Friday 20 May 2016

The Spiral Down by Aly Martinez Book Tour ~ #giveaway #bookreview #excerpt #MMromance



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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.


“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 the Author:
Aly Martinez
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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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Source: eARC for Honest Review Courtesy of Author and TRSOR
Genre: MM Adult Contemporary
 Standalone yet part of a series as well

My The Spiral Down Review . . .

Let's start with 1) I flippin' adore Aly Martinez and 2) I loved this story.

This book can be read as a standalone but it is technically part of the Fall Up series.  Now, it has been quite awhile since I read the Fall Up and there have been many books in between then and now.  So it took me a bit of time to get reacquainted with the characters.  It wasn't necessary to do this since it can be read alone but I always prefer to have the back stories in mind which helps to deepen the characters for me.

Henry Alexander may be a rock star but he's also a bit neurotic and quirky as well.  Which only made him more loveable.  Henry's best friends are Levee and Sam, whom are from the Fall Up.  For Henry he didn't come from anything so his friends which are his family mean the world to him.  Having to travel all the time to tour does take a toll on him, but he loves to perform, which is where everyone loves him.  What he hates to do is travel by airplane, for a legit reason, but when he needs a new pilot he runs into the sexy straight Evan Roth.  And wouldn't you know that Henry has a thing for straight men.
 This was so fucked up.  It was like a comedy of errors without the actual comedy.  I was a gay many trying to seduce a straight man who thought I was bisexual while he tried to pretend he wasn't interested in a gay man by requiring that we share a woman.  Because that totally made it acceptable to dry-hump another man.
Evan Roth, is a sexy pilot who seems to be straight but has his own demons and heartbreak to fight. At first he thinks Henry is a bit much, but that doesn't stop him from taking his fill by looking at this sexy singer.  Evan tries to fight his attraction for Henry but the more he gets to know Henry the more he gets conflicted.

Henry always wants to win and turning the straight man is one of his favorite games.  Knowing he wants Evan he hires him as his personal pilot.  Now that they are getting closer they have to both face their fears and their pasts.
After turning the water off, he snagged a towel.  "So stay here."
Break out the banners again!
"There are two bedrooms."
Just kidding.  Pack that shit back up.
 I loved Henry's quirky, neurotic way.  It just made him so much more real that we were routing for him to win his straight men and were hoping that this would work out for him.  When having it all comes to the table but not the way he thought it should be, Henry runs instead of dealing with the situation head on.  Thankfully Levee and Sam are level headed enough to help Henry when he needs it the most.
"I don't know Evan well. Only met him once.  But, if he's willing to put up with your brand of neurotic, he's got my stamp of approval."
Once Evan gives in to the idea of Henry he goes all in, but when his biggest fears come to fruition, it causes him to be a bit skeptical on a future with Henry.  I love the part that Evan fully jumped in once he saw the light. Now all he has to do is convince his very neurotic boyfriend.
"It was a long time ago.  And, if you want the truth, over the last few weeks with you, I've started to feel like love isn't even the right word for it."
For Henry, he's a gay man with some deep psychological demons.  His need to be loved and wanted is the crux of the matter but it's hard to face the real possibility of love when your demons get in the way.  Evan doesn't love the concept of labels which makes him fall in the between of two worlds of straight and gay.  So falling in love with a man shakes his foundation but when you fall you fall no matter to whom.
"I like men.  I like women.  But, at the end of the day, I am not defined by my sexuality.  I just want to find someone who makes me happy.  That's all I've ever wanted.  I don't care if you're a man or a woman.  I have no preference.  When I'm with someone, it's because of the person they are, not the genitalia they were born with."
I absolutely adored this book and my fingers are crossed that the next book will be Carter and Robin's book.  Or maybe even Scott's story.   I loved the fact that this story was a bit outside the box and was a refreshing change to the normal formula within this romance genre.  Sure there was angst and some unnecessary running instead of communication, but it had heart and charm which pulls you in and takes hold of you from beginning to end.

4.5 No Label Loving Thumbs up!

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