The Brightest Sunset (The Darkest Sunrise #2) by Aly Martinez

Posted July 28, 2017 by Nerdy Chic in Favorite Read, Romance, Series / 0 Comments

by Aly Martinez
Genres: Contemporary, Contemporary Romance, Favorite

Sticks and stones will break my bones, but words will never harm me.
Words destroyed me.
“I’m sorry. She didn’t make it.”
“Daddy, he can’t breathe!”
“There’s nothing more we can do for your son.”
Sticks and stones will break my bones, but words will never harm me.
Those syllables and letters became my executioner. I told myself that, if I didn’t acknowledge the pain and the fear, they would have no power over me. But, as the years passed, the hate and the anger left behind began to control me.
Two words—that was all it took to plunge my life into darkness.
“He’s gone.”
In the end, it was four soft, silky words that gave me hope of another sunrise.
“Hi. I’m Charlotte Mills.”

*I received an ARC from Inkslinger in exchange for an honest review.*


“The sun still hung bright in the sky, but midnight fell all the same. And, in that moment, I feared I’d never escape it again. The darkness was going to be my executioner.
It was going to crush me, suffocate me, and then devour me.”

I’ll start this review off with the usual disclaimer. If you haven’t read the first book in the series, stop reading this right now and grab that first before diving into this book. This is not a stand-alone, but rather a continuation of The Darkest Sunrise and believe me, you’re going to want to read that first. I’m going to keep this as spoiler free as I possibly can and just say I am emotionally wrecked by this book. It is amazing the welling of feelings I had reading this second book. I thought the first book had me tied in knots but this one had me crying and it takes a lot to get that out of me.

A riveting end to the The Darkest Sunrise series that I could not put down. It really is one of those stories where you long to see the light within all the darkness. Charlotte and Porter have gone through hell and Charlotte has only been surving, not living, until Porter enters her life. Little did either know that their future would begin to unravel and secrets were about to be revealed.

“There doesn’t have to be light for something to be beautiful. Love can grow in the darkness.”

This was an amazing conclusion. After that cliffhanger in Darkest Sunrise, I wasn’t sure how I was going to feel about where the story was going but I’m so happy to have read it. I felt every happy, sad, romantic, funny, heart clenching, moment from beginning to end. I loved that through everything, Charlotte and Porter are two amazing characters that I fell hard for.

“What’d you have to do to get Tom in on this?”

“I batted my eyelashes and cried a little. He was no match for my guilt trip.”

I barked a laugh. “I’m not sure if I should be proud of you or worried about our future together now.”

She curled in close. “Worried, probably.”

This is a series that you want to go in blind because I just don’t want to spoil it for another person. Please read this amazingly touching story and grab that box of tissues.

“…regardless of how hard I tried, I couldn’t stop the sun from rising that morning. It was the darkest sunrise of my entire life. For ten years, I lived and breathed that darkness every day until I found you.”
“Jesus, Charlotte.” He palmed each side of my face and kissed me. His lips were full of love and tasted of hope.
“It’s always darkest before dawn, Porter. We just have to wait a little while longer. The sun always rises, baby.”



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