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The Darkest Sunrise

(The Darkest Sunrise #1)

4.22  ·  Rating details ·  11,257 ratings  ·  1,331 reviews
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.
ebook, 266 pages
Published July 13th 2017 (first published July 7th 2017)
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Zlá Víla Well, I would not call it exactly a twist because its fairly easy to guess the end after the first clue.

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Val ⚓️ Shameless Non-Snowflake ⚓️
After finishing this book right now, this is me:


For reals though.

Damn you and your portentous cliffhanger, Aly Martinez.


Now that I've gotten my false rage out of the way, all I really have to say about this book is this...

Well done, Lady Martinez, well done.


Proving once again why she is always in the top of the my auto-buy list, Martinez uses her word wizardry to gut us all and grab all of our emotional lady parts by the balls.

And then squeezes.

I mean, for fucks sake, she almost made me cry
Jul 09, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2017-five-stars

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Aly Martinez is one of those authors who sometimes writes great books, and sometimes writes exceptional books. This book is beyond exceptional. When I finished this book I was in absolute shock. Like, ‘OMG what is this life’ kind of shock! It was emotional and tore me up inside. I mean that in the best way possible! It’s one of those books that will stay on my mind for a long time and never leave my heart.

Broken characters are my kryptonite. And Charlotte is so broken she se
Patty ~ Wrapped Up In Reading Book Blog
*****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.

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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.
Lana ❇✾DG Romance❇✾
This. Book.

This is quite possibly the most memorable, captivating, and gripping romance Aly has written to date. It was full of so much depth and raw emotion, I couldn't tear myself away for even a second. I sobbed my way through the entire second half. I fell SO hard for the hero because he just may be the swooniest broken hero Aly has written. He was EVERYTHING. The romance here was simply unforgettable and this is only the beginning. I don't have enough words to describe how
Jennifer Kyle
Jul 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
Hey Aly Martinez …


I have read all of your books to date and even though I may be considered a fangirl of yours gushing about how fantastic this story line was… I really don’t care because this was fantastic.


All that’s left for me to do is patiently await July 27th!


"But how do you move forward when all you really want is to go back?”
Jul 18, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: kindle-unlimited
There are times I really wish one could sit an author down, tie them up, then demand they hand over the conclusion to their cliffhanger.

And this here is one mindfuckery of a cliffy; I'm way too invested in the story of Porter, Charlotte and baby Lucas. What happens now?!
Angie - Angie's Dreamy Reads
Jul 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing

I've read a lot of books, but I have NEVER read a book like this.


This was a storyline that stole me with it's emotional depth and intensity. It's unique and captivating, heart wrenching and hopeful, sweet and sad, and I was left totally GUT PUNCHED AND GASPING. I don't know what to do with myself right now. I don't want to read anything else, I just want the sequel. Man, when it comes to the ending of a first book in a series/duet, this
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Holy fucking shitballs, bugger me sideways and back, bitch of a book to review, gah what to write, the author has not made it easy for us bloggers to write our reviews up without divulging any spoilers what so ever, so mines pretty much going to be full of cuss words lol..The frustration is real folks!!

DARKEST SUNRISE: is the first book within the (Darkest Sunrise #1) series by Aly Martinez. In this fi
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5 Beautiful Stars ❤

This book is by far one of my all time favorites!I don't know where to start,this story was everything!The Darkest Sunrise was an emotional,heartwarming,intense,beautiful and sweet story.I have never read anything like this!For one more time Aly Martinez delivers a unique,unforgetable and original story!The writing is flawless and I felt like I was a part of the story!

There were moments I wanted to cry feeling desperate and s
THIS BOOK!!!!!!!


You should know by now that I DO NOT give out 5 star reviews willy–nilly. Not even to my favorite authors. My 5 star reviews have to earn a spot on the keeper shelf. Either because I want to re-read them again OR because they are so unique and so masterfully crafted that they dig deep into my heart and STAY!!!

