The Retrieval Duet


by Aly Martinez
Published September-October 2016
4 Stars

One story. Two couples.

This was an interesting duet and that line hard me intrigued. I had to find out what was going on. When it comes to duets, I normally wait for the complete set to be out before I dive into the first but the release date for the second one was not so far from the first. This encouraged me to dive into the first without any access to the second. Yeah, big mistake. I knew better but I still fell for the beautiful blurb and lovely reviews. I couldn’t wait for the second book after that. I finished the book in a span of two days and I was planning to stretch it out until the second book was out.

Aly Martinez did an amazing job with this. I loved some of her books before and they take me on an emotional ride. This one did not fail in that aspect. The story was gripping in an unexpected way. Obviously I knew two couples were involved, I just did not expect that. In all honesty I thought it was going to be a kind of Arsen read with a love triangle. I’m a fan of twisted stories, forgive me. It was far from that and much better than what I expected.

My past, present, and future were walking out of my life, and I stood immobile as every fiber in my being screamed for me to drop to my knees and beg her to stay.
To take her in my arms and tell her that we’d figure it out.
To reclaim my life once and for all.

In the first book (Retrieval) we mainly focus on the first couple Elisabeth and Roman and the second couple is the secondary focus. From the blurb you can already tell the situation the two of them are in, no longer together. They are divorced and are reunited in an unforeseeable way. Roman clearly never moved on from Elisabeth and once they are in the same space, he vows to win her back. Elisabeth has still not forgiven Roman for not being there for her at a time she needed him the most and she is fighting hard to not get back together with him.

“As much as I needed to keep my distance, I knew it was futile. I’d never been able to stay away from him.”

From the story, you can see how miscommunication can lead to a lot of strife in a relationship. If he had explained himself well, they probably would never have left each other. But then again maybe it was necessary for them to be apart for that time. Roman is such an amazing guy. Sigh. He was something else honestly. Also in the first book, Clare is introduced and the whole time I wanted to know what was the connection between her and the first couple and at some point it all clicked. She is in a physically abusive relationship and her personal trainer always tries to help her out but she doesn’t want him getting in trouble with her husband until he does.

We sat in silence for somewhere between a second and a century, his fingers lazily drawing patterns on my shoulder, before I finally found the courage to confess, “I miss you.”
He sighed. “You have no idea.”

There is a cliffhanger at the end that was a bummer but both books are out now so you don’t have to suffer the same fate. It also felt unfinished in the sense that I feel like she could have exhausted Elisabeth and Roman’s story but she rushed it all. It was like a sunny side up egg, quick and fulfilling but still raw.

“Something had broken between us. But, in the process, something had also been repaired.”

In the second book (Transfer) the focus shifts to Clare and I feel like reviewing it will be ruining it for you so I’m just going to leave it here for now. It will give away to many things and the experience will not be the same. Trust me, I’m doing you a favor. I went in blind from this one and it worked out well for me. I didn’t even read the blurb HA! But there was a part I could totally see coming and that was disappointing. It was bound to happen and that made me lower my rating to a four.

I fell in love with a man who didn’t exist.
What started out as romance ended in hell.
His words turned to razor blades.
His kisses converted to fists.
His embrace became my cage.
His body transformed into a weapon, stealing parts of me until ultimately….
I broke.
I hated him.
My sole job in life became to protect our daughter.
I wasn’t sure I’d ever escape the prison he’d skillfully crafted from my fears.
Until the day our savior arrived.
This is the story of how I escaped the man who thought he owned me. The transfer of my life and my family.

All in all, it was a fantastic read. It looks at abusive relationships and how women get stuck there, there’s also the whole husband with too much power and connections. The issue about fertility and how it can affect a marriage. The emotional turmoil of it all and how it can make a person lose themselves because of a problem. There are many moral dilemmas in the story and situations that made me think, what would I have done?

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