Review | Release by Aly Martinez

January 7, 2020 | 2020, aly martinez, review / 0 Comments

Review | Release by Aly MartinezRelease by Aly Martinez
Release Date | January 5, 2020
Genres | Contemporary, Friends to Lovers, Second Chance
Format | ARC
Buy | Amazon
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From USA Today Bestselling Author Aly Martinez comes an all 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.


You know what? It’s really hard for me to turn down an Aly Martinez book, she really pulls you in with her emotional stories. AND there’s always some kind of crazy twist. Release, compared to her other books, although I enjoyed it and devoured every word, it kind of fell short for me.

Second chance romances are my absolute favorite trope to read about. From the first couple of chapters, I was completely sucked in as we get to know Thea and Ramsey from their kid days. However, I wasn’t expecting to be stuck in the past for that long and that’s what really pulled me away from the book. I loved how we got to see how things went from friends to lovers. But it left a little bit of room for development in the present.

Thea was a fighter through and through, she kept her promises and would wait forever if it meant she’d have another chance with Ramsey. The need  that Ramsey had to keep Thea at a distance wasn’t strong enough for me. Some crazy truths are dropped at the end and it almost felt like Thea was a bit too forgiving of it all. To me, it almost seemed like things were quickly put as “water under the bridge”.

I truly did enjoy Release, but it didn’t quite pack the punch like other books I’ve read by Aly.

major thank you to the pr for the complimentary copy in consideration for a review. this does not affect my opinion of the book or review.

About Aly Martinez

Originally from Savannah, Georgia, USA Today bestselling author Aly Martinez now lives in South Carolina with her husband and 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.