REVIEW, EXCERPT & GIVEAWAY: THE SPIRAL DOWN by Aly Martinez

Posted May 17, 2016 by MeliMel in Blog Tours, Giveaways, Guest Posts & Reviews, Home, Meli Mel Review, Reviews, Special Content & Excerpts / 0 Comments

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Blurb v2

I was afraid to fly.

He made me soar.

After years of climbing the ladder of success in the music industry, I finally had everything I could want. 

Yet I still found myself wandering through life alone.

Captain Evan Roth was the one man I never saw coming. 

Tall, dark, mysterious… Straight. 

We were both damaged beyond repair and searching for something so elusive we weren’t sure it even existed.

But, when two broken souls collide in midair, falling is a given.

I just never expected to crave the spiral down.

Review Meli Mel v2


♥ ♥ ♥ 4.5 STARS ♥ ♥ ♥

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“It’s time for you to get used to the fact that I’m here to stay as long as you want me.” I pressed a hard kiss to his lips.

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I had a bit of a rocky start with this series when I finished reading the first book. However, I love Aly Martinez’s writing. How could I not give this one a read when it’s M/M and about the lovable Henry Alexander? I just could not resist. I had to get my grabby hands on this one as soon as I could.

If you have read The Fall Up then you are very familiar with Levee’s best friend Henry Alexander who is also a famous singer and openly gay. Henry is charming, smooth, and cocky. You can’t help but fall in love with him and his contagious smile. Henry may appear all happy on the outside but something is missing in his life. His upbringing in foster care has left him with some issues of insecurity. When he was a child, the people around him easily tossed him away without a care, that left scars in Henry that he’s never gotten over. Now, as an adult, he fears he will never be the reason a person stays. He feels unworthy of love, and unwanted. Henry hides behind his easy going facade so he doesn’t have to let anyone in. This is why Henry only goes for straight men.

When Henry has to board a plane–something he is tremendously fearful of–he has one of his panic attacks. This is caused when he finds out the his usual pilot will be temporarily replaced by a younger pilot named Evan Roth. Henry freaks out and Evan is left trying to persuade him that all will be okay since his job is on the line. After Henry has calmed down, he can’t help but notice how attractive Evan is. Henry will do anything to make sure Evan will stay as his permanent pilot.

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“How good this feels. Just being here with you. I never expected–” To crave you so deeply. And not only in the bedroom But in everyday life. “Evan. This. Me and you. It’s not a bad thing.”

“I know.”

“Don’t fight it, okay? Just trust me that I’m in this with you. One hundred percent. Every step of the way,” he implored before leaning down and placing a reassuring kiss on my lips.

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I can’t tell you enough how much I loved Henry! He was an absolute hoot and so freaking adorable. I loved the silly banter between Evan and Henry that made me smile all goofy like. I really enjoyed seeing Henry work to “woo” Evan into his bed. Henry really tried to pull out all the stops, he just never expected that Evan would have other plans that involved a woman in a threesome.

Evan Roth was a little more on the serious side when compared to Henry, but I still really loved him. I liked that he was finally willing to rediscover that side of him that is attracted to men. Evan has had a heartbreaking relationship with a man in the past that had caused him to swear off all men, hence why he only dated women. But here comes Henry with all the sexy swagger and he is willing to give it another try, even if it’s just with no strings attached. I loved the palpable sexual tension between Evan and Henry. It was freaking scorching hot!

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“You are my exception. Never in my entire life have I been so sure about something.” I paused then corrected myself. “Someone.” Dropping my forehead to his, I whispered, “I’ll be the best damn King Kong you’ve ever seen.”

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The story itself was a very enjoyable one. I loved some of the secondary characters that added more humour to the book. I also loved Henry and Evan as a couple. The chemistry between them was spot on. There was one moment where Henry made me crazy with frustration, but I was glad Evan made him see the light. This book was fun, sexy, humourous, and sweet with some angst to keep things interesting. Aly Martinez did not disappoint with this one. I absolutely recommend you give this one a read. You can also read this one as a standalone. Now, I’m hoping Carter–Henry’s bodyguard–will be getting a book soon. I know that one will definitely be very interesting.

~A.R.C. generously provided in exchange for an honest review~

Excerpt v2

Henry

“How about you and one of your girls come out to my show in L.A. next week? My treat. Dinner, drinks, the whole deal. Evan and I would love to take you two beautiful ladies out for an evening.”

