ARC Review: Singe by Aly Martinez

Series: Guardian Protection #1
Release Date: February 4, 2017
Rating: 4/5
I voluntarily reviewed an ARC.

She was my nightmare. Every time I closed my eyes, I watched her fall into that inferno. Over and over, I failed to save her.

I hadn’t been able to reach her, and the guilt only burned hotter over time. Four years later, I was the unreachable one.

Heroes aren’t always saints. Sometimes, we’re nothing more than jaded sinners driven by sleepless nights and hearts full of darkness.

And then I met her. She was a dreamer who managed to soothe my scars and heal my wounds.

But, as the flames closed in around us, I feared I wasn’t the right man to save her. That is until I realized she was the one woman I’d burn the world down to protect.

I have been a fan of Aly Martinez ever since I devoured Retrieval and Transfer–two of the most riveting, intense, nail biting stories I have experienced. Her stories and characters are unique and hard to find. In a sea of different delectable treats they are the specialties of the day. Hot off the grill, making your mouth water immediately after you say “I give up”. Singe started with a heavy tone that easily captured my attention. Surprisingly, it eventually turned into something that’s easier on the shoulders and true to its title, Singe became a superficial burn. Not too gripping, not too light, but just right to introduce an exciting new series.

Rhion Park and Jude Levitt consumed each other’s hearts and minds ever since that horrific night. Never have they imagined in their wildest dreams that they’d see each other again. Rhion lived and breathed Jude Levitt. He has always been the man of her dreams, fixated that he was the hero who saved her life. She had a tumultuous life too early after losing her mother when she was still a child and lost her father during an important even in her pre adult life. To cope, she found peace in writing romance novels. I loved Rhion’s sense of humor, her vast and crazy imagination, still battling with fear but a survivor through and through.

Jude Levitt on the other hand was guilt stricken after that life and death situation with Rhion. All the could haves, should haves, and failures turned into all-consuming dreaded nights. Though his life is a tad easier than Rhion’s I saw how differently he viewed things. Jude was a planner, controller, and can be high strung sometimes. A loving step dad to an eleven year old girl reaping him more handsome points in my books. I initially got confused with his way of thinking and his reactions towards Rhion but soon got over it, completely understanding that he was scared of losing Rhion all over again. Despite their differences they fit snugly and a sizzling tandem to root for.

I can say that Singe was fast paced story. I honestly wanted Jude and Rhion’s relationship to slowly blossom for a more realistic effect given the circumstances they went through when they first met.  But through Aly’s talented story telling I was able to eventually grasp and see the burning love between the major characters. There’s no mistaking that they were kindred spirits.

There’s also no denying that Aly’s narration was addicting. Her words were music to my ears and her scenes were clear and as plain as day! One of which was when I got lost in its scorching hot moments.  I was like the biggest snoop on earth! Even though I’ve known who the boogeyman is earlier than expected, it felt like a weak prediction because I got side swept by the varying revelations, character twists, and the burning love story.  Aly made sure that I was lounging on a fairy tale before dropping the bomb. I also loved that she didn’t just stop with the major characters. Her secondary characters were affecting and were highly influential to the tone of the story. Now how could I forget the diverting and dashing body guards of Guardian Protection. If I were loaded like Rhion I would have gotten one of those men or better yet all of them by my side. Johnson for me was the biggest enigma amongst the men in uniform. He piqued my interest to the nth level and it was hysterical when he’d stir up the reactions and emotions of the major characters.

I was honestly expecting more heart stopping, action packed scenes given the blurb and the slightly dark cover. But overall, it was such a good introduction to the Guardian Protection Series. Singe was a fate driven love story revolving around themes of forgiveness, healing and acceptance. It was sexy, sensational and surprisingly amusing! My third Aly Martinez book and I could say I was one happy girl when I finished Singe! Give us the next book soon, please, Aly!

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