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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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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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I wasn't sure what I was going to think about Henry's book after meeting him in book 1. I've got a certain kinds guy in MM romance that I don't really enjoy and I thought he was one of those guys but I was completely wrong. I loved Henry, he was funny and sexy and broken but repairable. Evan was more the serious one but he too was sexy and a little damaged but all he needed was Henry to fix his little scar. Together these two were Hot! They had great chemistry and I completely loved the way Evan was able to calm Henry down. The ending to this book made to book great for me. It was so sweet and honest and adult!! Great story!!!

The narration was perfect. Aiden Snow & Teddy Hamilton really brought life to these characters and I would listen to any book they narrated, especially together!

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Great story

Henry is an openly gay rockstar who meets a pilot named Evan. Henry assumes that Evan is heterosexual and sets his sights on seducing him. After their first time together he realizes that Evan is bisexual and he immediately loses interest in him. Evan tries to explain himself in hopes that he and Henry can both come to terms with their pasts and move forward. This story was well written and narrated. Teddy Hamilton is one of my go to narrators and, as always, nails his performance. Aiden Snow is new to me but did an amazing job. He will be added to my list of favorite narrators.

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DNF serial sexual harasser meets dude with no maturity

How does this book have so many 5 star reviews? Yes, the narrators sell it as hard as they can, but there’s only so much lipstick a pig can wear. I’m only a few chapters in and I hate both main characters.

Henry is a rock star who likes to play with people’s lives, up to and including hiring multiple people in order to hit on them, in part because groupies are too easy, and he’s a jerk. Worse? ALL his friends think his sexual harassment of employees is cute, and enable it. No. Sexual harassment is not a cute way to apologize for yelling at and physically intimidating a flight attendant. After hiring a pilot (who loves to fly) for an exclusive contract (& not intending to fly) then sexually harassing him is not cute, funny, or fun.

(Henry’s costar, Levee, is being creepily controlled by her husband in the guise of “protecting” her during her pregnancy. It could have been made ok by not having her say she objects to giving up caffeine & sushi but he “makes” her. Wouldn’t take much to turn it from toxic to flirty, but the way it’s written was creepy. Isn’t it cute he won’t even let her carry a guitar or perform? No. It’s awful.)

Then there’s Evan. A hotshot pilot who wants to fly but grew up in the toxic stew of the Air Force and couldn’t stay there. He comes complete with a bff who is a bro’s bro, but oddly kind of ok with Evan’s sexuality but still makes phobic comments. Evan insists he’s bisexual but is written as if he would never be happy with a female partner. I’m not denying bisexuality, I’m just questioning his. He tried really hard to be happy dating women, but doesn’t much get turned on by them or feel satisfied when with them. It makes more sense that he’s in denial. We meet Evan during a fight where he gaslights the girlfriend breaking up with him, calls her obsessively, then berates her for calling him out on preferring men to women. Which, as a reader, seems right on the mark, and she’s the only character of any worth in the whole book. After calling Henry out for being rude to the flight attendant, he is perfectly willing to use her later to deflect being seduced by a guy without a woman present. Him not liking the supermodel hot fake date is at least explained by him not liking her personality. Except Henry’s personality is pure poison and Evan doesn’t care at all, and in fact is very turned on by him regardless. He’s a whole mess.

I don’t understand what other reviewers find likeable about these guys. They’re terrible people.

Steam: Unknown. I haven’t even made it to a sex scene and I’m not going to.

Narration: Great narrators wasted on whatever this this is.

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Funniest audiobook I've ever listened to

I don't know if it was the writing or the performance, honesty most likely a mixture of both, but this is the first audiobook that had me actually laughing out loud. Henry's character and voice actor was just amazing. so realistic and by far the most lovable and relatable character I've ever come across in a male on male novel. Excellent read, 10/10.

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Bad stories happen to good narrators

4 stars for the narrators they did a great job with a story that didn't really work for me.

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Fantastic Page-turner

The Spiral Down was an emotional angsty masterpiece from Aly Martinez that had me hooked from beginning to end. This M/M story was given to us in dual POV and we are able to get a look into the minds of both characters and experience the emotions they are both feeling. Both characters were complex with their own issues however together they were absolutely perfect. Their steamy scenes were hott without detracting from the story and the banter between them had me amused. I absolutely loved this page-turner and would highly recommend it to all lovers of MM romance.
The audiobook was narrated by Aiden Snow and Teddy Hamilton. Together these two were fabulous. They brought out the personalities of the characters and placed the right emotions in the story. It was a pleasure listening to them narrate this novel.

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Really liked this one!

