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From USA Today best-selling Author Aly Martinez comes an emotional new standalone. 

Growing up, Ramsey Stewart branded my soul in ways time could never heal. 

At 12, he asked me to be his girlfriend. 

At 13, he gave me my first kiss. 

By 16, we’d fallen in love, planned a future together, and had our eyes set on the horizon. 

Love never fails, right? 

But for Ramsey, it did. 

Love failed him. 

I failed him. 

The entire world failed him. 

At 17, Ramsey was convicted of killing the boy who assaulted me. 

"Move on", he wrote in his first and only letter from prison. 

"Start a new life", he urged. 

"I don’t love you anymore", he lied. 

There was no such thing as giving up on Ramsey. Love may have been our curse, but he was mine - then, now, and forever. 

So here I am, 12 long years later, waiting for a man I don't even know to emerge from between the chain link gates.

©2020 Aly Martinez (P)2020 Aly Martinez

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Pleasantly Surprised

This was a different type of love story and I am so glad that it is. Ally thought outside the box with this one and it was very refreshing! The narration was excellent!! I would highly recommend this book and hope to hear more about Nora’s story!

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OMG soooo good a must listen

I loved, loved, loved, this book, and all the stories around every character. from start to finish it was amazing. I just wish we could have another book to continue the story line.

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This book was amazing

So good! The Author writes in a way that you feel what the characters are feeling. The narrators did an amazing job as well!

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Oh I loved this story and narration was perfect!

♥️♥️♥️♥️♥️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️This was a wonderful book by ALY Martinez- the story was compelling, lots of angsts and you really could feel the love between the H/h, and wanted to see them reunite after tragic events tore them apart! Excellent casting of Jason Clarke Andi Arndt for narrating this unforgettable love story. I loved it. ♥️♥️♥️♥️♥️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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Love that is worth fighting for.❤️

Release is a second chance story. It’s a story of a connection of deep friendship that is made as children and then to lovers in high school. Life can change in a matter of minutes. Release takes us on a tale on giving that connection and love a second chance. Aly writes this story with heart. 4 stars for this story that made me laugh, cry, and swoon.

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loved it

god!! I love love loved this book.
the character development... she get is right every time!! it seems so effortless!!! this will be one of my go to books. one click Aly every time

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Absolutely Fantastic

This book is amazing! The narration was perfection.

This book is a must!!! So worth the money

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Phenomenal!

I was captivated from beginning to end. This story has ALL THE FEELS! You will not be able to put it down. Ramsey and Thea’s journey starts young and will be filled with obstacles and twists. Prepare for one of the best rides of the year. Aly Martinez has a way with words and her storytelling is amazing. I highly recommend this audiobook! Andi Arndt and Jason Clarke are absolutely phenomenal! A definite must listen!

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Jason freaking Clarke

I would listen to the dictionary if it was read by Jason Clarke. Dear lord.

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Rollercoaster

This book had my emotions everywhere. I was either frustrated, crying or laughing. I would recommend this book

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  • Claire Annovazzi
  • 01-25-21

Dark premises, doomed love and star crossed lovers

Reading several emotional books in a row is hard on the soul, I can tell you. But sometimes, the pain is what you crave. I wanted dark premises, doomed love and star crossed lovers. Well, I’ve been served.

The flashbacks, though, were adorable, even when the events weren’t always pleasant. And maybe that’s what makes Thea and Ramsey’s relationship so beautiful–they are crutches to each other, they support each other. They build a bubble around them, and when it explodes, it’s painful. And the present is a big delicate and difficult healing process until Thea and Ramsey reconnect.

It was such a bubble, though, that we barely see them interact with other people. Even Nora, Ramsey’s sister, is more a function than a character. The past is a collection of important moments, the various steps in their relationship–the first meeting, the move from friendship to relationship, etc. Their life outside is barely mentioned. Of course, that means we focus on Thea and Ramsey, and it makes their story more powerful.

The narration is amazing. Both narrators know how to express the depest feelings, and they cause many tiny heartbreaks. But they also offer witty and lively banter. Just know that you’ll need a box of tissues.

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  • L Hayes
  • 03-03-20

A Stunning Read

A beautiful story brilliantly narrated by two of the finest Narraters.
This is a story of a young love between a ‘broken’ boy and a ‘broken’ girl and how they deal with the ‘curve balls’ that life throws them and finally find an ending that's right for them.
Aly I loved listening to this book - a real winner for me!
I hope others think this way too.
I would definitely recommend this heartfelt story to other readers.

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  • Kristie-Leigh
  • 01-30-21

A book that will leave a mark on your heart!

What an emotional roller coaster yet such a beautiful book! I LOVE a good childhood love romance story and this one was amazing. I was literally listening to this book with tears welling in my eyes more then a few times.

Their journey of love that started from the age of 10 was heartbreakingly beautiful. They were 2 broken little souls suffering from loss, brought together by their grief & need to be loved. They went from tiny frenemies to high school sweethearts over the space of 6 years and it was the cutest thing I’ve ever read.

The characters were beautiful, especially Ramsey before he went to prison! He had the weight of the world on his shoulders and was always protecting his girls (his sister Nora and Thea). My favourite part was definitely how Ramsey handled the situation when Thea got her period for the first time. He was so sweet!

I was so angry at Ramsey when he was first released from prison until his real thoughts and feelings became apparent. My heart absolutely broke for Thea. She waited for so long but I loved how she was so strong & determined.

I really adored that Thea’s Dad pulled it together and become the adult that all 3 of them needed. I loved that he liked Ramsey from the beginning and how their relationship developed. I also loved how he stepped up for Nora & took her in as his own when Ramsey couldn’t protect her anymore.

The twist towards the end was a huge shock to me. Although I will say I was initially surprised once I found out how Ramsey ended up in jail. It wasn’t the way I would have imagined him to get his revenge if at all so it all made sense eventually.

I would recommend this book to anyone who loves romance novels with a selfless swoon worthy hero. Specifically a love that starts as child hood friends. The story is told with lots of flash backs. There is some childhood trauma, loss, some anxiety/depression & mention of rape in this story.

Narrators were amazing in this book, they were perfect for the characters.

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  • karen grave
  • 03-19-20

took a bit to get into swing

I love Ms Martinez books, I've listened to quite a few. this one took a bit to pick up but eventually it gathered speed.
I kept asking why and when I found out it was ooohhh now I get it.
loved Andy and Jason. a good easy read albeit emotional which is always the case with Aly's stories.