Series: The Fall Up #2
on May 14th 2016
Genres: Contemporary Romance
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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.
THE SPIRAL DOWN
by Aly Martinez
Ah Aly Martinez. Let’s do a shorty review because this author is awesome and she deserves the praise.
I read The Fall Up Years ago and honestly wanted to read The Spiral Down soon after…but we all know how it goes – life happens and you lose sight of things that aren’t bullying themselves into your life. And so…I forgot how beautiful Ms. Martinez’ stories are.
I loved Henry in The Fall Up. He’s such a smart, witty character, full of humor and snark and you wouldn’t guess how torn up he is inside, how broken and small he feels. He’s a superstar after all and the media wants us to think that they are unbreakable.
I’d been irrelevant, inconsequential, and extraneous my entire life. But, when it came to men, I refused to accept that role. I needed to be the only exception—the one person capable of bending the laws of nature. It was the only way my heart absorbed love.
Henry has a type – he goes after straight men, gets off on the thrill of being the exception in these men’s lives and then watches them walking away again. Evan Roth actually fits the bill pretty well. His new pilot presents a temptation Henry can barely resist. Evan also shows a dab hand at dealing with Henry’s neurosis.
The attraction between the superstar and the pilot grows exponentially but Evan, too, has reasons why not to give in. Too much hurts the betrayal of a past lover, even after so many years…but he wants that fire back, the love he felt that ignited every cell of his body. It takes a quirky, funny singer to break all his self-imposed rules.
Evan was amazing! In the beginning I didn’t know what to think of him but the farther I got into the story the more I loved him. He was incredibly loyal, and not too proud to take the first step when things got hard between Henry and Evan. He was so warm, kind, sweet. Just lovely. And when they fall in love? Perfection.
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.
Aly Martinez cranks up the steam quite a bit, the chemistry between Evan and Henry practically made my Kindle sizzle. Not really. But you get the idea. Seriously hot. And the dialogues? Henry’s smartass mouth? I looooved the banter.
It was wonderful to see Sam and Levee from The Fall Up again. I love Henry and Levee’s friendship so much. The Spiral Down has everything that I love in books – likable characters, a well paced story, no exaggerated drama, despite Henry being a bit of a drama queen and a sweet HEA.
“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.”
The audiobook was narrated by one of my favorites, Teddy Hamilton and Aiden Snow, who I fell in love with while listening to The Spiral Down. His deep voice was verra easy on my ears. Both Teddy and Aiden delivered a stellar performance as Henry and Evan, respectively.