Thrive by Aly Martinez
When I was nineteen years old, I was faced with a choice that changed my life.
Keep the safety of what I already knew or risk losing everything with the young, hotheaded soldier who stole my heart.
I chose the wrong man, and for seventeen years, I paid in tears, blood, and shattered dreams for that decision.
Now, there’s a man in my house, holding a gun to my head on the order of my ex-husband—given from his prison cell.
That hotheaded soldier I was too afraid to choose? He’s now a six-foot-three wall of muscle who works at the country’s most premier bodyguard agency. I’ve always wanted him, but now, I’ve never needed him more.
It’s the call I’m terrified to make.
I’m sure he still hates me… Even though I’ve never stopped loving him.
Thrive is a Guardian Protection Novel and can be read as a complete STANDALONE.
Whitney’s Four Star Review
Thrive is full of gut twisting, emotional roller coastering (yes, I know that’s not a word) and sexy moments. Part contemporary romance, part suspense, part second romance it really hits a lot of marks for me. Notice I did not say love triangle. I’ve seen people hesitate to read this but it is NOT a love triangle. The story is post triangle so there are only Lark and Mira featured in this book.
I had a love/hate relationship with Mira. She made some horrible decisions and stayed with a man far too long when she could have had Jeremy/Lark all along! So most of the flashback chapters just pissed me off. But I do like the stronger version of the woman Mira grew in to.
Lark was pretty great. Uber sexy, frustrating at times, his hard heart sure didn’t last long once Mira came back into his life. They had great chemistry! I think the characters were developed just enough and I liked the fact that they didn’t just fall into bed with each other. They had to work for it, learn to trust each other again.
Full disclosure, I have not read Singe and I probably won’t go back and read because those characters didn’t interest me much. BUT several of the other guys in the security force I really loved (and a certain drug kingpin as well!) so I’ll definitely be open to reading this series as it progresses! I’ve really enjoyed every book by Aly Martinez I have tried. She has a great writing style, balances the sexy and the sweet nicely, the pacing is always on point and the characters are fantastic. Can’t wait for her next book!
Book one in the Guardian Protection Series
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.