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The Spiral Down by Aly Martinez

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Blurb

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

Confession time, I have never read anything by Aly Martinez. *gasp*, I have no idea how this author wasn’t on my radar – but she will be now! I’ve been in a major book slump lately so when a friend told me that I just HAD to read The Spiral Down, I dropped what I was reading and picked it up.

I skipped the first book in the series, The Fall Up to read this one so hoped I wouldn’t be lost.  While this book isn’t entirely a standalone, I didn’t feel like I was missing pieces.

I’d read that this was Aly Martinez’s first M/M which made me nervous, but the person who recommended the book wasn’t one to let me down and I can firmly say this book did not disappoint!
The story focuses on Henry Alexander, a secondary character from The Fall Up.  He’s a rich and famous singer who’s also openly gay.  Henry’s had a hard life growing up in the foster care system but he doesn’t come across as too damaged instead I’d describe him as insecure and emotionally vulnerable.

 

”I have millions of fans. But it’s the people who get to know me who leave. It always happens.”

 

Outwardly Henry is seriously charming and cocky, no one can resist him but he does have two weaknesses- flying and seducing straight men.  Fate brings both of these vices together in the form of ex-Air Force pilot Evan Roth.  Evan is dark and brooding where Henry is lovable and teasing.

 

There is a lot of sexual tension between the two and when Henry and Evan finally cross the line the scenes are HOT and steamy.

 

The story is told in a rotating, dual perspective which allows you to connect with both characters and their struggle to accept that their relationship isn’t a casual affair.

 

Of course, there was some drama and angst but it wasn’t over the top.  I also loved being able to read both Henry and Evan’s perspective as they overcame it to reach their happily ever after.  I think Aly was able to use this to insert some romance and keep the story from feeling too heavy.

 

“His laugh. His randomness. The way he can captivate me from across a room. The rush I felt when we were together. It was the closest thing to flying I’ve ever experienced with my feet on the ground.”

 

I did feel like the first half of the book was stronger.  Henry pursuing Evan made for a great story but I thought once Evan let his defenses down Henry’s character changed a bit too much from the one we’d initially been introduced to.  Despite this one short-fall I would still definitely recommend this book.  I’m anxious to read book one and learn Sam and Levee’s story in The Fall Up and I will be keeping an eye out for any future releases from Aly Martinez.

 

While you can totally read this book as a standalone, I can assure you that you’ll want to pick up The Fall Up, so you may as well read in series order!

Disclaimer: I was not provided a copy of this book for review

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