Release on January 4, 2020
From USA Today Bestselling Author Aly Martinez comes an emotional new standalone.
Growing up, Ramsey Stewart branded my soul in ways time could never heal.
At twelve, he asked me to be his girlfriend. At thirteen, he gave me my first kiss. By sixteen, we’d fallen in love, planned a future together, and had our eyes set on the horizon.
Love never fails, right? But for Ramsey, it did. Love failed him. I failed him. The entire world failed him.
At seventeen, Ramsey was convicted of killing the boy who assaulted me.
Move on, he wrote in his first and only letter from prison. Start a new life, he urged. I don’t love you anymore, he lied.
There was no such thing as giving up on Ramsey. Love may have been our curse, but he was mine—then, now, and forever.
So here I am, twelve long years later, waiting for a man I don't even know to emerge from between the chain link gates.
Dear Aly Martinez, you’re amazing, but your books should come with a warning for heartbreaks and ugly crying!
“Well, hello there, gaping hole in my chest. So nice to see you again.”
There isn’t much I could tell you about this story, because the synopsis reveals almost everything. Yes, everything is about a boy and a girl who meet when they were ten-eleven years old, who were inseparable for six years, then he goes to prison for another twelve years.
“Fair warning, this is not a story of hearts, flowers, and romance. That would all come later. But in the beginning, my love for Thea was born out of death, broken hearts, and desperation. Coincidentally, that was also how it ended.”
I’ve cried my eyes out reading this one. The story itself is devastating, the mountain-high obstacles are painful and maybe sometimes love isn’t enough.
“How long can you want somebody before you have to let go?”
I feel like this book is sort of a manual on how to love someone so much, that you’re willing to do anything and wait for that happy ending all your life. Would you have that patience and confidence?
Nothing is easy with these two.
Aly Martinez makes you a part of their lives. You’ll feel like you’ve known them since they were kids, they’re your best friends, so when they suffer, you suffer. There will be times you won’t understand them and their decisions or motives. You’ll go crazy asking BUT WHY?! a thousand times. You’ll get your answers, but you’ll again be soooo maaaaad. Or at least, I was. I was fuming!
The only beautiful part of all this tragedy is their love and the heroine’s derermination.
“My heart beat for him. My lungs filled for him. My veins bled for him. “
I will gladly go through all this pain again if it means I get to witness this kind of love two people could have for one another.
Release is a book that will slice you open, but you have to read it! Be strong, have faith and wait for the HEA.