Sound is an abstract concept for most people. We spend our lives blocking out the static in order to focus on what we believe is important. But what if, when the clarity fades into silence, it's the obscure background noise that you would give anything to hold on to?
I've always been a fighter. With parents who barely managed to stay out of jail and two little brothers who narrowly avoided foster care, I became skilled at dodging the punches life threw at me. Growing up, I didn't have anything I could call my own, but from the moment I met Eliza Reynolds, she was always mine. I became utterly addicted to her and the escape from reality we provided each other. Throughout the years, she had boyfriends and I had girlfriends, but there wasn't a single night that I didn't hear her voice.
You see, meeting the love of my life at age 13 was never part of my plan. However, neither was gradually going deaf at the age of 21.
They both happened anyway.
Now, I'm on the ropes during the toughest battles of my life.
Fighting for my career.
Fighting the impending silence.
Fighting for her.
Every night, just before falling asleep, she sighs as a final conscious breath leaves her.
I think that's the sound I'll miss the most.
©2015 Aly Martinez (P)2015 Aly Martinez
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"loving this series"
Each book I read in this series just makes me a bigger fan of Aly Martinez. I enjoy how each is linked to the other its like seeing friend. the best for me is that these men love so hard, and each one reminds me of the love I share with my fiance.
This was a great story with good characters and a good start to the series. It had love/drama/humor, and some action. I am looking forward to listening to the next book.
I have one reason why I didn't make this a 5 star. After they took the next step in their friendship to lovers and then decided to go back being friends for another 3 years, they dated other people during that time. Which is fine, but the fact they were so completely in love with eachother and both knew it, yet still slept with other people during those 3 years of just being friends put me off. I can see dating other people and trying to move on but actually being able to go all the way with another person no. Not while spending every day with eachother and being so completely in love, no matter how much time had past. There is no cheating and we don't even hear details about anyone else just a mention of it. Either way it still bothered me so I gave it a 3.5 star.
This was my first Aly Martinez book and I was pleasantly pleased with it. The story was good and kept me engaged, the audio performance was good and I look forward to more from this author.
"A must! Loved this love story."
Enjoyed everything about this book.. Worth the credit. I have heard it several times and will do again.
"The perfect book"
One of the greatest love stories I've ever read. You can't help but adore all the characters, well except for Frankie and Clay. The story is clever, triumphant, full of action and has just enough humor(the laugh out loud kind) to keep it from being too serious. It is a book I truly wished had never ended
"Really good start to the series :)"
This was a really good story. I liked both Eliza and Till very much and enjoyed their story. This is the first book I've read by this author and I liked this well enough that I'm sure I'll try more of her work in the future.
Eliza is a nice girl that grew up without much. When I say without much, I don't just mean her family was poor, I mean she didn't get much love either since her parents saw her more as a burden than someone they should love. Eliza loved drawing and such so it was unfortunate that the only time her mother paid her any attention was to tell her not to waste time on art and throw away any art supplies Eliza had managed to get. Because of this, Eliza spent most of her time in a condemned apartment in her neighborhood so she could have a place to draw and hide her supplies.
Till is a good guy but grew up with even less than Eliza. His father wasn't around much and then got sent to prison. Till's mother is a drunk that is rarely around and doesn't bother with trying to be a mother to Till or his two younger brothers. Till had to take a hand in raising his brothers and bringing in money to make rent and food since his mother rarely bothered with such things.
When the story being, Till and Eliza are both young and they go to school together but don't really know each other (not positive but I think they were around 13 years old at the time). Till had just found out about his hearing issues and that they'd get worse and worse as Till grew up. He's upset and goes to find someplace to be alone. Till happens across a condemned apartment with an open window and when he climbs in, he meets Eliza. Eliza has been hanging out there a while and isn't sure about Till being there but soon they start hanging out in the apartment on a daily basis. Till and Eliza never actually talk in school but in their apartment, they're BFFs and have their own little world.
As they're growing up, Eliza wants more with Till and he does as well but he won't allow anything to move forward between them. Partially, this seems to be due to the fact that he thinks that high school relationships never last and Till wants Eliza in his life and doesn't want to mess it up. Eventually though, it seems to be more that Till doesn't think he'll ever actually get something good for himself without life taking it away. He's determined that if he gets in a relationship with Eliza, thing will get messed up and he'll end up losing her completely and then he couldn't even have her friendship. Of course, eventually the fine line of friendship gets crossed...and yeah, it messes things up but pretty much just because Till's issues. There's a bit of back and forth and Eliza is pretty cool about things until Till finally pushes her too far and Till has to learn his lesson or lose her for good. Once they fix things, we get to see their relationship progress through the years until the story ends with Till and Eliza well on the way to their HEA together.
This was a really enjoyable story. Eliza was a great heroine. She was smart, sweet and giving without being a pushover. Till was a good hero. I liked him very much except for his issues that caused him to push Eliza away. I guess I never really "got" his issues completely so it bugged me a bit. Outside of that, I had no real complaints about the story. Overall, it was very good and kept me interested until the end. I'd recommend this book. :)
"One of my fave books!"
Great plot. Loved all of the characters. Till was a bit frustrating with his indecisiveness, otherwise a good read.
This book was a surprise. I really enjoyed watching two teenagers falling in love and living life. This story starts out when they are young and takes you through the lives as they finally get their happily ever after. Life hits them hard, they did not have an easy life ... but the angst, love and growing up was all part of this enjoyable story. The characters are well developed. A reader becomes invested in the story. At the end you are pulling so hard for a happy ending! Enjoyed this book! Credit worthy!!!
"I just couldn't get into it..:("
It was a very cute story but I think the narrator killed it.. I had a hard time getting through it.:(
Loved this book 10*'s
I have come to expect a really good book from Aly Martinez and this doesn't disappoint. Great story line, beautfully crafted, brought both laughter and tears.
I was completely entranced by the strong family bonds, great characters.
Narrator (Laura Jennings) did a fabulous job given there were many male voices to convey.
I would totally listen to the rest of the series (an accolade from me as I don't really like series, they bore me), I'm dying to know Flins story, but they haven't come to Audible yet - come on Audible get on it....
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