Oh that Aly Martinez. This beyond gifted writer has once more crafted a story that has undoubtedly given me pause . A journey of two survivors of a horrific event whose lives intersect not one but twice in the years that follow, with the 3rd as possibly the final straw in their point of no return.
Written with Regret tells the tale of Hadley Banks and Caven Hunt and the pain that consumes them from that shared experience 18 years ago. We get glimpses of that tragedy that has forever marred them, both physically and mentally, and it's perfectly woven into the present day, where Caven and Hadley see each other again but this time with something more at stake than just the reminder of what was.
This story felt like new beginnings for both Caven and Hadley, finding that their attraction never really waned even when Hadley bailed on him 4 years prior (the 2nd time they met). I should have known better since Martinez likes to rip the rug from under us readers with these duets of hers. But I kept reading (maybe with just a smidge of suspicion), enjoying how they started down a path that might actually lead to getting their happy. I mean, these two have been through the wringer and deserved for each second since they had survived to be more than just good.
Then the last 5% shows up on my Kindle and BAM!, the evil genius that is Aly Martinez strikes again. I DID NOT SEE THAT COMING! I mean, not at all and when you read it, you'll know what I'm talking about and will be shouting NO WAY! just like I did. Almost laughing maniacally at how sneaky she can be.
But with any luck, book two in this Regret Duet will pick up the pieces of what is to undoubtedly be one hell of a detonation of hearts as this story continues. Talk about twists. I'm still a bit in shock. But I'm still in awe that Martinez continues to fill her stories with genuine characters who make me feel. I fall deep and quickly and don't want to leave. That's the mark of a terrific storyteller. And believe it or not, the scene-stealer that is Rosalee made me laugh over and over again at her delightful antics and keeping Caven on his toes. Not to mention Caven's 'wife' in Ian, who is not only wildly loyal but me thinks has his own story to tell. Add to the mix, the feisty bestie for Hadley in Beth and you've got yourself one hell of a great book.
I have to be purposely vague as I am with all of these cliffhanger first books in these Martinez duets. You need to experience it for yourself, hanging on as she takes you on yet another wonderful ride. I know it'll all be worth it or so I hope as I now wait with bated breath for Written with You.
5 huge stars!