I had a hard time stepping away from this book, and read it all the way through in one day. The characters are well developed, and you get to know them well as the book goes on. There is the unusual addition of Henry being terrified of flying, and Evan being the pilot who is in the right place at the right time. Their interactions surrounding flying are different fare than you normally find in a romance novel, and added a different level.

Narration was outstanding. I could listen to both these narrators all day. I also wish this was not Aly Martinez’s only MM romance!

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Pilot and panicked flyer get their HEA

Its a sweet M/M romance that was a little slower than I was anticipating. Both have emotional baggage that seems heavier than what is allowed on commercial flights. But the characters are really likeable and you can't help but cheer them on as they get over their pain/pride/pathos to reach for the love that is right there waiting for them.

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Nice

A nice little mm love story. Henry and Evan have some baggage to sort through but it all ends with an HEA.

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  • C M Silver
  • 03-26-20

Crashed and Burned

Lumbering predictable nonsense, weighed down by one good narrator and one not so good. The story is disjointed and awkward, causing me to keep stopping, doing something else then returning to try to finish. There was nothing to grip you or make you want to keep on going. I did not like the rock star character at all, and felt the pilot needed bitch-slapping to put some sense into him.

The premise is good, the blurb was good, enjoyed both narrators before, but first and probably last time with this author. Perhaps I'm spoiled as I recently had Top Secret by Sarina Bowen and Ella Kennedy, which is possibly one of the best Audible books ever, read by Christian Fox and Teddy Hamilton, which I listened to in one sitting; it was 9 hours long and I chortled all the way through.

I did not enjoy this book and stopped with 1hr and 24 mins to go. It would've been a waste of a day if I wasn't on lockdown and had to be indoors.

DISAPPOINTING

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  • Michael Wild
  • 04-17-20

The poor reader!

The reader does such a good job with such meager material. This is the skill of writing exhibited at its most basic level.

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  • Julija Danilova
  • 04-21-21

Not what I have expected

Completely different from what I have expected, but loved it anyway. Especially since I choose it due to having 2 of my favourite narrators rather than an author. But I wasn't disappointed at all.
Loved that book explores bisexual theme, especially since I haven't read many books about it.
Loved that it was still a romance with enough sex in it, that actually felt more real than some other MM books I have read. In a way I feel that I wanted a bit more of sex in there.
One thing I did enjoy a lot: it wasn't wham bam and here goes love in few days time. I enjoyed that story was spread over few month and it made it much more realistic.
And I read and listened to it at the same time. So highly recommend both book version and scorching hot audiobook.

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  • Mel68 🐣
  • 08-16-20

Loathsome Characters

Only happy news is they take each other's hot mess out of the dating pool. This book doesn't know if it wants to be a comedy, a mystery, a searing indictment on the foster care system, the struggles of accepting/finding one's sexual identity or a touching family drama. Ultimately, it hits on too many issues and succeeds at none. As always, both Teddy Hamilton and Aiden Snow are excellent and highly respected performers, but no one can save this from being a muddled and confused story.

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  • Starbuck
  • 11-23-19

He-Van and Hell...

My first novel/audio by Aly Martinez, I have not read the first in this series,.I have to say I was completely captivated. A steamy, gut churning emotional journey that will grip you right to the end.

I found this novel while searching for M/M romance with Aiden Snow narrating. ( I first encountered his phenomenal voice in A.E. Via's "Nothing Special" audio book series).

The opening few chapters had me hating Henry's character and wanting to slap him while inwardly shouting at Evan to just walk away.... (I almost walked away from listening to the book) but I had to know what was going to happen to Evan. However as the story unfolded I began to feel a degree of sympathy and understanding for Henry, gradually becoming totally wrapped up in all the characters lives. Then the "spiral down" became a plummet that I literally felt in my emotional stomach (again I almost stopped listening).......EVAN!. The climb out of the emotional dive kept me listening to the end..... WOW. You know you have read a good story when you quite literally feel the same highs and lows of emotions expressed via the characters in your own gut.

My favourite line and one that REALLY spoke to me personally:-

"This doesn't make you gay, Evan. It just makes you mine."

The narration was top notch. I am a big fan of Aiden Snow and now I will be checking out Teddy Hamilton and Lucy Rivers too.

I hope Aly writes more M/M stories for audio a.s.a.p

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 07-05-21

It’s a 5, but…

First off I just want to say how ridiculously good the Teddy/Aiden narration is. I also loved the storyline and the MCs in this book, but I can’t get over some of the derogatory terms used by one of the MCs. I get that authors want to make conversations between male characters “realistic” and the whole guys talking smack together and to each other, but to use terms that are blatantly derogatory and insinuating women are lesser/weaker, I just don’t want to hear/read that. It’s a great story, and I’ll listen to it again because it’s Teddy and Aiden, but I won’t be reading/listening to anything else by the author.