Friday, May 20, 2016

Book Tour: The Spiral Down by Aly Martinez (Excerpt, Reviews + Giveaway)

Book Tour: The Spiral Down by Aly Martinez (Excerpt, Reviews + Giveaway)



Henry Alexander's story in The Spiral Down by Aly Martinez is NOW LIVE!  

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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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 5 Stars

*copy provided to Bayou Book Junkie by the author/publisher in exchange for an honest review*

Famous singer Henry Alexander only goes for straight guys, and he finds the perfect one in pilot, Evan Roth. After he recovers from his nervous breakdown, due to his extreme fear of flying, he sets his sites on Evan, and is determined not to give up until he gets what he wants.

Okay, so when I didn't want to haul off and punch one or the other, and sometimes both of the main characters, I absolutely adored them. Some couples just fit, and after Henry and Evan addressed their fears and learned to trust each other, they were the perfect fit! The story was well written and paced well. It held me captivated from the first word, and I couldn't put this book down until I was done. I wasn't ready for it to be over, but I was left with the warm and fuzzies at the end. The sexual tension between Evan and Henry was palpable and the chemistry electrical. The sex, OMG, the sex was HOTTT!!! This book was hilariously funny at times, and had me laughing out loud.

I loved the secondary characters. Although I see this is a part of a series, and I haven't read book one, Levee and Sam, from book one are significant characters in this book, but I never felt lost. This can definitely be read as a standalone.

This was an angst filled, sweet, funny and smoking hot read. It was intriguing and entertaining, and the author threw a curveball at me I never saw coming. It was just kind of perfect, and I don't say this often, but I'll probably be rereading this again in the future! Highly recommended!!

 *** Copy provided to Bayou Book Junkie in exchange for a fair and honest review. ***

After a bad airplane experience two years before, worldwide reknown musician Henry Alexander is afraid to fly, but after meeting Ethan, the very straight pilot filling in for his regular pilot, he's intent on getting him, even if he might have to brave flying to conquer him. Only things aren't always what they seem to be.

I absolutely adored Ethan and Henry, although I did want to slap some sense into the two of them at different points in the book. I have to admit my favorite of the two was Ethan, though. There was just something about his vulnerability and his personality that just drew me in. Both of them were just so different from each other, but at the same time, just what the other needed. Nevermind that their chemistry was just wow, both in and out of the bedroom. 

Levee and Sam were amazing, as was Scott (I really hope Ms. Martinez writes his story in the future, he was hilarious!).

All in all, this was a fantastic debut into the MM world for Aly Martinez and I really hope she writes more MM romances in the future. It was a fun, angsty, riveting and all-around amazing read, and I'll definitely be adding it to my to-be-read-again list! Very recommendable!!!

Rating: 5 Stars!!! 

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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