Friday, May 6, 2016

Blog Tour: Spinning Out by Lexi Ryan

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 six months at home to get my shit together. The cherry on top of 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.

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4.5 Stars
Review by Jen Skewes

Have you ever read a book that from the moment you started reading you just could not put it down?  A book that you completely devoured in one sitting because you were completely sucked in?  You fell in love with the characters and were sad to see their story end, because you wanted so much more of them?  Well that is exactly how I feel about Spinning Out by Lexi Ryan.  I have read every one of her books but for me personally this is by far, her best book and very different from what we are used to from this author.  It had a little bit of everything; love, loss, heartache, great friendships and we cannot forget the drama, and the angst that was mostly caused by the suspense in this book. 

Mia and Arrow were friends and have been since the first day that they met a few years ago.  But for Arrow, his feelings for Mia were so much more than just friendship.  But she was his best friend’s girl, which meant she was off limits.  But that never meant his feelings for her just went away.  But one tragic night and everything changed.  Their lives never being the same again.  

It is a few months after that tragic night and Arrow is on house arrest and the worst part of it all is that the only girl that he has ever loved is living in his house and sleeping in the room next to him.  Things between them are a bit strained.  They are both carrying around so much heartache and guilt that tends to get in the way of the friendship that they once had.  Arrow still loves Mia and knows that he is no good for her but he sees her slowly dying inside and needs to do something to make her live her life again.  But there are secrets and truths that will eventually come out that can completely destroy everything once again.  Will Mia and Arrow ever get their chance to be together?  And when the secrets and the truths finally come out, how will they handle it all?

From the beginning of this book you knew that one tragic night changed everything for Arrow and Mia.  I knew that nothing was going to be the same.  But what I wasn't sure of was exactly what had happened for everything to change.  I knew that a life was lost, and another was still holding on, but the whys and the hows of it all was a complete mystery.  It was the suspense of it all that kept me on the edge of my seat, reading as fast as I could because I needed to know what happened.  And when you finally get all of the pieces you see that there are twists and turns that will completely surprise you but in a way relieved me at the same time. 

I loved how Ms. Ryan gave us a glimpse into the past only to bring us back to the present, once again leaving us still wondering what exactly happened.  There is this slow build up to the truth and when it finally all comes out, wow!!!  My emotions were on overdrive with this book.  Mia and Arrow have ben through so much that my heart hurt so much for them.  There were moments where I just wanted to cry with them, where my heat felt the pain that they did.  I wanted to take away their pain and guilt and see them both live again. 

I loved Arrow so much and as much of an ass as he could be at times I understood why.  He loved Mia with everything he had and I truly believed that it was her that kept him living.  His father and step-mother weren’t his biggest supporters, but loving Mia and trying to save her also saved him.  Their relationship and love for each other was intense in so many ways.  You could see that Mia loved him as well no matter how much they fought it.  Their love was there, but they had to get past all of their issues before they could truly let go and move forward. 

Yes, I know I am being vague but this is just one of those books that you just need to go into blind.  All you need to know is what is written in the blurb.  You need to sit back, grab a drink of your choice and jump right in.  It is a very bumpy and emotional journey but one that you will love in the end.  I wanted so much more of these characters in the end.  And not because Ms. Ryan left us hanging in any way but there are moments in this book that are very sad and heart breaking.  So I just want to see them be happy and in love and live the life they deserve to live.  I cannot wait for Mason, Chris, Sebastian and Bailey’s book and hoping to see more of Arrow and Mia as well.  Amazing job by Lexi Ryan. 



I wake to a thump and sit up in bed. It’s three in the morning and my room is dark, but there’s more thumping. Someone’s kicking the wall between my room and Arrow’s.
My heart clenches as I picture him on the other side having wild sex with some girl. Maybe some old fuck buddy came over after I went to bed. Hell, for all I know it’s Gwen visiting her stepson’s bed.
I dismiss the idea as quickly as it comes. Arrow can’t tolerate Gwen, and he may have changed, but he’s never been one to fuck girls he can’t tolerate.
There’s another thump, then I hear Arrow’s voice. “No. Don’t.” Rough, choked words. And more thrashing. “Why?”
I throw off the covers and run to his room, opening the door without a thought.
I don’t know what I expected to find. Arrow is sleeping alone, tangled in his covers.
Frozen, I stare at him. Moonlight spills in through the open curtains and casts shadows across his face. Sweat glistens on his forehead, and his face twists in a grimace.
I step closer. I could touch him, but I shouldn’t. “Arrow?”
He kicks. His arm flies out and hits the wall.
“Arrow,” I repeat, louder this time.
He grabs my hand at the wrist and flies upright in bed as his eyes pop open. He’s breathing hard, and anguish is all over his face. For a minute, I feel like I can see inside him—all the terrified, vulnerable parts he hides from the world. I can see inside him and I know exactly what I’m looking at, because my dreams make me feel the same way.
“What are you doing here?” he asks in a low whisper. The anger from earlier is gone from his voice.
“You were having a nightmare.”
His eyes rake over me—greedy, hungry, desperate. “What? No red lace nightie? Or do you save that for my dad? Like mother, like daughter?”
I gasp before I can stop myself. Why doesn’t he just punch me? His fist to my face would hurt less than those words.
I yank my hand away, spin on my heel, and walk toward the hall. As I reach for the knob, he’s behind me. He slams his palm against the door, and it closes with a violent thunk. “I’m sorry,” he whispers behind me, his breath on my neck. “I’m sorry I said that.”
I keep my gaze on his hand. Arrow has the best hands. Big, strong, beautiful. And the first time they touched me . . .
I squeeze my eyes shut at the unwelcome memory, and shrug. “I need this job,” I say slowly. “Your stepmother has made it clear that she’ll fire me if we can’t get along, and we both know your dad will fire me if you ask him to. But please don’t. Please don’t screw it up for me.”
“Mia,” he says softly, and I feel him step closer, the heat of his body against my back. The rough pads of his fingertips brush the hair from my neck, then his breath, hot and sweet, tickles against that tender skin.
I’m frozen, divided between the wish for his kiss and the fear of it. “I’m sorry,” I whisper. Hot tears roll down my cheeks, and I don’t know what I’m apologizing for. For taking this job? For going with Brogan that night when Arrow asked me not to? For entering his life to begin with?
Yes. All of that. More. “I’m so sorry.”
He drops one hand from the door and the other from my neck. My body grows cool as he steps away.
“Stop apologizing,” he says.
I turn the knob and head to my room. I don’t look back.

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THE BLACKHAWK BOYS, an edgy, sexy sports romance series from New York Times bestseller Lexi Ryan. Football. Secrets. Lies. Passion. These boys don’t play fair. Which Blackhawk Boy will steal your heart?

Book 1 - SPINNING OUT (Arrow's story)
Book 2 - RUSHING IN - Coming August 30th (Christopher's story)
Book 3 - GOING UNDER - Coming December 6th (Sebastian's story)

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