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One story. Two couples.

I proposed on our first date.
She laughed and told me I was insane. Less than a day later, she said yes.
It was a whirlwind, but we were happy…
Until we got greedy and wanted a family.

It was a life I couldn’t give her, not for lack of trying. Fertility just wasn’t on our side. We sought out doctors and treatments. Spent money we didn’t have. Lied to o
ebook, 202 pages
Published September 13th 2016
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Sep 13, 2016 rated it really liked it
4.5 Stars!!


Wow! This story blew me away! I’ve never expected to be as gripping as it was. Of course I was intrigued by the blurb, but I’ve never expected this story to be so raw, so emotional, so powerful. Aly Martinez delivered a fascinating tale that will keep you at the edge of your seat for a good part of the story for a multitude of reasons. 'Retrieval', a story about two couples whose lives are entwined by happenstance was unique, refreshing and had just a little bit of everything – roman
Apr 19, 2016 rated it it was amazing
5 stars!!!

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Aly Martinez blew me away with this book. It was oh so intense, crazy emotional and even a bit suspenseful. My heart was in my throat for a majority of the book and I couldn’t wait to see what would happen. This couple- I rooted for them so hard. After that ending, I’m so anxious to jump into the next one. The moment it hits my kindle, I’ll be dropping everything else to read it!

Retrieval starts out with an epic love story between Roman and Elisabeth. These two truly care for eac
Aestas Book Blog

“I love you… I never stopped, and I never will.”

WOW. WOW. WOW!! This book was absolutely incredible!! A passionate, achingly heart-wrenching, and yet beautifully romantic story that kept my heart racing non-stop. It was ADDICTIVE, EMOTIONAL, INTENSE. It was hot, sexy, suspenseful. The story took my completely by surprise and was utterly UNIQUE! I gasped when I realized what was really going on in this story — and I swear I COULD. NOT. PUT
XxTainaxX Curvy and Nerdy
Sep 03, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This is FREE on Amazon and Barnes & Noble today (4/4/2017), folks!

This is my very first AM story, but you can bet it won't be my last. I joked about not living under a rock but after reading this gripping story, I fear I may have been. This story is not wrapped up in a pretty bow but it's just as beautiful for its flawed characters. While I can't delve into the plot too much, I can tell you it involves two couples whose paths would never have crossed had it not been but for one event that affect
Patty ~ Wrapped Up In Reading Book Blog
*****FIVE STARS*****
{ARC Generously Provided by Author}

My past, present, and future were walking out of my life and I stood immobile as every fiber in my being screamed for me to drop to my knees and beg for her to stay. To take her in my arms and tell her that we’d figure it out.

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Aly Martinez fans, you are in for one hell of a treat!! Retrieval will grab a hold of you from the very first page and take you on one wild ride. This is the story of Roman and Elisabeth Leblanc’s whirlwind romance
• Lisa •
Aug 28, 2016 rated it it was amazing

"I was broken, battered, and destroyed."


This book was off the charts intense, soul searching and a whole heap of impressive. Aly Martinez always manages to find a way to blow my expectations away and to say I was impressed wouldn't quite match up with the reality. This author takes my reading experience to a whole other level and once again Martinez has left me with an insane need to read more of her work. 'Retrieval' was all that I expected from this author and
Sep 03, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Something you may or may not know, one in every six couples struggle with fertility, my husband and I are one of those couples. I have been married ten years and this is my sixth year of trying to get pregnant. I have gone through multiple rounds of fertility drugs and procedures, so as hard as I thought this book would be to read I was excited to start it.

Retrieval actually touches on my biggest fear with fertility, losing my marriage due to the insane emotional, mental and financial stress of
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What an emotional roller coaster!Aly Martinez completely drew me into Elizabeth and Roman's story.This journey is riveting,intense,heartbreakingand beautiful.As the story unfolded I was in agony to see what will happen.


Elizabeth and Roman were two amazing characters.I could feel their connection, their intense chemistry,their love and
heart breaks through the story.Roman was smart,funny,protective,sweet and sexy.
He wanted his wife back and
Lana ❇✾DG Romance❇✾
Aug 29, 2016 rated it it was amazing
#AllOfTheStars #AllOfTheFeels

Some semblance of a review to come after book 2, but you don't want to miss this book. Trust me.

ARC courtesy of author in exchange for an honest review

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Jennifer Kyle
Sep 14, 2016 rated it really liked it

”The truth was masked by a million lies.”


