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The Complete Retrieval Duet

By: Aly Martinez
Narrated by: Andi Arndt,Maxine Mitchell,Jason Carpenter
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Publisher's Summary

After a mix-up at the fertility clinic, two couples are forever changed when their lives suddenly collide. 

Retrieval

That was all it took for me to know Elisabeth was my soul mate. Five years, countless infertility treatments, and the loss of our only son. That was what it took for me to lose her. One phone call, a mix-up at the lab, and a little girl neither of us knew existed. That was the hell it took to bring her back to me. And this time, I wasn’t letting go.This is the story of how I took back what had always been mine. The retrieval of my wife and my family.

Transfer

I married a monster. What started out as romance ended in hell. My sole job in life was to protect our daughter. Until a police officer informed me of a mix-up at the lab. My little girl was the only thing keeping me alive. And I didn’t even know if she was mine. This is the story of how I escaped the man who thought he owned me.The transfer of my life and my family.

©2019 Aly Martinez (P)2019 Aly Martinez
  • Unabridged Audiobook
  • Categories: Romance

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Suspenseful Emotional Rollercoaster!

Roman and Elisabeth recognized they were soulmates almost from the moment they met each other and they thought nothing could come between them. When tragedy strikes, they were unable to handle the stress it put on their marriage, but it was a never that they didn’t love one another. Two years later life throws them a curveball and this time Roman is not going to let anything or anyone come between them.

Clare has endured so much to protect those she loves and has finally escaped. She has found true love but the threats from her past will put everyone in danger and it will take all the strength she has to survive.

This is a suspense emotional rollercoaster of a story about two couple who are united in their selflessness to protect one little girl. The story draws you in and leaves you on edge wondering what twists are around the corner and it is a story you don’t want to miss. I listed to the audio version of the story and the narrators did an incredible job at making you feel like you were experiencing the same emotions as the characters.

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The Complete Retrieval

The complete retrieval was an amazing Audiobook/book I couldn’t make myself put down or shut off! I was memorized and heartbroken. Roman loved Elisabeth with so much passion it broke my heart. So many twists and turns. If you were married to a monster What would you do to protect your child? Crime, murder and intrigue.

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Not worth the time or credit

I was extremely disappointed with this story's development. A definite missed opportunity. Characters in book 2 were unappealing, and cold and I could not finish it. Story continuation could have taken a much better turn than the one the author chose. Save the credit, I'll be returning this one.

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Best book ever!!!

I love love love this book and could listen to it over and over again. The author is one of my favorites if not my favorite author. Her books are like watching a movie. It’s just so good!!! The narrators really brought the book to life and they did an excellent job.

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NOT A FAN OF PART 2

I was seriously disappointed with the book to. A definite missed opportunity. Characters in book 2 were unappealing, and cold. Story continuation could have taken a much better turn than the one the author chose.

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Very emotional

So much feels!! There were moments when I cried and smiled like an idiot. They were so many heartfelt moments. I felt that the characters’ stories were all completed. I do feel that Elizabeth and Roman’s story was cut a bit short but I was satisfied with how their story continued in the Transfer book. Highly recommended!!

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I really loved this story!

This story was twisted, intense and had me hooked right away! The storyline was unique and had me on the edge of my seat waiting to see what would happen next.

These characters were amazing; their patience, understanding and compassion made them easy love but their love and strength made them so much more!

I can not recommend these books enough !!

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Be prepared for ALL THE FEELS!!!!

