I don’t think I have read an Aly Martinez book that hasn’t stolen part of my soul. So when I was awarded an ARC of Retrieval I was so excited and so apprehensive. You see these are not books you can read for an hour here and 20 minutes there as you shuttle the kids to basketball and football and school and soccer. These are books you need to clear a few hours of your day and find a quiet room to hide out in as you become fully immersed in the story.

So I had a plan. I was going to read it Saturday afternoon but then I slowly watched the day dwindle away and when I sat down at 9pm I knew I had missed my opportunity so I bitched to hubby and he cleared me a Sunday arvo. And now I am sitting here with tears streaming down my face NEEDING to get my grabby hands on Transfer.

Elisabeth was so sweet and I loved that she was so filled with attitude and spirit, she didn’t once do something stupid or try to punish Roman she just knew how she felt and what she wanted and she went after it. I absolutely fell head over heels for her. I loved knowing where she was coming from and how she got where she got in her life and emotions.

But damn was she one strong willed woman to walk away from the amazeballs of Roman. Holy shit was he all that you could ever want in a book boyfriend and then just a whole heap more. In fact I think he transcends book boyfriend by far. I just could not get enough of him ever.

But I’d never, not once, seen Elisabeth with just my eyes. My heart was just as much a part of the way I viewed her as my retinas.

To be completely honest, the concept of infertility is a hard one for me to grasp and reading the absolute heartbreak Roman and Elisabeth went through in their struggle my heart broke for them. But to continue the honesty I think most of those emotions were pulled out of me by the amazing talent of Aly more so than the subject. But damn did I feel their pain like a knife to my stomach.
I can never get enough of the way Aly Martinez writes and I honestly think she must have the map to my heart for the men that she writes have all got a piece of it locked away. And now I am off to beg, borrow or steal to get my hands on Transfer before I have a nervous breakdown waiting to see what is going to happen next. This is absolutely one of the best books I have read this year, I honestly don’t know how to put it down and continue functioning without knowing what happens next but if you will excuse me for a bit I think I may start by going to cry in the shower for Claire. Until I focus on the many assets of Roman to cheer myself up that is.


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