I consider myself a huge fan of this author and have to say I never expected the turn of events that occurred early on to this once crazy in love couple. Two years later, Roman and Elisabeth are divorced and left with the pain of infertility, loss, and so many regrets.

”It had been nearly two years since we’d last spoken, and I still felt the invisible string binding us together. I couldn’t explain my pull to that man…“


The twists and tu
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Breathtaking. Epic. Beautiful. Emotional. Raw. Aly Martinez has truly outdone herself with her latest release, Retrieval. This book was everything you could want and wish for in a romantic suspense.

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There are truly no right words to de
S.M. West
Aug 10, 2016 rated it it was amazing

"Time was never on my side."

HOLY MOLY! I’m a serious fan of Aly’s even though I still have many books of hers to read. Every book of hers that I’ve read, I’ve thoroughly enjoyed. I didn’t read the blurb on this (I usually don’t because I love going in blind). Two things grabbed my attention and had me wanting to read this: Aly and this tagline - One Story. Two Couples.

I was intrigued. And Bloody hell, I was thoroughly surprised and moved. This is one emotionally intense story.

I could
Genre: Romantic Suspense
Type: Book 1 of 2 from The Retrieval Duet
POV: First Person - Multiple

Roman Leblanc and Elisabeth (Lissy) Keller fell in love in a whirlwind romance. After five years of infertility issue, Lissy finally gave birth but lost it soon after. Death of their baby triggered them to pull away from each other that eventually led to their divorce. Two years later, they were reunited in an unusual circumstances and must work together to fight for what they lost.

I had no ide
Mar 23, 2021 rated it liked it
Shelves: 3-stars
3.5 stars

This was an interesting book. I didn’t like it as much as written with regret, which is still my favorite Aly Martinez book, but it was still interesting enough.

This is a romance about a couple who split up due to fertility issues and loss of a child with a kinda “thrilling” twist that you’d probably see coming.

I liked the characters and the book was so short and so easy to read. I also liked that we get multiple POVs, it was really needed in this book. It definitely wasn’t your “typi
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Megan✦❋Steamy Reads Blog❋✦

*****5 Stars*****

“We’d fallen in love in less than a day. Not even utter devastation and two years apart could erase that. A love like ours wasn’t measured in years, distance, or time apart. It was never-ending.”


Wow! I absolutely loved this story. I loved it even more than I thought I would. It was such a beautifully, romantic, heartbreaking and passionate story. It was so addictive and intense that even if I tried, I could not put it down. This is not my first Aly Martinez book, but it is e
4 Stars

Overall Opinion: This was an enjoyable read for sure. I was worried that it would be another one that I had built up too much in my head, and it was a little, but it was still a success! I really enjoy Aly Martinez and her storytelling skills. I am excited to get to the next book! Even though I was expecting that shocker on the last page, I really want to see how it all plays out...

Brief Summary of the Storyline: I really do think it is best for one to go in kinda blind, so I'll try to
Wil Loves Books!
Sep 12, 2016 rated it it was amazing
**5 huge, perfect stars**.

“A love like ours wasn’t measured in years, distance, or time apart. It was never-ending" .

Aly Martinez never ceases to amaze me with her wonderful, beautiful writing. Last year, she wrote one of my favorite books, The Fall Up, and this year, she has outdone herself with the Retrieval duet. This book is simply amazing. Once I started reading it, I simply could not put it down. Everything about the book blew me away, the writing, the story, the characters, the suspens
★★★★ 4.5 Stars ★★★★

Such an unexpected, thrilling, and emotional ride - It was so many things that I wasn't prepared for, but what a great surprise. I rarely read blurbs' for Aly's books anymore, she's an automatic read for me so all I knew going in, was that this story was about two couples, and that it was based on infertility problems and the sadness associated with such an emotional theme.

I am glad that I went in blind, I knew it was going to be a rollercoaster of emotions and feelings, but I
✰ Liz ✰
"As much as I needed to keep my distance, I knew it was futile. I'd never been able to stay away from him."

Retrieval is the first book in The Retrieval Duet and it was by far one of the best reads of the year for me! With the intriguing plot, complex characters, and smoking hot romance, I simply could not tear my eyes away! Warning: you will want to have book two locked and loaded on your Kindle because once you start this journey, you will not want to stop! I started this at around 11 PM wi
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"Aly Martinez" exchange for an honest review..Thank you!!