“Excuse me?” he exclaimed, cocking his head to catch my gaze.

I leaned back into my seat and lifted a hand to massage his shoulder. I was barely able to suppress a moan when the angle of his firm trap muscle met my palm.

Fuck, this guy was built like a brick wall. And I was going to love every second of watching him crumble for me.

“Oh, come on, Evan. It’s the least we can do. Double date.” I winked at Jessica. “You can fly them out! My plane should be ready by then.”

Jessica’s eyes jumped to Evan’s. “You’re a pilot?” Her smile spread irritatingly wide.

Back off, Ginger Spice.

Snapping my fingers in her direction, I corrected, “He’s my pilot.”

Subtlety was not a virtue I possessed. Was subtlety a virtue at all?

“Your temporary pilot,” he amended before shaking his head and then tipping his beer to his lips for a long pull.

“Anyway. Do we have a date?” And, by date, I meant feeding her dinner while I attempted to work my way into Evan’s pants.

She pressed one finger to her lips and then nervously flashed her eyes around the cabin.

“Oops. Sorry.” I shrugged sheepishly. Lifting my drink to my mouth, I discreetly passed her my cocktail napkin and then not-so-discreetly brushed my forearm against Evan’s chest as I pulled away.

He offered her a tight smile just before she disappeared.

I grinned proudly.

“What the fucking hell was that?” he whisper-yelled at me.

“That was me getting a woman’s number.”

He arched an eyebrow. “A woman. Really?”

“What? Is that not allowed?” I feigned innocence.

He clenched his fist in his lap, and it made me suddenly aware that my own hands had stopped trembling—and in record time, I should note. Evan seemed to be quite useful in the art of distraction.

He leaned closer. “Don’t bullshit me. I looked you up. You’re…” He stopped, unwilling to say the big, bad “G” word.

“I’m what?” I taunted.

He rolled his eyes and chugged the rest of his beer.

We went back to silence until Jessica came back by with another drink, complete with her phone number written on the napkin.

“I’m not going on a double date,” Evan said as I tucked the napkin into my pocket. “You want me to fly them out? Not a problem. Schedule it with Jackson. But that’s the extent of my professional responsibilities. And, since I’m off the clock right now, I’d also like to mention that I think whatever play you’re planning to run on that woman is fucked up.”

My head snapped to his. “I’m sorry. Play?” I asked with more attitude than I had originally planned.

“Yes. Play,” he sneered.

I stirred my drink. “Let me get this straight. I’m offering to fly her out in a private jet, feed her dinner at one of the best restaurants in the city, and put her front row at a concert that has been sold out for over a year. That doesn’t seem like a play to me. It sounds like I’m trying to do something nice for a woman I was rude to earlier.” I casually leaned back in my seat. “My conscience doesn’t ‘play’ when it comes to apologies.”

“Right. Well, maybe you should have a chat with your conscience, because she looks like she just won the date of a lifetime. Meanwhile, you don’t even like women.” He stalled, no doubt looking for just the right word to express his disgust without sounding like a bigot. Judging by his gentleness when we’d taken off, he wasn’t the type of guy to go for the fag bomb.

I watched him intently, excited to see how he was going to handle this.

“You’re gay.”

I frowned at his lack of creativity. “Not that it’s any of your damn business. But I’ll have you know I love women.”

It wasn’t a lie. I adored women. Especially Levee and Robin.

I just didn’t like pussy. Meh. Semantics.

He gaped. “You’re bi?”

“And I’ll repeat: None of your damn business. But yeah. Do you have a problem with that?”

Again, it wasn’t necessarily a lie.

Was I bisexual? Fuck no. My cock was in no way an equal opportunity employer.

I was somewhat bilingual though. I knew how to ask for a blow job in English and Spanish. I pretended that was what he meant.

Chupame la verga.

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About Author v2

Born and raised in Savannah, Georgia, Aly Martinez is a stay-at-home mom to four crazy kids under the age of five, including a set of twins. Currently living in South Carolina, she passes what little free time she has reading anything and everything she can get her hands on, preferably with a glass of wine at her side.

After some encouragement from her friends, Aly decided to add “Author” to her ever-growing list of job titles. Five books later, she shows no signs of slowing. So grab a glass of Chardonnay, or a bottle if you’re hanging out with Aly, and join her aboard the crazy train she calls life.

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