May 5, 2016

Book Review: Spinning Out by Lexi Ryan

Title:  Spinning Out 
Author:  Lexi Ryan

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Synopsis:  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.

My Review:

I'm not really quite sure how to start this review because I have SO MUCH TO SAY about this book. I guess I'll start by saying that I loved it. The characters were refreshing and complex, and they really came to life for me. Mia and Arrow (I love that name, btw) are like a modern day Romeo and Juliet, only they have way more obstacles in their way besides their families. I felt so much empathy for Mia whenever her heart was being pulled in two ways - between Brogan and Arrow. And Lexi Ryan did such a great job writing all three characters, that I was torn between who I was rooting for. Brogan started out as a clear favorite. He was funny and sweet and charming. Further along in the story, he messed up big time, but only because of his own insecurities. My heart broke for him in a whole other way than it did for Mia and Arrow. And Arrow, oh my god, he seems like the fantasy hot college football player from every girls dreams.
He's gotta play some sport. That body. Those big hands. Sweet mother of Jesus, a girl could go into shock from and estrogen overdose looking at those hands. My body pumps out hormones like the survival of the human species depends on giving this man my babies.
In my opinion this book would have been amazing if it was only about the love triangle between Mia, Arrow and Brogan, but there was so much more going on. Each element just added another layer of amazingness to this book. There were the other Blackhawk Boys, that while they played a backseat to the main characters, they were still interesting and likable characters. No doubt because they will be getting their own books soon. (Yay!) Then you have Mia's best friend, Bailey, who was the bad-ass sidekick and comedic relief all rolled into one. And then there was the accident, the terrible tragedy that spun this whole story into motion. I was brought to tears several times while reading, just from the pure anguish and pain that Arrow and Mia both were dealing with. They each had a totally different reality that they were dealing with, and not only was it crushing their souls, it was also keeping them from being together. Which was obviously what they both needed to heal and move on.
"I didn't die that night, but until you came back into my life, I wasn't living. Every breath hurt until it didn't hurt at all. Until I felt nothing. You make me want to breathe when before I just wanted any excuse to stop."
Do not tread lightly into this story. It will give you all of the "feels" from one end of the spectrum to the other. But don't skip it, because it is totally worth the read.

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