Thursday, December 6, 2018

Release Blitz & Review: Across the Horizon - Aly Martinez

“Sometimes love happens when you least expect it.” 

That was what my husband’s mistress told me the day I found out about their affair.
I didn’t believe it until five minutes later when mouth-watering celebrity chef Tanner Reese walked up, tossed his arm around my shoulders, and told my cheating husband to take a hike.

Tanner and I couldn’t have been more different. He spent his weekends at clubs, rubbing elbows with fellow A-listers. I spent mine in yoga pants with cheese boards and a glass of wine—or six.

Our relationship shouldn’t have worked, but it did. That is until Tanner proved to me that even though love happens when you least expect it...

So does heartbreak.

4 Stars
Across the Horizon is a hot contemporary romance with a bit of humor from Aly Martinez, author of several of my favorite romance novels. Featuring a handsome chef and a beautiful divorcee, neither seeking a relationship by the way, Across the Horizon follows the fast paced love that blossoms between two people who aren't even looking for it. Tanner Reese is famous for his abs that feature prominently on his popular cooking show, what he really wants to be doing though is cooking. Rita is just recognizing her ex had shaped her into a trophy wife; she doesn't know what she's going to do next, but she knows she won't be standing beside her cheating husband. Caught off-guard by her husband's mistress, Rita grabs the first man she sees to prove she's moving on just fine. The two have instant chemistry, furthered by Rita's inability to recognize him at first and Tanner's willingness to play the part of a new lover. A chance for simple, no-strings attached romance pulls the two together and soon love is on the table, but each has complications that could ruin their chance at simple happiness.

Oh my word, this book was sweet, sexy, and surprisingly realistic. Both Tanner and Rita are compassionate individuals with personal life problems that any reader can relate to. The romance they strike up unassuming, much of their time spent together is spent sharing, giving each other the most honest version of themselves. Of course, there'd be no romance between the two if there wasn't drama and the two have plenty of it. Rita's ex-husband doesn't want to let her go, Tanner has an ex-girlfriend desperate for recognition, and both have trust issues they don't know how to recover from. The two are easy to love though and readers will find themselves rooting for the easy relationship that brings them so much happiness. Tanner was the most swoon-worthy hero, he fights for the girl regardless of what is thrown at them, proving the ladies man really has been holding out for the one. Rita is like all of us, a scorned lover who can't escape the past, but Tanner whittles away at her armor and as the book progresses further we get to know her on a deeper level.

Across the Horizon does feature characters from Aly Martinez' duet The Darkest Sunrise, but can easily be read as a standalone. It's a classic contemporary romance with heaping spoonful of sweet love, smutty passion, and just the right amount of angsty drama. It was an entertaining read that had me laughing and swooning from beginning to end.

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.

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