Book Review: Fighting Silence

Fighting Silence (On the Ropes #1) by Aly Martinez: Sound is an abstract concept for most people. We spend our lives blocking out the static in order to focus on what we believe is important. But what if, when the clarity fades into silence, it's the obscure background noise that you would give anything to hold on to?

I've always been a fighter. With parents who barely managed to stay out of jail and two little brothers who narrowly avoided foster care, I became skilled at dodging the punches life threw at me. Growing up, I didn’t have anything I could call my own, but from the moment I met Eliza Reynolds, she was always mine. I became utterly addicted to her and the escape from reality we provided each other. Throughout the years, she had boyfriends and I had girlfriends, but there wasn't a single night that I didn’t hear her voice.

You see, meeting the love of my life at age thirteen was never part of my plan. However, neither was gradually going deaf at the age of twenty-one.

They both happened anyway.

Now, I'm on the ropes during the toughest battles of my life.
Fighting for my career.
Fighting the impending silence.
Fighting for her.

Every night, just before falling asleep, she sighs as a final conscious breath leaves her.

I think that's the sound I'll miss the most.

Each book in this series can be read as a standalone.

TeriLyn's thoughts: Fighting Silence hails as my first ever Aly Martinez book and it certainly won't be my last. Till and Eliza stole a little piece of my heart with their story.

This tells the New Adult story, through dual POV's, of two kids who randomly meet as the escape their droll home lives. Till Page protects his family even through a medical diagnosis no one but him seems to care about. When he meets Eliza Reynolds she's held on a pedestal so high Till can't even see her. She embodies freedom and light to Till in a way he's never known. Eliza holds Till up too but she sees past his fantasy world believing the two of them can face reality together.

Their journey reads as a fun romance to me. Their banter and the way Eliza challenges Till brings out the best in him while showcasing the best she has to give. These are two people desperate for a family, creating out one out of what they are given.

The secondary characters help drive the plot as well. With two young Page brothers being funny and cute you can why Eliza is drawn to all the Page boys. And Slate makes an appearance, which I've learned he has his own book that I must read now.

I enjoyed this story. I liked the writing and the plot. And I've met some characters for whom I'm glad we don't have to let go. I'll definitely be reading the next book in this series starring Till's younger brother Flint.

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