Written with Regret by Aly Martinez ~ Review & Teaser (@AlyMartinezAuth)

I was so excited to start another book by Aly Martinez, as it had been a long time since I read her work. This was a fantastic beginning to this duet, and I couldn't hold back on picking up the sequel immediatley!
Written with Regret (The Regret Duet, #1)
Title: Written with Regret
Author: Aly Martinez
Series: The Regret Duet #1
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Published: May 23rd 2019

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Every little girl dreams of the fairytale. The one where the white knight rushes in to save her from the clutches of evil. They fall in love, have babies, and live happily ever after.

By that definition, my life should have been a fairytale too.

When I was eight years old, Caven Hunt saved me from the worst kind of evil to walk the Earth. It didn’t matter that I was a kid. I fell in love with him all the same.

But that was where my fairytale ended.

Years later, a one-night stand during the darkest time imaginable gave us a little girl. It was nothing compared to the pitch black that consumed me when I was forced to leave her with Caven for good.

At the end of every fairytale, the happily-ever-after is the one thing that remains consistent. It wasn’t going to be mine, but there hadn’t been a night that passed where I hadn’t prayed that it would be hers.

I owed Caven my life.
However, I owed that innocent child more.
And that included ripping the heart from my chest and facing her father again.

It's been a while since I've read a book by Aly Martinez, and after reading the blurb and sampling the first few chapters, I knew it was going to something that I would get swept away in. Boy did I ever! As soon as I finished this book, you bet I had to continue on immediately!!

My heart broke for the little girl in the prologue, having to suffer through something so horrific was mind-blowing. To have a boy come to her rescue while they both were so terrified eased her a little. Throughout the story I saw the sacrifices that they both made on that day, and how scared they both were. Jumping to the present, life had changed for them both, Caven was a Father and Hadley made her way back into his life. They both carried guilt and secrets and an attraction that they could not deny!

Caven changed a lot in a small amount of time; he took responsibility quickly, was fiercely protective of his little girl and it was adorable watching them interact. Hadley had pure intentions of coming back into their lives, but there was always something there that nagged at me. She fell quickly for Caven's girl, but she held some secrets close to her chest. It was good to watch them all get closer and for Caven to let Hadley into his heart.

What I wasn't expecting was the twist! I really thought I had the story figured out, but the storyline took a little turn that threw me. I think that Aly Martinez has done an incredible job of building this story and creating characters that have left me wanting more. She has dealt with sensitive subjects and woven the story together perfectly! As you can guess, I picked up the next book immediately!

I liked that Caven was quite forward with Hadley, putting all his feelings out there! 

Silently, he stared at me, his gaze heavy and his jaw hard. His Adam’s apple bobbed before he licked his lips. “You should not have kissed me that night in the bathroom.”
I wrung my hands in front of me. “I know. I know. I know. And I—”
In a low gruff voice, he rumbled, “But that doesn’t mean I shouldn’t have kissed you.”
My shock or relief didn’t have time to register before he took a long step forward, his arm hooking around my hips. Dragging me against his chest, he crashed his mouth down on mine, hard and punishing, filled with all the desperation of a starving man.

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“Trust is hard for me. I took a leap of faith to let you have visitation against everyone’s advice because that was something I could control. I was prepared to hate you until the end of time. I know we didn’t spend a lot of time together the night we met at the bar. But I didn’t realize this is who you were.” I kissed her forehead. “Fuck me, I was not ready for you. And I mean that as a compliment. You’re sweet. And kind. And generous. When I showed up at your house that day and you dumped that man’s recyclables on your floor because he wouldn’t leave until you took them…” I laughed at the memory. “And the paint. I still have that shirt, ya know? I can’t bring myself to trash it because it makes me smile every damn time I see it.”
Her voice was filled with emotion as she replied, “If you’re going to keep it, I rescind my offer to PayPal you for it. Though, if you ever decide to leak my identity as R.K. Banks, it would probably be worth a fortune.”

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Originally from Savannah, Georgia, USA Today bestselling author Aly Martinez now lives in South Carolina with her husband and four young children.

Never one to take herself too seriously, she enjoys cheap wine, charcuterie boards, and her mildly neurotic golden retriever. 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.
Aly Martinez

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