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TITLE: Retrieval
SERIES: (The Retrieval Duet, #1)
AUTHOR: Aly Martinez
CHAPTERS: Prologue |
RELEASE DATE: September 13th, 2016


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RETRIEVAL: This kicks starts us off in the 'Prologue' spoken in 'Romans' own words.


Couple 1: Roman & Elisabeth
Couple 2: Clare & Walt

We're first introduced to Roman & Elisabeth, a crumblin
Olga therebelreader
A million stars for this book!! This story is brilliant in every way possible, and sucks you into a whole new world of immense, empowering love, desire, pain, tragedy and loss. It is absolutely beautiful, haunting and devastating. This book is exceedingly well written, and it just absolutely gutted me.

Roman and Elisabeth is a couple who share a strong emotional bond and a deep love, struggling with infertility. For them, it’s a journey replete with false hopes and disappointments. After several
Rachel Reads Ravenously


I'll stop. But you get the point. It was awesome. No official review, I am jumping into book 2 asap!

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Mikee (ReadWithMikee)
Sep 22, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: romance
I didn't really enjoy this as much as I had hoped. All I kept seeing were 5 stars so I really thought I would've been blown away by Retrieval but not really. But I admit that there was just something about this book that kept me reading. I was really invested in Elisabeth and Roman's second chance romance but the whole IVF, switching of embryos, and Clare and Walt's storyline just didn't really work for me.

Personally, I have nothing against IVF but to be honest, I don't know much about it so I d
Jenny••Steamy Reads Blog••
I have no time to write a review. After the ending of Retrieval, I pat myself on the shoulder, high five the person next to me, and thank myself for waiting until the next book in this duet was available.
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Absolutely needing to read on to catch my breath!!! Dang, If you're like me and have not yet read this series, DO IT!

"A love like ours wasn't measured in years, distance, or time apart. It was never-ending."
I loved Roman & Elisabeth. I can't wait to find out what happens next.....
Sep 13, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Okay, okay. Maybe it's just me, but does anyone else think this story should have, oh I don't know, 10 additional chapters? WTF. Fuck. Martinez, this was too short. We need more, dammit!

Seeing this is my first book by Martinez, I was unsure what to expect although the various blogs and reviews hinted at it being an amazing read. Still, I went in on tenterhooks and dare I say, an attitude of let's just wait and see.

Oh boy. All the glowing reviews were right and what we have is a love story with e
Angie - Angie's Dreamy Reads

OMG. THAT WAS AMAZING. Roman is alphalicious in more ways than one. I had those crazy crazy tummy flutters with him. And I have to say I was HAPPILY surprised with the angst. It's not that crazy "I'm going to rip out your soul" angst, it's more "I'm on the edge of my seat, can't stop reading, must know what happens," angst. So yeah, I LOVED that. I have so much to say! Gonna stop and write full reviews today!
 Sonya ♕Chatterbooks book blog♕
★★★★4 Stars★★★★
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"We'd been happy once. But we'd gotten greedy and tried to start a family".

I feel like I need to get a t shirt that says" I survived reading "Retrieval" by Aly Martinez Aaaaand I'm slightly drunk now". This touched on a heavy subject that quite frankly hasnt been talked about alot.

Infertility affects one in six couples and when you really think about, that is a scary number. After you find someone that you want to spend the rest of your life with, the logical next ste
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♥ ♥ ♥ 5 STARS ♥ ♥ ♥

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'I'd never been able to resist that woman. Despite that we'd fallen apart, it hadn't changed. The hum for her was still in my veins. It never went away...'

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Oh. My. God. This book was everything! This emotional story was utterly brilliant and so beautifully well written. It was completely captivating, suspenseful, and heartbreaking. I loved every single moment of this boo
Angela (Reading Frenzy Book Blog)
Holy crap on a cracker! If you look up “page-turner” in the dictionary, I’m fairly confident Retrieval is one of the definitions. If not, then it should be. This. Book. Is. Effing. Amazing.

The story revolves around two completely different, but equally fascinating, couples: Roman and Elisabeth and Clare and Walt. Aly Martinez could easily have made this book about only one of the couples, and you’d have a compelling plot. Including two couples with well-developed backgrounds and an intriguing in
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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, charcuterie boards, and her mildly neurotic golden retriever. It should be known, however, that she hates pizza and ice cream, almost as much as writing her bio in the third person.

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