Review: Transfer by Aly Martinez (Retrieval #2)


Note: This ARC was provided by TRSoR Promotions in exchange for an honest review.

"I don't want to be your Luke. Not anymore. I'm Heath. I've always been Heath. But, regardless of what my name is, I'm not going anywhere." 
Not until you're ready anyway. I ignored the stabbing pain in my chest. 
Her lashes fluttered as her eyes closed just before she rested her forehead on my chest. "Why?" 
Because I wouldn't be able to breathe without knowing you're safe. 
Because I'm drawn to you in ways that would ruin us both. 
Because it's irrational, illogical, and so fucked up that I feel like I'm going insane, but I can't stop feeling you and Tessa are mine. 

Transfer is the sequel to Retrieval, both books belonging to the Retrieval duet from bestselling author Aly Martinez. After a nail-biter of a cliffhanger in the first book, this second book picks up right were its predecessor left off after a mere two-week wait. Okay, who am I kidding? Two weeks is still two weeks too long for someone like me, but the anxiousness and impatience were all part and parcel of the fact that this duology started off in the best way possible and then left readers intrigued and itching about what would happen next to all the main parties involved. While Elisabeth Keller and Roman Leblanc went from married but broken then on to divorced but still in love with each other to engaged and undeniably madly in love, there story wasn't finished, not with it being intertwined with Clare Noir and her daughter after DEA Agent Heath Light shares with them information that would change all their lives forever. I highly recommend you read Retrieval before venturing into Transfer because the books are directly connected.

When she was Clare Cornwell, she may have been a waitress living in a trailer park, but she had freedom. As Clare Noir, she's been trapped in an abusive marriage for far too long, and at twenty-eight, she feels as if the only thing worth living for is her daughter Tessa. She doesn't even contemplate trying to come up with a plan to get away from her husband because she knows that no matter how far she runs, Walter Noir will find a way to drag her back to the life that became her personal hell. Then a chance for to be free came in the form of her personal trainer, but Luke Cosgrove wasn't actually who he claimed to be. Now, not only does she find herself living in the same home as the two very people who could take Tessa from her, but she also has to reconcile her Luke with Heath Light, a man who's been keeping his own share of secrets from her. Heath gives her anything and everything she needs and wants. With him by her side, she feels protected, but for how long can Heath keep Clare safe from the lingering threat of her vengeful husband?

With Retrieval raising the bar astronomically high, I hoped I wasn't setting myself up for disappointment when it came to Transfer. After all, other books that have been follow-ups or sequels to much-lauded and much-loved stories have faltered in varying degrees before. But I should have known better. Aly Martinez has yet to disappoint me. This sequel met the challenge set by the duet starter and threw in a twist or two as well as an added measure of suspense to make sure it has--and keeps--your attention. Clare Cornwell may have started off as a victim, but she proved to be a survivor who refused to have her husband take away her ability to love and live. The angle regarding Tessa was interesting and the way it played out was surprising but one that I was able to fully appreciate because of how sensitively the author handled it. Heath was amazing, different in ways to Roman, but both loved with their heart and soul and lived to make their women happy. Transfer more than satisfied this blogger. Five-plus stars for this 2016 top read. ♥

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Read my reviews for the Retrieval duet:


Retrieval (book one) - five-plus stars - My Review

Transfer (book two) - five-plus stars - My Review (posted above)

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Date Read: 30 September 2016

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