The Brightest Sunset (Darkest Sunrise Duet #2) by Aly Martinez

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Sticks and stones will break my bones, but words will never harm me.
Words destroyed me.
“I’m sorry. She didn’t make it.”
“Daddy, he can’t breathe!”
“There’s nothing more we can do for your son.”
Sticks and stones will break my bones, but words will never harm me.
Those syllables and letters became my executioner. I told myself that, if I didn’t acknowledge the pain and the fear, they would have no power over me. But, as the years passed, the hate and the anger left behind began to control me.
Two words—that was all it took to plunge my life into darkness.
“He’s gone.”
In the end, it was four soft, silky words that gave me hope of another sunrise.
“Hi. I’m Charlotte Mills.”


So I did something really stupid with this book. See last weekend my husband went out drinking with his friends leaving me home alone. So what did I do? Read of course. A different book. And it got late and I was tired, but I only had about a half hour left in my other book so I said that's fine. I will finish it then go to bed. Only when I finished it I went to move it into my read folder and noticed The Brightest Sunset was on my Kindle!! So what did I do? Go to bed and start the book in the morning since I was already really tired and all that? Of course not. Because seriously the ending of The Darkest Sunrise was killer. I needed to know what would happen. I needed to see how Charlotte and Porter dealt with everything. So I started reading. And promptly stayed up WAY too late...but it was worth it. This book was so worth the lack of sleep and zombie that I was the following day. Totally.

Oh man. This story. At the beginning I hated Charlotte so much. Hated how weak she was and how she let other people, mainly Brady, tell her what to do. She was such a pushover and I hated it because Porter was hurting so much. My heart shattered when I read Porter. When I read what happened with him and what he had to go through I was hurting so much for him. Seriously. I was so devastated for him. I hated everyone who wasn't  helping him! But then I thought about it. Charlotte was never a very strong person. She always let Brady put her down because she felt guilty and like she deserved it. So it wasn't surprising that she would let him dictating things at least in the beginning. When everything is so up in the air and confusing. I get it, I really do, but Porter? I hurt so much for him that I hated everyone else for doing that to him. For making him suffer one second longer than he had to. After all that they had been through, how amazing he was with Charlotte in the first book, it killed me to see him breaking down. Killed me. He truly is a wonderful human being. I don't know that I could have gone through everything he did and still found the happy ending I so wanted for him. I am just not that kind of person.

As I said I started reading this story way past my bedtime. But I couldn't help myself. I had to see how it started. I was naively hoping things would just get figured out easily and this story would just be about everyone trying to figure out what their happily ever after looked like. I mean I knew it wouldn't be that, but oh I wanted it to just be happy. But the darkest of times make the light so much lighter. These two were amazing. Really Porter was incredibly. Even with everything going on, even with him hurting so bad, he is there for Charlotte. As long as she is with him he will do whatever it takes to make things work. I loved this story. This duet really pulls on the heartstrings, but that's what makes the end so perfect. So wonderful. So...there are a lot of ups and downs. There are a lot of times when my heart hurt for these characters, but at the end of the day they figure it out. They figure out how to come out of the dark and into the light. They figure out how to live and it was beautiful to watch.

*Note: I received a free copy of this book for voluntary review consideration

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ★

Book One
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Sticks and stones will break my bones, but words will never harm me. 
Whoever coined that phrase is a bald-faced liar. Words are often the sharpest weapon of all, triggering some of the most powerful emotions a human can experience. 
“You’re pregnant.” 
“It’s a boy.” 
“Your son needs a heart transplant.” 
Sticks and stones will break my bones, but words will never harm me. 
Syllables and letters may not be tangible, but they can still destroy your entire life faster than a bullet from a gun. 
Two words—that was all it took to extinguish the sun from my sky. 
“He’s gone.” 
For ten years, the darkness consumed me. 
In the end, it was four deep, gravelly words that gave me hope of another sunrise. 
“Hi. I’m Porter Reese.”

About the Author:

 Originally from Savannah, Georgia, USA Today bestselling author Aly Martinez now lives in South Carolina with her four young children. Never one to take herself too seriously, she enjoys cheap wine, mystery leggings, and baked feta. It should be known, however, that she hates pizza and ice cream, almost as much as writing her bio in the third person. She passes what little free time she has reading anything and everything she can get her hands on, preferably with a super-sized tumbler of wine by her side.


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