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Standalone M/M romance novel.

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.

©2016 Aly Martinez (P)2017 Audible, Inc.

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  • Misty
  • Washington
  • 02-08-18

My Godzilla

Henry is the mega star friend of Levee, from book 1. Lonely and self isolated, Henry very rarely faces his fear of flying after a very scary close call however sometimes it’s unavoidable. This is how he meets pilot, Evan Roth. Evan has his own host of issues that equate to them being lost to each other.

The two of them are what happen when a plane implodes and starts the spiral down. However they are their own act of God and manage to save each other before a crash landing. The level of sweet and savory that you get from this story makes for the most well balanced book I could hope for. Though Evan and Henry had issues, they didn’t have miscommunication as what is found in so many books right now, there is just heart ache from an inability to come together. It makes this HEA so completely rewarding.

All Martinez balanced this series so much differently than other books. Usually it’s 20% intro 60% conflict and 20% resolution. Aly is more 40% intro and 40% conflict and 20% resolution and it makes you adore her characters so much more. You just latch on and you know them so much more as well. I really appreciated that about this book and The Fall Up. It was so refreshing.

Aiden Snow and Teddy Hamilton are nothing short of amazing. They bring to life characters that needed individuality. Just because they are 2 male characters doesn’t mean you can use one male narrator and I’m glad Aly got that. It was awesome narration and an awesome book.

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Heart-achingly Beautiful

This is the first time I’ve read or listened to a Aly Martinez book, but it won’t be my last. I am so in love with this book. It was everything I hoped and more. When I was scrolling through Audible and spotted a book narrated by Aiden Snow and Teddy Hamilton I jumped at the chance to listen to it - dream team right there. Having spent the day listening to the book I have to say that I love Aly’s writing, I was doing so well until the last couple of chapters and then I shed a couple of tears - I couldn’t help it, dammit! My cold heart was cracked by this couple and how they had to try and overcome their hang ups to be together. I also had a number of laugh out loud moments - you know it’s bad when your dog starts giving you the side-eye like you’re crazy. I went in on book 2, seeing as it was a standalone, I don’t feel I missed out by not reading book 1 first, however, I hadn’t even finished this one before I was back on Audible buying book 1 - I wanted to spend more time with some of these characters.

Speaking of characters, I have so much love for them. Evan and Henry both had issues that they needed to overcome. They were frustrating at times, but lovable. I was rooting for them the whole time. The way their relationship progressed and how they grew as people was really beautiful to experience. The chemistry between them was jumping through the headphones...that is, when the sexual energy was melting them. The epilogue made my heart soar, it was the perfect ending for this couple, with a message that more people should understand. I thought the support characters were a fantastic addition. I’m looking forward to diving into Sam and Levee’s story. I hope we get stories for Scott, and Carter and Robin in the future.

Aiden Snow and Teddy Hamilton *insert all the heart eyes* were amazing. I do not use that word lightly, I was completely lost in this story and their performances. It was heart-achingly beautiful. They both have very distinct voices and it worked so well, I had just finished saying how dual was my least favourite style of narration, and then I listened to this book and I take all the words back. Aiden and Teddy proved me wrong, they captivated me and I was lost in their voices. I listened to this book in one go, once I started I just couldn’t pull myself away. Each character was unique and easily identifiable. The emotion, man, the emotion they put into their voices *swoon* I could not imagine this book having any other voice, they were perfect as Henry and Evan. The casting gods were smiling down on us. The production was wonderful with no issues that I noted.

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I loved this book. I have read many of Aly Martinez’s books, but this is the first I have listened to. OMG! Aiden Snow and Teddy Hamilton have brought a wonderful story into 3D. Their performance brought me to tears in places and laughter. This is well worth your time and a credit.

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Perfection

I adored this!!! So damn good. A fantastic M/M. If you've never tried this genre its a great one to start with. Highly recommend!

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I want these two narrators to read ALL my books

So I've been a little meh about MM audiobooks lately (the newest popular narrators are not really my jam), so The Spiral Down was just what I needed in so many ways. Aly Martinez is a favorite already because I looove the Broken Course series. So I snapped this right up when I saw it.

I wanted to shake Henry several times because I thought he said and did some really stupid shit. Evan was so good to him, and just when I was fantasizing that Henry actually would go down in a plane (jk, but Henry was kind of a jerk at times), Aly Martinez made him seem more lovable-flawed-human than asshole-undeserving-of-Evan. No surprise there -- this is the author who managed to make me root for Sarah from the BC books. So, while I had moments of doubt while I listened, I hung in there and ended up loving the book and Henry as well. And Evan obviously.

As for the narration - Aiden Snow is already a favorite and I am thrilled more of my favorite narrators are doing mm now. Frankly, I've been in a mm-audio funk lately bc I'm seemingly the only one that isn't a big fan of the 3 or 4 narrators that are doing basically everything mm right now. HOWEVER, I really hope to hear mr. deep-and-sexy reading more mm in the future. because he absolutely kills it in every book I've ever listened to narrated by him.
Teddy Hamilton is another favorite. Henry was kind of all over the map emotionally and Hamilton does a really good job of conveying it all. Frankly, even if the book sucked, I would've finished it for their narration alone.

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I couldn't get into the story, it was irritating

Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

Not really, because I was disappointed by the story, it didn't live up to my expectations. It started out okay, but I never grew to really like either Henry or Evan. Their chase-and-retreat relationship and personalities came off as immature and silly. It took me forever to finish and even then, I skimmed to the end.

What could Aly Martinez have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

I found both Henry's reasons for pushing Evan away and Evan's resistance were very contrived and overly dramatic.

What three words best describe Aiden Snow and Teddy Hamilton ’s performance?

Good dual narration.

If this book were a movie would you go see it?

No, because the story just didn't do it for me.

Any additional comments?

I got the Audible version for $1.99 after reading the eBook on Kindle Unlimited for free, so did Whipersync and alternately read or listened when I couldn't read. I didn't listen to the entire book, but even though the story was disappointing, I liked having the narrative and don't regret paying for it.

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