The Darkest Sunrise did just that.

First, I should mention that I have not read a novel this well crafted in a long time. Reading The
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Jul 22, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arcs, sonal, 2017-reads
I would like to preface this by saying that nothing in your life will have prepared you for this book. Not one thing!!!

Charlotte and Porter come from very different worlds. The only thing that connects them is the soul crushing pain they both endure everyday. It's evident in their eyes and suddenly two lost souls find their kindred spirit.

But grief has a way of tightening it's clutches just when you think it's letting go. The story of pain and suffering, of love and acceptance. The epic saga of

Another book where I just don't seem to understand the hype.

I don't want to get into too many details about the plot because if people do decide to read this, I don't want to spoil anything. I read a few reviews after I finished this book and most reviews seem to have the same idea; it's best to go into this story blind.

While this had some well written and very emotional parts, I didn't connect with it the way other reviewers seem to have. I didn't sob and my heart did not pound. Maybe
Stacey is Sassy
Might not seem like it but this IS a 5-star review...


That is me having a very, very cranky tanty. I am WILD!! Wild, I tell you. Aly Martinez has dragged me through the wringer and is probably laughing at my craziness. Tears are bloody leaking out of my eyes one minute and then the next I’m laughing like a bloody loon. Now, all I want to do is bloody SCREAM...really, really LOUDLY. Please excuse all of my shouty capitals, but it’s better for me to yell here than
Jul 01, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: shit-hot-series
4 - "Right now, it's just me and you in the dark..." Stars!

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My first foray into the writing of Aly Martinez, was definitely a good one. The Darkest Sunrise offered up two broken characters, trying to find their way back to the light, and although pretty heavy in its themes, the story didn’t get bogged down with drama and angst.

This is one of those books that
Olga therebelreader
“Two people alone in the darkness. No questions. No judgments. No faking it.”

I absolutely loved this book. Multiple times whilst reading it, tears welled up in my eyes at the beauty of AM's writing, and just imagining being in Charlotte's situation got me really emotional. The writing is gripping, demanding that the pages are turned. The story is exceptional!

Without giving too much away, the author makes all characters in this story extremely real. Despite the somewhat dark subject matter t
Feb 05, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 4-stars
4.25 stars

“Two people alone in the darkness. No questions. No judgments. No faking it.”

I would like to say that I feel bad for everyone who read this book before the the second one was released. I can’t imagine how it felt to wait after that cliffhanger. Because even though that ending was predictable to me, it was still really sad. The whole book was really sad. It was twenty seven chapters of sadness!

This was a really emotional gut wrenching story. It was intense, raw, and different than anyt
XxTainaxX Curvy and Nerdy
Jul 15, 2017 rated it really liked it
Wow. The chemistry between Charlotte and Porter just jumped off the page. They had been simply existing until they met one another and the pieces fell together. Their armor was cracked, but not broken. I absolutely loved their witty banter. This is one of those couples that you just KNOW are meant for one another.

"No. Not like that. I'm talking about one where you'd spend the rest of your night touching your bruised lips, and I'd spend the rest of mine desperately trying to memorize the way
L.J. Shen
Jul 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing

Ya'll need to read this duet. Now excuse me while I sit in the corner, rocking back and forth and sucking on my thumb.
Mali Mor ❤️ The Romantic Blogger
The book started really well, but the characters and plot were a bit flat - AND I guessed the twist pretty fast!
However, I’m still curious to know how the plot will unfold in the second book...
Danielle ❤️ Pretty Mess Reading ❤️
****4 STARS****

I knew it was a cliffhanger before I started reading it. I normally don't do cliffhangers but I saw the second book comes out on 7/27/17 and decided to read it. It's good. I'll give it a proper review soon.
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This was an emotional trip that stripped me bare, and left me feeling utterly heartbroken. I knew going into this that it wasn’t going to be an easy read but I was surprised at how much I felt towards these characters. The things they went through, the all consuming hurt and grief and trying to put one foot in front of the other, was a sight to see.

