Thursday, April 28, 2016

Early Review: Spinning Out (Backhawk Boys #1) 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 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.
First line:
Before midnight. New Year's Eve. Black Sky. Black clouds. Headlights. New Moon.
Review copy from author
Publication Date:
May 3, 2016
5 footballs out of 5
Oh, Lexi. Once again, you have created a masterful college town filled with people readers cannot help falling in love with. Whether they be the main characters or the supporting characters, we find that everybody has two sides, that no one person is wholly good or bad.

The feel to this book is very similar to Lexi's Here and Now series. She has again decided to play with memories and accidents. She also writes the story flipping back and forth between "Before" and "After" the accident. And I must say, Lexi is an excellent craftsman. She doesn't reveal all of her cards until the absolute last minute, keeping readers on the edge of their seat. Even if one were to guess what really happened, the anticipation is still there in awaiting to see how this outcome will change characters' relations. I have fallen in love with this new series and cannot wait to see more of these boys.

Lexi does an amazing job of not only developing Mia and Arrow, as well as their friends and family. Mia has always been the responsible one, but has lost her spark for life since the accident. Arrow is determined to destroy his life to punish himself. Chris is the practical friend who sees everything. Keegan is that annoying friend that is constantly making dirty jokes and has no manners, but you still love him anyways (come on, you know that one friend I'm talking about. We all have one). Bailey is the carefree friend that does what she wants not caring about the opinions of others. 

I cannot wait to see these characters again and delve more into their personalities. I'm especially interested to know Sebastian's relationship to Coach because there seems to be something more than a athlete/coach relationship there, but perhaps not. I also think it would be super interesting to see more of Uriah, especially from the time his wife was dying. There seem to be so many factors at play with that man and I want to see inside his head.

So basically, Lexi is the queen of New Adult fiction, and everybody needs to read her books. Do it. Now. I don't care which book it is because they're all amazing. But I definitely recommend this book be near the top!

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