Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Spinning Out by Lexi Ryan (audiobook)

Title:  Spinning Out
Author: Lexi Ryan
My Rating: A+
Narrator: Summer Roberts and Tyler Donne

Genre: New Adult Romance 
Series: Blackhawk Boys #1
Main Characters: Mia and Arrow
Release Date: September 2016 (audiobook)
Publisher: Ever After, LLC
Links to Purchase
Sexual Intensity: hot

Story Overview:
Once, the only thing that mattered to me was football—training, playing, and earning my place on the best team at every level. I had it all, and I threw it away with a semester of drugs, alcohol, and pissing off anyone who tried to stop me. Now I’m suspended from the team, on house arrest, and forced to spend a semester at home to get my shit together. The cherry on my fuckup sundae? Sleeping in the room next to mine is my best friend’s girl, Mia Mendez—the only woman I’ve ever loved and a reminder of everything I regret.I’m not sure if having Mia so close will be heaven or hell. She’s off-limits—and not just because she’s working for my dad. Her heart belongs to someone else. But since the accident that killed her brother and changed everything, she walks around like a zombie, shutting out her friends and ignoring her dreams. We’re both broken, numb, and stuck in limbo.

Until I break my own rules and touch her. 
Until she saves me from my nightmares by climbing into my bed. 
Until the only thing I want more than having Mia for myself is to protect her from the truth. 

I can’t rewrite the past, but I refuse to leave her heart in the hands of fate. For this girl, I’d climb into the sky and rearrange the stars.

SPINNING OUT is a sexy, emotional novel of 100,000 words. It is first in the Blackhawk Boys, a series of standalone novels.
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THE BLACKHAWK BOYS. Football. Secrets. Lies. Passion. These boys don’t play fair. Which Blackhawk Boy will steal your heart?
Book 1 - SPINNING OUT - Coming May 3rd (Arrow's story)
Book 2 - RUSHING IN - Coming Summer 2016 (Christopher's story)
Book 3 - GOING UNDER - Coming late 2016 (Sebastian's story)

My Review:
Overall: 4.75
Performance: 4.5
Story: 4.75

Oh wow...this book is an emotional roller coaster ride, and Lexi Ryan is the queen of twisting the curves so that the reader has no idea where it's going next. Just...wow.

Okay...so there are several different timelines within this book and the story very slowly unfolds...but getting the reader to where she knows exactly what happened is a masterpiece. And that's going to make this review really difficult to write because I don't want to spoil any of those twists and turns. 

Although it's obvious from the very beginning that Arrow and Mia are the hero and heroine of this story, there is a 3rd character involved...Brogan. Wow. When the story begins...Arrow is on house arrest for "some crime", Mia is the working as the live-in nanny for his stepmother, and Brogan is in a really bad way...but it's not obvious what any of that means. This story all unfolds and the reader slowly begins to realize just how broken all the characters are from "whatever" it was that happened. And let me assure you, when you go into this book...NONE of that will be clear until the very end. BUT it was never a confusing book...which is a testament of just how good of a story teller Lexi Ryan truly is.

The story goes back and forth in time...and it's not just a simple before and after...no, it's jumping all over the place to manipulate your emotions. As a reader, you fall in and out of love with the characters and wonder who really is the good and the bad in all of this. It's truly a genius book just in the complexity of how it's told. 

But what's never in any doubt...my heart broke for these characters...all of them even the ones that ultimately turned out bad. Gah...a simple change to a single action here or there and so much could have been different. My heart cried through the entirety of this book. It was so, so good. And so, so sad. But I loved it so, so much. 

Book #2 is out, and now my debate is do I read it or wait for the audiobook (which isn't out yet) because I can assure you...I will be reading this entire series. LOVE!!

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