Sometimes we as human beings don’t know just how much power we have over our everyday lives. We can choose to make it better or we can j
4 Stars

Overall Opinion: I loved their dialogue! They were witty and it had me smiling so big at my iPad like a loon! I did get a little tired of the "darkness" references, but that could very well be my grumpiness popping out. I also guessed the big twist pretty much at the beginning of the book, so I wasn't all that shocked with the cliffy...but I am eager to see how this ends. Hopefully I get a HEA for them 🤞🏻😜

Brief Summary of the Storyline: This is Charlotte and Porter's story. I'm going to
Wil Loves Books!
Jul 10, 2017 rated it it was amazing

No questions. No judgments. No faking it.

Wow, wow, wow! I'm speechless. Not surprised, just speechless. Three hours, that's how long it took me to read this masterpiece of a book. To say this was amazing is an understatement. I can't wait for this to go live and for you to read this one. So freaking awesome, so freaking worth it. You will not be disappointed.

I'm convinced that if Aly Martinez writes it, I will read it no matter what. Every single book I've rea
Maria✦❋Steamy Reads Blog❋✦
So I've been kind of sort of binge reading Aly Martinez :D I really love her writing. This one made me cry at the end. Damn, the woman can bring the angst!
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Alex ♈
3.5 - 3.75 stars

I liked the story, but struggled a bit with the writing.
Second half of the book was much better.
Give me action and WORDS!!!

I guessed the twist in the 1st chapter from his POV, when they told me he had a son.

Liked the heroine. I didn't support her every decision, but I don't dare to judge a woman, who lost her child.

Sweet hero. I adored how he cared for his kids. *swoon*

His brother & her BFF... I hope they stay together or will they get their own book(s)?

I didn't like that they
Jul 01, 2017 rated it it was amazing


If I may boldly say, this is Aly Martinez at her best. Phenomenal in her storytelling, The Darkest Sunrise is a raw and highly emotive portrayal of two strangers bound together by their grief.

In many ways it reminded me of the poem “Soul meets soul on lovers lips” by Percy Bysshe Shelley. Granted it’s the unstemmed pain which flows though them that is the source of the recognition they share, but in this pain is the beginning of an unlikely but pure and honest relationship that blos
Brittainy Cherry
May 27, 2017 marked it as to-read
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Type: Book 1 of 2 from The Darkest Sunrise duet
POV: First Person - Dual

Charlotte Mills was a well know expert in her field. As a doctor, she dedicated her life to her career and her patients. But she did it for a purpose - to distract her from her crumbling past. Being in the darkness has taken a toll on her until she found someone who showed her how much she had missed in life.

Porter Reese recognized the pain in Charlotte's eyes. Having his own demons to fight
Carmen Rae
Aly Martinez is one of very few authors who’s books make my TBR before the blurb is even written. I just know I can count on her to write a book that I will be so emotionally invested in that from the moment I pick it up until the second I put it down I am nowhere but in that book. The only issue I have is that I always feel the need to wait until I am in a reasonable stable head space (for me this is a hard task) with very little else on my calendar so I can read the book with only minimal mutt ...more
Jenny••Steamy Reads Blog••
Well holy shit!!! I just fricken knew it!!!!

I have absolutely loved this authors work in the past, and yet I love it even more now. It captivates you, it owns you, and oh my lord does it grip your heart.

I waited patiently until I knew the next book was out, thank lord I did, I can't wait anymore to dive into it and get the conclusion I am so hoping for. So this is my review, READ THIS BOOK!! Please!

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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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“I assure you I have zero interest in commiserating with you. I wouldn’t understand your demons any more than you would understand my personal circle of hell.”
Her sad eyes flicked back to mine. “Then what do you want?”
I sucked in a deep breath that did nothing to calm the eternal storm brewing within me. “Just a little company in the darkness. No questions. No judgments. No faking it.”
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