Author: Aly Martinez
Release Date: May 17th, 2016
Genres: Contemporary Romance, M/M Romance
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.
Well, mark this down as a smashing success into the MM genre for Aly Martinez. I'd anxiously anticipated this book from the minute I met Henry Alexander in The Fall Up. Henry is the flamboyant, charismatic singing partner to Levee in The Fall Up. A known gay man with a kink for straight men, I just knew this book was going to hook me with an almost guaranteed gay-for-you love story.
Henry has issues with feeling wanted... needed. Being that number one that nobody else can measure up to. Having lived a sad life in the foster care system, he's experienced his fair share of disappointment, of being let down and never feeling truly worthy of someone's love. He wants to be the one for someone, the true deal changer, and straight men are his wicked challenge. What can be better than being the one person to turn a person against everything they've otherwise thought they wanted...A man. Him. An exception.
Evan Roth meets Henry Alexander in Henry's worst form- amidst panic attacks from flying. Evan is a substitute pilot for Henry's private jet and doesn't know if he should laugh or hug this man clearly freaking the heck out over flying. But something about him doesn't scream entitled a$$hole music star... But more so a man that appears alone amidst the millions of fans surrounding him.
The Spiral Down has it all in a hot, sexy, emotional MM romance. I'd highly recommend this for even newbies to the genre. Fans of Aly Martinez will get the characters she loves to paint for us- the ones we can't help but fall in love with. And Henry Alexander doesn't know what hits him with that tall, dark, sex-on-a-stick pilot.
Henry is so endearingly cute, I can't stand it. He had me laughing out loud with his dramatics and inner monologue but rest assured, he's still very masculine and virile. Aly can paint such a picture with her characters, the reader feels she knows them on some deeper personal level... And Henry was the kind of guy any girl would kill for that gay BFF.
"Sharing a room. That's pretty presumptuous."
"I prefer to view it as hopeful. I also cashed in on like, a hundred bucks in pennies in the fountain out front and used the wishes from my birthday candles for the next twenty years in order to make tonight happen."
Yah, that's our Henry and I dare you to read this book and not fall truly in love with him.
I can't finish my review without touching on the MM aspect of this book. Yes, it's male/male romance and is seriously steaming but also very romantic and just plain sweet. MM can get pretty intense and hard-core and I think this is pretty tame and beginners to this genre should really give it a try, especially if you're a true Aly Martinez fan because she does not disappoint in The Spiral Down.
This can be read as a standalone but for those who read The Fall Up, you'll be pleased to see Levee and Sam getting their happily ever after here. I forgot how hilarious Sam and Henry's banter was as well as how connected like siblings Henry is to his Levee.
A solid, all-around smashing success for Aly Martinez. Now she needs to get going on Carter's book because you're gonna fall for that big, brooding, hunka manmeat bodyguard.
Beta copy received by the author in exchange for my honest review.
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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.