by Aly Martinez
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Genres: Contemporary, Favorite, Fighter, Romance
I was born a fighter. Abandoned by my parents, I spent my life forging my own path—one guided by my fists and paved with pain.
Untouchable in the ring, I destroyed everyone who faced me, but that’s where my victories ended. Outside the ropes, I repeatedly failed the few people who loved me. Including my best friend, Liv James—the one person I’d die to protect.
Even though I didn’t deserve her, Liv never stopped believing in me. Never gave up. Never let go. After all, she understood what I’d lost, because she’d lost it too.
Liv was everything to me, but she was never truly mine.
That was going to change.
I lost my first love, but I refused to lose my soulmate.
Now, I’m on the ropes during the toughest battles of my life.
Fighting to be the man she deserves.
Fighting the solitude of our pasts.
Fighting for her.
*I received an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review*
Fighting Solitude is the third book in the On the Ropes series and while each book can be read as a stand-alone, I would really recommend reading all three and in order. This is one amazing series and tugs on the heart strings, big time. Quarry stole my heart from the beginning of the series and just seeing him grow through out just made me love him more and more. The Page brothers have been through their share of hardships. Growing up with a mother who never gave a damn about them and a father in prison, life was never easy. Quarry’s is the highly anticipated story of the youngest Page brother and it did not disappoint.
“Liv James was absolutely everything to me. Well, almost. She wasn’t mine. Yet.”
So I was a little scared when I started Quarry’s story. We know from the previous book that his girlfriend, Mia, has died and that it has absolutely devastated Quarry. His best friend, Liv, who is also best friends with Mia have been destroyed and together, they begin to pick up the pieces of their lives. Liv and Quarry were childhood friends, and Liv has been in love with him since they were twelve but a moment of betrayal sends her running and it takes three years from them to reconnect. By then, Quarry never knowing, he and Mia became an item. This is where you start to wonder how the author was going to play it. Would she make Mia a villain or besmirch her memory some way so that the reader would be ok that a relationship that was in previous books was sort of transferred to another? It really nagged me that it might be an issue. Holy shit, was I so wrong. Let’s just say, she keeps Mia’s memory faithful and we begin to fall in love with the idea of Liv being the one for Quarry.
“Tell me this doesn’t feel like everything you’ve ever wanted. Because that’s exactly how it fucking feels to me.”
I love how their connection as friends was so prominent in their story and it takes a moment where Quarry finally really looks at Liv and really sees her. How strong, how beautiful and how much he means to her. How much she does for him, how she keeps him steady, sane. How he can’t see a life where Liv isn’t part of it. And he is absolutely determined that she be his.
“I refuse to let you fight me on this. I refuse to deny the way I feel about you. And I absolutely refuse to let you deny what you feel for me. You want this. I get that you’re scared, but trust me. I will make this work for us. Trust me.”
Why can’t I give this more than five stars? It’s blasphemy that I can’t. This had everything. The friends to lovers, the regrets, the pains, the feels, the love. Oh God. I’m literally getting choked up writing this. The emotion that were evoked inside me reading this. Quarry has gone through so much, which is really why I say to read the previous books in the series. While everything is explained, specifically his past, you really get those details that you miss by starting here. Plus, how can you fall in love with Till and Flint as well without them. They are both favorites of mine but Quarry totally stole the show. Liv and Quarry are characters that have ghosts from their past following their footsteps but together, they are so strong and perfect for one another. Two pieces that need one another to make them whole. This book, these characters…gah, I can’t express my love! It might be early in the year, but 2016 already has another book of the year contender on its hands.