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Publisher's Summary

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 our families. Smiled for our friends. Put on a brave face for a world that didn't understand.

Finally, we were successful.

Until we were forced to bury our son.

We were left broken, battered, and destroyed.

They say love is in the details, but it was the details that ruined us.

This is the story of how I took back what had always been mine.

The retrieval of my wife and our family.

©2016 Allison Martinez (P)2016 Allison Martinez

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Loved this book

I love how captivating this book is! It's interesting to hear both perspectives of thoughts and feelings from Elizabeth and Roman...the past and the present! Can't wait to read book two!!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • Misty
  • Washington
  • 01-21-17

Woah

I really didn't know what to expect as I didn't read the blurb but someone told me, "I think it's about a couple that had a miscarriage". Imagine my surprise when it was not only so flatly about a couple who had lost a baby, but it was soooo much more.

The love between Elisabeth and Roman was PALPABLE. The alpha manly way that Roman takes his life and his woman back was hot AF. The. There is sooo much more with the side story with Clare. I just had no idea that I would be this sucked into this audio and so incredibly invested in the story. I didn't even want to pause for a review.

Do I even need to mention Jason, Maxine and Andi? We all know they are amazing, we all know they fail at nothing and all they do is win.

5 of 7 people found this review helpful

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hooked

I have had this book for a while and just read it. All I can say is I am hooked on Roman.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

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Great Book!!!

This was a great book. I had this in my library for a while. Decided it was time to read a new book by an author I had not read before. I did not regret it. I loved the story and the suspense. The narration was excellent!!!!

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Won me over!

*3.5 stars, rounded up for a great narrating team*

I don't like to think of myself as a romance snob, but when I see a slew of 5-star reviews full of gifs and squee-ing, I immediately get both grumpy and skeptical.

I know, I know, people are allowed to squee in peace without my judgment, but I've been burned badly by the promise of awesomeness from dozens of fan-girling reviews.

This book had a number of strikes against it. For one, people compared this book to a Kristen Ashley. Now, while I've liked a couple KA books in the past, I've also 1 and 2-starred a whole bunch of them. While lots of people go gaga for an alpha male, a bossy, "I'm always right" kind of guy just makes me want to punch them in the face. Don't get me wrong, I see the appeal of a guy in charge, but more often than not, I just get irritated.

Another thing that made me nervous was that this book was part of a "duet." Cliffhanger endings can go die, and I almost didn't read this book because of that. I really hate a cliffy, but I figured that each half was short enough that if I hated it I would call it quits and bow out early.

Also, this book features an established couple... well, a couple having a second-chance. I don't usually like that in romance books. I like the meet-cute situations, seeing a couple's first interactions and going on the whole ride with them. I like the newness, and I usually hate established couples and instalove situations.

Finally, this book is M/F contemporary romance/romantic suspense mash-up, two genres that I struggle with a great deal. I actually hate suspense, and M/F contemporary romance has some of my lowest ratings, so I was expecting to DNF this one, if I'm being honest.

Imagine my surprise when I found myself... liking it.

A big part of that had to do with the very well done narration from the skillful audiobook narrators. They sounded like pros, and I literally couldn't stop listening.

It was a fast-paced story, and I was anxious the entire time. Now, that is usually a bad thing for me, but with this book, I somehow just relaxed into the anxiety, if that makes sense. I accepted it. I also accepted the growly, possessive alpha males for what they were, and I didn't try to think too much about my reactions to them and their bossy ways. I just let myself enjoy the story, and enjoy the story I did.

I liked it so much, in fact, that I bought the sequel right away. At FULL PRICE no less. I mean, full price from me deserves 4-stars, without question. Sure, it isn't the best book I've ever read, but it entertained me and that's all I ask for in a book.

1 of 3 people found this review helpful

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Fast paced, emotional, intriguing!

What did you love best about Retrieval?

This story grabbed my attention from the very beginning. I loved each of the main characters and I was invested in their well-being.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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Cute love story!

Would you consider the audio edition of Retrieval to be better than the print version?

No

Any additional comments?

This duology is interesting. I don't think I'd say they were amazing. But they were okay. I like how it tells the story of two couples. And the story of the second couple that you get in the first book, is finished off in this book. I enjoyed how the author unraveled how the two couples are related. The little girl was my favorite. <br/><br/>I read and write book reviews regularly. If you would like more book suggestions, please follow my reviews on the Goodreads website. I update regularly!

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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A cliff but it's worth it

Yes, there's a dreaded cliffhanger (which I usually loathe) but this book is worth it. the narration was flawless, the story perfection. I utterly enjoyed every minute of this story and will happily one-click the next installment.

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  • Liv
  • Los Angeles metro-area
  • 06-26-17

An enthralling listening from beginning to end!

Where does Retrieval rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

It's definitely among my top favorites now.

What did you like best about this story?

It was intriguing and captivating.

Have you listened to any of the narrators’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

I'm a HUGE fan of Jason Carpenter and was first introduced to him through his excellent voice acting on Helena Hunting's Clipped Wings series. I first discovered Andi Arndt when I listened to her wonderful narration of Pulled by AL Jackson. These two never fail to suck me into the story. Maxine Mitchell was a new-to-me narrator.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Most definitely. I listened to the bulk of it while doing my laundry, and it made that drudgery way less annoying than it usually is.

Any additional comments?

I was so relieved to have the sequel already in my Audible collection so I didn't have to wait.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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Loved It!!!

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This was such an awesome story of second chances. Aly Martinez is such a great author and I love her books. Once Roman set his mind to something he goes full speed ahead. Was not expecting the twist this book took on. Can't wait to read the second book.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • Kindling Micky
  • 11-27-17

Exciting and unique

This was an unexpected read in terms of subject matter. I didn’t read the blurb afresh and truly that’s the best way. So many things took me by surprise and I loved the context. Married couple stories are a tick for me and this twist on that idea rocked. There was angst, over-alpha-isms at times, chemistry and the baddest of bad guys. It made for a good mix. The twisty end was superb.

Great triple POV narration.

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  • L Hayes
  • 04-17-17

WOW!!! Breathtaking!!

Amazing! This has got to be the most captivating book I have listened to. Brilliantly written and I am eager to download Volume 2. Brilliantly narrated. I can't credit this book enough. I'd give it ten stars if I could and I would definitely urge, more than recommend, this book to everyone who wants to listen to an action packed, thrill a minute, 'real life' story. Awesome!

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  • NinaPasz
  • 12-29-16

Good story, narration varied performance

The story is capturing and deals with modern dilemmas.

Male narration was great. I believe there are two female voices; one for Elizabeth and one for Claire. Unfortunately narration for Claire was very poor and it spoilt the book for me. I would have given top stars if it wasn't for Claire's narration.

Why there are no credits for both narrators? I would like to know Claire's to ensure I avoid in the future.