Blog Tour: Thrive (Guardian Protection #2) by Aly Martinez

Thrive by Aly Martinez (Guardian Protection, #2) 

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Technically, you aren’t supposed to fall in love with your best friend’s girl.

But if we’re talking technicalities, he wasn’t supposed to be cheating on her every other weekend, either.

The day I met Mira York, I knew she was off-limits. But after months of stealing side-glances while he ruined the most beautiful woman I’d ever seen, I realized there wasn’t a rule in the world I wouldn’t break to make her mine.

She chose him anyway.

I wasn’t sure how I’d ever move on, but bitterness turned into fuel for my fire.

Without Mira, I thrived.

Until seventeen years later, when she showed back up, begging for protection from the very same man she’d left me for all those years earlier.

Now, it was my turn to choose.

And she wasn’t going to like my answer.

THRIVE takes place seventeen years AFTER a love triangle.


I will admit that going into Thrive I was a bit...meh on reading it. I mean seventeen years after a love triangle? Doesn't sound like my thing. I am not a fan of love triangles and a failed one? Meh. I thought it will probably be okay, but maybe not as great as the author's other books for me. I was wrong. I loved it. From the first words to the last I couldn't put it down.

Mira and Lark have a history. She destroyed him when she chose the other guy all those years ago. The other guy who was his best friend and her boyfriend. The other guy who is such a jerk. Mira has had a hard seventeen years since that fateful night, and even though part of me thinks well you brought this on yourself, I still felt so bad for her. Her world gets turned upside down yet again when she is trying so hard to survive and move on. When she thought she was finally getting things together again. And she doesn't have anyone to call to help her unless she calls Lark (whom she has been stalking on Facebook and knows could help).

Lark has tried to move on from Mira. He thought he had. He married and divorced and has two beautiful little girls. He loves them so much and I absolutely adored how he and his ex-wife deal with their situation. They were wonderful and those kids are so lucky to have loving parents like they do. When Mira calls him up out of the blue at first he wants nothing to do with her. He is still hurt even if it was seventeen years ago. But he also can't just let her possibly be hurt because he does nothing. So he gets involved even if he doesn't want to. Or doesn't want to want to. These two definitely have a lot of past between them, a lot of hurts, a lot of misunderstandings, a lot to go through if they hope to have something again. They need to learn to talk and listen to each other. To say what they need to say and not just keep everything in. Seventeen years is a long time to grow up and try and right the wrongs of the past. I mean they were just kids when everything went down before. Maybe now they can figure it out without making more of a mess of things.

Now I loved both Lark and Mira, though Mira could get on my nerves at times. She will just run into a situation without thinking and man...I know Lark can do the same thing, but he is trained for that! He is trained to know what to do in a bad situation and Mira is not. Mira could really get herself killed because she is too stubborn and proud to listen to reason. I loved her, but honey she needed to not react because she is afraid of her feelings and do what is best for her. To talk to Lark and let him know what is going on in her head. To not be that stupid girl she was. To take charge of her life like she has been doing and not let her ex take anything more from her. She was broken at times but comes out stronger in the end. Lark and Mira were amazing together. Yes, it is an emotional read. Yes, there are plenty of ups and downs. Plenty of heartbreak, but that makes the good times that much better. I really enjoyed this read. I wasn't sure about the love triangle afterward aspect, but it worked. It made sense. It was read.

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

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★1/2

Previous book in the Guardian Protection Series

Singe (Book 1)
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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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