REVIEW – THE BRIGHTEST SUNSET (The Darkest Sunrise, #2) by Aly Martinez


Sticks and stones will break my bones, but words will never harm me.
Words destroyed me.
“I’m sorry. She didn’t make it.”
“Daddy, he can’t breathe!”
“There’s nothing more we can do for your son.”
Sticks and stones will break my bones, but words will never harm me.
Those syllables and letters became my executioner. I told myself that, if I didn’t acknowledge the pain and the fear, they would have no power over me. But, as the years passed, the hate and the anger left behind began to control me.
Two words—that was all it took to plunge my life into darkness.
“He’s gone.”
In the end, it was four soft, silky words that gave me hope of another sunrise.
“Hi. I’m Charlotte Mills.”


*****Patty’s Review*****

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

The sun still hung bright in the sky, but midnight fell all the same. And, in that moment, I feared I’d never escape it again. The darkness was going to be my executioner.
It was going to crush me, suffocate me, and then devour me.



This series is definitely one of Aly Martinez’s best to date! The story held me captive from beginning to end. What I love about Aly’s stories are that her characters are not perfect but they manage to rise above their adversities. There is something so beautiful and equally haunting about Porter and Charlotte’s relationship and let me just add that normally I am one who lives for the romance in my books but with this story, I was consumed with the plot. Aly took an impossibly heartbreaking situation and gave it an exquisite ending. I am truly in awe of Ms. Martinez’s talents!

Porter and Charlotte were delivered the most shocking news of their lives at the end of book one. It was both a blessing and what could be considered someone’s worst nightmare coming to fruition. Even though Travis is not Porter’s biological son, the two share a love and bond that goes beyond blood. That boy is his life and Porter is Travis’ entire universe. Travis is taken from the only home and family he’s ever known. Being that he’s only ten-years-old Travis is not able to fully grasp the situation. All he knows is that he is being kept from his father and sister and forced to stay with Charlotte—she may be his biological mother but she is nothing more than a stranger to him. The situation is adding more stress on Travis which doesn’t bode well for his heart condition.



I felt my heart breaking for everyone in this story. There were so many layers to the complexity of the situation that I often wondered how the author would be able to resolve it all while still keeping her readers satisfied. There was literally one heart stopping moment when I almost threw my iPad against the wall and was going to rate this a two but luckily it was just my jumping to the wrong conclusion too quickly.

Porter and Charlotte were able to put aside their fears which in and of itself was a true miracle because I highly doubt that if this were to happen in real life that anyone would be able to ignore their own needs and really consider what the best approach would be for all parties involved. But will their love be able to survive the challenges that lay ahead of them? Can they save each other from the darkness that is always threatening to pull them into despair?

THE BRIGHTEST SUNSET is currently available! This is one series you will definitely want to get your hands on.

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