to go off on his own to escape the daily reminder of something he can’t have.



In pops Ash ---- his mother’s new husband’s daughter (stepsister) who is a fun loving, pick pocketing little shrew. It is hilarious how she starts to draw Flint out of his self-hatred and brooding. But again the Page brothers have nothing but obstacles and shit happen to test their strength and endurance.


Flint messes everything up with Ash and finds himself alone with the real truth hanging over his head and nothing he can do about it. Nothing stops him from righting his wrongs and finding the girl who stole his heart.


Reason for Reading – Blog Tour

Story – 5 out of 5 Stars
Steam –  4 out of 5 Stars
Angst – 5 out of 5 Stars
Writing – 5 out of 5 Stars
Content Flow – 5 out of 5 Stars

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Would Read More from Author? Yes
Recommend To – Anyone who enjoys a love story with angst