THRIVE by Aly Martinez
When I was nineteen years old, I was faced with a choice that changed my life.
Keep the safety of what I already knew or risk losing everything with the young, hotheaded soldier who stole my heart.
I chose the wrong man, and for seventeen years, I paid in tears, blood, and shattered dreams for that decision.
Now, there’s a man in my house, holding a gun to my head on the order of my ex-husband—given from his prison cell.
That hotheaded soldier I was too afraid to choose? He’s now a six-foot-three wall of muscle who works at the country’s most premier bodyguard agency. I’ve always wanted him, but now, I’ve never needed him more.
It’s the call I’m terrified to make.
I’m sure he still hates me… Even though I’ve never stopped loving him.
I received a copy of this book for an honest review.
Thrive is the second book in the Guardian Protection series. Although it is the second book it is a standalone. I have not read Singe and was able to follow along without being lost. I will say I downloaded the audio book of Singe. I was drawn to all these males and cannot wait to find out their stories. This is a second chance love story that got me from the get go. I absolutely loved the flashbacks giving us bits and pieces of Mira, Jeremy and Kurt back story.
Mira is faced with a hard decision at nineteen. She is torn between the man that says he loves her and the man she loves. Two best friends Jeremy and Kurt now turn to Mira who must choose. But what happens when she chooses the wrong one? The one left alone is left broken and must decide to give up or thrive. The one she chose is left to break her.
Jeremy and Kurt are best friends and have been since grade school. They even joined the military together. Everything changed the day Kurt brought Mira into the barracks. Jeremy knew Kurt was cheating on Mira and Mira would call Jeremy to have a shoulder to cry on. Somewhere along the line the just friend’s line were blurred and hearts were now involved. Jeremy’s world was snatched right out from underneath him in one day. Military gone…Best Friend gone…and Mira gone. He had nothing until one fateful night he came face to face with Guardian Protection Agency and things started to fall into place.
Seventeen years later and one phone call for help caused a change for everyone involved. Can Jeremy forgive? Can two friends have a second chance?
I fell in love with Jeremy (Aks Mr. Hyde), Mira (aka queen of snit fits) and their family and friends. I am amazed at how strong Mira is after all she has been through but I love her sass and temper. Oh man does she give Jeremy a run for his money. Hurt my heart to see what Jeremy was put through and to watch the conflict within him when Mira came calling. I am a sucker for a great Epilogue and I loved this one. I am so excited to hear Braydon’s (aka dimples) and a certain someone’s story.
Originally from Savannah, Georgia, USA Today bestselling author Aly Martinez now lives in South Carolina with her four young children.
Never one to take herself too seriously, she enjoys cheap wine, mystery leggings, and baked feta. It should be known, however, that she hates pizza and ice cream, almost as much as writing her bio in the third person.
She passes what little free time she has reading anything and everything she can get her hands on, preferably with a super-sized tumbler of wine by her side.