Fighting Solitude (On the Ropes, #3) by Aly Martinez – Review by Colleen Noyes
Fighting Solitude by Aly Martinez
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Reading Fighting Solitude by Aly Martinez in one sitting left me completely and utterly drained. This series has such a special place in my heart as I have watched the Page brothers overcome all of life’s detriments, obstacles, hurts, and deaths. I have cried, laughed, and cried some more.
Quarry’s story was no different for me than Till and Flint’s. It left me feeling raw emotionally and sad that the series has come to an end. The pain that Quarry felt when losing Mia is something anyone who has ever lost someone would know. The hurt, the anger, the betrayal all felt by this beautiful man was understandable.
Quarry Page is a hot, sexy man who for many years has had the heart of a young boy. The demons he has been forced to fight whether it be abandonment, physical ailments, or the feeling of helplessness in protecting those he loves has consumed him. The last thing he wants is to let down the people he loves and he feels he has had a lifetime of doing nothing but that since he seems to never be able to keep them safe.
Liv, has had to endure her own demons thanks to her p.o.s mother. She is strong but fragile. She has always sacrificed her own needs and desires for those around her and staying away from the only boy she ever loved falls into that category. No matter how much she loves Quarry she just can’t forget that with him she is not safe. The pain and anguish she feels realizing that is like a punch in the stomach.
While Liv continuously tries to navigate the balance between hiding her feelings and being a best friend to Quarry you can feel how it destroys her a little bit more each day. For her, having a piece of him, even as a best friend is better than having none of him.
The bond they share over Mia to the naked eye seems to be out of place. Some won’t understand the Mia aspect of the story but what I found was a key paragraph that for me put it all in perspective and became necessary in the catalyst for a part of each of their lives. Mia took two broken people and helped heal them in a way maybe no one else could from the pains of their past.
Can Quarry ever return Liv’s feelings? Will Liv ever share her feelings? As the story progresses and certain things from the past come to light I think it all falls right into place. I think that Quarry and Liv each end up exactly where they are meant to be. I also feel that Aly Martinez did a great job of tying up each of the Page brother’s stories and tying up a few “loose ends”. As usual her writing was fluid, heartfelt, and she never missed a beat.