Title: The Spiral Down
Author: Aly Martinez
Series: The Fall Up #2
Genre: mm, contemporary romance, new adult
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.
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The Spiral Down by Aly Martinez
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
5 **Heaven** STARS
“I was so high on this man I wasn’t sure I’d ever come back down.”
The Spiral Down was everything I had hoped it would be and more. After having read a few books by this author I can safely say Aly Martinez is a favourite. But this book? Knocked it out of the park. Just perfect.
If you follow my reviews you might have noticed me being quite fond of MM reads over the last few months. It’s really a new obsession and when I saw that we would get Henry’s book I was over the moon.
The thing I love about these kinds of books is the bond between the characters. They usually have a deeper level of intimacy, and I don’t necessarily mean that in a sexual way. Maybe it’s the unfortunately still present social issue of ‘us against the world’. I don’t know, but I have yet to come across a MM book that didn’t make me fall madly in love with the characters through their struggle, especially in gay-for-you stories. Now The Spiral Down does fit that bill in some ways. You could say it's a twist on the GFY trope.
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“Ass was easy to come by. But the high that came from being with a straight man, knowing he was going against his own genetic coding just for one night with me, made every minute of the pain worth it.
Those forbidden encounters were a drug.
And I was a junkie.”
We first met Henry Alexander in The Fall Up, as Levee’s best friend, music superstar and openly gay man. For the casual observer he has it all, but there is one thing that is missing in his life. A person to share it all with and preferably experience a bond like Levee and Sam share. Problem is he has a thing for straight guys and they normally don't stick around for too long.
Fortunately for Henry he is terrified of flying. Sounds like a contradiction, but bear with me. One day the pilot for his private jet has health problems and is replaced by his dream man. Tall, dark, mysterious… Straight. Evan Roth is the complete opposite of the flamboyant singer and in the midst of an out of control panic attack he can show his powers of calming poor Henry down and maybe catch the interest of the sexy singer.
“With his gaze anchored to mine, the six feet that separated us was inconsequential and the air between us became charged, prickling the hair on the back of my neck.
We were two of nearly twenty thousand people.
But we were alone.”
I absolutely adored this read. Henry is a scene stealer with his over the top behaviour, quirky humour and the heart of gold. Paired with the grounded Evan they really become a lovable pair. Both have deep rooted issues when it comes to relationships and who they are attracted two, which just makes for a fun and entertaining read. One wants straight men and the other only goes for men when a girl is present. What could possibly go wrong?
As always the writing is effortless, the dual POV storytelling has a nice flow and the characters are nicely developed. The book can be read as a standalone, but I would suggest reading The Fall Up if you haven't yet, it was equally as entertaining.
The Spiral Down is not only a great light hearted read for fans of MM romance, but I also believe newbies to the genre could use this as a gateway drug. Maybe if you are curious about dipping your toes into MM give this a try, the characters alone will make your day. Next to Henry and Evan we got to catch up with Levee and then there was Carter, the lovable grumpy bodyguard. Believe me you want to meet that guy.
Ok, that's all. Thank you for your time. ;)
**ARC very kindly provided for the BlogTour in exchange for an honest review.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
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.