Author: Aly Martinez
Publisher by: Independent
Published on: July 7, 2015
Genres: Contemporary Romance, Romance
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.
Flint Page was only nineteen when he took a bullet to protect the women he loves who happens to be already married to his older brother. Wheelchair bound, he is unable to move on from his emotions for Eliza he decides to leave the love and support of his family to find his own path in life where he meets Ash Mabbie.
Ash Mabbie fell in love for the first time at the age of sixteen. She lived an unconventional life – pickpocketing, moving numerous times a year and never being able to go to school- beside her thieving father. Her father married the Page boys’ mother who starts to cause a heap of trouble by trying to obtain custody of the boys’ younger brother, Quincy. This forces Flint to leave the shell he created around himself and discover a woman unlike any other he has met. Even with their intense attraction for each other, Flint can’t let go of his for Eliza and is struggling with the idea of living his life in a wheel chair.
Flint and Ash fell for each other hard and fast, but the shadows that haunted Flint Page caused him to push away the only person who truly understood him and could bring him out of the darkness. Words were said, misunderstandings happened and Ash Mabbie was gone. When a second chance to right his wrong is given to him, Flint Page knows he will have the women his heart truly desires.
“I fucked up the first time. I won’t do that again. You can walk out that door, but know I will find you. I will chase you for the rest of my life if that is what it takes to be with you.”
This couple is the perfect combination and balance. Most of the time, Flint is grumpy and Ash is insane and always looking at the brighter, positive side in life. I loved the banter between these two! It was funny and light hearted, but really managed to pack a punch and make an impact on Flint’s life. Ash really opened him up and caused him to smile easier and more often. While some may not like the fact that they were apart for almost three years, I honestly felt it was necessary and clever. The roles were reversed midway through the book, so instead of Ash pushing and fighting for Flint, it was Flint who began to fight for Ash. Segueing into a second chance story line gave the reader a chance to see that Flint’s feelings were genuine and real. Nothing screams love like waiting and searching for three years for the woman who claims his heart. Readers who might be conflicted and turned off to the idea that he was so adamant on his love and affection for Eliza, are shown that this love was misguided. He was young and confused; we tend to misunderstand our feelings for what they really are in our teen years. Introducing a second chance, gave me a chance to see them relearn each other not as a teenager, but as an adult and watch as they relearn to trust each other again. In those three years, I loved seeing how they both matured and grown. While many of their similar and familiar character traits still remained, they really grew into themselves and gained a better understanding of who they are, where they want to go in life and what they want for their future.
Ash Mabbie is one of my favorite main female characters. As a reader, you really root for her to get her version of happily ever after. It was refreshing how she didn’t let the bad situations and misfortunes in her life cloud her personality or change who she is for the worst. She was always hopeful and had a sunny outlook on life that you could not help but to gravitate towards her. She is so open with her feelings and trusting of others. Even though she steals from people, she is a genuinely good person. This girl’s life should have made her as jaded as Flint, but she never let it get to her. She sees Flint for who he really is, beyond the wheelchair or the fake facade of an angry hermit. That is what I truly loved about her character, how she saw beyond what the person looked like on the outside and looked at what they are on the inside. Her positivity about life, strive to push and callout Flint past his depressing outlook on life and balance between crazy and sweet is what made her an enjoyable character to read.
“Flint, don’t get so caught up on the shadow that you forget the man who casts it. You might not be able to walk, but that’s the extent of your disability.”
Fighting Shadows by Aly Martinez was a beautiful story about love, second chances, family, strength and perseverance. It was filled with heartbreaking and heart melting moments. I highly recommend reading this book and reading the first book in the series Fighting Silence, though this one may be read as a standalone. I am excited to see what will happen in the next book in the series centered on the youngest brother, Quarry!
Other Books In The On The Ropes Series
Fighting Silence (On The Ropes Book 1)
Fighting Solitude (On the Ropes #3)
Releasing October 2015