I was not ready. I don't know why I wasn't; I should've been considering that the topic is about infertility and marriage and whenever those are discussed, books tend to delve into deep deep waters. But I was NOT READY! From the agony of infertility and loss and the toll it can take on even the healthiest, most loving relationships (the angle of Retrieval), to the damage of emotional, physical, and mental abuse (one of the major plot points in Transfer) - I was able to experience emotions that I had not before fathomed and that's all because of the masterful way Aly Martinez penned the books AND the amazing talent of the narrators. There were so many moments that I had tears streaming down my face as I read, but there were also moments when my cheeks hurt from smiling so hard, and when I had to fan myself from the sizzle. Both books featured the type of hero that I love the most: Heath and Roman were intensely determined to have their women. There is nothing like a man that LOVES HARD and FIERCELY, that is loyal and dedicated to his woman and his family, and that is willing to do whatever it takes to achieve and maintain "happy life, happy wife" status. I think I enjoyed the duet even better listening to it as opposed to reading it - it was just that much easier to visualize and consume the story and to handle them back to back. The experience was cleansing and cathartic and I can't wait to read more from this author. 4.75 out of 5 wine glasses.

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Left Me Wanting More

have not had the pleasure to read any works by Ms. Martinez. After I started listening to this duet I was mentally hitting my head against a wall. Now that I’ve listened to her books, and having had such great narrators, I don’t know how I’ll ever pick up a book.

One great thing about having someone read to you is that they can put in emotions that the characters need to get across to the reader. I don’t know about you but I tend to read in monotone – one good reason I’m not the one telling the story. And that’s one thing you can expect here, plenty of emotion. There’s both happiness and sadness. There’s also plenty of suspense for you too. You may even find yourself holding your breath a time or two. We have both good guys and a really nasty bad guy. Stuck in the middle are two innocent women. There’s another innocent that we meet in the first book that may even steal your heart.

Some people change the speed when listening to a story but there was no way that I was going to even touch that. One reason I love having someone read to me is so that I have no choice but to relax and just enjoy what’s being spoken. I didn’t want the end to come any sooner than it was going to. It was very hard to hit the stop button because I wanted to know that the women were going to be safe, the good guys were going to charge in to save those they love, and that the bad guy is going to get everything he deserves.

If you haven’t started this duet yet, than getting both Retrieval and Transfer in a complete set is perfect. That’s because you’ll find that once you start reading about Roman and Elisabeth, you’ll find that you’ll want to see what happens with Clare and her daughter. These stories are intertwined and you can’t have one without the other. They sound so believable that it’s not hard to think of the story as real. It’s one way of knowing how creative the author is. I can’t wait to listen to more.

I voluntarily reviewed an Audiobook copy of this book.

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Good, but Needed a Stronger Male Voice

Aly masterfully dives into the complicated world of fertilization struggles, domestic abuse, and the true question of what makes a family, nature or nurture. In Retrieval, Roman (Jason Carpenter) and Elisabeth (Andi Arndt) are the stars of the story, with Claire (Maxine Mitchell) as a minor character. In Transfer, Claire and Heath (Jason Carpenter) are the main characters, and you see their love story unfold as a follow up to the story in Retrieval. Andi and Maxine really shined, as always! This was my first Jason Carpenter and I felt that his performance could have been a bit stronger. These books are from 2016, so take that with a grain of salt. Overall, a captivating read.

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  • Alison H
  • 02-09-22

A heartbreaking and superb story

This story is heartbreaking and beautiful all wrapped up. This author has the ability to drag you in and makes you run the full gamut of emotions before spitting you out at the end feeling used up, washed out and oh so ready to go through it all again.

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  • Claire Annovazzi
  • 06-15-21

Heart status: dead, gone

Heart status: dead, gone. Expect an happily ever after, but the journey to that perfect ending is soul crushing.

The first part of the duet follows a couple that has fallen apart years before. Roman and Elisabeth reconnect when they learn some truth about the IVF procedure they went through. With several flashbacks, conversations and some revelations, we discover how they met, and how they broke apart. And because they’re facing a new challenge together, we also witness how they mend their relationship.

A third character appears from time to time. Clare is linked to them, though we don’t really know how yet. Her story, with her abusive husband and Heath, the man who saves her, is the focus of the second part–with appearances of Roman and Elisabeth.

