on May 16th 2016
Genres: M/M, Musicians, Romance
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Standalone M/M romance.
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.
I honestly don’t know where to begin! I loved everything about this book, everything. I know that says nothing about the actual book, but this book just made me so happy and everything about it felt so right. The Spiral Down is the second book of Aly Martinez I’ve read. The first one was The Fall Up. The Spiral Down, although a standalone is a spinoff of The Fall Up (TFU). Although reading TFU is not required, I strongly urge you to read it. Not only is TFU an amazing book, (my review can be read HERE), you also get to meet Henry and it definitely helps you understand him better in The Spiral Down. Anyways, when I read TFU I hoped Aly would write Henry’s story so you can imagine my excitement when this was announced and later popped up in my Kindle. I read this in one seating, totally devoured it, it pulled me out of all sorts of book funks and left me with a huge hangover I have yet to recover from!
Like I stated above, we first meet Henry on The Fall Up, he’s Levee’s best friend and songwriting partner. He’s also a huge music star and openly gay. But Henry is so much more than that. He’s looking for “the one”, he’s starved for love and he’s had a very rough childhood that has left him very scarred. He usually goes for straight guys and it has led to even more heartbreak. I love Henry, I think he’s crazy, manic and super funny. He can be super stubborn and drive you mad, but I guarantee you’ll love him.
“Evan Roth had just become my favorite drug of all and I hadn’t even tasted him yet.”
Enter Evan Roth. I loved Evan from the get go. He’s this super awesome, badass pilot that happened to be called at the last minute to replace Henry’s regular pilot. From the moment they meet you can tell the chemistry is off the charts, and the banter is simply hilarious. Evan is Bisexual but hates to be labeled. He also had a bad experience with a man in the past so he has basically shelved his feelings for men. Until he meets Henry.
“But what Henry couldn’t possibly know was that there was nothing cold about me when it came to him. No matter how hard I tried to fake it.”
You have to read the rest of the book for yourself to understand what happens next. Evan is Bi, Henry thinks he’s straight. They can’t fight their feelings for each other and everything flows so perfectly. Aly’s writing is so beautiful and this book gave me all the feels!
“I had no idea why I felt as though I were constantly fighting a maelstrom of physical desperation every time he walked into a room. I didn’t understand how, after all these years of avoiding men, I was suddenly enamored by one I barely even knew. I didn’t understand how he had enraptured me with a single stare from across a crowded arena. I didn’t know why the heat from his flames consumed me like never before. I didn’t know why my mind was screaming at me to run as far away as I could, but my body absolutely refused. I didn’t know why I’d felt his pain in the limo as he’d admitted he was gay as if he had been coming out for the very first time. I didn’t know why I was still standing in that room with him when I was positive this was going to be a disaster.”
Evan and Henry are simply perfect for each other and I loved their romance so much!
“But I want more than that too. I want you in my bed on my tour bus, waiting for me after a show. I want to watch movies and order takeout with you on lazy Sundays. I want you shirtless, lounging on a beach with me when we need a vacation to clear our heads. I want your voice in my ear, counting down from ten when the panic sets in. I want you sitting beside me for family dinner at Levee’s. I want you parked beside me at every boring-ass award show I’m forced to attend. And, Evan, I want every woman who so much as walks past you to know that you’re mine.”
And again, that awesome writing by Aly. I think I highlighted half of the book!
“There was a massive difference between being in love and falling in love. Being in love was like a never-ending flight through the clouds. Storms were likely. Turbulence a given. But they didn’t last forever. The clouds always returned. Falling was more like a terrifying test of trust where you’re expected to leap from death-defying altitudes with nothing more than one flawed person with his arms held open, acting as your safety net. Sometimes, you crashed, shattering into a million pieces, when that person you trusted wasn’t there to catch you. I’d learned that firsthand.”
And so many swoon-worthy moments!
“Goddammit, Henry, you have to give me a fucking chance. I can make you feel loved. I can do it—I swear on my life I can. 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.””
“He loves me. It wasn’t a novel concept. There was plenty of proof that he did. But the way I felt to have heard those words come from his mouth was indescribable. No matter if it had come over the intercom of a plane that could very well have been falling from the sky. Evan loved me. I’d go down with a smile on my face.” “I closed my eyes and allowed his voice to wash over me, soothing me from the outside in. Or maybe it was inside out. Regardless, it reconstructed my heart. Henry had made me whole again when he’d come into my life. But, right then, he rearranged the pieces in a way that erased the past.”
Needless to say, I loved the book, I can’t stop gushing about it but I can’t even collect myself to write a coherent review, lol. This was hot, swoony, funny and had the perfect amount of angst. Oh, and bonus points for lots of Sam and Levee <3. And that epilogue…Simply Perfection! I wholeheartedly recommend this book!
“My world as I knew it flipped upside down with only one sentence, but for once, my heart and my soul remained firmly anchored in place—past, present, and forever.”
**An ARC was generously provided by the author in exchange for an honest review**