REVIEW – THE DARKEST SUNRISE (The Darkest Sunrise #1) by Aly Martinez


Sticks and stones will break my bones, but words will never harm me.
Whoever coined that phrase is a bald-faced liar. Words are often the sharpest weapon of all, triggering some of the most powerful emotions a human can experience.
“You’re pregnant.”
“It’s a boy.”
“Your son needs a heart transplant.”
Sticks and stones will break my bones, but words will never harm me.
Syllables and letters may not be tangible, but they can still destroy your entire life faster than a bullet from a gun.
Two words—that was all it took to extinguish the sun from my sky.
“He’s gone.”
For ten years, the darkness consumed me.
In the end, it was four deep, gravelly words that gave me hope of another sunrise.
“Hi. I’m Porter Reese.”


*****Patty’s Review*****

*****FIVE STARS*****
{ARC Generously Provided by Author}


My immense physical reaction paled in comparison to the way his words had penetrated my mind and stripped me bare.
Porter Reese understood me.
Not in sentences, but in the silence.



THE DARKEST SUNRISE is a gut wrenching story that will put your hearts through emotional turmoil. I fell absolutely in love with this one! I guarantee that once you start it, you will find it nearly impossible to put down until you get to the last page. I’m struggling with how much I should even divulge in my review because there are some huge twists. Honestly, I had some of it figured out early on and even that didn’t hinder my love for the book. I loved this story so much that even today I get goosebumps thinking about it.

Charlotte Mills is a young woman who was attending medical school when she found out she was pregnant. It wasn’t what she wanted at that time but once she gave birth to her son, he quickly became her universe. The child was born with a weak heart and she was advised that eventually, her son would need a heart transplant. Charlotte knew that his chances for living a long life were slim but no matter what she held on to hope. During an outing to the park with her son, she rushes to help a mother whose child stopped breathing. For mere minutes, she took her eyes off her son and that’s all it took for a parent’s worst nightmare to become Charlotte’s reality. Someone had kidnapped her child and there weren’t any witnesses to the crime. Ten years later she still hasn’t given up hope of one day finding her son but Charlotte has become a shell of the person she used to be. She threw herself into her studies and has become one of the top Pulmonologists in the country. She has her own private practice but absolutely will not have any children as patients. The pain is still so overwhelming that she is unable to be around children.


Charlotte’s world is dull and lifeless. She puts on a mask to hide her pain from everyone but one day she meets a handsome and charming stranger who can truly see her. Porter Reese is no stranger to tragedy. He lost his wife a few years back when she died in a car accident. Since his wife’s death, he has had to care for his two children on his own, but his family does help out whenever they can. Porter is a successful restaurant owner and he offers to cater for a charity function that Charlotte’s practice is running. He has ulterior motives for doing so that involve meeting Charlotte. She has been recommended to him by several doctors as being one of the best Pulmonologists and he desperately needs her help. But from the moment he meets her, Porter is completely smitten. So he ends up pursuing her romantically.

The passion between Charlotte and Porter is intense!! Neither of them has ever felt anything like it before but what they feel for each other goes beyond a physical attraction as well. Their tragic pasts have linked them on a soul-deep level as well.

I can’t begin to express how much this book affected me and I really do hope that everyone enjoys it as much as I did. I was literally biting my nails in anticipation for what was to happen next. It ends on a pretty huge cliffhanger so, for those of you who are impatient, you may want to wait till the second book releases, which we actually only have to wait a few weeks for.

THE DARKEST SUNRISE releases on July 13th!! This is an absolute MUST READ!

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