Retrieval- An Epic Heart Wrenching Love Story


Rating: 5/5


One story. Two couples.

I proposed on our first date.
She laughed and told me I was insane. Less than a day later, she said yes.
It was a whirlwind, but we were happy…
Until we got greedy and wanted a family.

It was a life I couldn’t give her, not for lack of trying. Fertility just wasn’t on our side. We sought out doctors and treatments. Spent money we didn’t have. Lied to our families. Smiled for our friends. Put on a brave face for a world that didn’t understand.
Finally, we were successful…
Until we were forced to bury our son.

We were left broken, battered, and destroyed.
They say love is in the details, but it was the details that ruined us.

This is the story of how I took back what had always been mine.
The retrieval of my wife and our family.

My thoughts ya’ll:

Did you read that synopsis? How could I not want to read this story.  I just knew I had to. I am a true romantic at heart and reading that Roman proposed on their first date really speaks to that romantic side of me. I’ve read Aly’s books before, so I knew the writing would be on point. Her On The Ropes Series is one of my favorite. And yet again, I was not disappointed. She writes the feelings as if she’s experienced them before. Elisabeth was sassy and Roman was the ultimate (I do mean ultimate) alpha male. Together they are fire! the chemistry between them was off the charts.

Roman and Elisabeth have the kind of love that songs are made of, books are written about, and people try to recreate every day. They each know the day they meet, and solidify it the next, that they’ve met the one. Life’s surprises and disappointments slowly tear them apart. The thing that tears them apart is something that many couples go through all too frequently and you can understand that frustration and feelings of hurt and abandonment that it brings. But, they are brought back together by the one thing that tore them apart. Even better, is that they still have the same chemistry they had when they met.

My Review:

Now. The not so great news. Retrieval is a part of a duet. It ends on a cliffhanger. So you know you just gotta read Transfer. It finishes the story and Roman and Elizabeth still have a connected part in it. It’s action packed and heart wrenching. But…I just could not like it. I know it’s because of the second couple. Clare and Heath are introduced in Retrieval, but have their own story in Transfer. They’re all interconnected through this one life event. Although what connects them, is heart wrenching and you feel each couples pain, I still just didn’t like them.

They have the makings of a great couple too. A strong heroine that does all that she needs to to survive and a protective alpha male hero that stops at nothing to rescue and ensure his woman’s safety. I have a bad habit of not liking other couples in series and I wanted Roman and Elisabeth to get back what they lost. Which is impossible because Claire has it. I just could not get into the second love story and it didn’t seem as soul scorching as Roman and Elisabeth’s. It didn’t come close to the epicness of Roman and Elisabeth’s relationship at all. Don’t get me wrong, the writing was still great, there was still suspense, and it wraps up the storyline. I just didn’t care for it. Sorry Clare and Heath…you just didn’t do it for me.

Now I’m not saying don’t read Transfer. You do need it to complete the storyline and to find out what happens.

Why you should read it:

Whew. Now that I got that off of my chest, Read Retrieval. It’s so worth it. If you’re a single woman, it will make you look forward to finding your own alpha. And if you’re in a relationship, you’ll look at your man with stars in your eyes again. Roman and Elisabeth will make you swoon.

About the Author:

Aly Martinez is a southern girl and wine lover. Just like me. She’s the talented author of not only Retrieval and Transfer, but The On The Ropes Series. If you want to learn more about this fabulous southern belle, head over to her amazon author page here and show her some support. She’s amazingly talented so you won’t be disappointed.


Did you love Roman and Elisabeth just as much as I did? Think I was being to harsh on Clare and Heath? Tell me:)

Let me know what you think!