Though they are connected, both stories have a very different mood. Retrieval is angsty and personal, while Transfer has more action and violence. They also explore different themes, but at the center is the subject of parenthood and what it brings to–or take from–a couple.

Three narrators–two female and one male–are enough for the various points of view. I’m familiar with both female narrators, and they are exceptional. The male narrator was new to me, and though I liked his voice, he lacked the same energy as his female counterparts. It was still a very good audiobook, where all the deep emotions were present.

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  • Gluten Free Cooking Novice
  • 02-15-21

Just Amazing

So sensitively written for such a difficult storyline. It was full of all the emotions. I couldn’t stop listening to it and was so glad that this was the complete story. I don’t think I could have waited if I had been left hanging.

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  • Julia B
  • 01-14-21

Intense, emotional, romantic suspense. loved it!

I loved this duet, it was so much more than I expected from the blurb.  I expected some emotion and a potential second chance love story, which I got in spades, but there was so much more. 

Heartbreak, healing, passion, suspense, intrigue, danger and a connection between two couples that none of them could have predicted at the start.  Two heartbroken soulmates who should never have been separated, but sometimes situations are too hard and dealing with and the loss of their child broke both Roman and Elisabeth.  I loved their re-connection even under such awful circumstances.  They had incredible chemistry even amongst their pain and anger.  Roman seemed so closed off at the start but it soon became clear all his decisions, even the misguided ones had all been for Elisabeth's happiness.  Two wonderful characters.  Then there was Claire, she had such strength but so much vulnerability and was trapped in an almost impossible situation.  Protecting her daughter was her reason for living, my heart broke for her particularly.

This book was so well written with depth and feeling.  I listened to the audio version and it was told from three persons pov and all three narrators were excellent.

There were twists, turns, unexpected revelations and a caring, protective, sexy, hot DEA agent determined to save the ones he loves.  It had dark moments and possible triggers for some, it was not an easy ride for either couple as more and more was revealed about the devastating after affects from the ivf clinic, but I devoured it!

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  • windy888
  • 07-30-19

wow did not want this to finish. a diverse range

didn't want this one to finish. diverse range of emotion s ran thru me not least as I had been physically abused but her writing is superb. highly recommended

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  • Lori Sarat
  • 03-16-19

Survival is the key

Words fail me in expressing the way I feel about this audiobook. It has everything, it is everything. My heart beat double time in listening to this amazingly heart wrenching book. No one and nothing is as you expect it to be. Strong alpha males and even stronger willful females carry this book into my heart where it shall stay. The love for each of these couples in awe inspiring.
Everything about this audiobook is impeccable, the writing the narration the beginning the end. Sheer perfection from the words this is audible to the words thank you for listening.

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  • PATRICIA
  • 03-06-19

Captivated into the story

When I loaded this book, I thought since it's going to be a long one! But to my surprise, I was so taken in, the time flew by, and I couldn't get enough. This story starts with Elisabeth and Roman with their journey to parenthood with infertility. Even divorced, this couple has intrinsic chemistry and with the revelation that their eggs may have been mixed up with someone else's, they go to track down their possible child. Claire is married to a monster, but she survives every day to keep her daughter, Tessa, safe. With Heath by her side, she is protected, but will it be enough? Martinez has woven the lives of these two couples together, uncovering the hardest of truths, and sacrificing as only a parent's love can. It's full of emotion, fear, devastation and love. The secrets and lies that are unveiled are heart wrenching, but the outcome is beautiful. Once you start this, you will not put it down, it is that good.

With the several points of view, Martinez masterfully put together an incredible team to narrate Claire and Elisabeth's story. Andi Arndt and Maxine Mitchell are seasoned narrators and easily pull you into the world of the characters. I love the way their voices can pull me in and keep me on the edge of my seat to find out what is happening next. Jason Carpenter gives voice to the men, and gave us the protectiveness and love needed to get through the emotional story. This team brought the story into my heart and left it there!